16 Bean, Leek, and Kielbasa Soup

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16 Bean, Leek, and Kielbasa Soup ~ From Vegetate, Vegan Cooking and Food Blog

“I used to help my granddaddy make sausage. He would mix it up in a cleaned-out washtub with his hands, no gloves. Man, if we did anything like that today, they would jack the jail up and throw us under it.”Jimmy Dean

Don’t worry, we would never use Jimmy Dean sausages. We made this soup with yummy vegan Kielbasa, of course!

This hearty and satisfying stew was made from 16 types of dried beans (available at grocery stores as “16 Bean Soup Mix”), carrots, celery, onions, red wine, thyme, celery seed, Creole seasoning, garlic, leeks, green beans, beer, store-bought vegan kielbasa, and more! The recipe includes instructions for how to make this on the stove or in a slow cooker. We used our slow cooker and this turned out wonderfully. This is a great lunch recipe that goes really well with a vegan grilled cheese sandwich! The recipe is from Betty Goes Vegan by Annie & Dan Shannon, page 70.

Kielbasa Facts: Kielbasa is a type of Polish sausage that is also known as kołbasa, klobasa, kobasa, kolbasi, kovbasa, kobasi, and kubasa.

A Slow-Cooked Tandoori Feast

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Tandoori Feast ~ From Vegetate, Vegan Cooking & Food Blog

“There is more to life than increasing its speed.”Mahatma Gandhi

For this sumptuous feast we slow-cooked Tandoori Baked Tofu and Tandoori Spiced Potatoes with Spinach from Carla Kelly’s book Quick and Easy Vegan Slow Cooking, pages 118 and 112 respectively, and served them alongside Coconut Rice (page 216) and some warm Spelt Chapatis from Laura Matthias’ ExtraVeganZa, page 137.

I am crazy about the rich, spicy flavors of these Indian dishes. Slow cooking is a nice, low-maintenance way to cook because once your ingredients are heating up in the cooker you can literally walk away for 6-8 hours until your food is ready to eat! No fuss, no muss, no burnt food. We enjoy slow-cooking food so much at our house that we have two slow-cookers, which we used to make both of these Tandoori dishes. Next time we’ll have to make some yummy mango chutney, too!

Both the Tandoori Baked Tofu and Tandoori Spiced Potatoes with Spinach are grain-free.

Tandoori Fact: Tandoori cooking is named after a tandoor, which is a high-temperature cylindrical clay oven in which foods are cooked. Our slow cooker has a red clay pot (pictured above), which really enhances the richness of the flavors.

Red Cherry Plum Jam

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Red Cherry Plum Jam ~ From Vegetaet, Vegan Cooking & Food Blog

“That’s why I hate to get started in these jam sessions. I’m always the last one to leave.”Elvis Presley

We recently made jars and jars of red cherry plum jam with the help of our backyard cherry plum trees using this recipe.

There is something so fundamentally satisfying about putting up foods from your own garden. Making jam is easy to do, and you can make a year’s worth in just a few hours for pennies once you’ve purchased the jars.

Canned foods will keep for an indefinite period of time as long as the seal is intact and they have been properly processed.

Canning Facts: Frenchman Nicholas Appert developed the method for preserving food that we call canning in 1809.  He used glass jars sealed with corks held in place with wire.

Mini Focaccia with Tapenade

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Mini Focaccia with Tapenade ~ From Vegetate, Vegan Cooking & Food Blog

“Appetizers are the little things you keep eating until you lose your appetite.” — Joe Moore

Feast your eyes on these cute little round focaccia breads with a caper and kalamata olive spread, topped with chopped heirloom tomatoes and fresh rosemary. These are fun to make and a great appetizer option for when you’re having company over. Delicious warm or at room temperature.

The recipe is from Party Vegan, by Robin Robertson, page 62.

Focaccia Fact: Focaccia is a popular flat oven-baked Italian bread that is traditionally topped with olive oil and herbs and other ingredients.

Tempeh and Barley-Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

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Tempeh and Barley-Stuffed Cabbage Rolls ~ From Vegetate, Vegan Cooking & Food Blog

“The time has come,” the Walrus said, to talk of many things: of shoes–and ships–and sealing-wax–of cabbages–and kings–and why the sea is boiling hot–and whether pigs have wings.”Lewis Carroll, from Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There, 1872

These sweet & savory cabbage rolls were filled with tempeh, barley, carrots, onions, and dill, cooked in a tangy tomato sauce, topped with fresh heirloom tomatoes and served over Yukon Gold mashed potatoes.

From Robin Robertson’s wonderful cookbook Fresh from the Vegetarian Slow Cooker, page 161.

Slow cooking really brings out the flavors in food and makes foods like these so tender they just melt in your mouth.

Cabbage Fact: Cultures in which cabbage is a staple food, such as in Poland and some parts of China, show a low incidence of breast cancer. Research suggests this is due to the protective effect of sulfur-containing compounds in cabbage.