Monday, January 2, 2012

Dinner Idea

I'd like to share the meal we made tonight with you guys. It was delicious and so easy to make!
It started off with sofrito.  The sofrito we made was a mixture of onion, garlic, red pepper, cilantro, tomato sauce, and David's special mix of spices.  (He would not tell me what the spices were, I guess it was a secret recipe of his.)  We cooked the ingredients in a large pan and then blended them in the blender.  Then, in order to save for future meals, we poured the mixture into an ice cube tray and stuck it in the freezer. We used what we left in the blender to cook garbanzo beans.  It made for a great sauce.  We started the meal with a salad and then had the garbanzo beans over rice as our next course.

While that was cooking, we also made desert.  Luckily, our favorite produce store Stanley's in Chicago had 10 loose bananas for $1.  When i saw this, it reminded me of a recipe I had seen for "1 ingredient ice cream." Below is a picture of the bananas in the freezer.  I have yet to blend them, but I think it should be really simple.

So, that was our vegan meal tonight.  We also have some ideas for the next time we make this such as cooking dry garbanzo beans in a slow cooker along with the sofrito instead of using canned beans.  This would cost less and the flavor of the beans is usually better when cooked from dry beans as opposed to canned.  We're also thinking to add ingredients such as cubed potatoes and carrots.  That way it would be more like a stew.  Also, in the future, we will definitely have some fun additions to the banana ice cream like berries and/or almond butter, possibly a vegan nutella. =)