Last week I brought you some creative breakfasts I’d been trying. This week I’m taking you into the dinners category.
Not going to lie…I’ve been eating kind of weird lately. But also kind of…good? My lack of desire/time to cook has been at an all time low. This complete desire to spend as little time as possible actually cooking, but still wanting delicious food in my belly – however – has also lead to some pretty good concoctions.
A lot of repeats and a lot of leftovers used in different ways.
I’ve been enjoying making bases of either brown rice, soba noodles, or quinoa
And mixing in
Pistachios, cashews and adzuki beans.
I’ll make a container of one of these mixtures at the beginning of the week, and then use it as a base to add whatever other leftovers I have to make use of.
Here we have:
Soba noodles and cashews mixed with sautéed cabbage and grilled spinach, red pepper, green onion and breaded tofu cubes topped with extra cashews and dressed in a creamy nutritional yeast/maple syrup/ginger sauce.
I’m really loving the crunch that nuts add to savory dishes. And beans add a really nice texture when mixed with rice. Not to mention the combination of proteins you need for a vegetarian diet.
Then all you need is some of your favorite vegetables cooked up and a delicious sauce. Alllllways the sauce. I’ve been making this delicious sweet and savory combo of nutritional yeast/maple syrup/tamari/olive oil/garlic/ginger. I make it super creamy and love how that mixes in with the rice and noodles.
Another example of a similar, yet different meal:
Soba noodles, steamed broccoli/kale/bok choy, grilled sweet potato and tempeh steaks all dressed in my favorite miso gravy.
The miso gravy is soooo good on steamed veggies or anything a bit heartier.
And something a little less picturesque (end of the week I think this was…)
The brown rice/adzuki bean/nut mix topped with steamed broccoli and cabbage, beet sauerkraut, grilled sweet potato, and tempeh
When I havn’t been devouring all things rice/noodles/protein/sauce, I’ve been going through a batch of salmon patties I made and have been keeping in my freezer. Just a basic recipe of canned salmon/bread crumbs/egg/parsley/lots of herbs and spices.
I’ve been serving them up in the sweet potato buns I found at the farmers market with varying, fun sauces…
Like chipotle mayonnaise! My new favorite thing! (and I don’t even like spicy…)
Plus some tomato and cabbage slaw
Or tzatziki (leftover from a restaurant doggy bag)
With tomato and spinach and a side of coleslaw I throw together using bagged cabbage, greek yogurt, lemon juice, onion powder, garlic powder, s+p and a touch of stevia.
I also finally got around to playing with the idea of “cauliflower wings,” which I’ve been hankering to try for months. I made these BBQ nuggets which were coated in a rice flour batter and baked up to perfectly pop-able perfection. You can’t not eat the whole batch. Seriously. I tried.
…Not very hard though.
Served with a side of baked sweet potato and salmon patties. Oh my god too much orange!! Glegh!
I think something is wrong with my camera. Or just my photo taking skills have just been draining, because I’ve been having a lot of trouble getting semi-okay looking pics lately. Blegh. Sorry. Hopefully you can still get a sense of the creativity around dinners I’ve been enjoying. I’ve been feeling good getting in some more ample nutrition and whole foods through concoction meals like these. It’s hard to over analyze what you are eating when everything is just mixed together in a delicious mess.
The funny thing is I haven’t spent more than 5 minutes – minus the making of the cauliflower wings – on dinner even once over the past couple of weeks. It’s simply been a matter of a little food prep, having sauces and bases like my rice/nut/bean blend on hand (which lasts a good long while), and then having the bravery to throw a bunch of things together and hope it works. If I can do it, you can do it.
Unless you are one of those people who don’t like their food touching. Then I apologize profusely.Dinners Lately. Random Leftovers and being creative. #bowls #noodles #leftovers #healthyeats Click To Tweet
Favorite things to throw together in one bowl?
Do you prefer rice or noodles?