Today I’m sharing my favourite recipe from Bold Flavored Vegan Cooking: Healthy Plant-Based Recipes with a Kick by Celine Steen. It’s a Kale and Chickpea Stir-Fry with Miso Peanut Sauce and it’s delicious, easy to make and can be paired up with veggies, rice, noodles or roasted sweet potato. The recipes in this book do not joke around. If you love bold, Japanese, Korean, Thai, Indonesian and other Asian flavours, you will love this book. Using different spices, umami-rich ingredients and interested cooking techniques, this book will make sure you never eat another bland or boring meal again.
BFFs: Bold-Flavoured Friends
Meet your new BFFs: bold-flavored friends! I actually learned a lot about cooking with new flavours and ingredients and found this section of the book super interesting. The book suggests the following vegan ingredients and techniques for creating bold flavour:
- Caramelization. Roasting, searing and grilling fruit and veggies to bring out there flavour. This technique is used in a number of recipes in the book, such as Caramelized Jackfruit Tacos. Uh, yum.
- Citrus. Use zest, juice and extract from lime, orange and lemon.
- Dried hot peppers. Rehydrate whole peppers or use them in the form of flakes or powder, which you can use in the recipes for harrisa and red curry paste.
- Fermented foods. Use ingredients like fermented black beans, kimchi (recipe included) and miso.
- Fresh hot peppers. Use peppers like jalapeno, Thai and serrano to create everything from a subtle kick to major fire.
- Nuts and Seeds. Toasting nuts and seeds to release their buttery flavour like in the recipes for Asian-flavoured Granola or Soy Pomegranate-Glaed Baby Eggplant with Dukkah.
- Pickled fruits and vegetables. Create extra dimension by using pickled ingredients like in the Pulled Jackfruit Rolls and Piri Piri Pizza.
- Pomegranate molasses. Recipe included in the book. Drizzle on sweet and savour dishes for tasty tartness.
- Spices. So many fun spices! Coriander, turmeric, sumac and more combined in ways that really take the dishes next level.
- Sauces and pastes. Try the Harrisa Paste, Gochujang Sauce and Fish-Free Sauce for adding an extra layer of tasty flavour to your meals.
- Umami-rich vegan ingredients. Umami is known as the fifth taste. It’s a signal for the savoury taste we experience from the foods we eat. Try the Sweet Potato Fries with Sriracha Ketchup, the Fu-mami Broth and Veggies, and the Homemade Kimchi. Umami-rich ingredients include balsamic vinegar, miso, mushrooms, nutritional yeast, potatoes and sweet potatoes, sauerkraut, tempeh, beer and wine and olives.
Discover New Ingredients
The back of the book has a thorough explanation of all the amazing, flavourful ingredients used in the book to create bold flavours. YOu’ll learn about dried shitake powder,gochugaru, lapsang souchong, allepo pepper flakes, sambal olek, tamarind paste and more. I definitely got some great ideas by going through these ingredient list! Some of them were new to me and some I just completely forgot about.
I can’t wait to make the Mushroom Dashi which is used throughout the book to bring extra umami flavour to the dishes. There’s also a Kombu Dashi I’m interested in trying. It’s made from kombu, or kelp, and can be used in all sorts of dishes for adding bold flavour. I’d never heard of gochugaru, a spicy, deeply flavoured Korean paste that sounds amazing, so I’m going to try that too!
There are so many good sauce and condiment recipes, which I love because then I can create my own dishes but use these to take flavours up a notch. There’s a spicy citrus sauce that sounds awesome, a pineapple pepper jelly, teriyaki sauce, cashew spread, shichimi togarashi and serundeng, a Indonesian seasoned coconut mix that sounds so, so good.
Bold Flavored Vegan Cooking: The Recipes
Here are some of the recipes from the book that are on my must-try list.
- Pulled Jackfruit Rolls
- Homemade Kimchi
- Carmelized Jackfruit Tacos
- Harrisa Citrus Veggies
- Quick and Easy Pad Thai
- Five-Spice Teriyaki Bowl
- Crispy Thin Savory Pancakes
- Squash Blossom Pizza
- Summer Pinto Burritos
- Piri Piri Pit-Za
- Crunchy Corn Waffles
- Harrisa Sprouts and Chickpeas
Miso Sweet Cookies
- Triple C Truffles
- Miso Caramel
- Savory Sweet Finishing Sauce
Kale and Chickpea Stir-Fry with Miso Peanut Sauce
You guys have to try this recipe. It was my favourite from the book because it’s so easy and the sauce is outstanding. It’s a miso peanut sauce and it is so good and so easy to make, the whole recipe is easy to make actually.
I’d recommend serving it over roasted sweet potatoes, as suggested in the book but you can also serve it with roasted vegetables, tofu, over rice or noodles or a baked potato. You can also just make the sauce and serve it with…everything.
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So quick and easy, this flavor-packed, smoky stir-fry is great served alone. It’s also a perfect match with roasted sweet potatoes to make for a colorful complete meal. While definitely good for you, this dish is quite a treat too.
For the Drizzle
- 1/3 cup (85 g) natural peanut butter
- 1 tbsp (18 g) red miso, more if needed
- Juice from 1 lemon (2 tbsp [30 ml])
- 2 tsp (10 ml) toasted sesame oil
- 2 tsp (13 g) agave nectar or brown rice syrup
- 2 ½ tbsp (15 g) chopped scallions
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 tbsp (15 ml) brown rice vinegar or seasoned rice vinegar
- 1/3 cup (80 ml) water, more if needed
For the Kale and Chickpeas
- 2 tsp (10 ml) sesame oil
- 1 small red onion, chopped
- 1 ½ cups (256 g) cooked chickpeas
- 2 large cloves garlic, minced (to taste)
- ½ tsp smoked sea salt
- ½ tsp smoked paprika
- ¼ tsp chipotle powder
- 1 large bunch kale (about 14 oz [397 g]), ribs removed, washed and chopped
- To make the drizzle, place the peanut butter, miso, lemon juice, sesame oil, agave, scallions, garlic, vinegar and water in a blender. Blend until perfectly smooth. Adjust the miso to taste, and add more water if needed to get a thick yet pourable dressing. Set aside while preparing the rest of the dish. I like to use a squeeze bottle to serve the drizzle; it makes for a prettier presentation.
- To make the kale and chickpeas, place the sesame oil, onion, chickpeas, garlic, salt, paprika and chipotle powder in a large skillet. Heat on medium-high and stir-fry until the onion is golden brown and fragrant, about 4 minutes. Be sure to stir frequently to prevent scorching. Add the kale and cook until wilted, about 2 minutes.
- Serve with potatoes on the side, and drizzle peanut sauce on top. If there are sauce leftovers, store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It tastes great on tofu bowls, baked potatoes and roasted vegetables.
Credit: With permission from Bold Flavored Vegan Cooking by Celine Steen, Page Street Publishing Co. 2017. Photo credit: Celine Steen