Hi everyone. Jasmin Singer here, once again!
The kitchen (of Vegucated writer, director, and editor Marisa Miller Wolfson) was still standing after Episode 4, so I joined Chef Laura Delhauer there again for Episode 5 of the Teaching Jasmin How to Cook Vegan Podcast ! Today, we’ll cook up some lentils and make some mashed potatoes. You can put the two over or under – or keep them on entirely separate sides of the plate (especially if you are a three-year-old). Then we’ll finish with a no-bake cookie. Let’s get cooking!
This episode is brought to you by Vegucated – the entertaining documentary that showcases the rapid and at times comedic evolution of three people who discover they can change the world one bite at a time.
What follows are the recipes we made on Episode 5 of the Teaching Jasmin How to Cook Vegan Podcast!
1 Tbsp canola or safflower oil
1 yellow onion (diced)
3 stalks of celery (chopped)
2 medium carrots (or two handfuls of baby carrots) – chopped
1 can fire roasted tomatoes
32 oz veggie broth
16oz bag of brown or green lentils (rinsed)
Sea salt to taste
- In a large pot over medium heat, saute chopped onion in oil (add more oil or a splash of broth if sticking to the pot & adjust heat if necessary)
- Once onions are fragrant and slightly caramelized, add in chopped celery and carrots
- Stir to combine and let cook for two to three minutes
- Add the can of tomatoes and veggie broth, stir to combine
- Add rinsed lentils and bring to a boil
- Let boil for a couple minutes, then lower heat to a simmer and cover the pot
- Simmer lentils for approximately 40 mins (but check them after 25 or 30 mins- some lentils cook faster*)
- Ladle into bowls and serve
Garnish options: Parsley, Cilantro, Nooch
*You know the lentils are cooked when most of the liquid has been soaked up into them and they are soft.
Red Skinned Mashed Potatoes
4 or 5 medium sized red skinned potatoes (washed- leave peels on!)
1/4-1/2 cup vegetable broth
1/2 stick of vegan butter
1/2 cup nutritional yeast (more to taste)
1 cup chopped green onions (scallions)
Salt & Pepper to taste
- Place washed potatoes in a medium pot and cover with water
- Bring to a boil and let cook until potatoes are completely softened (fall apart slightly when poked with a fork)
- Drain potatoes and then return them to the warm pot
- Add vegetable broth (1/4 to start, add more as needed) and vegan butter, and mash with potato masher
- Once you reach a desired consistency (some people like their taters more smooth than others), stir in nutritional yeast
- Add green onions and stir to combine
- Add salt and pepper to taste
These are great served on top of (or under) Laura’s Lentils for a vegan Shepard’s Pie bowl
Drop (the mic) Cookies
2 cups coconut palm sugar
1 stick (half cup) vegan butter
4 tablespoons raw cacao powder
1/2 cup non-dairy milk (unsweetened almond milk-preferred)
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup peanut butter (natural & unsweetened)
1/4 cup raw hemp seeds (optional garnish)
- In a medium pot, melt the vegan butter
- Stir in coconut sugar, cacao powder, non-dairy milk & vanilla
- Gently stir or whisk over medium heat until combined (and your kitchen smells like heaven)
- Bring to a boil and then stir in the 1/2 cup of peanut butter until it is fully incorporated
- Lower heat slightly and add the rolled oats and stir to combine
- Drop tablespoons of the mixture onto a baking sheet and sprinkle with hemp seeds (optional)
- Let cookies sit at room temperature until cooled and hardened (About 1 hour)*
Other options for garnish: golden flax meal, colorful sprinkles
*Speed up the process by letting them cool and set in the refrigerator
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Let’s get cooking!