First up, week 3 was Urban Vegan. I tried a few new things from this book and loved most of them. I really like the layout of the book. Every recipe seems to be on a single page, which is something I like in a cookbook. I also love that the steps aren't incredibly difficult to follow.
1. Fettucine Alfredo: Absolutely amazing. I loved this. It was one of the simplest alfredos I've ever made. Plus, I love that it wasn't super thick or heavy. I threw in some sundried tomatoes and fresh basil before topping with homemade parm. Damn good food.
2. Chickpea Paprikash: This really doesn't photograph well, but it was so creamy and delicious that none of that matters. I have never had or even heard of paprikash until fairly recently. I was super freaked about using so much paprika, but it really went well with the dish. Plus, I love how smooth the yogurt made everything.
3. Lemon Poppyseed Tempeh: I really felt like a dish like this could have used exact measurements. I used 4 lemons fresh from our tree, but I guess they were super juicy because all I tasted was lemon. There wasn't enough of a rounded flavor for me. However, I would try this again to make sure it wasn't user error on my part.
|Havana beans and rice and pan-fried plantains|
5. Havana Beans and Rice: Absolutely lovely. It makes a ridiculous amount of food, too! Plus it is really simple.
6. Pan-Fried Plantains: I had never seen sweet plantains fried this way. The sugar gave them a nice crunch. Went super well paired with the rice and beans.
|potato and tempeh sausage pizza|
|sweet potato crepes w/ cilantro-tamarind sauce|
1. Fresh Mango Summer Rolls: My first time ever rolling out fresh spring rolls. Truth be told, Era is the one that reaches for fresh spring rolls. I always get that deep fried ish, but these were SO GOOD. Really fantastic. I can't wait until mango season because I'm stuffing those biznootches with some Ataulfos, yo.
2. Potato and Tempeh Sausage Pizza: This was a recipe I've been checking out for years, but I never have fresh fennel in the house. So glad I finally made it. Love the way potatoes taste on pizza!
|fresh mango summer rolls|
4. Wasabi Mashed Potatoes: These were so damn good. Super creamy and the wasabi really gave it a great kick. Era was visibly surprised when he took a bite because I forgot to tell him about the wasabi. Haha.
|wasabi mashed potatoes|
|butternut squash lasagna|
|lemon tahini dressing|
1. Tofu Scramble: This was super quick and easy. Plus, I'm totally in love with the seasoning mix. Anything that tastes of cumin has a place in my heart.
2. Lemon Tahini Dressing: So simple SO GOOD. I made this and ate bowls for at least three days using this sauce. Every bowl I had was absolutely amazing. If I kept a supply of this and the goddess dressing from AFR, I'd never leave my house again.
3. Butternut Squash Lasagna: Super good and really filling. I could easily see playing around with this and doing some add ons. I was thinking how wonderful it would be with sausage and crushed red pepper flakes.
|portobello feijoada, savory orange rice, and braised Brazilian shredded kale|
1. Portobello Feijoada: This dish was amazing! Meaty, mushroomy, filling. Words cannot express how good this stew is. And it made a ridiculous amount of food. We were eating leftovers for days.
2. Braised Brazilian Shredded Kale: Really easy. Super delicious. And a great option to make because Era hates raisins so I don't make the chard w/ capers and raisins often.
4. Peruvian Seitan: I didn't make the skewers, but I took Terry's burrito advice and made a burrito that rocked my pants off. I made the refried black beans and yellow rice. Then I added the seitan to the burrito along with lettuce, tomato, and guacamole. Greatness.
|creamy corn-filled empanadas|
|mom's morning casserole|
1. Mom's Morning Casserole: I have always skipped over this one because we never kept tempeh in the house until recently. So I halved the recipe and got to it. So much awesomeness. I really wanted to eat this with a side of biscuits and gravy, but I forced myself to eat some steamed broccoli instead. Delicious!
2. Basic Scrambled Tempeh: I made this with tofu because I didn't feel like going to Trader Joe's for tempeh. This was unbelievably simple (maybe 5 ingredients) and so good! I love any time I get to use chard.
3. Fried Plantains: Easy and delicious. I don't think you can ever go wrong with fried plantains.
|basic scrambled |