My apologies for not linking to the recipes I mentioned in the last post. So far, I've used two online resources to take me beyond simple salads.
These are the Fudgy Raw Brownies I raved about. Not exactly low-cal, but healthy nonetheless. (Just prepare your mind and taste buds for something unique -- you can't go into this expecting them to taste like Duncan Hines. The main ingredient is Peanut Butter, not magic.)
The blog's author--oh, hell, let's call her by her name, which is Emily--also inspired me to purchase a spiral vegetable slicer (LOVE. IT.), which I've used to make sweet potato and zucchini "noodles". Here's her Zuke Mac N Cheese (again - don't expect Kraft dinner here - it's a whole different thing. But it's good stuff.) Even tastier (in my humble newbie opinion) are her Yam Noodles with Miso Sauce. Larry ate it as leftovers the next day, and loved it.
Then, of course, there is the mysterious and powerful wormhole wonderful world of Pinterest to explore. I forfeit countless hours of productivity search for vegan recipes and see what looks good (and also matches the ingredients I have in the house).
On New Years Eve I made this Chickpea Tikka Masala, which was a hit. I want to try it on raw sweet potato noodles instead of rice sometime.
Last night I made Quinoa Black Bean Chili. I didn't have vegetable broth, so I substituted a cup of organic tomato sauce and water. (I also made the Quinoa ahead of time, because I had been planning to make something else. If you do this, you can just add it in cooked at the end and skip heating the whole thing for 25 minutes). Flavor-wise it wasn't as zingy as I wanted it to be (I like a good tang), so I added a splash of Frank's Hot Sauce and that did the trick.
So. There you have it.
I'm going to go now, because I hardly recognize myself anymore (recipe links? WHAT HAVE YOU DONE WITH AMANDA?)