Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Vegan Wintry Cheesy Stew

A creamy blend of flavors sprinkled with melted "cheese" & nutritional yeast.
Hello all!
Sorry for the brief hiatus everyone. Have been uber busy writing, writing, writing and just got an art piece selected and hung for the 2nd Annual SWAN (Support Women Artists Now) Exhibit held at our little library downtown. It's an exciting honor and I couldn't be happier.
But now I'm back into the swing of veggie blogging and have been pinning recipes galore on 2 Pinterest boards- Vegan Yumminess and Chocoholics Anonymous for inspiration!
This evening, while strolling around the aisles of Trader Joe's, always scoping around for new vegan fare (finally carrying their own vegan mozzarella shreds, but unfortunately sold out!) and happened to find this enticing bag of yum called Harvest Grains Blend. It has Israeli style couscous, orzo, baby garbanzo beans, and red quinoa- just a few of my favorite grains that I never once considered blending together!
In the kitchen, I followed the package directions, added green peas, thickened, whipped, and creamed with the aide of almond milk, melted Daiya, and nutritional yeast to create delightful, rich stew to chase away the blues of the windy cold chill. Next time would love to add some diced tomatoes and have a slice of crusty bread as accompaniment.
Still, perfectly titled Wintry Cheesy Stew, this is a perfect chaser alongside a good book and cat (if you have one) right in front of a cozy, crackling fireplace.
Quick, fast, and easy, simply one of the most heartiest meals to make!

Harvest Grains Blend costs only $2.69 & it's well worth it!
Vegan Wintry Cheesy Stew

1 3/4 cup water (or vegetable stock for heartier taste)
2 tablespoon olive oil
1 1/4 cup Trader Joe's
1/2 cup green peas (used frozen)
1/4 cup almond milk
3 tablespoon nutritional yeast
1/3 cup Daiya Cheddar Style Shreds
1 teaspoon curry powder
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon coriander
1/2 teaspoon salt (lessen if using vegetable stock)
1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Bring water and olive oil to a boil.
Add the blend and green peas, lower heat, and cover.
10 minutes later, uncover to stir in almond milk, nutritional yeast, cheese, curry, garlic, onion powder, coriander, salt, and pepper.
Turn off the stove and let cool.
Serve and eat.

A hearty warm bowl of delicious comfort.