For some reason, even though "Isa Does It" came out a while back, I hadn't really delved into it -- until recently. In the last month or so, I've made so many recipes from IDI, and we've been eating well! I've been having lots of fun flipping through the pages (and photos!) and choosing recipes to make.
getting dinner ideas
Blogging in the winter time is a little sad, because we always sit down to eat well after dark, and it's not that fun to take yucky indoor food photos after dark. I've been making lots of delicious dinners and thinking "no one wants to see my yellowy photos from 9pm."
So, I made a bunch of recipes from Isa Does It and didn't even bother to photograph them. Like a totally rotten, no-good blogger. I made (and enjoyed!) the Lentil Quinoa Stew, the Orange Chicky Seitan, and a few others that all went undocumented.
But then I thought, "this is ridiculous!"-- and I just decided to go forth into the stark reality of winter-time blogging and share with you my substandard pictures of some delicious meals. So there.
Sweet Potato and Red Curry Soup with Kale
For some reason, no one sells sweet potatoes at our farmers market, so I used a butternut squash instead. I loved the flavors and textures in this soup - and I always love a good one-pot meal like this. Hearty and warm and satisfying, but not too heavy. I used some store-bought red curry powder and added an extra tablespoon of the stuff, because it wasn't too intense.
Roasted Yellow Beet Salad with Maple Mustard Dressing, with Tempeh Crouton Option
These little tempehs were the star of the show! So easy and yummy. Mr. VE&T was trying to eat them all out of the pan: hands off, dude!! I loved this salad, and I love golden beets and (secretly) I was also sneaking some of the tempeh croutons out of the pan before they made it to the salad bowls. Those buggers are good. Also, this dressing was essentially effortless to make and went great with the salad.
Ranch Salad with Potatoes and Smoky Chickpeas
Honestly, neither of us were big fans of the avocado ranch dressing for this salad -- but we both agreed that the toasty chickpeas were magical, and that the essential elements of the salad itself were totally great. So, I'm pretty sure I'll make this again and just use a different ranch dressing recipe. Plus, I really like cooked potatoes in salad. Somehow, they make a salad feel so much more substantial and like a valid dinner.
Citrus Tahini Bowl with Bok Choy and Grilled Tofu
The Citrus Bowl is one of my favorite Isa Does It recipes - it's quick and delicious. And, like any good "bowl," it has all your needs in one food experience: protein, veggies, sauce, grains, cooked and fresh components... So perfect! As you can see, I usually use my panino press for tofu and it works like a charm. I've seen all the "make tofu in your waffle iron" pics going around on the internet lately, but I'm sticking with my panino press. It's super easy to clean, which is definitely a major plus. Also, I won't have to worry about savory garlic bits tainting my next precious waffle experience. God Forbid.
Smoky Incan Stew
This was a great and easy dinner to throw together. A good stew - kinda like a good "bowl" - has everything in it: grains, veggies, greens, beans... The flavors in this were warming but not too intense in any one direction. I also got to use up some of my frozen corn and tomatoes from the summer... so this recipe helped me with my freezer-clearing project!
Puffy Pillow Pancakes
(with added bananas and walnuts)
Here's a day time picture for you! On Valentine's Day, we made a special breakfast of Banana-Walnut Pancakes, Tofuevos, fresh OJ from our tree, hot coffee... and his and hers maple syrup. I'm all about the "real deal," and Mr. VE&T prefers the Log Cabin syrup. To each their own! Given our freakish summer-all-year weather, we even ate our breakfast outside in the sun. Of course, the pancakes were perfect. If you've never tried this recipe, you really should give it a go. It's my number one favorite pancake recipe. This time we added bananas and walnuts for an extra special treat. As you can see, there were more than we could eat that morning, so I had leftover pancakes for breakfast the next day too. Mmm.
There are so many more recipes from Isa Does It that I still want to try. I have a long list with "recipes to try" and I'll slowly make my way through it. I'm sure you'll be seeing another IDI post sometime soon! And, if you have any favorites from this book - please share your tips!