Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner…and then some

In the kitchen at Di's House

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.

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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.

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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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Meatless Monday – Potluck!

There is a local group that holds a monthly potluck that I’ve been wanting to attend, and finally made it there tonight!  It’s held at the local health food store.  Fortunately I knew someone from bookclub, although everyone was very nice.  There were 10 that RSVP’d but I think there were at least 20.  I loved that so many people in my area are interested in healthy eating.  Here’s just part of the spread.

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I made slow cooker Boston baked beans.  Other dishes people brought included pasta salad, orzo salad, broccoli salad, a beautiful fruit salad, fruit crumble, other beans, cauliflower, and on and on.  Here’s my plate.  I think my favorite was a chickpea and potato curry.

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I enjoyed meeting others that are interested in healthy eating and look forward to next month!  I loved trying dishes to get ideas, since I am burned out with cooking lately.  It inspired me!

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Meatless Monday – Vegetarian “Bacon,” Tomato and Avocado Sandwiches

I’ve been wanting to try the eggplant bacon recipe from “Vegan With A Vengeance” for the longest time.  It is thinly sliced eggplant baked at a high temp until crispy, then dipped into a mixture of soy sauce and liquid smoke.  Here is my baked eggplant.

imageAnd here it is when done.  I didn’t think it tasted like bacon per se but I still loved it.

imageI put it in sandwiches along with tomatoes from the garden, and avocado.  I felt healthy eating it.  I still need to get back into exercising though!

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I’ve been meaning to post but either WordPress or my internet connection or “all of the above” have been painfully slow, to the point where I just give up.  Fourth of July we had “bbq sandwiches” with Morningstar Farms veggie ribs.  I remember liking them but maybe my tastes have changed and they’re not as good as I remember.  Not bad, just not great.

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Last week I made a baked ziti casserole with asparagus and peas.  I love having leftovers.
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We have tomatoes from the garden.  They are so good, most of the time I just dice them and eat them just like that, with a sprinkle of salt.  Otherwise I put them on everything.  On a bagel with hummus, cream cheese and balsamic vinegar.

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Or on baguette slices with Gorgonzola.  With pears from our yard.  Yum.

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Ok, I think I am caught up a little.  I probably won’t post for Meatless Monday but will likely be cooking Meatless.

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