pita bread

Vegan lahmacun with lentil, cauliflower and almond “mince” sauce - Λαχματζούν βέγκαν με κιμά από κουνουπίδι, φακές και αμύγδαλα - Veganinathens.com

Vegan lahmacun with lentil, cauliflower and almond “mince” sauce

Our “travels” in the world of taste, fortunately, unlike others, never stop, since we only need to implement the mood for experimentation and be open to new recipes to enjoy a unique traveler’s experience. “Travelling” in taste takes us from one place to another, leaving us pleasantly impressed and of course full.

So today we decided to go to the East, in order to enjoy a 100% vegan yet delicious lahmacun. I like to share this recipe as it comprises one of our favorite dinner and picnic dishes. Vegan lahmacun is very easy to prepare but in the same time it’s healthy and filling. Actually, one basic reason that make it so appealing is the fact that although it is a fast food dish, it is also packed with nutrients and beneficial substances found only in plants, making it ideal for a quick, healthy and tasty meal at home. After all, this recipe is the perfect way to get your kids to eat more vegetables!

Vegan lahmacun with lentil, cauliflower and almond “mince” sauce - Λαχματζούν βέγκαν με κιμά από κουνουπίδι και αμύγδαλα - Vegan in Athens

Ingredients

6 large Lebanese pita breads or 10-12 smaller

For the vegan “mince” sauce 

  • 2 ½ cups cauliflower florets
  • 1 carrot peeled
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 1-2 garlic cloves crushed
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ cup raw almonds finely chopped
  • ½ cup red lentils soaked for 4-6 hours and drained
  • ½ cup parsley chopped
  • ½ cup red wine
  • 400 g (1 package) slightly concentrated tomato juice
  • ¾ tsp red hot chili pepper flakes
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • 1 bay leaf
  • salt and plenty of freshly ground pepper

Vegan lahmacun with lentil, cauliflower and almond “mince” sauce - Λαχματζούν βέγκαν με κιμά από κουνουπίδι, φακές και αμύγδαλα - Vegan in Athens

Method

1. Put the cauliflower in the food processor bowl and beat lightly until it shatters into mince-sized pieces. Grate the carrot on the coarse side of the grater.

2. In a saucepan heat the olive oil over medium heat and fry the onion for 1-2 minutes. Add the almonds, the cauliflower, the lentils and the carrot and sauté for 3-4 minutes. Add the wine and the remaining ingredients, reduce heat and let cook for half an hour or until the sauce thickens.

3. Assembly: In a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper, place 1-2 pita breads. Above each, spread a layer of mince sauce and bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes at 200 oC. The lahmacun is better when served hot, drizzled with lemon juice or topped with 1-2 tablespoons of vegan yogurt.

Note: In Athens, you can find fresh and cheap Lebanese pita breads, whole-wheat or white, in the central market, located in Athinas street. Alternatively, search in some bakeries or supermarkets, or try to make your own!

 

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Γρήγορη βέγκαν πίτσα με σάλτσα πέστο, φυτικό τυρί και ελιές - Quick and easy vegan pizza with pesto sauce, nut cheese and olives - Veganinathens.com

Vegan pizza with pesto sauce – quick and easy recipe!

Usually, when I return tired at home, I like to prepare a quick dinner so as to have some free time for the things that make me relax. While I love cooking, sometimes I just want to deal with something that does not include a sink full of dirty dishes! Thus I make sure I always have some pantry (and fridge) essentials for a quick, nutritious and delicious meal with the minimal effort (washing, cutting, cooking and washing again!).

Some of the things we almost always have in our refrigerator are a jar of home-made pesto – basil pesto during summer and rocket or kale pesto during winter- and some kind of nut cheese or even tofu. Last night I used kale pesto and nut cheese over two whole wheat pita breads (there are always some homemade or store-bought Greek-style pita breads in the freezer) and within minutes we enjoyed a tasty and nutritious Italian pizza, without animal-derived ingredients and with a minimal cost.

Γρήγορη βέγκαν πίτσα με σάλτσα πέστο, φυτικό τυρί και ελιές - Quick and easy vegan pizza with pesto sauce, nut cheese and olives - Vegan in Athens

For 2 mini pizzas we needed:

  • two Greek whole wheat pita breads (16 to 18 cm diameter)
  • 3-4 tablespoons kale or arugula pesto
  • ½ cup vegan nut cheese or tofu cut in cubes
  • 1-2 fresh tomatoes in slices
  • ½ cup Kalamata olives pitted
  • 1 cup chopped green salad of choice (arugula, lettuce, spinach etc)
  • ground pepper
  • ground oregano

Γρήγορη βέγκαν πίτσα με σάλτσα πέστο, φυτικό τυρί και ελιές - Quick and easy vegan pizza with pesto sauce, nut cheese and olives - Vegan in Athens

Method

  1. Spread the pesto over the pita breads.
  2. Add tomatoes, cheese and olives.
  3. Season with pepper and oregano.
  4. Bake in preheated oven at 220 ° C for 10 minutes.
  5. Garnish with the salad (I think that the arugula with its spicy flavor is the perfect choice) and serve immediately!

Note: If you are going to use frozen pita breads, defrost them first.

Γρήγορη βέγκαν πίτσα με σάλτσα πέστο, φυτικό τυρί και ελιές - Quick and easy vegan pizza with pesto sauce, nut cheese and olives - Vegan in Athens

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