Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner…and then some

In the kitchen at Di's House

Meatless Tuesday

Here is the postponed Meatless Monday dinner.  I still collect cookbooks and subscribe to magazines (although I’ve fallen w-a-y behind on reading them), but m, eost of the recipes I cook from are those I find online, especially via Facebook and the pages I follow there.  Tonight we had avocado, kale and hummus wraps.  I found some artisanal tortillas that are made from a corn and whole wheat blend.  And bonus, they’re not flying saucer sized!

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Since this was for dinner, I added more veggies.  My wraps had hummus, sunflower seeds, kale, julienned carrots, onions, cilantro, tomatoes, and avocado.  We also had some fresh sugar baby watermelon from the weekend farmers market.  Pardon my lack of plating skills.  Sometimes I have to quickly get the photo before the human gets too antsy and grabs the plate.

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Meatless Monday – Postponed!

I’m tired of leftovers so I decided to postpone our Meatless Monday to tomorrow.  We finished off some soba noodles with peanut sauce & veggies (meatless), penne with marinara sauce and pork sausage (made from pastured pork, that I got at the farmers market) and some tortilla chips (from lunch at Freebird’s World Burrito).  Now I can start fresh the rest of the week.

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My shopping today included $20 worth of meat at Target.  There was an coupon in the ad to get $5 off a purchase of $20.  I picked up some bacon, frozen 6-pack of burgers (I didn’t want a giant package from Sam’s Club), and some antibiotic-free boneless skinless chicken breasts.  All that will probably last me a few months.

Upcoming meals I plan to make include kale, avocado and hummus wraps, and roasted chickpea & cauliflower tacos.  Oh, and spicy Thai grilled peanut butter sandwich, that has orange marmalade, curry and sriracha sauce, that I saw on the Cooking Channel.  We also have a watermelon to eat.  It’s a sugar baby watermelon, so it’s not too big.  Even so it will take us a few days to polish it off.  I would have served it with dinner tonight but I got distracted with the tortilla chips.  If I don’t write down what I plan to cook, sometimes I will forget an item or two.

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Tovers

“Tovers” is a word in the urban dictionary that means:  “Food left over from a meal recently ate, sometimes more than one meal. .short for leftovers.”  That’s what we had tonight.  I’m trying to clean out all the bits & pieces from the refrigerator and use up sauces before they go bad.  Tonight we had veggies (carrots, broccoli, yellow pepper, and green beans, some from the garden, some from the farmers market), with soba noodles and (leftover) peanut sauce .  We also had a sliced tomato from our very own garden (the extent of my gardening is limited).  I had a small bit of sushi rice too, that I wrapped with Trader Joe’s wasabi nori.  (I love that stuff!!!)  For something that was not exactly planned and thrown together, it was all pretty good.

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Meatless Monday – Homemade Veggie Masala Burgers

I tried making homemade vegetable masala burgers (copycat for Trader Joe’s) again.  The first time I thought there wasn’t enough seasoning.  I used this recipe, adding about half a teaspoon each of curry, cumin and some Penzey’s Berbere seasoning, in addition to what the recipe calls for.  I also substituted frozen mixed vegetables for the edamame and corn.  It turned out a lot better, or at least, more to my liking.  I baked them at 350 for about 20 minutes, flipping halfway.  That seems to be the method that works best for me, for veggie burgers.  I served them on Trader Joe’s naan with some sauteed peppers & onions, and mango chutney (chutney from the farmers market).

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On the side we had some green beans (also from the farmers market).  They go in the pot with lots of colors.

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After steaming, the pretty stripes disappeared.

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I’m still trying to use up things I’ve had in the freezer forever.  I found this lone piece of naan.  I made a sort of cinnamon toast with it, based on a “recipe” a friend made.  I toasted it, lightly buttered, and sprinkled with cinnamon, sugar, and kinako.  Kinako reminds me of family since we had it on New Year’s Day at the Oshogatsu Ryori parties years ago.  It’s a roasted soybean flour.  For New Year’s it’s sprinkled on mochi (rice  cake).

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Baked Tofu Katsu with Veggies & Rice

I was originally going to make pasta with tomato sauce tonight, until I realized I have a bunch of leftovers in the refrigerator.  Instead, we had baked tofu katsu, with some leftover veggies (from the panini – eggplant, zucchini, peppers, onions & mushrooms) and basmati rice.  I found a recipe for baked tofu katsu, for my version I did a basic flour, egg and panko dredge.  I added a little five spice seasoning to the flour but I didn’t really taste it in the end.

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I baked it at 350 for about 30 minutes, flipping the pieces halfway through.  The veggies & rice, I just reheated and added some peanut sauce.  I love peanut butter.

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I liked the texture of the tofu.  It needed more seasoning, I might try marinating it in mirin & soy sauce next time.  I ended up playing with different sauces.  I was too lazy to make homemade katsu sauce.  I like mixing the Mae Ploy with the spicy sweet Tabasco.

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Sausage, Peppers & Onions, plus Catching Up

At this week’s farmers market, I picked up Italian pork sausage and peaches.

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We have lots of peppers from the home vegetable garden too, so tonight we had sausage peppers and onions, with some leftover pasta.  I liked the sausage because it didn’t have too much fennel, like some store-bought brands do.  I also had some leftover grilled tomatoes that I added to the veggies, which made it a little saucer.

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Earlier this week we had cucumber rolls with cantaloupe.  The cucumber was from the garden.  Melons are available at the farmers market but this one was from the regular store.  I always forget about sushi.  I made a big batch of sushi rice so I can throw together a roll for a quick lunch.

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Finally, last night we had veggie panini, with eggplant, zucchini, & tomato from the farmers market, along with peppers, mushrooms, onions, provolone and pesto.

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Meatless Monday – Ratatouille Pizza

The produce at the farmers market is in full swing right now.  Everything is ripe and luscious.  I got tomatoes, peaches, eggplant and zucchini this week.

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In addition to veggie panini, I was thinking ratatouille, and found a recipe for ratatouille pizza.  The way the vegetables are arranged is similar to how it was done in the animated movie.

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I used a Benriner mandoline to make super-thin slices.  I spread some pesto and tomato sauce on the crust, for flavor, and scattered on some chopped bell pepper (hidden to get the picky eater in the house to eat them).  I had some Penzey’s Frozen Pizza Seasoning and sprinkled some of that on too.  The vegetables make a pretty presentation.  Next time I might alternate the three main vegetables, though, so they’re more evenly distributed (go around the edge with a slice each of eggplant, zucchini and tomato, instead of one veggie at a time).

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Happy 4th – BBQ Tofu Sandwiches

I wanted something celebratory for dinner so we had BBQ tofu sandwiches with cole slaw and corn.  I prepared the tofu by first freezing triangles, thawing them, coating them with BBQ sauce and baking on non-stick foil at 350 for about 15 minutes.

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Today is my niece-dog and nephew-dog’s birthdays.  For that I made “3-2-1” cakes.  They’re made in the microwave, using 3 tbsp. cake mixture, 2 tbsp. water, and cooking for 1 minute.

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The recipe calls for baking them in a mug but I used custard cups sprayed with Pam.  You can see in the photo that they are bubbly like angel food cake.  I decorated them with dog-friendly strawberries and blueberries.

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I waited to eat them and learned that they are best eaten shortly after cooking, otherwise they get hard in the center.  The dogs enjoyed their treat too.

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