I Just Want a Quickie

Sometimes I feel like making out a complicated, in-depth, interesting meal. You know, lots of chopping, lots of ingredients, lots of prep work. But other times, I would much rather spend my time watching a movie, or checking blogs, or playing on my awesome new computer than hanging around the kitchen for an hour plus.

So I bring to you two easy, lazy meals.

Meal #1: Chinese Leftovers Recreation

OK, so this is more a what-to-do-with-all-those-leftovers option. I’ve noticed that in a lot of Chinese restaurants (American Chinese restaurants, that is), they give you way more of your protein source than necessary. So, if you’re like me, you think to yourself, “Man, I want to eat all of my vegetables, but there is way too much protein-source in my meal to be a good ratio for cleaning my plate. But I won’t want to eat just my protein-source for leftovers in the future. WHAT TO DO?!”

Well, if you’ve ever thought that, today is your lucky day because I am going to tell you what to do. Take this:

Excess Tofu w/Sauce

Then prepare some assorted vegetables in your favorite method (roasted, steamed, stir-fried). And mix everything together:

Voila!

If your meal did not have enough sauce leftover, you can always add some soy sauce and vinegar (preferably rice wine, but apple cider vinegar will work too) to your leftovers before mixing it all together. I added apple cider vinegar, soy sauce, ginger, and chili-garlic sauce.

Meal #2: Quickie-Butternut Squash & Vegi Bean Stew

serves 4-5

The ingredients. (Un-pictured: Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Curry Powder)

Step 1: Chop up your desired stew veggies (I used 2-3 cloves garlic, 1/2 sweet onion, 1 red bell pepper, and 1 large carrot). Heat some Extra Virgin Olive Oil in a pot over Medium to Medium-High heat. Sauté the veggies until crisp-tender.

Step 2:
– Add 1 1/2 cups of the Vegi Bean Soup mixture (that you rinsed beforehand) to the pot. Mix well.
– Add the quart of Butternut Squash soup plus 1 1/2 cups water.
– Add about a tablespoon of your favorite curry powder.
– Bring to an almost boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and let it cook for about an hour, stirring occasionally.

I forgot to take a final product picture, but let me tell you: it was delicious. Plus, it required very little active time. So while I waited I could fully attend to a documentary that my sister had on about stress. As you can imagine, it was a pretty sweet evening.

So to end this sweet evening… OK just to end the post (I’m about to go to a friend’s), I will leave you with a video of the lovely Adele singing one of my favorite songs on 21.

Replacing Pumpkin

So, as you all are probably well aware, sometime around Easter it started to become impossible to find canned pumpkin anywhere. This made me very very sad because I love canned pumpkin in my oatmeal. But recently, while at an expensive, local, wholefoodsesque grocery store I discovered this:

It was located on the shelf next to some organic pumpkin (which I also picked up), but I thought to myself, “Hey, why not give this baby a shot?” A look at the nutritional profile was not as exciting as pumpkin, but I decided it would do.

So, this morning I took the plunge and opened this baby up:

Looks a little bit lighter than the organic pumpkin that I had previously used from the same brand. But it actually has the same smell. (reminiscent of baby food, but not so much as to repulse me)

I decided to make my usual pumpkin-peanut flour- blueberry-spices oatmeal concoction, only with butternut squash instead of pumpkin.

mixed with quick-cooking steel cut oats & oat bran (prepared with 1/2 cup milk)

The results? Delicious! It has a distinctively… lighter? flavor than pumpkin but it still went beautifully with this oat combination. In fact, I think I like this stuff better than the organic pumpkin of the same brand. (Granted, Libby’s still takes the cake… or should I say can)

On a side note, I’m marveling at how quickly this past hour flew by. I think I may just treat myself and watch a movie or something to enjoy the rest of my evening. Weekend starts tomorrow at 4:00PM!

What new-to-you product have you tried lately?

Do you have any awesome plans for the weekend?

I’m attending a birthday party on Saturday, but I’m hoping to pack in additional funness.

Ok for some reason I am compelled to post this:

I apologize.