Winter Dinners (Vegetarian/Vegan)

Well I’m pretty happy every day is getting longer and it’s the new year. So I celebrated with a favourite Persian stew: if you’re really into Persian cooking to make it uber authentic add 1TB of grape molasses…mmm enjoy. And dead easy.

This looks delicious! Thanks for posting.

Speaking of winter stews, I just came across this recipe and plan to give it a go in the next day or two.
Carrot Osso Buco (vegan)

A wonderful winter pasta sauce is walnuts pounded with olive oil, milk and stale bread, often with a bit a marjoram and/or garlic if you like . The milk can be omitted to make a vegan dish. Typically it is served over a ravioli stuffed with greens, but it is also nice with a whole grain pasta.

Almost anything with chestnuts is a favorite winter dish of mine, including chestnut soup or chestnut risotto. A terrifically rich and warming winter dish is potato gnocchi tossed with crumbled chestnuts, diced apples and dabs of gorgonzola, or chestnut gnocchi with mushrooms and brussels sprouts.

Here’s a FABULOUS lentil soup recipe that I made - and loved:

Made dead easy & delicious Pad See Eew this evening from this recipe - it tells you to use tofu as a variant

my condiments were Sriracha sauce, brown rice vinegar, and I had kimchi and salsa on the side. Also I made it with fresh pho noodles which I really liked

This is one of my favorites:

Sweet Potato and Black Bean Chili

1 tbsp olive oil
1 med/large sweet potato, peeled and diced
1 large onion, diced
4 cloves of garlic, minced
2 tbsp chili powder
4 tsps ground cumin
1/2 tsp ground chipotle chile
1/4 tsp salt
2 1/2 cups water
2 cans of black beans, rinced and drained
1 14 oz can of diced tomatoes
4 tsps lime juice
1/2 cups chopped fresh cilantro

Saute the sweet potato and onion in the oil until soft. Add spices, water, beans and tomatoes and bring to a boil. Turn down and simmer until potato is cooked. Stir in lime juice and cilantro. Serve.

The recipe came from Eating Well magazine.

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Bessarabsky Market, Kyiv. Ukraine
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