on tuesday I made a really nice salade nicoise - basically it's traditionally a bunch of cooked veg, olives, lettuce, etc and a chunk of tuna on a plate with a vinaigrette, though the vegan version included chickpea mash, capers, olives, lettuce, tomatoes, green beans, new poatoes, onions and artichoke hearts (I added these in because I happen to love artichokes and have been known to open a jar of artichokes and eat them all in one go, like a fiend..) then that whole lot was covered in the green goddess dressing - a really fresh, herbacious mix of chives, parsley, garlic and some other things. it was really nice and surprisingly, filling!
verdict: 8/10 - I'd probably eat this again! the dressing was really fresh and lovely and green and garlicky tasting. all in all, a very tasty weeknight meal that packed very well for lunch the next day!
on thursday I made a bhuna curry with potatoes, spinach and green beans along with some basmati rice. on the side I made a raw carrot-onion salad. the curry was spicy!! hot dang! my mouth was on fire but it was really nice. this wasn't from appetite but it was still delicious! the salad was really lovely and fresh, I mixed fresh chives and parsley, lemon, olive oil, fennel and coriander seeds and some other stuff all together and left some red borghetta onions and carrot ribbons to marinate in it while I made the curry. it's definitely one of my favourite salads at the moment.
finally, tonight I made a miso udon stir-fry with greens and beans. it was pretty good, though I feel like it could have been spiced up a bit more. it was a mix of miso paste, udon noodles (I had to do with non-udon noodles..boo), broccoli, kale, green onions, azuki beans and garlic. to be honest, I might just make this recipe without the noodles, just the veg and the sauce. it was filling though, and I liked it! this was the first time I've had azuki beans and they were nice - kind of like kidney beans, but smaller and a little different tasting. I topped the whole thing with toasted sesame seeds and sriracha sauce!
verdict: 8/10 this was tasty, but I feel like it was lacking something...maybe the sauce needed some pizzazzing..peanut butter? lime? something..otherwise, tasty stuff, especially the broccoli.
currently, I am snacking down on a bowl of kale chips and watching a 1977 classic, eaten alive!
another successful week in foodland!