I have a few finished recipes that have been sitting around in my picture folder, patiently waiting for me give them their 15 seconds of fame...but it seems that my theme for blogs in 2011 will be to do them completely out of order, because I just couldn't wait to write about my latest foodventure. Also, my CTAC challenge has taken a bit more form now which I'm excited about. I was recently given Appetite for Reduction by Isa Chandra Moskowitz (same author as Veganomicon and Vegan with a Vengence!) - I didn't even know she had written a new book, but there it was! It's theme is fast and low-fat vegan recipes, which could not be more perfect for what i need in my life right now. And so I've decided that a recipe by the same author is really not even straying too far from the challenge - it's just like working through one big uber cookbook - so i'll still be subbing out veganomicon recipes, but will be staying in the Post Punk Kitchen (her website - www.theppk.com/
) family of cookbooks.
That said, at the start of the week I was feeling stressed, anxious, tired and strapped for time...so of course all i really wanted to do was cook. I should also mention that I have very recently developed a competely insatiable olive craving. This is particularly interesting because until about a year ago, i wouldn't so much as look at the things, and until about maybe a month ago, i wouldn't even think of eating one unless it was sliced thinly on a pizza (and even then, only green)...I'm a big believer that our bodies direct us towards foods that contain nutrients we're missing, but i'm not sure what this craving is trying to tell me...maybe I need more iron? either way, everything i eat lately has to be olive-centric, so naturally when looking for a recipe to make, i went straight to the index of Appetite for Reduction and looked what they had to offer up to the olive...and just like that, Quinoa Puttanesca entered my life.
I can honestly say that timing was everything when it came to this recipe. I have never before tried quinoa and actually liked it; i found it bad to bland, depending on the recipe. I've already covered my previous thoughts on olives (black olives in particular), and finally - there's the red chili pepper flakes. But it was only the day before that i had picked up the only 2 ingredients I was missing (quinoa and black olives) and so felt it was a sign i should give it a shot.
Now, I don't know about you, but whenever a recipe says it's "fast" or that it will be on the table in 30 minutes or less, I find myself elbow deep in veggie prep long after that time period has passed. So when I looked at the clock and saw it was already 6:15, i was concerned...I probably wouldn't be finished and eating until at least 8. But i was determined by this point, so I threw on a pot of quinoa and started the rest of it...and by 7 I was already sitting down and eating...and wondering where quinoa, black olives and chili pepper flakes had been all my life.
This was fast, easy, using basic pantry staples and a-MAY-zing. I am already planning on making this again and maybe adding in some chickpeas or black beans for a little extra protein, but flavour and texture-wise, this recipe was lacking nothing!
Quinoa Puttanesca - YUM! for as long as my olive craving lasts, batches of this olive-y yumminess will be a staple in my fridge. (This will be replacing Seitanic Red & White Bean Jambalaya in Vegaonimcon) 5 out of 5 mullet men
Veganomicon CTACC Standing:
Recipes Completed: 48
Recipes Remaining: 202