Below are two things I cooked over the holidays before the challenge. Sorry for the photo quality. Sometimes a girl needs to get her eat on:
|chickpea piccata & caulipots|
|hottie black eyed peas and greens & ginger mashed sweet potatoes and apples for New Year's Day|
|baked falafel, eggplant kibbeh, shabby sheik hummus|
|Brussels sprout-potato hash|
|mushroom and cannellini paprikas w/ scarlet barley|
1. Chickpea Piccata: The piccata in Vcon is my favorite meal of all time. This is a great alternative to having it with seitan. I honestly could not tell that this was low fat.
2. Caulipots: These are another thing that blow my mind! They taste so damn good that I might even like them better than regular mashed potatoes.
3. Eggplant Kibbeh: This made me realize that I hate fresh mint in every form. I liked the kibbeh though! Very delicious.
4. Shabby Sheik Hummus: Smoky. Awesome. Deliciousness.
5. Brussels Sprout-Potato Hash: This was far more amazing than I thought it would be. Super filling and the lemon really makes everything pop!
6. Mushroom & Cannellini Paprikas: This was good, filling, and earthy.
7. Scarlet Barley: This stole the show and a bit of my heart! By far, my favorite dish from the book so far. And it's visually stunning.
The second week was all about Veganomicon. I have cooked more recipes out of this book than any other. I decided to randomly choose what I was eating so I could branch out of my comfort zone.
|saffron garlic rice|
|chile cornmeal crusted tofu, southwestern corn pudding, and green pumpkin seed mole|
1. Saffron Garlic Rice: I've made this before but didn't remember it so I'll include my thoughts. The best part about this rice is the almonds. Such crunchy goodness!
2. Chickpeas Romesco: I know. I've had the book for 3.5 years and never made one of the most talked about recipes. This was so delicious! I loved how beautifully the ground almonds work in the sauce.
3. Southwestern Corn Pudding: Truthfully, I never tried this because I thought it would be like creamed corn (which I hate). However, it was delightful! I loved the flavors and colors in this thing.
4. Green Pumpkin Seed Mole: This tasted fresh and nutty. Great paired with the corn pudding, and super easy to make.
5. Rustic White Beans and Mushrooms (not pictured): Good, but I had a lot of trouble with my beans. Instead of cooking them for 45 minutes like the recipe said, I cooked them for at least 3 hours. This is entirely due to the quality of beans I used.
6. Tomato Couscous w/ Capers (not pictured): I love anything with capers, so this was really good!
Some time this weekend I'll post everything that I cooked from Urban Vegan this week. Happy Friday all!