April 14th, 2006

Quick and Easy Agave BBQ Root Vegetables

Quick and Easy Agave BBQ Root Vegetables
I made these last night for dinner, and I was hungry as all heck, hence the quick and easy. I had half the veggies and a salad. SO good!

2 large carrots
2 large parsnips
2 red potatoes
1/3 cup spicy BBQ sauce (that measurement's a guess)
2 T agave nectar (That measurement's also a guess)

1. Peel, wash, and cut veggies into large chunks (about 1x2 inch chunks), and place in a 9x9 inch microwave and oven safe glass baking dish (maybe that was a 10x10 dish?) Yay! I pay attention!

2. Preheat oven to 400 F

3. Cover veggies and microwave on high for 5 minutes, stir, and microwave for another 4 to 5 minutes, until "al dente".

4. Pour off *most* of the accumulated liquid, leaving maybe about 2 tablespoons to 1/4 cup. Drizzle on agave nectar and BBQ sauce, lightly toss.

5. Bake for 15 minutes, gently stir/toss, and bake another 5 to 10 minutes.

Yum. Makes 2 to 3 servings as the main attraction, 4 to 6 as a side dish.

working with turbinado sugar

I buy Florida Crystals, and usually the larger-grain turbinado because it's cheaper than the finely-granulated kind. It's always a bit of a hassle, though, to have to whip out the blender and grind it so it's fine enough to be incorporated into a baked recipe. I suppose I could just grind a whole lot at once and deal with the powdery mess :P But is there any trick to getting it to mix in well? The few times I've used it without grinding it, all the sugar sinks to the bottom and forms an unwanted (though tasty) crust there.

making tofu with the SoyQuick soymilk maker

I'm interested in getting the SoyQuick and I found one entry about it from February:
http://community.livejournal.com/vegancooking/1786965.html

but there was no mention of anyone using it to make tofu. Does anyone that has the SoyQuick use it to make tofu? What has your experience been? It all sounds pretty good to me on the website, but I'd like to get some opinions before I buy it. Also, I noticed that the tofu press you can buy with the soymilk maker is smaller than the wooden ones you can buy...so I don't know if I would be better off just buying a larger one seperately (the tofu kit is $20 extra, and the larger press can be found for around $30), I suppose then I would be making tofu less often...What do you all think?

EDIT: Also, if anyone knows of any other good soymilk makers with equally positive reviews, let me know!

Breakfast burrito recipes?

I found out recently that I'm allergic to yeast, and lots of my favorite breakfast foods suddenly aren't good options any more! Also, I'm starting to gear up to do more biking, so some protein in the morning would be great. A breakfast burrito sounds like the perfect solution to me, except I've got no idea what to put in it! Anyone have favorite ingredients they'd care to share? Bonus points for burritos that freeze well!

yummy beef & broccoli

i only had like half an hr to make something for lunch tomorrow so i threw a head of broccoli into a large pot and steamed it like 1-2 minutes. drained that then added it back to the pot with some olive oil, morningstar streak strips, soy suace, and sesame seeds. it tasted awesome at this point but i added some garlic and a LITTLE pinch of this hot chili pepper spice i have. andddd it's perfect! tastes low fat, i have enough for lunch and dinner!
i had to use my mom's digi since mine is packed up so sorry if it's not the best quality (though it should be with a 7mp)