Monday, April 16, 2012
rustic asparagus quinoa tart
to me, at first a lot of things seem intimidating.
becoming a vegetarian - no way to hard. fast forward 6 years later , it had become second nature - a way of life.
taking the leap over to veganism - out the question, life would be so hard without eggs and cheese. 2 years from when that statement was made i find myself flourishing on a whole foods plant based diet and loving it.
gluten free vegan cooking & baking - wow, you have to be some kind of super hero to conquer that one. come to find out, like with most things you just need to be open, aware and willing to try new techniques. having a few mentors and inspirational bloggers along the way such as Cara from fork & beans, Caitlin from the vegan chickpea and Richa from hobby & more helps too.
inspired by a few of my favorite gluten free vegan bloggers i have ventured into the wonderful world of gluten free vegan, i figured i would take it for a test drive. and you know what, it is a pretty wonderful ride (sorry for the awful comparison, i had too)
asparagus, lemon, sun dried cherry tomatoes, parsley and poppy seeds are your main flavors
the sun dried cherry tomatoes add a nice contrast in flavor, color and texture to the overall dish
a mixture of quinoa and millet, both seeds are cooked and tossed with your flavor base
poppy seeds and lemon zest are added to the gluten free tart crust
stalks of asparagus are layered on top of the quinoa millet mixture
the edges of the tart crust are pulled up and over the side of the filling
this entire rustic tart is full of spring flavor and brightness - truffle oil is drizzled over the top adding a welcome earthiness in contrast to bold lemon flavor.
my cousins and i (and my sister when she is home) are the vegans/vegetarians of the family, for every holiday i try to contribute a dish to the family table that will appeal to both vegan & non-vegans alike. this year, i brought along eggplant rollatini (guest post over at fork & beans) and this beautiful tart.
my aunt and uncle instantly fell in love with the flavors - the bold lemon won their hearts
i love introducing my friends and family to new healthy and tasty food. it shows them that healthy food can does taste amazing.