Samosa Quesadilla with Cilantro Chutney

I love samosas, but don’t always feel like going through the trouble of frying them or stopping by an Indian restaurant. So I took the idea and made it a little easier by creating a crunchy outside with a toasted tortilla.

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Samosa Quesadilla with Cilantro Chutney

Serves 2

Ingredients:

Samosa Quesadilla

  • 2 russet potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1/4 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon powdered ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1/4 cup cooked green peas
  • 2 whole wheat tortillas

Cilantro chutney:

  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons chopped mint
  • 1 jalapeno, de-seeded and chopped
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon agave nectar
  • 1-3 tablespoon of water

Directions

  1. Boil the potatoes until soft and drain.
  2. Using a food processor blend the potatoes, vegetable broth, garlic clove, curry powder, powdered ginger, ground cumin, and salt.
  3. Carefully mix the green peas into the potato blend and spread out evenly on two tortillas, then fold in half.
  4. Place a frying pan over medium-high heat and cook each quesadilla until both sides are golden brown.
  5. For the chutney place all the ingredients in a food processor and blend, adding enough water to make a pesto-like consistency.
  6. Cut the quesadillas, and serve with a side of the chutney.

Nutrition per serving:
Calories: 320 Fat: 4.6g Saturated Fat: 1.5g Protein: 10g Carbohydrates: 67g Sugars: 8g

Outlaw Stew (Vegan MoFo #7)

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Not to be biased, but I think Robin Hood is the best Disney movie. Ever. Case closed. If you or your children haven’t seen it, please go watch it now.

I was surprised to learn a few years ago that it was one of the lowest costing Disney films ever made because they reused drawings from other Disney movies ranging from the Aristocats to Snow White. Nonetheless, it’s still an amazing movie with a play on the classic Robin Hood story, but with adorable animals.

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From the dashing Robin Hood, lumbering Little John, loyal Friar Tuck, and beautiful Maid Marrion, to the thumb sucking King John, conniving Sheriff, and sneaky Hiss — all the characters are well-rounded, the plot is hilarious, and the movie boasts an awesome soundtrack.

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Being an outlaw is a tough life though, which means it’s no surprise Robin and Little John’s dinner consists of a simple veggie stew cooked in their woodland hide-out. For my take on it I used whatever was sitting in my veggie drawer or pantry and at the point of expiration. The stew ended up containing potatoes, onions, carrots, green beans, tomatoes, garlic, and barley. I love barley in stews because it adds a chewy texture while also thickening the broth. Delicious!

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Sally’s Soup (Vegan MoFo #4)

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Although Disney originally wanted some distance from it, I still consider Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas a staple Disney film. With the amazing animation, addicting soundtrack, and quirky character lineup, Nightmare Before Christmas is one of my favorite movies of all. Although I do have a hard time figuring out whether I should watch it around the Halloween or Christmas season… So I just don’t worry about it and watch it several times a year.

One of my favorite scenes from the film (which Youtube sadly has no clip of) is when Sally makes some frog’s breath soup laced with deadly nightshade for her “creator”, Dr. Finkelstein. The bright green soup causes him to pass out, and allows for Sally to sneak out and go looking for her love, Jack Skellington.

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My imitation of the soup was a base of kale and russet potatoes. I sauteed a few garlic cloves and an onion, then added in veggie broth and the vegetables. I seasoned it with basil, rosemary, and thyme. After everything was thoroughly cooked, I added a splash of coconut milk and pureed it down to a smooth texture. It was a bit thinner than most soups I would normally make, but it was great paired with some crusty bread.

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