Monday, July 22, 2013

MEATLESS MONDAY: VEGAN EMPANADAS

I like to snack and instead of grabbing that bag of potato chips when I'm hungry or just bored (yes, many of us snack for boredom) I rather have healthier things lying around the house in case of these kinds of occasions. I found this recipe online while back so unfortunately I do not have the source nor an actual recipe for the filling (I just used what I had). One of these empanadas satisfies my need for snacking for a while and I've been bringing them to work as well to enjoy with my morning and afternoon tea.

Dough Ingredients: 

1 cup whole-wheat flour 
½ cup sprouted whole-wheat flour (or substitute whole wheat flour) 
¼ teaspoon baking powder 
¼ teaspoon baking soda 
½ teaspoon salt 
1 tablespoon coconut or olive oil 
½ cup warm water, or more

Filling:

Sweet potato (cubed and cooked)
White onion (or whatever color)
Spices of your liking (I used garlic, chili, paprika, himalayan salt, turmeric and black pepper)

Preheat the oven to 375f (190c) degrees. Line a half sheet pan with parchment paper, or silpat. Place the dough ingredients in your food processor and process until combined. If the dough does not form a ball add a little more water, a tablespoon at a time until the dough forms.

Water sauté the onion until soft. Add the remaining ingredients and stir to combine. Allow the filling to cool before placing in the dough. 

Roll 1/6th of the dough as thin as you can. Cut out circles with your largest biscuit cutter (mine was approximately 3 inches). Place a tablespoon of the filling in the center of the dough and use your fingers to seal the dough. Then use a fork to crimp the edges. Place the empanada on the half sheet pan. Continue until all the dough has been used. 

Drizzle the top of the empanadas with a little oil (I may have used a tablespoon), or spray the tops of the empanadas with oil spray. Bake the empanadas for 30 minutes until firm. 

Serve hot with guacamole or lime flavored tofu sour cream for dipping.
Enjoy and have a wonderful new week! Another chance to start over! Oh, and check out this latest video from KiitosNamaste!(in Finnish)
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