DDD #53 – Spicy Garlic & Ginger Green Beans

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So easy & delicious over rice or my Garlic & Ginger Cauliflower Rice.

Spicy Garlic and Ginger Green Beans

INGREDIENTS

12 oz green beans

1 onion – sliced

1 TBS (more or less – to taste) crushed red pepper

Splash of soy sauce

1-2 TBS coconut oil (or olive oil)

4 garlic cloves – minced

1 TBS ginger – minced

Sesame seeds as garnish

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DIRECTIONS

In a very large saute pan (or wok) – heat the oil on high heat.  Add the onions, green beans & crushed red pepper.  Stir & cook until the green beans are cooked to your desired softness.  I like them a bit crunchy & probably cooked them for between 5-8 minutes.  At the very end, add the minced garlic & ginger & stir to incorporate.  Cook for maybe a minute or two.  Garnish with sesame seeds & eat it as a side or over rice.  Ymmmmmmm!

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Vegan Creamy Roasted Red Pepper & Sweet Potato Soup with Coconut-Ginger Cream, Pistachios & Pomegranate Seeds

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This might – honestly – be the most delicious soup I have ever made and it is as easy as can be.  If you have a blender, food processor or immersion blender – you can wow the fuck out of your friends with this glorious, autumnal, light & healthy, rich & creamy soup!  I used all the random veggies that I had wilting in my vegetable bins.  You can add or subtract ingredients but I gotta say – this baby is kinda perfect!  Very little added oil & chock full of veggie nutrients.  The Coconut- ginger cream is certainly optional but it adds a nice level.  The pistachios & pomegranate were for texture & color – but they can go with little impact on this soup.  If you are not vegan – stirring in a little goat cheese might be a nice touch.

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Vegan Creamy Roasted Red Pepper & Sweet Potato Soup with Coconut-Ginger Cream, Pistachios & Pomegranate Seeds

Serves 4 very well

INGREDIENTS

3 medium sweet potatoes – sliced into 1/2-inch rounds

3 bell peppers – halved & seeded

1/2 onion (or a leek or some shallots) – peeled & cut in half

10 small carrots – ends trimmed

1 jalapeno (optional)

1 TBS fresh lemon juice (optional)

2 garlic cloves

1 tsp red (or other) curry powder (or curry paste)

1 tsp smoked paprika

1/2 tsp ground cumin

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 to 1 tsp cayenne

Several fresh thyme sprigs (or 1/2 tsp dry thyme)

4 cups vegetable stock

olive oil (or coconut or other oil)

S&P

Garnish – pistachios and pomegranate seeds (optional)

for the coconut-ginger cream

5.5 ounces coconut milk

1-3 TBS minced ginger (I used a squeezable kind) – or to taste

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DIRECTIONS

Heat the oven to 450 degrees.

Toss the vegetables in a bit of olive oil & spread in a single layer on cooking sheets (covered with either foil sprayed with cooking spray or parchment paper).  Salt & pepper liberally.  Cook for about 30+ minutes or until the veggies are soft.  Some might need to come out earlier than others.  I cooked an extra sweet potato to put in my dogs’ food tonight.  They LOVE sweet potatoes.  The bell peppers should blacken a little bit.  When the peppers are done – either put them in a tightly-closed container or wrap them in foil to cool a bit.  This will make them sweat & the skins should peel off nicely under running water.  Do not worry if all the skin does not come off.

Meanwhile – combine the coconut milk & ginger – adding ginger in increments – until it tastes good to you.  Set aside.

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Once you can handle the veggies (not the sweet potatoes) – chop them a little bit.  Seed the jalapeno to make it less spicy.  I used the seeds.

Heat a little olive oil in a large stock pot & add the chopped veggies & sweet potato and garlic.  Stir to combine & then add stock & spices.  Squeeze in about a TBS lemon juice.  Bring to a boil & turn off heat.

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Puree the soup in batches or with an immersion blender.  I added about 1-2 cups of water to thin it enough to puree in the blender.  Season with S&P.

Serve garnished with coconut-ginger cream, pistachios & pomegranate seeds.

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Vegan Spicy Ginger-Garlic Red Pepper Beef Steak with Vegetable Fried Cauliflower Rice

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I whipped both the rice & the beef up within 30 minutes – the beef part taking about ten minutes.  SO EASY!   This is quick, easy & the most exotic ingredient is dark soy sauce – which is a very optional ingredient.  As a Beyond Meat superfan – I was unfamiliar with these Gardein Beefless Tips – until today.    I must confess – I found them quite delightful.

This recipe is pretty healthy – especially if you use cauliflower rice.  I threw mine together with cauliflower, carrots, zucchini & jalapenos, ginger, garlic & some soy sauce and a squeeze of some Kung Pao sauce – because that was what I had.  You can stir fry any combination of veggies & spices you prefer.  Here are a few variations of cauliflower rice for you to consider:

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Spicy Vegan Chicken in Pad Thai Sauce with Garlic and Ginger Green Beans and Cauliflower Rice (above)

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Garlic & Ginger Cauliflower Rice (above)

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Easy Cilantro Scallion Lime Cauliflower Rice (above)

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Coconut, Ginger & Jalapeno Cauliflower “Rice” (above)

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Spicy Orange Cauliflower with Cauliflower Fried Rice (Vegan & Gluten Free) (above)

Any of those rices would work – or any invention you might come up with.

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Vegan Spicy Ginger-Garlic Red Pepper Beef Steak

Serves 2

INGREDIENTS

9 oz vegan steak tips or other vegan beef

2 red bell peppers – sliced

1 onion – sliced in a similar shape to the bell pepper strips

Olive oil (or coconut oil)

1 tsp crushed red pepper (optional)

2 TBS minced ginger (I always use jarred because t is so much easier)

1-4 garlic cloves – minced

1 cup low-sodium soy sauce (or tamari)

1 cup water

2 TBS dark soy sauce (omit if you cannot find it)

1/2 cup (or more to taste) brown sugar

1-3 TBS cornstarch

Garnish – scallions & COOKED CAULIFLOWER RICE (make ahead because the beef cooks quickly)

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DIRECTIONS

Heat about 1 TBS oil & saute the red bell & onion & beefless tips over high heat until the vegetables begin to get soft – maybe 3-5 minutes.  Add the garlic & ginger & crushed red pepper.  Stir to combine and cook about 1 minute.  Add soy sauce, dark soy sauce, water & brown sugar.  Bring to a boil & stir in cornstarch 1 TBS at a time.  The sauce should thicken very quickly so you might not need to use a second or third TBS.  Your call.  If it gets too thick – just add water.

Serve with your cauliflower rice & some sliced scallions.  Mmmmm!

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Coconut, Ginger & Jalapeno Cauliflower “Rice”

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I think everyone likes rice one way or the other but sometimes you just don’t want that starch & carb thing.  But, sometimes, you find you are 50 years old & are 25 pounds off your game weight.  Sometimes, you can’t fit into even your “fat” pants – unless they have a stretchy waist…and it is always a slippery slope – getting too cozy in those stretchy pants.  Sometimes – you gotta take a stand, make sacrifices, cut yourself off.  Sometimes, you need to cut calories & God knows you are not cutting back on the wine & champagne.  You don’t want to become alchorexic – saving all your calories up to drink at night.  So – what do you do?  You make things like this cauliflower rice!  Seems like rice – but it is just grated cauliflower!  Guiltless & a good way to sneak extra veggies into veggie-suspicious diners.  It really is convincing – especially when incorporated into other dishes – like Thai or Indian foods.

In the past, I have posted Garlic and Ginger Cauliflower RiceEasy Cilantro Scallion Lime Cauliflower Rice, Cauliflower Fried Rice, and Spicy Thai Fried Cauliflower “Rice” – seen below, respectively.  Today – I am posting a Coconut, Ginger & Jalapeno Cauliflower “Rice.”  If you have never tried it before – trust me – it works!  Really seems like rice but you can shove it in your face like you are at an eating tournament & your ass won’t grow a bit.  It might even tighten up!  So – why not give it a go?

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Coconut, Ginger & Jalapeno Cauliflower “Rice”

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

I head cauliflower – leaves & core cut away

2 jalapeno peppers – seeded & diced

2 TBS grated fresh ginger or ginger paste

1 cup unsweetened, grated coconut

2 TBS coconut oil

1 tsp ground cumin

S&P

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DIRECTIONS

Grate the cauliflower with a box grater or with the grating blade in a food processor.

Heat the coconut oil in a wok or large frying pan & cook the jalapenos until they begin to soften.  Add te ginger & cook one minute.  Add the cauliflower, coconut & cumin & cook about 5 minutes – or until the cauliflower is soften but not mushy.  Season with S&P.

Stores very well in the fridge without clumping.

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Vegan Creamy Roasted Cauliflower & Pumpkin Soup with Spicy Red Curry – or – Ginger & Garlic

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I am offering two ways to make this soup because the red curry one has, essentially the same flavor profile as my Vegan Spicy Thai Pumpkin & Chicken Curry – seen above.  I had a lot of extra of those ingredients so it made sense just to use them.  But – if you prefer less spice & a nice ginger flavor – I will post that recipe here, too.

This soup is easy & filling & can be completely pureed or partially pureed – leaving some chunks & texture.

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If you are using fresh pumpkin – don’t throw those seeds away!  Make my EASY Homemade Crunchy Roasted Pumpkin Seeds – seen above.

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Vegan Creamy Roasted Cauliflower & Pumpkin Soup with Spicy Red Curry – or – Ginger & Garlic

Makes a lot – enough for 8-10

INGREDIENTS

1 large head of cauliflower – cut into florets

1 pumpkin about the size of the cauliflower – peeled & cubed

2 leeks – sliced

2 TBS turmeric

Olive oil

1-2 (15 oz) cans of coconut milk (depending on how much produce you have & how thick you like your soup

4 cups water (or veggie stock)

S&P

GARNISH – sour cream (I used vegan Tofutti brand) or cilantro or basil on the red curry version.

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for the red curry

2 TBS red curry paste

6 kaffir lime leaves – leaves slit to release flavor (as above_ or 1 TBS lime zest

juice of 1/2 lime

OR –

for the ginger garlic

2 TBS minced fresh ginger

1-4 cloves of garlic – minced

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DIRECTIONS

Heat the oven to 400 degrees.

Toss the cauliflower in a little olive oil & roast for 20 minutes.  No need to turn them.  Set aside.

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Meanwhile, heat a little olive oil & cook the leeks until soft – maybe 5 minutes.

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Now add EITHER:

2 TBS red curry paste

6 kaffir lime leaves – leaves slit to release flavor (as above_ or 1 TBS lime zest

juice of 1/2 lime

OR:

2 TBS minced fresh ginger

1-4 cloves of garlic – minced

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Cook for about a minute on high heat & then add pumpkin, coconut milk, water or stock & turmeric.  Bring to a boil & cook until the pumpkin is soft (this will depend on the size of your cubes).

Add about half (more or less) of the cauliflower & puree the soup.  I did this with an immersion blender but a regular blender is fine – just do it in batches & BE CAREFUL you don’t burn yourself.

Taste for seasoning.  Add salt or pepper or more curry paste or more lime or even stir in a bit more fresh ginger – depending on which version you went for.  If the soup is too thin, cook it with the top off until it thickens.  If it is too thick, add more water.

Heat the soup through & serve with a few whole roasted cauliflower florets in each bowl.  Drizzle with sour cream – if you are using it.  Serve!

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Coconut & Ginger Rice Pilaf with Pomegranate Seeds

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It is October 6th & LA is facing yet another triple-digit temperature weekend & I am so fucking over it!  My mood could not be gloomier & all this fucking sunshine & heat & “what a gorgeous day – we should go do something” shit is crushing my soul.  I want cold & rain & Nick Cave & stuff like THIS Lucy Rose video for Shiver.  Or – moody music like Banks’ Brain – and THIS magical pole dancer who is like a jewelry box ballerina – or just the right amount of Bon Iver (because too much makes everything worse).  I want cold so I can bundle up in clothes and cook things that smell comforting and warm the house.  I want a fire & red wine.  I do not want to feel exactly as fat as I am as my shrinking clothes cling to me in the sticky heat & the thought of cooking or eating – or even red wine – seem cloying & claustrophobic.  How I managed to gain weight during a month-long heat wave can only be explained by an excess of the champagne I use to chill myself down & cheer myself up.   But – I want to un-think some things & I want even worse to un-know other things.  And – I know – some things cannot be unseen – and some things cannot be unfelt.  But – I still wish we were at least having weather that supported my killing (dulling – at least) my feelings with food – and the distraction of creating it & photographing it & blogging about it.

Ah, well.  Life goes on & I did make this rice pilaf today & it is tastier than I expected.  It is my third dish in recent days using the seeds (arils) of a pomegranate.  They add a nice burst of things that are good for you (including fiber) and a sweet surprise & gorgeous color.  You need to learn to power past any instinct you have to try to spit the seeds out.  Just crunch through them or you will be in Hell.

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Coconut & Ginger Rice Pilaf with Pomegranate Seeds

Serves 2 as a main course or 4 as a side

INGREDIENTS

1/2 cup orzo

1 cup rice – white or jasmine or basmati

2-3 TBS coconut oil

2 TBS minced ginger (I had some in a tube)

2 1/2 cups vegetable stock

Pomegranate seeds (arils)

Cilantro or mint – chopped as garnish

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DIRECTIONS

Heat the coconut oil over med-high heat & toast the orzo until it is golden – which happens in just a few moments.  Add the rice & toast a bit more (being sure not to burn the orzo).   Add the ginger, stir – and then add the stock.  Bring to a rapid boil & reduce to the lowest heat.  Cover (wrapping a kitchen towel around the lid helps create a tighter seal) and cook about 20 minutes.  Fluff & serve with pomegranate arils & chopped herbs.

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Spicy Vegan Chicken in Pad Thai Sauce with Garlic and Ginger Green Beans and Cauliflower Rice

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This is pretty spicy & quite delicious and, due to the tamarind, has a very different flavor from most of the other Asian vegan chicken dishes I have posted.  I used the tamarind paste below which looks like thick tar.

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This made my Pad Thai sauce inky & thick & somewhat hard to photograph – lemme tell you.  You might want to use a thinner type – like below –

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or tamarind juice or – if tamarind is to exotic for your market – substitute 1) a TBS vegan Worcestershire sauce mixed with a few TBS tomato paste or 2) 1/4 cup orange juice mixed with 2 tablespoons lime juice or look HERE for other ideas.  OR – in a real pinch – buy some jarred or other pre-made Pad Thai sauce.

I served this with my Spicy Garlic & Ginger Green Beans & my Garlic & Ginger Cauliflower Rice – both seen below.  It was a very successful combination!

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This is easy-peasy & could be made with real chicken but Beyond Meat makes such a wonderful vegan one – why not try it out?  Just once?

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Spicy Vegan Chicken in Pad Thai Sauce

INGREDIENTS

9 oz vegan chicken – cut into cubes

1/2 cup vegetable stock

1 TBS sriracha

1 jalapeno – diced (seeded – if you are sensitive to spices)

2 TBS  hoisin sauce (optional)

2 TBS tamarind

3 TBS soy sauce (or fish sauce if you are not vegetarian)

1 TBS vegetarian or oyster flavored sauce

1 TBS soy sauce

2 TBS rice vinegar

1 TBS white sugar

2 TBS brown sugar

4 garlic cloves – minced

Possible garnish: chopped cashews or peanuts, chopped purple cabbage, grated carrots, chopped scallions, lime wedges, cilantro

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DIRECTIONS

Basically – put all the ingredients (except the chicken & garnish) in a pot, whisk together & boil until it reduces by 1/3.  Add the chicken to it & heat through.

Serve over rice (or cauliflower rice) and maybe green beans garnish as you please.  Then settle down & watch the video below of me reading from my book – Bathing & the Single Girl – at Vroman’s last month!

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The top video there is trailer for my novel.  The second is me reading from it a while back – at Vroman’s.

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