Eating vegan this week; A couple of great new dishes yesterday!
I only have one week’s worth of chicken breasts remaining in the freezer, but I decided not to defrost them over the weekend. I cooked up the second-to-last batch of six chicken breasts last week, and I found that I didn’t really enjoy them that much. All last week Lisa and I were pining for the awesome new vegetarian and vegan dishes we’ve been making lately, so I just couldn’t bring myself to defrost the chicken. I’m not going to waste the chicken breasts, but they may wind up as a few surprise dinners for the dogs.
Lisa and I have had so much fun cooking together these past couple of months! We’ve both been super stressed out lately, and so getting in the kitchen and working on something creative as a team has been cathartic for us. I enjoy cooking, but when I did all the cooking by myself sometimes it felt like a chore. Now I find myself looking forward to making dinner.
Yesterday for lunch I had a new three bean Mexican salad that Lisa whipped up. It was excellent, but I thought it could use a little chopped jalapeno. I added that, and just a bit of salt, and we both agreed it was perfect. I’ll be posting that recipe the next time we make it (it’s almost gone, and I want to get a picture).
Last night for dinner Lisa and I made a brand new dish: Spicy Thai Noodles! We both love bold and spicy flavors and, like most Thai dishes, this one packs a punch. Some of the ingredients we used are Sriracha, crushed red pepper, fresh garlic, fresh ginger, soy sauce, peanuts, broccoli rabe, zucchini and green onions. Check it out:
I’ll definitely be posting this recipe soon, but we want to try a couple of tweaks first. We both thought it was a little heavy on the soy sauce, and we want to try replacing the broccoli rabe with regular broccoli. We also used olive oil last night, but I think sesame oil might work even better.
This reminds me of another cool aspect of all the cooking Lisa and I have been doing together. It’s lots of fun to bounce ideas and improvements off each other, and critique the dishes while we enjoy our meal. I watch practically zero television, but in the past we’d usually have some sort of cooking show on while we ate dinner. Lately we’ve just been talking the whole time we eat, and I think that’s awesome.