Thursday, August 2, 2007

Too Much Brown?

Usually I like to see something green on my dinner plate, but this one turned out mostly brown (except the plate itself). I meant to make some asparagus, but it just didn't happen .... too many things going on in the kitchen! But hiding in the lack of color is a healthy dinner I believe. On top is Seitan Tikka Masala from Vivacious Vegan along with Three Bean Dahl from Vegan Planet.


I only slightly modified the Tikka Masala recipe by using all coconut milk instead of half soy milk (lower fat version though), replaced the paprika with curry powder, and used regular (homemade from VWAV recipe) seitan instead of the Seitan O'Greatness. This is definitely one of those dishes that improves with time as the seitan soaks up the flavor. Tikka Masala reminds me of being in the UK. Several years ago (pre-vegan days) I spent quite a bit of time there while my parents were living in Chester. I despise pub food, but it seems that on every pub menu, there was always Chicken Tikka Masala right alongside Shepard's Pie, Bangers and Mash, and the Fish and Chips. Of course, the tikka masala also came with chips, sort of odd, but at least it gave me something I would eat!

The Three Bean Dahl (yellow split peas, black beans, and kidney beans) is a favorite of mine, I've made it several times including Christmas eve dinner this past year! It is certainly not your traditional dahl recipe, but I think that's why I like it. Someday I'll have to experiment with different bean combinations.

Can't wait to have the leftovers for lunch today....

5 comments:

Don't Get Mad Get Vegan! said...

both look sensational!

i've been wanting to make my trusty red lentil dahl lately. with the rainy miserable wx we're having and your inspiration here, i think i just may!

funny, i, too, often sit before my plate and think, 'oh, wait! i need something green here!' ;)

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bazu said...

Yeah, I sometimes see that my plate is too beige- I just love things like what you've made, and brown rice, and beans, etc. But one monochromatic meal every once in a while isn't so bad, especially when it tastes so good!

Celine said...

oh my! your pictures are just incredible.

aTxVegn said...

Of course my solution is a bit of steamed broccoli to brighten up your plate!