Thursday, 27 September 2012

Tomatillo Calzones

These are good. Now, in the spirit of "full transparency", I'm wearing cling wrap as I write this.
Also, this recipe was inspired by Meg over at Spark People. Now the problem I faced was 1) The recipe THEY had wasn't vegan, and 2) my kids won't try this. They would probably love it if they did, but sometimes you need to make two meals to make people happy.

Below is the Vegan Calzone recipe, for the kids, I just put in pizza sauce, cheese, and a deli meat of their choice. Boom, they are happy.

Calzone's and Empanada's are very similar, in fact, I'm a little unsure of where this one really should be categorized. So I'm calling it a calzone, because it's less "weird" sounding to those who are a little afraid to try something different.

For cooking music, I dunno about you, but it's time to turn up your speakers. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OVFOAKREWAA

 As much as I like cooking things from scratch, I had to make this dish in under 30 minutes...so I bought a lot of this pre-made. Also, I'm trying to be at least a little bit healthy here, so you'll notice..no oil.

Ingredients:
1 bag of pizza dough: you can usually buy pre-made pizza dough in the bakery section of your local grocery store, or you can make your own. I bought the pre-made. It was vegan, it was cheap, and it was already done.
Equivelent of 1 lbs veggie crumbles or "yves" veggie ground round
3/4 cup Salsa Verde : super important, this is made from tomatillos. (which are not green tomatoes)
1 tsp cumin
1.5 tsp chili powder
one small or half a large onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
half red bell pepper, diced
salt n pepper are here, and they are in effect
1 tomato diced (optional, I opted out...I should have opted in you win some, you lose some)
Daiya Vegan Cheese
Corn flour
1/4 of water

Method:
1. Turn up speakers
1. B. Now my bag of dough said preheat the oven to 425ยบ... so I did what I was told!
2. Open your pizza dough and let it "breathe" for 20 - 30 minutes at room temperature
3. In your non-stick pan (essential) toss in your onions and garlic, cook till onions soften
4. Add in your veggie crumbles (hydrated of course) tomatoes water cumin and chili powder cook over pretty high heat, you want the water to make a bit of a gravy with the spices, and evaporate off
5. Reduce heat to medium, and add in your salsa verde, stir and simmer for a few minutes
6. Turn off the heat and toss your peppers in, stir. Let the residual heat cook the peppers.

Move over to your pizza dough, my bag of dough had enough to make 6 calzones! Awesome. Cut your dough into 6 as best you can. Now this was the extremely clumsy part for me. Pizza dough and I don't get along. Dust your 1/6th dough in corn flour and stretch into a circle of sorts, clickity click barba split. To make a 10" circle(ish) I grabbed a dinner plate and turned it upside down. I then stretched the dough across the flour dusted plate in a "tuning a drum" fashion, by stretching to opposing sides of the plate.

Spoon your filling onto the stretched dough and toss on some cheese. NOT A LOT OF CHEESE. This isn't pizza folks, you don't want to dominate the flavour with cheese.

It will look a little bit like this!
Now fold over the dough and pinch along the edges. If you went a little crazy with the corn flour, it might be hard to seal it, use a little water if necessary.

The "v" means "vegan", the piece of fake ham means "fake ham"


Place on a baking sheet dusted with corn flour, and cook until golden brown. This doesn't take long, around 10-15 minutes tops, so keep an eye on things!

Once cooked, remove from oven, serve with some extra salsa verde on the side and enjoy!!




Thursday, 20 September 2012

Tofu Scramble, and apologies.

I'm sorry I haven't been around updating this for a while. In the past year, I've gotten hella-busy, and that business distracted me. So there's the apology. Now onto FOOD.

This vegan scramble is kind of kick-ass for a couple of reasons, 1) it's vegan 2) it's tasty 3) it should be a "superfood" as it's all good with nothing bad...well except some salt. But you're here for meatless recipe's not salt-free recipe's so shhhhhhhhh.

I made this while listening to George Thorogood. I'm not a George Thorogood fan, so I'm not suggesting you listen to that while you're cooking this, but that's what was on, so if you want to set the mood, find some decent rock music and there you go.



For lunch I had scramble and mashed cauliflower/potatoes.

Ingredients. This is so simple, I love it.
1 package of FIRM tofu. Move past that soft mushy stuff.
1/2 cup of kale, approximately, actually, a "handful of finely diced kale" is more accurate.
1 large tomato, diced
1 small/med onion, diced finely
1 tsp olive oil (honestly, I use a bit more..shhh)
1 1/2 tbsp curry powder
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 red pepper diced
1/2 green pepper diced
3 cloves garlic
Salt to taste

Put a large skillet on medium heat, toss in your onions, olive oil, and garlic.
While that cooks for a minute, 'till the onions "clear" you want to "crumble" the tofu. Wash your hands, and crumble that tofu. You want a scrambled egg like texture.
When the onions have clarified, add the peppers, tomatoes, 1/2 tbsp Curry Powder, and stir.
Cook that for about a minute, then toss in your  tofu crumbles. Add in the remaining 1tbsp of curry powder and cumin, mix all of  that goodness together until everything is covered in yellow curry madness. Now let it sit, don't touch it, don't stir it, look away, for a few minutes.

In this time, grab a leaf or so of kale and dice it finely. You want a good handful, but not so much as to be over powering.

Go back to your pan, stir it, pat it down, and let it sit again. Put your kale on top of the mix, and let it steam up there. Put a lid over the pan and go do something unrelated for a few minutes. Maybe you can read a chapter of 50 Shades of Grey, or listen to a couple Take Drugs songs.

After about 3 minutes come back to your pan and you can mix in that kale.

Add a dash of salt, and you're ready to serve.

Why do I like this recipe so much? Because it's all things I usually have in the fridge! No peppers? No worries, grab some frozen corn. No kale? Grab some spinach. Now here's the real kicker, you get a lot of nutrients for relatively few calories.

If you divide this recipe in 2 (it should serve 4, but let's face it, you're having seconds.) here's the deets:
437 calories
30 g fat
54 g carbs
56 g protien
75% of your daily iron
60% of your daily B6
230% of your daily calcium
302% of your daily vitamin A
and much much more.