I hope everyone had a restful holiday. We are settling back in after our visit to family in SC. While many people hit the malls on Friday, I convinced my family to go to Earth Fare instead! I don't think we have any Earth Fare stores in the St. Louis area, but this one seemed very similar to Whole Foods. It had all the vegan essentials- tempeh, seitan, Vegenaise, Silk, Earth Balance, and even a few deli and bakery vegan selections! This totally blew me away for a small town. It will be one of my first stops next time I visit!
Okay, has anyone else had enough sweet potatoes and green beans for now? This dip is a change of pace from the typical Thanksgiving flavors. The recipe is adapted from one on the Westbrae Organic Mellow Brown Rice Miso container. I haven't used miso much before. This paste contains brown rice, soybeans, water and salt. It can be used the way you would use soy sauce or vegetable broth, for a subtle, complex flavor. The dip is both sweet and tangy, and downright addictive. It would make a good spread for toast, but we enjoyed it with crackers and steamed broccoli. It went quickly, so I'll probably double the portion next time.
Sweet Tahini Miso Dip
makes between 1/4-1/2 cup
1/4 cup tahini (stir before measuring)
2 Tablespoons maple syrup
2 teaspoons miso
Combine with a spoon. Refrigerate unused portion.
Super Easy Steamed Broccoli
Wash broccoli and chop into bite-sized spears. Place in a casserole dish and fill with a little water (1/4 to 1/2 inch). Cover casserole with a lid. Microwave 4-5 minutes. Pour broccoli into a strainer to drain water. Careful! The water will be very hot.