Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Curried Potatoes and Fruited Couscous

These are the first recipes we've tried from The Vegetarian Family Cookbook by Nava Atlas and both were excellent. The Curried Potatoes with Peas, Raisins, and Cashews is just that. We used a combination of red and yukon gold potatoes and added them to some onions and green chilies that had been cooked in olive oil. The seasoning is just curry powder and cumin and there's a little lemon juice in there as well. For the couscous, you cook some onion and a diced apple in olive oil then add a little curry powder and cinnamon along with some dried fruit (I used dark raisins and diced dried peaches). A little orange juice goes into the mix then the cooked couscous gets mixed in and some slivered almonds go on top.

Now for something in the "small victory" category. Every year, our favorite local radio station teams up with Whole Foods and does a Thanksgiving contest. Every day for a week or so before Thanksgiving if you're the first caller when they play a turkey call you win a "natural, organic, free-range turkey" from Whole Foods. Only occasionally they mention that if you're vegetarian you can get something else. This year I was determined to win so there'd be one less person getting the turkey. I tried several times to no avail but after a few days I finally got it. And the vegetarian alternative turned out to be a plain 'ol $25 gift card. So we did part of our Thanksgiving shopping at Whole Foods this morning and our cart was full of nothin' but veggies. And because we had the gift card we splurged on something rather expensive that we never would've bought otherwise. Stay tuned to find out what that might be...

3 comments:

springsandwells said...

Awesome!!
Congrats on your vegan Whole Foods turkey-saving mission! That's super cool. Plus, congrats on winning a $25 gift certificate.
fun fun. I can't wait to see what you got.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on winning and saving a turkey! I can't wait to see the mystery prize...

Anonymous said...

Congrats!! I am glad you won!