Meatless Monday with a Vegan St. Patrick’s Day Feast
Welcome (back) to the Miratel blog for a special St. Patrick’s Day edition of our Meatless Monday recipe series. The Meatless Monday pledge aims to reduce meat consumption 15% by eliminating it one day per week to preserve planetary health. Miratel took the pledge to support this great movement and include it as part of our CSR business strategies to spread awareness of the impact of food choices on our environment.
St. Patrick’s Day might be synonymous for many with corn beef and cabbage and other meat-laden dishes but it doesn’t have to be and today we are featuring a completely vegan meal for the occasion. On the menu tonight is a main course of crockpot meatless Irish stew from Examiner.com and Irish soda bread from Pea Soup and for dessert we have a boozy beer filled brownie from the Vegan Cookbook Aficionado. Let’s get started.
Crockpot Meatless Irish Stew Ingredients(serves 4):
- 1 Tablespoon olive oil
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- 1 medium sweet yellow, white or red onion, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
- 4 cups vegetable broth at room temperature (make your own vegetable broth from scraps)
- 1 Tablespoon nutritional yeast flakes
- ¾ cup apple juice or cider
- ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
- 3 large potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
- 2 large carrots, peeled and cut into chunks
- 3 large ribs celery, cut into chunks
- 2 large parsnips, peeled and cut into chunks
- 3 Tablespoons pearl barley
- ½ teaspoon dried sage or 3 fresh sage leaves finely chopped
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 bay leaf
- ½ cup frozen peas, thawed
- 4 to 6 green onions, chopped, for garnish (optional) or coarsely chopped fresh parsley
- In large sauté pan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onions and garlic and sauté until softened, about 5 minutes. Remove to crockpot.
- To crock pot add vegetable broth and nutritional yeast; stir to dissolve nutritional yeast. Add apple juice and apple cider vinegar to the crock pot.
- Add remaining ingredients except peas and green onions to crock pot. Stir well; cover and set on low. Cook on low 6 to 8 hours.
- Add the peas the last hour of cooking time.
- Remove bay leaf and ladle into bowls. Sprinkle generously with chopped green onions or chopped parsley.
Irish Soda Bread Ingredients:
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- 2 cups plain white flour
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp sugar
- 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 1 cup soya milk
- 1 tsp cider vinegar
- Pre-heat the oven to 220 degress celsius/430 fahrenheit.
- In a bowl combine the soya milk and cider vinegar. Set aside and allow it to curdle.
- Sift the flour, salt, sugar and bicarb into a large bowl. Mix thoroughly and, whilst it may seem silly, grab handfuls of it and allow it to fall back into the bowl – this aerates the mixture.
- Add most of the soya milk and using a spatula or your hand turn into a soft doughball – it will be a little sticky, that’s fine. You may or may not need the rest of the liquid.
- Flour a clean surface and turn the doughball out onto it. Lightly knead – be sure not to overwork it. Shape into a ball.
- Flour a baking sheet and transfer the doughball. Flour a knife and mark a cross in the top of the bread. Bake for 30minutes until the bottom sounds hollow when tapped.
- Wrap in a clean tea towel to ensure the crust doesn’t harden too much. Eat warm or allow to cool, it’s your call.
Boozy Beer Filled Brownies Ingredients (makes 7-8 pieces):
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- 3 tablespoons water
- 1 tablespoon flax, ground
- 1 cup stout
- 1 3/4 cups all-purpose unbleached flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped into ½ inch pieces
- 6 tablespoons margarine, melted
- 1/2 teaspoon instant espresso powder
- 1 1/4 cups sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips (optional)
Stout Glaze Ingredients:
- 4 ounces bittersweet or semi-sweet chocolate
- 1/4 cup reduced stout
- 2 tablespoons margarine
- Bring stout to a boil in a medium sauce- pan; cook until reduced to 1/2 cup, about 12 minutes. Let cool. Reserve 1/4 cup stout.
- Stir 2 ounces chocolate and margarine in a medium metal bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water until melted and smooth.
- In a small mixing bowl whisk together the water and flax meal. Let it sit for about 5 minutes so the mixture gets goopy. Place your oven rack on it’s lowest position and preheat your oven to 350F. Line an 8 x 8 inch baking dish with parchment paper allowing excess parchment paper on opposite sides so you can pull the brownies out of the baking dish later.
- In a medium mixing bowl whisk together the flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl whisk together the sugar, espresso, vanilla, 1/4 cup of the reduced stout, flax mixture and melted chocolate mixture, mix until smooth and combined. Pour the dry ingredients into the wet and mix until just combined, then fold in the chocolate chips. The mixture will become extremely thick.
- Transfer the batter to the baking dish. Using a spatula, spread and smooth the thick batter into place.
- Bake for 30-35 minutes on your oven’s lowest rack. Do not bake for any longer then 35 minutes, you want the brownies to be fudgy. Transfer the baking dish to a wire cooling rack and allow it to cool for 30 minutes.
- Stir remaining 4 ounces chocolate in a medium metal bowl set over a sauce-pan of simmering water until melted and smooth. Add reserved 1/4 cup reduced stout, and remaining 2 tablespoons margarine whisk until well blended.
- Pour warm glaze over brownies. Let stand at room temperature until glaze is set, about 40 minutes.
- Once completely cool, using the parchment paper overhang, pull brownies out of pan. Cut into squares.
If you haven’t already, we encourage you to visit the Meatless Monday website and join us in taking the pledge today. Spread the word at home and at work and promote CSR business initiatives to make your green call centre, office, factory, shop, restaurant or salon even greener.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day……Slainte!
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