My mom is staying with us this week while she attends a workshop in the Big City, and I've been pretending like I cook even though she knows that I really don't.
Monday we had Zucchini Grinders and edamame, Tuesday we went to a new Mexican restaurant that was horribly salty, and yesterday we had Deep Dish Pizza and a new dessert--my recipe #25.
This is Fat Free Vegan's Chocolate-Blueberry Cake. We had a tiny bit of blueberry-pomegranate ice cream left in the freezer, so we had that alongside it. The cake is not very sweet and has a dense texture due to the whole wheat flour and flax seed. It's also under 3 points in the Weight Watchers world, which is awesome. I believe I've decided that I like it, and I'll like it even better when it's served with more vanilla frozen yogurt or low-fat ice cream.
I also like that it now looks like Pac-Man.
That's it. I've met my New Year's Resolution of making 25 new recipes in 2010. Thanks for hanging out with me while I did it.
Recipe #1: Baked Apples - Not very good, but I have another baked apple recipe I like, so it's not devastating either.
Recipe #2: Butternut Squash Soup - Delicious and worth repeating, especially since I get to use the immersion blender.
Recipe #3: Vegetable Stock - I'm not convinced that vegetable stock needs to be this complicated. I may try another version from the same cookbook that doesn't have roasted vegetables. If I do use this one again, I want to better use the veggies leftover from the stock.
Recipe #4: Black Bean Soup - Very good, although Andrew isn't a huge fan of any form of bean soup and it's a lot of work for soup for one.
Recipe #5: Sweet Potato Salad with Apple and Avocado - A lot of work for the final product. I also remember getting very tired of these leftovers.
Recipe #6: Mexican Flavored Edamame - Delicious. I've made it again a few times, including on Monday night.
Recipe #7: Twice Baked Apples with Cinammon-Yogurt Vanilla Sauce - Also delicious, and I spent most of last winter microwaving apples to eat with yogurt and cinnamon. Super easy and fast.
Recipe #8: Quinoa and Parsnip Rosti - Impressive looking, and kind of fun. I would like to try it again with the modifications I noted.*
Recipe #9: Oven Roasted Potatoes - A waste of time, at least in this form. Oven roasted potatoes sound delicious, but I'm obviously missing something(s) when I make them.
Recipe #10: Rice and Peas - Yummy and easy. I need to do more with rice in my life. I fear it a bit because it's high in Weight Watcher points, but I think that is an unreasonable fear. I have a stir fry recipe I recently printed that I'd like to try. Also learned in this recipe: Butter, even fake butter, is delicious.
Recipe #11: Grilled Pears with Honey - In which I learn that All Fruit Can Be Grilled.
Recipe #12: Santa Fe Salad with Chili Lime Dressing - Very good and worth repeating. I would like to find a way to keep this salad from getting soggy though.
Recipe #13: Steamed Artichoke - Something I'd wanted to try for a long time, but was very disappointing in its result. Again, I feel there are vital pieces of information I'm missing... unless artichokes just aren't very tasty.
Recipe #14: "Sausage," Peppers and Onions - Huh, I'm glad I'm doing this wrap up. I'd completely forgotten this dish. It was good. I should start saving my money now so someday I can afford to go back to Whole Foods and buy this fake sausage again.
Recipe #15: Curried Tempeh Salad - A recipe I would eat again, although I'll have to find more friends to eat it with me since Andrew hates mayo.
Recipe #16: Acorn Squash and Black Bean Casserole - This was very good, but made way too much. I wonder if it freezes.... More importantly, I wonder if I'd actually take it out of the freezer and eat it if I froze the leftovers. I don't have a particularly good track record with that.
Recipe #17: Whole Wheat Pasta with Portobellos and Peppers - This one gets a shrug and an "eh."
Recipe #18: Veggie Lasagna - Very good, and I made it again on Sunday. I roasted the veggies this time, and that worked well. It still takes a long time to put this together, but it's good and pretty healthy.
Recipe #19: Grilled Fruit with Rich Chocolate Sauce - Delicious. I believe all chocolate pudding should have instant coffee thrown in. I bought stuff to make that again this week, actually, but my bananas are too ripe and may need to become banana bread.
Recipe #20: No Knead Bread - This must be the week of repeat cooking, because I also made this again this week. It's not good. There. I said it. Hear that, online cooking community?! IT'S NOT GOOD.
Wow, I feel better.
Recipe #21: Chimichangas - Disappointing
Recipe #22: Deep Dish Pizza - Have eaten it at least twice since this I first made this just over a month ago. Want to eat it twice a day, every day, for the rest of my life.
Recipe #23: Kale Chips - Puzzling. I have more kale in the fridge, so I may remake this. It's. so. strange.
Recipe #24: Mexicali Chop Salad - The only reason I wouldn't be eating pizza is because I would want to eat this salad dressing. Delicious.
Recipe #25: See above.
I was a biology minor, so I know my way around an experiment. My highly technical evaluation of this project is as follows:
*I see the appeal of the blog for personal record keeping.