Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner…and then some

In the kitchen at Di's House

Reality

We went out this afternoon and by the time we got home, I didn’t feel like making anything that took a lot of time.  I started making quesadillas and scrambled eggs.  I was going to add enchilada sauce, avocado, and whatever else I could come up with but the natives were getting restless and I gave up, serving what I had cooked up to that point.  We also had some yogurt with Kashi cereal.  Sometimes dinner is not picture perfect but I am proud that I didn’t stop anywhere on the way home to get junk food.

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Shredded Veggies

I keep talking myself out of vetting a spiralizer attachment, since I can get similar results with the shredding disk I already have for the food processor.  I shredded broccoli stems, carrots, and thinly sliced purple cabbage – cleaning out the veggie bin.  Tonight we had fried rice with air fried soy curls.  I coated the soy curls with diluted “bottom of the bottle” gochujang.

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For Meatless Monday, we had the same batch of shredded veggies this time raw, with leftover soba noodles and air fried tofu.  I also added some broccoli and asparagus.

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Meatless Monday – Vegan Mushroom Tacos

Since I’ve been doing Meatless Monday for awhile, I thought this year I would try to have more Meatless VEGAN Mondays.  I roughly followed the recipe for “Chipotle Oyster Mushroom Tacos” from “Isa Does It.”  I used baby portobellas instead, and skipped the chipotle since I don’t care for it.  I cooked pinto beans in the instant pot, instead of using canned.  I love the instant pot for beans!  The tacos are topped with a red cabbage slaw, dressed with olive oil and lime.  Surprisingly the little bit of lime there made it “pop,” as they say these days.

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Meatless Monday – Tofu

Tonight’s dinner was a simple rice with steamed veggies, air fried tofu with peanut sauce.  I made the rice in the Instant Pot.   It turned out nice and soft.

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It may look like a simple dinner but it involved so many dishes.

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Fortunately the mess ended up not taking too long to clean up.

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Kale

I tried lentil quinoa soup in the instant pot today.  Since lentils cook up quickly it didn’t make much difference, time-wise, vs. cooking on the stove.  What I did like was that the cooking smell is more contained in the pot.  It’s chilly and we have a cold spell coming on.  It was a good day to bake bread too.

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I saw a photo online of someone wearing a “Kale” sweatshirt and found one on Amazon.  It goes nicely with my Harvard hoodie!!  (My friend went to Harvard, not me.)

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Meatless Monday – Air Fryer Dinner

I am not being very original tonight.  We had veggie burgers (again), this time black bean ones from Aldi.  I cooked them in the air fryer along with some broccoli.

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I like how the broccoli comes out sort of singed on the edges, with a kale chip flavor.  We also had oranges.

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For dessert we’re having creme brulee that I cooked in the Instant Pot.  For the reset of the week I’m hoping to make a spaghetti quiche (sort of a frittata) as well as some lentil kale soup.  I need to have a big batch meal so we can have leftovers.  Happy New Year!

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