5 Vegan Dishes
Here are 5 different savoury dishes that you can make, that are quick, simple, and tasty, using ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen, or if not, they are easily available locally.
The first one is pulled jackfruit, all the videos for these recipes will be listed below, at the end of this blog post. Pulled jackfruit has only become popular probably in the past 5 to 10 years. Jackfruit is a fruit that usually is eaten when it's ripened and it's sweet, but the young jackfruit before it's ripe can be used in savoury dishes. In the UK where I live, pulled jackfruit is made using tinned jackfruit, or some of them come in like a shrink, wrapped package. But in terms of getting fresh Jack fruit, that's quite difficult to get here in the UK. However, if you live in a country where you can get fresh jackfruit, I always recommend that you get fresh ingredients where possible. If you're using your fresh jackfruit, use the young jackfruit, not the sweetened. It goes well with some wild rice, basmati rice or whole grain rice. I usually put some baked plantain on the side, baked plantain goes well with lots of dishes. So, I put a link to that recipe below for you as well.
Number 2 is Butterbean Curry again this is delicious, and easy to make. Sometimes, when people want to make something vegan, they get stuck and think, “I don't really know what to do”. Here in the UK. curry is one of the most popular dishes, even though it's not an English dish, but Indian food is super popular. There is an abundance of Indian restaurants in the UK. I use tinned butter beans in this, but you can use dried butter beans. It is important to soak them overnight or cook them in a pressure cooker first to make sure they're not tough. For the lentils, I usually use red lentils because red lentils cook quickly. They're high in protein as well so when people say, hey where do you get your protein? Lentils are high in protein as well. This is a good nutritious dish, easy to make and I like to serve this with naan bread. I'm going to make a video on how to make naan bread in the future. You'll be so surprised how quick and easy it is to make naan bread.
So, the third one is stew peas, which is one of my favourite dishes. So, for those of you who don't have a Caribbean background, the name of the dish can be a little misleading for you. Stew peas is made with kidney beans. In the Caribbean, all legumes, beans, and pulses are called peas. So, when it says stew peas, it's actually kidney beans that are cooked in different seasonings in coconut milk and it tastes wonderful. The traditional recipe for stew peas does have meat in it. It has, either pork or oxtail. But if you follow the normal traditional recipe and just ignore the fact that there's meat in there, you won't miss it. I promise you, and you can put little dumplings in there as well. Some people put little vegetables as well and its taste wonderful. It's cheap to make as well. Particularly if you have people come over for dinner or afternoon lunch, this is cheap. And, if you are a student, you can also have it with white rice and a side dish. You could also thicken it and have it in a burrito with vegetables it's quite versatile. Or you can thin it out a little bit and have it as a soup. In Jamaica, we call it red pea soup. It's the same thing.
The next dish is Cauliflower steaks. Now I always used to think that cauliflower steaks are really complicated to make. I always try to make life easy for you guys, I always try to make the dish so that you look at it and think, oh yeah, I can do that. So yes, cauliflower steaks, they're quick, they're easy to make and If you're on a low carb diet or low-fat diet this is good for you. It's cheap as well. Also, if you're a student, this comes in handy or if you're just budgeting in general, we're in these lockdown coronavirus pandemic times. So, you know, everybody's trying to save a few pennies here and there.
And then the final one is chickpea curry. I always have chickpeas in my cupboard because they're so versatile. You can do so much with them and most people like chickpeas. You can have it with rice or potatoes. You can have it with whatever you like. Naan bread would go with it as well. It's nice. It's easy to make, it's a no brainer. So, it's going to make you feel more confident in the kitchen when it cooks to comes to cooking, vegan dishes. I had to suggest this dish once for an event, because I was at an event in a 4-star hotel, my friend, who was one of the organizers and she said, oh, could you just go in the kitchen and check on what it is that they're doing for vegans? And when I went in there, they were doing nothing. In fairness to them, even though the head chef was qualified chef, he just didn't know much about vegan cooking.
So, I said, “all right, let me help you out, So, do you have any chickpeas?”
He says, “yes, I have chickpeas”.
I said “have you got various seasonings and have you've got coconut milk. So just make a chickpea curry”
The chef’s response was “oh, I didn't think of that”
That's like an easy go-to dish that you can make if you have people coming over. Or if you just want to make something quick for yourself or if you're having any event and you think right, there's going to be vegans so what am I going to make? Chickpea Curry is the easy answer, it goes with so many other things as well.
So there have the five dishes pulled jackfruit, butterbean & lentil curry, stew peas, cauliflower, steaks, and chickpea curry that you can make for a mid-week meal. Or if you want to cook something at the weekend, they're all quick and easy. You can prep some of these in advance. Because most of these dishes, I don't know about the cauliflower steaks, but everything else you can cook and freeze and have it later in the week or a couple of weeks later if you like. So, these are some great vegan dishes that you can make and feel more confident about making a plant-based meal. And if you do make any, please post a pic on Instagram and tag me because I love it when you send me pictures of what you're making. Is there a particular dish you'd like me to veganize please comment in the comment section below. I do read all the comments. I try to keep up with answering as many of them as I can, I will get round to you. I promise.