What? Another series?!
In an effort to show other vegetarians some of the simple meals that I make here in Medellin, as well as those who are looking to mix it up in the kitchen, I present to you My Vegetarian Kitchen.
(I won’t lie. I’m also creating this series so I’ll stop being lazy and go to the grocery store more often instead of ordering in all the time. And to practice my food photography.)
Medellin isn’t the easiest place to be a vegetarian, like plant-eater’s nirvana Bogota, but there are enough ingredients available to make many a mouthwatering vegetarian dish. I won’t necessarily be delving into the world of traditional Colombian cooking (I can’t stand waiting for beans to cook), I will show you meals you can make with local products while you’re visiting or living here .
I’m a real pizza addict, and since I can’t eat at Cafe Zorba every night (best pizza in the city hands down), I felt inspired to make one for myself for a late lunch on Sunday.
- pizza base
- spaghetti sauce
- shredded mozzarella
- olive oil
- a frying pan
- an oven
How to make it:
Step 1: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Step 2: Soak a handful of Carve in water for 5 minutes. Carve is Colombia’s most available soy protein, found in almost any grocery store. It’s cheap too.
Step 3: Chop up some fresh spinach, garlic, and mushrooms. Stir fry them lightly in olive oil. I don’t like to cook them completely since they’re about to be baked. (Side note: You don’t have to use a pink chopping board if you don’t want to.)
Step 4: Place the pizza base (I used a pita pocket) on foil on the tray and put a light layer of sauce on top. I use an olive pasta sauce by Barilla. It has a nice salty taste with chunks of green and black olives in it.
Step 5: Shred the mozzarella and put it on top of the pizza base.
Step 6: Sprinkle the presoaked Carve on top of the cheese. No need to cook it before being baked.
Step 7: Layer the spinach, mushrooms, and garlic mix on top of the Carve.
Step 8: Pop it in the oven for 7-10 minutes.
Step 9: Enjoy!