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.
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.
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.
Here’s the CNY version of meatless Monday meal.
Recipe for tea eggs:
- boil 6 eggs
- 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)
- gently crack the hard boiled eggs
- put cracked eggs in the pot and bring everything to a boil. Close lid, simmer for 40-50 minutes.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Spent a good chunk of day preparing lunch for this week: Parmesan zucchini and two way eggplants-garlic soy sauce steamed eggplants and mozarella baked eggplants. Can’t wait to chow down.
This is what we had for meatless Monday! I got the idea from a recent visit to an authentic Vietnamese restaurant. A co-worker ordered the vegetarian spring rolls. I checked out the fillings of the roll and thought ‘hey, this would be perfect for Meatless Monday.’ Of course, the ones at the restaurant tasted better, but this wasn’t so bad either.
Our meatless Monday meal tonight is serving lettuce wraps, snow pea with mushrooms and satay beancurd with vermicelli.
In the height of Indian summer, I’m trying to stay away from the stove. Sandwiches came to mind! Because it’s meatless Monday today – I’ve made seared tofu banh mi. The boys don’t care for the picked radish, but they still finished the sandwich! I loved it, because I love everything made with tofu. I’d definitely try this again.
Looking back, this marks our first anniversary of having Meatless Mondays. We started this a year ago, and still going strong!