Monday, November 10, 2008

A Week of Quick Meals

A few months ago I posted about a typical week; this one was not so typical in that we actually had somewhat of a plan. I came up with some meal ideas over the weekend and we went shopping on Sunday morning to get what we needed for the week. We started by trying to use up some whole wheat tortillas and collards that had been in the fridge for a while. I steamed the collards, and while that was happening I scrambled tofu with black beans and salsa (among other things). The collards and tofu went on the tortillas with more salsa and Tofutti sour cream. Good and good for you!

Monday night was a very easy pasta dish. We made the Instant Roasted Red Pepper Sauce from Vegan Express and had that over pasta and broccoli (dump frozen broccoli into the pasta water when the pasta has 3-4 minutes left to cook). We doubled the sauce recipe and it goes like this: mix 1 12-oz. package of silken tofu, 1 12-oz. jar of roasted red peppers (drained), a little parsley, 1/4 c. lime juice and 1 tsp. salt in a food processor until well blended.

Tuesday was election day and I took a vacation day from work to volunteer for Obama (and he won in Virginia!). I also had slightly more time for cooking in the evening and another thing we wanted to use up was the package of ring-shaped pasta. Yup. Spaghetti O's! Without the meatballs this time but with plain 'ol diced seitan instead. (And also with a salad.)

It was back to work Wednesday and dinner was some quick fried rice since I also managed to cook a batch of brown rice Tuesday night to have at the ready.

On Thursday we also managed to throw together a simple salad, which we had with couscous (from a packaged mix) and easy barbecued tempeh (pour about 1/3 a bottle of barbecue sauce over diced tempeh and bake at 350° for 25 minutes). Friday was one of Darlene's old standbys, sort of a mock chicken-noodle soup that she makes with seitan and cute little pasta stars.

And I had another idea for Saturday but time got the better of us and we dug into our stash of boxed Indian entrees. We stock up on these things whenever we see them on sale and we cook some rice and nuke them in the microwave for a really quick meal. In fact I just went over to the Tasty Bite web site to borrow some pictures and I found that they sell their Indian and Thai meals on-line for much less than we normally find them for in the store. We like these Tasty Bite meals too because they clearly label which ones are vegan.


Urban Vegan said...

Yeah for Obama! And of course, all the food looks marvy.

Gina said...

I love Vegan Express, its one of my favorite cookbooks!

Catherine said...

Where do you find the pasta stars? I remember loving "chicken and stars" soup as a kid/teen/college student!

Sean Tubbs said...

Thanks for the link to Tasty Bite! What a great idea to buy it straight from the distributor. Do you do that with any other vendors?

B36Kitchen said...

What a great weeks worth of food! It's hard cooking with a little one around and then finally one day it just gets a bit easier.

Thanks for the link to for those boxed indian dishes. I've always wanted to try them.

Chris said...

we find them at Kroger Catherine. Don't know if you have those where you are.

Not that I can think of Sean... unless you count maple syrup - which we've been getting by the gallon from Woods Cider Mill (though at the moment they appear to be out of the grade B that we usually get).

Bianca said...

I just printed out your Spaghettios recipe and cannot wait to try it!!! I so miss that stuff. Someone on Veggie Boards once suggested to use a can of tomato soup (without adding water) for the sauce, but I cringe at the thought of using processed crap...yours sounds much better.