Friday, April 9, 2010

The lazy vegetarian: Indian night

Megan's Lazy Aloo Gobi with Pumpkin Pie Spiced Rice

I never met a spice mix I didn't like. Curry purists will tell you that you should make your own mix but I just buy a big container of premixed curry and use it liberally. A mix may contain cumin, coriander, turmeric, pepper, Ginger, coriander and/or cardamom. If you like one of these spices more than the other (I can't get enough cinnamon in this dish) buy it and add extra to taste.

1/4 cup olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
1/4 cup curry mix (choose your favorite mix, this might take a little trial and error)
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 (15 ounce) can diced tomatoes
1 (15 ounce) can coconut milk (Light coconut milk can be substituted)
3 large Yukon Gold potatoes, cubed (you can peel if you'd like but I leave them unpeeled)
1 medium head cauliflower, chopped into bite size pieces
3 cups of your favorite rice, cooked
1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice mix (sounds weird, but go with me)

1. Heat oil in a large pot on medium-high heat and add onion. Cook until softened, about 4 minutes, then stir in garlic and curry mix. Continue to cook until onion begins to brown.
2. Stir in tomatoes and coconut milk. Stir until mixture begins to boil, then put in the potatoes and cauliflower. Blend well. Reduce heat to low and cover.
3. Simmer until the potatoes are tender, 45 minutes to an hour (this will depend on the size of the potato chunks).
4. Add pumpkin pie spice to the rice and stir. Serve the aloo gobi on top of the rice. enjoy!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

The lazy vegetarian

I am the laziest person when it comes to cooking. If the recipe has more than 5 ingredients or more than 3 steps, I lose interest pretty fast. I also hate when a recipe calls for some ingredient that you are only going to use once for this one dish or worse when a recipe calls for a cup of something that comes in a can. Triple erg. That's why I love Sandra Lee. She always uses a can of this or a box of that. My kind of gal. Problem is she rarely has vegetarian menu options so I've started coming up with my own recipes based on this same philosophy... Maybe call it my lazy vegetarian philosophy.
Also, my super friends Beth and Christina schedule their family meals by week by having a different theme for each day. That way it is easier to plan for the week with minimal stress. For example, Tuesday is taco night. Now, that can be fish tacos, bean tacos, tofu tacos... Whatever. Great idea right? So I'm totally steal in it. Yay!
I'm going to start posting some of these awesome recipes so you all can steal them too and see how lazy I am (and awesome too!) so look forward to that friends!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010


So this is going to be a weird post... Husband and I have been batting around the idea of living full-time in an RV for awhile now. It started off as kind of a joke- we just thought the idea of getting rid of all of our furniture and living like nomads for awhile just sounded really awesome and fun. I mean- how great would it be to just take off on friday and go somewhere awesome every weekend. Lovely dream. But also, the average RV is a real earth killer. They aren't built for sustainability at all. Boo. Alright- enter in the amazing airstream!
Apparently there is a whole community of "full-timers" who live in their airstreams. Some of the new airstreams are wired for adding solar panels to the roof and these awesome hippies can just find a spot in the woods and live off of their solar energy- and they do it with internet, cell phones and satellite TV too. How great is that! Some families will buy a used airstream, gut it, and then totally hippify it (although I am nowhere near that skilled). I found one family who use only 9 gallons of water a day when the average household uses over 100. How crazy is that! So we decided to start searching and see if we can find one. I know right! Now whenever husband needs to travel, we can go with him. We'll see what the hunt turns up- but I'm really liking the idea of living like a turtle. Hmmm... more researching needs to be done but if you have any suggestions please share them!