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Since our meatless Monday meal police is not around, I was thinking of skipping it a week. Glad I didn’t. These are exactly what I was craving for tonight.IMG_7553.jpg

Didn’t feel like cooking today, so I bought a box of mixed greens, these colorful sweet bell peppers and portobello mushrooms. IMG_7277

Roasted the veggies and made it a simple salad night for the family. Surprisingly, Ah Lo finished it since he detest mushrooms (I know, what’s wrong with him?) Dai Bee doesn’t like bell peppers, but ate these because they were sweet. Probably not their favorite meatless meals, but oh well, they don’t have much of a choice. *wink*IMG_7278

Tonight I’m trying out the vegetarian bibimbap for meatless Monday meal. Bibimbap is a popular Korean dish whose name (bibim) translates as “mixed,” and (bap) “cooked rice.” There are many variations on this dish, from simple to elaborate. Since it’s meatless tonight, I used bean curd to substitute as meat. This meal takes a lot of work to  prepare. It would be difficult (for working families) to make this on a weeknight. I started to prep yesterday (slice and dice).

I tried to simulate the stone-bowl bibimbap at home (knowing the boys would love the crusty rice at the bottom). Since I don’t have stone bowls, I used to small pots! After mixing everything together, the boys actually enjoyed this meal very much. Sure, maybe next time when we have it with beef. FullSizeRender 2IMG_7161

Since we didn’t have enough pots, Mr. Piggy and I used regular bowls. FullSizeRender 3

Meatless Monday, oh, how I missed having the greens.

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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.Untitled

The plainest of meatless Monday meal makes everyone full, healthy and happy. Pan fry tofu, garlic stir fry chayotes, and oyster sauce lettuce are the continuation of our meatless Monday tradition.

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These are marbled tea eggs (茶葉蛋) are one of the more popular dishes on the table during Chinese New Year, but can be consumed all year long! The eggs symbolize prosperity and wealth. Sometimes when I crave for it, I  would buy them as snacks. This year, I found simple recipes online and made a few as one of our dishes for meatless Monday meal.

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Here’s the CNY version of meatless Monday meal.IMG_5812.jpg

Recipe for tea eggs:

  1. boil 6 eggs
  2. in a pot fill up:
    • 2-3 cups of water
    • 2 star anise
    • 1 stick of cinnamon
    • 2 bags of black tea, any kind you like. Pu-erh is traditionally used.
    • Soy Sauce, about ½ cup
    • 1 teaspoon of pepper corns
    • 1 small rock sugar
    • dried orange or mandarin peel (optional)
  3. gently crack the hard boiled eggs
  4. put cracked eggs in the pot and bring everything to a boil. Close lid, simmer for 40-50 minutes.

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Every 1st and 15th of the lunar month, I am on a veggie diet (there’s a story behind it). Anyway, my sister also share the same schedule. Today is the first of the month (1st day to Chinese new year), she made a big pot of vegetables (盤菜) and invited us.

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This pot is packed with all kinds of good stuff. Though it’s only one pot, but it’s like cooking 10 dishes all at once. I loved it since it’s loaded with all kinds of vegetables and full of flavor. What a great treat!img_5775

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.

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Our meatless Monday meal – going for vegetarian kimchi fried rice. Didn’t think the boys would like it, worried it might be too spicy. They went for seconds! Meatless meals are such a hit Dai Bee is now request that we have it two days in a week.

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