Day 45 – Recipe: Korean Potatoes, Gamja Jolim (vegan and gluten-free)

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More potatoes please!

I found this recipe on Joanne Choi’s blog, Week of Menus. She has a slew of Korean, vegetarian and gluten-free recipes that look delicious. This is the second recipe I’ve tried and it turned out amazing, I could have eaten the entire pan (I almost did). The only issue I had was that my potatoes did not cook evenly because I don’t own a decent pan – I would suggest using a large cast iron skillet if you have one, or a heavy pan that you know heats evenly.

I followed Joanne’s recipe pretty much exactly, except I didn’t have any sake so I substituted a little more water. It worked just as well I think, I practically the drank the sauce out of the pan. If you want to make this recipe gluten-free, substitute tamari for the soy sauce.

This is traditionally a side dish but we ate it as a main course with sauteed broccoli and zucchini, and leftover Morrocan Carrots/Chickpeas.

Korean Soy-Cooked Potatoes

  • 2 – 3 large yukon gold potatoes, skin on, cut into small cubes  (about 2 1/2 cups)
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup filtered water (you may need more depending on the potatoes)
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce (or tamari for GF)
  • 2 tablespoons raw honey
  • 1 tablespoon sake (or water if you don’t have sake)
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon black sesame seeds for garnish

Place cut potatoes in cold water to remove excess starch. Give them a swirl in the water and drain.

Heat coconut oil in a large heavy skillet over medium heat.  Add drained potatoes, onions and garlic.  Cook stirring occasionally, until the onions turn translucent, about 10 minutes. 

Add water, soy sauce, and sake to the pan.  Continue cooking, allowing the potatoes to soak up the liquids and cook, stirring occasionally to allow the potatoes to cook evenly (about 20 minutes).  

When all the liquid has evaporated, check to see if potatoes are nearly done.  The potatoes should still hold their form and be slightly firm to the bite (not mushy).  If necessary add a 1/4 cup more water and reduce. Then add honey and sesame oil, stir to coat the potatoes with the mixture.  Sprinkle sesame seeds on top.

You can serve potatoes hot, or let them cool and serve cold. Enjoy!

 

 

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Day 39 – Recipe: Vietnamese Lemongrass Curry (vegan, gluten-free and soy-free!)

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I have no idea why I decided to make this today. I had a million things to do and I knew this was probably going to take awhile – but I had (almost) all of the ingredients on hand and I just couldn’t think of anything else to make so I made it. And I’m glad I did because it turned out really really good.

I saw this recipe for Chicken Lemongrass Curry on seriouseats.com the other day and figured I would try and make it with vegetables. I had a sweet potato, some yukon gold potatoes, and a zucchini laying around so that’s what I ended up using, but you could use pretty much any vegetables that are good with curry and they would work (i.e. carrots, green beans, broccoli, cauliflower, peas). I didn’t really change much from the original recipe so I can’t really take credit for this, but this is what I did. Oh and it took a little over an hour.

Vietnamese Lemongrass Curry

  • 3 to 4 hefty lemongrass stalks, outside layer removed, trimmed and chopped (about 2/3 cup total)
  • 1 inch piece ginger, peeled and chopped
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 T coconut oil
  • 2 T Madras Curry Powder (I didn’t have Madras so I just used regular curry powder)
  • 1 Thai red chili, thinly sliced (or 1/2 tsp red chili flakes)
  • 1.5 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • One 13.5 ounce can coconut milk
  • 1 large yam or sweet potato, cut into small cubes
  • 1 lbs yukon gold potatoes (I used about 5 small), cut into small cubes
  • 1 zucchini, cut into 1/4″ half moons
  • lime wedges for garnish
  • cilantro leaves or green onions for garnish

Toss the chopped lemongrass into a food processor. Process until it turns into a “fine, fluffy mass,” scraping the sides with a spatula occasionally, about three minutes. Add the ginger, and pulse until it is chopped finely. Then add the onion. Process, scraping the sides with a spatula occasionally, until it is a paste.

Pour the oil into a wok or large saucepan set over medium heat. When shimmering, add the lemongrass paste. Cook, stirring often with a wooden spoon, until very fragrant, about two minutes. Add the curry powder and red chili flakes, stir well, and cook for a minute. Add the salt, pepper, and coconut milk. Stir well with the wooden spoon, and then add chopped yam and potatoes. If the liquid does not cover the potatoes add a little bit of water to do so (I added about 1/2 cup). Once liquid starts to boil, reduce heat to maintain a slow simmer. Simmer covered, for 35 minutes or until potatoes are tender.

Add the zucchini, stir well, and turn heat up again to bring to a strong simmer. Then reduce heat to maintain a bare simmer, and cook, covered, until veggies are tender, about 15 minutes.

Serve hot with the lime wedges, cilantro/green onions, and quinoa or brown rice. Serves 4

 

Don’t leave out the lime wedges, they add a lot of flavor!

Whatever vegetables you decide to use, you will need about 2 lbs total.

I didn’t include this in the recipe but I threw in some broccoli and cauliflower stems into mine at the end (at the same time as the zucchini) for an added crunch. Yum!

 

 

Day 36 – Recipe: Thai Spiced Roasted Potatoes

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Since I’m (thankfully) allowed to eat potatoes, I’m constantly trying to figure out how to keep them interesting. I had some Thai red curry powder in my cabinet and thought I’d try and attempt to roast some potatoes with Thai spices. I really liked the way the Indian Spiced Cauliflower and Potatoes turned out so I adapted that recipe and came up with this. It turned out really good! Similar to the Aloo Gobi but different. And it only took me 30 minutes. I will definitely be making this again.

Thai Spiced Roasted Potatoes***

  • 1 large yam or sweet potato, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 1 1/4 lb (about 5 medium) red new potatoes cut into 1/2-inch cubes (I left the skin on)
  • 4 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 large yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemongrass, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh jalapeño, including seeds
  • 2 teaspoons minced peeled fresh ginger
  • 1.5 teaspoons Thai red curry powder
  • 1/2 cup filtered water

Put oven rack in upper third of oven. Preheat oven to 450°F.

Toss yam and new potatoes together in a bowl with 2 tablespoons oil and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Spread onto a shallow baking pan (covered in parchment paper for easy clean-up) and roast, stirring occasionally, until potatoes are just tender, about 25 minutes.

While vegetables are roasting, cook onion, garlic, lemongrass, jalapeño, and ginger in remaining 2 tablespoons oil in a large non-stick skillet over moderate heat, stirring frequently, until very soft and beginning to turn golden, 5 to 7 minutes. Add red curry powder and remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and cook, stirring constantly, 2 minutes. Stir in water, scraping up any brown bits from bottom of skillet, then stir in roasted potatoes. Cook, covered, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes. Serve immediately.

***Adapted from Indian Spiced Cauliflower and Potatoes at Epicurious.com

This will serve 4 as a side dish but my hungry mouth ate 3/4 of the pan in one sitting. Woops.

Day 32 – Recipe: Indian Spiced Cauliflower and Potatoes (Aloo Gobi)

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It’s official, I’ve made it through an entire month of my vegan, gluten-free, corn-free and (mostly) soy-free diet. There have been a few occasions where I’ve mistakenly eaten corn, gluten and soy but for the most part I think I’ve done really well.

Some people have asked me if I am feeling better yet and the truth is that I haven’t seen much improvement. My body temperature is running hot, I still get overheated, sometimes I get randomly nauseous, my energy is pretty low… I don’t feel as terrible as I have in the past but I don’t really feel that great right now. From what I understand it is going to be between 3 and 6 months before I really start feeling the effects of the diet. At least I’ve got one month down, just a few more to go.

The good news is though that I FINALLY was able to make an Indian dish that tasted good, really good. So good that I practically ate the entire pan. And it only took 30 minutes – a miracle! Once again, this recipe is NOT mine, I found it on epicurious.com and you can view it here, Indian Spiced Cauliflower and Potatoes. I don’t even think I changed anything, I made some small substitutions (like using red potatoes cause they were on sale) and I left the skin on the potatoes because I felt like it. The only thing I would do differently next time would be to use parchment paper instead of foil on the baking sheet because the potatoes stuck to the foil like glue. But this recipe is super good, go make it now!

Indian Spiced Cauliflower and Potatoes

  • 1 (1 3/4-lb) head cauliflower, cut into 3/4-inch-wide florets
  • 1 1/4 lb Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes (I used red new potatoes and left the skin on)
  • 5 tablespoons vegetable oil (I used coconut oil)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 2 – 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh jalapeño, including seeds
  • 2 teaspoons minced peeled fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1/2 cup water

Put oven rack in upper third of oven. Preheat oven to 475°F.

Toss cauliflower and potatoes together in a bowl with 3 tablespoons oil, cumin seeds, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Spread onto a shallow baking pan (covered in parchment paper for easy clean-up) and roast, stirring occasionally, until cauliflower is tender and browned in spots and potatoes are just tender, about 20 minutes.

While vegetables are roasting, cook onion, garlic, jalapeño, and ginger in remaining 2 tablespoons oil in a 12-inch heavy skillet over moderate heat, stirring frequently, until very soft and beginning to turn golden, 8 to 10 minutes. Add ground cumin, coriander, turmeric, cayenne, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and cook, stirring constantly, 2 minutes. Stir in water, scraping up any brown bits from bottom of skillet, then stir in roasted vegetables. Cook, covered, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes.

I used more potatoes than cauliflower but I weighed everything out to equal 3 lbs. I also used 1/4 tsp less salt than original recipe calls for.

This recipe has just the right amount of spice to it. I will definitely be making this again.

Day 24 – Garlic Dill Roasted New Potatoes

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Thank God I’m allowed to eat potatoes. And Garlic. Ohmygoodness how I love garlic. This recipe isn’t mindblowing, and I’m sure there is another recipe exactly like it out there somewhere so please don’t freak out on me for posting this!

I had bought some red potatoes at the store and had a bunch of fresh dill leftover in the fridge (actually I still have a bunch of dill leftover so I’ve been snipping it into my salads – yum!) so henceforth came this recipe. I sort of followed this recipe from Ourlifeinthekitchen.com but I swapped out the butter for EVOO and added garlic cause as I said before, I love garlic. I also changed the cooking temperature cause I wanted the potatoes to be crispy. So I guess it’s really a different recipe but some elements are the same. The important thing is that mine turned out delicious!

Garlic Dill Roasted New Potatoes

  • 6 red new potatoes
  • 3 garlic cloves, smashed and minced
  • 2 T fresh dill
  • zest of 1 lemon (optional)
  • 2 T EVOO
  • Sea Salt and Black Pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 425

Wash potatoes and remove remove eyes. Slice potatoes about 1/2 inch thick. Put potatoes in a large bowl with garlic, dill, lemon zest, salt/pepper and olive oil, and stir until potatoes are evenly coated. Spread potatoes on a baking sheet in one even layer. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and enjoy hot! Sprinkle with more sea salt if necessary.

Coated Potatoes:

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Finished Potatoes:

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Served with my M Cafe Salads:

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There are only 4 potatoes on my plate cause I ate about 6 slices off of the sheet pan before I made my plate.