Chickpea Artichoke Rice with Lambsquarter Greens

This is a hearty brown rice dish featuring protein-rich chickpeas, tasty artichoke, savory herbs and spices, wild-foraged lambsquarter greens, and a dash of zingy fresh lemon. Hands-off and great for a weeknight meal, this is a healthy and delicious way to introduce picky eaters to brown rice and foraged greens (or spinach!)

Produce On Parade - Chickpea Artichoke Rice with Lambsquarter Greens - This is a hearty brown rice dish featuring protein-rich chickpeas, tasty artichoke, savory herbs and spices, wild-foraged lambsquarter greens, and a dash of zingy fresh lemon. Hands-off and great for a weeknight meal, this is a healthy and delicious way to introduce picky eaters to brown rice and foraged greens (or spinach!)

Do you ever forage for wild plants? I really love to incorporate treasures from our backyard in our meals and each year I try to include more. We have an abundance in our woods that offer themselves at various times of the year. Highbush cranberries, red currants, horsetail, many wild edible flowers, bolete mushrooms, spruce tips, fiddlehead ferns, chickweed, wild raspberries, and lambsquarter. These are just a few; Alaska has so much to give!

I remember foraging lambsquarter with my grandmother and eating it. “Tastes like spinach!”, she used to say. And she was right, it does taste like a mild spinach. It’s very recognizable and has a white powdery substance that coats it. Anything you forage should be washed well and of course it’s vital to be absolutely 100% sure you know what you are picking.

If you’re not able to harvest any wild greens where you are, spinach will work just beautifully in this dish or feel free to just omit the greens completely if you prefer.

What kinds of things do you forage?

Produce On Parade - Chickpea Artichoke Rice with Lambsquarter Greens - This is a hearty brown rice dish featuring protein-rich chickpeas, tasty artichoke, savory herbs and spices, wild-foraged lambsquarter greens, and a dash of zingy fresh lemon. Hands-off and great for a weeknight meal, this is a healthy and delicious way to introduce picky eaters to brown rice and foraged greens (or spinach!)

Chickpea Artichoke Rice with Lambsquarter Greens


Chickpea Artichoke Rice with Lambsquarter Greens
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This is a hearty brown rice dish featuring protein-rich chickpeas, tasty artichoke, savory herbs and spices, wild-foraged lambsquarter greens, and a dash of zingy fresh lemon. Hands-off and great for a weeknight meal, this is a healthy and delicious way to introduce picky eaters to brown rice and foraged greens (or spinach!)

Ingredients
  • 1 cup uncooked long-grain brown rice
  • 1 15 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups + 2 tbsp (thereabouts) vegetable broth
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small brown onion, diced small
  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ tbsp paprika
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • ½ tsp dried oregano
  • ½ tsp seasoning or table salt
  • dash of white pepper
  • 1 15 oz can chickpeas, drained
  • 1 15 oz can quartered artichoke hearts, drained
  • 1 cup unpacked foraged lambsquarters leaves or spinach
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
  • ½ lemon, zested and juiced

Instructions
  1. Add the dry rice to a rice cooker. Drain the diced tomatoes, reserving the juice in a liquid measuring cup; add in enough vegetable broth to equal 2 ¼ cups of total liquid (for me this was about 2 cups and 2 tbsp of broth). Add to dry rice, and cook according to your rice cooker. Brown rice takes about 1 hour to cook.
  2. While the rice cooks, heat the oil over medium-low heat in a large rimmed frying pan. Add the onion and garlic, sauteing for about 5-8 minutes until the onions are translucent. Stir in the spices, herbs, salt and pepper; cook for an additional 2 minutes.
  3. Stir in the chickpeas and artichokes; simmer over low heat for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and cover; allow to rest until rice is cooked.
  4. Wash the greens well. When the rice is done cooking add the greens to the pan and stir until wilted. Add in the rice, parsley, and lemon juice and zest; stir well to combine.
  5. Serve hot and topped with additional parsley and lemon zest if you like.

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Yield: 4
Produce On Parade - Chickpea Artichoke Rice with Lambsquarter Greens - This is a hearty brown rice dish featuring protein-rich chickpeas, tasty artichoke, savory herbs and spices, wild-foraged lambsquarter greens, and a dash of zingy fresh lemon. Hands-off and great for a weeknight meal, this is a healthy and delicious way to introduce picky eaters to brown rice and foraged greens (or spinach!)

Vegan Asian Meatballs

We used to make these all the time when I was a kid. I’m now thrilled to be able to eat them once again, but without harming animals! A sweet and salty sauce smothers delicious onion and mushroom ‘meatballs’ that everyone will absolutely love. My recipe was adapted slightly from msvegan.com.

Vegan Asian Meatballs - Produce On Parade - We used to make these all the time when I was a kid. I’m now thrilled to be able to eat them once again, but without harming animals! A sweet and salty sauce smothers delicious onion and mushroom ‘meatballs’ that everyone will absolutely love. My recipe was adapted slightly from msvegan.com.

Meatballs are one of those foods that I really enjoy, but am too lazy to ever make... or even buy. I'd rather have my spaghetti without than go through the motions of adding meatballs (I need to take a closer look at my life). Does anyone else feel this way or is it just me? 

This week I had a huge craving for meatballs. It was unrelenting and I began to reminisce on the times my parents used to make delicious Asian meatballs that we'd take to parties, steaming, in a piping hot crock pot. They were always the most scrumptious food at the party and I'd sneakily eat my weight in them and nothing else, until I made my way to the dessert table where no brownie or cookie was safe. Of course, now, I am obliged to make them vegan and cruelty-free, and guess what? They taste even better than I remember.

I have implemented limits on dessert now as well. #adulting

Vegan Asian Meatballs - Produce On Parade - We used to make these all the time when I was a kid. I’m now thrilled to be able to eat them once again, but without harming animals! A sweet and salty sauce smothers delicious onion and mushroom ‘meatballs’ that everyone will absolutely love. My recipe was adapted slightly from msvegan.com.

Vegan Asian Meatballs

Recipe by Kathleen @ Produce On Parade

We used to make these all the time when I was a kid. I’m now thrilled to be able to eat them once again, but without harming animals! A sweet and salty sauce smothers delicious onion and mushroom ‘meatballs’ that everyone will absolutely love. My recipe was adapted slightly from msvegan.com.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup + 1 tbsp water
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • Scant 1/2 cup vegan white granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp ketchup
  • 1 tsp chili garlic paste
  • ½ tsp liquid smoke
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced small
  • 3 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cups finely chopped cremini or white mushrooms
  • 1 tsp sesame seed oil
  • 1/2 cup vegan breadcrumbs (I use panko)
  • 3 tbsp sauce just made
  • 1 14 oz tube of uncooked Gimme Lean Lightlife Sausage
  • 1 prepared Ener-G Egg Replacer (or 1 tbsp of ground flax mixed with 2 tbsp water)

Cooking Directions

  1. In a small saucepan, whisk ½ cup water through the liquid smoke over medium-high heat. Once boiling, reduce to a simmer and whisk in the cornstarch that’s been mixed with 1 tbsp of water in a small bowl. Simmer for 5 minutes over low heat.
  2. Dry-saute the onion, garlic, and mushrooms in a large skillet for about 8 minutes; until the onions are tender and the mushrooms have darkened and shrunk. Stir in the sesame seed oil and remove from heat.
  3. Preheat oven to 400°F and spray a 9x13 inch baking dish with a nonstick cooking spray. In a medium mixing bowl, using your hands, combine the breadcrumbs, 3 tbsp of asian sauce, sausage, and vegan egg until well combined. Mix in the slightly cooled mushroom mixture.
  4. Form into 10 two inch meatballs an arrange in the baking dish. Drizzle half of the sauce over them and roll them in the sauce. Bake for 10 minutes.
  5. Flip the meatballs and again drizzle half of the sauce over them and roll them in the sauce. Bake for another 10 minutes.
  6. Serve hot and with whatever you like; saving the sauce from the baking dish to use over rice or vegetables. We ate them with broccoli and brown rice, or serve as a side or appetizer!
Vegan Asian Meatballs - Produce On Parade - We used to make these all the time when I was a kid. I’m now thrilled to be able to eat them once again, but without harming animals! A sweet and salty sauce smothers delicious onion and mushroom ‘meatballs’ that everyone will absolutely love. My recipe was adapted slightly from msvegan.com.

Stuffed Portobello Melts

Hearty and comforting, giant stuffed portobellos are a perfectly wonderful meal on their own or great as a side dish. On the table in 30 minutes, nutritious, and packed full of umami flavor, these meaty melts are sure to be a favorite and impress your dinner guests.

Produce On Parade - Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms - Hearty and comforting, giant stuffed portobellos are a perfectly wonderful meal on their own or great as a side dish. On the table in 30 minutes, nutritious, and packed full of umami flavor, these meaty melts are sure to be a favorite and impress your dinner guests.

Todd and I love portobello mushrooms though I don't often serve them myself. We really enjoyed them grilled as 'steaks' at an upscale restaurant in downtown Cleveland (they were absolutely amazing). However, they really were a standout dish when we had them stuffed with a delicious bread filling at a charming little eatery in Hawaii. I knew I just had to try to recreate them. About a year ago, I made my own stuffed portobello mushroom caps a couple times but they were really underwhelming. I decided to take a break on trying to live up to our Hawiian portobello encounter... until now!

Third time's the charm; enter this fantastic fungi fête! This is redemption at it's finest. These portobello melts are comforting and gooey with melty cheese and savory bread crumbs, meaty mushrooms and sausage, and just the right balance of seasonings. I love how quick they come together and are so simple even our little Oliver was able to help out! These are definitely going to be on regular rotation in our house. I hope you love them as much as we do!

Produce On Parade - Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms - Hearty and comforting, giant stuffed portobellos are a perfectly wonderful meal on their own or great as a side dish. On the table in 30 minutes, nutritious, and packed full of umami flavor, these meaty melts are sure to be a favorite and impress your dinner guests.

Stuffed Portobello Melts

Recipe by Kathleen @ Produce On Parade

Hearty and comforting, giant stuffed portobellos are a perfectly wonderful meal on their own or great as a side dish. On the table in 30 minutes, nutritious, and packed full of umami flavor, these meaty melts are sure to be a favorite and impress your dinner guests.

Yield: 4

Ingredients

  • 4 large portobello mushrooms
  • 1 cup vegan breadcrumbs (I use panko)
  • ½ cup shredded vegan cheese
  • 1 Tofurky Kielbasa sausage link, chopped small
  • 3 tbsp white wine (or vegetable broth)
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp vegan Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp large-flake nutritional yeast
  • ¾ tsp seasoning salt or table salt + extra for sprinkling
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • 4 slices of vegan cheese (I like Field Roast Chao)
  • sprinkling of fresh lemon thyme, for garnish (optional)

Cooking Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 450°F. Clean the mushroom caps with a dry towel; remove and discard the stem. Spray a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray and arrange the portobellos gills side up. Sprinkle each with a dash of salt and roast for 15 minutes.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix together the remaining ingredients except for the slices of cheese and thyme. Spoon and pack the bread crumb filling within the cap of the mushrooms dividing it evenly between the four caps. Top each mushroom with one slice of cheese. Roast for another 10 minutes.
  3. Remove from oven and garnish with lemon thyme. Serve hot.
Produce On Parade - Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms - Hearty and comforting, giant stuffed portobellos are a perfectly wonderful meal on their own or great as a side dish. On the table in 30 minutes, nutritious, and packed full of umami flavor, these meaty melts are sure to be a favorite and impress your dinner guests.
Produce On Parade - Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms - Hearty and comforting, giant stuffed portobellos are a perfectly wonderful meal on their own or great as a side dish. On the table in 30 minutes, nutritious, and packed full of umami flavor, these meaty melts are sure to be a favorite and impress your dinner guests.