Polenta Pie.

Moosewood’s back, bitches. (Sorry Mom)

Sanders and I have been getting tired of ourselves. Pasta, boxed couscous, random vegetables thrown into a pan, jarred sauces. Like, come on. We needed some inspiration. 

So, we turned to Old Faithful. Moosewood consistently provides creative, vegetable-based vegetarian food. Repetitive, you say? Nay. Vegetarian food today, as done by non-vegetarians and noobs, has essentially transformed into, “Let’s take meat out of this and replace it with something meatless.” This yields dishes like veggie burgers, tofu nuggets, and favorites like lasagna or tacos sans animal. Why? Why must a vegetarian play by a carnivore’s rules? Why can’t vegetables be the means and the end? 

This is why I love Moosewood. It turns vegetables into meals without feeling like it’s missing or replacing something. For example, the Polenta Pie. Reminiscent of pizza, the thick layer of gooey polenta (picture cornmeal grits) is covered with mozzarella, fresh tomatoes, and sauteed zucchini, onions, and spices to create a hearty, flavorful meal in and of itself. Crunchy outside, squishy inside, delicious everyside. Neither of us were thinking, “Oh, I really needed some pepperoni on this…” or “What a great substitution for ______!”

Satisfaction, is what we thought. Just…satisfaction.

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