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:
http://easypersianrecipes.blogspot.com/2014/02/persian-okra-stew.html 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) http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/carrot-osso-buco-richard-blais

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: http://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/1016062-red-lentil-soup-with-lemon

Made dead easy & delicious Pad See Eew this evening from this recipe - it tells you to use tofu as a variant
http://www.thaitable.com/thai/recipe/pad-see-ew

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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