Between eating out a lot the last few weeks, and wanting to kind of just hunker down at home in this wet weather we’re having, it felt like a good week to meal plan.
Here’s a list of what’s on the menu around here this week:
M O N D A Y : Spicy Roasted Eggplant, Tofu, + Brown Rice
I love the roasting method from this recipe (just olive oil this time), and the sauce from this one. Eggplant is easy to mess up, but I’ve found that cooking in the oven until golden + melty is both the most delicious, and easiest way to go.
T U E S D A Y : Tomato, Jicama + Avocado Salad w/ Tempeh
I’ll loosely follow this recipe, but probably skip the tomatillos as they’re not very easy to find up here this late in the season. I’ll also probably add in some sweet peppers from the garden.
*The locally grown jicama I got at the farmers market is HUGE so I’ll likely have a ton left over. I’m thinking some Spicy Lime Jicama Chips might be in order. I’m comin’ for ya, food dehydrator.
W E D N E S D A Y : Fieldroast Burgers with Roasted Delicata Squash Fries (+ buffalo sauce!)
Just like everything Fieldroast makes, these burger patties are uh-mazing. I’ve never tried to make squash “fries” before but it sounds like a nice change to me!
T H U R S D A Y : Night out!!! This girl + this kitchen need a break.
F R I D A Y : Cauliflower + Paneer Rice Paper Samosas
While I haven’t followed this exact recipe, I’ve made rice paper samosas before and they were delicious. It’s a little labor intensive but absolutely worth it.
I know time is a luxury not everyone can afford, but I’ve been trying to be very mindful of the whole food experience, from the time spent at the farmer’s market picking produce to the time spent in the kitchen bringing it to life. I think savoring these moments can be so enriching for our otherwise drained/stressed/rushed spirits. I’ve been trying to remind myself to take a deep breath, pour a glass of wine, put some music on and just be as present as possible when I both cook and eat. Food can merely sustain us physically, or it can be so much more.
"Real food doesn’t have ingredients. Real food IS ingredients." - Jamie Oliver