I've been kicking around the idea of making an easy guacamole without dairy and came up with this as inspired by a recipe found on thecreativecaveman.com. I do like my guacamole smooth however but made an exception here and was pleasantly surprised by my laboratory experiment!
Tofu can replace tempeh if preferred. For a meal-in-a-bowl serve over steamed short grain brown rice, whole wheat pasta, quinoa, etc. From Better Nutrition magazine. Only a few changes were made from the original recipe. Easy!
From deliciousliving.com. Other fresh, frozen or dried fruit can replace the blueberries (raspberries, strawberries, dates, etc.) Don't have pecans on hand? Substitute almonds, walnuts or hazelnuts for example. Slightly adapted by me. Makes 2 hearty servings or 4 small servings.
Candied Sweet Potatoes from Mexico. Source: combination of lacocinadeleslie.com, bettycrocker.com and a few other websites. Based on an appetizer we enjoyed in a local restaurant. Note: I cut the test recipe in half.
From turkishcookbook.com. A salad from Istanbul. Note: because fresh cherries are out of season (shame, because Rainier cherries from Washington state would be amazing in this recipe!) I replaced them with sweet dried cherries. You also have the option of substituting other seasonal fruit: peaches, pears, etc. in either fresh or dried form. Turkish feta subbed for the tulum cheese (the latter which I've yet to find here locally).
Printed in the cookbook 'From the Land of Figs and Olives'. I also introduced a little bit of US Pacific Northwest to this recipe with the use of a very small amount of Salish smoked salt however the smoked salt is optional. Also, I dry roasted cumin seeds in a cast iron skillet and ground the seeds to a fine powder. A typical Moroccan street vendor food. Super easy!
Found in the cookbook From the Lands of Figs and Olives. I don't know if this is supposed to be prepared with 100% white grape juice or 100% concord grape juice. I tested with unsweetened organic concord grape juice. You also have the option of making your own grape juice: Recipe #41039. If your juice is sweetened, omit the sugar in the recipe. An ideal introduction to orange blossom water if you've never tasted it before.
Cooked wheat berries in milk from Egypt. Please take into consideration the time necessary to soak the wheat berries overnight and to cook them for one hour. Good for either breakfast or dessert but we enjoyed it better as the former. Wheat berries have quite a chewy texture so if you've never cooked with them before at least you know what to expect. As found in the cookbook 'Mediterranean Light' by Martha Rose Shulman. Vegan friendly.
Chef Rob Pronk at Hopkins Hotel in Belize as printed in the cookbook 'Flavors of Belize'. Please use a good quality aged balsamic. I tested this sauce over steamed summer vegetables: zucchini, cauliflower and broccoli; leftover brown rice. Unusual yet delicious combination of flavors. Recipe introduction in the cookbook recommends the sauce over beef tenderloin or fish.
Adapted from several online recipes: namely 'Flavors of Belize' cookbook and belmopancityonlin.com. Vegan friendly. For the record: I used half unbleached cane sugar and half demerara. If at all possible, please use *freshly* grated nutmeg. My Belizean friend described these buns "like English scones."
For this delicious summertime recipe I combined elements from two separate recipes printed in the cookbook Mediterranean Light: Zucchini Ajlouke (see Recipe #173461) and Tunisian Zucchini Salad. Assignment: Grill a surplus of vegetables from our CSA box: organic zucchini, yellow summer squash and carrots. If the zucchini you're using is large, go ahead and peel it. Sometimes the peel can be tough on those larger specimens. The carrots were included for color and to add a wee hint of sweetness, too. For vegan version, omit the yogurt or use your favorite non-dairy substitute.
Cinnamoned Peaches or Oranges from Morocco. For the test recipe I used one of my favorite summertime fruits: white peaches. Fresh from the garden lemon verbena garnished the fruit beautifully! From 'The Arabian Delights'. Try other seasonal fruits: watermelon/honeydew, nectarines, cara cara oranges, blood oranges, etc.
Courtesy of my wonderful niece The Next Jeneration. She said the inspiration for this recipe is from a local deli in her neighborhood. All amounts given for the ingredients are estimated. Although I dislike thyme, it didn't bother me at all in this recipe. Perhaps I'm warming up to it...? Delicious Mediterranean/French/Greek/Middle Eastern flavors!
Another delicious recipe from Martha Rose Shulman's 'Mediterranean Light' cookbook with only a few changes. I use this quick recipe often for preparing harissa: Recipe #113468. Whole wheat couscous is my preference but standard will work of course. You will easily convince yourself that you're eating Spanish rice because the flavors and appearance are very similar.
Local recipe. For a vegetarian version, substitute any seasonal vegetable such as eggplant, summer squash/zucchini, acorn squash, portabello mushrooms, etc. either grilled or roasted. *FRESH* herbs only, please! Even quicker to prepare if you use leftover shredded meat or vegetables!