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Lemon Rice

This is so delicious!  This will be a regular to be sure! You can find all kinds of version of this South Indian dish on the internet.  We are pretty pleased with this version and my adaptations.  One of my adaptations is the yellow peppers.  You probably wont find that in most of the recipes on the internet but we liked it because it upped the vegetable quotient in our meal and it looked pretty making the dish more yellow, like lemons.

Lemon Rice
If you have rice already made, this will come together super quick.

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
½ tablespoon minced ginger
½ tablespoon urad dal
1 red chili pepper
½ teaspoon mustard seeds
½ cup raw cashew nuts
some curry leaves, if you have them
¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
5½ cups cooked rice
¼ teaspoon salt or more to taste
4 tablespoons lemon juice, from one large lemon
2 large yellow bell peppers
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro leaves

Saute yellow peppers in oil until soft.add ginger, urad dal, chili pepper, mustard seeds, turmeric …
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Score!  These are the bomb and honestly and surprisingly I don't miss the cheese.  Shocking!

The two really important ingredients are the sauted onions and the sesame seeds.  I think those are really what elevates this burger.

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1 can chickpea, crushed
1 1/2 cups panko (may need more)
2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
1 egg (replacer)
1 large onion, minced
1 tablespoon oil
1/4 cup sesame seeds, toasted

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Hearts of Palm Crab Cakes

No, vegans are not crabby cakes, they are happy cakes!  Happy that they can eat these delicious morsels!

Whether you are vegan or not, these will delight your palate and you won't miss those crab creatures one bit.  The secret here is the Hearts of Palm.  You can find Hearts of Palm at Trader Joe's, BJ's, Wegmans, Amazon... Hearts of Palm does not have a POW, hit you in the face flavor.  But the texture is amazing. With all the seasonings that are in this 'crab' cake, it tastes like a crab cake.  

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Kik Alicha

One of my favorite places to go out to dinner is an Ethiopian restaurant here in town.  I really love them.  However, there is a lot of oil in their food. Restaurants do that though, salt and oil are things that amp up delicious.  I don't blame them.  I get it.  I wanted to recreate Ethiopian at home with a lot less oil.

The beans were pretty easy.  The injera.  Ah, that was a bit of a challenge. That report coming soon.

Yekik Alicha
1 cup dried yellow split peas 2 tablespoons coconut oil 2 small to medium yellow onions, chopped 2 cloves garlic, pureed 1 and 1/2 tbsp fresh ginger, pureed 2 tsp turmeric 3 cups water 1 tsp salt

In a saucepan place onion and oil together and saute for a good 5 to ten minutes.  keep stirring it to keep it from scorching.  Add in garlic, ginger, turmeric, salt and split peas.  Add the water.  Cook, uncovered until split peas are tender.

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