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Un-stuffed Meatless Peppers

Don’t run away just yet! It’s not as bad as it sounds, I promise.

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I know my mind goes to that same place too, “oh, it’s meatless? Must be tasteless, or weird.” I assure you this recipe is not.

 

Yes, I am about to say a scary word, tofu. Ahhh!

 

Are you up off of the floor yet? It’s not that bad, really. Just listen, for a minute. Tofu is a weird word. I mean, it just sounds like it should taste bad. Naturally it can. Taste bad that is, but so can chicken, if you don’t cook it. Tofu wants to be sauced, or seasoned, and sauteed to a slightly crispy texture. To me, that is when tofu tastes the best. It does a great job of absorbing all the flavors you throw at it. If you throw nothing it’s way, and you don’t saute it? Well, then you get white mush. You know, reminiscent of the stuff you find in Miso soup? That is tofu, in it’s “bleck” state.

 

In this recipe we are going for amazing, easy, healthy, and cheap. Tofu costs $1-$2.50 for 12 oz. depending on where you get it, and if you spring for organic or not. Other awesome feature, you can freeze it. That mean’s the net time you see it on sale for that lovely $1 price, pick it up. When you arrive home, stuff it in your freezer until you decide that you are no longer scared of it and you are ready to cook with it. Thaw. Easy peezy.

 

Now that I have hopefully helped you move past your tofu fears, and it’s stigma, let’s get to the kitchen!

 

Un-stuffed Meatless Peppers

 

I adapted this recipe to make it meatless, and vegan.

 

This recipe is great because you will only use one pan to cook everything.

 

Ingredients

  • 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic minced (based on preference and taste)
  • 2 or 3 bell peppers of any color chopped (I usually use three)
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 12 oz of extra firm tofu drained and chopped
  • 1 14.5 oz can of diced tomatoes (if you have them with garlic in olive oil, or with green chilies, either could be used in this recipe)
  • 2 cups of vegetable broth
  • 1 8 oz can of tomato sauce
  • pinch of sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • 1 cup rice of choice (I have used both white, and brown rice)
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese* optional omit for vegan recipe

 

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  1. On medium heat, warm olive oil in pan and saute garlic for about a minute. Add chopped tofu, and saute for 2-5 minutes. Really just enough to warm it up. *a tip if it is your first time cooking with tofu – tofu will release water that it absorbed, this will not ruin your recipe, and most of it will boil off.DSC_0599
  2. Add in onion and peppers, and season with salt and pepper. Saute everything on Med High heat until peppers and onions are soft, and tofu is just starting to golden, about 5-10 minutes. (all that extra liquid should be gone now)
  3. Now you can add in your vegetable broth, can of tomatoes, tomato sauce, and soy sauce. Mix well so that it is all blended nicely.
  4. Once mixture has come to a gentle boil reduce heat to medium low and stir in rice. Stir the mixture completely so the rice is evenly distributed. Cover with lid and simmer, stirring occasionally, until rice is tender, and fully cooked. About 20-30 minutes.DSC_0601
  5. If you opted for cheese, sprinkle generously after serving. Serve with a tasty bread, and enjoy!

 

 

What is your favorite meatless recipe?

Another Week In Photos

Horay, it’s Friday!

Oh wait I still work the next several days. Oh, and I have a song to find time to translate by next week. Yay!

 

Well here on Friday’s I recap the week, insta-style.  You know, a little more of the story behind the photo (if there is one).

 

I’m gt4936 on instagram if you want to follow along.

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Back in Jan after my dog was attacked I was concerned she would be forever changed. She was, but not in the ways that I was thinking. I realize that I never updated you about her. I was a bit caught up at the time. Healing is a process, not something that happens overnight.

Scarlet limps now. I call her “Old Lady”, not “pup,” or “puppy” anymore. It’s more fitting. She is as sweet as she ever was. Just as loving, just as gentle. She’s too good to us all, especially my kids.

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We went “camping” at a friends house this week. It was a fun time. They really put on a great party. Bounce house and all. This guy. He was the last straw.

 

Daddy was ready to take down the tent and go when we went to bed. It was ultra late for our kiddos at 10:30. An hour or so later K1 decided to stand up in bed and pee. Right. There. Standing. Up. Daddy asked to leave then, but I just changed out the sleeping bag and laid back down. Mind you our kids were getting sick, and there was lots of coughing going on in our tent.

 

Then randomly K2 woke up screaming. For no reason (at least that we know of). Inconsolably. 30 minutes later I said okay. He packed us up and we left.

 

I was standing next to this guy (so he didn’t cry) while daddy took down our tent and such. Together we looked through instagram, and listened to coyotes. It wasn’t a complete waste.

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Before bed fun (and tent packing).

 

These two, have the same name.  She was so sweet with him. Took him by the hand. Blew bubbles with him. Took off his shoes, and bounced with him. He loved it.

 

I didn’t realize this week was the K2 show. Sorry about that.

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Last nights dinner. Accidentally vegan (accidentally because I wasn’t looking for a vegan recipe). Apple, butternut squash soup. It was very tasty. I am not a big soup fan, but my family is so I try to accommodate.

 

Thursdays need easy dinners. I’ll have to do more like this. Right after I get an immersion blender. I need one of those. Spooning stuff into a food processor and pouring it into another container is for the birds.

 

 

That’s it!

What were you up to?

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Another Week In Photos

This time you get more than a week. I didn’t link up, or write an InstaFriday post last week after having written my vacation time and visitors post , it just seemed like it would have been a bit redundant. Enjoy the extras.


 


A quick stop at the playground before story time.

As I opened the gate to the playground the park ranger had just finished putting the last swing on. K1 screamed and ran right for them. I guess she had felt a bit deprived over the past few months. With the park having been closed since December until last month, and then opened with no swings, I guess she missed them.



Ahh. I think I need another trip back to visit. There is almost always traffic to get here, to this spot, in this photo. With two kids things like traffic are a deterrent for me. Maybe they should not be, but they are. Either way the reward is worth it, wouldn’t you say?



“Darling all I require are fabulous shoes”

Do I need to say anything more? Love shoes, there’s the girly girl in me.



Once she got it, she got it. Then it was so much fun. Cue Mary Poppins “Let’s Go Fly a Kite”.

If you haven’t taken your children, do it. It is totally one of those childhood memory things. They are cheap too for the amount of use you get. (the one pictured was $1, a whole dollar)



Nature. Family. Hike. Hike over all has a very broad definition. I often think of climbing mountains, and often that is what we do. This one was a very gentle hike, prefect for letting toddlers do all the walking. With out several feet in elevation there is still some great scenery to take in. The outdoors is magical for children, instant good moods all around. I often forget that. We should go on more walks.



This was the first time that we went to In-N-Out and were given these sticker activities for the kids. Awesome! All those other guys handing out crayons have nothing on stickers. Both kids loved this. I suppose that maybe other places do this too, we just don’t go out to eat a whole lot. If you know of any, tell me, I want to visit them next.



Thanks Uncle for coming by and helping with the car breaks. Wanna stay longer and let me do homework? Oh you do? Cool. Here are some crayons and coloring/activity books. Good luck. Just kidding, my kids aren’t that bad. They had fun together.



Vegan Mac N Cheese, roasted asparagus and broccoli, salad with cucumbers and tomatoes, topped with red wine vinaigrette.

At some point one of the kids turned the temperature on the oven down from 350 to 260. The pasta was going to be fine, because it does not really need to cook, just heat. The vegetables however took a bit longer to soften. I really only make this because it is one dinner that the kids will eat and ask for seconds, not my fav though. Remind me of that before I make it next time, because I also had to eat the leftovers for three days. Ack.



My second attempt at making home made jelly from scraps. The second time that the “jelly” did not set. Maybe there was not enough pectin. Meaning I needed more peels. Either way still kinda frustrating. I really want this to work. Just gotta keep on trying, but I am running out of patience. I also hate wasting all that sugar. I also read after my second attempt that strawberry jelly is one of the harder jellies to get to set. Super. Wish I read that before starting attempt # 2.



Everyone had noodles for dinner one night last week, and I just decided chop sticks were necessary. I have many different ones. Enough that I can pick a set that matches my out fit. However, since having my two beautiful children those things never get used at home, ever. It was kinda fun to pull them out and use them, like a holiday or something. Date night at home idea? Maybe? I might have something brewing here.



“Hi”

She made a new friend on the way home from the playground. Somehow she tried to use that as her chance to run off, back to play. Except she is the one who wanted a snack, so she came back, pretty quickly.




This probably should not be funny, but …..



K1 was crying hysterically. I could not figure out what was wrong. Did K2 bite her? Pull her hair? (because that does happen now a days) Take something from her? I was searching her and looking but could not for the life of me figure out what was wrong. When I asked her what was wrong she was crying to hard to formulate words. After I told her that I couldn’t understand her she spit out, “K2 hurts”. Confused I looked him over. Only to find what you see in the photo. Then I laughed, (maybe a laugh of relief) because it was just blackberry, and some berry juice staining him a here and there. Of course I helped her calm down. I didn’t really realize she was so sensitive, but she IS really sweet.



Now I should switch over and type up my essay on alternative media, woohoo. 



What did your week look like? I would love to see. Link up here;


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(if you do link up let me know so I can go look too)


Gwen

Meatless Monday

Maybe you haven’t decided to go vegan, or vegetarian, but every now and then you need a little something to offset all that bacon, right? If you have been reading along with me for any amount of time then you know that one of my goals this year was to incorporate more vegan meals into my family’s diet. In the spirit of Meatless Monday, I thought I would share one of my own recipes. This also happens to be what’s for dinner.

I should also add that as a previous Another Week In Photo’s post mentioned, my family really enjoyed this. S, the man of the house, was very distraught at my removing meat from one of his favorite meals. He told me not to do it again, that it wouldn’t work, or be a good substitute. Until he took his first bite. Then he agreed it was good, and we could even have it again. (hence it being for dinner and all)

Eggplant Tacos
Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 eggplant cut up into 1/2″ cubes
  • 2-3 tbsp onion based on your tastes
  • 2 cloves garlic chopped or minced
  • 1/2 jalapeno or 1/4 green pepper diced
  • 1 15 oz can of black beans 
  • 1 packet of your favorite taco seasoning approx 4 tbsp or 1.25oz
  • 1 tomato chopped into 1/2″cubes
  • 1 ripe avocado sliced thin
  • cilantro for garnish
  • taco shells, or wraps


Directions
  1. Chop eggplant into 1/2″ cubes salt and place into a colander for 30 mins to an hour. Rinse with cold water before use.
  2. Heat oil on medium high heat, saute’ pepper, onions, and garlic until just soft and slightly translucent.
  3. Add eggplant and cook for 8-10 minutes until tender. 
  4. Add black beans, chopped tomato, and taco seasoning, cook until warm throughout.
  5. Serve warm in either shells, or a wrap, topped with avocado. Add a side salad and enjoy!

Just a tip, this mixture should not be liquidy or runny. If the tomato’s are over cooked this may happen, just heat on high to cook liquid off.

There you have it. Not only will you have consumed a Meatless Monday meal, but it is also vegan with out even trying.

Gwen
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