Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Vegetarian Curry Stew-ish Dish

I may be creative, but when it comes to cooking, I'm not one to throw caution to the wind. I like recipes, measurements, and other people's reviews (I take those recipe stars seriously).         

My housemate, Mattie, however is a cooking master. She can open the fridge, grab eight things that clearly would never naturally blend and make a new dish to salivate over, like Thai Curry Split Pea Soup. I mean, come on! 

Yesterday, however, was my time to throw caution to the wind, well, as much as can be thrown in a kitchen. 

I was on a mission, to make a vegetarian curry stew.

I enjoyed such a stew at a friend's home a few weeks ago. I tried to get the recipe, but to no avail. I tried to access the recesses of my mind for the exact ingredients, but my memory was failing me.

So, while grocery shopping, I decided to try and make up my own version, Mattie-style.

Here's what I did:

In a Crock pot (on high) I mixed...

a jar of...

Trader Joe's Curry Simmer Sauce

and a can of...
Trader Joe's Organic Diced Tomatoes

and about 1/2 of this...
Trader Joe's Steamed Lentils
**Though you should be warned, lentils can be potent, if you know what I mean. (insert giggle fit here)

AND then as many vegetables, diced, chopped and sliced, I could think of. 

This time around, I added about a cup each of...
yellow and red peppers
yellow onion
frozen peas
and a pinch of salt. 

I left it cooking for 3 hours on high and when I returned this is what I found: 

So tasty! 

Turns out adding a whole can of Diced Tomatoes also adds a lot of liquids and so it turned out to be more 'stew-ish', than dish-ish. It was great by itself, but would have been equally great with Naan or rice. Also, the diced tomatoes diluted the spicy-ness. I was okay with that, but Mattie added some hot sauce to spice it up. She's spicy like that. 

Next time around I might also throw in some corn, potatoes, or celery to mix things up. (This would also be great with Trader Joe's Masala Simmer Sauce!)

So, there you go. I can now add "Veggie Curry Stew-ish Dish" to my rolodex of easy recipes. It will be nicely wedged between Uncle Ben's Rice and Whole Grain Pasta (both boiled). 


Suzy said...

Looks great! I cannot believe you used the word rolodex!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Michelle's Style File said...

THis looks wonderful! And so healthy.


Kendall said...

This looks tasty! I'm always on the lookout for healthy but hearty meals.

heathorock said...

I might make some tomorrow. Yummy!!!
Way to go. Score for you!

Blah Blah Blayla said...

It's really tasty (and a touch more spicy) with the TJ's Masala Simmer Sauce too! =)

Post a Comment

Blogger Template by Delicious Design Studio