Meatless Monday with Vegan Smoky Jambalaya with Mushroom Jerky
Welcome (back) to the Miratel blog for another edition of our Meatless Monday vegan recipe share. Miratel took the Meatless Monday pledge to support reducing meat consumption 15% by eliminating it one day per week to preserve the health of our planet. We consider our support of this great movement part of our CSR business strategies as it spreads awareness of the impact of our food choices on our environment.
Today’s recipe might seem a little involved as it requires some time and effort that is just not possible during most weeknights but if you are looking to make a special meal a little more special for the vegan(s) in your life then this is the recipe for you. According to the chef “the day long marinade on the mushrooms gives you the most delicious vegan bacon you’ve ever had and the savory jambalaya is an added bonus. You’re going to impress whoever you share this delicacy of a dish with.” This innovative and delicious recipe comes courtesy of Sasha Gill of Holy Basil, an excellent website with amazing vegan recipes and images via the always incredible One Green Planet.
FOR THE MUSHROOM JERKY:
- 10 1/2 ounces of mushrooms, sliced
- 1/2 cup tamari
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 2 tablespoons of your favorite sweetener
- 1 teaspoon liquid smoke
- 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
FOR THE JAMBALAYA:
- 1 white onion, chopped finely
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 veggie stock cube
- 1 tablespoon tomato paste
- 1 small chili, diced
- 1 cup short grain brown rice
- 1/2 cup beluga lentils
- 2 1/4 cup water
- 1/4 cup remaining marinade
- 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon sweetener
- 1/2 cup peas, frozen
- Salt and pepper, to taste
TO MAKE THE MUSHROOM JERKY:
- Make a marinade with the tamari, garlic powder, sweetener, liquid smoke, and smoked paprika. Make sure it’s nice and well mixed, then place the marinade in a Tupperware with the mushrooms soaking inside. Let them marinate for 24 hours
- Preheat oven to 250°F and lay out the slices of mushroom on a baking sheet or parchment lined tray. Bake 1 1/2-2 hours. Flip the mushrooms halfway through cooking them.
TO MAKE THE JAMBALAYA:
- Sautee the onion and garlic until they are soft.
- Add your paprika, cayenne, stock cube, and tomato paste while stirring the mixture until the cube dissolves and everything is evenly mixed.
- Add the chili and stir it in.
- Now add the rice, lentils, water, and any extra marinade.
- Let the mixture simmer until the rice and lentils are cooked. This should take about 15 minutes.
- Check on it every now and then to give it a stir and add a splash of water if it is getting too dry.
- Towards the last 5 minutes, add the maple syrup, lemon juice, and frozen peas. When done, season the jambalaya with salt and pepper, top it with your mushroom jerky.
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