Saturday, January 05, 2008

The 14 vegetable dinner...

Inspired by this post at Eat'n Veg'n, we had probably the BEST dinner we have had in a really long time. It was a vegan feast that hit its mark! The picture sucks and doesn't do the dinner justice, but it was very good.

First up are the enchiladas. Finely diced zucchini, cauliflower, red bell pepper, onions, corn and potatoes wrapped in a tortilla. Drizzled with some enchilada sauce, baked for 35 minutes at 350, then topped with a blend of lettuce, radishes, carrots and green onions. Mmm, so good.

Next, the Mexican rice. The recipe is a mix of about 4 different recipes, so I guess I get to call it my own :)


2 cups long grain brown rice
3 cups vegetable broth
1/2 cup tomato sauce
1 can diced tomatoes, with juice
1/4 cup onion, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 cup green bell pepper, diced
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon chili powder


Put everything in rice cooker and cook! Your rice cooker might have different water-to-rice ratios, so modify as necessary. When finished, add some peas for an extra veggie kick!

Third on the menu - guacamole with chips. The guacamole is Alton Brown's recipe. I made it as written, except I forgot the garlic and I let it sit in the refrigerator for an hour. Very good recipe.


3 Haas avocados, halved, seeded and peeled
1 lime, juiced
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon cayenne
1/2 medium onion, diced
2 Roma tomatoes, seeded and diced
1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
1 clove garlic, minced


In a large bowl place the scooped avocado pulp and lime juice, toss to coat. Drain, and reserve the lime juice, after all of the avocados have been coated. Using a potato masher add the salt, cumin, and cayenne and mash. Then, fold in the onions, tomatoes, cilantro, and garlic. Add 1 tablespoon of the reserved lime juice. Let sit at room temperature for 1 hour and then serve.

And finally, we had some black beans with spinach and a mix of steamed broccoli and cauliflower. I didn't get a picture of these, but it rounded out the meal nicely.

All around it was a great meal, and if you want better pictures of what this feast looks like, check out the Eat'n Veg'n blog!

Oh, and the 14 veggies:
1. zucchini
2. cauliflower
3. potatoes
4. red bell pepper
5. corn
6. lettuce
7. radishes
8. carrots
9. tomatoes
10. green bell pepper
11. peas
12. avocado (technically a fruit, but hey, who's counting)
13. spinach
14. broccoli

Don't forget the onions and garlic too!

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