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What's Cookin', Good-Lookin' recipe reviews, round 2


Sunday, February 03, 2013

For round 1 I just commented in the thread, but now I'm going to do a proper review. Today (that is, yesterday, since it's now past midnight) I tried two new recipes!

Oatmeal Whole Wheat Quick Bread
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It really WAS quick, even though I took time to whirl the oats in the blender to get them closer to a flour texture. I made a double recipe so as to fill a loaf pan. After 20 minutes of baking it was not yet toasty on top, so I added 10 more minutes, which proved just right. After it cooled I sliced a couple of pieces & put Brummel & Brown spread on them. It's delicious! And it slices nicely, so I can use it for an egg-salad sandwich for my lunch on Monday.

I also did my batch cooking for the coming week: Vegan Moroccan-Style Chickpeas!
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This recipe would be very quick if followed as written. However, my housemate & I like to cook chickpeas & other legumes from scratch (dried), so I did that first. Chickpeas take the longest to cook of any: after soaking, I think I gave these a full hour & a half, & they didn't end up mushy at all. (It would be significantly faster to use a pressure cooker.) My other two alterations to this recipe:
1. instead of canned tomatoes that include green chilies, I used regular crushed tomatoes & added two jalapenos to the onions & garlic
2. during the final simmer, I added a handful of raisins, which always taste great in Moroccan-style stews

I haven't had a full serving of this yet, as I didn't need it for dinner. But I tasted it & like it very much. Next time I think I will use diced tomatoes instead of crushed, as I think I would like that texture even better in this dish. But it's yummy regardless!
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NUOVAELLE 2/4/2013 2:55AM

    The oatmeal bread sounds really good and I think I might try it.
Well done on cooking legumes from scratch! I never use canned legumes in my recipes. Next time you cook chickpeas, try adding some baking soda in the water that you'll soak them in and let them soak overnight. Don't forget to rinse them well in the morning. I cook all legumes in a pressure cooker, except for lentils.
Thanks for sharing your reviews!

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-AMANDA79- 2/3/2013 10:26PM

    I think I have everything for that bread. Sounds delicious! The chickpea recipe looks good too, but doubt my kids would eat it :/


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HEALTHYGRAMMY49 2/3/2013 1:37PM

    Cool! I like that you're cooking & tasting new healthy recipes. emoticon

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ALPINO22 2/3/2013 11:19AM

  These both sound terrific! My mother-in-law is a vegan so I'm always on the lookout for recipes I can make when she's around and we all eat vegan. Thanks so much for sharing!

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INAFFIT319 2/3/2013 11:16AM

    I've never tried to make a quick bread! Sounds delicious. Thanks for sharing!

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RUNNERRACHEL 2/3/2013 4:06AM

    Great ideas. Thanks for sharing. You're so creative in all areas and cooking is no different. Like the sound of these. emoticon

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