Herb and Bean Bake

Source: Ecological Cooking
Date November 17, 2017
Yield:4 servings
Time needed: 90 minutes

I enjoyed the flavour of this dish, but I disliked intensely the texture of the seitan. It would be a good dish without it. Tofu for vegans or meat or poultry for carnivores would be good substitutes. As often in this book, the seasoning can be strengthened considerably.

Herb and Bean Bake

Herb and Bean Bake
1 large onion, chopped
4 carrots, quartered lengthwise and sliced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 Tbsp. oilive oil
1 cup seitan cut in 2” chunks
1/2 tsp. thyme, crushed
1/2 tsp. basil
1/2 tsp marjoram
1/2 tsp. rosemary, crushed
2 Tbsp Dijon mustard
2 cups cooked white beans, drained (your choice)
2 cups water or vegetable stock.

Preheat oven to 350oF.

In a Dutch oven or flameproof casserole, sauté onions, carrots and garlic in olive oil for about 10 minutes, stirring often.
Add seitan, herbs, mustard and beans. Stir.
Pour in enough water or stock to cover mixture. Stir again.
Baked, covered, for about an hour.


Rice with Cheese and Tomatoes

Source: More-with-Less Cookbook
Date tried: November 9, 2017
Yield:6 servings
Time needed: 30 minutes or less

With rice already cooked, this is a real time-saver for a quick one-pot meal. I actually took time to cook the tomatoes in the pot with the vegetables and had the complete dish ready to serve in 20 minutes.

Rice with Cheese & Tomatoes

Rice with Cheese and Tomatoes
3 cups cooked rice (1 cup uncooked)
3 Tbsp fat or oil
1 medium onion, chopped
3 stalks celery, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
2 cups cooked tomatoes
2 cups shredded cheese
1 tsp. salt
dash pepper

Cook rice, if necessary.

In a medium saucepan, sauté onion, celery and green pepper in fat or oil.
Add cooked tomatoes, cooked rice, shredded cheese and seasonings.
Cover and simmer until cheese is melted.

Pia Pia (shrimp fritters)

Source:More with Less Cookbook
Date tried:October 25, 2017
Yield: 6 servings
Time needed: 30 minutes

A delightful treat of Indonesian-style shrimp fritters. Even my daughter, who has had so many experiences of dried and/or too greasy seafood fritters that she no longer even orders them, found these delicious and highly recommends them. The suggested dipping sauce is a perfect complement! I used a cast-iron fry pan for the frying. Works well.

Pia Pia (shrimp fritters)

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Lima Bean Soup

Source: Ecological Cooking
Date tried:September 28, 2017
Yield: 4 servings
Time needed:45 minutes

Prior preparation needed:
Cook dried or frozen beans and drain reserving 2 cups of the cooking liquid for best flavour.

If you already have the beans cooked this is very quick soup to make, less than half an hour. The flavour is subtle but delightful, though some may prefer to add a little stronger seasoning. I found a bit of Worcestershire sauce an excellent addition.

Lima Bean Soup

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