I made an awesome dinner last night, and halfway through I realized there was no cheese, butter, eggs, or fish in sight. I pretty rarely have vegan meals, and if I realize it’s vegan I generally just add some cheese because I love it. But last night, the meal was so great that it didn’t even need any! I started by soaking a bag of kidney beans in water overnight. I kept it uncovered but actually put it in the fridge overnight.
I’ve never made dried kidney beans from scratch, so I was kind of excited for these ones. I heated up a whole onion in a pan with a little oil, and then added in the beans, the rest of the veggie stock I had left, and some water so they were covered. Then I added 2 bay leaves for good measure.
I brought it to a boil, then covered it and turned down the heat and simmered them for about an hour. You know they are done when most of the liquid is absorbed and they are to your desired texture. Again, these beans were AWESOME. Though definitely more time consuming than canned, they are totally worth the time they take to prepare, especially since most of it just involves letting them simmer.
While those were cooking, I prepped a pound of asparagus, a pound of brussels sprouts, and 3 carrots. I tossed them in 2 tsp of olive oil and then salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
I really like vegetables.
Into the oven at 400º for 40 minutes, stirring once, and then they were perfect.
I took one shortcut on the rice…
Totally worth it.
Half the veggies…
A large scoop of beans.
All served over half the rice (a bag makes 2 servings).
This was sooooo good. I added a dollop of Sriracha for some extra flavor but it was so delicious I didn’t even notice I was missing animal products until half way through. 😛
Do you ever have vegan meals? If you are a vegan, do you ever miss eggs, cheese, and/or butter?