Patterico's Pontifications

11/12/2007

Poor Man’s Vegetarian Moroccan Spiced Beef Dish

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 8:16 pm



Here’s what I had for dinner tonight, adapted from a recipe I found on the Internet somewhere:

Mix in a pan on the stove until warm:

2-3 tablespoons garlic-flavored olive oil
1 tablespoon paprika
1 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon lemon extract

Heat up 1 pound Morningstar Farms recipe crumbles (ground beef substitute)

Add the crumbles to the warm olive oil mixture

Stir

Serve over Trader Joe’s clay oven baked Lavash Bread

Serve with Tahini sauce

Worked out pretty well.

I’m not a cook, but if everything turned out this well, I can see becoming one.

27 Responses to “Poor Man’s Vegetarian Moroccan Spiced Beef Dish”

  1. Umm, sorry, that’s not cooking.

    nk (09a321)

  2. Well, that’s all well and good but some of us don’t live near a Trader Joe’s any longer.

    SPQR (26be8b)

  3. “Umm, sorry, that’s not cooking.”

    Umm, I am almost positive Julia Child once said if you have to turn on the stove, it is indeed ‘cooking’. (and of course, she must have meant microwaves, too).

    Dana (e3a6da)

  4. Let’s see David Ehrenstein or blah start a raging partisan argument over this post! :-)

    qdpsteve (cd214a)

  5. I am sure it tasted great. I am equally sure that it would have tasted better with bacon. Everything tastes better with bacon. Or, dead animals, in general.

    JD (6887fb)

  6. A conservative Texas male — vegan???

    Say it ain’t so.

    wls (a6fede)

  7. Here’s what I had for dinner: Lots of really good Mexican food made by someone else. Beat that.

    DRJ (9578af)

  8. A conservative Texas male — vegan???

    Does. Not. Compute.

    JD (6887fb)

  9. DRJ – I had 3 whole rainbow trout grilled on a cedar plank. Horseradish and garlic mashed potatoes, and freshly brewed sweet tea.

    JD (6887fb)

  10. I admit that’s pretty good but it needs beef.

    DRJ (9578af)

  11. Seriously, that sounds like a good recipe, Patterico. Cooking is fun and some of the best chefs are men. Another nice thing about cooking is you can start at any age and your kids can participate and learn, too. I know our college son uses his cooking skills far more than his laundry skills, and it’s a good way to meet people.

    DRJ (9578af)

  12. Serve over Trader Joe’s clay over baked Lavash Bread

    I’d leave out the layer of clay in the middle, no matter where you bought it.

    Oregonian (51907e)

  13. Poor Man’s Vegetarian Moroccan Spiced Beef Dish

    I regret to inform you that your dinner is a logical fallacy, a contradiction in terms.

    Pablo (99243e)

  14. DRJ – You are absolutely correct. A good meal, no doubt. But no meal can be truly great without a sizeable portion of dead cow, cooked only to the point where it is no longer bleeding.

    JD (6887fb)

  15. “I admit that’s pretty good but it needs beef.” -DRJ

    “I am sure it tasted great. I am equally sure that it would have tasted better with bacon. ” -JD

    How about both? Cow and pig go exceptionally well together.

    Kevin (4890ef)

  16. Bacon-wrapped filets. Yum.

    DRJ (9578af)

  17. I’m not purely vegetarian, but Mrs. P. is, and so is our daughter. Accordingly, I eat a lot of fake meat, and prefer it (morally) in most cases, although I’m not a fanatic about it.

    Yes, I am an animal lover. I’m also an environmentalist. So sue me.

    Patterico (bad89b)

  18. Oregonian says:

    Serve over Trader Joe’s clay over baked Lavash Bread

    I’d leave out the layer of clay in the middle, no matter where you bought it.

    Heh. I meant “clay oven baked . . .”

    Oh, you’re missing a great hypo at the waterboarding thread, Oregonian. I have been waiting for your response . . .

    Patterico (bad89b)

  19. I regret to inform you that your dinner is a logical fallacy, a contradiction in terms.

    And yet, Pablo, pretty damn yummy nevertheless.

    Patterico (bad89b)

  20. :)

    Pablo (99243e)

  21. I think it is immoral to not have a piece of dead animal at every meal.

    JD (6887fb)

  22. As an animal lover and environmentalist, would you find it immoral to waterboard a trout before placing the cedar plank over the fire?

    wls (a6fede)

  23. That was outstanding, WLS. Coffee out the nose hurts.

    JD (707046)

  24. morningstar farms recipe crumbles (ground beef substitute)…

    i’ve never heard of “recipe crumbles” before. what is it, tofu mixed with sawdust and something from the chemlab? i’m an animal lover and an environmentalist too, but i love beef, pork, lamb, as well as some other meats that have not likely ever appeared in your supermarket. eating beef is actually a form of environmentalism; whenever you eat a new york strip or filet mignon, you’re taking a cow out of the global herd, which would otherwise release methane into our atmosphere every time it farted, and methane is a more powerful heat-trapping greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide.

    your wife’s an adult, old enough to choose her food, but your daughter? was this an informed choice, or a wifely fiat thing? ideally, your daughter should make an informed choice after hearing the case from both parental advocates, a case complete with tasty exhibits!

    assistant devil's advocate (0e253b)

  25. your wife’s an adult, old enough to choose her food, but your daughter? was this an informed choice, or a wifely fiat thing?

    She made the decision on her own, with zero prompting or even suggestion.

    Our son is a meat eater.

    Patterico (bad89b)

  26. Get the cook book KILL IT AND GRILL IT by TED NEGENT and his wife it beats having all that vegan stuff that jerks from PETA and PRRM and CSPI would shove down our throats and stick those morning star stings into the compost pile

    krazy kagu (6b296a)


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