The regiment is all about healthy food and maximizing the nutrition from your calories. We eat a lot of brown rice and whole wheat pasta as a good source of fiber and vitamins. I struggle to vary out diet sometimes, outside the realm of beans and rice , or the ever-popular and quick Amy's meal. I have only had couscous once or twice, I'm ashamed to say. I understand it's a staple in many vegan diets, but I just haven't managed to get on that train until now. I don't know why I haven't tried it before-- it LITERALLY cooks in 2 minutes. So, last night we had a little couscous action.
This may seem a little mismatched, but it works. I wanted to make a tartar sauce, but this is a little runnier. Sort of like a Greek Yogurt or something? It's really good, and pairs PERFECTLY. I breaded and lightly fried some tofu slices, make a side of couscous with some garlic sauteed vegetables. Here's the recipe/method:
4 tbs vegan mayo [[vegenaise]]
juice from half a lime
1 tsp parsley
couple pinches of dill
1 tbs horseradish mustard
a couple dashes of salt and pepper
-- Mix in a resealable bowl, cover, and refrigerate while you cook the rest.
I'm admitting, this dish needs some work. Alone, it's kind of bland. Mixed in with some of that "tartar" sauce, it's great.
1 cup couscous
1 1/2 cups water
1/4 cup vegetable broth
about a tsp of cumin
about a tsp of turmeric
-- Heat water until it boils, add couscous and cook for two minutes once all water is absorbed. Remove from heat, add broth and spices, and cover for five minute.
-- I'm new to couscous, so I'm open to suggestions, too. :) But this did a good job
I know. This may be useless.
one green bell pepper
1/2 of a red onion
extra virgin olive oil
-- Heat some extra virgin olive oil, add garlic. Once garlic sizzles, add one sliced green pepper and half a sliced red onion. Cook until soft. Set aside.
[[Spicy Whole Wheat Breaded Tofu]]
This is where the tartar sauce really comes into play. Cools the kick in the tofu.
blend one toasted piece of ezekiel bread in coffee grinder
2 tsp cumin
2 tsp cayenne pepper
reserve a side of whole wheat flour
grapeseed oil for frying
-- Mix home made bread crumbs, or store bought ones, with the cumin and cayenne. Set aside on a plate for dipping.
-- Lightly squeeze out excess moisture from tofu slice. Once oil is heated, dab in a little flour, coat in bread crumbs [[you may need to push it on to get it to stay]], and fry on each side about 2 minutes. The time will shorten as you go, because the pan will become hotter.