peanut noodle salad.

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Whoah, this salad was a hit! we made it twice in one week so we can eat it all week long for lunch.  With a little meal prep ahead of time it comes together in no time for a quick, delicious weekday lunch.

Original recipe found here
I
 changed things slightly, using tofu instead of tempeh and reducing the amount of maple syrup.

Salad

  • 6 ounces rice vermicelli noodles
  • 2 whole carrots, “ribboned” with a vegetable peeler or spiralizer
  • 1/4 cup (15 g) chopped cilantro
  • 1 cup (30 g) loosely packed spinach, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  •  1 batch peanut Tofu (ingredients below)
DRESSING
  • 1/3 cup  salted creamy peanut butter
  • 3 Tbsp soy sauce or tamari
  • 2 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp chili garlic sauce, 1 red Thai chili minced, or 1/4 tsp red pepper flake
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • Water to thinTOFU
  • 1 package of tofu, water pressed out
    SAUCE
    • 2 Tbsp salted creamy peanut butter
    • 2 Tbsp soy sauce
    • 2 Tbsp lime juice
    • 2 Tbsp maple syrupSlice your tofu; marinate for a few hours or overnight. toss in airfyer and cook 370 for 15 minutes, flipping halfway through.

 

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granola bars.

GRANOLABARS

I started packing milo’s lunch for school – so I’ve been trying to find healthy snacks (and main courses) for him to bring. I had everything on hand to make these granola bars. They are pretty healthy – not having any added processed sugars and are pretty easy to make your own combinations of flavors. I stuck with dried berries and chocolate chips, but I think next time I will add almonds as well! They can be nut-free if you aren’t able to bring nuts to school – just substitute sunflower seed butter for the peanut butter.

1 1/4 cups old fashioned oats
1/4 cup oat flour
3/4 cup dried unsweetened shredded coconut
1/3 cup uncooked quinoa
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
3/4 cup  chopped dried fruit
3/4 cup choc chips
1/4 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup coconut oil, warmed until liquefied
1/4 cup maple syrup

Heat oven to 350°F. Line an 8-by-8 inch square pan with two sheets of parchment paper.

In a large bowl, combine oats, oat flour, coconut, quinoa, salt, dried fruit and chocolate. In a separate, small bowl, whisk together sunflower seed butter, oil and sweetener of choice until smooth. Pour wet mixture into dry and stir until combined. Transfer to prepared pan, spreading until flat, then use an addition square of parchment paper to protect your hand as you press, press, press the ingredients tightly into all corners of the pan. Press hard to make sure they are in there good!

Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until the tops are golden and the edges are light brown. Let cool completely before cutting; they’ll be even easier to cut without crumbling if you chill them in the fridge first, so feel free to cool them there. Once cool, use the parchment “sling” to lift bars from pan and transfer to cutting board. Use a sharp, serrated knife in a very gentle sawing motion to cut bars into desired sizes (I usually go for 16 2×2-inch squares).

curry.

curry
you guys, I MADE A CURRY! and it tasted good!!!

I have the hardest time with curries, every so often i get the urge to make one and its just so bland, so I’ve pretty much given up on it. But something inspired me to try it again. After looking at a few recipes on the internet, I got the basis down and decided to go my own way and just make something up.

Feel free to use whatever vegetables are in season or you have on hand.

I package tofu, pressed and drained
Coconut oil
1 medium onion
Large chunk of fresh ginger
4-5 garlic cloves
1 can coconut milk (i used light)
2 1/2 tpsn madras curry powder
salt
Green beans
brocolli
red bell pepper
kale/and or spinach (i used both because I had a little of both on hand)

cashews, lightly roasted or pan fried
Cilantro
1/2 lime
Rice or quinoa, or grain of your choice

First – Prep your tofu. Set your oven to 400 degrees; cut into 1 inch cubes, put on baking sheet and bake 10 minutes. flip over and bake 10 minutes more. set aside.

Finely chop your onion, garlic and ginger Using about 2T coconut oil, sautee them in a large pan or saucepot. Once onions start to soften, add the curry powder and a 1-2 T water to deglaze the pan so nothing burns. Add the bell pepper and green beans and saute for a few minutes. pour in the coconut milk and add the tofu and let simmer for about 3-5 minutes. Add about 1/2 tspn or so of salt to help bring the flavors out in the vegetables. Add the brocolli and greens and cook for a few minutes more, until your vegetables reach your desired firmness. Squeeze the juice of half a lime over the curry. Let stand for a few minutes to let the flavors meld.

Spoon on top of some rice, and top with cilantro and cashews.  I sprinkled some simply asia ginger and garlic seasoning on top of mine.

Definitely adjust the seasonings to your liking, and feel free to customize with any you might think are good. This is a great recipe to start with and build on to make better and better each time.

peanut butter and jelly hand pies.

PB&J HANDPIES

The leftover crust from the peach pie I made this weekend, pained me to throw away – so I decided to whip together some hand pies. I had enough left over to make 1 1/2 pies. So there was one full size and one mini.

I took the remaining pie crust and rolled it out and cut two rectangles, spooning peanut butter on one side, and jelly on the other. Put the two crusts on top of eachother and seal the edges, then crimp with a fork. Bake at 375 degrees for about 15-20 minutes.

These were a HUGE hit with milo! Seriously. see that plate above? Its no more. It broke when I was chasing milo around trying to get the pie out of his hand. After eating the little one, he HAD to have the big one too, and I had trouble stopping the little devil!

IMG_0127What do you do with leftover pie crust? do you throw it out, or have you made anything fun with it? Do tell!

spinach salad with beets, avocado, onion and pistachio.

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So now that I’ve confessed my love for beets, here’s another combo that rocked my socks off.

I had harvested and roasted some beets this weekend, in anticipation to make these again, and just havent had a chance to do so. Those beets were just sitting in the fridge taunting me. Today for lunch I was determined to make a salad with them using things I had on hand. I came up with this delicious salad!

A few cups of baby spinach
1/4 red onion, sliced thin
1/4 avocado, cut in slices
about 2-3 beets (roasted)  (smallish in size)
handful or so of pistachios

Balsamic dressing:
Add to a small mason jar:

¼ cup balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon light soy sauce
1½ tablespoon Dijon mustard
1½ tablespoon honey
2 T soy yogurt
½ tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

Shake well and add to salad. I only used a little bit of dressing, so use what works for your taste level.

I swear, next year, I’m going to save about half my garden space just to grow beets. I can NOT get enough of them!

315. pretzel dogs.

 

I have been wanting to make these for a while now. I thought they would be perfect to make ahead and freeze and send with milo for lunch once in a while. Dj came home with package of tofurkey veggie dogs this week, and no buns, so I thought this afternoon would be the perfect opportunity to make this happen.

I am AMAZED at how good these turned out. Seriously! Who knew making pretzels was so easy…. I’m dying to make a batch of these sans dogs soon! Yum.

I used joy the bakers recipe here.
And if you’ve seen the tofurkey veggie dogs and was wondering if they are any good…the answer is YES. Hands down the best veggie dog I have had.

247. grilled tofu tacos.

In honor of labor day, we had some friends over in the afternoon for lunch and I made these grilled tacos with avocado cream and cabbage slaw, and grilled corn. They were excellent! We love to bbq, but never really know what to grill other than veggie burgers or pizza.  So this was great to add to the list. We made a little taco bar with all the ingredients and everyone mixed and matched to their liking. A fun way to say bid farwell to summer. Although, we may be making these again in our future!

219. pesto quesedillas.

I saw this idea on pinterest – only it involved cheese and chicken. Tonight I made my own version and it was DELICIOUS.

First, I made some pesto. I just kind of wing my pesto. I took a handful or so of basil leaves, a handful or so of baby spinach, about 3 Tablespoons pistachios (I didn’t have pine nuts), 2 cloves of garlic, 1/3 cup vegetable broth, 1 T olive oil, salt, pepper, 1 T of nutritional yeast and blended it up in the vitamix.

Then, I sauteed some uptons seitan in a pan.
I chopped up some baby tomatoes from my garden.

I took a large tortilla, smeared on the pesto, cooked seitan, tomatoes and added some mozerella daiya cheese. Cooked this in a pan, and ate it right up. Holy cats, was it good!

183. arugula salad.

Another recipe from shutterbean’s blog (what can I say, she’s my favorite and she seems to have ALOT of arugula recipes in her archive) helped me rid of a little more arugula from my garden and helped create a delicious, quick meal!

Check out the link above for the actual recipe – but its basically a salad with arugula, onion, apple, avocado and sunflower seeds with a quick honey-mustard-lemony dressing.

177. typography walk.

I took a walk at lunch today to avoid having to go to the gym, and photographed type around the city.  Hope to do this again!