Sunday, August 7, 2011

Aztec Salad

I want to lick the screen of my computer.

Date: 05/12/2011
Cook:  Jen G.
Menu: Aztec Salad: Broiled Marinated BBQ Tempeh Served on a Bed of Greens With a Quinoa Salad, Topped With Roasted Tomato Balsamic Vinaigrette and Pan-Toasted Spiced Pepitas

The recipe for this Aztec Salad is in Crazy Sexy Diet by vegan darling Kris Carr (a book I highly recommend, not just for its fabulous recipes but because it gives great insight and guidance into living a healthier life). 

Ahhh.  Aztec Salad.  This is possibly one of the most delicious things that I have ever eaten.  The combination of all of the different flavors was divine.  I will admit that it took some time in the kitchen -- the tempeh needed was steamed, marinated and THEN broiled, the tomatoes roasted, the quinoa cooked up, the pepitas seasoned...yadda yadda...but it was so very worth it.  I did used a prepared BBQ sauce (such cheatz!) though the recipe gives you ingredients to make your own.  I know you will love this so please give it a try!  And trust me when I say that the dressing is key!  Report back to me on how loudly your taste buds sang with delight when they first met a forkful of this treat.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Tofu with Vegetables, Brown Rice and Confetti Slaw

Date: 05/11/2011
Cook:  Stefanie
Menu:  Cubed Tofu with Collards, Asparagus and Mushrooms with Brown Rice, Confetti Coleslaw

With asparagus in season, this meal was delicious!  The tofu was seasoned really nicely and the accompanying veggies were super and made me feel healthy and good.  As if we needed to feel more virtuous about this meal, the confetti coleslaw was a light and delightful complement.

Forty Clove Broccoli and Chickpeas, Rice Salad, Millet

Date: 05/05/2011
Cook:  Jen G.
Menu: Forty Clove Broccoli and Chickpeas, Rice Salad and Millet

Appetite for Reduction continues to be an awesome resource.  I highly recommend this book-- I've really enjoyed cooking from it! I LOVED the idea of this recipe for a few of my favorite taste sensations (garlic/broccoli/chick peas) all in one dish, and I enjoyed making it as well.  It is definitely very garlicky but in an extremely delicious way.  The cool rice salad and millet provided some nice balance.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Spaghetti With Non-Meatballs, Garlic Bread and Salad

Date: 05/04/2011
Cook:  Stefanie
Menu: Spaghetti With Non-Meatballs, Garlic Bread and Salad

This simple meal was so tasty!!  Stephanie didn't know that we were celebrating a birthday in our household and that her meal that night was incredibly welcome-- and devoured in a flash.  I loved the Non-Meatballs. I traded my child extra non-meatballs for the garlic bread, which he loved.