Friday, December 11, 2015

Recipe Round-Up: Isa Does It

I am such a huge fan of the cookbook Isa Does It by Isa Chandra Moskowitz. I know Vegan With A Vengeance will always be the essential Isa cookbook (it opened up my eyes to vegan cooking!), but Isa Does It comes in a very close second in my opinion. I love it! I've blogged about some recipes from it before, though I still have a HUGE pile of recipes still to share.

Dragon Noodle Salad: I made this salad one hot summer day. It is a refreshing mix of cold rice noodles, radishes, cucumbers, greens and a peanut dragon dressing. I liked the salad, but the sauce itself was way too hot for me, I foolishly forgot to decrease the amount of sriracha. I had to dilute mine out a little.
Rating: :)

Dragon Noodle Salad


Edamame Hummus & Tofu Wraps: This is a simple wrap, with the tofu just sauteed in sesame oil and salt (I loved it, but my omnivore Dad thought it was a bit plain). The hummus was quite runny and hard to really spread, it was more like a dressing (leftovers were great on salad). The recipe does call for water, but next time I would not add this and only add a little in if it looked too thick.
Rating: :)

Edamame Hummus & Tofu Wraps


Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Penne with Broccoli: This was so delicious! The sun-dried tomato and cashew cream was spot on, and everything else just came together so nicely. I got three and a half serves, rather than four, for this recipe. It was so good it didn't even top it with nooch! Coming from me, that is saying a lot!
Rating: :D

Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Penne


Eggplant and Bread Crumb Fettuccine: Another winning pasta dish. It says it serves four, I made a half batch and managed to eat through the whole thing... though it was a big serving. It took me a little bit longer to get the bread crumbs toasty that the recipe states. Also, I used the leftover breadcrumbs from the next recipe I will talk about here. So good!
Rating: :D

Eggplant and Bread Crumb Fettuccine


Pesto-Cauliflower Pasta with Breaded Tofu: Cauliflower and Bestest Oil-Free Pesto are tossed through pasta (I used spinach fettuccine here) and served with seasoned, breaded tofu cubes I added some peas to the left overs as well, which was nice. The recipe saus to cut the tofu into 1/2 inch cubes, but next time I would make them a bit bigger.
Rating: :), Pesto :)

Pesto-Cauliflower Pasta with Breaded Tofu


Puttanesca Pomodoro: I really like puttanesca. This comes together super quick and easy, but was a bit dry, I felt it needed a bit of something else to really tie it together. However I will grant that the only tomatoes I could get were not the greatest.
Rating: :|

Puttanesca Pomodoro


Tempeh-Mushroom Straganoff: Another great dish! This was so good, though I found the servings to be quite small. I accidentally sliced my tofu a bit too thin, but that was OK. The creaminess of course comes from cashews, because this book is all about cashews!
Rating: :D

Tempeh-Mushroom Stroganoff


Olive Angel Hair with Seared Brussels Sprouts: This is another quick pasta dish, with really nice flavours. I loved the seared Brussels sprouts with this. I only got about three serves from it.
Rating: :)

Olive Angel Hair with Seared Brussels Sprouts


Lentil-A-Roni: A full recipe of this makes 8 serves, so I made a half batch and got 4 perfect serves from it. This is simple, lentils and macaroni in a tomato sauce thickened with cashew cream, but it is tasty. Mine didn't end up looking quite as saucy as the one in the photo, but that was OK. I served it over kale.
Rating: :)

Lentil-A-Roni


Goddess Noodles with Tempeh and Broccoli: This is a super simple but yummy recipe, with tempeh and greens and noodles in a garlic-lemon sauce. It is meant to have 6 cups of broccoli in it, however one of my heads of broccoli had gone bad, so I added some peas and baby spinach to make up the greens. I used garlic chives, which I heard are stronger than regular chives so I only used half the required quantity, but they weren't particularly strong.
Rating: :)

Goddess Noodles with Tempeh and Broccoli


Cute Kitty Photo of the Post

Inari wears a hat


Does anyone else here play Neko Atsume? I have been playing for the last few months. When I started playing it was only available in Japanese, though it is now available in English. I still play in Japanese though because I am trying to learn the language. This funny guy is a kitty I call Inari, and he is wearing a hat!

14 comments:

  1. Everything looks really delicious! You definitely make me want that book!

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    1. It is a book I would recommend for everyone.

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  2. I love your recipe roundups. If I ever get my act together I hope to do something similar on my blog!

    Please tell me you've tried the Pizza Bowl and Peanut Sauce and Kale Bowl from Isa Does It? I love the whole book but those are the two recipes from it that I make the most!

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    1. I have made both of those recipes, they are SO good! I love all the bowls.

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  3. I have this book on loan from the library right now. It's beautiful! There are some great things here in this post that I will have to try. So far I have made the Carrot Cake Pancakes and the Cheesy Broccoli Soup - they were both fantastic!

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    1. It's a great book! I am looking forward to trying the cheesy broccoli soup one day, though probably not until the weather cools down a bit. ;)

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    2. Yes! After the hottest spring on record here, we have had a lovely cool change in December so I was able to try the soup. Tonight I'm making the Tofu Stroganoff. I'm going to need my own copy of this book!

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    3. I think this is a book all should own. How nice for a cool change! We have had a few cool days here, but mostly sweating it out.

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  4. Oh I bought this cookbook, but haven't made much out of it yet. This is a great reminder to get crackin'!
    I will definitely try the Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Penne with Broccoli and Tempeh-Mushroom Straganoff first!

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    1. It is such a good cookbook! I hope you enjoy it. The bowls are amazing as well.

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  5. my husband loves those dragon noodles which is a great way to use summer produce, but he has the same problem with it being too spicy. I always try and add less, but then I get "yelled" at for not making it spicy enough. It is tricky to get the right mix!

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    1. Sounds like a delicate balance you must walk! I am happy for it to be not spicy at all, rather than too spicy. Though I do like a gentle bit of spice if I can manage it.

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