Pineapple Kale, Broiled Blackened Tofu and Butternut Coconut Rice: My tofu never really got blackened,and I didn't want to burn it, but it still got a nice crust (though was a tad dry) and had good spices. I really liked the butternut rice, it was lovely big servings that were really creamy and sweet, and was super quick to make. The greens were meant to be collards, but we don't have them so I used kale instead. The pineapple gave lovely sweet bursts as you were eating.
Rating: Kale :), Tofu :), Rice :)
Goddess Nicoise: I love how pretty salade nicoise looks, and it is fun to create your own beautiful plate. Then take a photo and pour the dressing over it and muss it all up.The topping is chickpeas mashed with some capers and a bit of the Green Goddess Garlic Dressing, which you also serve on the side. I didn't use the red onion here, because I am not a fan of raw onions in general.
Rating: Salad :), Dressing :)
Horseradish-Dill Hummus: There are several hummus variations in the book, but this is one of my favourites. Because I love horseradish (this uses prepared horseradish thankfully, because fresh is really hard for me to find) and dill is my favourite herb.
Fusilli Roasted Veggie Primavera: This is a lovely fresh pasta dish, full of veggies. I left out the capsicum of course. I also added some roasted chickpeas to the mix to bulk it up a little, which was a perfect addition
Tempeh Helper: I never had hamburger helper, so I am not sure what to compare this too, but it was nice whatever it is. Seasoned tempeh and pasta shells covered in a cheese sauce. The Easy Breezy Cheesy Sauce is made from spices and flour mixed into water rather than being cashew based, and needs to be watched carefully to make sure that it does not catch on the bottom of the pan.
Rating: Tempeh Helper :), Cheesy Sauce :)
Spinach Linguine with Edamame Pesto: Technically this is fettuccine, but close enough. They was a little meh, it just needed more depth of flavour to it. The mushroom and onions helped, and the pest on its own was very nice, but all together it just fell a little flat.
Rating: :|, pesto :)
Lasagna with Roasted Cauliflower Ricotta and Spinach: This cleverly uses roasted cauliflower and tofu to make a knock out ricotta that is seriously delicious. The flavour of it gets a little lost when cooked the the lasagna, but it was still a very happy dinner.
Rating: :), Ricotta itself :D
Pasta a Fagioli with Spinach: Simple pasta and beans is always one of my favourite classic combinations. This has a tasty sauce and uses white beans (the recipe calls for navy beans but I used cannellini), plu slots of spinach so you get your greens. This was yummy, though I didn't find it very filling even with the beans.
Curry Laska: I used about 200g of quartered fried tofu puffs instead of the extra firm tofu because I love tofu puffs in laksa. This is a nice laksa, based on red curry paste, with bok choy joining the noodles in the broth.
Cute Kitty Photo of the Post
It's a blurry Zeno nose!