Coconut Mashed Yam, Classic Carribean TVP Stew and Avocado Salad
I know what you must be saying did she eat all that fat in one dish? Yes I did, I had half of the portion of everything plus I can afford it since I do not eat enough fat anyways and I do not use coconut milk usually and the fats in avocado are good for you.Note that the avocado and yam dish does not necessarily need to be eaten together but I was in the mood for both. Yam is a very popular root in the Caribbean because it is mild in taste and stands up better than English Potatoes. I know in the USA some people call a type of sweet potato yam but the yam I am speaking about is not the same thing. Click here to read more about yam and their use. I am told that at times you can find yam in the Asian markets or West Indian supermarkets but they can be a little expensive as they are imported. Yam itches your skin like crazy for a few mins while peeling but do not worry in 10 mins it goes away.
Coconut Mashed Yam
Coconut mashed yam is something my parents made for me after a long day at university. They would serve it with vegan chili usually and a crispy salad. Using coconut milk in yam is a very good idea as the flavours pair well together. When my husband took the first bite into this lunch he asked me what is the starch. I smiled and said the yam you hate so much. The recipe is very simple. Boil your yam and drain. Add 1/4 to 1/2 cup coconut milk and mash. Add 3/4 of a medium grated onion and salt to taste and you will have a very delicious starch. I did not use a lot of coconut milk and it still tasted good 1/4 cup will do or even a little less.
TVP Stew( Textured Vegetable Protein Stew)
I have been eating TVP stew since I was 13 years old and let me tell you TVP has come a long way. I remember hydrating tvp would have the entire house in panic asking what was that smell with their facesin disgust. Finally the food technologist have gotten it right and tvp can be used as a protein alternative. A lot of people ask me how I get my TVP/ Gran burger stew tasting so much like minced beef and less like soy. I use the same seasoning I would use if I was making ground mixed beef. Here is a guide to making delicious TVP stew that does not taste bland.
TVP Stew Guide
Hydrate your TVP with hot water. I saw on the blog Seitan is My Motor she soaked hers in a vegetable broth and that is fine too. Saute onions and a mild chili peppers or sweet peppers in olive oil. Add your hydrated tvp and allow this mixture to fry up. Add about 4 cloves of chopped garlic to your tvp and allow the flavour to mesh. Now add your favourite spices. I love cumin, paprika ,chili and curry. Tomato sauce is your friend. Do not forget the salt and/ Braggs. I usually add some drops of chili sauce at the end and fresh basil. Onion powder is something you would not want to leave out and I like a squirt of American mustard in my sauce. The result is a rich and flavourful stew. Bajan Seasoning saves most stews and a tsp of Bajan Seasoning goes a long way in a stew like this so start getting your herbs together to make a batch. Another thing to to note is that some tvp are preseasoned already so taste your tvp after soaking to determine how much salt or spice you will add. If you tvp as too much water squeeze it out especially if you just hydrate in hotwater.
You can use this stew for spaghetti bolognese too.
I had an avocado and I wanted to make a quick salad with it. You just need avocado cubes and some mild chili sliced and white onions. Cut some lime wedges and add to salad. Chop fresh parsley and cover the salad with some lime juice and salt.
Update: I made my first vegan ice cream but I am still working the kinks outs. I hope to have an ice cream post by this weekend but, I am not making any promises.