So I finally made the Leek and Bean Cassoulet from Veganomicon. Yes, I know, I know. I'm the last person alive to not have made this. We I did ok? Finally. It was wonderful. Perfect actually for this cool rainy day when work was a complete waste of time. Well not a complete waste of time, just not the best.
I also made the Tomato-Rice Soup with Roasted Garlic and Navy Beans. After seeing so many mofoers making soup I kinda got jealous and had to make something. Couldn't be left out of the soup loop. The roasted garlic gives this a warm rounded flavor and the rice & beans make this a meal in itself.
These aren't my first VCON recipes. I'm getting mighty familiar with this book and it's pretty good from what I can tell. In a post from a couple days ago I mentioned the useful bits in this book about cooking veggies, grains and beans and outfitting your kitchen and pantry. Now let's talk about the recipes. I've actually already mentioned the super awesome and quick bean burgers and coconut lemon bundt cake. We will now move along to:
Samosa Stuffed Baked Potatoes. Let's just say these are little boats of deliciousness. If there is one thing I love as much as potatoes it's peas. I dunno why. I just do. Ok?
Sauteed Spinach and Tomatoes. Indian spiced spinach yum.
Tamarind Lentils. Many people have raved about these and I am no different. Really if this book is in your home and you haven't made them then get your arse in the kitchen and get them on the stove. These are crazy amazing. I have discovered a love for tamarind.
Vietnamese Seitan Baguette with Savory Broth Dip. These are kinda like those French dip sammies you might have heard about but with a not so French flair. These had a meatiness from the seitan slices with the cool crunch of cucumbers. Oh and the broth. I may or may not be drooling just thinking about these again
Seitanic Red Bean Jumbalaya. I just love how this dish is one of those one pot meals. A great meal..
BBQ Black-Eyed Pea Collard Rolls. It's pretty self explainatory. The sauce made this feel like a cookout without having to fire up the grill.
Jalapeno-Corn Gravy over some mashed taters. I never thought I'd have a corn gravy but now I'm thinking "where have you been all my life?"
Seitan Piccata with Olives and Green Beans. Aside from it's insane deliciousness and beauty this was actually a quick dinner to put together. It looks much harder then it is but the taste is all there.
Sauteed Seitan with Mushrooms and Spinach. I served this over Broccoli Polenta. Hells yeah!
Spaghetti and Beanballs. This cures the ghetti meatball craving that pops up every now and then.
Pasta Della California. Yup, it's pasta with avocado. It's got a little something special that makes this an awesome weeknight dinner. It comes together so quickly.
Eggplant Rollatini with Spinach and Toasted Pine Nuts. More impressive looking then the photo suggests and oh so delectable.Banana Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding. I picked this one out because I had bananas the needed using, some bread in the freezer that would be suitable and bread pudding is always a good idea. The bread I used was actually a fairly grainy loaf so this was quite a hearty dessert but still forking devourable. I may or maynot have been very generous with the chocolate. Yes, I admit, I might have a problem.
And finally we come to the ice cream that started an addiction. Vanilla Ice Cream. It's a simple flavor that compliments the Fudgy Wudgy Blueberry Brownies nicely.
I've made more that never made it to film but it's not over yet.