You gotta start the new year off right, y'know?? Let's get crackin'!
fun fact: once I got a speeding ticket while rockin' out to Mr. James Brown
Mellow Coconut-Tempeh Curry with zucchini, spinach & sweet potatoes
from Bean by Bean
Actually, my first order of business was a healthy and delicious farewell to 2012. This was our New Year's Eve dinner. We both really loved this dish so much -- it was light, delicious, packed with veggies and flavor. The oven-baked marinated tempeh was especially rich and distinctive. Next time I will crumble it up after baking it so that the flavor intensity is more widely distributed. Also, the dish was both filling and light - which is one of my favorite qualities in a recipe. I'll definitely make this again.
I figured, we'd had kale for breakfast, so we'd already covered the greens issue. For dinner I made Black Eyed Peas and Corn in Tomato Masala (also from Bean by Bean). It was really delicious. Next time I will make it even spicier! I tend to be conservative the first time, because I really hate it when I make a dish way too spicy. So far, Bean to Bean is proving to be a really great cookbook!
After I'd already decided to make the masala black eyed peas, I saw Isa's post on the PPK blog about her Hoppin' John Bowl with Red Hot Tahini - and I just knew I had to make it the next day. So, maybe 2013 will be an extra auspicious year for us - seeing as how we had the black eyed peas and greens two nights in a row.
We LOVED this amazing dish! Instead of steaming my greens, I cooked my collards with some caramelized onions and liquid smoke. Also, I loved cooking the b.e.p.s with liquid smoke and bay leaves. They had such a great flavor. And the whole thing was served over a bed of wild rice. I definitely won't wait until January 1st 2014 to make this again. If you're one of the 10 people who didn't make this for New Year's Day - it's not too late! Carpe diem!
I hope your 2013 is off to a good start!