November 30th, 2005

Hearty Hippy Heap (quinoa, yams and kale)

My dinner tonight would have made my father cry. It was yummy as heck, and probably one of the healthiest meals I've had in a while.

In a pot, I boiled just over 2 cups of water, and stirred in a cup of quinoa. I put a lid on it and quickly sliced a yam up into thin pieces, then put the yam in a metal seive and suspended it over the quinoa so the yam would steam while the quinoa was cooking. One the quinoa had absorbed most of the water and the yams were softening, I heaped several handfuls of shredded red kale on top of the yams and put the lid back on, letting it all steam until the quinoa was ready and the kale wilted.

I spread a layer of quinoa on a plate, flipped the seive over top so the yams were layered on the kale on top of the quinoa, sprinkled everything with nutritional yeast, sesame seeds and sunflower seeds, and doused it liberally with soy sauce (I'm all out of Braggs).

Verdict? Amaaaazing.

Somehow, quinoa, yams and kale have become a staple of this student's diet. I bless my school's coop, and their volunteer discount!

balsamic-glazed portobellos

last night's dinner made use of the leftover pasta from my pesto and asparagus adventure.

I made the balsamic-glazed portobellos from vegan with a vengeance and they were delicious (thanks, isa)!

I served them over the pasta, which I drizzled with some raspberry balsamic. he liked it a lot because the mushrooms are so meaty. the taste really is savory- I'll definitely be making them again.

here's the recipe.Collapse )

Veganizing soup mixes. Replacing ham with vegetable stock?

I picked up a couple of soup mixes at an little Amish grocery store back home over the holidays and could use some tips on how to veganize them.

For example, one is Holiday Soup Mix. It's a variety of beans and lentils with barley. The directions say to bring this mix and 2 quarts of water to a boil then add 2 ham hocks or one piece of ham, onion, tomatoes, and spices. Then simmer on a stove or in a crock pot.

Should I just add vegetable stock in place of the ham? If not, does anyone have other suggestions?

pumpkin parts

all right you kitchen gods & goddesses,

i bought a whole pumpkin to use for a pie. is there anything i can use the "guts" for?

also, the seeds seem to be growing a bit of mold. (i rinsed them off and sort of dried them off a few days ago, then stored them in a plastic bag.) can i just rinse the mold off or are the seeds now tainted? also, are they good for anything raw or am i better off roasting them?