Happy Meatless Monday! I haven’t had a Meatless Monday post in while but I seem to have a ton of food in my fridge at the moment (probably why my grocery bill was $40 more than usual this week ). This led me to make some beans and chickpeas from “scratch” and make hummus and a giant salad with bean toppings.
Rutabaga fries of the side with more dressing.
Delicious and finished off with an Adora disk aka my calcium supplement.
Off to watch a new House and work on wedding things! The wedding is really excited but weighing very heavy on my mind.
Happy end to Monday!
Do you like curry? I LOVE curry! I however do not like that the first ingredient in most curries is some form of oil. I set out to make a delicious curry with less oil and tons of flavor.
I have had the curry powder in the left for a really long time. In fact I think my mom gave it to me from her spice rack when I moved to Boston. It may be old, but I love its can and the crazy label. I added a little extra flavor with the other spices just to pump it up, but I don’t have all of the curry spices so I just went with it.
MUNG BEAN CURRY – serves 2 maybe 3
- 2 TBSP curry powder – I used a lot and these spices are really to taste for me
- 1/4 tsp tumeric
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp coriander
- 1 small yellow onion
- 1 clove garlic – pressed
- 1 acorn squash roasted, peeled and cubed
- 1/2 cup water or chicken broth
- 3 kale leaves torn into chip size pieces
- 1/2 cup dry mung beans cooked as directed
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- Roast squash for 20min @400 coated in 1 tbsp of coconut oil
- coat bottom of large pot with other tbsp of coconut oil
- chop onion and cook until clear in the oil ~ 5min
- add garlic, spices and water
- Add kale and steam ~5min
- Add beans and stir together – add more water if needed to coat the spices over the beans and kale
- Lastly add the chopped squash and gently stir into the curry bean mix – try to keep the cubes whole
- Let the whole mix simmer for about 5min to get the flavors throughout adding more water if needed.
This made a lot of dishes but it did not take much time to make because once mung beans are soaked they do not take very long to get soft.
We are supposed to get an ice storm tonight into tomorrow so Sissy and I might be staying put tomorrow. All the more time to enjoy some curry!
I haven’t done a Meatless Monday post in awhile and I thought tonight was quite fitting. Nick had softball so while he is away Heather will play
I used tempeh and mustard greens. Two things he is not crazy about.
I started off by sautéing an onion (all of my garlic had gone bad:() then I added 1 small zucchini and patty pan to the pot. Next I threw in some torn and washed mustard greens juice of 1/2 a lemon, plus some S&P, and nutmeg.
And bam! It was topped!
Did you have a Meatless Monday?
My friend Katherine made tempeh tacos! Good idea there!
I have something in the oven and I will present tomorrow if they turn out well. I followed the recipe almost exactly so I am hoping they are delicious! I can smell them from here!
Have a great night!
Hello! Sorry it has been so long. I have been super busy and no pictures have come of it.
I thought I would post about a lovely Meatless Monday.
I was inspired by Ashley’s kale eggs for my dinner. I always wonder if it still counts and meatless if there are eggs?
Anywho, her mess looked much better, but at least mine also tasted good!
I tore up some spinach and kale and sautéed that in a pan with EVOO, S&P. While this was cooking I broke up 2 eggs in a bowl with some S&P, parsley, oregano, thyme and rosemary (All from my garden).Then I added some peppers to the greens and next, the eggs, slowly.
Covered and cooking – I toasted a piece of Great Harvest 9 grain topped with some mushroom herb cheese.
Before the food I must say that I had the best experience at REI this afternoon. The bike guy sat down with me and helped me changed my tire one on one and adjusted my detailer and brakes. We spent 1.5 hours on Chip and I got three tubes, a mini pump, tire levers and a tool all for $89. I was so thankful for his help, I felt bad not tipping him or something.
Anyway onto the food!
I had planned on making veggie stuffed crepes from Clean Eating, but when I read that the crepe batter needed to set for a hour, I switched to tortillas.
I also needed to figure out how to get the protein back in the meal (crepes have lots of eggs)
So I ended up making a sort of frittata on a tortilla.
In the pan
- 1 onion
- 1/2 pint mushrooms
- 1 roasted red pepper
- 2 scallions
- goat cheese
- 2 eggs
- splash skim
- splash of white wine or rose (I found a way to use it mom!)
- sauté onion and mushrooms in pan
- add spinach until wilted and wine
- add roasted red pepper and scallion
- beat 2 eggs with skim
- pour eggs over flattened veggie mix
- sprinkle with goat cheese
- cook about 3 min
- cut in half and place on tortilla
Today while I was running I passed a field of little girls playing lacrosse. It got me thinking about all of the things I would want to tell a young version of myself.
These are some of the things that came to mind…
- Being popular is NOT the most important thing in middle school
- You will be happier if you accept who you are
- Be nice to everyone!
- The people you don’t want to talk to because they are not in the ‘A’ group could be the best people you have never met
- A zit will not kill you
- Listen to your Mom. You may hate her choices when they happen, but you will thank her for them in the long run
- Grades do matter
- Chill with the white eyeliner – this is directed to 8th grade me
Obviously you can tell where I was as a youth. In the middle between the ‘geeks’ and the ‘cool’ people. I never really fit, but I know where I SHOULD have been.
I thank the happy valley land of Kent for slapping me in the face and telling me to wake up!
If you could go back what would you tell yourself?
Now lets get back to the lighter side of life –food!
Lunch was sort of a repeat from Thursday, but it was still good!
My afternoon got busy in a hurry!
After work I got new keys for Tour roommate and then I went for my nice little run of about 4miles. It was a nice easy run.
In my boats (I’m on a boat)
- 1 small onion diced and sautéed in EVOO
- 1/2 box of chopped onions diced
- 1 can of petite cut no salt added tomatoes
- 1/2 cup cooked wheat berries
All thrown in a sauté pan with the zuc innards. I par baked the boats for 10min then stuffed and topped with BASIL FROM THE GARDEN and parm cheese. I cooked them for about 15min more til the cheese had melted.
I am kind of peeved that this picture is blurry I really like the S&V kale chips. They don’t need any ketchup!
Alright peeps I am going to get into bed early and watch House!
Hello, Hello! We just had successful Meatless Monday around these parts and I am counting it as my environmental contribution for the day. Meat products contribute the most harm to the environment from the distance the cows or their meat have to travel to the chemicals used to grow the corn they eat. Going meatless for a day reduces your impact on the earth AND usually can save YOU as the consumer money! Who doesn’t want to save a little green???
Before we get to the dinner meal we have to get through the lunch time hour.
Leftover polenta with spinach and Seeds of Change marinara.
What is that white blob to the side you say?
I had an apple with homemade cinnamon vanilla almond butter for snack, but I was so wrapped up in a convo that I forgot to take a picture.
When I got home I started on making dinner by creating this… Honey Whole Wheat Dough! I made dough from scratch in my food processor!!!!!! I did have a mini disaster with the yeast and the CO2 being a little aggressive. Note : allow yeast to breath with you mix it with warm water and do not put the top on the food processor or you will lose all of the water. Anyway I got it sorted out.
In the fp went…
- 3/4 cup warm water – there could have been more due to my explosion and the addition of h2o after.
- 2 tbs honey
- 1 packet yeast
- ~1 cup WW flour
- ~1 cup unbleached flour
- 1 tsp salt
- mix warm water and yeast together and let sit for 10min to it comes alive mwah hahahaha
- Add other ingredients and use dough blade to combine until you have a ball on the side of your fp. If your dough is still wet add a little more flour or that is at least what I did.
- Knead for a bit on parchment paper.
- place dough on parchment into a bowl and cover with a dish towel – leave out for one hour or until doubled in size
- Pound down and knead a bit more.
- Flip out of bowl still on parchment.
- Cover with bowl for 20min.
- Divide dough into 4 balls and go to town.
What did I add???? Sauteed garlic, onion, mushrooms and swiss chard in S&P, red pepper flakes and oregano. The next layer was mozzarella, parm and feta and lastly some meatless balls. I felt kind of guilty using a meat sub product but they are so darn tasty! I have cut way back on eating them.
9. Bake in a 450 oven for about 10min or until you have a golden brown crust.
This dough was simply amazing! Nick loved it and he is not a bread person. He has no shame picking off crusts, but he ate most of his dough and that is a lot for calzones!
I also had some carrot fries and ketchup.
Great Meatless Monday meal! I may have to try and make some more lovely bread after tasting how good this was! So fresh and amazing. No bakery can seriously compare to fresh warm bread right out of the oven, and I didn’t understand that until today!
OH WHILE MY BREAD WAS RISING I RAN 5.5 MILES TODAY AND IT FELT AMAZING! I AM SO EXCITED TO MOVE FORWARD WITH MY RUNNING SLLLLOWLY.
OK I am super beat and heading to bed.
Another beautiful day enjoyed in my cube I guess that is what makes the weekends so great, right?
My day went a lot easier that I had expected thanks to government websites crashing. Was I supposed to say that?
Lunch was a little something of everything.
My salad included spinach, swiss, tomatoes and lemon hummus.
I bet you can guess what I had for my afternoon snack!
Fig bar with the original oat topping. Nick and I both confirmed today that we like the fig cookies better. They just mesh better together. These are still good and I might try and work in the granola bar section of it.
When I got home I watered my garden that made it through its first day! I think I am going to have to bring them in tonight though…annoying, but dead plants would be worse!
After watering and feed Sissy Pants I headed out on a nice and relaxed 3 mile run. my hammies were super tight so I just wanted to get out there and burn off some lactic acid without pushing it.
After my run it was time to get started on Meatless Monday!
I made these same portobello burgers awhile ago and they were on my mind again.
I marinated the camps in balsamic, evoo, rosemary and S&P before grilling them up on the griddler. I also sautéed some spinach in garlic, EVOO and red pepper flakes that were added to the burgers. The final step was adding the last of my Dubliner cheese and a toasted Ezekiel english muffin.
While I was worked on these I had some parsnip fries in the oven coated in EVOO, S&P and garlic powder.
I think I am going to grab a little chocolate before settling in for some Bones!
I hope you had a great Monday!