Tofu Banh Mi – Part 2

I could not decide whether to make this tonight or do avocado sandwiches. I decided on this, my tofu had marinated 2 days and was quite tasty uncooked, so banh mi it was.

Other than the recipes for the pickled daikon and carrots, and the tofu marinade, this is all pretty simple. Just bake the tofu and assemble with some cucumber, sriracha-mayo, jalapenos, and cilantro. I suppose you could leave off the mayo and call it vegan.

So I bake the tofu here, yes bake it. I find that baking tofu makes it firm up nicer and, obviously, it does not require oil. This is perfect for a warm spring night, or whenever.

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Polenta with Yellow Squash, Broccoli Rabe and Roasted Tomatoes

This is another super simple. It takes 5 minutes to prep – 10 if you chop slow. Stick it in the oven and roast and you are done. I make a lot of polenta since it is super adaptable, speedy and gluten-free. Here is another version. Like always, I roasted the veg. With a Simple salad, you are good to go with a ton of veg.

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Roasted Portobello Mushroom Sandwiches

Nope, didn`t do an On Deck this week. My day was too busy at work and I was not going to cook Saturday anyhow as we went to a dinner party. My plans this week are kinda sketchy, so we`ll see what I do.

I had seen a recipe for a portobello mushroom burger with cabbage slaw online and got some mushrooms to make something similar as I thought they would be a good use for all that basil-mint pesto I made the other day. I was tired since I did not get to the gym until late and this seemed as good of day as any to make this. I roasted some asparagus and made a simple salad to go with.

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Fusilli with Broccoli Rabe, Roasted Tomatoes and Basil-Mint Pesto

I could not decide which foods to make from my pre-prep and then this won out. It is a riff on this, but I wanted more veg and color, so added the broccoli rabe and tomatoes, both which I roasted because I seem to be obsessed with roasting stuff.

I made the pesto yesterday, but this is just as speedy to make it all at once while the veg are roasting.

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Vegetable Shepherd’s Pie

I`m not so sure about this one. For one, it isn`t speedy, and two, I`m not so sure it warrants the amount of time it takes. But I am typing this part while it is in the oven as I usually do.

So this weekend was Metal Mania on VH1 Old People, I mean Classics, so last night we contemplated going out for dinner, but were waylaid by the Lemmy documentary. I guess if you rent it you can watch 4.5 hours of bonus footage! That`s a lot! Not gonna lie, I am intrigued and am pretty close to getting a hold of this bonus. Then we couldn`t go to bed because the documentary of Anvil was on at 2am. It was a bit sad and like a trainwreck that you just could not turn away from as these guys kept spending money trying to get famous again. Like 25 years later!

What does all this have to do with this shepherd`s pie, I don`t know. Just sayin`.

So luckily the husband helped me with this as it took an hour and a half to prep to begin with, though you can make ahead. I used this recipe, but made some changes, some in advance and some on the fly as it really needed some more seasoning. Ok, so we ate it, the flavors came together and it was major hearty with a ton of leftovers.

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Roasted Asparagus and Wild Mushrooms

Still flying solo with the husband away on biznass. Unfortunately, since he feeds the cats, I got up and was shocked to see an empty bowl this morning – I forgot to feed them! Luckily they did not starve to death, not that I would have really forgotten to feed them for long.

Anyhoo, I`m deviating from my posts of full meals for this, though you could certainly add a poached egg to the top and a salad and call it dinner. This is pretty simple and fast – only 5 minutes of prep and 30 in the oven and you are done.

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Braised Kale Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms with Brown Rice and Roasted Tomatoes

Don`t have much to say, but this is super simple and again a good make-ahead candidate as the kale can take some time to braise. You could make it in advance, but I did it all at once. And it is healthy and super flavorful. To cut time, sub the kale for spinach. I had some lacinato kale (aka flat or dinosaur kale) and this seemed as good of place as any to use it. If kale is not your bag, mix it with either spinach or use regular kale – lacinato kale  is very kale-y. Also, this is pretty low cal.

This has totes picture fail, but whatever.

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Don`t skip the simple salad!

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