Monday, February 06, 2017

Mazidra

This is a delicious vegan Middle Eastern dish that we love!  It takes 45 minutes to an hour to cook, but the hands-on time is still quite short.

Ingredients:

  • 6 cups water
  • 2 cups (1 bag) dried lentils
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon thyme
Directions:
Bring all ingredients to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 45 to 60 minutes, until lentils are tender and you have a nice, thick stew.

Serve over rice.

You may like a splash of balsamic vinegar added just before serving.  For a luxurious treat, caramelize some onions to go on top.

Some people also like to top with shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, chopped green onions, black olives, fresh lemon juice, and/or fresh garlic.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Quick Vegetarian Breakfast Recipes!

Have a Kindle? I just got this recipe book with 15-minute breakfast recipes for free!  If you miss the free window, looks like it's only going to cost $0.99 after that.  Also, note that if you don't have a Kindle, you can download free readers for most operating systems and phones.  I read my Kindle stuff using the free reader for my iPhone.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Easy Cuban Black Beans

Oh my word.  This crockpot recipe for Cuban Black Beans from Betty Crocker is SO GOOD.

We had chopped cilantro and avocado on top.

Totally to die for.  And totally vegan!

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Easy Personal Sushi Bar

A couple of weeks ago, The Vegan Stoner posted some really yummy-looking Rice Balls. We just happen to have a lot of TVP sitting around that we need to find a way to use, so I added it to my list of things to try.  And, of course, as I got ready to make it, the recipe took on a Lazy Spin.

This recipe serves one person.  Multiply it by the number of people you're serving to make it as big or as little as you need!

Ingredients:

Basics - everyone needs these:
  • 1 cup sushi rice, cooked with 2 tsp. vinegar
  • 1/4 cup DRY burger-style TVP, rehydrated with 1/8 to 1/4 cup hot water
  • 1 Tbsp. mayonnaise or vegenaise
  • 1 small package roasted seaweed (nori)
Creative ideas - mix and match any or all of these to create your own custom sushi bar!  Pre-mix some ingredients or give each diner a small bowl to mix up their own concoction.
  • Pickle relish - sweet and/or dill
  • Chopped olives
  • Soy sauce
  • Wasabi paste (Japanese horseradish)
  • Sesame seeds
  • Tabasco sauce
  • Gochuchang (Korean red pepper paste)
  • Pickled ginger
  • Veggies, such as avocado, carrots, cucumber, green onions
  • Any other spicy or savory favorites!
Directions:
Take a sheet of nori out of the package. Put a spoonful of rice on it, then a spoonful of your delicious personalized sushi concoction.  Fold it up like a little seaweed taco, and enjoy!

My favorite blend was: TVP, mayo, soy sauce, tiny touch of wasabi, sesame seeds, and gochuchang
Mr. Vegetarian liked: TVP, mayo, dill relish, olives, soy sauce, sesame seeds, and wasabi
The Veggie Kid liked it simple: nori, rice, and soy sauce.  But, boy, does he love that nori!





Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Bamboo Utensils

I used to use wooden spoons.  But then I had to hand-wash them because they don't play nicely with the dishwasher.

Then I used plastic spoons.  But if you set them in the wrong place near the stove, they melt.  And if they are cheap plastic, sometimes they break.

Then I found BAMBOO SPOONS!!  I love these things.  They work like wooden spoons, don't melt or break, and you can wash them in the dishwasher.  And, it turns out they make spatulas and pasta servers and all sorts of amazing things. 

*sigh* A lazy vegetarian's dream come true...