Light, yet satisfying, lettuce cups are an easy lunch to pack: use one container for the meat mixture and one for the lettuce leaves. The meat mixture can be made ahead; it also freezes well. Reheat before serving or dish up at room temperature.
To easily peel ginger, use the back tip of a spoon and scrape off skin. Or, if ginger is very old, break root into smaller pieces. Freeze until firm, then peel.
Heat oil in large frying pan over medium-high heat. Crumble in turkey or chicken; add garlic and ginger. Using fork, stir often, breaking up meat, until cooked through, about 5 minutes. Add red pepper and cook until tender-crisp, about 2 minutes.
Meanwhile, stir nut butter and curry paste with 1/2 cup (125 mL) hot water. Pour over meat mixture and stir often until most of liquid is absorbed. Stir in snow peas and green onion, then remove from heat.
Let stand for 5 minutes, then turn into serving bowl. Serve with lettuce leaves.
This stuffed eggplant is built upon layers of Middle Eastern flavours: smoky freekeh, tender chickpeas, and a herbal tahini sauce. The quick-pickled raisins add a sweet vinegary pop. Sweat it out Salting eggplant before cooking enhances the flavour by allowing eggplant to sweat out its bitterness and breaking its spongy texture.
In this enchilada riff, we stuff everything into a roasted poblano pepper shell, rather than tortillas, to pack an extra veggie serving into your meal and trim the starchy calories. If you can’t find poblanos, which are mild, dark green Mexican peppers, you can substitute green bell peppers. Flour power Made from nixtamalized corn (corn soaked in limewater), masa harina flour adds a touch of corny flavour to enchilada stuffing or a pot of chili.
These crab-stuffed portobello mushrooms can do double duty as a fancy starter for a casual dinner party or a light main course on any given night. Meaty and umami-rich portobellos serve as a holder for a light-tasting seafood salad. Gills begone Even though the gills of mushrooms are edible, they will darken and discolour everything they touch. Besides, after you scrape out the gills, you’ll have more room for stuffing. And don’t discard the stems; they can be saved and used when making veggie stock.
Serving saucy lentils in squash halves is a sure-fire way to elevate your plant-based menu. And, yes, the whole bowl is edible, skin and all. If desired, you can add dollops of Greek yogurt or sour cream. Spice of life Garam masala, a blend of spices traditionally used in Indian cooking, usually includes cardamom, black pepper, cloves, nutmeg, fennel, cumin, and coriander. It’s great on roasted meats and vegetables.