Rich Brazilian Vegan Stew with Cauliflower, Cashews and Coconut Milk Stew
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Serves: 6 to 8 servings
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 head cauliflower (about 3-4 pounds), trimmed and separated into florets
  • 8 ounce package Morningstar Farms “Meal Starters” Chick’n Strips, thawed, and cut into bite-size pieces (feel free to substitute seasoned seitan)
  • 2 tablespoons palm or dende oil (if you can find it; omit if not)
  • ½ cup lightly salted and roasted cashew halves and pieces
  • ½ cup lightly salted and roasted peanuts
  • Sea salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil or peanut oil, divided
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 2 whole scallions, sliced (about ¼ cup)
  • 1 14- to15-ounce can fire-roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1 package So Delicious Dairy Free Original Culinary Coconut Milk (equivalent to 1 15.5-ounce can coconut milk)
  • 1-1/2 cups no-chicken stock (vegan chicken stock or vegetable stock)
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric (if not using dende oil, use 1 teaspoon)
  • ⅛ teaspoon smoke paprika (if not using dende oil, use ½ teaspoon)
  • ½ cup fresh chopped cilantro, for garnish
  • 3 to 4 cups cooked rice or faro, optional
  1. Place the lime juice and garlic in a medium, non-reactive bowl. Add cauliflower florets, sprinkle with a little salt and pepper, and toss to coat. Let marinate at room temperature while you prepare the other ingredients.
  2. Place the Chick'n Strips or seitan in another medium bowl, and toss with 2 tablespoons of the dende oil, if using. (If not, omit this step.) Let marinate, also at room temperature, while you continue with the recipe.
  3. In the bowl of a food processor, process the cashews and peanuts with short pulses until they are very finely chopped, stopping before they release their oil and become a paste.
  4. Pour 2 tablespoons of olive or peanut oil in a large cast iron skillet, add cauliflower florets in one layer, sprinkle with salt, and cook over medium-high heat or just a little higher, until they are lightly browned, about 8 minutes. Stir to loosen them from the bottom of the pan as necessary. Remove the florets to the bowl in which they were marinated.
  5. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive or peanut oil to the skillet and heat to sizzling. Add onion, scallions, and a pinch of salt, and saute, stirring occasionally and scraping up the brown bits on the bottom of the pan, until the onions are soft and develop some color, about 3 minutes.
  6. Add the tomatoes, juice and all, and nuts, stirring to blend, and cook for about 1 minute to heat through. Transfer to a heavy lidded pot like a Dutch oven.
  7. Place the pan back on the heat, add the coconut milk, no-chicken or vegetable stock, turmeric, and paprika, and bring the sauce to a simmer.
  8. Reduce the heat to the lowest temperature possible, and add the cauliflower and Chick'n Strips or seitan. Cover the pot and barely simmer for 25 to 30 minutes.
  9. Season to taste with salt and pepper, garnish with cilantro, and serve, if desired, with cooked rice or faro.
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