tomatillo salsa. And a one-pound carrot out of the garden that I kind of forgot about because it was behind a massive beet that I also should pull soon.
I also decided to try amaranth, a cousin of quinoa, as the grain. It isn't KLP, but those rules are so arbitrary that if you use kitnyot, there's no problem with it. It's a gluten-free seed that is loaded with nutrients and has been a staple of mesoamerica for millennia. Personally, I found it gummy and dense, but the flavor was nice and once it merged with the tahini dressing, it wasn't so clumpy.
*1 Tb tahini paste
*2 Tb lemon juice (half a lemon)
*1 Tb rice wine vinegar
1 Tb olive oil
*1 clove garlic, minced
salt and pepper
*pinch of fresh grated ginger (optional)
1. Whisk together all ingredients except the salt and pepper. Taste and add salt and pepper as needed.
2. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour to let flavors marry. Re-whisk before using. Makes about 1/3 cup.
|Top quinoa, bottom amaranth|
1/2 C dry amaranth
*1 lb carrots
1/2 lb asparagus
1 Tb olive oil
*1 C tomatillo salsa or chopped Roma tomatoes
1 container extra-firm tofu
1/4 C chopped green onions for garnish
1/2 C raw cashews for garnish
1/4 C Greek yogurt for garnish
*1 head Romaine
1. Preheat oven to 350º. Peel carrots. If you get stuck with thick asparagus like I did, peel asparagus. You can't be picky for 88¢ per pound. Cut both veggies into 2" sticks, like you were doing a stir-fry. Carrots may have to be cut in halves or quarters. In a bowl, toss with olive oil and salt and pepper to taste. Wrap in foil and bake until just getting soft, about 30 minutes.
2. While the veggies are roasting, make your salad dressing and amaranth. In a small saucepan, combine amaranth and 1/2 C water. Bring to a low boil, lower heat to simmer, and cover. Cook until all water is absorbed, about 20 minutes.
3. Prep your garnishes and chop the tomatoes (or drain extra liquid out of salsa). Slice the tofu into manageable pieces. For cashews, toast in a dry pan over medium heat. Season with salt, chili powder, or whatever you want.
Difficulty rating :)