Saturday, March 28, 2009

Crispy Cajun Chickpea Fritters

Sorry its been so long since I posted, I've been super busy (my usual excuse). My youngest turned 2 in February and she is getting her bed tomorrow! My Dad and I have been painting her room for the big day. There is something about her going to a bed that makes me very sad, she's not a baby anymore! Of course she hasn't been a baby for sometime now but her being in a crib always made her seem like she was still a baby. 

Ok on to the food. As soon as I saw these on Vegan Dad's blog I knew I had to make them. So glad I did. They are fabulous! Nice and crispy with a bit of heat. They went great with the homemade vegan tartar sauce I made. I just googled tartar sauce and veganized one of the many recipes that came. If you haven't made these yet do yourself a favour and make them. 

Here they are hot out of the pan. I fried them in very little oil and them came out very nice, not greasy at all.

And here they are with some roasted garlic potatoes and a salad with a Eat, Drink and Be Vegan's  living ceaser dressing (also very good). It made a great supper and the leftovers were even better.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Sweet Potato Lentil Chili Update

I've been swamped lately with family and work so I only have time for a quick post. A few weeks ago I made the Sweet Potato Lentil Chili from Eat, Drink and Be Vegan. I made a huge pot so I froze some individual servings for emergency meals. Well yesterday I needed a quick supper for just myself so I popped one out of the freezer in the morning and it reheated perfectly! So make a big batch of this chili and freeze it, you'll have yummy meals in no time on those busy days. I'm actually planning on making another batch this weekend for more emergency meals.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Gluten Free Pasta

Lots to share today so I'll get straight to it.

For the last 6 months or so we have been experimenting with some gluten free pastas. Not that we don't eat gluten, we certainly enjoy out fair share. In fact I felt that we probably had more than our fair share of gluten so in an effort to vary our diet I decided to switch to gluten free pastas. That was a big decision for us because we eat a lot of pasta in this house. With so many different pastas, sauces, and veggie combinations, its easy to change things up so you don't eat the same old pasta dish everytime. So when we (and by we I mean me cuz I'm the cook and those would don't help in the kitchen get no say in what they are served, they just eat what they get) decided to switch to gluten free we had to find a brand that we really liked. 

First up we tried the Tinkyada brand. I've heard lots of good things about this pasta but for us it just didn't work. The pasta was gummy and gloopy. The kids hated it and I hated wasting all that money on pasta that no one would eat. Then we tried the Rizopia organic brown rice pasta. This one is great. The penne is the best penne we have ever had, its that perfect tube shape that soaks up the sauce so nice. The kids love the Fantasia pasta. It has 15 or 16 different shapes in it. I mix that with a tomato & basil sauce for them and they love it. It reminds me of the alphaghetti I used to eat as a child but this is a million times tastier and healthier. My only complaint with the Rizopia brand pasta is their linguine. I find it doesn't matter how big the pot the pasta always sticks together. Other than that we really like this brand of gluten free pasta. 

Another one that we really like is a Quinoa pasta from GOGO Quinoa. We've only tried the spaghetti but it is excellent. Takes a little longer to cook than wheat spaghetti (takes about 15 minutes) but its got a nice flavour and texture. My complaint with this one is the box of pasta you get is a little small. We have to make 2 boxes to feed a family of 4 but its nice to have a few varieties on hand.

On an unrelated note, I was super excited to see that the Purely Decadent Coconut milk ice cream line has finally come to Canada! I have emailed the company several times to inquire when they might start shipping to Canada. Sadly, the yogurts and beverage are not here yet but I'm sure (I hope!) that they will be coming soon! Since I couldn't wait for the coconut yogurt to come I started to experiment with making my own...details to come in my next post.