I have a lot of cookbooks. Not enough. But a lot. I have cooked something out of 80% of them. But that still leaves a fair few that have been looked at, drooled over and then placed back on the shelf. Part of this whole meal planning thing was to help me get those books off the shelf, and put a crease or two in their spines. This week’s selection was “Sundays at Moosewood Restaurant“. It’s a vegetarian cookbook (from the vegetarian Moosewood Restaurant) which has a number of whole meal suggestions organised in cuisines. For example there is a Mexican menu, a Caribbean menu etc. It’s a no photo book, so you need to go by title and ingredients lists to get your belly rumbling. The benefit is, that it doesn’t age the same way food photos do. So you can’t tell how long the book has been sitting on my shelf for, phew!
My pick for our dinner was a Mexican Kettle Stew. A simple one dish wonder full of veggies and I added an extra 400g tin of 4 bean mix to plump it up a bit. Oh, and some capsicum.
Possum liked it and even ate some of the legumes. Legoman loved it and would eat it again. I loved how easy and tasty it was. Our vegetarian dinner guests gobbled it up too. As my Dad says… “it looks like everyone’s kicked a goal!”.
Kettle Stew with Rice
Affordability : Excellent. Loads of cheap veg and tinned staples.
Time Factor : MODERATE. Prep is super quick and easy but the potatoes do take a bit of time to cook thoroughly.
Complexity : LOW. I love a one dish meal like this. And very few steps.
Deliciousness : MODERATE. Anything with sour cream AND cheese must be delicious.
Mess : MINIMAL. One pot for the stew and one for the rice.
Tummy Filling Factor : EXCELLENT. Everyone was very full afterwards, though I did go back for seconds.
Possum Friendly? YES. Especially good once bub has developed a pincer grasp as all the beans, chickpeas and corn provide plenty of practice!
Would I make it again? Yes, and will do before the cold months are over.