Great vegan pizza, I had 3 pieces for lunch and wasn’t hungry again until dinner- which is rare, usually I require a 3pm snack!
With that 3pm snack in mind, I got started making Jurek’s Apple-Cinnamon Granola but did not read ahead in the recipe- you gotta soak the oat groats over night and then it takes 2-4 hours for the granola to cook. Thanks goodness the pizza was so filling, I didn’t get to eat the granola for a snack as it finally done cooking well after dinner time the next day, so I have been happily munching on it ever since! Really worth the wait and is a perfect snack with some almond/hemp/coconut milk and sliced fresh fruit.
Preheat oven to 250F. Grease 2 baking sheets with the oil. Process the oats, apple, coconut, cinnamon, sweetener, vanilla and salt in a food processor for 30 seconds. Scrape sides, process for another 30 seconds, and repeat one more time.
Tried these steps in the Vitamix at first, but everything turned to mush and didn’t mix AT ALL so out came the food processor…
… much better results!
Transfer the mixture to a large bowl and combine with the almonds, pumpkin seeds, and raisins. Mix thoroughly with a spoon. (In the book, this recipe says to add the raisins at this point but also says to add the raisins at the end, after the granola has finished cooking and has cooled. I opted to try both ways and prefer adding the raisins at the very end as their softness is a good contrast to the crunch of the oat groats and nuts.)
Spread the mixture in a thin layer on the baking sheets and bake for 2 to 4 hours- also an important step!- turning the granola over a few times with a spatula, until dry and crisp. Keeps for 3 to 4 weeks in an airtight container- so very yummy!
A lot of Jurek’s anecdotes early in the book relate to his hesitation in eating a completely meat-free diet and most of the recipes included were life changing, in this way, for Jurek. He writes: “The night I tasted this chili is the night I decided I could be a happy, athletic vegetarian. One mouthful made me realize that vegetarian food could taste just as good, and have just as hearty a texture, as meat-based foods.”
So, of course I had to try it! And, of course, he was right!
Minnesota Winter Chili
Ton o’ yum o’ veggies!
Add the oil to a large pot. Sauté the vegetables and spices in the oil over medium to medium-low heat for 10 minutes or until tender. Add a few tablespoons of water if the veggies begin sticking to the pot. Add the remaining ingredients except the cilantro and simmer over medium-low heat, covered, for 30 minutes. Stir and simmer for an additional 20 to 30 minutes until the veggies are cooked through. Season with salt and, if more spice is desired, hot sauce or cayenne pepper to taste. Serve sprinked with the cilantro. Makes 8-10 servings.
Finished product! (We just had to have a little cornbread on the side too but it had milk in it so not vegan at all- oops! Please forgive me, Scott!)
Usually, I make one dinner for 2 nights but we ate this chili 4 nights IN A ROW it was just that good! Extremely filling- one bowl and my tummy was completely satiated- and I could see myself making this chili several more times in the future- absolutely delish! It was so satisfying, in fact, that I felt completely guilty ever serving my family a ground turkey, beans and corn based chili in the past- where are the veggies and health benefits in that compared to THIS??
I can’t say, yet, if this has improved my running or not, I would really and truly have to commit to veganism as a complete and total lifestyle change in order to asses that. Will I do it? Well, the idea is certainly appealing… but so is a bacon cheeseburger every now and then.
I think that the best way to transition to a vegetarian or vegan diet is to find recipes that you like so much, you would be willing to make them over and over again. These 3 are just that. And if you want more… well, you’ll have to buy the book !
Have you ever tried Jurek’s or any other vegan recipes? Any great vegan recipes/books/blogs to recommend?