Wednesday, November 08, 2006

This Week's Eats

I've been trying to slow down my eating this week. In a few weeks there will be food coming at me from all directions, and since I'm always hungry (or at least in the mood to eat!) I thought I should make sure I'm in control of my appetite.

Half of the World's Biggest Zucchini became pasta.

This is a julienne peeler that I used to shred the zucchini. It also works on carrots, potatoes, etc.

I also made a cauliflower millet puree for my pasta sauce. It's one head of cauliflower and 1/2 cup millet boiled together for 25 minutes, then pureed with a hand blender. If you use 1 whole cup of millet, you get mashies.

I had lots of this left over. It can go over anything - broccoli, beans.....

I also sauteed veggies for the pasta topping, and here's the plate:

I love zucchini pasta. Besides being so tasty and lo-cal, I don't even cook the zucchini. The hot sauce steams and softens it enough for me.

I also made braised purple cabbage and onions. I braised the cabbage and onions with veggie broth and apple cider vinegar. Beautiful and so tasty!

I roasted turnips for the first time. They tasted like home fries, so I topped them with seasoned salt and nutritional yeast.

I'm trying to snaz up my steamed broccoli. Here's some with onions, golden raisins, and a very light tahini & rice vinegar dressing.

I've eaten raw apples, bananas, and plums to satisfy my sweet tooth - until tonight. I carmelized sliced apples with a little water, a dash of apple cider vinegar, and lots of cinnamon.

That's it! Now I have plenty of leftovers for the rest of the week.


Candi said...

Your pasta/zucchini dish is SO beautiful!! It looks so fancy! I love how you didn't even need to cook the zucchini!! I'd love to try this. I have one of those julienne devices too, so this should be fun!

The cabbage looks very good too!! Ok, everything does...but the zucchini-pasta photo mesmerized me. :)

Jennifer C. said...

Everything looks so good! I especially like the idea of carmelizing apples. I've got to try it soon.

Crystal & Ryan - Café Cyan said...

I've never thought of using zucchini for pasta. I like zucchini, but don't love it. I'd totally be willing to try this, it looks so yummy!

I love your idea of cutting down your eating before the holidays. Great plan. I'm trying to just cut down eating in general. It's tough when you love to cook.

Thanks for your comment...I often crave tempeh sandwiches. They are just so dang good.


Anonymous said...

I love how youc reated pasta from zucchini and sauce from cauliflower! You're so creative!

JackieZA said...

The pasta zucchini dish sounds great, I must give it a try. Never seen a julienne peeler but sounds very useful.

I rarely eat apples unless in things like fruit salad as I prefer tropical fruit but the carmelized apples look wonderful.

Gaia said...

Beautiful, beautiful zucchini pasta dish, I must say.
Looks like a plate that would be served in a really great restaurant.
You always impress me so much !

I don't have a julienne thingy. I must find one.

jess (of Get Sconed!) said...

I'm jealous of your peeler! I have been wanting to do zucchini pasta for quite a while..

I like the apple shot especially : )

bazu said...

Awesome. Ever since I saw a "spiralizer" on another blog I've been dying to have veggie noodles. Your creation looks yumm.

BionicBuddha said...

The pics look delicious...when do we eat?

Urban Vegan said...

I've always wanted to try "raw" pasta. Pretty, colorful eats.

Vegan Diva said...

Love the zucchini pasta idea. Looks so tasty. How cool you don't even have to cook it first. The turnips look great. Speaking of turnips, have you ever tried the pickled turnips from Middle Eastern restaurants? I used to think they were gross but now can't get enough of them. LOL
Your carmelized slide apples sound so yummy.

Ruthie said...

Dudette, you totally just enlightened me on how to use the freaking huge zuchinni I got last week. (See my blog for a pic, its MASSIVE!)

That sauce looks interesting... and I happen to have all the ingredients on hand. Hmmm.. :)