Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Chickpea Broccoli Casserole

We've been having left-overs and pasta with sauce from a jar for the past few nights, so there's been very little to blog about. With the exception of some Oatmeal Raisin Cookies from ED&BV, and some more vegan muffins, I haven't really cooked anything.

So, tonight I thought I'd get back in the kitchen. I decided to make up this Chickpea Broccoli casserole from Vegan with a Vengeance. It seemed simple enough, and it was. It was also great because I could make it up and refrigerate it, then have Rob pop it in the oven while I was out teaching my class. Seems like the perfect solution to a quick weeknight meal, right? Well, it was the perfect solution if you like bland casserole with more or less raw vegetables in it. In other words, BLECH!!! I even heeded Isa's warning that it was bland and added what I thought was an adequate amount of seasoning....still, no flavor. I also cooked it the recommended amount of time......basically raw veggies. This casserole was an all out flop. It really was the most unsatisfying meal I've ever eaten. I couldn't even bring myself to make the kids try it, and we all ended up eating cereal.

I know there are a lot of VwaV fans out there, but I have to say I'm not one of them. I've checked this book out of the library several times, and I've never found a recipe in it that I like. Most of the recipes seem to include soy which Stella can't have, or seitan, which all of you who follow my blog know how I feel about that!! I guess I'm gonna have to send this one back to the library and stick with my trusty ED&BV, because I've had quite the opposite experience with it.....I have LOVED every recipe I've tried!!


The Dalai Mama said...

I've heard very bad things about that casserole! If you still have the cookbook, you must make the Apple-pie Crumb-cake muffins. They are off-the-hook. I promise! I always sub whole wheat pastry flour for half of the flour.

carrie said...

I still have the book, I'll try the muffins before I take it back. We've really been digging the blueberry muffins lately, so maybe they will be a nice change.

I don't know, I just don't seem to be a fan of Isa's cooking. I've tried a few things from V-con and haven't really been that impressed either (with the exception of Snobby Joes). I LOVE Dreena's recipes on the other hand....I think I'm gonna have to invest in another Dreena Burton book.

The Dalai Mama said...

I just bought Veganomicon. I really wanted ED&BV, but it won't ship from amazon until mid-February. None of the bookstores here have it in stock either. The library doesn't have it either! So, it's on order. I'm not entirely impressed with what I see in Veganomicon. I tend to like Isa's baked goods the most. Plus the chickpea gravy is just insane. Everyone at Thanksgiving dinner thought it was the best thing there. Even the non-vegs. So, there are a few gems in there, but many of the things I have no desire to try.

carrie said...

I've been meaning to try the chickpea gravy since you've raved about it several times, but my crew aren't big gravy people, and I doubt it'd go over well.

I think Isa uses entirely too much tofu and seitan, where Dreena's recipes contain a lot more legumes and grains, which I much prefer.

Michelle said...

I'm a big Isa fan and love that cookbook, but I hated that casserole. Try the garlicky kale with tahini dressing (or whatever it is called). Yum.