Easy and delicious food.

January 13, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Posted in cooking, Life, prasadam, vegan | Leave a comment
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Lately I have been in the mood to cook food that is simple, quick, and relatively un-processed. To do this I have revisited the Skinny Bitch in the Kitch cookbook and have cooked 2 more of the recipes with great success. Tonight dinner only took me 30 minutes (plus prep time) and was offerable without any alterations to the original recipe. Tonight’s dinner was Steamed Veggies & Tofu with Brown Rice. I think it was the tiny details that made this recipe stellar. The tahini sauce was the stand out superstar in this recipe. I have never made anything other than hummus with tahini and had no idea what the sauce would taste like. It added a much needed “oomph” to the steamed vegetables and rice. The sauce was a pleasant alternative to olive oil and Braggs. Or Braggs and hot chili paste. Or teriyaki sauce. “Steamies” and either rice or a baked potato is a staple at our house. So inexpensive and versatile. It reminds me why I became vegetarian in the first place. To eat vegetables. The picture does not do this dish justice.

The other dish that I made recently (last night) out of Skinny Bitch in the Kitch was not quite as healthy as tonight’s dinner. However it was vegan and easy. I made a variation on Sausage, Peppers, Onions, and Garlic over Soft Polenta. I omitted the garlic and onions and was short on bell peppers so I substituted with some zucchini. I also didn’t have polenta, but I did have grits. Which  was close enough for us. The meal was heavy and flavorful. I drizzled balsamic vinegar and extra virgin olive oil on it as was suggested in the recipe. It really brought out the flavors and gave it a touch of sophistication.  I’ve only eaten grits for breakfast before this and I now understand why folks in the south eat them for dinner. We used Tofurky Italian Sausages and they were good but I think it would have been better with Field Roast sausages as they are much lighter.

Tomorrow I return to work after an absolutely lovely staycation. It has been nice to spend time with my friends and family and go to the temple and see Krishna. I plan on  returning to work with a positive attitude and completely refreshed. This was a great way to begin the new year.

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MoFo for life!

October 24, 2009 at 6:33 am | Posted in cooking, vegan mofo | 1 Comment
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mofo3Hi! I don’t have any new pictures to post but I do want to share a recipe I really like out of The Skinny B*Tch in the Kitch cookbook. It is for Green Goddess Pasta. Easy and yummy. (I slightly altered this recipe to make it sattvic.)

Green Goddess Pasta

Serves 4

Hing to taste

3 tbs coconut oil

6 tbs vegan butter

3 quarts water

About 5 tsp fine sea salt

8 oz whole wheat or brown rice elbow macaroni

2 zucchini, halved lengthwise and cut into 1/4 inch slices (about 2 1/2 cups)

1/2 bunch (about 4 oz) kale, cut into 1/2 inch strips

1/2 tsp pepper

1/4 cup pine nuts

In a one qt saucepan over low heat melt the faux butter and add the hing. Set aside.

In a 4-6 qt stockpot over high heat, combine the water with about 1 1/2 tbs salt. Bring the water to a boil, add macaroni, and cook according the package directions until al dente. Stir in zucchini a zucchini, broccoli and kale before noodles are done, about 1 minute.

Drain pasta mixture, reserving 1/2 cup of the pasta cooking water. Return the mixture to the pot and stir in the hing butter, pepper, and 3 tbs pine nuts, and the remaining 1/4 tbs salt. Tranfer pasta to plates or platter. Garnish with remaining pine nuts and serve.

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