Sunday, January 08, 2012
I've been wanting to try this recipe for a while. There's a great vegan food blog: Oh She Glows. Fabulous food!
This is the "15 Minute Creamy Avocado Sauce" recipe with a few slight variations. It's creamy and fresh tasting and I'm already plotting the next time I can have it.
I added some kale, mushrooms, onions and red peppers. Soooo good...
Wednesday, January 04, 2012
I've always felt intimidated cooking Thai. Just was never able to get it quite right at home---until now!
I love a good Thai coconut curry and it's easy. These are the basic ingredients:
It's all about the timing. I had to make sure that the veggies stayed crisp, except for the ones that needed to be well done. LOL
I roasted a pan of sugar snap peas, peppers and onions with some grated carrots tossed in. I roasted them for about 8 minutes only.
I boiled a couple of cubed red potatoes till done and mixed them with a can of diced tomatoes. I drained the tomatoes in a colander and rinsed them, by the way, so they wouldn't affect the color of the dish.
I cut up some collards into short ribbons, in keeping with my "more greens in 2012" resolution! And pay no attention to that green alien guy...
The sauce/broth was a mixture of coconut milk, vegetable broth, a bit of salt and tamari, green curry paste and a little palm sugar. [Brown sugar can be substituted] I want to experiment more with this palm sugar...
We made our own, adding the things we liked best. Started with a comfy bed of brown rice and chopped cashews. Mmmm, cashews...
Then we piled on the veggies on top of the rice, then poured the sauce over, added a little sriracha sauce, and bam! it was like being in a fine Thai restaurant! The whole thing went together really fast and I'm sure this'll go into the rotation. You can vary the vegetables. One thing I wish I had was a few cubes of baked tofu. Next time, for sure!
One more thing--the recipe for this curry is going to be on the label of any jar of Thai curry paste! So easy, and isn't it beautiful? Look at those colors!!!
Tuesday, January 03, 2012
This is one of my favorite things, it's so simple and once tasted, it's never forgotten. I remember the first time I had it, I said, "There's so much going on in one bite!"
It's called 'miang kum' and is a traditional Thai snack/street food. I get a mad craving for it quite often. No, unfortunately, I've never been to Thailand but have had it in a few restaurants.
Start with a plate of fresh raw collard greens, cut into index-card size pieces.
That's your wrapper. Then you'll chop up little dishes of ginger, red onions, toasted coconut, little bits of lime with the rind left on, grated carrots, cashews or peanuts, and cucumber.
I normally make a lime-agave chutney, but was lazy and used this instead. I know, full of sugar, but really hit the spot!
This is the fun part: start loading up the greens with all the goodies!
No, this is the fun part--rolling it up and eating it!
And for no reason at all, here's a photo of our dawg Cookie allowing me to worship her. She's a dream....
Sunday, December 25, 2011
It's Christmas Day and a few weeks ago I made the executive decision to throw caution to the wind and eat whatever I wanted today, keeping within the parameters of my plant-based diet, and wouldn't you know it, all I want is healthy food! I don't really want any junky food and am craving water and bean soup!
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