I am not a vegan. Heck, I’m not even a vegetarian, I just sometimes make vegetarian food (especially after a long week of binge eating sugary goods). I got the book, “Skinny Bitch Ultimate Everyday Cookbook” for my birthday this year, which only contains vegan recipes. I don’t think I’ve ever made a single recipe entirely vegan. I usually use Kim’s vegan recipe as a starting point, but substitute things like butter and cheese for her vegan versions. I think the overall result is generally pretty healthy stuff.
This cassoulet is no exception. I have listed the recipe below exactly as it is in the book, but have added notes for my substitutions. Good stuff I must say! This is such a simple, and fast way to prepare a healthy meal.
Vegan Cassoulet recipe from Skinny Bitch Ultimate Everyday Cookbook
2 T grapeseed oil **I used EVOO
6 T Earth Balance, divided **I used butter and only 4 T
2 leeks, thinly sliced
1 carrot, peeled and diced
1 stalk celery, diced
1 garlic clove, minced
3 T minced fresh tarragon
1 T minced fresh thyme
1 T thinly sliced chives
1 bay leaf
3 (15 oz) cans white cannelloni beans, rinsed and drained
1 c vegetable broth
½ c panko breadcrumbs, divided
salt and pepper to taste
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Place oil and 2 T earth balance in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the leeks, carrot, celery, and garlic, and cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add tarragon, thyme, chives, and bay leaf, and cook another 4 minutes. Stir in the beans, broth and 1/4 c. of the breadcrumbs. Reduce the heat and simmer 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Season with salt and pepper.
Meanwhile, melt the remaining Earth Balance and toss with the remaining bread crumbs in a small bowl until well combined. Set aside. Pour the bean mixture into a 13 X9 baking dish, removing and discarding the bay leaf. Cover loosely with foil and bake about 25 minutes, or until bubbly. Remove the foil and sprinkle with breadcrumb mixture. Continue cooking until the top is golden. Serve hot.
Yesterday I did a total body workout video on Exercise TV (on demand) I can’t remember what it was called exactly. Today I am way sore! Seriously, I’m only 31 years old, why do I become “out of shape” so quickly? I workout nearly every day and I take one week off and suddenly I’m terribly sore after one 30 minute video!??! Looks like I’m going to have a very painful start to 2012. Sigh.
Speaking of new year, NYE is right around the corner. Who’s doing what? I really have nothing cool planned. I am totally over those “pay $150 for open bar at some hotel where you know no one, and bar lines are annoyingly long” type shindig. I think The Hubs and I might just smoke some meat, drink some cheap champagne, and work on the pizza puzzle I gave him for Christmas. Wow. Thrilling. 31 years old is right.