Sunday, 25 March 2007

What's for dinner?

We have had a request from a blog fan (!) to post some of our vegan/ vegetarian meals in order to inspire those wishing to cut back on the meat/dairy in their diet.

This was tonight's fare - brown rice, lettuce salad with home made dressing and hemp seeds sprinkled on top, scrambled tofu (from a recipe in Garden of Vegan which includes onions, mushrooms and salsa) and a green stir fry (snap peas, bok choy, broccoli, onion and soysauce).

We make our own dressing in a lidded jug which makes it quicker to throw together a salad. We have salad EVERY day with dinner...sometimes it's just lettuce, sometimes it has tomatoes, cucumber, peppers etc. Use your favourite oil - maybe a combination of olive and flax - and your favourite vinegar - apple cider or red wine perhaps. The basic proportions are 3 parts oil to one part vinegar. Then add as much crushed garlic, herbs, mustard, nutritional yeast flakes, salt and pepper as you like. It keeps for ages in the fridge and is way better than the shop-bought stuff with all those artificial additives.

I should add that with five of us in our family, it is almost impossible to produce a meal that everyone will eat without complaint! All of us ate the salad, three ate the tofu, two ate the rice and two the stir fry (did you guess it was the adults who ate the rice and veggies?). Middle son went and helped himself to bananas and soy yogurt to fill himself up!


Samantha said...

Mmmm, that looks good! I need to use my nice plates for blog posts - although they aren't as nice as your lovely plates!

Katherine said...

Very delish, Nicola! Glad to hear that your sons do the same thing as ours. Mine don't care for stir fry, but are free to put together something healthy themselves for mealtime. It seems our boys mostly prefer raw veggies to the cooked ones. I have to admit that the prep time for raw foods is less so I'm fine with their choice ;o)

Mary-Sue said...

Oh my goodness. Looks like something from a great restaurant. Would you be willing to post the recipes? Or is that one recipe book I should order from the library??

Nicola said...

The scrambled tofu recipe is from a book so you should probably get it from the library to avoid copyright issues! The Garden of Vegan is by Tanya Barnard and Sarah Kramer, and they have also written How it all Vegan and La Dolce Vegan. The rest I just made up.