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Mujadara

In Main dish, Side dish on July 7, 2010 at 4:28 pm

mujadara meal

My dinner last night was mujadara served with plain yogurt, hummus and pita bread.  The smooth, cool sensations of the yogurt perfectly complimented the heat and of the mujadara.  I ate it with soy yogurt but I would really like to try this dish with thick Greek yogurt.

This is a very easy dish to make but not super quick; it took about 50 minutes from start to finish, including prep time.  I highly recommend cooking it on a day when you are not immediately hungry but don’t want to hover over a pot; just put it on the stove and do something else.  Read, clean, slouch at the computer and read blogs, whatever it is that you do for kicks.

The most important ingredients and the lentils, rice, and browned onions.  Make sure you really brown the long strips of onions!  The spices are a great way to customize the dish but are not the heart of the meal; don’t hesitate to cook this even if you only have salt in your spice cabinet. Sometimes simple is the way to go.

The ingredients and directions are after the jump…

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Hearty Two Bean Vegetarian Chili

In Main dish on July 3, 2010 at 9:36 pm

chili

After a long day in the sun, there is nothing like coming home and devouring a hearty meal.  Chili, vegetarian style, is great for this.  Packed full of beans and vegetables, it is a great comfort food that is bound to give you energy for the rest of the evening.

I spent my afternoon at Pearl Palooza, a street music festival in Albany.  I was able to see a band that I loved in college, Rusted Root.  I was ecstatic during Food & Creative Love.

All I want is food and creative love.

rusted root

Isn’t that the truth!

I soaked up a ton of sun rays and had a great time getting down to Rusted Root. When I got home, I was pretty beat and super hungry.  As I dug through my (almost empty) pantry, the cans of beans beckoned me.

I decided to make chili because it is such a comforting and nutrient packed dish with a nice kick.  It can also be pretty quick and easy, although chili is best if it is made the day before eating it.  I toned down the spice for this meal (if you have been reading for the past few weeks, you may have noticed I use a lot of hot spices in my meals.)

The recipe and picture are after the jump…

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Mediterranean Couscous and Sautéed Cherry Tomatoes

In Main dish on June 24, 2010 at 9:40 pm

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I have recently developed a mild love affair with Mediterranean food.  I happily could live off babaganoosh and pita bread.  Like any true love, it can be costly, and I have found myself eating out at Phoenicians and BFS Restaurant at least once a week.  As such, I felt that it was time I invested in a Mediterranean cookbook, which is how I ended up with The Mediterranean Vegan Kitchen.  I expect that this cookbook will make its way into the regular rotation.

My first meal made from this book was Zucchini-Lemon Couscous (p. 101) served with Sautéed Cherry Tomatoes with Mediterranean Herbs (p. 157).  The light bite of the lemon and the powerful flavor of the seasoning on the tomatoes really complimented each other.  Also, the couscous is a very dry dish and it goes very well with the juicy cherry tomatoes, which burst in your mouth on the first bite.

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Vegan Moussaka

In Main dish, Not As Easy on June 22, 2010 at 9:40 pm

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My Monday night supper was not exactly a quick meal but it was absolutely worth putting off dinner until 8:00.  It was a really fun meal to cook!

I cooked vegan moussaka, which really hit the spot.  Every bite of eggplant was better than the next.  The Italian spice definitely made this recipe, which I found on www.ethnicvegan.com.  The only variation that I made was that I used rice cheese instead of soy.

I served it with hummus and pita bread.

I highly recommend cruising over the Ethnic Vegan and checking out this recipe!  Superb!

Red Chile Asparagus and Quinoa

In Main dish on June 17, 2010 at 9:33 pm

Delicious and easy!

So it has been a few days since the last post- what a whirlwind!  Since I last posted, I have been to Pittsburgh and I found a fabulous apartment!  It is absolutely lovely and it makes me even more excited to begin grad school.  Unfortunately, I ended up getting a bit of a nasty cold and have been out of commission for a few days.  Never fear, I am all better and lots of cooking is about to commence!  I have major culinary plans for the next week.

Until then, here is a meal that I made last week when I was in a bit of a pinch.  It was quick, easy, nutritious, and delicious- my favorites!

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Oh my, now that’s a tasty burger!

In Lunch, Main dish on June 6, 2010 at 1:53 pm

burger

I woke up (rather late) this morning to the vibrations of thunder reverberating throughout the apartment.  There is a torrential downpour occurring outside – complete with a local tornado warning – so there is absolutely no way I am leaving the apartment anytime soon!  It is the perfect opportunity to upload backlogged pictures recipes and tremendously update this little blog.

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This veggie burger recipe comes from 101 Cookbooks, one of my favorite cooking blogs.  I was feeling thrifty yesterday and wanted to cook something that I could save in the refrigerator or freezer for a busy night in which I don’t have the energy to cook.  I was going to cook my usual black bean burgers but, alas, that damn pantry is still super low.  I will have to remedy this situation soon.  Maybe when it stops raining.  Anyway, I went in search of a burger recipe that didn’t involve black beans and, voila, I stumbled across this recipe from 101 Cookbooks.

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Fiery Seitan Fajitas

In Main dish on May 31, 2010 at 1:41 pm

Seitan Fajita

Our dinner last night consisted of these bad boys.  I put so much chipotle chili powder in them that my eyes burned while cooking them!  My goal is to one day making something so spicy Josh won’t eat it… I have a ways to go, because he devoured two fajitas and the leftovers that were in the pan.

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Basil Whole Wheat Pizza

In Main dish on May 29, 2010 at 8:02 pm

Pizza

Confession of a foodie: A mere two years ago, I was such a food n00b that I was shocked to learn that people could make pizza at home!  When someone suggested making their own pizza, I thought it was impossible because pizzas were clearly produced by a gigantic and magical pizza machine that we obviously lacked.  How were we supposed to create the same greasy monstrosity that Papa Johns pumped out of their pizza machines?

SHOCKINGANSWER:  People make their own pizzas all the time and they do not have to be loaded with grease and fat.

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