07 December 2010

No Meat Zone Recipes: Spicy Potatoes and Green Peppers with Creamy Avocado

In our weekly veggie box that we have delivered, there are always a ton of potatoes, I’m not sure if it is potato season in Cape Town or what! So I’ve had to be creative in incorporating more potatoes into our meals. Neither J or I are big fans of potatoes so this is a bit of a challenge. From next week though we won’t be getting anymore potatoes in our box (whew)! The excess of potatoes wasn’t all bad though, because I discovered this meal and I have to say it is one of my new favorites…it contains a bit of chili so its spicy but then the avocado cools it down and adds a rich and flavorful dimension, also it is really quick and easy to make. The greens sprinkled on the top is chopped coriander from my garden :)


4 medium potatoes
1 green pepper
1 large tomato
some olive oil
2 teaspoons cumin
1 teaspoon paprika
an avocado
1 lemon
salt and pepper
chopped fresh coriander


Peel the potatoes and cut into bit size chunks, steam or boil for 15-20 minutes or until soft. Chop the green pepper into thin slices. Chop the tomato into small cubes.

Pour a generous amount of olive oil into a heated pan on the stove. Turn the stove down to a medium heat and then add the garlic, cumin and paprika, mix around in the oil for 2 minutes. Add the green pepper and toss in the oil and spices. After 3-4 minutes add the potatoes and coat them well in the oil and spices. Than add the tomato. Squeeze the juice of half a lemon in there. Keep the pan on a medium heat, allow everything to sit in the pan for 2 minutes, then stir and turn and repeat 3-4 times, so that the tomatoes become soft and break up and the potatoes start to get a little sticky and brown.

In a separate bowl mush the avocado with a fork, add 2 teaspoons of olive oil and squeeze the other half of the lemon over it, whip it a little bit with a fork so that it becomes creamy and smooth.

Put some of the potato mixture in a bowl, with a generous spoon of avocado and sprinkle some chopped coriander over it.


Andrea Nicola | @ands_pav_nic
Andrea has been a vegan for around a year and a half after having been a vegetarian from the age of 10 years old. Andrea's main motivation for this choice of lifestyle is because she loves animals but she also recognizes the health benefits and the planet saving potential of this diet. You can also find Andrea at Vegan-a-licious.

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