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Today’s meatless meal is also vegan! It is a carrot soup with tahini and chick peas via Smitten Kitchen. I haven’t made this one yet myself, but I have been wanting to for a while. Enjoy! (And tell me how you liked it if you make it! Smitten Kitchen always has the most amazing recipes.)
I think I am going to start keeping a list of all the fancy, shmancy restaurants I want to visit someday. Right now the list includes:
3) Resturant Eve I almost went to Restaurant Eve a year or two ago. A friend and I decided we were going to commemorate our birthday’s (which had occurred three months previous, I might add, but it seemed like a good excuse to us) so we called and asked if we needed reservations for that evening. When we were told no, we didn’t need reservations, we dressed up and headed over. When we walked in the somewhat snooty maitre’d told us that we did need reservations, and “did we want to have dinner in the bistro instead?” I think the only seating they had left was at the bar. Um, no. So we went right next door to the Grape and Bean for an amazing cheese platter and a few glasses of wine. But someday, snooty maitre’d, I am going to eat at Restaurant Eve!
4) Noma (The world’s best, and in Denmark, so cool!)
But, if you are looking for something in the price range of your average, middle class individual living in the DC area, might I suggest. . .
1) Brabo Tasting Room Get their famous mussels in white wine and butter sauce with a glass of dry white wine, they are amazing. Be sure to order extra bread for sopping up the sauce.
2) Bamian Afghan Cuisine Yummy, yummy, oh-so-yummy middle eastern food.
3) Four Sisters Amazing Vietnamese food, and they always have beautiful flower arrangements – a feast for eyes as well. Go with a few friends and get the set menu, it’s a bargain.
4) MoMo Sushi! My roommate and I just discovered this place last week. We were pleased with the cosy atmosphere, the service, and the food!
5) 2Amys The best Italian food I have had outside of Italy. The restaurant even feels like Italy!
I thought it might be helpful to post meatless meals each week to give you inspiration for a Lenten Friday meals. I am going to try and make these meals Vegan (without eggs, dairy, fish, and meat) so that anyone in the Eastern Rite will be able to use these as well. However, I will include meals that may use olive oil, so Eastern Riters beware, but I am sure you will know what to substitute for olive oil.
My goal is the post a recipe on Wednesdays so that you have a chance to buy supplies on Thursday and then prepare the meal on Friday. This week I am a little late simply because I had my brilliant idea over breakfast this morning.
Note Bene: if you are not Catholic you might like to participate during Lent in abstaining from meat on Fridays, it’s a good will-power builder (trust me, its seems as soon as you can’t have something, it appears right in front of you) and it’s a heart healthy thing to do.
The first meal is The Pioneer Woman-Vegetarian Lettuce Wraps. I am going to be picking up the ingredients this afternoon to try it out. Since I haven’t tested this meal yet, I cannot vouch for how good it will taste. However, I can vouch for the Pioneer Woman, I have yet to try something of hers I didn’t like! In the future I will try to make sure I’ve tried the recipe before I share it!