Super Simple Vegan Chick Pea Curry

It’s Monday and I feel awesome! This past weekend Mike and I climbed two 14’ers – Torrey’s & Grays – and man what a rush! After 8 hours of climbing (this was a legitimate climb, not a hike!), we were wiped. Sooooo, no grocery shopping for us Sunday. Plus, my car is in the shop, so I couldn’t have gone shopping after work anyway (thank goodness I work from home!).

Grays & Torreys
Grays & Torreys

So, what the heck do I cook for dinner on Monday?! DAMNIT!

Perfect solution: Chick Pea Curry.

There are a few staples I always keep around and chick peas and lentils are two of them. I’m a huge proponent of using what you have on hand to create a weeknight meal – and this was a two dish-er (meaning I only used a pot and a cast iron skillet, which translates to minimal dishes!) Nailed it!

Voila – dinner is served!

Simple Vegan Chick pea Curry
Simple Vegan Chick pea Curry

Simple Chick Pea Curry

1/2 small onion, diced
3 garlic gloves, minced
3 tablespoons of vegan butter (it tastes JUST the same! I use Earth balance)
4 button mushrooms, sliced thin
1/4 can of whole tomatoes, sliced crudely or 1 small can of tomato puree
1 cup of diced carrots
1 handful of green beans
3 tablespoons of curry powder
1 tablespoon of ginger powder (if you don’t have ginger powder, onion powder would be just as good!)1 1/2 cups coconut milk
1 cup dried green lentils
1 12 oz can of organic chick peas, drained and dried (you can even bake for 10 minutes at 400 if you want)
Pinch of sea salt

Directions:

Heat the butter – when melted, throw the onion and garlic in for about 2-3 minutes. Then throw the carrots in for another 3-4.

While that is sauteing, put 2 cups of water with 1 cup of lentils in a pot. Boil rapidly, then turn down the heat (uncovered pot) for about 20 minutes.

When carrot mixture has cooked for about 7-8 minutes, put in the coconut milk, tomato, spices and salt. Cook until the mixture boils, stirring occasionally, then simmer. Throw in your chick peas, green beans and mushrooms and cook for another 4-6 minutes. I like my veggies al dente, so cook longer if that’s your preference!

Spoon your lentils into a bowl and top with your curry goodness! I put sriracha on mine (as I put that on everything and have killed my taste buds!) but Mike had his plain and loved it!

Happy Dinning!

Holy Mole: Cinco de Mayo meal in Review

Last Tuesday, Cinco de Mayo was in full effect in our house. Fiestas abound and to celebrate I cooked two delicious dishes: A quinoa breakfast bowl, with fresh guacamole and black beans & sweet potato and squash enchiladas with a homemade mole sauce. Sometimes you just want something elseOh, both were out of this world and super easy to make!

 

Homemade Guacamole
Homemade Guacamole

Quinoa Breakfast Bowl 

Mornings can be super busy, you’re trying to get out of the house, to work, dressed, dogs/baby fed….but I get bored with breakfast! I’m telling you this didn’t take much longer than throwing fruit into a blender. While you’re waiting for the Quinoa & beans to heat up, make the guacamole. Voila – a fabulous breakfast that’s WAY above boring.

Directions: 

Cook 1 cup of quinoa as directed (takes a bit more water than a 1:1 ratio). Heat up a can of black beans.  Chop some cilantro. Top with homemade guacamole!

Homemade Guacamole 

1 avocado
1/4 of a red onion, minced
2 lime wedges
1 garlic clove minced

Mix all ingredients (squeeze lime juice in, don’t throw the whole wedge!)

Mole Sauce
Mole Sauce

Sweet Potato & Squash Enchiladas with Mole Sauce

1 sweet potato diced into cubes
1 squash, 1 zucchini diced into cubes
2 gloves of garlic minced
2 tablespoons of olive oil
3 tablespoons water
2 cups of kale, chopped

Saute garlic in olive oil for a few minutes. Add potato. Cook for a few minutes on med-high heat. Add water and stir until all is absorbed. Cook for another 5-8 minutes. Add Squash & zucchini. Add kale and sauté for another few minutes.

Spoon into tortilla wrappers, fold and put in a sprayed pan.

 

Mole Sauce

1/2 red onion minced
2 Garlic cloves
2 tablespoons peanut butter (I used a chunky natural)
1 tomato
1 cup veggie broth
1 tablespoon caco powder
3-4 squares dark chocolate
3 pablano peppers (or dried chili peppers) roasted – put in oven for 25 minutes at 375
1 tablespoon chili powder

Cook onion in olive oil for 3-4 minutes, add garlic. Cook another 4-5. Empty into a blender. Add broth, tomato, cacao powder, peanut butter, pablano peppers. Blend. Add to stove top in a pan and stir. Throw in chocolate bits and stir until melted.

Sweet Potato Enchiladas with a Mole Sauce!
Sweet Potato Enchiladas with a Mole Sauce!

Top the enchiladas with 1/2 the mole sauce – bake at 350 for 20 minutes. Use more mole sauce on the side if ya want!