This week I have hit a wall.

It has been 7 weeks in quarantine and 3 weeks since I left my house. I’ve been lucky enough to have food delivered weekly, but the isolation is getting to me. Grocery shopping was one of my favorite parts of the week and I miss it terribly. I loved perusing the aisles, looking at produce, imagining all the delicious recipes I can create with what is fresh and in season. I enjoyed my adventures in the ethnic food aisles, checking out all the exotic spices and sauces, and seeing all the grains and beans in person. The best was buying something new to try and experimenting with it. I haven’t tried a new ingredient in weeks.

My cooking has been transformed by this Pandemic and I have had to embrace “Jazz” cooking with every fiber of my being. It is feast or famine as right after supplies are stocked it seems our options are many and then as we wait for the Instacart delivery window to open again we are dwindling to the dregs.

Today’s recipe embraces those very basic ingredients and metamorphosed them to something truly marvelous. It is intensely flavorful and satiating in the best way and utilizes things I always have on hand. Sub in canned tomatoes if you don’t have fresh and serve it with whatever grains you have on hand. Be like John Coltraine and improvise!



4 potatoes, 1 onion, 3 tomatoes, 1 yam, 1 cup frozen peas, 3T tomato paste, 4 cloves garlic, 1 tsp olive oil, 1 tsp Italian seasoning, salt and black pepper to taste

Prep: 10 mins

Cook: 25 mins

Yield: 3-5 servings


1. Sauté 4 cloves chopped garlic and 1 onion in 1tsp olive oil until browning about 5 mins

2. Add 4 potatoes and 1 yam cut in bite sized pieces plus 1 tsp Italian seasoning and pinch of salt. Cook 5 mins stirring often

3. Add 3 fresh tomatoes chopped, a pinch of salt and black pepper and cook 5 mins

4. Add 2 cups water, 3 T tomato paste and 1 cup frozen peas and bring to a boil. Cook until thick sauce and all is fork tender.

Enjoy! If you make this recipe please share with Sara and VeganZine on Instagram with #VeganZineBoston.

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