Saturday, June 7, 2008

dinner of champions!

Sorry, I just have to blog about this one meal - it was fabulous. P and I ran around our tiny kitchen and managed to concoct this feast pretty quickly, and it was so colourful and nourishing and involved more organic foods than ever! Clockwise from the rice, it's Rice Pilaf with Dates and Almonds from the Moosewood Restaurant Cooks at Home; steamed kale, yellow zucchini and purple beans (that turned green once cooked but were positively eggplant-coloured before); sprouts as always; fresh dill dressing for a green salad of organic spinach, cucumber and peppers; Vcon shredded parsnip and beet salad, and Vcon tangerine tofu. She's inspiring me, to say the least. :D

And the best parts were leftover in copious amounts the next day (I love how full of yum our fridge is right now). The rice pilaf and the beet salad were sooooooo freaking good. Best breakfast ever!

Speaking of which, I've decided with the change in the seasons and the opportunity to try more creative food than ever to drop my oatmeal habit and start eating what my body wants me to eat in the morning. I'm even getting on the raw train (aaaah, it actually happened!). I'm figuring more grains, more cold food, more oil and less (no) refined sugar. I used to be afraid that lightening up my eating would make me float right off the face of the earth (spacey? me? noooo.....), but I figure with a good basis in cooked 'heavy' food like rice and root veg and beans I can make the rest of everything else fresh-off-the-vine tasty. I'm gonna look into my LifeFood Recipe Book today!

17 comments:

Alice (in Veganland) said...

Wow! I wish I had those leftovers... so colorful and different!

romina said...

I wish I was there to enjoy that with you!

VeggieGirl said...

That meal DEFINITELY deserves its own post - look at all that color, flavor, and goodness!! Wowza!!

Good luck with your new eating style!

Wheeler's Frozen Dessert said...

I am drooling! Everything looks so tasty and colorful ...

ChocolateCoveredVegan said...

The same thing happened to me with purple asparagus one time... oh well, at least they were pretty and purple when I bought them.

Your food always looks so good that I want to eat it off the screen. Too bad I can't manage to figure out how to do that.

Cyn said...

Oh man, that looks so crazy delicious! I am totally jealous.

destinyskitchen said...

What a beautiful meal! And healthy too.

Carrie™ said...

I love beets and they are just so colourful. The rice pilaf looks really good. I have that Moosewood cookbook and there is a recipe for a salad of brown rice, black beans, olives and it has an orange dressing (sorry I can't remember the name of it), but it is a wonderful summertime salad. I've taken it to many a potluck and come home with an empty bowl. I would be great for breakfast. :o)

Carrie said...

That beet salad looks so good - I love how they make food pink!

Catherine said...

I just picked up Vcon this weekend myself, and am anticipating much inspiration coming from Terry and Isa these next few months! Hooray!

That beet salad caught my eye in the book -- glad to know it was a success!

eileen said...

what do you mean, sorry? That looks awesome! It looks so awesome that I actually went and looked up the tofu and beet business in my vcon to see if I had the ingredients. I don't. I guess I just have to suffer with the hot sauce tempeh, then. :)

kindkitchen said...

Oh my, I love those kinds of meals. Veg "junk" food is good, but I love the feeling I get when I eat a whole foods meal like that. Mmm...

CeciLiA said...

The rice pilaf with dates and almonds looks REALLY REALLY yummy to me ... such a perfect dish for winter *ahh...* I love flavored rice dishes!!

Ooo good luck with eating new food for breakfast!! Can't wait to see your post on that!!

Lizzy said...

i'm like 80% happy for you that you got to enjoy all the goodness shown up there and only 20% jealous. okay let's say 50/50 =p
i LOVE beets!

and funny about you saying that you want to start eating what you crave in the morning... same here. this morning i made noodle soup and i've got to say that it felt a little weird yet perfectly right having a hot noodle soup at 7 am =p

Vegan_Noodle said...

That does look like a fantastic meal!! I love having plenty of yummy leftovers in my fridge!!

I'm interested to hear how it goes for you with eating more raw foods.... cold food sounds good right now since it's so hot outside!

Ashasarala said...

Can I come over for dinner? I'm salivating. I love any and all rice dishes. Seriously. Make me some!

I am eager to try more raw food, myself. But I really have to balance it with cooked carbs. Otherwise I, too, might float off the face of the earth!

Erin said...

This DOES sound like a great meal, so much delicious food to eat all at once.