Are you enjoying having several recipes on one post? Some weeks, only one thing I cooked was particularly worth mentioning, but lately I’ve been cooking good meals a few times a week, so I hope the documentation of them here is helpful to you.
Rice noodles were my hidden kitchen ingredient this week. I used them to make a Coconut Veggie dish, which also used up an open can of coconut milk I had leftover from making a terrible raw corn chowder last week. The veggie dish was good the first night, but even better the next day because the rice noodles absorbed most of the liquid. I also found it to be an awesome pasta substitute. There are few things I love more than pasta, but I could definitely use these noodles instead on occasion. The vegetables I used were broccoli, mushrooms, and very thinly sliced carrots. It was very good.
I also made broccoli mushroom casserole. I left out the cheese, but it tasted good. Very creamy and not bland at all, which is what I was expecting because of the simplicity of the sauce.
And finally, creamy peanut kale. I generally hate kale, but this was good. I made cous cous to go with it and changed the recipe some, adding broccoli, using tamari instead of Braggs, and leaving out hot spices. The chili powder was important to compliment the peanut butter though, so I left that in and a bit of cumin. I adjusted the ingredients in the sauce until it had a very thin consistency, fluctuating between adding water and broth.
Since I bought a huge bag of kale for this recipe, I chopped up the rest, reserving some for kale chips, and froze it to use in soups or smoothies at a later time. The kale chips weren’t bad, though I think the recipe would take some perfecting. The ones that turned out really crispy were pretty good. If you don’t hate kale, you’d probably enjoy them. At the very least, it’s a great way to get some greens into my diet, which I tend to naturally shy away from.
I’m really loving meal planning. It’s time-consuming to make a menu for the week, but I’ve really been utilizing what I have here at the house (my fridge and freezer are now half empty!) and my meals have been healthier. I’m also managing to stay well within my budget, which I love!
Hope you’ve had a great week of cooking. 🙂