Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner…and then some

In the kitchen at Di's House

Meatless Monday – Chickpea Sammmies

Recently I got “Vegan with a Vengeance” from the library.  One of the recipes I wanted to try was for Chickpea Sammies.  It’s supposed to be a “substitute” for tuna, using chickpeas, vegan mayo, carrots, apple cider vinegar, and a few other ingredients.  It really does look like tuna salad.


I had a hard time mashing the beans with a potato masher.  All it seemed to do is make the skins come off.  I ended up crumbling them with my fingers, like making pastry dough.

To make the sandwiches more “dinner-like,” I made them open faces, topped with cheese and warmed under the broiler.


I really liked this recipe and look forward to trying more from this cookbook.


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Meatless Monday – Sweet Potato & Black Bean Burrito Bowls

I know I’ve made something similar to this.  Originally I had wanted black bean tacos but then came across this recipe for a burrito bowl.  I went for that because I can throw more stuff into it, making it a one dish meal.  I didn’t follow the recipe exactly, such as browning the rice.  Instead I just put the rice in the rice cooker, along with onion, garlic, seasoning, and chopped kale (what I had on hand).  I added onion to the sweet potato cubes because I remembered something else I had made where I thought I’d like the flavor better.  (I did!)  I didn’t have cilantro but did have cilantro pesto in the freezer so I mixed a spoonful in with the rice once it was done.


Here’s the bowl with “stripes” of ingredients.


After I took a bite, I realized I wanted cheese.  I also added green onion, cottage cheese (for protein, instead of sour cream), and a few crushed tortilla chips.  Here’s the bowl all mixed up.


I liked it with homecooked black beans instead of canned.  The texture was heartier.  We have enough leftover for one more dinner.  I wish I’d made more.  I’ll have to stock up on sweet potatoes next time I go to the store.

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Copycat Panera

I was in Palm Springs last week for Barry Manilow’s “A Gift of Love III” concerts.  One night we went to Panera.  Two of us got the lentil quinoa bowl, and I got a salad with quinoa.  I found a copycat recipe for the soup bowl that sounded easy.  Instead of cooked lentils I used dried.  While it was cooking, I thought it looked watery so I added more, but I think the original amount would have been plenty.  I only had a taste at the restaurant so I can’t say how close it is to the real thing.  I like the addition of quinoa.  I added carrots and celery.  Oh, I also poached the eggs instead of hard-boiling.  I’m going to add berbere seasoning to the leftovers tomorrow.  A brown-n-serve baguette completed the dinner.  Yum.

We meant to go to Native Foods Restaurant while I was in CA.  Maybe next time.  Since I was last there, it has changed from a sit-down place to more of a fast-food type service.

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