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.
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.
Using the slow cook to make the Vietnamese beef stew (Bò Kho) for tonight’s meal. Popped in beef brisket, potatoes, carrots, lemon grass, bay leaf, anise seeds, a can of coconut water and plain water. Set slow cook on low in the morning, come back and dinner is ready. This is the best kind of dinners.
Been craving for a good whole of fried rice lately. So decided to make some today for the meatless Monday meal! Used some red bell pepper, string beans, marinate tofu and eggs for this easy peasy meal.
We have a very hot date tonight – at a gym, that is! Dai Bee’s basketball team made it to championship and it’s happening tonight. If any other night, we would have eaten out. Since tonight is popular night for couples, I decided to whip up something simple. I picked up some groceries during lunch today. This will have to do for our Valentine’s dinner. After dinner, we enjoyed an exciting championship game in which our boys took home the trophy! What a great treat to end the night!
Dinner will be quick tonight. We need to cheer on one of our nephews whose team is playing for the championship today. So I hastily put something together for our meatless Monday meal! Something that doesn’t require much cooking and here you are…
Homemade turnip cake (made by Mr. Piggy’s grandma) to the rescue for quick weeknight dinner. She made such a large batch good to feed 10 people. We couldn’t even finish half of it!
Boys are huge fans of teppanyaki. That’s the food they always suggest if we don’t have a place in mind.Seriously, it requires no work to make it, that’s why I don’t know why restaurants charge so much for this. I’ve had the iron griddle for years and love using it for other dishes. So I decided to make one for Ah Lo last night. He was so happy, he lit up! Even gave me a huge hug for this which makes all the “hard work” worthwhile.
Dai Bee was choir rehearsal, so he didn’t get to try. I’m sure I will be making this again.
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.