Thursday, October 7, 2010

This Week's Menu

It's been a cold and rainy week, which is why the theme of this week's meals was comfort food.  And fall vegetables like butternut squash are also among my favorite.  How could I resist making something smooth and creamy with it?

I think my favorite entree this week is the pasta with butternut puree made just a little bit richer by adding a touch of Tofutti cream cheese.  This was accompanied by broccoli rabe sauteed with pine nuts, kalamata olives, canellini beans, and sliced garlic.  The contrasts of bitter and sweet balanced nicely.

My client was craving creamed spinach, so I decided to do a vegan version of a southern favorite, panfried tempeh with creamed spinach and polenta.  It had that "down home southern hospitality" feel to it, which I appreciated on a cold New England day.

The third meal was a Moroccan Chickpea Tagine seasoned with cinnamon and cumin, two warming spices.  The addition of currants gave a nice sweetness to the other flavors.  Any one of these would be perfect meals for the cold fall evenings ahead. 


Anonymous said...

I wish there were smellavision because all of your food sounds and looks so delicious and the oppotunity to satisfy the sense of smell while it is cooking would be fantastic. The pasta with the pumpkin puree, the creamed spinach, the broccoli rabe-wow!

Mary Lawrence said...

Thank you for the compliment! Yeah, you'd think with technology these days they could get on that smellavision concept and make it reality. All of these really were as delicious as they look!