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These stuffed peppers are beautifully colourful and have such a great blend of flavours.  The sweet corn balances out the hot and smokey cajun spices perfectly. They are pretty filling on their own, but made with smaller peppers or cut in half, could be a lovely first course at a dinner party.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup dry red quinoa

4 large peppers, similar in stature (cut off the tops and chop up to add to the filling. Scoop out the seeds and white lining to make a little bowl.)

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 small onion, chopped

4 cloves garlic, minced

4 crimini mushrooms, finely diced

2 scallions, chopped

1/2 cup canned corn

1 cup black beans

2 teaspoons cajun spice mix

1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

Method:

Preheat your oven to 350F

In a small pot mix 1/2 cup of dry red quinoa with 1 cup water and bring to a boil. Then reduce heat and simmer, covered for 15-20 minutes.

While the quinoa is cooking, saute the onion and garlic on medium heat with the olive oil.  Add the mushrooms, pepper tops and cajun spice mix and let cook for 10 minutes or so.  When the quinoa is done, fluff it up a bit and toss it in the pan and mix well.  If your pan will fit the black beans and corn, go for it and mix it all up.  If not, put everything in a large bowl (including cilantro) and mix well.  Place the peppers in a square baking dish (this helps to keep them close together to avoid falling over) and stuff the peppers right up to the top.  If there is any mixture left over, eat it! Bake for about 30 minutes, but of course times may vary according to pepper size.  Remove from the oven and sprinkle fresh cilantro on top.  You might want to let them sit for 5 minutes as they are really hot coming out of the oven.

Enjoy!

~The Vegan Project

 

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Vegan Lettuce Wraps:

-Sautee 2 cups of diced carrot, onion, shitakes, and water chestnuts in peanut oil

– add 1 pack veggie round (regular or beef style)

– Stir in 1tbsp oyster sauce (I found a simulated one without the oysters!)

– 1tsp soy sauce and sesame oil & salt pepper to taste

– Core the iceberg lettuce so it can be peeled off easily

– Serve with Hoisin Sauce

Fried Chick Peas and Spinach:

-deep fry 1 can of chick peas in small batches until golden and crispy on the outside. (Roasting them at 425 F for 20-30 minutes works too)

– make a dressing of 1 tbsp olive oil and 1tbsp fresh squeezed lemon juice, salt and fresh cracked pepper in the bottom of a large serving bowl.

– toss hot chickpeas & a few generous handfuls of baby spinach leaves in the bowl and serve.

Miso Soup:

– boil water and whisk in miso paste to taste

– slice up a half package of soft tofu into cubes and put into broth

– serve with chopped green onions, fresh spinach or wakame seaweed

Pasta-Rice:

– break up fine pasta like spagettini or fine rice noodles and fry in a small amount of oil until browned

– add rice and stir in liquid (water or broth)

– cover, reduce heat and cook rice as normal. Fluff with a fork.

Thanks Janine!

~The Vegan Project

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