Mixed-eating family? Tempeh, tofu, chicken, beef or pork? … Avocado or cheese?… Creamy Garlic Dip or sour cream? This Freedom Fajita can be served with the rainbow of colored bell peppers and onions, and whatever other fillings you need to please your crowd. GLUTEN-FREE: Use gluten-free tortillas wraps and tempeh. Avoid seiten (made from wheat).
8 whole grain tortilla wraps/shells (GF: purchase or make gluten-free wraps)
2 Tbsp water or veggie broth
2 large onions (preferably sweet)
3 large red, yellow and orange bell peppers (1 of each color), can substitute frozen
1 Tbsp coconut or olive oil (or spray oil)
8oz (225g) pkg pre-marinated tempeh, (I like smoked)
2 Tbsp lime juice
2 small avocados, sliced
6-8 Tbsp salsa (your heat choice)*
WARMING PREPARED TORTILLA SHELLS: Some store-bought shells are fresh enough to fold without breaking. Some need to be warmed slightly to fold without breaking. There are (at least) three ways to warm shells: 1/ Place the required amount of shells in a foil package, making sure not to expose any of the wrap. 2/ In a warmed heavy dry fry pan, place individual shells for about 30 seconds, flipping for another several seconds until warm. Fill and wrap immediately, while the next shell warms. 3/ Microwave individually for 5-10 seconds.
Slice tempeh or tofu into strips about the thickness of a chopstick, leaving them the length of the slab.
Peel onions and slice in half, then cut lengthwise into approximately ½” strips.
Cut bell peppers in half, clean seeds and membrane away, and slice each half into ½” strips.
If using avocado, cut into slices.
Assemble salsa and other topping options.
Add water or broth to a heavy deep pan. Over medium-high heat, quick-fry onions for about 1 minute, adding peppers. Stir constantly until veggies are tender crisp, not too soft. Transfer from pan to a large bowl.
Lightly spray or brush oil to coat pan. Add the tofu or tempeh strips. Stir fry until browned and crispy. Add the lime juice and place a lid on pan. Turn off the heat.
Assemble individual fajitas by placing warmed shells on table or counter top. Evenly distribute the crispy tofu or tempeh, the onion and bell pepper mixture, salsa, avocado, and optional sauce on each shell. *If you like more spice, add a splash of hot sauce.
Wrap tightly by folding sides into the center. Then fold the bottom and top, securing the filling. Serve immediately.
Add the stock, tomato sauce, vegetables, legumes, cayenne pepper, bay leaves and parsley and stir.
Bring to a boil and reduce to simmer.
Simmer until veggies are softened but still firm when pierced with a fork, anywhere between 3 minutes if grated, to 12 minutes if cubed. Add beet greens last, typically they take about 5 minutes to wilt.
Turn off heat.
Add the lemon juice and maple syrup. Add chopped fresh tomatoes if desired.
SLOW COOKER OPTION - Sauté onions, as #1 (above). Add #2+#3 (above) into slow cooker on low - for 6-7 hours or high for 2-3 hours. Add the lemon juice and maple syrup. Add chopped fresh tomato if desired.
Add pasta to a pot of boiling, salted water, stirring occasionally.
Cut broccoli into bit sized pieces, adding to the pot just prior to pasta being cooked, so the broccoli can steam lightly (until tender-crisp.)
While pasta cooks, make Creamy Cheezy Sauce.
Place all ingredients in blender or food processor. Process several minutes until very smooth. If needed, stop occasionally to scrape down the sides of the processor. NOTE: If you have leftover sauce it will keep 2-3 days refrigerated or it freezes well.
Drain the pasta and broccoli into a colander.
Transferf the pasta-broccoli mixture back into the cooking pot. Stir the sauce, as is, into the hot, drained pasta and broccoli.
Leave a bit of texture (veggie chunks) when you blend the soup so it doesn’t end up like baby food…unless you are feeding a baby…in which case, mush away! If it comes out too thick, simply thin out with a bit of broth or water. Don’t have a blender? You can use a potato masher to get a chunky texture. CAN BE FROZEN
Mix it up with a variety of root veggies or if you’re a reluctant vegetable eater, start with just potato poutine. Once you’ve got your family addicted to this rich cheezy vegan poutine sauce (the original poutine is meat-based gravy and cheese curds) start introducing new flavors a bit at a time by adding some of the less familiar root veggies to the mix. Leftover roasted roots can be added to soup or salad so make extra if you have space in your oven. DO NOT FREEZE
NOTE: Roasting veggies is a great opportunity to roast 2-4 bulbs of garlic, in each corner of the pan! Cut a thin slice off the top of each bulb. Rub a bit of melted oil on the cut part. When they are baked, the individual garlic cloves squeeze out of the skins with easy pressure.
Preheat oven to 425ºF.
If coconut oil is solid, place it in the glass pan to melt. Remove the pan when melted, adding veg.
NOTE: Always use a large sharp knife to reduce chopping time!
Chop vegetables into large pieces about the size of a golf ball depending on their density. (You learn by practice which veggies are best cut a bit smaller or larger.) NOTE: Thick skinned veggies should be peeled, thinner skins can be left on.
Transfer cut veggies to glass baking pans.
Mix the veggies with the melted oil to coat well.
Bake for about 25-30 minutes until veggies are tender but firm when pierced with a fork.
Sprinkle lightly with salt if not using sauce.
ROASTED GARLIC OPTION: Place 2 whole garlic bulbs on a cutting board. With a sharp knife, trim a sliver off the top of the bulbs, discarding the top part. Place each bulb in corners of glass pan with the veggies. Drizzle (or spray) a tiny amount of olive oil over each bulb to keep moist while baking. When veggies are baked, garlic will be soft and sweet. Remove from the pan and squeeze each section (clove) between your first finger and thumb to remove cooked flesh.