Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Beans and noodles

This will probably be the last of the cooking I do until Saturday, when I will prepare my Thanksgiving feast for Sunday! I'm going all out, so that I don't have to eat a roasted plain squash again this year. I'm also doing Thanksgiving again next weekend in Ottawa with Billy's family. I bought a Tofurky for that one!

Last night I whipped up the chipotle black bean soup from Vive le Vegan. I even sent Billy out to the store to get me a lime because I accidentally forgot it ;). Its not my favourite of the black bean soups that I've made, but it is very yummy. It reminds me more of chili, especially the next day, because it thickened up. Plenty of healthy goodness in this soup: onions, carrots, celery, sundried tomatoes, lots of spices (cumin, coriander, etc), chipotle hot sauce, black beans, and corn. Dreena Burton is right in saying that this soup must be served with a wedge of adds a little something extra to the great flavour. Black beans were made for soup, I think. I served it with a dollop of tofutti sour cream that I wanted to use up.

I also made the spicy nut noodle salad from La Dolce Vegan, which I brought to school for lunch today. This one was easy to make, the only thing I had to cook were the rice noodles. The noodles were cooled and tossed with a peanut butter sauce (with tamari, cayenne, rice vinegar, sesame oil and fresh ginger) and raw yellow pepper and napa cabbage. Then it was topped with roasted peanuts. I really like pastas that use a peanut butter sauce. This one was alright, but there was something missing, I'm not sure what though. But nevertheless it was really good, and filling and I love that it has plenty of raw veggies in it. Its better than many other chilled pasta salads I've made in the past.

I'm really enjoying packing a lunch for Billy and myself this year. We're such nerds when we walk into the cafeteria with our big lunch kit, haha, but we'll save a ton of money if we plan ahead most of the time. Most of you know the veganlunchbox blog, and I was browsing it and a few other blogs that have the same laptop lunchbox and I decided to check out their site. I ended up buying a laptox lunchbox and a few a matter of fact I got a package. It was quite pricey, but I think it'll be worth it. Plus I haven't splurged on myself for a while. So I'll have a cute bag to carry my lunchkit and thermos in...and I'll waste a lot less on ziploc bags, saran wrap, etc. I can't wait til it gets here! :D
Blogger won't let me upload anymore pictures but you can click here to see the stuff I got.


Anonymous said...

you mentioned tofu OMLETS on my blog?!?! HOW do I do that?!? please come back and share.

BTW, your noodle dish looks delish!

Judy said...

Is Billy from Ottawa? That's where I live!
Your soup looked great, but familiar...:)

Melissa said...

vegancyclist...I will give more info on your blog.

Judy, no Billy isn't, but his parents just moved to Casselman outside of Ottawa (his dad's in the military) so we're going down to visit and go to a Sens game! Woot!

Harmonia said...

I'll have to try that bean soup first attempt wasn't a good one...yours looks amazing!!!

Anonymous said...

i wouldn't laugh at your lunchboxes...I'd think you were super smart!

megan the vegan

Melissa said...

Thanks Megan...I think so too. Billy's been really wanting a sub at school, so next week we're doing subs for lunch, I bought the stuff today :)