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Meatless Monday with Vegan Batzina – Greek Zucchini Pie

Welcome (back) to the Miratel blog for another edition of our Meatless Monday vegan recipe share. Miratel took the Meatless Monday pledge to support reducing meat consumption 15% by eliminating it one day per week to preserve the health of our planet. We consider our support of this great movement part of our CSR business strategies as it spreads awareness of the impact of our food choices on our environment.

Being vegan doesn’t mean you have to abstain from traditional dishes – it just means that you may have to get creative to figure out how to vegan-ize them (the reward will make the time and effort of experimentation worth it). Today’s recipe for Batzina is a good example. Batzina a traditional Greek pie generally made with eggs and cheese but today’s version leaves them out and uses nutritional yeast to give it a cheesy flavour (and adds some zucchini for a little veggie presence). This inventive (and delicious) recipe comes courtesy of Lenia and Dimitra of The Veggie Sisters via One Green Planet – check out both websites when you have a moment.

INGREDIENTS

  • 2.2 pounds zucchinivegan green zucchini pie
  • 1 large onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 1/4 cup soy milk
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 1/4 cup self-rising flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons dried peppermint
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Fresh fennel and peppermint
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Sesame seeds, for topping

PREPARATION

  1. Preheat oven to 355°F.
  2. Grate zucchini and put in a colander. Squeeze it thoroughly with your hands.
  3. In a blender finely chop onion, garlic, and herbs. In a big bowl, combine zucchini with the onion, garlic, and herb mixture and nutritional yeast. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  4. In another bowl, combine soy milk with olive oil. Add garlic powder and dried peppermint. Season with salt and pepper. Pour this liquid mixture into the bowl with the zucchini. Stir to combine.
  5. Add flour and baking powder gradually. Grease a 9×12-inch pan and dust with flour. The pan has to be big, so that the pie is thin. Empty the batter into the pan and top with sesame seeds.
  6. Bake in preheated oven for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Remove pan from the oven and allow to set before slicing and serving.

Serve this luscious pie with a big green raw salad tossed with your favourite lemon vinaigrette dressing – the lemon will complement the taste of the pie.

If you haven’t already, we encourage you to visit the Meatless Monday website and join us in taking the pledge today. Spread the word at home and at work and promote CSR business initiatives to make your green call centre, office, factory, shop, restaurant or salon even greener.

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