Friday, April 13, 2007

Two Quick Dinners

First up is the spicy peanut noodles. We sauteed a bit of onion and garlic, then mixed in a little massaman curry paste (careful when buying pre-packaged curry paste--many have shrimp paste or fish sauce as ingredients). Then we chucked in some zucchini, carrots, purple cabbage, and mushrooms and let those cook for a few minutes. A few hearty scoops of chunky peanut butter, about 1/2 c. soy milk, and a handful of chopped peanuts for the top. Fresh coriander as a garnish would have been great, but we're having a bit of trouble growing it lately.

When I ate the leftovers for lunch, the purple cabbage had turned everything into a gray-ish blue. Not very pretty, but still tasty!



Last night's dinner was a salad full of local baby spinach, avocado, zucchini, carrots, tomato, sauteed onions, and pan-fried tofu. We first started making this on Tuesday for dinner, but found that none of the 6 avocados we got from the market were ripe. So the tofu marinated for about 3 days in a simple mixture of soy sauce, sesame oil, and the juice of one lemonade fruit. For dressing, I mixed the leftover marinade with a bit of Australian mustard and balsamic vinegar. The salad was flanked by Andy's bruschetta--stale bread, toasted and covered in leftover spaghetti sauce, or avocado + tomato + black olives. This dinner was quick to put together, and left me feeling very full and satisfied.

6 comments:

bazu said...

Mmmm, that salad looks so good. Especially with the bruschetta! What's Australian mustard like? What's lemonade fruit?

vko said...

Bruschetta platter looks delicious and of course peanutty noodles are always yummy!

KleoPatra said...

Noodles! Peanut sauce with noodles! Spicey peanut sauce with noodles! YUM! Oh that looks amazing!! And the sandwich and salad also. Totally tremendous! (btw, i like the purplish-gray colour. That's nice!)

Urban Vegan said...

spciy peanut curried pasta...loving it. the leftovers looks pretty good to me!

Theresa said...

bazu--Australian mustard is sort of a cross between English mustard (hot as hell) and American mustard. It's yellow and semi-spicy.

And lemonade fruit is green, round like an orange, but yellow inside like a lemon. They basically taste like a glass of lemonade--sweeter than a lemon. They are super juicy, and local so often cheaper than lemons and limes.

bazu said...

lemonade fruit = SO COOL. (note to self: do not die without trying one)