Every time I go to Whole Foods, I seem to meander down the tomato isle. I'm not a huge fan of cans, nor plain tomatoes, but Muir Glen Organic seems to do both right. I really appreciate that their packaging no longer contains BPA (see this article), and that their tomatoes are both organic and delicious.
I've used their No Salt Added Tomato Sauce and No Salt Added Diced Tomatoes before, and I'll admit I haven't been very adventurous. Until now. After wondering what exactly is a "fire-roasted tomato," I finally tried some for myself. I wish I could describe the smoky, but not spicy, and sweet, but not candy-like flavors that are included in every bite. In fact, when I tried a bite of my first meal using them, I actually said outloud, "This is sa-weet!"
Indeed, I devoured every little bit of my Curried Cauliflower Stew with Chickpeas. Oh, and don't worry, the roasted eggplant, delicata squash, and yellow squash weren't left behind either.
This recipe actually came from my new cookbook, Clean Start by Terry Walters. Since I already loved her first book, Clean Food, I immediately ordered this new-release when it became available last month.
Clean Food was really influential with teaching me confidence in my kitchen intuition and enjoying the simplicity of whole foods. Actually, that shows in my meal preparation for this because I was confident enough to substitute fire-roasted diced tomatoes for the regular ones called for in her recipe. Well if this recipe (my first from Clean Start) is any indicator of how much I will love this new cookbook, then I am sure this is going to be a lovely relationship.
But back to the tomatoes. While I really enjoyed the fire-roasted tomatoes in Clean Start's stew, tonight's dinner definitely stole the show. My channa masala was full of sweet tomatoes, soft chickpeas, and warming spices.
It was a nice accompaniment to some steamed veggies.
A dollup of creamy hummus really finished it off right.
And of course, it didn't stay pretty for very long...
But after studying Calculus for much longer than I would like, but this meal definitely reenergized me. It was the perfect ending to a lovely Thanksgiving vacation.
Luckily, it will not be completely forgotten tomorrow. I still have a VERY large bag of frozen veggies that I will be enjoying with many other meals to come. I love Costco :D.
But I love my Nanny (grandmother) who indulges my vegetable habit even more :D.
Sadly, though, she hasn't been feeling very today. Since I had the day off today, I was able to take care of her. When she asked for toast with butter, I even recommended Earth Balance instead because I've heard dairy products aren't good for an upset stomach.
I am happy to report that she enjoyed her little vegan meal :). She is feeling a bit better, but not quite 100%. Please pray that she will get better soon!
Which cookbooks have been the most in influential for you? And what do you do for your loved ones when they are sick? Tea and toast seem to be nursing Nanny back to health slowly but surely. I guess it's our English roots!
Have a lovely day!