Eating Well Vegetarian Project

I have a lot of cookbooks. I read a lot of food blogs. I look at a lot of recipe websites. (I make myself sound like I have no life.) With so many recipes to choose from, I always get really overwhelmed and end up not making any of the recipes and eating refried beans for dinner instead. Recently, I was looking at one of my favorite recipe websites, eatingwell.com and found a slideshow of 25 quick vegetarian recipes.

And so the idea was born to make them all. They’re all vegetarian (or mostly vegetarian, some do contain meat products like chicken broth but can be easily modified), they’re all from Eating Well, so they’re healthy and they’re all quick. Not only will I have a small number of recipes to choose from, but I will learn to make different things and get out of my Mexican food/Stir-Fry/Grain salad rut, although those types of meals are in there too.

Since I don’t cook every day, I think it’s safe to say that my project will take about two months. I started yesterday with the Toasted Pita and Bean salad which I made for lunch.

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For the most part, I followed the recipe and only made a few slight changes. I used canned pinto beans, 1 tbsp of ground cumin instead of 2 tbsp of cumin seeds, 2 tbsp of mint instead of 3 and 2 tbsp of oil instead of 3. I really liked this. It’s sort of typical of something that I’d usually make (although I’d probably add couscous or quinoa) which is probably why I liked it. However, if you have leftovers, as I did, the bread gets soggy and not in a good way.

Tonight was recipe number two – Vietnamese Tofu Lettuce Wraps. I used soba noodles instead of rice noodles but other than that, I followed the recipe exactly. This recipe actually isn’t vegetarian because it uses fish sauce. They do suggest soy as an alternative though.

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This wasn’t so great. It wasn’t bad, per se, but it wasn’t really good either. Like several of the reviews on the website said, the sauce was way too watery. I wouldn’t make it again. Even so, it was fun to have something different for dinner, although I was hungry afterward and ate a muffin.

So that’s my cooking project. I’m looking forward to making the additional 23 recipes.

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