Monday, September 17, 2007

screaming for veggies

After weeks of testing various baked goods and dining out with company, my body finally had enough. I went a bit crazy at the farmers market today, restocking my fridge and counter tops with veggies and fruit. I came home with tomatoes, bok choy, sweet potatoes, zucchini, apples and bananas, to name a few.
Tonight started with a simple soup. I decided to try and duplicate a veggie soup I always get at one of my favorite chinese restaurants called Chinese Buddha. To start, I cooked garlic in sesame oil until the garlic was golden and crispy (careful not to burn it). I added water, yellow miso paste, ginger, onions, a touch of soy sauce (flavor and color), sea salt and black pepper to the crispy garlic. At the last minute, I added loads of bok choy and zucchini to complete my soup. It was pretty good but next time I will use less oil.
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Then I had what turned out to be a very red, orange and brown dinner. I baked a sweet potato until just tender. While the sweet potato baked, I grated up a zucchini and onion sprinkled with sea salt to suck out most of the moisture. The slightly dehydrated zucchini and onion were added to left over jasmine rice, black pepper, flour and a "eggy" slurry of 2 tbsp ground golden flax seed and 3 tbsp water. I formed these into patties and fried them in canola oil. I also sliced up a tomato for good measure. The sweet potato was split open and topped with whipped Earth Balance and cinnamon sugar mixture.
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Now I feel back to normal.


Kelly Mahoney said...

Looks delicious. Our farmer's market is on Thursday, I hope to make it out there!

Anonymous said...

what a colorful plate! beautiful and delicious!

Emmie said...

I know what you mean. lately I've been having so many baked things and I've been eating out with friends a lot. I loved baked goods but my body needs real food too.

Melisser; the Urban Housewife said...

Mmm, delicious! Sometimes we all need some veggies to calm down the sugar shock!

Vegan_Noodle said...

Now you have me screaming for a sweet potato. I think that will be dinner tonight. Actually, it all looks delicious!

Jackie Vetter said...

I've been following you with the baking, so i've been baking also.

I made a big pot of minestrone to which I added a bunch of greens today. YUM To go with the bread idea I got from you!


the pleasantly plump vegan said...

jackie- i am so glad you've had luck with the bread baking. Minestrone soup sounds lovely!

Theresa said...

Isn't it wonderful when you crave healthy things, instead of junk?

Everything looks delicious!

the pleasantly plump vegan said...

for sure Theresa!