Thursday, March 14, 2013
FAST AND FRUGAL GLUTEN-FREE VEGAN INDIAN MEAL FOR TWO
Ever feel like cooking up some Indian food at home, but don't feel like facing a long ingredient list? This $1.99 package from the frozen section at Trader Joe's is the ideal jumping-off point to a well-rounded Indian meal for two. It starts with subtlely seasoned eggplant. Eggplant, which, considering its texture once microwaved according to the package instructions, is more like a spicy sauce. So, that is how I use it, and it works perfectly.
Begin with a package of Trader Joe's basmati rice. Cook up one cup of rice to two cups of water. This should take about 10-15 minutes.
While rice cooks, steam a half pound of Trader Joe's frozen broccoli florets. Set aside.
Brown a third of a cup of Trader Joe's raw whole cashews in a small frying pan (no oil needed).
If you have some fresh cilantro around, mince a couple of tablespoons of it.
When the rice is done, half-fill two large soup bowls with it. Divide broccoli into each. Top with eggplant, then cashews, then cilantro.
Fast and frugal gluten-free, vegan Indian dinner for two in minutes! Note: These are generous servings, so you might have leftovers for lunch the next day--also great!