new outfit she bought this weekend, at the vintage store downtown, to ballet. She pretty much wears it as much as she can. Who can resist sparkles and bright colors?
Josie's new snack bag. Tofu wraps with Mindful Mayo and mustard. I am now a fan of Mindful Mayo after years of being a Vegenaise girl (I haven't tried their new soy-free version yet, though). Rob's a tough sell so we'll let you know when he tries it. Dema and Josie don't like any mayo at all, but Dema said it was pretty good. Josie only had mustard on hers.
Vegan for Life. Pistachios are a good source of lysine which is an amino acid that can sometimes be hard to get in a vegan diet (although it is found in soy products, legumes, and quinoa and we obviously don't avoid soy or any other legumes or quinoa). It really is just an excuse to eat pistachios more often. They are ranked in the top five nuts for antioxidant levels and they are addictive.
Last year my husband celebrated Diwali at work, but this year he works at home and I wanted to get the entire family involved.
*The Sweet Potato Dal was one of the first dishes my mom made vegan and could prepare by heart. That was her biggest complaint when I went vegan that she had to open cookbooks again. Soon she embraced it and delighted in finding new recipes and cookbooks, but remember 17 years ago there weren't a lot of vegan cookbooks readily available like they are now. I don't know where she found the recipe and she passed away over nine years ago, so sorry if I'm stepping on any toes or breaking some copyright.
Mom's Sweet Potato Dal
1 Tablespoon canola oil
1 large onion, finely chopped
6 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp turmeric
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground coriander or garam masala
1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
2 cups red lentils, rinsed
6 - 8 cups water
2 - 4 cups peeled, diced sweet potatoes
1 tsp iodized salt (or to taste)
In a large saucepan, heat the oil over medium heat,. Add the onion and saute until translucent, add garlic and heat for 2 minutes. Stir in the spices except salt and cook stirring for one or two minutes. Stir in lentils and water and cook uncovered over medium heat for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the sweet potatoes and cook, stirring occasionally, until the potatoes are tender, about 30 - 40 minutes. Add salt. Serve hot. Feeds 6 - 8 people.
As we enjoyed dinner, I read the Hindu section from our Faiths Like Mine book. The Story of Divaali was our bedtime book.
I hope all of you who celebrate Diwali had a great one!