Thursday, October 15, 2009

A-ha Moment

Not this kind of a-ha moment:

One of the those kitchen a-ha moments where you wonder why you didn't think of it before and you are sure everyone is already doing and you are the last to figure things out. Well, a couple weeks ago I was making a quick dinner before running out to a meeting. I only had something like fifteen minutes to get food on the table and change clothes. I decided on FatFree Vegan's Easy Mac and Cheeze. Vegan mac and cheeze is not vegan mac and cheeze to me without some veggies, but I was short on time and our dishwasher is broken and most of the dishes piled up in the sick. I was heating up the water in our pasta pot and it occurred to me that my bamboo steamer would fit perfectly on top of the pot. I cut up some kale and threw it in the streamer and by the time the water was boiling, the kale was steamed. I served the pasta with warmed up leftover lentil soup. Done and done. A hot filling, nutritious meal in the time it took to boil water. I really don't know why it never occurred to me before to take advantage of the heating water to steam veggies, but now I do it all the time. I even steam veggies over the water I heat for tea (it is quite cold in my house already...50 to 55 degrees hot tea is what gets me through the day).What a-ha! moments have you had in the kitchen lately?


mollyjade said...

Love it! This appeals to both my environmentalist side AND my lazy slob side.

VeganLinda said...


I have to say that it appeals to both of my sides as well. :-) I really don't know why I didn't think of it before, but I do it almost daily now.