Thursday, February 26, 2009

Were I Ever To.


Another iteration of sloppy joes...
This time I used the fake meat (as we like to call it around these parts) from Morningstar.
Found the recipe by googling sloppy joe recipe vegetarian or somesuch. It was a combo of this recipe and this one.
I think that if I make this again (and oh, I will) I'll use red lentils and probably double the spices or something. And maybe try using tomato paste instead of ketchup. Maybe if I deconstructed ketchup to it's parts then I could just add said parts to the recipe. Anyways. Really, it's kind of silly to make sloppy joes from scratch and then use the packaged fake meat, ketchup and BBQ sauce. Ah well.

Sloppy Joes

1 pkg Morningstar Farms ground 'beef'/2pkts Boca ground 'beef' (next time try TVP or red lentils)
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 C green or red pepper, chopped (again, bad me, I used red peppers from a jar)
1 T oil
1 T brown sugar (yes Virginia, 3 t = 1 T)
1 T prepared yellow mustard
1 T soy sauce
3/4 C ketchup
1/4 C BBQ sauce
1 t apple cider vinegar
1/2 t garlic powder
salt and pepper to taste (I just used a dash of pepper)

Saute onion, then garlic, then the ground 'beef'.
Add the rest of the ingredients and simmer until thick.

And here is some risotto I made... wait for it... in the crockpot! Wow! I know you're just blown away. I've had this arborio rice like, forever, and I kept not having time to stir a pot for 17m straight or whatever and then I came across this recipe at A Year of CrockPotting.
Of course I veganized it. It was really good, sort of a light main dish.

Crockpot Corn Risotto

1 T oil
1 onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 C arborio rice
4 C water, divided
1/4 C vegan chick'n flavor broth powder
1 can corn, undrained
1/2 t onion powder
1/4 t garlic powder
1 T Earth Balance
1 t salt

Saute onion and garlic in oil.
Scrape into crockpot, stir and rice and mix to coat in oil.
Boil 2 C water, carefully stirring in the 1/4 C chick'n powder (mine started boiling over).
Add corn, broth water, 2 C water, salt and Earth Balance.
Mix well and cook on high for 2 hours.

Finished "Lord Byron's Novel"- not as good as "Little, Big". It started out reminding me of that Patrick O'Brian stuff, but the switcharoos between the modern story and the older one just got tedious and there was a red herring. Boo.

Reading a few non fiction books, plus a collection of short stories by Angela Carter called "Burning Your Boats" which I am enjoying greatly and which are the kind of short stories I would love to write were I ever to do such a thing.

1 comment:

For the Love of Guava said...

nom that looks delicious! so you had to boil the water first and then put it in the crockpot?