Inconceivable! You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.
But really, from the outside this dinner seems like it would taste weird. Like some sort of vegan nightmare of seitan, cabbage, and brown rice. I think it’s what omni’s fear that vegan eating is like. And even as I’m assembling it (and I’ve made this dish over and over), I think to myself–this can’t possibly taste good? Right? Braised cabbage?
But it does! IT DOES. This is one of my favorite recipes from Appetite for Reduction. I can’t get enough of it. And it is so incredibly simple, and is made up of just a handful of super simple ingredients. How is it possible? HOW?
So, my deal is that I refuse to even try nori. I don’t trust anything from the sea, and the flavors here seemed fine as is. I discovered in the back of my Appetite for Reduction, a little section on making various bowls. Instead of spreading the bowl love all over the place, I decided to cram it into one week. And thus begins my week of Super Bowls!
This bowl has azuki beans, brown rice, broccoli and carrot-ginger dressing. That’s the big orange blobby in the background. The flavors here were so, so good. The beans and grains really needed the freshness of the dressing, and somehow that orange madness tasted like magic. Personally, I also love any meal that doesn’t really require me to cut anything. Just toss the dressing ingredients in the blender, and blam! Dinner. And I’m getting good use out of my little $4 steamer, too. How did I live for so long without one?
Plus, now that I’m a vegan, the gods apparently decided to bestow upon me the ability to cook rice from scratch. There were always two really simple things I couldn’t make: rice and hard-boiled eggs. And now that eggs are totally out of the picture, maybe that meant I could devote more brain cells to rice? Whatever, I freaking love brown rice. Is that weird?