Monday, July 4, 2011

creamed vegetables

Yum!   This is good.  I made some kale and sweet potato sauce for dinner tonight and had way too much sauce so added it to tomorrow's veggies.

Ingredients for sauce:
1 medium sweet potato, peeled and chopped
some cauliflower (1/4 of a head?), chopped
2 Tbsp black fig vinegar
1-2 Tbsp pignolia nuts (or walnuts or cashews or any favorite nut or seed)

Whatever you want!  I had on hand:
broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, red cabbage, onion, and mushrooms
A cup of beans would be a good addition too.

Herbs or spices:
I used what is growing in my garden:  dill, basil, cilantro, and rosemary.  I'm not a good judge of spices and herbs, but I thought the dill added nice flavor.

Steam or pressure cook the sweet potato and cauliflower (separate from the veggies).

Steam or pressure cook the veggies.

Blend the sauce ingredients in a blender.  Pour over the veggies and stir up.

I will have this over lettuce.  Sounds weird if you aren't a nutritarian but lettuce is a great grain substitute.  Here are tomorrow's meals all ready to go (have to leave early to meet colleagues at a working breakfast and then to my job).  The creamed veggies on lettuce are at bottom left and right.   Normally this time of year (summer) I'd have a bunch of sugar snap peas and kohlrabi too but the store was out today.


Amy said...

That sauce sounds really interesting - do you think balsamic vinegar could be substituted for the fig vinegar?

kneecap said...

yes, I think that would work. I've noticed the taste of balsamic vinegar varies wildly. Some are yucky and some are fantastic. I found a really good one at trader joes but I don't shop there often. I'm testing out the ones available at my co-op. the last one I got was mediocre. I'm sure the $45 bottle is good but I'm hoping to find a cheaper one!


kneecap said...

oops, I forgot to mention herbs and spices, always a nice addition. I edited the recipe.

Kris said...

Barb, I have one kohlrabi in my fridge and I have no idea what to do with it. Any advice? :)

kneecap said...

Hi Kris!

My favorite way to eat kohlrabi is peeled and sliced and eaten raw, like carrots and sugar snap peas (in fact, that has been my breakfast lately!). you have to peel with a paring knife because the skin is thick. I love raw kohlrabi. but not everyone does. in that case, just steam it like any other vegetable. throw in with anything. it doesn't have a strong flavor cooked so shouldn't offend. :)