Music: The Nutcracker Ballet from my iTunes library
People often ask me, so what do you eat? Here's a sampling!
This is my version of Macaroni Salad:
Half a package of pasta (any noodle, about 2 cups dry)
2 carrots, diced or chopped
1 small onion (or you could use scallions/green onions), diced
1 C frozen green peas
Enough Vegenaise to coat
A few drizzles of mustard
Sea salt & pepper to taste
Place peas in colander. Cook pasta according to package directions and drain in colander with peas (voila! they're thawed). Rinse with cold water to stop cooking process and drain well.
In a large bowl, combine with the rest of the ingredients.
1 tbsp oil (any light oil, canola, olive, almond, etc.)
1 small onion, diced
1 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp garam masala*
1 C basmati rice, rinsed & drained well in a sieve
1 1/2 C water
1 C frozen mixed vegetables (I used peas)
In a medium saucepan on medium heat, saute onions in oil until translucent. Add cumin & garam masala & saute an additional 2 minutes, stirring to avoid sticking. Add rice, water, & vegetables, bring to a boil, the lower to simmer for 10-15 minutes until rice is cooked.
*You can find this pre-mixed in the spice section of the grocery store, but I prefer to make my own using Kramer's recipe. In a grinder or with mortar & pestle, combine 1 tbsp cumin seeds, 1 tbsp coriander, 1 tbsp black peppercorns, 1 tsp ground cardamom, 1/4 tsp ground cinammon, 1/8 tsp ground cloves, & 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg. Store in an empty spice jar.
This is a super easy pasta dish that I served with leftover Tofurky Italian-style sausage & Jim's delicious homemade bread.
Pasta Aglia Olio
Saute about 6-8 cloves of chopped garlic in 1/4 C olive oil until golden (be careful not to brown). Serve over cooked spaghetti and add about 1/4 C to 1/2 C chopped fresh parsley.
Grains are my main dishes instead of meat. Try building your meals around grains instead of meat!