Tonight’s main dish is from page 114 of the amazing Veganomicon.
If you don’t already own this cookbook, I suggest you get your priorities straight and go purchase it immediately.
I had to cheat a little and use whatever onion I had laying around and pepper that was already ground when I bought it, but here’s the thing – I think a lot of people skip out on recipes or feel overwhelmed because they don’t have all the ingredients exactly as they’re listed, but that shouldn’t stop you! If you can make reasonable substitutions, I say go for it!
CHICKPEA QUINOA PILAF
2 tbsp olive oil
1 small yellow onion – chopped finely (I used about 1/4 of a large white onion)
2 cloves garlic – minced
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1 tbsp coriander seeds – crushed (I used ground)
Several pinches of freshly ground pepper
1/2 tsp salt
1 tbsp tomato paste (the first time I made this recipe, I used ketchup ’cause it was all I had)
1 cup quinoa
2 cups cooked chickpeas
2 cups veggie broth
The How To
Sauté onion in olive oil in a stockpot over medium heat for about 7 minutes. Add the garlic and sauté for about 2 more minutes.
Add tomato paste and spices and sauté for another minute.
Add quinoa and sauté for 2 minutes.
Add chickpeas and broth; cover and bring to a boil.
Lower heat to very low, cover, and cook – stirring occasionally – until quinoa has absorbed all the water – about 15-18 minutes.
Fluff with a fork before serving.
And here’s how we do green beans at my house:
About 2 cups of fresh green beans, washed and trimmed
1 tbsp(ish) olive oil
3 cloves garlic – minced
Salt and pepper to taste
The How To
Heat oil in a non-stick skillet over medium-low heat. When it’s hot, add the garlic and let it sizzle until it’s fragrant and golden brown – about 3 minutes.
Remove garlic from the pan and set it aside.
Sauté green beans in the oil left in the pan. I like my green beans crispy, so I only cook them until they’re hot and have just turned a darker shade of green – about 6 minutes.
At this point, add the garlic, salt, and pepper… And that’s it! You’re done!
Go eat your delicious food!