Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner…and then some

In the kitchen at Di's House

Meatless Monday – New Air Fryer!

Just over a month ago I got a GoWise airfryer.  I really liked it but recently noticed that a tiny amount of the coating on the basket was coming off.  I contacted Amazon, not really expecting anything but wanting to leave feedback, and they offered to let me return it.  To replace it, I ordered a Philips Turbostar.  Amazingly I ordered it Saturday and it arrived today!

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The bottom of the basket is a detachable mesh.  I tried fries in it.  For Meatless Monday I also had a grilled cheese sandwich.  Tillamook extra sharp cheddar on homemade sourdough bread with a little grated Asiago on the outside.  The fries were great, moist inside instead of dry.  The basket is a little smaller than the GoWise but I think it’ll be OK since it’s just the two of us.

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Hubby had a hamburger goulash I cooked in the Instant Pot.  I threw in a green pepper and grated carrots to make it a one-pot meal.

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Meatless Monday – Broccoli with Ginger Tofu

I’ve gotten a few cookbooks lately, one of them being “Better Homes and Gardens Dinner in a Bowl.”  My friend has one and recommended it.  We used to cook long distance from Rachael Ray cookbooks, and this gives us a chances to do the same.  Flipping through it this afternoon, I decided to make Broccoli with Ginger Tofu.  I prepped everything early in the afternoon so I would have no excuse to not be lazy for dinner.

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I made the whole recipe, which serves 4.  It’s a basic stir fry, with broccoli, peppers, garlic, soy sauce based sauce, served over rice.

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The portion seemed sort of skimpy but if I doubled it, it would be too much.  Since hubby is on a high protein diet, I decided to add egg, sort of like with fried rice.

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It was good, what you would think it would be based on the ingredients.  What I like about the cookbook is that even if the dish is nothing all that special, I have something to look for inspiration for dinner.

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Coincidentally Vegan (Maybe)

These are mostly what I used to make dinner with, some new produce and some I wanted to use up.  The Uncle Ben’s Ready Rice I got free with a coupon, that came with a free sample in the mail!  I’m not sure if it’s vegan.  While it doesn’t specifically say, it seems like it might be based on the ingredients.

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The tomatoes I got at Sam’s Club.  I thought I’d put them in pasta as well as roast them with other veggies.

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So here’s what we had.  The veggies I chopped up and cooked in the air fryer.  I added the tofu sausage and some Ikea veggie balls towards the end of cooking.  I was surprised at how tasty the rice was.  You just throw it in the microwave for 90 seconds.  The bread is homemade sourdough with some roasted red pepper hummus.  I don’t necessarily try to cook vegan, mostly vegetarian for myself, but I like it if turns out vegan by coincidence,

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Meatless Monday – Noodle Bowl with Tofu & Broccoli

I’ve been wondering about pressed tofu, if a press really makes that much of a difference to warrant the $20-30 price tag.  I did a homemade version with a steamer insert under the tofu, weighting it with heavy cans.  I then sliced it, marinated it in Trader Joe’s Island Soyaki, and cooked it in the air fryer at 350F for about 20 minutes.

To go along with it, I made Bang Bang Broccoli, named as such probably because of a chili mayonnaise sauce that goes along with it.  Broccoli florets are dipped in a milk, flour & cornstarch mixture, then dredged in panko.  I lightly sprayed with oil and cooked at 330F for 15 minutes in the air fryer, turning after 10 minutes.  I threw in some green onions to cook along with it as well.

Everything was served on Korean udon noodles.  I did like the tofu, pressing it gave it a different texture.  The broccoli was good too.  Coating it made the edges less charred than if not coated.  The one thing I didn’t like was all the dishes, pots and pans needed to cook everything.

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P.S.  Re the tofu press, I think I’ll skip buying yet another gadget and just use what I have around the kitchen to get the job done.  Although, I might pick up two cheap plastic cutting boards at the dollar store and clamp them with clamps I have in the garage.

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Meatless Monday – Instant Pot Cabbage & Noodles

I saw this recipe on a Facebook Instant Pot group, for Instant Pot Cabbage & Noodles.  Pasta, vegetable broth and water go on the bottom of the pot.  Cabbage, sauerkraut, onion, garlic and veggie sausage go on top.  Everything is cooked for 5 minutes.  I did a natural pressure release for 10 minutes, just to make sure the pasta was done.

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I liked the cabbage part.  Next time I’ll add more sauerkraut.  I didn’t like the sausage, Tofurky Italian sausage.  I see a lot of cabbage in my future.  Love it.

The other day I tried air fryer onion rings.  I dipped floured slices in lightly beaten aquafaba then panko & Parmesan.  They were OK but I probably won’t make them again.  Just one of those dishes that was too much work for the end result.

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Meatless Monday – Fries

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I haven’t posted for awhile only because I’ve been busy with home life.  Things are finally starting to settle down a little.  Tonight we had gussied up fries, made in the air fryer.  I did half russet and half sweet potato, covered in a butternut squash sauce, cheddar cheese, with some green onion and tomato.  Comfort food.

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Meatless Monday -Trader Joe’s

imageI was super busy today, therefore I wanted a simple dinner.  Trader Joe’s cheese enchiladas doctored up with tomato and avocado.  The gelato container says it has 7 servings.  They’ve got to be kidding.

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A Plea for the Animals

I just finished reading “A Plea for the Animals” by Matthieu Ricard.  It took me awhile to get through it but I’m glad I stuck with it.  I especially enjoyed the parts about ethics, sociology, and morals.  I  have a scientific background and those subjects were not a big part of my curriculum (way back when).  I’ve been cooking more and more vegetarian.  When I can, I try to be vegan.  I still eat dairy, though, so technically I’m not vegan.  I just try when I can.  Anyway, here are two quotes I wanted to share from the book on this Meatless Monday.

a) To be a vegetarian or a vegan, it is only necessary to stop eating the animals themselves or the products made by exploiting them. Such a decision only takes a fraction of a second, and it is not difficult to find alternatives to animal products.

b) It takes no more time to be a vegetarian than to eat animal flesh. In fact…those who claim to care about the well-being of human beings and the preservation of our environment should become vegetarians for that reason alone.

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Jackfruit

For Meatless Monday (and coincidentally New Year’s Day) I tried bbq pulled jackfruit.  I cooked it in a crockpot with sautéed onions and garlic, plus a quarter cup each of bow sauce and water.  Here it is before cooking.

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After the jackfruit softened, I shredded it with two forks.  First I tried a potato masher but that didn’t work that well.

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I had planned to make sandwiches except the buns I bought just the day before were moldy!

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So I ended up making rice bowls with cabbage slaw.

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Tonight we had leftovers with homemade buns.  The King Arthur Flour cookbook recipe called for a tablespoon of yeast.  The dough was flattened discs but with that much yeast they rose quite high!

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I put the coleslaw on the side for the photo.  Anyway, I thought the jackfruit was ok.  The texture reminded me of pineapple with a lychee flavor.  I liked it better in the sandwich.  I don’t think it tasted like meat.  I didn’t hate it but don’t love it.  Not sure if I will make this recipe again.  I might try it as carnitas.

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Butternut Squash Mac Cheese

I had oven roasted spiralizer butternut squash and didn’t really like it so I cubed the rest and made macaroni and cheese with it.  I liked that better.  No real recipe.  I made a bechamel, added the mashed & roasted squash and onions, along with a bit of ricotta, cheddar and Parmesan.

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For Meatless Monday we had a rice bowl with roasted veggies, tofu and Trader Joe’s Island Soyaki sauce.

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And over the weekend I made a soup with some mystery peas (that someone had given us that I had in the freezer).  I added celery, onion, garlic, carrots, butternut squash and bacon.  I like my crackers crushed in my soup.  How about you?

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