Posts Tagged ‘vegetarian’

Opposites, Old & New

March 18, 2011 5 comments

This week has been mostly leftovers… which is AWESOME because the weather has decided to be amazing πŸ™‚

These two recipes are, just as the title says, opposites of each and one is a new-to-me recipe and one is a usual one. An old dish, a new one. A vegan dish and a very, very non-vegan dish.

I found this recipe on The Food Network’s website, not on purpose though. We recently bought one of those really heavy dutch oven type pots and since we’ve only used it once so far I figured it was high time that we took it for another drive.

I found this by Googling “dutch oven recipes” and this looked like the best one. I was actually surprised at the number of recipes for breads!

It took a while to prepare this and the beef actually had to marinate over night. I was wary of the marinade since it was AN ENTIRE BOTTLE OF RED WINE with just some crushed garlic. The beef was purple! Actually very yummy and you could only taste a tiny tiny bit of the wine after it was cooked.

I consider this to be a staple dish on my menu planning since I don’t need to look at any directions (or it could just be simple… that too!). BBQ Tofu (original recipe from the Veganomicon), steamed broccoli, and Israeli couscous flavored with curry powder.

I’ve finished up a whole bottle of this barbecue sauce just from making this! We can’t grill at our apartment complex because we have a charcoal grill (boo) so this is the closest I get to “barbecue.” I bet someone in the South is dying when I say that.

So there you have it! An old dish, a new one. A vegan dish and a very, very non-vegan dish.


Saturday Planning – 3/12 to 3/18

March 12, 2011 Leave a comment

Planning my menus on Saturday before my grocery shopping trip is my go-to method for keeping organized and saving money by only buying what I need.

With that, here is my meal plan for 3/12/2011 to 3/18/2011, in no particular order. It’s pretty boring, since there is a lot of leftovers and I have no help in the brainstorming.

  • Quinoa Chili from (Never Home)Maker (vegan)
  • BBQ Tofu, Israeli Couscous, Broccoli & Kale (vegan)
  • Leftover Vegetable Korma and Spinach/Potato/Chickpea curry (vegan)
  • Beef Stew (link)

It’s the second week in a row that I’m stealing a recipe from (Never Home) Maker. Sorry! I just looks really good. I’ve made lots of chilis before but none with quinoa, or any other grain, in them. Chili cook-off is this week at my work (I think, if it actually happens) but I won’t bring anything in. I’m sort of a non-participator.

I also picked a second new recipe this week – a beef stew that I’ll make tomorrow. It was actually my first time buying wine for anything (since I don’t really drink) and I had to ask the wine lady to help me find a red wine for cooking πŸ™‚ We’ve got some chuck roast from the quarter of a cow we bought from my husband’s uncle (that he raised!) that we’ll use for the recipe.

Tomorrow’s Race

Tomorrow I am running my second 5k – the Shamrocks & Shenanigans 5k in downtown Ann Arbor. There is a Daily Mile meet-up afterwards that I might go to as well. Need to decide… I really need friends in Ann Arbor though. Such a loner.

Vegetable Korma – Thai Style, from (never home)maker

Every week I try to include a new recipe or idea into one of my dinners. I get so bored doing stir fry with rice after stir fry with noodles that I need something new every now and again.

I had a tough time finding a new recipe this week, all the usual recipe websites were failing me in their vegetarian recipe section (don’t suggest I make roasted potatoes! that’s not a full meal!).

I found this recipe from blogger (never home)maker while going through my RSS feed over the weekend and decided that it had one the prize of being my weekly new recipe!

Honestly, I couldn’t find any flaws with the recipe!
One tip is that coriander seeds are NOT a good substitute for coriander powder, unless you plan on grinding them up before you use them. I don’t mind coriander powder, but biting into a coriander seed always feels soapy… I picked around them pretty well πŸ™‚ I also just realized now that I didn’t use any bay leaves, oops!

This was very good though, not too spicy and the coconut milk/peanut butter mix made it really creamy.

When all the veggies and chickpeas were cooking I did add a little bit of water every so often so it didn’t dry out. Served with regular white rice as the last time I tried to bake naan it was… disastrous.

I love finding tasty foods that are dairy-free but are still really creamy – the coconut milk and peanut butter definitely accomplishes that. It’s also vegan and gluten-free, so it’s a really great recipe for everyone. Alright, except for peanut-allergies. Darn.

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Vegetable Korma – Thai style Recipe

A Tale of Two Curries

March 8, 2011 2 comments

It was the best of curries….

….well. It certainly was not the worst of curries. That’d suck.

My love for curry runs pretty deep and last week I made two different types: an Indian-ish curry with chickpeas, potatoes, and spinach, which was a brand-new recipe for me; and a normal quick-and-easy Thai mussaman curry with tofu, potatoes, and carrots.

Curry with Chickpeas, Potatoes, and Spinach
I found this recipe randomly on’s website. I really wanted to try it with the sweet potatoes, but there was no way that Tim would’ve eaten it 😦 so regular potatoes were a must.

It ended up being pretty tasty! I was a bit apprehensive about the diced tomatoes, since I am really am not a fan of most tomatoes, but they cooked down nicely. It was a bit more of a dry curry compared to the Thai curry I made.

Thai Mussaman Curry
This is a commonly made curry in my repetoire of easy meals. I’ve been able to find a brand of curry paste called Maesri that I really like.

1 can of curry paste + 2 cans coconut milk + whatever veggies/protein you want. Simple. Longest part is waiting for the rice to finish cooking.

Besides being fast and easy, it’s pretty cheap too πŸ˜› What more could you ask for? One recipe makes about six portions for us. It’s also really good over udon noodles. Not authentic, but meh… details.

I also read on Twitter today that eating curry can help prevent cancer and Alzheimer’s… now we have another reason to eat it!

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Recipe: Quinoa & Greens Pilaf

March 3, 2011 2 comments

I was searching for a word for this dinner I made on Saturday night.
It turned out really well so I knew I wanted to share it, but in order to that, it needed a name!

Casserole? No, it’s not baked.
Stir fry? Not quite.
Pilaf? Yea, I think that’ll work.

Quinoa & Greens Pilaf

about 4 servings

1 cup uncooked quinoa
2 cups water (for quinoa)
3 leeks
1 bunch of rainbow chard
1 bunch of kale
1.5 tablespoons peanut oil
3 cloves of garlic, crushed
Sea salt and other spices to taste

1.) Wash and roughly chop kale and chard. Chop the hard stems of the chard into smaller pieces.
2.) Chop white and light green ends of the leeks, wash.
3.) Start cooking quinoa: Boil two cups of water, add quinoa. Let boil for a minute or two and then simmer until water is absorbed.
4.) While quinoa is cooking, heat peanut oil in a high-sided frying pan and stir fry garlic, leeks, and chard until they soften.
5.) Add in kale and chard, plus about 1/4 cup water along with whatever spices you want, mix, and cover. I didn’t use any soy sauce in this one.
6.) When kale and chard are wilted, add in quinoa, and stir everything to blend it together.

Saturday Planning – 2/26 to 3/4

February 26, 2011 Leave a comment

Planning my menus on Saturday before my grocery shopping trip is my go-to method for keeping organized and saving money by only buying what I need.

And I’m finally back! I’ll make another post, maybe tomorrow, about all of our (mis-)adventures out in Colorado, but for right now, I really need to plan a menu for this week!

With that, here is my meal plan for 2/26/2011 to 3/4/2011, in no particular order.

  • Quinoa with leeks, garlicky stir-fried greens (kale/chard)
  • Spaghetti with zucchini
  • Potato, Spinach, & Chickpea Curry (link)
  • Bean Burgers with couscous, broccoli
  • Mussaman Curry with potatoes, carrots, tofu
  • Leftovers… that curry makes a lot

It might not seem like much to get… but we always end up doing a ton of running around on Saturday. It makes me so glad that the husband gets prototype cars from work (with free gas!) to drive around so I don’t have to drive my car that sounds like it’s going to explode.

We’ve got the food co-op, Whole Foods, Great Harvest, Asian grocer, and the mall to stop by today. Better get going!

Food for Thought Fridays: not all beige is bad

February 11, 2011 4 comments

Happy Friday!
You always hear about adding color to you diet and how colorful food are always much better for you than bland, beige foods.

I don’t think all beige is bad and sometimes it just happens.

This past week it just happened that one of my meals lacked color. I could’ve added some bright greens with zucchini and broccoli, but those were being saved for another meal, so beige it was!

Potato pancakes (aka flat hash browns) and Quinoa

Shredded potatoes
No onions, that’s gross.
Cornstarch, Paprika, Red Pepper Flakes, Bread Crumbs.
Mix it up and fry. I used peanut oil (it just smells awesome!)

I got the recipe backbone from the Veganomicon, but when it wasn’t quite sticking together well enough, I threw an egg in there (note: I didn’t have matzo meal, so it might work better for you if you have some).

Still really good though, especially with a bit of locally made BBQ sauce β™₯

I didn’t have too much time to get a lot of articles for today. I did read a lot of them, but many are just repetitive of the same information.

The Eating Rules Philosophy Summed up in Two Venn Diagrams
This pretty much sums up the best & simplest good eating philosophy ever.

Need Inspiration? Watch this Trailer – Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead
I’ll probably have to watch this when it makes its way to Netflix. I love documentaries and personal stories (the accent helps too!). I don’t know what I think about the 60 day juice diet that the narrator takes on, whether it is the healthiest way to go or not, but I don’t doubt the ability to get all your calories, but I think I would miss chewing.

Is β€˜Eat Real Food’ Unthinkable?

This was my favorite article this week. I just started following Mark Bittman on Twitter this past week and have not regretted it. There are three different happenings that he talks about that have occured recently.

New USDA food guidelines: I don’t really care so much about these. I know that they play a bigger role in school nutrition, but the public doesn’t pay attention to these. Michael Pollan’s “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” would’ve summed up what actually needed to be said. (I got to see him speak a year ago! Still pumped about that!)

Vegan Oprah: First, Oprah would do anything for more publicity (really, you’re taking your whole audience to Australia?). Second, as a person that flirts with vegetarianism and veganism on about a 90% basis, I hate strongly dislike the use of faux meats as substitutes. Yes, I eat tofu, but that’s the only ingredient – soy beans.

Wal-mart & the White House: do I need to say anything? Maybe. This is making me almost not like you, Michelle Obama! The idea of walking into a Wal-mart makes me uneasy and dirty feeling. I don’t want the know the lengths that they will go to in order to make ‘healthy’ food less expensive.

The end! It’s Friday! This weekend I am tasked with creating a menu of breakfasts, lunches, and dinners for Thursday through Saturday night. It will have to have a veg option for me and also all has to be gluten-free for Megan. I’ll post my menu up here once I finish it πŸ™‚