On those occasions when I don’t have a lot of time to cook I try to keep a few “staples” on hand that I can use to whip up a one pot vegan dinner quickly. In a previous post I have written about quick and easy pasta dishes using Sunflower Kitchen’s vegan Basil Pesto, something I always have on hand. I have also written about a product that SPUD carries; Beyond Meat’s Chicken-Free Strips, another staple I keep in my freezer. When cooking, I also try to create food that can be easily reheated so my husband has something to take to work for lunch.
Yesterday was one of those days when I was running out of time to be creative but I also didn’t want to make my usual pasta dish. Instead I created a rice dish with pesto and chicken-free strips and it turned out to be very good, so I thought I would share it here.
One Pot Vegan Dinner: “Tricken”, Rice, and Pesto
2 T avocado oil
1 lb mushrooms, sliced
1 yellow, orange or red pepper, diced
1 lb asparagus broken into 1 inch pieces or 1 zucchini, diced
1 lb of Beyond Meat Chicken Free strips
1 container of Sunflower Kitchen Pesto
½ cup vegetable broth
2 cups of cooked rice (or a blend of rice and quinoa)
Salt and pepper to taste
In a large pot, over medium low heat gently saute mushrooms in avocado oil until they are soft. Add peppers, asparagus, chicken-free strips, cooked rice, broth and then stir in the pesto. Cook for another 15 or 20 minutes until strips are thawed and everything is hot.
Last night, I used a zucchini because I had no asparagus and it was yummy but I think that asparagus would be even better. The pepper made the dish colourful and really any colour would do. I also used a blend of sprouted brown rice, wild rice and quinoa which was delicious. This reheated beautifully for my husband’s lunch and mine as well.
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Susan is our resident vegan. She’s been a vegetarian for 20 years, and a vegan for 4. She has researched both lifestyles extensively and is constantly exploring new recipes, add her own twist. She is a long time SPUD customer, and now our very own resident vegan blogger!