I made a recipe in the user guide that came with it. It is Quick Mexican Rice and Beans. I changed the recipe a bit. I omitted the cheese and used brown rice instead of white, water instead of chicken stock, and cooked (from dry) black beans instead of red beans. In essence, I had to veganize it. Here's what I used:
1½ cups of long grain brown rice
2 cups of water
1 cup of salsa
1½ cups of black beans (cooked from dry)
½ teaspoon of cumin
½ teaspoon of chili powder
½ teaspoon of jalapeno flakes
I put it all into the microwave PC and cooked it for about 22 minutes total. I let the pressure release naturally (took about 10 minutes).
I've been eating the rice all week, but the last few days, I made it into a wrap. I bought Whole Grain Tortillas that had 13 gr. of fiber per tortilla. I added Valentina Salsa Picante (the BEST Mexican hot sauce, I swear), shredded lettuce, 1 teaspoon of Tofutti Better Than Sour Cream, and a few (half dozen maybe) jalapeno slices. It made a very tasty wrap! I am sorry to say, I didn't get pictures of the rice or the wrap and now the rice is gone. C'est la vie!
The second gadget I used this week was my Kindle. I love my Kindle. Period. It is one of the best gadgets that I bought for myself. However, I never use it to buy cookbooks. I prefer paper cookbooks. I like to look at the pictures, page through the cookbook, compare different recipes. It's just easier to do with a paper cookbook. That's what I thought before I bought a cookbook for my Kindle. That's actually what I still think, but getting a cookbook on the Kindle isn't bad.
This week, I bought The Vegan Slow Cooker - Quick, Easy, Hot N Delicious for my Kindle. It was a whopping $3.99. It only has 20 recipes. I was thinking it was a nice, little introduction to a cookbook on the Kindle. I was right. The Corn Chowder recipe caught my eye. I've been looking for a good, no make that GREAT corn chowder recipe. (This one is good, but I'm still looking.)
The funny thing about this cookbook is that it gives the on-top-of-the-stove directions and then, almost as an afterthought, gives slow cooker directions, if you even get them. An example is the Amazing Lentil Stew states, "Would probably work in a slow cooker too." I would NOT recommend this cookbook for slow cooker recipes.
I used my absolute favorite chopping gadget, the Vidalia Chop Wizard. I did not get mine at Amazon.com. I bought mine at Bed, Bath, & Beyond. I believe Target also sells them. The choppers are $19.99 at either place. This recipe called for ¼" chop of the onion, celery, carrot, and potatoes. I used the small grid for the veggies and every single piece was uniform in size and shape. I LOVE that thing. Takes only a few minutes to chop everything versus how long it would take by hand. There is absolutely no comparison.
Personally, I didn't like the tofu in the soup. Now, I'll admit that's probably because I used extra firm tofu. It may have turned out much better if it was silken. It didn't have a grainy texture, but it had a grainy appearance. Perhaps that was from the nutritional yeast, but I doubt it. I'm just not a big person on tofu in soup as a thickener. Next time, I'll cook the broth down and just add unsweetened almond milk.
Tomorrow, I'll be making something with portabella mushrooms as I have 4 huge mushroom caps that I MUST use. I also have some broccoli rabe and some Brussels sprouts to use up. Looks like I'll be paging through my recipe books tonight and tomorrow morning.
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