Yesterday, I had to finish up a big project for school. Of course, I waited until the last possible second to get started, so I had to work like a crazy person to get it done. Therefore, Meatless Monday's dinner consisted of a big bowl of not-so-nutritious-but-majorly-delicious Frosted Mini-Wheats!
I missed Meatless Monday last week, due to an error in my meal-planning. Oops! But I was back in business this week! I had a beautiful salad filled with all kinds of goodies. I roasted grape tomatoes*, grated some fresh gruyere, added cucumber, onion, edamame beans, and the finishing touch: homemade croutons. I topped the salad with a dressing made of champagne vinegar, olive oil and lemon juice. I normally add some salt and pepper to the dressing, but since the croutons already had that, I didn't want to overdo it.
*To roast cherry tomatoes: First, cut all the tomatoes in half. Then, toss with olive oil, balsamic vinger, salt and pepper. It doesn't matter how much oil and vinegar you use - any extra will just roll off the tomatoes. Spread on a baking pan and cook for 30 minutes at 400 degrees. These are also awesome in pasta!
Tonight, I had a raging headache. My original, awesome Meatless Monday plan of this and this was postponed. I ended up baking a yam in the oven and throwing some butter and brown sugar on it. I then proceeded to curl up on the couch with Alex and watch the Golden Girls until bedtime.
After a rejuvenating weekend, I am happy to report that I am back in the game. I did lots of catching up yesterday around the house. The laundry's caught up, the kitchen is clean, and my stress level is back within acceptable parameters. I made a less ambitious meal plan for this week, and stocked up at the grocery store. I feel better now that my cupboards aren't completely bare! I don't know about everyone else, but I LOVE going to the grocery store. I'm surrounded by food - what could be better than that?
Today is Meatless Monday, and I decided to try a Chana Masala recipe - it's something I've been wanting to take a crack at for quite some time, but I wanted to get the amchoor powder that is used in some recipes. I ordered it here. It's powdered unripe mango - it lends a fruity, sour note to whatever you're cooking. I was intrigued by this and just HAD to have it for my Chana Masala. I served it all over long-grain brown rice with a garlic naan. The recipe I used called for 1/2 a teaspoon of cayenne pepper and a hot green chili pepper. I used around 1/8 of a teaspoon of the cayenne and didn't use the chili pepper at all - and it was still too hot for me, although I do have a pretty low tolerance in the spicy department. So, while this was pretty good, it didn't quite hit the spot. I'll be adding a dollop of creme fraiche when I eat the leftovers, to make it a little more creamy and mild. I looked around online and it seems like there's an incredible amount of variation between recipes. I'll start bookmarking some that look less spicy. I'm determined to master this recipe. I am still working on perfecting beef stroganoff, but this will be next in line for my "test kitchen". I haven't had a real hit in the kitchen in quite some time it seems like *wipes away large tears*, but I'm stepping up to the challenge. I don't have any new recipes on tap for the rest of this week. I'll be continuing to tweak my beef stroganoff and eating lots of salads and leftovers.
In other news, we're finally seeing signs of spring around here. I couldn't be happier about that! We change the time next week, which means more light in the evenings. Soon we will be saying farewell to the loooooongest winter, and hello to the sunshine!