This version is made with jicama, broccoli, green peas, carrots, purple cabbage, celery, garlic, black Thai rice, & jasmine rice. I serve the fried egg on top because I think it looks really cool.
There was a time that I thought that if I ever saw another plate of pesto pasta, it would be too soon. You see, the minute that someone hears that you're a vegetarian and realizes that they have to feed you at some point, they would bust out the pesto pasta recipe...if you're really lucky, they'll throw in a portobello mushroom cap. I have been a vegetarian for 20+ years; needless to say, I have had my fill of the pesto. Then I spied a vegan version of pesto pasta on Vegan Crunk, and my interest in the dish was suddenly rekindled. I decided that pesto doesn't have to be boring. It needn't be the same. So I left the parmesan out of the classic pesto recipe, and added some parsley. I tossed the pesto with the pasta noodles and topped it with chopped arugula and baby heirloom tomatoes from the farmer's market. Finally, I finished it with crumbled gorgonzola (Gorgon Zola: King of Cheese). This was the perfect spicy lift after Kelly and I ran 4 miles in the heat of the day. The Wife even joined us for the last mile.
Jicima warm? I have never tried that...I always used to use it raw - in salads and on its own. Sounds yummy.
And pesto equals BASIL, so I am in!!!
Happy veg sneaking.
warm jicama is great. it stays crunchy and takes on a more floral flavor. i plan on doing a jicama curry soup once the weather settles down.
your photos are just gorgeous. and 20+ years as a vegetarian, good for you. i am not a strict anything, but i do avoid cheese/dairy for the sake of digestive issues. however, my cat is named Gorgonzola!
I just discovered the wonders of stir fried jicama myself. it's remarkably water chestnut-y. And yours looks delicious.
Yea! Thanks for the link, dude. Pesto is the best thing ever! As a vegan, I don't really get tired of it since most pesto at restaurants has the cheese in it. I do get tired of veggie burgers though....every time I go out with omnis, they're like, "I'm sure the place has a veggie burger." If I eat one more $10 Boca patty at a restaurant, I will scream (Huey's does not count, however. Those veg burgers are good).
And you're egg dish is so pretty. I kinda miss cooking with eggs. Not really eating them, just cooking with them.
Here I just have to say: the walnuts, Justin, the walnuts. Whiz that up with the basil (sans parmesan, I'm with you there) and a little lemon juice to push it away from the jicama-y flavors and towards, say, a sauce for roasted eggplant. I also thought I'd scream if I had pesto pasta one more time, but on other veggies, pesto takes on a whole new dimension.
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