Thursday, January 17, 2008

Some new favorites

These are 'Jam-Filled Oat Bran Muffins' from The Joy of Vegan Baking (turn to page 46 for a photo of what they should really look like!) Much lovelier indeed, but I'll tell you, these were so delicious, like a yummy bowl of oatmeal on the go - lightly sweetened with your favorite jam. I ate the entire batch by myself over a 3 day period (I tried to share), and the last one was as delicious as the first. I'll be making these again very soon! Hmmm, what jam to use next... I love this cookbook even more!

While scanning Nava Atlas' "The Vegetarian 5-Ingredient Gourmet" thinking to myself what a cool cookbook concept, I got the idea to try it myself. Use only 5 ingredients, and try to make it taste good!

My 5-Ingredients: black beans, coconut milk, elephant garlic, carrots, & serrano pepper.

What would your 5-Ingredients be???

Clean, chop, and saute 2 carrots, 1 clove garlic, and the pepper, then cover to steam with 2 tablespoons water (water doesn't count as an ingredient... right?). Drain & rinse the beans, place in a soup pot, add the coconut milk, and the carrot mixture. Bring to a boil, reduce and simmer until you can easily fork a carrot. Let it cool, then whiz it in your food processor with 1/2 cup water to desired consistency. Garnish with shredded carrot. I didn't even add salt (that would be another ingredient... right?) to the soup, and it was yummy, but what can I say, I love coconut!

Perhaps I'm the last blogger to have tried Dreena's 'Tamari-Roasted Chickpeas' from eat, drink & be vegan, though I don't know why. I knew I'd love this recipe, I just didn't know how much. Chickpeas are my thing, and usually I just eat them out of the can, so I'm excited about this new way of eating them, and of course, I opted for the coconut oil here.

Speaking of... Did ya hear? Dreena's
next VegNews article will be in the March/April issue - a hemp feature! I'm hemp to that!


Carrie™ said...

Good stuff Vicki! I haven't made the chickpeas yet, so you are not the last.
The stew you blogged about below sounds sooooo good! I want to try those French rolls since you've raved about them numerous times. Have a great weekend!

Carolann said...

Ohhh the muffins look good! I haven't even noticed them with all the goodies in the book. It's almost overwhelming! The five ingredients is a cool idea and a less intimidating way of cooking for non vegans. They always seem to be weary of all the ingredients...I have been wanting to try the chickpea so bad! I keep putting it off! I need to just go ahead and make them this weekend!!!

VeggieGirl said...

oooh, those Jam-Filled Oat Bran Muffins look divine, as do the Tamari-Roasted Chickpeas and the soup (haha, you definitely DO love chickpeas and coconut! by the way, mushrooms are okay; not my favorite).

my 5 ingredients for a stew/soup would be spinach (or any leafy green, really), carrots, garlic (you used elephant garlic? never heard of that variety - how intriguing!), and lentils - yum! :0)

can't wait for the next issue of VegNews, with Dreena's article - I'm a hemp-foods fanatic!!

Anonymous said...

i still haven't made the chickpeas yet. those Muffins look so good!

your 5 ingredients meal sound tasty.

Melody Polakow said...

the 5 ingredient theme would be a huge challenge for me... Your soup looks awesome. People have asked me to do a class based on a theme like that, but I have not been able to figure it out.. but maybe I should give it more thought. Sometimes, simple is best.

ChocolateCoveredVegan said...

I love your 5-ingredient idea, and the addition of coconut milk sounds perfect-- I have all these ingredients in my house right now!

I have no idea what my five ingredients would be... with my luck, I'd probably pick five things that didn't go well together at all! I'll stick to trying that recipe with YOUR five ingredients ;o).

Candice said...

Good looking food as always!!!

There is something about cookbooks that say 5 ingredients only that just screams at you to buy them. i love it

i will admit, i am addicted to all cookbooks, funny thing is, i never use them lol i love them, buy them, and then they collect dust.

yum yum food.

Karen said...

This is such an enjoyable blog, Vicki. What a beautiful family too. :)

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