Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner…and then some

In the kitchen at Di's House

Meatless Monday -Mongolian Soy Curls

Easy 20 minute dinner tonight.  I sautéed celery, peppers, carrots and soy curls, then added ginger and garlic.the sauce was about 2 tablespoons each of soy sauce and water, a bit of hoisin and sambal oelek, plus cornstarch for thickening.  Yum.


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Burger Bowl

I just got back from a trip to California.  Vacation from doing dishes and figuring out what to cook!  Tonight was our belated Meatless Monday.  I baked some Trader Joe’s Thai sweet chili burgers.  The idea of those flavored on a bun did not sound appealing so I chopped them up and served them in rice bowls, along with steamed carrots, peas and edamame.  I mixed up a sauce from Kikkoman orange sauce, gochujang, soy sauce and sambal oelek.


I served it with some Trader Joe’s roasted wasabi nori.  It is roasted with oil.  Unfortunately all of the oil roasted nori I’ve tried has gone rancid on me, including this one with a use by date of November.  I had this happen with another brand, similarly packaged.  I’m going to stick with oil-free nori from now on.



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Meatless Monday – Buddha Bowl

Tonight’s bowl is from Minimalist Baker.  It has chickpeas, kale, sweet potatoes, with a tahini lemon dressing.  I added carrots and brussels sprouts, and cooked some of the ingredients in the air fryer.  Also I served it over rice.


I liked the sauce, it added a lot of flavor for such a simple concoction (tahini, lemon juice and water).  It was very filling.  I couldn’t finish it all.  I might put the little bit leftover into a taco tomorrow.


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Meatless Monday – Spinach & Artichoke Ravioli

Tonight’s dinner was relatively simple.  Just store-bought spinach artichoke ravioli, frozen spinach pesto (cleaning out the freezer), with steamed veggies & garlic breadsticks.  I have been trying vegetables in the air fryer but find some things turn out too dry, like brussels sprouts.  I prefer them steamed.  Carrots as well.  The ravioli was from Sam’s Club.  I liked the tartness the cream cheese added to the filling (cream cheese, mozzarella, parmesan and ricotta).


A few days ago I tried a “cheeze sauce” from “Vegan Bowl Attack.”  It has soaked cashews, water, tomato paste, spices, and nutritional yeast.  I put it on air fried potatoes.  It was just OK.  I added too much onion powder, which was overpowering.  I’m going to use the leftover sauce for potato leek soup.


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Meatless Monday – BBQ Soy Curls

Tonight’s soy curls recipe (Texas BBQ) calls for heating the curls in a sauce for a few minutes.


My sauce turned out a little bland but I think it was because I eyeballed some of the ingredients.  I added pickled carrots and I liked the extra vinegar flavor.  On the side we had air fried brussels sprouts and broccoli, tossed with a little hoisin sauce.

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Curried Peanut Sauce Bowl

I tried a recipe from “Isa Does It” tonight, the curried peanut sauce bowl.  It has tofu and kale over rice.  I air fried the tofu instead, which made it crispy on the outside and airy on the inside.  I had never thought to add curry to peanut sauce, and it was really good.


Last night was the local Meatless Monday potluck.  This was the second time I attended.  There was a demo of a flatbread roll, information on the (free) Plant Pure Summit coming up in September, and we voted on favorite dishes.  My friend’s beefless stew and a sweet potato pudding 9with dates as the sweetener) were the winners.  I made sushi with veggies but forgot to snap a photo of it.  Actually you can spot it near the top of the plate!  There was also a pasta dish, two brussels sprouts dishes, cookie, lentils over rice, tabouli salad, and pasta salad.


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Soy Curls

I have been reading about soy curls in a vegan air-frying group I’m in.  I took a chance and bought a 12 pound box from Butler Foods.  The giant box came today!


There were even a few freebies inside the box, a package of taco crumbles and soy jerky.


The soy curls are dry.  They kind of look like giant fried onions but the are composed only of non-GMO soy.


To prepare them, you soak them in warm water for 10 minutes, drain, season, and saute.  Here they are rehydrated.  Looks like chicken, eh?  Plain it sort of tastes like inariage (fried bean curd pouch).


I air fried them at 400F for 10 minutes, after marinating them for a few minutes in a homemade teriyaki sauce (soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic powder, ginger, water and five spice).


While they were cooking, I sauteed some broccoli, kale, onion, carrots and mushrooms, then added the rest of the sauce.  Everything went over brown rice.  Yum.  I  hope I don’t get tired of them, I have enough to last at least 6 months.

P.S.  I tried the jerky and it is really good!  I’m going to play with making my own with the soy curls in a dehydrator.


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Meatless Monday – Tofu Bahn Mi

I met a friend for a belated birthday lunch at a local restaurant (Three Z Asian Cuisine).  They have gluten-free and vegan menus, in addition to regular ones.  I opted for the tofu bahn mi, with a spicy chili sauce.  The other sauce option was Mongolian.

bahn mi

It was OK but the sauce was so sweet it overpowered everything else.  I mixed in some of the broccoli slaw that came with it, to “dilute” the sauce, which helped.  Not bad, just not to my taste.  My friend had Creole Fried Rice.  That was tasty but again, the sauce to rice ratio was a little high.  I like that there is a local restaurant that is not a chain, and the atmosphere was quiet.  No blaring music so people could actually hear each other talk!

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New Toy – Air Fryer

My air fryer came this week!  I am looking forward to using it for veggies and potatoes.

imageThe first thing I cooked in it was frozen chimichangas.  They were crispy but a little dry.  I think it is just a learning curve as far as time and temperature.

Lasr night we had the Glazed Portobella Mushroom Bowl from “Vegan Bowl Attack.”  I substituted a few items: Baby portobellos instead of big ones, walnuts for pine nuts, and diced tomatoes instead of cherry.  I liked the idea of pasta instead of rice in a bowl.


Tonight I tried tofu, mushrooms and vidalia onions.  The onions were a little overdone but not burned.  I topped it with peanut sauce.  Overall it was good.  I like being able to throw the ingredients in the fry basket and then “ding” it’s ready.


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I wanted something easy to throw together for dinner, so we had breakfast tacos tonight.  Microwaved potatoes then cubed, with scrambled eggs, onion, salsa, cheese, and avocado.  Crudites with hummus for veg.  Easy and filling.


At the vegan potluck last week, my friend mentioned she ordered an air fryer.  I had been curious about them but always managed to talk myself out of one because they were so expensive.  Now they have models for less than $100!  I found a Della brand one on Amazon for $59, and it is on its way!  I’m so excited.  I’ve been burned out with cooking lately, and together with the book “Vegan Bowl Attack,” I hope it will inspire me to cook healthy food.  On my “to cook” list are sweet potato and potato fries, egg rolls, mozzarella sticks (from scratch), veggies, breaded ravioli, and lots of tofu.

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