Wednesday, October 22, 2008

VeganMoFo: Roommate bonding Wednesdays

I am not sure how this started, but it has become a thing for the roommates in my apartment to all have dinner together on Wednesday nights. What makes it even more special, is how it will be one of us cooking for the other three. Last week, the volunteered cook wasn't even vegan, but she cooked a vegan meal since two of us in the apartment are vegan. I hadn't cooked a Wednesday dinner yet, so I volunteered for this week.

Last time my other vegan roommate cooked, she make pasta, so I knew that I wanted to make something different.  I didn't want to make something overly vegan (just yet).  Thus, I wanted to avoid tofu or tempeh.  Luckily, my parents went to the Farmers' Market for me at home while I was taking the GRE Chemistry subject test last weekend, so I had some fresh produce like butternut squash, cherry tomatoes, and green bell pepper. I was initially thinking of a lasagna of some sort, but after seeing the Pumpkin and Black Bean Casserole on Fat Free Vegan Kitchen, I knew that I had found the perfect dinner.

Do yourself a favor and make this soon while squash is in season! I used butternut squash instead of pumpkin, and it turned out amazing. It is very flavorful even if I went a little heavy on the cumin and paprika.  The nutritional yeast gives it a little something without tasting overly vegan-y.  Everyone loved it and ate it so quickly that I forgot to get a picture! Like Susan says, it does look a lot prettier in the pan than it does on the plate, but the taste certainly makes up for that.

5 comments:

Jeni Treehugger said...

EXCELLENT!
Cheers for the link. I have a HUGE Butternut ripening in my garden as I type, and I LOVE Black Beans. This will be perfect!

David said...

What's so weird about tofu or tempeh? As an avid meatlover (http://halfwaytohotzeplotz.blogspot.com/2008/10/all-in-for-allerlei.html) I still cook with tofu, and consider it normal, as for tempeh, I don't make it myself but am no stranger to it. Please don't say that culinary tastes in den USA are as conservative as their tastes for everything else?! It can't be. No!

sarchan said...

Aw. Roommate bonding. It kind of makes me miss living with girls.

havecakewilltravel.com said...

I feel I missed out by never having roomies, especially with posts like this one. boohoohoo!

Zoey said...

I have thought about making that casserole. I am glad that you and your roommates liked it.