Posts tagged: vegan appetizers

Healthy Red Lentil Kofta Vegan Vegetarian Recipe

Red lentil kofta is a dish that originated from Turkey. It is similar to the Middle East’s dish falafel, except that the main ingredients are red lentils instead of chickpeas. It is a simple combination of red lentils, bulgur, and seasonings. It can be served as an appetizer with mayonnaise as a dip.

Ingredients:

• 1 cup red lentil
• 1 cup fine bulgur
• 3 spring onions (chopped)
• 1 large onion (chopped)
• 1 cup Italian parsley (chopped)
• 1 teaspoon hot red pepper powder or paprika
• Salt to taste
• Crushed red pepper (optional)
• 3 cups water
• vegetable oil to fry onions

Instructions:

Prepare a large pot over medium-high heat.
Pour water.
Add red lentil and stir.
Cover the pot and reduce heat.
Let it cook for 25-35 minutes or until the lentils are soft.
Add the bulgur and mix.
Cover the pot and let it cook for 10 minutes or until the bulgur absorbs the water.
Remove from heat.

Prepare a saucepan over medium-high heat.
Saute onions until it turns golden brown.
Pour over the lentil and bulgur mixture.
Mix well.
Transfer to a wider dish.
Knead the mixture to make sure everything is mixed well.
Sprinkle salt, paprika, and spring onions.
Mix well.
Adjust seasonings to your taste and mix again.
Scoop the mixture and shape them into patties or snack-bites.
Fry it until golden brown.
Garnish with chopped Italian parsley.
Top it off with cumin and hot pepper powder.
Serve.

Tips and ideas:

You can serve it with salad veggies and crostini.

You can prepare different kinds of dips.

Healthy Red Lentil Kofta Vegan Vegetarian Recipe
Images – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lutCNNwY75o

Amazing Vegan Freekeh Chili (Stuffed Bell Peppers) Recipe

Do you want to try a different chili othern than the traditional chili recipe? Traditionally, it consists of ground beef, beans and seasonings. For vegan lovers, here’s a quick and easy recipe you can follow to still keep up with your vegan option.

Ingredients:

• 2 cups freekeh or quinoa (cooked)
• Bell peppers
• 1.75 cup frozen corn
• 1 can dark red kidney beans
• 1 can black beans
• 1 cup red onion (chopped)
• 1 cup cilantro (chopped)
• 1 large green bell pepper (chopped)
• 2 garlic cloves (chopped)
• 2 tomatoes (chopped)
• 1 can tomato sauce
• 2 cups vegetable broth
• 1 tbsp coconut oil
• 1 tbsp smoked paprika
• 1 teaspoon chipotle chili pepper
• 1 teaspoon coriander
• 1/2 teaspoon gumbo file (or 1 teaspoon cumin)

Instructions:

For the bell peppers:

Cut the tops of the bell peppers.
Remove its insides.
Place on a baking sheet.
Let it bake for 10 minutes at 405 F.
Set aside.

For the chili:

Set skillet or saucepan over medium-high heat.
Pour coconut oil.
Saute chopped garlic and red onions.
Add tomato sauce, freekeh (or quinoa), vegetable broth, bell pepper, and tomato.
Sprinkle seasonings – paprika, coriander, chipotle chili, and gumbo file (or cumin).
Stir well.
Let it simmer for 3-5 minutes.
Add in chopped green bell pepper and tomato.
Stir and let it simmer for 2-3 minutes.
Add red kidney beans, black beans, cilantro, corn, and vegetable broth.
Reduce to medium heat.
Stir well and let it cook for 8 minutes.
Remove from heat.

Prepare the baked bell peppers.
Stuff them with the chili.
Put inside the oven and bake for 8 minutes.
Remove from the oven and transfer to a plate.
Serve and enjoy!

Tips and ideas:

You can also serve it in a rice bowl.

Add lemon wedges and chopped cilantro for presentation.

Amazing Vegan Freekeh Chili (Stuffed Bell Peppers)
Images – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zXLr7vVXR-w

Sweet And Spicy Tofu

Tofu is a great source of lean protein. It is used in numerous Asian dishes and has also gained much popularity all over the world. Tofu is very versatile and can be cooked in so many different ways. In this recipe, the tofu is coated with cornstarch and fried until crunchy.

What makes this dish really delicious is the sauce. It has a perfect balance of sweet, salty, sour, and spicy flavors. This recipe also uses ingredients which are either easy to find or are readily available at home. So if you want a healthy yet, a budget-friendly dish, make this sweet and spicy tofu. Serve it as an appetizer or with hot steaming rice.

Ingredients:

• 300 grams of extra firm tofu
• 1 cup of cornstarch
• ½ cup of vegetable oil
• 3 tbsp granulated sugar
• 1 tbsp hot pepper flakes
• 1 thumb size ginger, minced
• 2 cloves garlic, crushed
• 1 tbsp soy sauce
• 2 tbsp water
• 1 tsp vinegar
• 1 tsp sesame oil
• ¼ tsp ground black pepper
• 1 tbsp chopped spring onions
• 1 tsp sesame seeds

Instructions:

This recipe takes about 40 minutes to make. Serves 2.

Using a paper towel, pat the tofu dry.
Cut the tofu into 1/2-inch thick cubes.
Coat tofu cubes with cornstarch.
Heat oil in a frying pan over medium heat.
Fry tofu cubes in batches until they turn light brown in color.
Place fried tofu cubes on a plate lined with paper towel to drain excess oil.
Set aside while you prepare the sauce.
To make the sauce, put sugar, hot pepper flakes, ginger, garlic, soy sauce, water, vinegar, sesame oil, and ground black pepper in a saucepan.
Simmer over medium-low heat just until the sauce boils.
Turn off heat.
Transfer fried tofu cubes to a serving dish.
Pour sauce directly over the fried tofu cubes.
Sprinkle spring onions and sesame seeds on top.

Ideas And Tips:

• You may use 3 tsp honey to replace sugar.

• Coating each tofu cube with cornstarch would be time-consuming. An easier way is to put the cornstarch in a zip-lock bag, then the tofu cubes. Seal the bag and shake well to make sure each piece is coated! Don’t forget to pat any excess cornstarch from the tofu cubes before frying.

• You can also put the fried tofu cubes directly into the sauce once it’s done. Mix well to make sure each tofu cube is coated with the sauce.

Sweet And Spicy Tofu
images – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O4eE6LF9pYM