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Vegan Ash-e Reshteh (Persian New Year Soup)

vegan ash-e reshteh

With Nowruz (Persian New Year, the Spring Equinox) right around the corner, I thought I’d post a recipe for a Vegan Ash-e Reshteh! There are many kinds of Ash you can make, but Ash-e Reshteh seems to be the most popular. It’s made throughout the year on my husband’s side of the family, and it’s always made for Nowruz.

I first learned to make Ash-e Reshteh shortly after my engagement to my husband. His mother had gifted me a Persian cookbook. Her quiet way of both welcoming me to the family and validating my suspicion that the key to keeping her son’s heart was through food. No doubt, I happily got to practicing my Ash and Beef Koobideh recipes, all while secretly plotting to find ways to make some of it vegan.

vegan ash-e reshteh

Ash-e Reshteh is a thick soup. It’s typically made with onion, beans, noodles, lentils, garlic, beet, spinach, herbs, spices, and beef broth. I’ve always substituted vegetable broth in the past and made a vegetarian version. Furthermore, the other non-vegan friendly ingredient is the kashk. Kashk is basically whey that’s stirred in at the end and added as a garnish. Oh, and the noodles are thought to bring luck into the New Year!

vegan ash-e reshteh

I’ve always wanted to make a Vegan Ash-e Reshteh! I thought this would be a great opportunity to try and finally make a vegan version using a recipe for garbanzo bean whipped cream I’d seen floating around.

I’m happy to share my recipe for Vegan Ash-e Reshteh.

vegan ash-e reshteh

Vegan Ash-e Reshteh

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Serves: 8+ Cooking Time: 1 hour

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 2 large onion
  • 2 cans drained garbanzo beans
  • 1 can cannellini beans
  • 1 can red kidney beans
  • 1 heaping tbsp. garlic
  • 1 tbsp. turmeric
  • 1 heaping tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. pepper
  • 9 cups of water (if using dried, soaked beans)
  • 10 cups veggie broth
  • 2 cups lentils
  • 1 pound linguini or Persian noodles
  • 2 tbsp. flour
  • 2 cups fresh dill
  • 3 cups fresh parsley
  • 12 cups of spinach
  • 1 beet
  • Liquid from garbanzo beans and some cream of tartar for "cream"
  • Garnish: Vegan cream and crispy caramelized onions (they're mandatory!)

Instructions

1

In a large pot heat your coconut oil over medium-high heat. Add your minced garlic and thinly sliced onion, saving some onion on the side for the garnish later. Stir fry until the onions are soft and beginning to brown

2

Add the beans, turmeric, salt and pepper and stir-fry for two minutes. If you used canned beans (I did) then you can skip Step 3

3

Add 9 cups of water and bring to a boil, reduce heat and continue cooking for 15 minutes

4

Add your veggie broth and lentils, continue cooking for 15 minutes

5

Add your noodles and slowly sift in your flour while stirring the pot. Allow the soup to cook, covered and on low, for another 15 minutes

6

Add your spinach, dill, parsley, and beet. Continue cooking another 10-15 minutes or until the noodles and lentils are both soft

7

*Add your vegan cream and stir in, saving some for the garnish.

8

Garnish with crispy caramelized onions and a dollop of "cream"

Notes

* Vegan cream: Simply combine the liquid from two cans garbanzo beans with 1/8 tsp. of cream of tartar and mix on high for 10-15 minutes or until stable and cream-like. **You can also just omit the cream entirely if you don't have a Kitchenaid or hand mixer. The soup is delicious anyway. ***The "cream" can collapse quickly and in a hot pot, it almost completely dissolves. I still liked it for the recipe because I felt it gave the soup a slightly creamier look.

Recipe

Luscious Vegan Caesar Salad

Vegan Caesar Salad

Once, I had a vegan caesar salad at the Springs LA. It changed my liiiife! I wasn’t even vegan at the time (I’m still not), but I became obsessed with the salad. Of course, they don’t just give out their recipes, but I was ambitious and made a few attempts to recreate their masterpiece.

A good Caesar is hard to come by as an omnivore but as a vegan or vegetarian? Forget about it.

The ever elusive “good” vegan caesar salad only surfaces every once in a blue moon. You better believe when it does, many vegans pounce on it! The thing that’s best about this Vegan Caesar Salad recipe is that you have a significant opportunity here to offer something substantial, delicious, and vegan at your next dinner party.

I remember while planning my wedding my husband and I lamented over what to offer our vegan guests. The fare was traditional American BBQ. Since they were to be surrounded by the smell of meats all weekend, I strongly felt like we needed to offer the vegans and vegetarians something amazing. I hope the guests were satisfied with their choices—I think veggie kabobs, salad, veggie burgers, and couscous?— but had I developed this recipe for Vegan Caesar Salad then, I would have definitely passed it along to our caterers.

Personally, what I fell in love with about this Vegan Caesar Salad is that it has seaweed in it. The seaweed gives it that oceany flavor without harming any little fish.

I’m proud to bring you my version of a Vegan Caesar Salad! I hope you love it as much as I do.

Luscious Vegan Caesar Salad

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Serves: 4 Cooking Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • DRESSING
  • 1/2 cup hummus (if you don't like hummus, don't have any, or you can't eat it you can sub in 1/2 pre-soaked cashews, 1 tsp. of capers, and 1 tsp of Worcestershire sauce)
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. spicy mustard
  • 1 tbsp. evoo
  • 3 cloves of garlic (this makes it kind of garlicky spicy, so use less if you aren't a huge fan)
  • 1 tsp. lemon zest
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 1 pack dried seaweed snack
  • 1/2 tsp. sea-salt
  • SALAD
  • 2 loosely packed cups of Spring Mix Lettuce's
  • 2 cups of chopped romaine
  • 1 1/2 cups of loosely packed massaged kale (to massage kale, you literally massage it. I threw on about a tablespoon of EVOO and massaged it with my hands, kind of like washing your hair)
  • 1/2 cups of alfalfa sprouts
  • 2-3 packs of snack dried and salted seaweed, sliced lengthwise into strips
  • 1 cup Garbanzo Bean Croutons
  • 3/4 cup of Vegan Caesar Dressing
  • 2 avocados, sliced
  • Optional: Pepitas

Instructions

1

Throw all of your dressing ingredients into the blender and blend it until smooth and creamy. I like to blend everything except the evoo first, and then throw in the evoo for one last whirl

2

Chop your lettuces and massage your kale (chop your kale and put a tbsp. of evoo on it. Massage it around like you're washing your hair or kneading dough until it becomes softer. Super easy and makes a big diff!)

3

Throw it in a bowl

4

Top with the alfalfa sprouts, seaweed strips, and pepitas

5

Toss with the dressing

6

Garnish with avocado

7

Serve!

Notes

Using GF Worcestershire Sauce should make this meal 100% GF, if you have a serious aversion, though, please check all your labels. Grey Poupon doesn't contain gluten ingredients but could have cross contamination. Beware celiacs!