Dinner with Vivi

April 4, 2012

in dessert, dinner, recipe, vegetarian

Spring Time = Baby Time! My friends Mayuka and Brad just delivered their baby boy Monday, and last night we met our 3-week old cousin, Vivi.

New baby = casserole

I brought over one that could easily be frozen in case of leftovers, but also to fit various food restrictions. This is a meat-free spin on the famous tamale pies I’m always drooling over online.

Basically sautee some garlic, ginger, onion, and carrots in garlic oil…

…add 5 crumbled Black Bean Burgers and Korean BBQ Sauce (<—no tomato – one of the dietary limitations)…

Half of it got layered with shredded white cheddar…

…then topped with cornbread mix and more cheese (so we knew which side was dairy-free)

Baked at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes until the top is done – I kept it compiled in the fridge and used Amy and Paul’s oven.

Brought some appetizers too…

Jovan’s Taste of Tuscany Crackers, Cinnamon Almonds…

…and a quick garlic-y dip I whipped up with Goat Cheese, Garlic Oil, Pickled Garlic, and Garlic Gold/Dill

Noshed on about 4 of 5 of these guys…

…while tossing the dried fig and spinach salad –

Fig syrup, Fig Balsamic, Lemon Juice, Avocado Oil.

Too much BBQ sauce – I eyeballed around 1.5 cups, so use a lot less if you’re going to try this. Otherwise, an easy, fuss-free dinner. Perfect for our first meal with Vivi!

Dessert was also simple…

Banana Manna from Beverly Hills Juice – Just whipped bananas and Organic Almonds.

We had a lovely time seeing our cousins, especially the newest one…

…now I know some good reading material for the other spring chicks!

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