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Sunday, January 23, 2005

Loafmania

People often complain that vegetarian food is too mushy. Well, that's often the case, and tonight for dinner I made a very mushy but very delicious meal, which is very easy to do on your own. It's the vegetarian "loaf." This is ideal, because you can use most anything in your fridge to make it, but it is still very satisfying.

Sautee an onion in olive oil. Wait till it's transluscent, then add some garlic and a shallot if you have one lying around, plus a jalapeno or other kind of pepper for more flavor. Then dice up some veggies (I used zucchini), drop in a can of cooked beans, some diced or crumbled tofu or veggie meat, and some spices (tonight I used thyme, coriander, fenugreek and chipotle peppers). Then mix together some eggs or egg whites, any kind of cheese, some kind of yummy liquid (I used tofu sour cream, but you can use buttermilk, or broth if you want to ease up on the dairy), and some ground up almonds or other kind of nuts. I realize I'm not giving exact measurements; the key is to mix a couple of eggs with about a cup of mixed liquids and 1/3 cup ground nuts, and as many veggies and beans as you like. Mix the egg combo with the veggie mix, add salt and pepper to taste, and bake at 350 for 45 minutes or so. This is really delish. You can also add in some cooked grains if you want something heartier.

Enjoy!

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