Sunday, April 29, 2012
Chewnola and New Recipes
Daily Garnish Cranberry Orange Lentil Quinoa Loaf. (Note the quinoa). I know my mom reads my blog so my apologies for this next statement but it has taken me this long to even try any form of a vegan loaf because I never liked meatloaf. Now in fairness, I don't think it had anything to do with mom's meatloaf. I think it is because I just didn't like meat (declaring myself vegetarian in high school was no real hardship for me).
For some reason I have been in the mood to try one and with some modifications, I figured this one would work.
First off, for the amount of fruit I eat, there are still places I don't think fruit belongs and I am pretty sure any type of loaf is one such place (although MANY recipes out there would disagree with me).
So my version has no cranberries and no orange juice. I still haven't purchased chia seeds so I used my standard Ener-g Egg Replacer, and I used sweet potato instead of carrot.
A lot of recipes put some sort of tomato paste on the top. I decided to use some spaghetti sauce I had opened anyway (obviously fruit salsa was NOT happening) for this next recipe...
Chocolate-Covered Katie's Vegan Polenta Casserole.
First off I realized I didn't have a clue how to make or work with polenta. It was messy, but I figured it out. I had 3 cups of boiling water and added 1 cup of polenta mixed with 1 cup of cold water which I added to the boiling. Then I just waited not really knowing what was supposed to happen. Eventually it turned into a thick porridge which honestly I could have eaten right there and that is what I poured in the pan.
I also left out the dill. I don't even own dill. On purpose.
I think both options will freeze well and most importantly bring some variety to my diet which I think I need (I can literally eat the same thing day after day for weeks).
It was a good cooking night. The kitchen was a huge mess and I accomplished trying new recipes with options I haven't tried before like a loaf and polenta.
I brought Nim's food up a bit after realizing a couple of weeks ago that he was just too skinny and I think he is feeling better in general.
Posted by thequiltingdoberman at 8:45 PM