Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Risotto, Lentil Soup, and Pot Stickers

Food, yes, food...I haven't blogged much about food we are eating lately. For the last four days we haven't eaten dinner at home and I didn't think to take pictures at our friends' houses. I should have though because it was yummy! Christie and Jimmy made Jerk Seitan and Coconut Rice from Vegan with a Vengeance along with a great Artichoke dip from Vegan Planet. Ricky and Catharine made two great Indian curries (I need the recipes) and pasta for the kids (Parker surprised us and went for the pasta instead of the curry and ate three plates of it). Joann ordered Chinese which we rarely have so it was a nice change. The boys asked who's house we were going to eat at tonight...I think they could get used to going over to someone else's house every night. We've been spoiled with everyone providing food for us, but we did manage to make lunch this weekend and have my dad over.

Green Pea and Lemon Risotto with Roasted Red Peppers from Veganomicon with steamed kale (I could eat kale everyday). Parker took this picture, he thinks it looks like a face. It was very good, perfect for a light summer meal. I know it is winter, but we'll make this again in the summer. Very lemony. Rob roasted red peppers, but you could also use the jarred ones if you want to skip that step. The red pepper definitely makes the dish so don't leave it out.

French Lentil Soup w/Tarragon and Thyme and Vegan Yum Yum's Pot Stickers, except we were in a hurry and couldn't find the wrappers for pot stickers so we did the same filling, but with spring roll wrappers. We didn't boil them, of course, but they were good enough to disappear at one sitting. Yes, we realize French Lentil Soup and Vegan Pot Stickers are an odd combination, but that is the way it goes sometimes and really pot stickers go with anything. We bought the ingredients several weeks ago for lentil soup because I've been craving the one our dear from Alison made from Bloodroot, but we made the one from Post Punk Kitchen instead and it was a keeper. I still thing the Bloodroot lentil soup is one of the best I've tasted, but it is good to have more than one lentil soup recipe to choose from.

Josie loved the French Lentil Soup...yes, she is eating quite a bit. I tried to go six months without her eating anything (she still nurses, of course, and if she is like the boys will go on nursing for a couple more years), but she just can't be stopped. She gets fussy if we don't give her some of what we are eating. So far her list of foods (cut in non-choking pieces, mashed, or pre-chewed by me): raisins, pumpkin seeds, grapes, rice, potatoes, apples, pears, olives (green and black), hummus (black bean and chickpea), lentil soup, avocado, pomelo, mango, blueberries (dried and frozen), and I'm sure I'm forgetting something. I don't have a picture of her eating, but here she is in the adorable bear coat which her friend Oliver gave her (okay Oliver is only a few months older so he had some help from his parents). Josie also ate some applesauce thanks to Oliver since he was so sweet to bring some Trader Joe's Spiced Apple Chunks down from Chicago. Yum!


Stef said...

Holy Moly does Josie look cute!
Pot stickers wrapped in spring rolls is genius. We are going to have to try that soon. Have you ever read http://veganlunchbox.blogspot.com/? I know you don't have to pack lunches, which is another perk to home schooling, but she makes really fun food.

VeganLinda said...

It is just so snuggly, I want her to wear it all the time. LOL We love Vegan Lunchbox. I did stock her cookbooks, but have sold out and am waiting for the newest version to come out. She is very inventive.