I don't know what made me think Spanakopita on a Monday night was a good idea, but last night before I went to sleep, I pulled the phyllo sheets and frozen spinach out of the freezer and let them sit in the fridge to "warm up" while I was at work today.
I'm still getting used to my new job and its different patterns, so I guess I just had no idea how busy a Monday could be until I was halfway through it. It was a relatively stimulating kind of busy, the kind that involves you in enough projects and interactions that before you know it, it's nearly closing time. Still thinking I was hot stuff, even though I nearly fell asleep at least three times on the short bus ride home, I pulled the thawed phyllo and spinach out of the fridge and put them on the counter while I opened up The Accidental Vegan to find the recipe.
After reading through the recipe twice, I took a long and meaningful look at my unfrozen prey... and put them back in the fridge. The recipe is probably very simple, but it just had entirely too many steps and too many warnings for a Monday night.
Thinking fast and presenting myself with a mini-basket challenge, I surveyed the miserable, TimeToGoShopping contents of my fridge and freezer, then pulled out La Dolce Vegan, grateful that I picked up some potatoes to roast with the spanakopita I didn't make tonight and made Aloo Mattar for what I believe is the first time. I was missing a tomato, but I couldn't see how it would make a big difference.
Savory, squishy potatoes with little sweet green peas, bursting with a sweet flavor made for a fun combination. I can't see this becoming one of the "regular" curries I make from this book, but we'll certainly add it to the Perfect Portions series and I'm sure it will find its way onto our table again.
Speaking of things finding their way onto our table...
1. Chana Masala from Vegan Express, accompanied by a roasted green thing (probably asparagus, possibly broccoli) because I can't deal with the idea of just eating chickpeas and tomatoes for dinner.
2. Pasta Jambalaya, also from Vegan Express, because this is fun and we haven't had it in a while.
3. Pasta Twists with Cauliflower and Spinach, also from Vegan Express (can you tell I feel the need to make and eat dinner in a short amount of time? Just because I'm getting home from work earlier doesn't mean I'm not starving after an active day...) Anyway, I'm pretty sure we haven't had this before and I can't imagine why, since cauliflower and spinach are happy things.
4. Pasta Puttanesca, also from Vegan Express, because I absolutely can't recall the last time I made this. Okay...now that we've got all the pasta covered...
5. Sloppy Joes from The Urban Vegan. There are two reasons I chose this - first, it's so easy and so tasty and cooks up so fast. Well, I guess that's kind of three reasons, but we'll say one because the second reason is that I am super stoked for Celebrate Vegan to arrive in bookstores and online retailers everywhere on October 18th! So, I'm ramping up my palate for more tasty recipes from Dynise, in other words.
6. Granada Paella, also from The Urban Vegan to revisit an old favorite. I was actually torn between this and the Tunisian Soup, but since it's just beginning to be soup weather and everything is still unpredictable, I decided to go with BurnMyFaceOff Paella instead of trying to serve Mister soup on some surprise 80-degree day...
Anyway, we may try again for the Spanakopita tomorrow, or it may wait until Thursday, but either way we'll have a fun recap of that adventure in the near future!