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I have recently become a devotee of the YouTube channel “Spain on a Fork.” Really simple recipes, almost all vegetarian/vegan, most of them doable on a stovetop. The ingredients are not even all that esoteric, it’s the way he puts them together that creates the effect.


Black Bean Sweet Potato Burritos Yields 8 burritos – 3 cups / 750 ml sweet potatoes (peeled and diced) – 1/2 onion (chopped) Saute in large frypan in 1 tablespoon oil just until tender. Add water or apple juice as needed to prevent sticking. – 2 cups / 500 ml cooked black beans – 1 teaspoon ground cumin – 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon – 1/2 teaspoon salt Add and cook until heated through. – 8 flour tortillas – 1.5 cups / 375 ml cheddar cheese (shredded) Divide bean mixture and cheese among the tortillas and roll up. Place in a 9 x 13-inch / 3.5-L baking pan. Lightly spray with olive oil if desired. Cover pan with foil and bake at 350F / 180C for 20 to 25 minutes. Garnish with sour cream, salsa, and fresh cilantro.


I am a fan of yellow curry made with potatoes, carrots, onion, and chickpeas. There are hundreds of recipes at your fingertips with a Google search. Don’t believe it when you see a complicated recipe either… just move right by that because it doesn’t necessarily have to be complicated. The other day I was too lazy to look up a real recipe and wanted something fast, so I ended up with everything in my pressure cooker and even that turned out well. My other favorite is a vegan burrito bowl (I tried it with cheese but prefer just vegan ingredients in this one). In a big bowl… brown rice, canned beans and/or canned refried beans, some sort of green like frozen spinach or frozen chopped kale, two kinds of salsa (chipotle highly recommended)… that’s the base. Then I add some avocado and cilantro or perhaps pico if I have it and it’s delicious. Simple, fast, and delicious if I happen to have avocado. It’s slightly less delicious when there isn’t avocado. For breakfast I enjoy a sweet potato with (hear me out) dark Smokey chipotle salsa, banana, spinach, and walnuts. It sounds insane but I find it totally delicious. Savory oatmeal is much better than it sounds. Old fashioned oats, nutritional yeast, frozen riced cauliflower, frozen chopped kale, nutritional yeast, salsa, and a few teaspoons of tahini. Perhaps a sprinkle of turmeric on too. So much better than you would imagine. Just call it pilaf and pretend those aren’t oats.


I recently discovered roasted cabbage wedges, when I was left with an abundance of savoy cabbages in my garden and didn’t know what to do with them. Cut your cabbage of choice into 8-12 wedges, put them in an oven dish with some veg stock and braise them for 20-30 min in the oven, until just soft but still firm. Prepare a topping of grated cheese, bread crumbs, chilli and garlic. Scatter the topping over the cabbages and roast another 15 min till crispy. Great with just potatoes or rice. Bonus if you have a little braising liquid left over as sauce. I used ¼ cabbage per person.


Chili! I make a 3 bean chili with canned black beans, canned pinto beans, canned kidney beans (can be made cheaper with dried), and a large can of diced tomatoes (can be fresh tomatoes if you include a couple of large ones). Then I add whatever vegetables I have in the house which usually includes: carrots, celery, onion, garlic, bell peppers, and jalepeno (or similar) pepper. Add spices like: salt, pepper, chili powder, cumin, oregano, cayenne, and pepper flakes. Add a cup of water and I put it in my crockpot on high for 4ish hours(some recipes are on the stove top for a shorter time) then add dried pasta and cook until they are done. There are many variations of chili recipes that can include ingredients or prep methods familiar to your area.