Cookbook Challenge Week 1: Veganomicon - Recipe #5The Recipe: Fresh Dill-Basmati Rice with Chard and Chickpeas (p 116)
Well, the challenge I took on was for 3 recipes. I couldn't stop with Veganomicon, so I was a bit of an overachiever this week. I was going to tell you not to get used to it. But then I was looking through Vegan with a Vengeance to start next week's list and it might just happen again.
The Reasoning: I have a confession to make. Actually, I have 2 confessions to make. I'm 38 years old (not part of the confession) and I don't think I have ever steamed a vegetable any other way than in the microwave. I also generally make terrible rice. It's way too sticky and it just comes out in big lumps. I realize it is asking a lot of one little recipe hiding in the "Mix and Match" section of Veganomicon, but I was hoping it would help me remedy both of these. I also have never tried chard.
The Substitutions: I used the water option, but 2 cups water to 2 cups of rice seemed like so little. I used 4 cups of water. My bunch of dill wasn't as big as what was suggested (probably between 1/4 and 1/2 cup), but it was enough.
The Process: A little labor intensive, but not difficult. I had to cook it about 10 minutes longer than the recipe said, but I think that was because of using extra water.
The Review: Yum! Mediterranean comfort food with a little lemony kick. I have fallen in love with fresh dill. And miraculously, the rice wasn't lumpy! It looked and smelled so good that it needed special treatment. I've been reading up on caterers and saw a couple that had potato martini bars. Serving food in martini glasses? How cute! This rice dish is even supposed to be garnished with a lemon wedge. Could it be more perfect? Although I love the lines of a martini glass, they are generally trapped in a dark cabinet until they come out for holiday mocktails. One-sixth of this recipe filled up the glass just right and filled me up too. I'm glad it's a balanced meal by itself because it actually bordered on too much food for me. If you cook ahead like I do, you'll be happy to know it tasted even better warmed up today for lunch.
Points information - 1/6 of the recipe (a rounded cup)=6 points.
This is not figured or endorsed by Weight Watchers. I figured the points value myself using an online point calculator.