Easy Vegan Dish
I don't often rant....but, there has been so much unnecessary and unkind fuss made about catering for vegan wedding or dinner guests that I feel some clarity is needed. It's not rocket science (excuse the pun!) A vegan meal cannot contain meat or any product derived from animals such as dairy. Some people go to great lengths to find meat and dairy substitutes to make the dish vegan proof. That approach is fine, but even easier is just to use a recipe that doesn't require substitutions and is not trying to imitate a meat dish. There are lots of suitable recipes such as this simple chick pea and mushroom Tagine. Serve it with Basmati rice, couscous, salad, baked potato or a mixture of all. Very easy to make and will keep nicely in the fridge for several days (reheat in microwave as needed). These quantities make enough for 6 generous portions.
6 medium onions
1 can of chick peas
1 can of chopped tomatoes
Vegetable stock cube dissolved in 300ml of water
300 g of mushrooms
100g dried & chopped apricots
Olive oil for browning the onions & mushrooms
2 cloves of garlic
2-3 teaspoons of paprika - the more the hotter!
1 teaspoon each of turmeric, coriander, cumin and cinnamon
Salt and pepper to taste
Peel your onions and cut them in half - top to bottom. Slice into semi rings. Heat a generous amount of olive oil in the bottom of a frying pan and add all the onions along with all the spices and crushed garlic cloves. Keep stir frying for about 5 minutes, turning the onions over until they are soft, browned and mixed with the spices. Tip the chick peas including the canned water into a large casserole type pan (to be used on the stove top not in oven). Add the chopped tomatoes and vegetable stock. Transfer the onions into the larger pan and bring to a slow simmer. Chop up your mushrooms and fry in the frying pan. Whilst these are browning chop up the apricots and add to the casserole pan. Once the mushrooms have browned then add them to the main pan. Add salt and pepper to taste.
It really is that simple! Serve as you please with rice or side dishes, also delicious with broccoli and baked potato. Easy peasy!