Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner…and then some

In the kitchen at Di's House

Meatless Monday – Instant Pot Cabbage & Noodles

I saw this recipe on a Facebook Instant Pot group, for Instant Pot Cabbage & Noodles.  Pasta, vegetable broth and water go on the bottom of the pot.  Cabbage, sauerkraut, onion, garlic and veggie sausage go on top.  Everything is cooked for 5 minutes.  I did a natural pressure release for 10 minutes, just to make sure the pasta was done.


I liked the cabbage part.  Next time I’ll add more sauerkraut.  I didn’t like the sausage, Tofurky Italian sausage.  I see a lot of cabbage in my future.  Love it.

The other day I tried air fryer onion rings.  I dipped floured slices in lightly beaten aquafaba then panko & Parmesan.  They were OK but I probably won’t make them again.  Just one of those dishes that was too much work for the end result.


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Meatless Monday – Fries


I haven’t posted for awhile only because I’ve been busy with home life.  Things are finally starting to settle down a little.  Tonight we had gussied up fries, made in the air fryer.  I did half russet and half sweet potato, covered in a butternut squash sauce, cheddar cheese, with some green onion and tomato.  Comfort food.

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Meatless Monday -Trader Joe’s

imageI was super busy today, therefore I wanted a simple dinner.  Trader Joe’s cheese enchiladas doctored up with tomato and avocado.  The gelato container says it has 7 servings.  They’ve got to be kidding.

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A Plea for the Animals

I just finished reading “A Plea for the Animals” by Matthieu Ricard.  It took me awhile to get through it but I’m glad I stuck with it.  I especially enjoyed the parts about ethics, sociology, and morals.  I  have a scientific background and those subjects were not a big part of my curriculum (way back when).  I’ve been cooking more and more vegetarian.  When I can, I try to be vegan.  I still eat dairy, though, so technically I’m not vegan.  I just try when I can.  Anyway, here are two quotes I wanted to share from the book on this Meatless Monday.

a) To be a vegetarian or a vegan, it is only necessary to stop eating the animals themselves or the products made by exploiting them. Such a decision only takes a fraction of a second, and it is not difficult to find alternatives to animal products.

b) It takes no more time to be a vegetarian than to eat animal flesh. In fact…those who claim to care about the well-being of human beings and the preservation of our environment should become vegetarians for that reason alone.

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Butternut Squash Mac Cheese

I had oven roasted spiralizer butternut squash and didn’t really like it so I cubed the rest and made macaroni and cheese with it.  I liked that better.  No real recipe.  I made a bechamel, added the mashed & roasted squash and onions, along with a bit of ricotta, cheddar and Parmesan.


For Meatless Monday we had a rice bowl with roasted veggies, tofu and Trader Joe’s Island Soyaki sauce.


And over the weekend I made a soup with some mystery peas (that someone had given us that I had in the freezer).  I added celery, onion, garlic, carrots, butternut squash and bacon.  I like my crackers crushed in my soup.  How about you?



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Meatless Monday – Detox

Thanksgiving was nice and leftovers made dinners easy, but tonight I’d had enough.  I had bought a giant tub of mixed greens at Sam’s Club that were on their last legs, so we finished them off tonight in a salad.


Hubby had turkey day leftovers.  I have to watch him while he eats so that he doesn’t choke.  Sometimes the frenzy makes me lose my appetite, which happened tonight.

i ended up having homemade sourdough baguette crostini with chèvre and olive oil.  I’m reading a Louise Penny book right now, and the characters dined on baguette with Brie, so that satisfied my craving.


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Meatless Monday – Pasta with Broccoli Pesto


A recipe for broccoli pesto came across my Facebook feed so that’s what we had tonight.  I looked up other recipes and did a “little bit of this and that.”  I steamed florets and stems, sauteed onion and garlic, then put everything into the food processor with some parmesan, walnuts and olive oil.  I mixed that into some pasta along with diced tomatoes.  It was just OK.  It worked as far as using ingredients I need to use up in my refrigerator.  Some basil would have added flavor but on the other hand, then why not just have plain basil pesto (the basil would have overpowered the broccoli).  Not a recipe I would repeat but will file away the idea of roasted or air-fried broccoli for a similar recipe, for the future.

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Meatless Monday – Almost Vegan Potstickers

I “blew it” by just a teaspoon of ingredient.  I made soy curls potstickers for dinner, mindlessly putting together ingredients, including a teaspoon of oyster sauce.  In the back of my mind, oyster sauce does not contain oysters, but it contains oyster extract, whatever that is.  I didn’t follow a recipe, just added what I had on hand.


To rehydrated soy curl crumbs, I added soy sauce, the dreaded oyster sauce, hoisin sauce, grated ginger, sesame oil, chopped kale, shredded carrots and broccoli, and a little bit of this and that.  The wonton wrappers I had on hand contain no egg and are therefore vegan.


I folded the dumplings the way I saw on a recent episode of “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.”  Sauteed in a little oil, added water, covered, and coked until the water had evaporated.  We ate them with some roasted veggies (carrots, broccoli, radishes and celery), along with leftover quinoa.


For dipping sauce I mixed together a little sweet & spicy Tabasco and soy sauce.  I thought it was a good way to use up some soy curl crumbs.  I didn’t like them as taco filling but did like them this way.

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Meatless Monday – Chili and Cornbread


I threw together a crockpot of chili for dinner tonight.  I am in such a rut of waiting until the last minute to figure out dinner, that I planned ahead a little to avoid the stress.  (I saw a “tip” to start dinner in the morning to avoid dinner anxiety.)  I put overnight soaked pinto and black beans in a crockpot, along with onion, green pepper, jalapeno, garlic, a can of Pato tomato sauce, water to cover, chili powder, oregano, and a  dash of cumin.  When it got closer to dinner, I added half a can of refried beans.  Cornbread on the side, half a recipe but using a whole egg (instead of half).  My thrown together chili was better than when I meticulously follow a recipe!


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Meatless Monday – Quiche and Sweet Potato Fries

I wanted something that would yield leftovers so we had broccoli cheese quiche tonight.  The filling was broccoli, green onions, garlic, swiss cheese, and 4 eggs (with enough milk to make 2 cups liquid).  When I was looking for recipe ideas I saw one that had sliced tomato on top, so I did that too.


I did add a little salt, pepper, paprika and Paris herbs, but I thought it was a little bland.  Maybe it will be better tomorrow.  I liked the acidity of the tomato.


On the side we had air fried sweet potato fries.  I tried the method in the cookbook “Bold Flavored Vegan Cooking.”  That involves soaking the sliced sweet potatoes in water for an hour, draining and letting dry for half an hour, then coating ever-so-lightly with cornstarch and a small amount of oil.  Their recipe calls for baking and I air fried.  This method is supposed to make for crunchies fries.  I didn’t find them crispy but they didn’t get as charred as they normally do, and the texture was like baked sweet potato on the inside.  Somehow they were sweeter too.


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