Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner…and then some

In the kitchen at Di's House

Better Late Than Never

Meatless Monday this week got postponed to Wednesday.  My sis-in-law showed me a recipe in Better Homes and Gardens for Spicy Pasta with Sweet Potatoes.  The sauce sounded different, with peanut butter, cream cheese, soy sauce, Sriracha and pasta water.  The cream cheese gave it a hearty texture.  Next time I think I’ll roast some chopped onions with the sweet potatoes

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Meatless Monday – Trader Joe’s Mushroom Ravioli

I went to Dallas this weekend to attend a booksigning by Crusoe the Celebrity Dachshund.  Before heading to the bookstore, I stopped at Trader Joe’s.  Dinner on Monday was TJ’s mushroom ravioli (pasta and sauce all in one package) and colorful carrots.  I had planned to use a vegetable sauce but when I opened the pasta I realized it had its own sauce.

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The carrots were fun, lots of colors!

DSCN8219In less than 15 minutes, dinner was ready.  I liked the ravioli but wish it had more filling.

DSCN8221Earlier in the day we had Trader Jjoe’s pumpkin bagels and cinnamon raisin bagels, with pumpkin butter.  The pumpkin butter is very spicy, as in flavorful spicy.  I’m so glad I took a chance on it.  On a side note, I had previously bought a ground decaf coffee from Trader Joe’s that I didn’t care for at all.  I finally remembered to bring the remaining bag with me and they refunded it with no receipt and no problems.

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I picked up this spice grinder with smoked ghost chilis.  I’ve tried ghost chilis before and it took me a good half hour to get over the burn.  I tried some yesterday on bean soup, being very cautious about the amount I put on.  It was edible, as in not you-can’t-eat-this-hot.  I’m going to try it on popcorn later this week.

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Seven Can Soup

I usually don’t use canned beans for soup but wanted to give this Pioneer Woman recipe a try since it was recommended by a friend.  Luckily I found some beans with no salt added.  The recipe says not to drain the liquid but I did, and gave the beans a rinse.  I also substituted ground beef,, onion, garlic, chili powder and cumin for the can of chili.  I added water to cover the ingredients (about 1 1/2 cans of water).

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Everything just about filled the slow cooker.

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I added garnishes, cheese, avocado, green onion and cilantro.  It tasted like a Rachael Ray “stoup” (thinner than a stew, thicker than a soup).  A little like chili but with a thinner texture.  I’m glad to have all the leftovers for the week!  Next time I think I’ll try using dried beans, and cooking everything in a pressure cooker, just as an “experiment.”

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Meatless Monday – Baked Falafel Salad

Last week I made baked falafel for Meatless Monday.  I still had some “batter” left over from that, from which I made a sort of falafel salad with hummus and veggies.  It was what I was craving.  I didn’t have any tahini or I would have made a dressing.  Instead I mixed in some cottage cheese.

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To go with lunch this week I made a peanut butter and cream cheese dip for apple slices.  It’s kind of like frosting, you could easily eat it by itself.

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I also made some peanut butter oatmeal energy bites to have on hand.  Hubby seems to be hungry all the time and I wanted something healthy yet filling that I could just grab and give him.  I added protein powder and chia seeds in hopes that those ingredients would help tide him over.

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