November 19th, 2009

Chickpea Curry

I started off with this recipe, but tailored it to my needs a bit. It was amazing.

Ingredients

* 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
* 2 onions, minced
* 2 cloves garlic, minced
* 2 teaspoons fresh ginger root, finely chopped
* 6 whole cloves (I used 1.5tsp of ground clove instead)
* 2 (2 inch) sticks cinnamon, crushed (I used 2tsp ground cinnamon instead)
* 1 teaspoon ground cumin
* 1 teaspoon ground coriander
* salt
* 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
* 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
* 2 (15 ounce) cans chickpeas
* 1 small can tomato paste
* 1/2 cup coconut milk
* 1 cup chopped fresh cilantro

Directions

Heat oil in a large frying pan or pot over medium heat, and fry onions until tender.

Stir in garlic, ginger, cloves, cinnamon, cumin, coriander, salt, cayenne, and turmeric. Cook for 1 minute over medium heat, stirring constantly.

Mix in chickpeas and their liquid.

Combine tomato paste and coconut milk in a bowl and add to pot.

Cook on medium-high heat, stirring til mixed. Put a lid on it and let it simmer for as long as you want. The longer, the better. Make sure to stir it regularly.

Stir in cilantro just before serving, reserving 1 tablespoon for garnish. I served this also with coconut chutney, toasted coconut, and sesame seeds.

Eat with rice or naan.

Your favorite meals kids love

Hi everyone. My children and I are mostly vegetarian (I say "mostly" because my mom insists on feeding them meat when they're over her house. She thinks I'm harming them by not giving them any. Nothing I say helps.) I'm making the transition to raw vegan (been trying to do this for a while. I'm just so addicted to cooked foods!). I would like the kids to eventually be vegan too, though they don't have to be raw if they don't want to.

Mostly they're eating the same thing they were eating when we were an omni family with the exception of meat. I would like to make their diet more vegan if possible. Whole foods definitely a plus.

What are some of your favorite meals for kids? My children love peas, corn, carrots, celery, cucumber, and green beans. My daughter loves to try new things (she's 4) and she sometimes will eat the raw dishes I make. She also loves spinach, collard greens, and kale when they're in a salad. Sometimes she'll also eat yellow squash. My son won't touch most of the raw dishes though he is starting to like more veggies in his diet (he's 8). He seems addicted to bread and sugary foods and I worry about canidida with him. Sometimes they won't eat the veggies but usually they will. They also love pasta but I'm trying to move towards more whole foods, as I said. They both love nearly every type of fruit I've brought into the house (though neither is a big fan of kiwi or blackberries).

They eat fruits and veggies for snacks. This was in place even when we were omni.

This has been hard because neither really likes change much. That's why I haven't change their diet much, with the exception of eliminating meat. I'm looking to introducing one new meal a week to them and start from there.

Cherry Cobbler and Stir-fry

My mom wants a cherry cobbler for Thanksgiving, and I need some help. I refuse to use the cherry pie filling stuff, cause it's got all kinds of ickies in it, and the rest of the meal is from scratch, so the cobbler should be too. So can I use frozen cherries, or jar cherries, or what? I tried looking online, but couldn't find any sites that I trusted. Do any of you have good recipes for me?


And on a helpful note, I made a really good stir-fry last night! I was at the supermarket, trying to figure out what I wanted, and the only thing in the entire store that sounded good was green peppers (excellent since I absolutely hated them before I went vegan). So I grabbed a couple, and then walked around to see what else was there. I saw some stir-fry noodles and it sounded perfect! So I grabbed some sugar snap peas, mini carrots, canned pineapple and some frozen broccoli and headed home! After doing some research on this lovely site, and I decided to do a coconut-peanut sauce. So I sauteed all the vegetables and for the sauce I mixed some heaping spoonfuls of peanut butter with some So Delicious coconut milk and some soy sauce (heated on the stove to melt the peanut butter). And the I served it over the noodles. It was delicious!!!