Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Vegan MoFo: Trying a new grain
I'm cheating a little bit here: I've had quinoa. In fact, I've had it enough in my life that when I struck out on my own, I had little to no interest in making it for myself. See, my mom used to serve it a lot-- boiled, salted, and with a drop (seriously) of olive oil. It wasn't bad, but it sure as hell wasn't that exciting.
But I've had success with all the recipes I've tried from Vegan with a Vengeance, and my intense, almost unhealthy love of red pepper made me decide to try the quinoa, black bean, and mushroom stuffed red pepper. I only ran into one problem with the recipe, but it was a pretty big one--I couldn't find any red peppers. So, I just sort of ended up with quinoa... stuff.
But, apprehensive as I was, it was great! I souped it up with some broccoli and spinach, and, um, flat out forgot the spinach, and it still, somehow (miraculously) turned out not only edible, but delightful! Vegan with a Vengeance is my favorite cookbook (of course, I don't yet have Veganomicon--the recipes are so fantastic that even a scatterbrained cook like me can butcher them and still end up with a good meal.