I made my way to Whole Foods today to get the ingredient I couldn’t find in town (adzuki beans), and so I made another recipe from my list – Adzuki Beans & Winter Squash Saute from Vegan Planet.
I had my doubts about how good a recipe like this would be, as there were only six ingredients, one being water. But I wanted to try adzuki beans, and it seemed like a nice, simple way to introduce myself. I’m glad I tried this recipe. The tamari and shallots did something magical to the carnival squash, and the adzuki beans were a nice complement. I’m not in love with the beans after my first try, but they’re tasty enough. It was my first time trying a carnival squash too, it tasted kind of like acorn squash.
Plain steamed brussels sprouts on the side. I normally roast my brussels, but bf and I had like four kitchen projects going on at the same time and the oven was occupied. I had planned to make brown rice to go along as well but I didn’t remember until it was much too late, so I took a cue from Katie at Chocolate Covered Vegan and made savory oat bran. It’s good! I treated it like I do grits, adding a bit of earth balance, nutritional yeast, salt, pepper and parsley. It kind of tasted like grits. Oaty grits.
A lot of people say the same thing about Vegan Planet, that it’s such a big cookbook that they rarely actually make anything out of it. I say take a look and give it a try! I’ve made six recipes from VP now, and they were all excellent. I’ll surely be digging through for more recipes to try soon.