Friday, February 24, 2012

Veggie cooking anxiety

Am I the only person in the world who gets anxious when they have to make dinner for a vegetarian?
I invited a friend over for a girl's wine and dinner night the other day and received this back, "I don't drink, but I won't say no to food - just as a warning, I don't eat meat. Picky guest." Now, this shouldn't be a big deal, but I already had a menu in mind and already had the ingredients and I don't really excel in the kitchen, so yeah, anxiety.
I mean, I can handle taking meat out of meal, but I figured if my meal was mediocre, at least the wine would be good. But no, that wasn't an option. So I had to make a good dinner.
Enter anxious Nicole searching the internet for scrumptious veggie meals.
So anyway, I ended up making sweet potato, kidney bean burritos instead of sweet potato shepard's pie, and I filled my fridge with a variety of flavours of pop, instead of wine.
At that point, I should have felt fine, but  when I arrived home after work, I was a bit of a basket case running around the kitchen like a nut, while attempting to cook and talk on Skype with my friend Katherine back in Yellowknife. (I wonder if she noticed my crazy state of mind.) Let's just say, I ended up drinking a beer before my guest arrived, just to calm my frazzled nerves. 
But, in the end, the result was actually a lovely evening. And I have to admit my dinner turned out pretty well. I changed the original recipe a bit to add more veggies, so instead of providing the link, I figure I'll give you my version, just in case you have a vegetarian friend coming over for dinner this weekend and you want an anxiety-free meal to make.

(P.S. Sorry there aren't any pictures. I just ate the last one while writing this. I just couldn't resist.)

You will need:

mashed sweet potatoes (I made mine with a little bit of red pepper flavoured cream cheese)
kidney beans
minced garlic
chopped onion
chopped green pepper
corn (canned)
sliced mushrooms
shredded cheese
chili powder
soya sauce
salt and pepper
1/3 cup water


1. To mash sweet potato, I usually cut it into cubes and then microwave it until it's soft enough to mash with a fork. Then I add a tablespoon or two of cream cheese, depending how much potato there is.

2. Next, put a tablespoon of oil in a frying pan and add the onion, garlic, green pepper and mushrooms. Once those are soft, add the mash, beans, and corn, along with 1/3 cup of water.

3. Mix well and then remove from heat, add the spices and continue to mix.

4. Put the mash mixture into the centre of a wrap, sprinkle with cheese, roll and then put on a baking sheet and bake them for 12 minutes at 350 degrees.


1 comment:

  1. I was vegetarian (and vegan) for a long time and I know people got anxious when they had to cook for me. But I think in general vegetarians understand how weird it is for omnivores to cook for us, and are pretty forgiving. Glad your meal turned out well, it sounds delicious!!