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Ah, pot roast — the quintessential comfort food, at least for those of us who grew up in America’s breadbasket.
I’ve been dabbling in veganism lately through my juicing experiment (and beyond), and I realized that I don’t really love pot roast in the way that I used to. But, instead, I’ve fallen deeply in love with this classic Indian dish: chana masala. It’s chickpeas (a.k.a. garbanzo beans), tomatoes, onions, and lots of spices. We serve it with peas and/or rice.
We’ve made this dish a few times before, but not quite in the way that we did it this last time. Over the holidays Mark and I went to an Indian restaurant near his parents’ house and realized the perfect chana masala (that we were served there … whoa, yum) is made with fresh, not canned, vegetables. This is contrary to what we’d been doing, which is to stew the chana all day long like it was a pot roast, thinking that it would make the beans more tender. It doesn’t. The secret is in the soaking of the dry beans.
Anyway, we use dry beans and follow Smitten Kitchen’s chana masala recipe, but last time replaced the can of tomatoes with fresh, and added three — yes, three — jalapeños for kicks. Smitten Kitchen’s recipe makes enough for me to eat this every day and night for a week. And I did. Happily.
This week I tried my hand at recreating my favorite salad, except I forgot one of the main ingredients — beets. Regardless, my rendition was pretty good. This is a massaged kale salad (olive oil) with pomegranate seeds, kamut berries, and nutritional yeast. Not too shabby. In fact, if I added the beets, I might like this salad better than the version I ordered at The Café a few weeks ago. I also finally figured out how to get all the seeds from a pomegranate without tearing my hair out.
What’s your comfort food?
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Hi there. I'm Calee (pronounced CAL-e). If that's too hard, just call me Cal. Also known as chimes or the chimes. I'm 28ish, a designer, a runner, a self-proclaimed fitness queen, a craftster, a foodie, a music snob — some might call me a hipster. Here's the unabridged version.
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