Wednesday, December 30, 2015

November Recipe: Vegan Lunch Box Around the World

November's recipe (caught up in December) was from Vegan Lunch Box Around the World - a follow up to the first Vegan Lunch Box cookbook that was my recipe source for October. Like the original, it's simplified kid-friendly recipes, but this one has menus and recipes organized around various countries and cultures.

I picked out a recipe that seemed to be a good cross between something I should like and branching out of my comfort zone - black eyed peas and potatoes, in the Africa menu. I generally like legumes, and I definitely love potatoes, but this has some spaces that are not what I would normally go for.

Black-eyed peas & potatoes with cilantro and lime

Difficulty: 2 out of 5

There was surprisingly little chopping! Just garlic and potatoes (and cilantro and juicing a lime, but that was added at the end so easily done while the rest was cooking). Everything was done in one pot. I did have to add more water than specified (to let the potatoes cook properly), but otherwise the instructions were clear and seemed to work. 

Enjoyment: 2 out of 5

I didn't dislike it as much as I thought; I was nervous by what seemed to be rather large quantities of spices, but knowing it was adjusted for a kid's palate I put it all in anyway. It actually ended up need a bit more flavor (Abe added salt, black pepper, and red pepper to his serving). But it was just ok.

Likelihood to make again: 1 out of 5

I might do something with a similar base (beans and potatoes), but with different spices or sauce. But the particular spices (cumin, chili, tumeric, etc.) just didn't work for me. 

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