This post is part of a series in which I share recipe assignments from my culinary nutrition program. Each week, we have two to three recipes to make, photograph, and review. I’ll include links to the recipes when they’re available so you can follow along with me if you like.
Notes: Texture-wise, I think this is a great alternative to mashed potatoes and the millet is a wonderful addition (cauliflower alone can be a little light and watery). The flavor was a touch bland for me, so I ended up adding a dash of hot sauce for some spice. I followed the recipe as written, but I garnished the mash with cilantro instead of parsley – totally on accident! I grabbed the wrong bunch of herbs, but just decided to go with the flow (there is a life lesson here…). It worked out. The cooking process was simple and I appreciated the minimal prep time after a long day. Next time I might try using homemade vegetable broth instead of water to cook everything.
Original recipe available here.
My Mock Mashed Potatoes recipe is still my favorite alternative to traditional white potatoes.
Notes: Visually, I found this to be a beautiful dish – rustic but colorful – and I enjoyed all of the textures from the brown rice, mung beans, and chopped vegetables. Flavor-wise, I was expecting something bolder, I think because of the recipe title and my expectations for Indian spices. The process was very easy and perfect for a weeknight. The only hiccup I had was finding the mung beans. I tried three grocery stores near me before ultimately buying them online. Next time, I will probably use more beans and extra homemade curry powder for additional flavor. I so appreciate simple flavors and ingredients, but as you can see from my notes for the Cauliflower Millet Mash as well, I’m finding these meals need a little something more.
The original recipe doesn’t appear to be available online, but if you’re looking for a spiced stew, I recommend my Curried Potato Cauliflower & Kale Stew or Spiced Vegetable & Chickpea Stew. I love them both.
What are you up to in the kitchen this week?
P.S. I know I missed Monday’s recipe post, but it’s coming soon! Promise. We had a very busy weekend and the marathon excitement yesterday, which resulted in a late-night photo session and images that still need to be edited today. I think this one will be worth the wait though…
Photography by Amanda’s iPhone.