Monday, January 31, 2011

Delicious Dishes: Weekend Edition

Last week, while wandering Borders after the Kris Carr event, I picked up Dr. Neal Barnard's Get Healthy, Go Vegan cookbook. I love Dr. Barnard's work. The recipes looked great, had all of the nutritional information and, since I am trying very hard to limit the amount of sugar, oil, etc. that I am eating, seemed like a great one to add to my collection. This cookbook also has several breakfast recipes, which was great since I typically eat Puffins cereal with almond milk for breakfast and had been looking for some new ideas.

The first recipe I tried was the Spiced Pumpkin Oatmeal. I love oatmeal and I love pumpkin, so how could this one go wrong? It also has a bunch of spices, raisins and dried cranberries. The recipe made a TON, so even after feeding Jesse and myself there were still leftovers. It wasn't as sweet as I am used to having my oatmeal (again....I need to step away from the sugar!) but it was still good.

Then for dinner on Sunday I decided it was time to break in my new Zojirushi rice cooker. This time it was to make brown jasmine rice, but I have big plans for this new toy. My rice cooker cookbook says I can make oatmeal, risotto, cake, beans, etc. in this thing!

I used my brown jasmine rice in the Butternut Coconut Rice recipe from Appetite for Reduction. Rice, butternut squash, coconut milk, etc. SO GOOD! It was almost the consistency of a risotto (with a fraction of the calories). If you try this one, don't be tempted to skip out on the lime zest like I almost was. It makes the whole dish.

Oh collard greens, I love you so. I don't make these nearly enough. Particularly these Pineapple Collards. They came out perfect--light, still a bit chewy and beautifully green with some spice and pineapple pieces.

To go with my rice and greens, I also made some Broiled Blackened Tofu. Mmmm. It would've been fantastic with just about any side dishes, but I made the ones that the author herself recommended for a complete meal. The combination of the three was just perfect! I can't recommend this cookbook enough!


Valerie @ City|Life|Eats said...

Everything looks so delicious. I need to cook more from Appetite for Reduction.

Lauren said...

You should definitely give it a try! While most of the recipes aren't as decadent as some of her others, they are still VERY delicious!

Olga said...

omg. I worked on this cookbook. As in testing the recipes, timing them and figuring out the portion sizes ;) You'll find my name in the acknowledgment section! Glad you liked it.

I've worked with Robyn for years.

PS Congrats on losing 10 pounds in January!