Sunday, August 20, 2006

Vegan dinner...

We did eleven new recipes this week and we tried a few new combinations of food! Our favorites would be the Nutty Breakfast Bars, Chocolate Chocolate-Chip Cookies with Mocha Cream Filling, and Chicken, Spinach, Brown and Wild Rice Salad with Sauteed Apples. I also brought both of the recipe sections up-to-date today - you may need to hit refresh on those pages to see the additions!

The sum of the ingredients for tonight's dinner are not new to us, but the cooking method and flavors that developed are. While we normally cook rice on top of the stove, the one pot dish recipe for Indian Chickpea Rice Casserole shows us just how easy rice can be made in the oven! No muss, no fuss and the rice came out with a perfect light texture. Because the mustard seeds are first toasted until they pop, they release a more nutty flavor, rather than any heat. The bite from freshly minced ginger with a hint of sweetness from the currants was a nice contrast to the fairly mild dish. Topped off with a scattering of cilantro and chunky bits of cashews, Jeff and I both thought this whole dish tasted a little unusual, but surprisingly good and I believe it should be considered vegan to boot!


  1. That new kitchen's getting a real workout! Is it broken in yet?

  2. Oh man...I so would love to have that as a side dish

  3. AK - I think so, but it will be even more broken once the remodel starts!

    Wheresmymind - it was very nice reheated for lunch too!

  4. I am in awe - 11 new recipes in one week - very cool.

    I usually try for many and end up with a couple of new ones and fall back on the old tried and true.

    How is the new kitchen, by the way?

  5. Ruth - It is small, but okay - we are in the process of coming up with a design for remodel!