It’s been extremely cold and snowy here on the east coast, and winter hasn’t yet arrived, which makes me think we’re in for a long and cold season. I’ve been craving spicy comfort food, and the cold has me feeling lazy, so I haven’t really felt like spending too much time in the kitchen. (Although I did bake up a storm on Saturday, and I plan on giving cookies and treats as Christmas gifts to quite a few people this year.) For today’s What I Ate Wednesday I’m going to show you some of the dishes that have kept me warm over the past few days.
After baking all day Saturday, I didn’t feel like cooking an elaborate dinner. Instead I roasted some potatoes and pulled a bag of Gardein’s Savory Stuffed Turk’y out of the freezer. I served them with steamed broccoli.
I made Winter White Bean and Potato Soup for lunch yesterday. This was a recipe I tested for Kathy Hester for a project she’s working on. It was like a baked potato in a bowl and I ate it with sour cream, chives and hot sauce.
Another “I don’t feel like cooking” meal was a quick and easy tostada. It was made with black beans, peppers, onions and tomatoes and I topped it with lettuce, more tomatoes, olives, hot sauce and a dollop of sour cream.
Speaking of hot sauce, I now realize that I’ve been putting it on everything over the past few days. Even pizza. Over the weekend Dennis and I got creative with pizza and we topped a homemade crust with smokey cashew cheese sauce, thinly sliced potatoes and zucchini and a mixture of mozzarella and cheddar Follow Your Heart cheeses. It was inspired by my favorite pizza at Palla Pizza in NYC.
I didn’t put hot sauce on the stir-fry I made for dinner on Monday night, but that’s because it was already quite spicy! I made Szechuan Stir-Fry with Fiery Peanut Sauce from Robin Robertson’s Nut Butter Universe, but I used the veggies I had on hand instead of what Robin called for in her recipe. It was super delish!
And even though they weren’t spicy, I did have a few cookies over the weekend. I hosted Montclair Vegans’ annual Christmas cookie swap on Sunday. My house was loaded with cookies, but I only sampled a few. I’m adding some of these cookies to what I baked on Saturday for the treat boxes I’ll be handing out to friends for Christmas next week.
What have you been eating to keep warm this month?