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« Reply #1500 on: January 08, 2020, 12:06:13 PM »
Happy New Year, everyone!

Two nights ago we had this: https://bojongourmet.com/tomato-baked-white-beans-with-feta-and-lemon-parsley-oil/

I made a triple batch of the parsley oil and stuck it in several small jars in the freezer. I dislike dealing with wilty parsley, and this way it's done for the next couple of batches.

Last night, lentil/sausage/kale soup from smitten kitchen. With rice, because we've had bread with dinner for the past several nights.

Tonight, probably vegan lo mein -- for reasons of environment and economy I'm trying to get getter about finding vegetarian and vegan recipes for several dinners per week.

Tomorrow, I'll be out until late, but I'll suggest the guys make colcannon (our version uses sharp cheddar, for flavor and for gluing everything together), with or without burgers. Or defrost some chili.

This is my plan as well.  I'm going to add vegetarian meals gradually until there is mutiny from my family. 
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« Reply #1501 on: January 08, 2020, 03:18:46 PM »
Two lasagnas -- one veggie, one meat

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« Reply #1502 on: January 08, 2020, 05:19:09 PM »
Slow cooked red wine and garlic flavoured beef stew with mishrooms and other assorted veggies.  The beef cooked overnight, and the house smells so good.  Veggies get added today so they don'tbecome mush.

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« Reply #1503 on: January 08, 2020, 06:42:12 PM »
Holy cow. Husband just made the Smitten Kitchen mushroom bourguignon with mashed potatoes. That was one of the most satisfying vegetarian meals Iíve ever had. Husband was practically an obligate carnivore earlier in our marriage, so his willingness to make this and, after eating, talk about making it again was major.

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« Reply #1504 on: January 08, 2020, 08:23:53 PM »
Holy cow. Husband just made the Smitten Kitchen mushroom bourguignon with mashed potatoes. That was one of the most satisfying vegetarian meals Iíve ever had. Husband was practically an obligate carnivore earlier in our marriage, so his willingness to make this and, after eating, talk about making it again was major.

Thanks for the review!  I was actually looking at a different mushroom bourguignon recipe a day or  two ago, but I think I'll make this one. 

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« Reply #1505 on: January 08, 2020, 09:23:10 PM »
Tonight: Salmon cakes (I used up the last cans of salmon in the pantry: guess I should add them to the list), roasted brussels sprouts, baked sweet potato. We also fried a bunch of mushrooms with the salmon cakes, and had several appropriate sauces in the fridge to use down. I'm here to report that tahini sauce (tahini, garlic, lemon juice, thinned with some water) is delicious on baked sweet potatoes. (And the parsley sauce from last week's greek giant beans was lovely on the salmon cakes)

Tomorrow: I pulled 2 lbs short ribs out of the freezer: I'll toss them in a slow cooker with some onion, carrots, and either beer or veg stock. mashed potatoes, and salad, probably!

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« Reply #1506 on: January 09, 2020, 07:23:56 PM »
Tonight's dinner: oven-roasted chicken shawarma with garlic-yogurt sauce, brown rice, and spinach salad with red wine vinaigrette.

Seriously, this oven shawarma recipe is one of my very favorite homemade meals. I grew up in Dearborn, MI and will never turn down a good pile of true Lebanese shawarma with toum, but this is equally delicious in its own way. Plus, it's cheaper, super easy, and doesn't require ordering or picking up take-out.

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« Reply #1507 on: January 09, 2020, 07:37:16 PM »
That shaarma recipe looks fabulous, @OtherJen

We are boring on weeknights. I finished up my last call at 5:30, so it was a bit of a scramble. We had spaghetti (sauce my 12 y.o. made earlier in the week) with meatballs (frozen) & either zoodles (adults) or pasta (kids). Served with salad.

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« Reply #1508 on: January 09, 2020, 08:42:05 PM »
I'll have to try that shawarma recipe, I think I have everything needed (well, have breasts instead of thighs, so that may have to do).

The last two nights I've had sliced zucchini, yellow squash, and half a petite sirloin steak over some chinese noodles (bought the noodles in bulk at a restaurant supply store, then separated and frozen for use later). 

This afternoon my son made reverse-sear pork chops with mashed potatoes and gravy before I headed for work, so that was dinner #1.  Dinner #2 will be an egg, sausage, and hashbrowns.  If I get hungry before I head home, I have a frozen crap pizza here at work (Totino's, my favorite bad pizza).  I have some vegetables to help offset some of the not-so-healthy stuff.

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« Reply #1509 on: January 10, 2020, 02:27:30 PM »
I think tonight will be pepperoni pizza. Doctored cauliflower pizza for the adults, and the real deal for the kids.

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« Reply #1510 on: January 10, 2020, 07:26:35 PM »
Very delicious roasted cauliflower/black bean tacos on soft corn tortillas: https://www.gimmesomeoven.com/roasted-cauliflower-black-bean-tacos/

We still are swimming in extra sauces, so we had chopped roasted poblanos, pickled shallots, and the last of the lemon/parsley sauce with it, along with some "sauce" that was chipotles in adobo, liquified with a stick blender.

Vegan, and it's a keeper recipe!

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« Reply #1511 on: January 12, 2020, 02:56:57 PM »
I made a giant pot of bean, ham, and vegetable soup last night. For tonight's dinner, I plan to suggest either that or the leftover tofu stir-fry from Friday night.

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« Reply #1512 on: January 12, 2020, 04:02:09 PM »
We're having crockpot carnitas with homemade pico de gallo & guacamole

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« Reply #1513 on: January 12, 2020, 06:31:07 PM »
Roasted butternut squash and coconut curry soup.  With enough left over for lunch all week.

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« Reply #1514 on: January 12, 2020, 06:52:09 PM »
oooh, I'm definitely going to try the butternut soup next week - thanks for the inspiration!

Today's supper was a childhood throwback - creamed peas on toasted English muffins (of course with fresh cracked pepper over the top).

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« Reply #1515 on: January 12, 2020, 06:54:03 PM »
Vegan Dal Makhani with brown basmati rice
https://cookieandkate.com/quick-dal-makhani-recipe/

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« Reply #1516 on: January 12, 2020, 08:09:41 PM »
White bean and eggplant soup tonight and for lunch this week!

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« Reply #1517 on: January 12, 2020, 10:03:16 PM »
Keto air-fried pickles (breaded in pork rind "Panko" worked great!), creamed spinach, sauteed mushrooms and crispy fried cube steak.

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« Reply #1518 on: January 13, 2020, 03:02:46 PM »
Tonight will be Cuban sandwiches again (no pickles for me though).  My son cooked up some pork yesterday, and this will be the third meal from that pork.

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« Reply #1519 on: January 13, 2020, 04:26:21 PM »
Turkey and vegetable tacos on soft corn tortillas.

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« Reply #1520 on: January 13, 2020, 10:04:50 PM »
I pressure cooked a bone-in lamb shoulder until it shredded.  Big salad because that's how we roll.

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« Reply #1521 on: January 14, 2020, 08:48:20 AM »
oooh, I'm definitely going to try the butternut soup next week - thanks for the inspiration!

Today's supper was a childhood throwback - creamed peas on toasted English muffins (of course with fresh cracked pepper over the top).


It was so, so super simple.  Roast the squash for an hour, let it cool.  Meanwhile sautee some onions and garlic and ginger root.  Add some Thai red curry paste.  Then add a can of coconut cream (the recipe called for coconut milk, all I had was cream, but I feel like cream probably works better anyway).  Then add ~4 cups broth.  I used chicken, but I imagine that veggie broth works just as well.  Add the roasted squash in and simmer for 15-20 minutes.  Then puree into a homogeneous soup.   

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« Reply #1522 on: January 14, 2020, 11:32:03 AM »
Happy New Year, everyone!

Two nights ago we had this: https://bojongourmet.com/tomato-baked-white-beans-with-feta-and-lemon-parsley-oil/

I made a triple batch of the parsley oil and stuck it in several small jars in the freezer. I dislike dealing with wilty parsley, and this way it's done for the next couple of batches.

Last night, lentil/sausage/kale soup from smitten kitchen. With rice, because we've had bread with dinner for the past several nights.

Tonight, probably vegan lo mein -- for reasons of environment and economy I'm trying to get getter about finding vegetarian and vegan recipes for several dinners per week.

Tomorrow, I'll be out until late, but I'll suggest the guys make colcannon (our version uses sharp cheddar, for flavor and for gluing everything together), with or without burgers. Or defrost some chili.

This is my plan as well.  I'm going to add vegetarian meals gradually until there is mutiny from my family.

Me too!  We've been having several vegetarian meals a week for a while now, so I'm trying to ratchet it up to mostly vegan, some vegetarian, occasional meat.

So far, it's been a surprisingly easy transition.  There will still be a fair amount of meat in our diets for a while because we have tons of meat in the freezer and I feel like wasting food is the original sin of sustainable food.  But the number of vegan substitute products and mindblowing vegan hacks online is fascinating and great.  I made a cheesy broccoli, peas, and rice casserole with the "cheese" made from cashews, steamed potatoes and carrots, garlic, mustard, and nutritional yeast and my carnivore husband LICKED THE BOWL y'all.  Vegan burrito bowl with Chipotle-esque lime cilantro rice, slow cooked beans, corn and hot pepper salsa, and a healthy dollop of guac -- similar results. 

Tonight is a big batch of tomato, kale, mushroom, and red lentil soup with leftovers going to a friend expecting a baby.  Also looking forward to a big bowl of pasta puttanesca (tomato sauce with garlic, olives, parsley, capers, and chili flakes) and a fakeout avgolemono soup (lemon and rice soup, but with aquafaba and cashews to give it creaminess) later in the week.  And this weekend ::drumroll please:: going to attempt a pie crust with Country Crock almond oil plant butter that claims to be good for baking.  We'll be the judge of that!

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« Reply #1523 on: January 14, 2020, 12:42:29 PM »
Happy New Year, everyone!

Two nights ago we had this: https://bojongourmet.com/tomato-baked-white-beans-with-feta-and-lemon-parsley-oil/

I made a triple batch of the parsley oil and stuck it in several small jars in the freezer. I dislike dealing with wilty parsley, and this way it's done for the next couple of batches.

Last night, lentil/sausage/kale soup from smitten kitchen. With rice, because we've had bread with dinner for the past several nights.

Tonight, probably vegan lo mein -- for reasons of environment and economy I'm trying to get getter about finding vegetarian and vegan recipes for several dinners per week.

Tomorrow, I'll be out until late, but I'll suggest the guys make colcannon (our version uses sharp cheddar, for flavor and for gluing everything together), with or without burgers. Or defrost some chili.

This is my plan as well.  I'm going to add vegetarian meals gradually until there is mutiny from my family.

Me too!  We've been having several vegetarian meals a week for a while now, so I'm trying to ratchet it up to mostly vegan, some vegetarian, occasional meat.

So far, it's been a surprisingly easy transition.  There will still be a fair amount of meat in our diets for a while because we have tons of meat in the freezer and I feel like wasting food is the original sin of sustainable food.  But the number of vegan substitute products and mindblowing vegan hacks online is fascinating and great.  I made a cheesy broccoli, peas, and rice casserole with the "cheese" made from cashews, steamed potatoes and carrots, garlic, mustard, and nutritional yeast and my carnivore husband LICKED THE BOWL y'all.  Vegan burrito bowl with Chipotle-esque lime cilantro rice, slow cooked beans, corn and hot pepper salsa, and a healthy dollop of guac -- similar results. 

Tonight is a big batch of tomato, kale, mushroom, and red lentil soup with leftovers going to a friend expecting a baby.  Also looking forward to a big bowl of pasta puttanesca (tomato sauce with garlic, olives, parsley, capers, and chili flakes) and a fakeout avgolemono soup (lemon and rice soup, but with aquafaba and cashews to give it creaminess) later in the week.  And this weekend ::drumroll please:: going to attempt a pie crust with Country Crock almond oil plant butter that claims to be good for baking.  We'll be the judge of that!

I've had a hard time finding much in the way of substitutes locally.  Which is okay.  I would much rather have a meal that is all about the veggies and not about stuff posing as meat.  I do have several recipes that I think will transition well (cauliflower tikka masala or keema made with lentils and walnuts, for example), and I'm looking forward to experimenting with recipes.

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« Reply #1524 on: January 14, 2020, 01:58:36 PM »

I've had a hard time finding much in the way of substitutes locally.  Which is okay.  I would much rather have a meal that is all about the veggies and not about stuff posing as meat.  I do have several recipes that I think will transition well (cauliflower tikka masala or keema made with lentils and walnuts, for example), and I'm looking forward to experimenting with recipes.

To clarify, I haven't done much with artificial meat, although it is available near me.  Agree that it's easier to ramp up the veggies and add other plant protein.  I've had various Beyond meats and they're acceptable. We had Morningstar chicken nuggets for the kids last night and my son said they were "chewy." 

I was more worried about dairy as an ingredient, specifically cheese and butter.  But there are tons of vegan butters in my store and, hopefully, they will bake well.  Note that most margarine is NOT vegan because it contains dairy derived ingredients. I've been pretty happy with cashews as a sub for cheese and cream, sorbet for ice cream. 
 

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« Reply #1525 on: January 14, 2020, 02:55:29 PM »
I've used Earth Balance margarine for dairy-free baking, and it works well (for cookies and brownies, at least). Coconut oil works well in cakes.

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« Reply #1526 on: January 14, 2020, 05:29:27 PM »
I was more worried about dairy as an ingredient, specifically cheese and butter.  But there are tons of vegan butters in my store and, hopefully, they will bake well.  Note that most margarine is NOT vegan because it contains dairy derived ingredients. I've been pretty happy with cashews as a sub for cheese and cream, sorbet for ice cream.

I've found coconut oil to work pretty well 1:1 as a substitute for butter for baking.

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« Reply #1527 on: January 14, 2020, 07:25:46 PM »
Tonight we had spiralized*, steamed zucchini, toped with homemade marinara. It wasn't quite enough, so we made two whole wheat quesadillas with green Herdez salsa, our current favorite.  Mex-Italia anyone?
* I just found a new in-box spiralizer for $4.00 at my favorite thrift store, so we're having fun playing with our vegetables.

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« Reply #1528 on: January 14, 2020, 07:40:48 PM »
We had linguini with tomato& marinated artichoke sauce (make tomato sauce, dump in an entire jar of marinated artichoke hearts, oil and all). With grated cheese, (so not vegan) and roasted cauliflower.

The rest of the cauliflower went into a pasta salad that was shells, green beans, tomato-paste-based pesto, olives, cut up mozzarella balls, .... I think I'm missing something, but you get the idea. (It occurs to me that I could take out the cheese, add cooked chickpeas and marinated red peppers and it would be "antipasto pasta salad.")  That will be lunches for the lunch-carrying fraction of our household for most of the rest of this week. PB&J is not enough calories/food for the 15-year old, and we're trying to not have lunchmeat every darn week.

I've made pie crusts with both cultured vegan "butter" and with palm oil (it's not crisco, but it behaves like it). Both worked fine.

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« Reply #1529 on: January 14, 2020, 08:08:57 PM »
All I want to do is sleep, so tonight's dinner has consisted of potato chips and a big chunk of Italian bread.

I did go shopping though, at the rest of the week will have a better menu (cook two big meals that make a lot of leftovers).

I'll make the chicken schwarma someone posted upthread, with a homemade white sauce, and some saffron rice (using homegrown saffron).

I also bought beets and celery to make a big pot of borscht. 

Finally, got some nice bread to make French dips this week as well.

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« Reply #1530 on: January 14, 2020, 09:10:17 PM »
We made this stewy, delicious mess and served over baked sweet potatoes.  The bright lemon contrasts so nicely with the rich coconut milk and all the healthy spinach was just what I needed after a long day at my volunteer gig and ate too many cookies and cheez-its. https://www.thekitchn.com/recipe-braised-coconut-spinach-chickpeas-with-lemon-recipes-from-the-kitchn-164551.  Not the easiest recipe in the world, but not too hard either.

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« Reply #1531 on: January 15, 2020, 11:14:21 AM »
All I want to do is sleep, so tonight's dinner has consisted of potato chips and a big chunk of Italian bread.

I did go shopping though, at the rest of the week will have a better menu (cook two big meals that make a lot of leftovers).

I'll make the chicken schwarma someone posted upthread, with a homemade white sauce, and some saffron rice (using homegrown saffron).

I also bought beets and celery to make a big pot of borscht. 

Finally, got some nice bread to make French dips this week as well.

Homegrown saffron -- can you provide more details?
'Cause on a $/hour basis, that's probably about the biggest bang for the buck I can imagine.

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« Reply #1532 on: January 15, 2020, 11:15:44 AM »
I cooked tacos and chicken piccata with spaghetti for dinners this week, so I will have leftovers of one or the other tonight with my SO!

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« Reply #1533 on: January 15, 2020, 01:47:00 PM »
All I want to do is sleep, so tonight's dinner has consisted of potato chips and a big chunk of Italian bread.

I did go shopping though, at the rest of the week will have a better menu (cook two big meals that make a lot of leftovers).

I'll make the chicken schwarma someone posted upthread, with a homemade white sauce, and some saffron rice (using homegrown saffron).

I also bought beets and celery to make a big pot of borscht. 

Finally, got some nice bread to make French dips this week as well.

Homegrown saffron -- can you provide more details?
'Cause on a $/hour basis, that's probably about the biggest bang for the buck I can imagine.

So easy, even I managed not to kill them...

I gave my mom 20 bulbs a couple years ago, and I kept just 5 for myself (because I thought I'd kill them).

Mine are in a pot.  First year, I got all five to grow.  This fall we had a freeze that happened right when mine were ready to bloom, so only got a few, but they should come back next year.

She planted hers in the dirt above her gravel driveway (they don't usually drive anything up that far, and it's an easy spot to water them).  We've managed to get quite a bit from her patch.

They do well if they get ignored during a hot summer (just water them once a month or so, though she pretty much forgot about them until fall, when she finally watered them some!)  They do better in the ground than they do in a pot (hers bloomed earlier than mine).  They also bloom around the same general time, but they might bloom and wilt within a day or two, so we try to check on them every day once we see the first bit of purple.

We haven't separated bulbs though, but they are supposed to multiply well.  We don't harvest a ton, but enough to try some different saffron recipes without having to pay a fortune, and for a few days, you get some really pretty flowers.

https://www.rareseeds.com/catalog/product/view/id/3817/s/pre-order-for-2019-saffron-crocus-25-bulbs/

ETA: our growing zone looks like it's 7b and 8a.  We can spend weeks over 100įF in the summer, and right now we have snow on the ground and temps are supposed to be in the teens, so we get a pretty wide range in weather.
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« Reply #1534 on: January 15, 2020, 03:34:24 PM »
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So easy, even I managed not to kill them...

I gave my mom 20 bulbs a couple years ago, and I kept just 5 for myself (because I thought I'd kill them).

Mine are in a pot.  First year, I got all five to grow.  This fall we had a freeze that happened right when mine were ready to bloom, so only got a few, but they should come back next year.

She planted hers in the dirt above her gravel driveway (they don't usually drive anything up that far, and it's an easy spot to water them).  We've managed to get quite a bit from her patch.

They do well if they get ignored during a hot summer (just water them once a month or so, though she pretty much forgot about them until fall, when she finally watered them some!)  They do better in the ground than they do in a pot (hers bloomed earlier than mine).  They also bloom around the same general time, but they might bloom and wilt within a day or two, so we try to check on them every day once we see the first bit of purple.

We haven't separated bulbs though, but they are supposed to multiply well.  We don't harvest a ton, but enough to try some different saffron recipes without having to pay a fortune, and for a few days, you get some really pretty flowers.

https://www.rareseeds.com/catalog/product/view/id/3817/s/pre-order-for-2019-saffron-crocus-25-bulbs/

ETA: our growing zone looks like it's 7b and 8a.  We can spend weeks over 100įF in the summer, and right now we have snow on the ground and temps are supposed to be in the teens, so we get a pretty wide range in weather.

I'm in 5-something, but this is awesome -- thanks!

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« Reply #1535 on: January 15, 2020, 04:28:11 PM »
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So easy, even I managed not to kill them...

I gave my mom 20 bulbs a couple years ago, and I kept just 5 for myself (because I thought I'd kill them).

Mine are in a pot.  First year, I got all five to grow.  This fall we had a freeze that happened right when mine were ready to bloom, so only got a few, but they should come back next year.

She planted hers in the dirt above her gravel driveway (they don't usually drive anything up that far, and it's an easy spot to water them).  We've managed to get quite a bit from her patch.

They do well if they get ignored during a hot summer (just water them once a month or so, though she pretty much forgot about them until fall, when she finally watered them some!)  They do better in the ground than they do in a pot (hers bloomed earlier than mine).  They also bloom around the same general time, but they might bloom and wilt within a day or two, so we try to check on them every day once we see the first bit of purple.

We haven't separated bulbs though, but they are supposed to multiply well.  We don't harvest a ton, but enough to try some different saffron recipes without having to pay a fortune, and for a few days, you get some really pretty flowers.

https://www.rareseeds.com/catalog/product/view/id/3817/s/pre-order-for-2019-saffron-crocus-25-bulbs/

ETA: our growing zone looks like it's 7b and 8a.  We can spend weeks over 100įF in the summer, and right now we have snow on the ground and temps are supposed to be in the teens, so we get a pretty wide range in weather.

I'm in 5-something, but this is awesome -- thanks!

Agreed. I bookmarked this because it's such a great idea!

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« Reply #1536 on: January 15, 2020, 07:29:47 PM »
I'm also loving the idea of growing some saffron crocuses!

@sui generis thanks for that spinach recipe - I might try that with cauliflower and/or mushrooms in place of the chickpeas as a low carb dish.

Tonight I think I might whip up some guacamole and dip pork rinds in it.  My appetite has been a little off, so not much cooking happening this week.  On Monday I cooked a lamb shoulder in the Instant Pot with some turkey stock and homemade chipotles in adobo.  It's looking like we'll be living off that the rest of this week, along with some salads as the mood strikes.

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« Reply #1537 on: January 15, 2020, 07:42:40 PM »
We had the roasted (turkey) kielbasa and cabbage from Budget Bytes, except I did the potatoes separately as seasoned oven fries.

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« Reply #1538 on: January 16, 2020, 01:52:22 PM »
^--- This is going on next week's menu.

We're having a casserole that's layers of broccoli, potatoes, white beans, garlic, olives, and crushed tomatoes with a gooey layer of munster in the middle.  It's from Jeanne Lemlin's book Main Course Vegetarian Pleasures -- Not every recipe in it is amazing, but some are incredible and most are fine.

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« Reply #1539 on: January 19, 2020, 02:59:00 PM »
All I want to do is sleep, so tonight's dinner has consisted of potato chips and a big chunk of Italian bread.

I did go shopping though, at the rest of the week will have a better menu (cook two big meals that make a lot of leftovers).

I'll make the chicken schwarma someone posted upthread, with a homemade white sauce, and some saffron rice (using homegrown saffron).

I also bought beets and celery to make a big pot of borscht. 

Finally, got some nice bread to make French dips this week as well.

We had to use chicken breasts (because that's what I had in the freezer), but the chicken shawarma turned out so good!  Will need to make this during the summer when we can use home-grown (well, my mom's home-grown) cucumbers and tomatoes.  I also need to learn how to make naan, because it's expensive in the store.

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« Reply #1540 on: January 19, 2020, 04:41:47 PM »
All I want to do is sleep, so tonight's dinner has consisted of potato chips and a big chunk of Italian bread.

I did go shopping though, at the rest of the week will have a better menu (cook two big meals that make a lot of leftovers).

I'll make the chicken schwarma someone posted upthread, with a homemade white sauce, and some saffron rice (using homegrown saffron).

I also bought beets and celery to make a big pot of borscht. 

Finally, got some nice bread to make French dips this week as well.

We had to use chicken breasts (because that's what I had in the freezer), but the chicken shawarma turned out so good!  Will need to make this during the summer when we can use home-grown (well, my mom's home-grown) cucumbers and tomatoes.  I also need to learn how to make naan, because it's expensive in the store.

Yay! I swear, that recipe is magic.

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« Reply #1541 on: January 19, 2020, 04:44:49 PM »
We have lots of leftovers from last nightís Slow-Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala, so I think that will be tonightís dinner. I used maybe a half-lb. of chicken thighs, two (drained) cans of garbanzos, and full-fat Greek yogurt instead of heavy cream. All of the subs worked really well.

Edit: no, the leftover tikka masala will be lunches tomorrow. Iím roasting tofu, sweet potatoes, and Brussels sprouts for a vegan snack meal.
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« Reply #1542 on: January 19, 2020, 08:05:02 PM »
Last night we had a guest for dinner, so we added another vegetable and a dessert:
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Pot roast (chuck roast), mashed potatoes, roasted acorn squash wedges, roasted brussels sprouts, a little horseradish sauce (the last bit of horseradish mixed with some sour cream). Apple cake for dessert.

Tonight is the last dinner with my DS before he goes back to college, so he got to pick. We had chicken tacos: the good corn tortillas -- we made a not-at-all mustachian drive to the good tortillarilla -- , black beans with chipotles in adobo, cheddar, cabbage-and-carrot slaw, salsa (also from the tortillarilla), and blueberry pie with whipped cream for dessert. (frozen blueberries, thanks Trader Joe's).

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« Reply #1543 on: January 19, 2020, 08:49:53 PM »
Soba noodles + tofu with spicy peanut sauce! https://food52.com/recipes/19059-soba-noodles-and-tofu-with-spicy-peanut-sauce

This is a pretty easy recipe that is really worth it with a good variety of vegetables, and the spicy peanut sauce makes it hearty and tasty. I'm usually a very mid-range spice-level person (i.e. I might order a 7 at a "gringo" Thai or Indian place) and this was too much cayenne for me to enjoy.  As you might be able to tell since a whole 1/2 tsp of cayenne is more than the usual. I've been putting half that, but otherwise no modifications to this lovely recipe!

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« Reply #1544 on: January 19, 2020, 09:14:10 PM »
Soba noodles + tofu with spicy peanut sauce! https://food52.com/recipes/19059-soba-noodles-and-tofu-with-spicy-peanut-sauce

This is a pretty easy recipe that is really worth it with a good variety of vegetables, and the spicy peanut sauce makes it hearty and tasty. I'm usually a very mid-range spice-level person (i.e. I might order a 7 at a "gringo" Thai or Indian place) and this was too much cayenne for me to enjoy.  As you might be able to tell since a whole 1/2 tsp of cayenne is more than the usual. I've been putting half that, but otherwise no modifications to this lovely recipe!

Yum! Definitely saving this one.

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« Reply #1545 on: January 20, 2020, 06:44:48 AM »
Tonight is pot roast with Brussels sprouts and carrots.

Saturday night I found a new winner for the low-carb/keto group: Enchilada Meatball Skillet, which we of course had with cauliflower rice.  Since I canned a bunch of green enchilada sauce and haven't been using it, I'm putting this recipe into regular rotation.  Used ground pork instead of chicken; I think any type of ground meat would be good though.

Last night, green chile, chicken and parsnip chowder.  Green chile and parsnip is a really underrated combination, IMO.

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« Reply #1546 on: January 20, 2020, 02:57:44 PM »
Tonight is leftover veggie moussaka from last night.  I was going to have butternut squash chili, but didn't get it started in time.  So now it's all prepped for tomorrow.

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« Reply #1547 on: January 22, 2020, 09:10:42 AM »
We had surprisingly delicious vegetarian enchiladas. It helped that we had really good corn tortillas to start with: filled them with a mixture of cooked onions, mushroom slices (that I pre-seared, and then cooked with the other stuff) and fresh poblanos, and with a few baked cherry tomatoes I pulled out of the fridge, a small amount of leftover cooked black beans, and some leftover cooked acorn squash cubes. Salsa verde and cheese on the top.

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« Reply #1548 on: January 22, 2020, 09:53:01 AM »
Tonight is fried fish and the Chipotle Butternut Squash and Quinoa Salad from BudgetBytes;  https://www.budgetbytes.com/chipotle-butternut-squash-and-quinoa-salad/

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« Reply #1549 on: January 22, 2020, 10:21:02 AM »
Last night was butternut squash chili.  It was very good.  Tonight is a curried cauliflower soup.  I made a similar soup last week with butternut squash that was very good, so hopefully tonight's will be too.