Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Wasabi Lima Puree, Pot Roast with Roasted Vegetables

The other day, Atxvegan, blogged about mashing lima beans instead of potatoes and it sounded so good to me. I often use cauliflower, turnips and other root veggies, but never thought to use lima beans! Boy oh boy, these are my new favorite thing. I boiled the beans in salted water, then scopped them into the food processor with a tiny bit of lite tofu, lime juice, 2 heads of roasted garlic and a bunch of wasabi paste. Heaven on a plate. I'll bet edaname would be delicious as well, especially dressed with a tiny bit of toasted sesame oil.
The main dish was a seitan pot roast of sorts that was baked in a flavorful marinade of dijon, tamari, garlic, fresh rosemary, sherry and a tsp of olive oil. Carrots, mushrooms, onions and potatoes were deliciously caramelized along with the seitan.

Bet yo momma never made lima beans like these!

Ham style seitan "BLT" with wing sauce

Lunch for my husband. This man adores seitan. I have made him a different sandwich every day and he's a happy man. Even though I liked my cutlets, I can't eat seitan more than once or twice a week, so my lunch was leftover split pea soup and a veggie wrap on a low carb/calorie lavash. No pic of that.

18 comments:

  1. I have to tell you, my hubby would love seitan everyday. The meater the better. I myself have a hard time with the texture of many seitans. Sometimes it is too much like meat. Someday I will be lucky enough to get a recipe perfected. I am going to try those lima beans. I can't wait to go shopping.

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  2. I did the mashed limas. Your spicy version sounds so good! I thought about using edamame. I hope you'll try it and let us know if it's just as good.

    I've got to make some seitan for a family get-together, so I'm going to check out all your recipes.

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  3. I adore seitan! After reading your post I thought, "Wow, that's a little strange for me!" I HATE anything that tastes like meat. I don't even eat store bought fake meats. I do make them at home though. For example, last week I made homemade vegan hot dogs (posted about them at www.delectablevegetable.blogspot.com) and I loved them! Just depends on how meaty it is, I guess. By the way, I love your pictures! They are wonderful!

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  4. The lighting in your pics looks really professional, and makes your food look great.

    I can't wait to try mashing all kinds of veggies, lima beans included. Maybe tomorrow I will try mashed edamame.

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  5. Ohh those mashed lima beans look heavenly, and I love your addition of wasabi! I have such a hard time finding decent lima beans in the freezer section- and I never see them fresh, so they're like a treat for me. Have you ever mashed peas? I saw Nigella do it on her show and have been intrigued ever since.

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  6. i love the mashed lima beans! Very clever, even tho i'm not a lima bean fan (too many nightmares of Campbell's Vegetarian Vegetable Soup when i was a kid... picking out the overabundance of said beans).

    Like yer hubby, i also would not mind seitan every day. Tho i can understand getting sick of it. (And BTW, i do like what you had instead! Both sound good to me!) Seitan is one of those foods that can be flavoured so many different ways, all m'ty or chick'y or even fi'y! (But then again, i was a huge "meat" eater until i became veg 26 years ago... so that figures.)

    Melody, the food looks fantastic. I wish i could have it ALL.

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  7. I've been over visiting, but haven't commented because lately, time is just too short. Your photos have taken on a life of their own! Did you get a new camera? If so, what kind? I wish my photos looked like that!!
    When is your cookbook going to be ready? Need any more testers? I did a bit of testing for Dreena over at Vive Le Vegan and had a blast!! If you need a hand, just zip me an e-mail. If you really have perfected seitan, that will be worth the cost of the book. I've been trying all kinds of recipes and different cooking methods & I still haven't found the "perfect" recipe. When I order it in restaurants, it's so uniform in texture and so tender to cut. Mine doesn't turn out like that. If you've discovered the secret, you'll have a lot of happy people out here.

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  8. Ummmm....the picture is gorgeous (as are all your pictures) but I fon't think I'll be mashing any lima beans anytime soon...too many bad childhood memories for me!

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  9. The Lima Puree with Wasabi sounds right up my alley. YUM!

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  10. i never eat lima beans even though i really like them...mashing them is a wonderful idea! especially with wasabi! i'm excited to try it out.

    like your husband i too adore seitan and could eat it every single day. i beg the sous chef at my job to make it for me all the time if we havn't sold out of it.

    JENNA

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  11. Melody.. you have out done yourself again! (you always do!)..
    yep, I agree w/ everyone else your pictures are quite gorgeous!

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  12. Looks amazing again! I think I will need to try this with edamame cos I love them! Thanks for giving me the idea!

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  13. Wow the pot roast and the limas jsut looks amazing.

    I second the others as fr as your photos. They are looking really good.

    Since I'vegot some edamame the freezer, I may give that a go this weekend!

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  14. I can't stand how good your lima beans look. I seriously want to eat them right now!!! Too bad I don't have any of the ingredients. :(

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  15. I love wasabi with anything...I'll bet it coupled so nicely with the starchy limas.

    I am so jealous of your photo talent.

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  16. My oh my, those mashed limas look delicious! Now I'm going to have to jump on the bandwagon and try it--and I love the idea of adding the wasabi. Zing!

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  17. Melody,
    I am just so blown away by your gorgeous food photography! These pictures are beautiful!

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  18. Your food looks gorgeous as always.
    Yes to mashed limas and I say mash everything- yum!

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