Crockpot Pizza

It’s going to take about as long as delivery anyway.

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Slow Cooker Pizza:

1 pre made dough (your neighborhood grocery store should have some in the bakery area)

Sauce of preference

Vegan cheese

Toppings of choice

Olive oil, to grease the crockpot dish

To prepare your dough, create a surface to roll your dough. An oiled cutting board is perfect, lay your dough out, form into a ball, cut ball in half, wrap one half in Saran Wrap and place in fridge until ready to use (it’ll store for a few days, save and make pizza another night), and roll the other half of dough into an oval shape to fit your crockpot. Afterward, place dough in crockpot and top with your favorite toppings, I like good ol vegan cheese pizza with a little bit of Brazil nut pesto. Sauce up the dough, throw some vegan cheese on top, then drizzle some pesto on top with a little bit of homemade crumbled seitan; but you can do as you please. Cover your crockpot with a clean tea towel, or a layer of paper towels, then place the crockpot lid on top to secure towel and prevent it from touching your food and prevents your crust from getting solid and turning into a dumpling instead of being baked and crusty. Set crockpot to high and cook for 1 1/2 to 2 hrs. Let cool for 10 and serve with a nice little salad! Easy peasy lemon squeezy!

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Ackee and “Salt Fish”

South Florida’s Caribbean influence, has definitely influenced me.

While in college, I made a lot of friends from all over the world; but there was nothing like the cultural immersion that I experienced with folks from the Caribbean. I had friends from Trinidad, Jamaica, Antigua, Barbados, USVI, Bahamas, Turks and Caicos, St. Lucia, Cayman Islands, Haiti, and MANY more islands.  They shared so much about their culture with me: music, dance, celebrations, holidays, drinks, and FOOOD!!!  My roommate who was from Antigua taught me how to make ackee and salt fish, and honestly, I low key forgot the recipe verbatim… but that’s okay! Because this recipe is just as lit I swear!!!!  This is my plant based version of a Caribbean classic, Ackee and Salt-fish.

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1 can Ackee, drained and rinsed

2 Tomatoes, chopped

2 cloves Garlic, chopped

1 Bbell pepper, chopped

1 small Onion, chopped

2 Green onions, chopped

1 Hot pepper, scotch bonnet is lovely; minced

½ the Salt cured jackfruit , rehydrated and chopped

¼ tsp Thyme

¼ tsp ground Black pepper

1 tbls Cooking oil

 

In a large pan, add cooking oil and set to medium high.  When oil is heated, add the onion and sautee until soft and translucent, then it is time to add the tomatoes, garlic, bell pepper, green onions, and scotch bonnet pepper. Turn down the heat to medium, add the thyme and black pepper and sautee for 7 minutes stirring every few minutes.  Add the drained ackee and the rehydrated jackfruit “salt fish” turn the heat back up to medium high and sautee for 5 more minutes.  Turn off the heat, serve with some boiled sweet potato or some Antiguan “ducuna” and some greens (callaloo, chop up).

 

Salt Cured Jackfruit/Vegan Salt Fish

A soy free and gluten free fish alternative!

I need to get into the habit of taking more pictures as I cook, but this is what my jackfruit looked like before I placed them in the dehydrator.  This is a fun recipe, but it takes at least a good 58hrs to finish, so I need to be patient.  The outcome is great!!

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Salt Cured Jackfruit/Vegan Salt Fish:

½ cup Kelp flakes

PLENTY of Sea Salt

2 cans of Jackfruit in brine

 

Drain and rinse jackfruit.  Remove all of the seeds from the jackfruit, then lay the deseeded jackfruit pieces on some paper towels or a clean kitchen towel to drain for at least 5 mites.  In a shallow dish, cover the bottom of the dish with about a ¼ of salt and ¼ cup of kelp flakes, mix together and even the mixture out in the pan.  Place the jackfruit pieces evenly around the pan. If you ran out of space and need to layer your jackfruit, you need to sprinkle more salt on top of your jackfruit (you’ll know it’s enough salt, when you can’t see any more jackfruit.) before you start on the next layer.  Sprinkle the other half cup of kelp flakes on top of the jackfruit, then cover with more salt.

Place the dish in the refrigerator covered with a clean towel and plastic wrap, and let rest for 48 hrs.  After 48 hrs, I placed my jackfruit in the dehydrator for 10hrs after shaking off excess salt.  That’s all it is! Now you can use the jackfruit as you would salt cured fish.  Store in an airtight container in your fridge or on the counter.

*Note that the jackfruit will be softer that salted cod when rehydrated*

 

To rehydrate, I boiled some water and poured it over the jackfruit and rinsed it off a few times until it was at my salt preference.

 

I used this jackfruit in a recipe with ackee to be similar to ackee and salt-fish

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Potato Tacos

You can do more with potatoes than you think.

Literally one of the simplest and easiest recipes ever!

Potato tacos

4 medium sized potatoes

2 cloves of garlic

3 tbls of cooking oil

20 corn tortillas

Salt pepper to taste

Depending on preference you can peel the potatoes or leave the skin on. You’re going to wash the potatoes chop them into large chunks. Place the potatoes in a large pot, fill with water about an inch above the potatoes, salt the water and let boil until tender. Heat a large skillet with the cooking oil in it. When the potatoes are ready, drain them and place them in the heated skillet on medium heat. Add salt and pepper to taste and mix. While the potatoes cook you want to smash them, but not mash them, you want them chunky but an appearance between home-fries and mashed potatoes. Flip them about every 5 minutes adding oil when necessary, until the potatoes have a nice golden color and remove them from heat.

Now, at this moment…. you’ve got the power to change your future. You’ve got two options with these tacos… you can eat them soft, by warming up the corn tortillas on a dry griddle and leave it be, fill it with the potato mixture and top with chopped lettuce, tomato, salsa, and avocado. OR you can warm up your tortillas a bit fill them with the potato mixture, fold them in half… AND FRY THEM! It’s honestly up to you, I like both ways, but the soft taco format leaves more room for left overs.

The tacos can be served with rice and beans, steamed/grilled/roasted veggies, your favorite sauces and dips, or nothing!

Because they’re so simple, there’s a lot of room for creativity. Next time you make them try throwing in some chili powder and cumin, or caramelized onions and nooch! The possibilities are literally endless!