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Recipe reviews and comments for The Vegan Table, by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau.

Romantic dinners for two
Basil eggplant
This recipe is very simple and has potential. For starters, I've noticed a trend in this book where the author tries to eliminate a lot of fat from the dish by sauteeing things in water. That's all fine and dandy, but I really think this dish is teetering on bland due to adding 1 cup of water. Next time, I will DEFINITELY use veg broth. I followed the recipe almost completely, but added some extra red pepper flake at the end because I like it hot. I didn't have any thai basil, but I picked some fresh sweet basil from my garden and it worked just fine. (sb)
So tasty. Like sb, I like some fat in my eggplant dishes, so I added some oil to the initial frying (plus the sesame oil that is in the recipe). I cooked my eggplant longer than the 5-7 minutes instructed in order to boil off the water added (adding the soy sauce and sugar after 5-7 minutes, so that the eggplant could absorb some flavr). I wound up with little liquid, which was good. Also, I don't know how much are in the bunches of Thai basil the author gets, but the ones I get are the same size as for Italian basil and the like (about 3c packed). So... I didn't use quite that much - maybe 1 c loosely packed, and that was still plenty. And finally, I used 4 what I consider to be average-sized Japanese eggplants, and they only came to 0.85lb (in the recipe, she says 2 Chinese or Japanese eggplants, or 1lb). (fb)
Wow, this is good, and super quick and easy.  I add some lime juice along with the tamari and sugar.  It is worth growing a few Thai basil plants, just to have this more often. (sweetgeorgiapeach)
Really good! Simple to make. The most difficult part will probably be finding Thai basil. I made this while visiting family in Colorado, and I wasn't able to find any Thai basil anywhere. I ended up using regular sweet basil, but I bet this dish would be even better with the Thai basil. (kristinv)
Braised figs with arugula
In the description, she notes that a tester described it as "ambrosial." Well, I hate to be contrary, but this wasn't quite that spectacular. It was okay - nothing to write home about. It is actually kind of plain, to be honest. I added some walnuts to the salad to give it something else, but it's really just braised figs, arugula, and a balsamic reduction (which is just balsamic vinegar cooked down in the skillet, nothing added to it). I don't know - I was disappointed because I was expecting it to blow me away (as I love figs), but it really didn't. (lebkuchen)
Carrot ginger soup
It's awesome. I don't have much more to say than that, but it's light, refreshing, filling, and delicious. (jessacita)
This is my absolute favorite soup in the whole world, and I make it quite often. I made it for Thanksgiving and Christmas, and everyone thought it was gorgeous (it’s a beautiful bright orange). Since I use my food processor to puree it at the end, I also use the blade to chop all my vegetables, so this is literally a 5 minute soup to prepare. I like to add a little soy or almond milk as I am purreeing it, and this make it even more creamy. I add a little extra ginger for kick, and this soup is amazing. It goes well with every meal, including pizza! This soup is worth the cost of the cookbook, hands down. (veganrun)
really delicious. it is somewhat of a basic soup, but perfectly executed and ridiculously easy to make  (i didn't peel the potatoes, used a bag of baby-cut carrots, and an immersion blender).  the texture was perfect.  my husband wasn't as impressed, however... he liked it but thought it was a little bland.  (thirteenblackbirds)
This soup is simple, quick and delicious.  I use organic potatoes and carrots, so I don't even peel them.  We love ginger, so I used a little extra, then when it was simmering, I added even more powdered ginger.  I also added more garlic than indicated.  I love how creamy it is with almost no fat.  (lotus)
I guess this is a pretty common soup, but I really enjoyed it.  Warming, wholesome, flavourful...real soul food. (spinachk)
Cashew sour cream
I've had better. I like that it doesn't use tofu, but the cashew flavor is way too strong (not as detectable with the soup). I halved the recipe, but still used 1 whole lemon, plenty of salt, and way more water. I guess it's ok if you just want something creamy to add some coolness to a dish, but I would not recommend it if you want it to stand out on its own at all. (AC)
I love this on chili. Very tasty! (veganrun)
Doesn't really taste like sour cream, but really nice.  I tried it on top of the carrot ginger soup and a beet soup that I made, and it was lovely on both. Creamy and mild with a little tangy bite. (spinachk)

Chocolate fondues

Dark leafy greens with sesame miso dressing
Too salty for me (but I was using dark miso). I think next time I'll double the greens or halve the other things. But otherwise successful. It made bitter dandelion greens edible for me, so thumbs up on that (fb)
Using kale. I never have mirin, so I just added a bit of water, and I didn't bother with the blanching of the kale. I just cooked it for a bit, to soften. I used red miso. It's nothing special, but was ok on quinoa. Healthy! (AC)
I'm going to eat this as a side with broiled tofu.  I really like the miso flavor with the greens.  I used a mixture of kale and mustard greens.  I didn't have mirin, but I added rice wine vinegar.  I also didn't blanche the greens, just steaming them was fine.  (lotus)
I'm not sure why but I really didn't like the dressing. I found it too strong and kind of funky/weird tasting. (eatmedelicious)
I really liked this.  It's probably not anything out of the ordinary, but I would definitely make it again.  I made it with Chinese cabbage and served it with sweet and sour tempeh. (spinach k)
Fennel, orange, walnut, and pomegranate salad

Garlic and greens soup
I made this after Jessacita posted Colleen's video about making the soup. I made it several times after that, and I'll make it again! It's very simple, few ingredients, incredibly healthy, and really tasty. I've made it without the bouillon, but I'm sure it's better starting with some sort of vegetable stock. I really like this soup! (AC)
I love this soup!  I've wanted to try it since hearing CPG talk about it on her podcast.  It is so simple and healthy!  I added some cooked quinoa at the end to make it a little more substantial.  This is definitely gonna become a regular recipe at my house. (lotus)
I made this again today.  Instead of potatoes, I added cauliflower.   Like with the potatoes, it gave the soup a little more substance, but I also really like the way cauliflower tastes with kale.  I also added a leek because I had one.  Yum again!  (lotus)
Delicious!  This was so easy and made me feel super healthy just eating it.  I think next time I'll add some cauliflower like lotus suggested and maybe some carrots.  This is the first time I've had greens that I thoroughly enjoyed.....I used mustard greens by the way.  (erinmonster)
Absolutely delicious, healthy, hearty, and filling. I like to add a can of white beans to it, to add more substance. I’ve tried it with kale, collard, and mustard greens, and all have been super delicious. Make sure to have good, tasty stock! (veganrun)
Yummy, super simple, and super healthy, what more do you need? (spinach k)
Any time my husband or I feel the slightest bit of a cold on the way, I make up a pot of Garlic and Greens Soup.  This recipe calls for a whole head of garlic, but it's not the slightest bit overwhelming.  I rarely am prepared enough to make homemade vegetable stock, but I find that vegetable boullion cubes work fine in this recipe.  Very easy to make, and so yummy! (peaceablepalate)

Honeydew melon in coconut milk

Marvelous mushroom risotto
I went ahead and used the "bland" white button mushrooms, and fine, they're bland. But I say crimini are no different. Anyway, shiitake would be interesting in this risotto, especially since it's not usually paired with Italian food. This risotto somehow wound up fluffier than I'm used to, even though the instructions are pretty much the same as all risottos I've made... maybe I added too much liquid at once. Anyway, I like this enough (I've never been floored with the greatness of a risotto), but I would probably add more sun-dried tomatoes next time. Though it would be cool to use fancier mushrooms, I think if they're hard to get it's fine to use plain ole white ones. (fb)
Not just for breakfast banana split

Fruit sauce

Pad thai
The sauce for the noodles is pretty thick and peanut buttery. It probably wouldn't lose the peanut effect with half the peanut butter. Also, I have to be a food snob here, but in the description she calls this recipe "authentic," but in no way is pad thai made with peanut butter authentic. Pad thai has more of a tamarind/light soy sauce/sugar sauce, and is garnished with green onions, lime wedges, bean sprouts, and crushed peanuts. There seem to be a number of recipes for pad thai on the internet that use peanut butter, and I'm guessing that's why, and also possibly because there's a sort of "thai" dish that is basically sate sauce and noodles that is sometimes called pad thai, but is really just sate noodles. Anyways, the thick sauce made this kind of hard to eat without a lot of water, but it was otherwise good. I think if I make this again, I'll either use half the peanut butter or leave it out, and double the broccoli, because I likes broccoli in my pad thai. Also, the recipe doesn't state this, but an easy way to prevent rice noodles from forming a solid mass while the rest of the recipe is going is to rinse the freshly cooked noodles with cold water until they're all cold. If you just drain them like the recipe says, they'll be pretty difficult to get apart once they're in the pan. (fb)
Although this isn't an authentic Pad Thai recipe, the results are still delicious and without any of the hard-to-find ingredients usually called for in traditional Pad Thai like tamarind paste and lemongrass.  I like the addition of broccoli in this recipe.  The green gives it some color and improves the nutritional profile as well. (peaceablepalate)
Pan fried asparagus with lime juice
I liked this. It had the right amount of lime juice, and I like that it's a "fancy" type of dish without calling for anything crazy or a lot of prep time. (fb)
Yummy and fresh side dish.  Flavourful, pretty, and healthy. (spinachk)

Peach and pecan muffins
I didn't use pecans. I didn't realize until I had extra batter that this recipe makes 16 muffins, so I broke out some silicon liners. Ultimately, I had 15 way overfilled liners (these would be huge with the pecans!). I like this muffin as far as whole wheat muffins go. It's quite sweet, and has an ample amount of cinnamon. I was worried peaches might be weird in it (I wasn't using the best peaches), but it's not weird. This recipe could probably afford to have less cinnamon though (yeah, that's right, less), or maybe some subbed with allspice. Also, it's kind of hard to tell when these are done, because whole wheat flour doesn't brown as noticeably as white flour... so I just kind of took them out at 25, and they were a tad overbaked, but fine. (fb)
these came out great. in terms of texture, these are some of the best muffins i've made.  i made a mistake and added 1 Tablespoon baking powder, but then went ahead and added the baking soda and vinegar.  anyway, they rose perfectly and the slight crunch from the brown sugar on top is nice.  They are pretty sweet, and I think I used about 1/4 cup less sugar than called for.  I used canned peaches, didn't have the pecans,  and had to add a splash of soymilk to the batter (maybe cause I used white whole wheat flour).  I will make again. (thirteenblackbirds)
Penne arrabbiata
I kind of made this. Is it just the red pepper flakes that makes it "arrabbiata"? I dunno, but I did use the recommended number of garlic cloves, and a tsp of red pepper flakes, but used a jarred vegetable tomato sauce, because I didn't have canned tomatoes. So, it was basically just a yummy penne with spicy-ish marinara. Good, though. (AC)
My husband and I both like spicy food, and this dish gives you a lot of heat, and flavor without a lot of ingredients or preparation.  All you need is pasta, canned fire-roasted tomatoes, garlic, olive oil, red pepper flakes, and salt and pepper.  So easy, and yet so satisfying.  We have this every Sunday night! (peaceablepalate)
Polenta hearts
Mmm, polenta. I made this without the red pepper coulis, and it was fine by itself. It's well seasoned enough that it doesn't really need a sauce, and if there is one, you'll still be able to taste the polenta. It firms up nicely, but it can be eaten before solidifying too - just depends if you want it to look pretty. For years I ate (pretty much) plain polenta (cornmeal, water, olive oil, salt), only with stuff *on top*. According to my mom, that's how it's "supposed" to be made. But, uh, after recipes like these, I think adding stuff to the mix is a vast improvement, and saves the trouble of piling stuff on after. Aw man, I just contradicting my Pad Thai review. Oh well. (fb)
These did not work for me at all!  The polenta was delicious before I put it into a pan to set (to make the hearts).  I let the polenta mixture sit in the fridge for several hours (the directions say one hour is sufficient), and they still fell apart while I was frying them.  Like fell apart into a slushy mess that was unsalvageable.  *sigh*  This always happens to me with polenta, so maybe it's me!  Anyway, great tasting creamy polenta, but the cut out shapes were a bust for me.  Next time I'll just eat it out of a bowl instead of trying to fry it! (jessacita)
I loved this!  It turned better for me than any firm polenta dish I've tried before.  I love the sun-dried tomatoes in it. (spinachk)

Red velvet cake with buttercream frosting
(frosting) this icing is absolutely amazing (sing-song voice) and it puts any omni buttercream to shame. I put this on carrot cupcakes, and took them to climbing club, and everyone kept telling me to just bring the icing the next time. It's fabulous, hands down. Simple and perfect. (veganrun)
Turned out perfect! The cake is nice and moist. It seemed like it could have used more frosting though...I had trouble covering the whole cake. Maybe another cup of powdered sugar would have done it with the frosting. (dannibazaar)
made this for V-day and it's a delicious recipe, the frosting especially. i added a couple drops of food coloring to make the frosting pink and the end result was really cute.  i made cupcakes and needed to make more frosting though because there's not enough if you want them generously frosted. (thirteenblackbirds)
This is good, but not my favorite red velvet. I don't think the flavor is quite deep enough, and the cake could be a tiny bit more moist. Still delicious. Definitely not enough frosting for this cake. I made the recipe as is, but barely barely covered the whole cake, with just a bit in between the layers. I don't think she used this recipe in the photo, because that looks like a cream cheese icing (again!). I made a chocolate ganache for the top, especially since the frosting was thin. The cake rose well and did have pretty good texture. (AC)
Roasted red pepper coulis

Saffron spiked Moroccan stew
I didn't use saffron (didn't have any). It's ok. The spice combo was a little unusual for savory stuff, but it was fine. I'm kind of neutral to both chickpeas and sweet potato, so this dish is ok but not something I'd make again. (fb)
Spring vegetable risotto
Good.  Kind of just a risotto, but a good one. (spinach k)
Steamed artichokes
My artichokes were pretty medium-sized, but only took 25-30 minutes to cook (i think in the book it says 50-60 minutes). I'm not very experienced at cooking artichokes, so I can't really compare this to anything, but the smell of the bay leaf during cooking was good. (fb)
This was my first experience with whole artichokes and the  detailed instructions really helped me out!  I had no trouble trimming them up (well, maybe I did prick myself once or twice on the thorny things).  I only steamed mine for about 30 min and they came out perfect.  Will definitely make again! (icephrosty)
This was only my second time making artichokes, so don't call me an expert! I liked the addition of the garlic, bay leaves and lemon juice--it made me feel like I was actually cooking instead of just steaming a veggie. I had huge artichokes and they took just under 55 minutes. I did a simple melted Earth Balance and lemon juice dip, and it was awesome. (veganrun)
Artichoke! Pretty sure this is my first time making and eating fresh artichoke. I guess I kinda boiled mine on the bottom, because I couldn't get my steamer type basket to correctly fit any of the pots with the artichoke. I don't know how long it ended up cooking, but it seemed like the correct texture in the end. Really fun! I think I would somehow incorporate more lemon and salt next time..maybe in the sauce. This time, we dipped in thinned pesto sauce. P liked that, but I would rather have a lemony or creamy sauce. Mine seemed to be pre trimmed, because I didn't really have to do anything. Tasty. (AC)
Steamed artichokes dipping sauces
This is a pretty loose outline of a recipe... in the blurb before it mentions aioli, but there's no garlic in here. It's a fine dipping sauce, but I had some leftover which I just used in place of mayo... not a whole lot different. (fb)
Garlic aioli

Nondairy butter and lemon

Tangy creamy dip
I cut the recipe to 1/3 and it was perfect for 4 large steamed artichokes. It is very reminiscent of tartar sauce but in a good way - very tasty! (lebkuchen)
Sweet and sour tempeh
Pretty good. I cut the tempeh smaller so that it would be better masked by the sweet and sour flavor. I used reduced sugar apricot preserves, so the sauce wasn't too sweet, but I didn't have to add extra sugar. I like the idea of a fruit-based sweet and sour sauce. I didn't have green beans, so I subbed edamame, which worked well.  (fb)
Okay but not amazing. I don't think I'd make it again. (eatmedelicious)
This is good, but I didn't really like the tempeh with it.  I'm not crazy about the brand of tempeh I used though, so that might be the problem.  The sauce is really good, and tastes like Chinese takeaway sauce.  I would like to try it with fried tofu or seitan.  (spinach k)


Sweet and spicy pumpkin soup
YUM!  This is almost like non-dessert, soup-form pumpkin pie (if such a thing can exist).  I made this for my boyfriend's meat and grease loving family, and they really liked it.  I particularly like the addition of the lemon juice. (spinachk)
It's not too sweet really. In fact, you could probably lose all the sugar if you wanted. It's interesting that there are some pie spices in here (cinnamon, cardamom), but then some savory thanksgivingy things too (sage). It actually come out kind of like butternut squash soup, and the unusual mix of seasonings isn't weird at all. Had it with rice. (fb)
Swiss chard and caramelized onions
Amaaaaazing. I love chard in any way possible, but the addition of caramelized onions makes it seriously heavenly. (jessacita)
This is how I got my boyfriend to eat chard for the first time. The sweetness of the onion and the saltiness from the olives is just to die for. I love this dish! I’ve substituted other greens for the chard, and they were also amazing, but the chard, I believe, is the most delicious! (veganrun)
my first time eating chard (I used rainbow chard), and unfortunately I discovered that I don't like chard - it tasted bitter.  The rest of the dish is great though and I would like to try this with another green like kale. I always like caramelized onions. (thirteenblackbirds)
I liked this, but I felt it was a bit too...something (sweet?)...on it's own.  Although I made it as a side dish, I felt that she's right, it would be great as a pizza topping, or combined with a tomato sauce on top of pasta. (spinachk)
Tempeh bacon
I think this is a pretty standard tempeh bacon recipe.  It's good though.  Instead of frying it, I baked it in the marinade on 350 for 30 minutes, flipping halfway through.  (lotus)
Pretty basic recipe, but it's a good one. (veganrun)
Thai curry with vegetables
This was delicious!  I used green curry paste and broccoli instead of cauliflower.  Also, after noticing the calorie/fat content of this recipe, I only used 1 can of full fat coconut milk and 1/2 can light.  Next time, I may use more of the light...I don't think it will make too much of a difference.  We wanted it to be a little spicier, so I added some chili powder at the end.  I served it with short grain brown rice and steamed greens.  Yum! (lotus)
Toasted quinoa with raisins and slivered almonds

Tofu scramble
I liked that this was lighter and had a lot of veggies. However, it was a little bland for me. I ended up adding a lot of salt and pepper and after that it was good! (cam07628)
I like this recipe. In  a way it's pretty basic, but it's also complete. The amount of seasoning on the tofu is perfect for me - it has flavor but also still tastes like tofu - and the veggie combination is pretty good, works for brunch/breakfast, but can probably be altered without radically changing much. It was also pretty easy to put together. (fb)
Mexican scramble

Tempeh bacon


Tempeh Eggplant Pot Pies - I loved the topping on this, but thought the tempeh part could have used a little more flavor and probably some garlic.

Garlic Glazed Green Beans - reduced the maple in this by quite a bit, but these were awesome!


Scotch Broth

I liked this a lot more than I expected.  I soaked the split peas overnight and then cooked them in the crock pot all day with the barley and lentils.  After work, I added the carrots and potatoes.  Before serving, I pan fried some tofurkey sausages and added them to the stew.  It was easy, filling, healthy, and delicious!


South of the  Border Pizza

This far exceeded our expectations! I used 1 can of pinto beans rather than 2 cups and that was enough. The cornmeal version of the pizza crust was perfect with this. We topped it with avocado and some scallions and would definitely make it again.


both those picture look bomb!


Damn, that looks good!


Split Pea Soup - I had to make a couple of alterations (omitted the potatoes since I didn't have any; I used 3 tsp of broth powder plus 7 cups water instead of all water or all broth), and I cooked it for about 7 hours on low in the slow cooker. I used the optional liquid smoke and couldn't really taste it at all, so I'd say go on ahead and use it if you have it because it must add a subtle flavor to it. I pureed it up with my stick blender. I found it a little lacking in salt, so I sprinkled some dulse flakes on top and thought it was really nice. The texture is really thick and velvety and it was really easy in the slow cooker.

"Honey" Mustard Salad Dressing - I served this on a simple salad of baby romaine, carrots, celery, and cucumber. I used 3 tbs of agave, 2 tbs of white balsamic vinegar (instead of rice wine vinegar), and omitted the optional olive oil. It was quick to prepare and a nice change from my usual dressing.

No-Queso Quesadillas - I've had hummus quesadillas before so this wasn't anything new to me. I think they're good but it's not one of my favorites. I used homemade red pepper hummus and added scallions, cilantro, and salsa to the insides of the quesadillas, and topped with diced fresh tomato and salsa. I think they were much better after I opened them up and added a few drops of Cholula hot sauce to them. On their own, they are kind of bland.


Kale and cauliflower salad:  I hate to use the word gross, but it was pretty hard to eat.  I steamed the kale and cauliflower, just a little bit, but it was the dressing that wasn't very good.  So tangy - after a while, we just couldn't bare it anymore.


Pumpkin Curry - I halved the recipe since it serves eight, and I am only cooking for myself. I used almond milk, and didn't use any peppers, and only a tiny bit of cayenne. I really liked it. It was very hearty and comforting, though it's suggested as a summer recipe in the book, it's more appropriate for fall IMO.

Zucchini Cakes - I loved them! I like them better then the "crab" cakes in Vegan Brunch, (though those are crabbier,) but these were delicious, very easy to make, and very addictive!


Eggplant and caramelized onion lasagna
I made a couple changes to this based on our tastes. P is not a huge fan of onions, so I scaled the onions back, and only had 1 large eggplant. It turned out really nice. It's different, and a pretty unique blend of flavors. I wouldn't necessarily make this again, but I like the idea of a few of the things. I think kalamata olives are better suited than the black. It has a couple steps, but overall pretty easy.


Chana masala

We enjoyed it. I almost didn't realize how huge the recipe is, but no way I would use 4 cans of chickpeas! I halved those, and most everything else, but kept some of the spices the same. I think it was maybe a tad too much cinnamon, but overall well balanced. I did still use almost 2 cups of water, because I simmered it quite a while. I like a bit of sauce. Not super special, but tasty, and something I might make for a big meal.


Quinoa Tabbouleh - Really good, I like it better then tabbouleh with bulgur, but I've always really liked quinoa. I think next time I'll try it with some tofu "feta" or something, I think that would make a nice addition.

Caramelized Tempeh Shawarmas - Amazing! My whole omni-family, (at least the ones I could convince to try tempeh,) loved this. I wouldn't change a thing about the recipe, except I didn't have maple syrup, and subbed agave.


Chana masala
I love chickpeas, but I had never had chana masala before.  I thought this was pretty good.  I halved the recipe because there are only 2 of us.  It was easy to make and since I cooked my chickpeas ahead of time, it came together quickly.  I estimated on the spices and added some cayenne because my chili powder doesn't have much heat. 

Hoppin john
Yum!  Cams and I both loved this recipe.  I cooked my peas in broth and used that in place of the water.  I also used canned tomatoes and Bragg's in place of the salt.  In addition to liquid smoke, I also added some smoked paprika.  It added a nice, almost sweet smokiness.  I will definitely make this again. 


Roasted brussels sprouts with apples and onions
I scaled this down a bit, and it still made a TON. I used pink lady apples. There's no way I could have gotten this on 1 baking sheet not overlapping, so I just stirred them around often, and turned the heat up to 450. I love brussels, but I found myself just picking out the brussels to eat. The flavor was good, but I prefer regular roasted brussels.


Tantalizing Thai Slaw - So good! I nixed the red pepper flakes because most people in my family aren't into spicy food, and I omitted the maple syrup from the dressing because I didn't have any. But it was so so tasty. Not sure if it tasted 'thai' at all, but it's a good slaw.


Roasted beets and fennel bulbs in fennel oil
I made this a while ago and just noticed that I forgot to review it, which is weird because I LOVED this.  It sparked a mid-winter obsession with beets and fennel.  I halved the recipe, since there are only two us and omitted the chives because I didn't have any.  The recipe is simple enough and I didn't really veer from it.  I really don't have a lot to say about this except that it's so delicious!

Tempeh Sloppy Joes
I've made these several times with much success.  I never steam tempeh, and omitting that step doesn't seem to make a difference.  To make the recipe super quick and easy, I pulse the tempeh, bell pepper, and onion in the food processor to crumble it all together.  I use Bragg's in place of the worcestershire, because I never have that and add a little ketchup to give it a slightly sweeter tomato flavor that is more reminiscent of canned sloppy joe sauce.  Sometimes I spread horseradish mustard on the buns for some extra kick.  Cams and I love these, and so do my omni parents. 


I'm  glad you decided to post your review lotus42, because I needed to use up a fennel bulb from the CSA this week.

Roasted beets and fennel bulbs in fennel oil - Very tasty way to get the goodness of beets without boiling them and leeching out a lot of the goodness by boiling.  I followed her instructions pretty faithfully and enjoyed these a lot.


Orzo pilaf with roasted red peppers and peas
Nice, simple, and tasty. P really loved it because he loves orzo. I increased everything a bit, because I had more red peppers, and used the whole box of orzo. The flavors are mild, but nice. I don't think I ever made orzo this way where all the liquid is absorbed. This would be a good holiday side since it's all red and green. I added a couple handfuls spinach at the end, as well.

Garlic glazed green beans
Very easy to make, and quite flavorful. I'm always trying to think of/find new green bean recipes, so these were nice. Unfortunately, I'm out of maple syrup, so I just used a sprinkle of sugar (would definitely use the syrup next time for that added flavor). I also used the optional red pepper flakes. I prefer to leave the lid off and let them cook the whole time, so they actually get nice and glazed. I used pecans for the nuts.


Swiss chard and caramelized onions -  my first time eating chard (I used rainbow chard), and unfortunately I discovered that I don't like chard - it tasted bitter.  The rest of the dish is great though and I would like to try this with another green like kale. I always like caramelized onions.

Garlic bread -  meh. I didn't like this. I may have added too much cayenne, it tasted a little strange.  I added the cheese (daiya), which was alright.  I thought it needed some basil.  

Mushroom pecan burgers -  (Loaf) good, not great.  It's a decent loaf but not something I would make again.  I didn't like the spicing much (i think mainly because of all the parsley) and it didn't get very firm.  

Panini with lemon basil pesto - This came out really good but not as wonderful as I was expecting. It just seemed like something was missing, and I think that was cheese even though I added daiya… it just doesn't cut it for a panini. My husband had actual cheese on his and liked it a lot more than I did.  The lemon pesto is delicious.  

Tuscan white beans with sun dried tomatoes - I was expecting this to amazing, and it wasn't… but still very good.  A good combo of flavors that I will make again.  


Basil pesto - solid pesto recipe. I prefer the book's lemon pesto over this one though.

Creamy miso salad dressing - i used white miso and blended the dressing in my food processor. it turned out nice and creamy, and strongly flavored.  the sesame oil is great in this. 

Roasted red pepper, artichoke, and pesto sandwiches - a fantastic sandwich.  I was surprised how great this was. so simple and so good.  I roasted my own peppers, used whole wheat bread, and wildwood garlic aioli for the mayo. 


Sweet and Sour Tempeh
Okay but not amazing. I don't think I'd make it again.

Dark Leafy Greens with Sesame Miso Dressing
I'm not sure why but I really didn't like the dressing. I found it too strong and kind of funky/weird tasting.

Pumpkin Curry
I increased the ginger to 1 tbsp, garlic to 4 cloves, pumpkin to a 798 mL can, curry powder to 1 tbsp, omitted the dried red chiles, and used light coconut milk. It's a good dish, but I think needs some extra vegetables added to it. I added peas and roasted potatoes.



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