Sunday, June 29, 2008

VT - June!

So I’m back to making some meal plans again – thank goodness! I’ve been looking at some of the time-friendly recipes from issues of VT. I first tried some recipes from the June 2008 issue. I tried the Spring Orzo Salad and was totally delighted. It was easy! I did make some substitutions, of course. For added protein, I used edamame instead of the frozen peas. Delish!

I then made the Golden Bowl, which was essentially a stir fry. I was surprised that this was voted as one of the favourite reader recipes from some veg restaurant, but whatever. I found it quite bland (which certainly says something, as I don’t like anything remotely spicy!).

The best recipe from this issue was the vegan Mac and Cheese. I was seeking some comfort food, and oh my god, I found it! Now, I do have to say that it doesn’t taste like mac n’ cheese, which is why I like it. I never liked the taste of cheese so I don’t often seek out anything trying to mimic the taste. But something was telling me to try this recipe. Am I ever glad I did! It was so easy, the sauce was mild, and the leftovers were even good! I made it gluten free by using brown rice pasta too.

Finally, I wanted to offer a little public service announcement. They look nice, but do not make the Roasted Bananas. Two weeks later, I still want to mini-vomit. See, I thought that I would have these delicious crispy bananas in a caramel sauce. Instead, despite following the recipe to a “T” (OK, close to a “T”, I used cinnamon instead of allspice), I ended up with soggy, stringy bananas in a sickeningly sweet sauce. I didn’t help that Kyle split the results between the two of us when the recipe was to serve EIGHT! Regardless, one little banana half was enough to know that this was not good. Ugh...

7 comments:

Wheeler's Frozen Dessert said...

Yum!!

Courtney said...

Sorry the bananas were not a hit, but everything else looks great! In fact, the bananas LOOK good, even if they were horrible!

Courtney

Anonymous said...

B-A-N-A-N-A-S

Katy said...

Thanks for the tip on the banana dessert. They sounded so good, and I love bananas, so I probably would have tried them eventually.

I'll have to give the mac and cheese a try though!

Gaia said...

LOL, a mini-vomit!

I must say the tofu stir-fry looks delish... I should check out the issue for the mac & cheese.
Thanks for mentionning it!

Paulina said...

I also tried making the Golden Bowl but found that it was pretty ordinary and bland.

Kati said...

I made a banana recipe that sounds very similar to that a few years ago...and it was equally inedible. Everything else looks great, though, especially that mac and cheese! Yum!