Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Its a beautiful mornin'

Now that I'm all caught up with past meals and such...I can post more about today. First of all, it was such a gorgeous day! I got to sleep til 10 (woot!) and it got into the 20's today...yay! It was so beautiful out, Billy and I walked to Smith's Market to buy a bunch of produce. For dinner, I started with a simple baby spinach salad (cucumber, shredded carrot, red pepper) and lemon zinger vinaigrette from Vive le Vegan. This vinaigrette is divine! I love love love it! I made it with lemon juice, agave nectar, dijon mustard, and flax oil (with some other seasonings). Easiest thing in the world to do, and you get a nice, FRESH, dressing for your salad....Mmm mm good.

The entree was La Dolce Vegan's pinto bean casserole with tortilla chip crust. It consisted of pinto beans mixed with a vegetable mixture of onion, garlic, green pepper, tomatoes, cumin, chili powder, jalapeno and vegetable broth and covered with crushed tortilla chips. In the last 5 minutes of baking I added a layer of nacho soy cheese. Although the meal looked awesome, I wasn't too impressed. I think it may have been because it was so spicy. The cheese is spicy too, so it may have just taken it overboard. When food gets too hot, its hard for me to taste anything that is in the meal. I added more cheese and bacon bits afterwards, oh and quite a bit of salt. It was still good, but I don't think I'd make it again. But you gotta take the good with the not so good, and I know that almost all the other meals in LDV are winners! Someone else might think this is the greatest dish in the world. I've just never really been a fan of dishes that are too hot or spicy.

That being said, once I get all my leftovers eaten up I plan on making a pesto spinach pizza from La Dolce Vegan. I can't wait. When I lived in Winnipeg before I was vegan, I used to get spinach feta pizza every time the EX was in town (a fair), I was crazy about it. Hopefully this pizza is somewhat similar, and if not, it still sounds delicious. I'll keep you posted!


Michelle said...

okay, i just made that lemon zinger vinagerette for my lunch salad and it was great! my son says it tastes like having lemonade on your salad LOL. we're big lemonade fans here!

Dori said...

I think you have a pretty name, my daughter's name is Melissa too.

I am jotting down the recipe to that lemon vinagrette, the colors in your salad look so appealing!