Monday, June 18, 2007

So, my awesome acupuncturist has been telling me I need to cut back on the dairy and up my fermented food intake (yay, more natto!). But the problem is, I love parmesan cheese! Especially cheese on anything with tomato sauce. Staples of my life.

Enter a recipe staple from my college days that is tomato goodness without the need for heaping handfuls of parm. So good I have to share. And oh my god, I am a not a vegan but I am a spicy vegan vegetable jambalaya culinary rockstar!

Check it, yo:

1/4 cup orange juice
1/4 cup white wine or rice vinegar
2 tbsp soy sauce
1 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 tbsp brown sugar
4 cloves of garlic, chopped

Mix these ingredients together. Be sure to dissolve the brown sugar. Set aside.

Cut into bite-size pieces:

1 large onion
1 head garlic
4 stalks celery
8 large mushrooms
1 green bell pepper
1 red bell pepper
2 Anaheim chili peppers
2 zucchini

Heat two tbsp olive oil in a soup pot over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic, a couple good turns of the pepper mill and a pinch of salt. Cook, stirring, for three minutes. Add celery and stir for a couple more minutes. Add mushrooms, ditto. Add all peppers, stirring occasionally for 10 more minutes.

Add to pot, stirring after each addition:

2 tsp cumin
1 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp ground mustard seed
the liquid mixture from step one

Simmer for a couple of minutes. Then add:

1 28 ounce can of chopped tomatoes
1 package tempeh (yay fermented foods!) or tofu, cut into small cubes

Simmer for 10 more minutes, stirring occasionally. Add more salt or honey to taste. Serve with steamed brown rice.

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