Friday, March 25, 2011

Friday Five: Vegetarian Recipes II

Here's another 5 vegetarian dishes that are on our regular rotation. 
  1. Aloo Matar - This is an indian dish made with potatoes and peas in a tomato sauce seasoned with garlic, ginger and indian spices. We've been eating it pretty regularly for a while now, so I'm going to experiment making it with cauliflower instead of potatoes for an even bigger nutritional kick.  
  2. Vegetarian Korma - We had this at a friend's house and this week finally made our own. It was absolutely amazing! You can use the recipe as a guide and add other veggies you like. We skipped the pepper and added cauliflower and chickpeas. We served it over brown rice with some warm naan. 
  3. Chickpea Vegetable Bake - This is a super easy and tasty dish that you can make with any vegetables you have on hand. We've tried it with various potatoes, asparagus, and butternut squash. The only hard part of this dish is all the chopping, which isn't really hard just time consuming. I love the subtle flavors and usually add spices like thyme or rosemary and just a touch salt and pepper. 
  4. Sweet Potato, Corn & Black Bean Hash - This is another super easy recipe that only requires a little chopping of the sweet potato. 
  5. Orzo and Black Beans - I love the subtle flavors in this pasta dish and how quick it is to prepare. I usually use a frozen vegetable mix of corn, peas, carrots, and green beans. I reduce the amount of butter to just enough to add some flavor (usually 1 Tbsp) and substitute chick peas instead of black beans for a smoother flavor. It makes the other veggies shine even mo
BONUSPerfect Brown Rice - I've always had trouble making brown rice: it either came out mushy or cooked unevenly. This method works amazingly well and I'm now in love with brown rice. I use the leftovers to make some healthier fried rice loaded with veggies.

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