special dinner ideas - vegetarian and limited resources
My boyfriend turns in an almost final draft of his dissertation tomorrow and I want to save the fancy dinner out for the final, final draft.
Thoughts on a somewhat easy homecooked meal for two in a rural locale?
Here are the parameters:
-comforting and not too complicated
-only one grocery store available which is dismal and just makes me sad
-limited access to decent produce since I missed Saturday's farmer's market
-it gets down to the 30's here at night so nothing too summer-y
All ideas welcome! TIA.
you could make grilled herbed polenta, grilled tofu that's been marinated, a veggie lasagna or a easy spaghettini with a puttanesca sauce
I hear it is still summer in some parts of the country but it has been fall here (central NY) for what feels like weeks! I missed a warm spell last week while traveling.
Risotto is a definite possibility since I have a stock pile of arborio rice.
Pesca - can you send me your recipe for the polenta? Sounds like such a good comfort food for tomorrow night!
8 cups veggie stock (or chicken stock if you don't mind using)
4 tsp olive oil
3 tbsp butter
2 cups instant polenta
salt and pepper
about a tablespoon of any dried herb(s) that you like
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
Add veggie or chicken stock and salt to a medium sized pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer.
Whisk instant polenta into stock and dried herbs and stir constantly for 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from heat and add in butter and olive oil. Check seasonings. Pour polenta into a low rectangular buttered dish so it is approximately 1 inch thick. Cool for at least 1 hour. Cut into 2 inch squares.
Heat olive oil in a sauté pan. Brown each square of polenta on both sides. Transfer to a baking dish and bake in oven for 5 to 10 minutes.
Biscuits and veggie gravy (if all else fails get a veggie broth -mushroom if possible - and add it to a roux (melt a couple of tablespoons o' butter whisk in a couple of tablespoons of flour and cook for 2 minutes whilst contantly whisking)) whisk 'til thickened. Sliced marinated tofu and mushrooms. Steamed broccoli.
One of my fave risotto combos: arugula risotto, possibly with a little walnut oil drizzled over, topped with a soft poached egg.
Thanks for all of the suggestions!
I am going to go with the polenta for tonight and make chana masala very soon - sounds so good.