Curry, Vegan Fried Okra, And A Quiz
I know fried okra isn’t exactly healthy, but it’s so good. And easy to make vegan! As a side dish to last night’s dinner, I used this recipe, halved it, and made vegan buttermilk by adding a little vinegar to soy milk and letting it sit for 10 minutes. Oh, and I used far less oil than even the halved recipe called for. The result was insanely delicious fried okra. The flavor was perfect!
I actually made the fried okra first, and then decided on the main dish. I’m not sure why curry sounded good to me to go with fried okra, but it was one of those things where I just made two things that sounded tasty without worrying if they went together. Hey, this is my kitchen, not a 5 star restaurant! I used Vegan Salt’s Chickpea Coconut Curry recipe once again because I loved it so much the first time. I didn’t have peas so I substituted chopped asparagus, but kept it the same otherwise and even served it over jasmine rice once again. Yum!
Tonight I started out by marinating portobello mushrooms and sliced eggplant in a balsamic vinaigrette and a little crushed red pepper. Then I grilled them in my trusty cast iron grill pan and started on a quinoa side dish. I was going to just make plain ol’ quinoa and add a little sauce, but I opened up a new bag and noticed a couple recipes on the back. One of them called for cranberries and almonds, inspiring me to play around with my favorite grain.
First was toasting 1/2 cup sliced almonds followed by 1 cup quinoa that was soaked in cold water for 3o minutes. I then poured the almonds and quinoa into a 2 quart saucepan with 1 1/2 cups boiling water, a vegan bouillon cube, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, and 1/2 cup dried cranberries. After covering the saucepan and reducing to a simmer for 20 minutes, this awesome quinoa dish was ready to eat. I absolutely loved this dish because it was a change from my normal quinoa routines and so good. My son could have eaten it all if we hadn’t wanted to try some too; he was very much contemplating ways to snag it from our plates!
I hope everyone had a great day. I’m going to do a fun little quiz Averie of Love Veggies And Yoga posted on her blog today, so feel free to do it yourself in the comments or on your own blog!
Rules: you can only use ONE WORD to answer the questions!! Have fun!
Where’s your cell phone: Purse
Your hair: Dark
Your mother: Reader
Your father: Spartan
Favorite food: Vegan
Dream last night: Forgotten
Favorite drink: Water
What room are you in: Bedroom
Where were you last night: Home
Something that you aren’t: Stupid
Wish list item: Camera
Where did you grow up: Indiana
What are you wearing: Dress
Your pets: Three
Something you’re not wearing: Socks
Favorite store: Grocery
Favorite color: Tiffany
Last time you laughed: Today
Your best friend: Husband
Best place you go to over and over: Hometown
Person who emails you regularly: Mom
Favorite place to eat: Vegan
Tell me about you.