Sunday, February 29, 2004

Dinner 2/29

Orzo, Bean and Greens Soup
(kale, mustard greens, paprika, saffron, turnip, orzo and veg stock)

Cordoban Asparagus
(asparagus w/ sauce made from bread, garlic, cumin and saffron puree w/ parsley)

Seitan and White Bean Stew
(variation on the Spanish classic "intoxicated beef" w/ seitan, carrots, rasins, olives, garbanzo beans, veg stock and a shot of sherry)

Saturday, February 28, 2004

Dinner 2/28

Toor Dal
(yellow lentil soup w/ garlic, red pepper, cumin seeds, and onion)

Purple Potatoes w/ Mint
(boiled, then sauteed w/ mint, garlic, jalapeno salt and pepper)

(seitan and tomato stew w/ garlic, corriander, clove and cinnamon)

Basmati Rice

Friday, February 27, 2004

Dinner 2/27

Warm Crimini Mushroom and Fingerling Potato Dinner Salad
(over mixed greens w/ creamy green olive dressing)

Italian Bread

Thursday, February 26, 2004

Dinner 2/26

Mushrooms in a cream sauce over Farfalle w/ Tofu Cutlets*

Steamed Broccoli

* Sliced crimini mushrooms sauteed, then add 1 cup veg stock and reduce almost all the way. Add 1 cup cream sauce (1/2 box soft tofu w/ soy milk) along w/ rosemary and oregano, slightly reduce. Pour over cutlets and pasta

Wednesday, February 25, 2004

Dinner 2/25

Pasta "Stir-Fry"
(mushrooms, onion, carrot, fennel, celery, red pepper, veg stock, soy parmesan over gemelli pasta)

Italian Bread

Monday, February 23, 2004

Dinner 2/23

Pad Thai
(tofu, onion, celery, carrot, yellow bell pepper, jalapeno, tamarind paste, thai noodles, bean sprouts)

Sunday, February 22, 2004

Dinner 2/22

Leftover Night (see Saturday)

Saturday, February 21, 2004

Mardi Gras Wine Tasting at Riverside Wine and Imports

Cajun Black Bean Salad served in an Endive Leaf
Spicy White Bean Gumbo Soup w/ Cornbread
Pasta with Cajun Green Beans, Potatoes and a Creamy Pesto*
Mirliton Ratatouille served in Red Pepper Rings
Jambalaya, served in a Portabella Mushroom bowl
Bananas Foster in Phyllo w/ Caramel/Rum Sauce

* an upgraded version of the potato lasagna from last week. this one had much more basil and turned out very well, we got a lot of postive comments on that dish.

Friday, February 20, 2004

Dinner 2/20

(tomato, onion, red pepper, tomato sauce)

Thursday, February 19, 2004

Dinner 2/19

Spicy Black Bean Soup

Mirliton Ratatouille*
(chayote, eggplant, onion, red bell pepper)

Eggplant Parmesan over Capellini

* a weird mix of Italian and Cajun tonight, I was trying out some recipes for the tasting, and used the rest of the eggplant for the kids dinner as well...

Wednesday, February 18, 2004

Dinner 2/18

Mushrooms Madagascar*

Mashed Potatoes

Steamed Broccoli

* cremini (or button) mushrooms, shallots, garlic and green peppercorns sauteed, then put in a ramekin and covered w/ veg stock and topped with soy cheese and thrown in the oven for 10 minutes at 350. It's really more of a soup...

Tuesday, February 17, 2004

Dinner 2/17

Cap'n Janeway*
(gemelli w/ spicy tomato cream sauce)

Spinach Salad
(Black Cherry Vinaigrette)

Homemade Bread

* I know I always explain this, but some folks are new to the blog... the recipe is adapted from a dish that Kate Mulgrew made, and was printed in "People" magazine about a zillion years ago. She used Penne, but any pasta will do, and she also added Vodka, it's optional, but does cause a reaction to the tomatoes (thank you Shirley Corriher)...

Sunday, February 15, 2004

Dinner 2/15

Cabbage Pierogis*


Raddichio and Endive Salad
(w/ garlic and ginger vinaigrette)

* this is reason you make (and freeze) all those extra pierogi's in September when the cabbage was plentiful ;)

Saturday, February 14, 2004

Dinner 2/14

Spaghetti w/ Tomato Sauce*

Garlic Bread

Chocolate Espresso Cheesecake**

* why yes, we did recreate the scene from "Lady and The Tramp" ;)

** just the like the picture on the top left.

Friday, February 13, 2004

Dinner 2/13

Tofu Biryani
(tofu, rice, currants, garlic, ginger, onion, cinnamon, cumin seeds, cardamon)

Zucchini and Fenugreek

Turmeric Potatoes

Thursday, February 12, 2004

Dinner 2/12

Seitan Mole
(onions, garlic, red pepper, seitan, chocolate, tomato paste, tiny splash of bbq sauce)

Arroz Rojo
(Red Chile Rice)

Spinach Salad
(w/ creamy tequila dressing)

Wednesday, February 11, 2004

Dinner 2/11

Cajun Pasta w/ Green Beans and Potatoes*

Garlic Bread

* for the tasting next weekend, I tried making it as sort of a potato lasagna, putting the pasta, green beans, corn and basil infused bechamel sacue in between the layers. I like the way it turned out, but I'll probably make mini-versions in 2oz ramekins... Not Atkins Friendly ;)

Tuesday, February 10, 2004

Dinner 2/10

(tomato sauce, red bell pepper, onion, garlic, red pepper, tomato slices, soy cheese)

Mixed Greens Salad
(w/ creamy dill dressing)

Monday, February 09, 2004

Dinner 2/9

Seitan Au Poivre
(seared seitan w/ mustard cream sauce, green peppercorns and capers)

Mashed Potatoes

Haricot Verts

Sunday, February 08, 2004

Dinner 2/8

(tofu, carrot, yellow bell pepper, onion, garlic, ginger and daikon)

Basmati Rice

Saturday, February 07, 2004

Dinner 2/7

(tofu ricotta, oven roasted tomatoes, garlic, onion, celery, carrots, red bell pepper, red pepper, oregano, soyrizo)

Steamed Broccoli

Homemade Garlic Bread

* yes, lasgana two times in the same week -- the other one was a single serving size, this one was a big pan of it. We're trying them out for a future tasting of organic Italian wines in April...

Friday, February 06, 2004

Dinner 2/6

Spinach and Red Pepper Gratin

Eggplant Frites
(dregged in flour, cornstarch slurry, seasoned bread crumbs, deep-fried at 375)

Fusilli w/ Cajun Red Sauce
(red onion, garlic, red pepper, soyrizo, red bell pepper, tomato, cayenne -- slightly pureed w/ an immersion blender, toss the pasta in and serve w/ the eggplant frites on top)

Thursday, February 05, 2004

Dinner 2/5

Roasted Vegetable Lasagna
(eggplant, red bell pepper, onion, zucchini, tofu ricotta*, tomato sauce, lasagna noodles)

* one block of firm tofu, parsley, salt, pepper, and soy sour cream, soy parmesan and hit w/ blender stick so it's smooth, but with slight bit of texture

Wednesday, February 04, 2004

Dinner 2/4

Seitan Stew
(onion, garlic, seitan, paprika, cannellini beans, veg stock)

Boiled Fingerling Potatoes

Roasted Corn

Tuesday, February 03, 2004

Dinner 2/3

(tofu w/ hoisin, carrots, onion, red bell pepper, garlic and ginger)

Basmati Rice

Snow Peas

Monday, February 02, 2004

Dinner 2/2

Spaghetti w/ Tomato Sauce
(onion, garlic, red pepper, oregano, tomatoes)

Garlic Bread

Spinach Salad
(spinach, dried cherries, carrots w/ balsamic vinaigrette)

*There's something to be said for simple food cooked well... the tomato sauce was one of the best ones we've ever made...

Sunday, February 01, 2004

Dinner 2/1

Buffalo Tofu "Wings"
(tofu strips, marinated in soy, rolled in flour, deep fried, then sauteed w/ garlic hot sauce)

Barbecued Tofu Sandwiches
(tofu cutlets marinated in soy, sauteed, then add the bbq suace, cook on low for few minutes)

Skillet Chili
(onion, garlic, red pepper, soyrizo, kidney beans, tomato sauce)

"Cajun" chips
(yukon gold potatoes chips deep-fried, then dusted w/ cajun spices)

It's Vegan Super Bowl food ;) My son stayed awake until halftime, but fell asleep before the Adam Vinatieri flashback...