Cashew Rice Bowl

Kayla and I were chatting the other night about how expensive groceries are becoming, and it’s only going to get worse. It’s incredible at how expensive produce is, 6 dollars for cauliflower, 3 dollars for celery, 2 dollars for onions, you get my drift. Now how do you feed your family healthfully for the least amount of money possible? Good question. Not every one can live on left overs, not to mention even liking left overs. So the question is- how do you keep things fresh and not boring. How can one trick their family into thinking they are NOT eating left overs? (side note, I can live on left overs)

During the winter, I often resort to frozen veggies because they are much cheaper and still healthy. I do not like canned veggies (unless it’s corn) I find canned veggies to be mushy, gross and sickening- but that’s just my opinion. But I still like to buy fresh carrots, onions, garlic and other veggies when there’s a sale on. I like to peel and chop. Hire me, and I’ll come over and prep your fruits and veggies for you, I could even cook your dinner ūüėČ

I made Ginny’s Cashew rice bowl. I used the veggies I had on hand- read: already washed and chopped. I had brussels sprouts, carrots, green beans and zucchini. I cooked the recipe as it states, (though I didn’t add¬† rice to the wok), as I had cooked it in the IP (instant pot), as I was cooking the veggies and didn’t want the warm rice to stick and become mushy. By using the IP I was able to cut the cooking time in half. If I had made the rice before hand and it was cold, I would’ve added it to the wok with the cashews. This worked perfectly.

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I also made foiled wrap veggies, which turn out well… except the zucchini- it was over cooked, oh well, I will know for next time to keep an eye on it, or not to use them at all. But over all- it was good.

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Back to how to make this taste like a new meal? Well, I had left overs today- I added some hot sauce and a little bit of hoisin sauce. Make sure you read labels, you can buy vegan hoisin sauce, it may not be easy to find. I found mine in a locally owned store where the owner carries a lot of vegan product for reasonable prices.

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I could’ve taken this dish because I did cook the rice and veggies separately, I could’ve put the veggies in a wrap, and added some broccoli and cheeze to the rice to make a casserole. Even if the veggies and rice were cooked together, it would’ve made for an awesome burrito. I had enough left overs for one, but if I decided to make burrito’s I would’ve been able to get two- stretching my money even further.

Are you a fan of left overs? If not, how do you keep your meals fresh?

Stuffed Shells

I knew I had to make these, it’s been a long time since I’ve had shells and Ginny had me at broccoli. It did take some time to make only because I’m one of those people who do not like store bought sauces. I like making mine “fresh” even if I do cheat and use canned crushed tomatoes. It’s winter here and produce is so damn expensive. I will make more sauce in the summer with fresh tomatoes so I can freeze some for winter. If you are interested in a really good pasta sauce check this one out by Laura Theodore. I don’t add the wine, but I’m sure it would give it a little something extra (not that it needs it).

Now back to¬† Ginny’s shells. I used tofurky, as I realized my field roast sausage expired. Which still makes me mad, as it’s not cheap. Oh well…. Used¬†daiya cheeze, but I’m sure¬†follow your heart fiesta blend would shine here. I didn’t add mushrooms, because I’m not a big fan. And I didn’t blanch the broccoli as I knew it would cook in the pasta sauce, and I like a little crunch. Other than that I followed the recipe (trust me, use field roast as those sausages add extra flavor, I find tofurky to be on the bland side, my sauce was flavorful, so it made up for the lack of spices missing from the sausage).

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Would I make these again? Heck to yes!!!!!! Only like I said before, I will use field roast and follow your heart. I would also make the pasta sauce the night before, to make this an easier dish to put together. But 110% worth the time, and ummm….. the mess I made.

 

What do you like putting in your shells? Let us know, post a comment, and if you like what you’ve read- share it with your friends via social media. They might even make you some ūüėČ

New Year Back-To-Reality Green Juice!

It’s a new year and it’s time to get back to reality.¬† My first juice of the new year:

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Spinach, Kale, Green apples, Cucumber, Ginger and something that tastes like an apple and a pear…umm…an apple-pear?…dunno, but it feels good to get back into the ‘juice’.

Soup’s On!

Yummy in the pot:

Yummy in the pot

Veggie broth (from last soup I made), garlic, onions, cabbage, Yu choy, stewed tomatoes, red kidney beans, black beans and rice noodles because I wanted something different from the usual potatoes Рit was an excellent choice.  Spices РCurry, smoked paprika, s & p, crushed chilies, and oregano.

Yummy in a bowl and even yummier in my tummy:

Yummy in a bowl

Very Berry Creamy Avocado Smoothie!

Chock full of antioxidants and has spinach and kale juice just for good measure:

Juiced some spinach and kale and added to that frozen berries…Strawberries, black currants, sweet cherries, blackberries, blueberries and red sour cherries.¬† Tossed in 1/2 frozen banana and a half an avocado:

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Almost thick enough to eat with a spoon:

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‘Berry’ delicious!