Meatless Monday tonight calls for a hearty and flavorful dumpling recipe filled with diced five spice tofu, chives, carrots, black ear fungus and jicama (for the crunch). Pan fried, just couldn’t get any better than this.
Had lunch with my sisters today at a Vietnamese restaurant. My sisters each ordered a bowl of pho which came with a bundle of basil. One of them didn’t bother putting in the soup, so quickly I grabbed it and thought of using it for tonight’s dinner -Thai basil chicken.
Thai basil chicken is something I’ve always ordered when dining at Thai restaurants. Never knew how easy it is to make and the taste was also amazing! The recipe calls for Thai Holy basil, but since those are hard to find, I substitute with the basil I got from the Vietnamese restaurant. It could be a tad bit spicier (didn’t want to go too far in fear my boys can’t handle the heat). I made a lot more so we can save some for tomorrow’s lunch. There’s so much to play with this recipe I can’t wait to try again.
This is the Open-Year Dinner with my inlaws welcoming the Year of the Rooster! Same menu every year, and always a big feast. Sometimes I wish they are more open to try new dishes. Luckily my side is more receptive, giving me more areas to explore!
Our meatless Monday meal today – japchae, a classic Korean stir fry. A popular dish made from sweet potato noodles you will find in Korean restaurants. I’ve made it with tofu and boys loved it.
Need some hot soupy meal to warm the bodies – I went for Bun Rieu (Vietnamese Crab and Tomato Noodle Soup) from scratch. Made a big old pot so we will have it for tomorrow night as well!
For cold weathers like tonight, and by popular demand we are having nothing other than clay pot rice! Tonight I am having chicken mushroom and let’s just say, we need a bigger pot.
For those who follow this blog are aware that I used to make bentos for my boys and my niece. Though I put down “used to,” I still want to do it when I find my fingers itching. Here are my earlier ones I’ve made and LOVE:
Now I do mostly stir fry for the boys and plop them in their thermos. This is the second week and I’ve made: 1) spaghetti (with ground turkey and homemade spaghetti sauce, 2) fried rice with chicken, 3) stir fry macaroni with broccoli and pork, 4) curry noodles, 5) fried rice with char siu, 6) rice with broccoli beef and 7) potstickers.
Having vegetarian potstickers for our Meatless Monday dinner. Made the mistake of not preparing this last night, so took a longer than usual.
Dice: 1 carrot, 1/4 cabbage, small bunch of chives, 1 large onion, 5 or 6 shitake mushrooms. Marinade with: grated ginger, sesame oil, soy sauce, white pepper, rice wine, 1 tsp of sugar and salt. Stir fry and wrap!
Something simple for yesterday’s dinner. Bought Bánh ướt (rice noodle sheets) and Chả lụa (Vietnamese pork roll) with cucumbers and bean sprouts and made my own fish sauce. Voila, quick and easy.
Our meatless Monday resolution tonight not only better the animals and our environment, but warms up the body on this wintery night!