Sweet and Spicy Couscous Salad

Source: May All Be Fed: Diet for a New World
Made: October 10, 2013
Yield: 3-4 servings as a main dish; 6-8 as a side dish
Time to make: 10 minutes assembly + at least 1 hour to chill.

This is a lovely tabouli-style salad and great as a main dish. I intended to include the almond garnish, but at the last minute forgot to add them.  But since I will certainly be making this salad again, that will be a treat for another day.

Sweet & Spicy Couscous Salad

Sweet and Spicy Couscous Salad

Dressing
½ cup currants
¼ cup freshly squeezed orange juice
¼ cup freshly-squeezed lemon juice
1/3 cup canola or safflower oil
¼ tsp. ground cinnamon
½ tsp. fine sea salt
1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper

Salad
3 cups water
1 Tbsp. canola or safflower oil
1½ cups couscous, preferably whole wheat
1 medium carrot finely chopped
1 cup sliced green or yellow wax beans cut into ¼ inch pieces
1 medium red bell pepper, seeded and finely chopped
½ small red onion, finely chopped
¼ finely chopped fresh mint or parsley
½ cup tamari-toasted almonds, coarsely chopped (optional)

Mix the dressing ingredients in a jar.  Cover with lid and shake well. Set aside.

Bring water to a boil.  Add 1 Tbsp. oil and couscous.
Immediately remove from heat, cover and lst stand until water is absorbed. (about 5 minutes).
Transfer to a large bowl and fluff with a fork.  Chill.

Place the chopped carrots, green beans and bell pepper in a steamer basket and steam over boiling water for about 3 minutes.  Vegetables should be brightly coloured and still have a crunch.
Rinse under cold water, drain and chill.

When couscous and vegetables are cool, mix the steamed vegetables and also the onion and mint into the couscous. Pour dressing over all and chill at least 30 minutes.

Sprinkle toasted almonds over top just before serving.

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Vegetable Miso Soup

Source: May All Be Fed: Diet for a New World
Date tried: June 17, 2017
Yield: 6 servings
Time needed: 20 minutes

A very simple soup in the Asian tradition and quickly made. I was delightfully surprised by the flavour. Much better than standardized restaurant preparations.

Vegetable Miso Soup

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Banana Milk

Source: May All be Fed: Diet for a New World
Date tried: April 6, 2013
Yield: 4½ cups
Time needed: less than 5 minutes

This is a delicious banana smoothie flavored with maple syrup. Best made with overripe bananas. Banana Milk does not keep well, so should be made fresh each time. Fortunately, it needs just a minute or two in the blender.

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Ginger Tea

Source: May All Be Fed: Diet for a New World
Date tried: May 5, 2017
Yield: 4 cups
Time needed:15 minutes

This is a really delicious tea made directly from fresh ginger root. I prefer it without sweetening, but if you like add the maple syrup. I prefer my tea hot, but this can also be served chilled.

Ginger Tea

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Almond Milk

Source: May All Be Fed: Diet for a New World
Date tried: March 11, 2012
Yield: 2½ cups
Time needed: 5 minutes

Prior preparation needed:
Soak almonds for 12-24 hours

Twenty years ago, a vegan diet required a knowledge of how to make many pantry ingredients in the kitchen.  Today, almond milk is readily available in natural food stores and even many supermarkets.  But if you can’t get the pre-made product, or just want to try your hand at making it from scratch—here’s the method.

Almond Milk

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Hot Tamale Pie

Source: May All Be Fed: Diet for a New World
Date tried: June 19, 2014
Yield: 1 8” square pie
Time needed: 1 hour (using cooked beans)

This is one of my favorite recipes from this cookbook.  Used canned beans or cook them ahead of time.  Once the vegetables are chopped up, the process is fast and simple.  Within 15 minutes you have the pie in the oven.

In spite of the name, I find this only mildly spicy.  But tastes vary.  Feel free to increase the quantities of chili powder and/or cayenne to taste.

One change I made in the process was to put only 2 of the 3 cups of water on to boil when beginning the cornmeal crust. I mixed the cup of cornmeal with the remaining cup of cold water.  Then I added the lemon juice and mustard to this mix.  When the water boiled I had a single cup of combined ingredients to add to it.

I find with cornmeal, flour or any fine grain, such as cream of wheat, it is much easier to make a paste with cold water first, then add it to the boiling water, stirring quickly.  Much less chance of lumps forming in the porridge or gravy. For some reason, many cookbooks do not incorporate this procedure in their recipe instructions.

This recipe keeps well in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Just reheat in the oven for 30 minutes.  (Actually it’s good cold, too.)

 

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