This evening, after a very, very long day (Oh Baby A, why must you wake up at 6am on a Sunday? Why?) we threw together Indian Spiced Vegetables. This is essentially a hearty mix of potato, cauliflower, onion, garlic, chick peas and frozen peas, seasoned with turmeric, cinnamon, curry powder, cumin seeds and ground coriander, with some chicken stock. This dish is easy, quick and remarkably tasty. But it did seem to be more of a side dish than a main course. To counteract that assumption, Rachael Ray specifies that the vegetables should be served over a salad of lettuce, almonds, radishes, parsley and mint, dressed in lemon juice and oil. There are things that work on top of salad- grilled chicken springs to mind, but almost any grilled protein would be good- hot potatoes and peas are not necessarily one of those winning combinations.
Which is not to say that this meal is not good- we actually enjoyed it very much, but there seemed to be a distinct side dish surplus going on. Which is interesting in as much as yesterday we had a side-dish drought. It was, however, extremely refreshing to have a meat-free meal that wasn’t ridiculously cheesey or creamy or just hefty. This is somehow both substantial and light at the same time. Aside from the fact that the vegetables are cooked in butter and vegetable oil, this meal must be reasonably diet-friendly, at least when compared to everything else that we have eaten this year. I would definitely make this again, although I would serve it over rice, or as a side dish for a nice piece of lamb or something.
Looking ahead to tomorrow, we might well be getting through our salad allocation for the week with Ginger-Soy Chicken on Shredded Lettuce. And the following day, wonder of wonders, we get to choose our own protein with Thai Chicken, Pork, or Shrimp with Basil. It’s like one of those Choose Your Own Adventure Books, except presumably option three doesn’t conclude with a gruesome end for the adventurer. Well at least we hope not. After all that excitement it seems fitting that we should have three days of burgers. Also we presumably need to offset the effect of the vegetarian meal of tonight by getting back in the swing of eating our way through the spoils of the meat industry.