16 May 2007

Day 1: Making a Cauliflower and Chickpea casserole

If you'd like to read about how I ended up here, feel free to pop over to my livejournal. Fascinating reading.

Moving on...

Today I decided to start our Flexitarian adventure with a cauliflower and chickpea casserole.

I'd take a picture, but The Smurflings have run off with my digital camera, so you're out of luck.

Cauliflower and Chickpea Casserole
2 quarts cooked brown rice
1 head cauliflower, steamed, and cut up into bite sized pieces
1/2 onion chopped.
1 can chickpeas
1 clove garlic
1 tsp sea salt (In a strange, fetishist way, I decided to use Marmite. FABULOUS!)
1/2 tsp white pepper
1/2 tsp curry powder
1 c plain yoghurt (we subbed in a block of vegan mozzarella cheese for this)
8 oz sharp cheddar cheese

Layer the rice, cauliflower, and onion in a 9x13 baking dish.

Puree the chickpeas with the garlic, sea salt, pepper, curry powder, and yoghurt. Pour over the casserole.

Bake at 350 for 30 minutes. Top with cheese and bake for another 15 minutes.

We'll see how it goes over with Carnivore and The Smurflings. I ate a huge dose just getting it into the pan, so I'm hoping it will go over well.

UPDATE: The Carnivore came home...

"What's that?"

"Caulflower casserole."

"is that a side dish or a main dish?"

"A main dish."

"You're kidding, right?"


"Are you serious?"


*insert ugly face and general bad attitude*


Yeah, this one bit it, big time. The Carnivore specifically requested that we DON'T EVER make this again.

I thought it was fabulous. It tasted exactly like I remember chicken divan tasting, without the chicken bits. I couldn't eat enough.

Which is probably good, considering I'm stuck with 3/4 of a 9x13 pan.


Sea said...

Awww... if it's any comfort, the thai veggie curry I made the other night went over like a lead weight with MY dh, too. To give him fair credit, the thai curry pretty much sucked- I blame the source (Bon Appetite 1995, don't know why I have such an old magazine, shrug..)

Slightly Off Balance said...

I've made that one... the Carnivore, if I recall, threw it out. As in the whole pan. This man, the one who is a strict use it up philosopher....

Bon Appetite via 1995 was still in its 'if it's weird it's gourmet' stage if I recall...