Insomnisnack

tempeh “fish” sticks and broccoli with shells August 30, 2008

Filed under: broccoli,food,pasta,savory,tempeh — insomnisnack @ 4:35 pm
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Tempeh out of the package resembles the shimmery metallic rainbow of a fish’s skin.  So I got to thinking, not fish sticks but “tempeh-sticks”!  One bite and you get nutty, toasty goodness with quite a bit of protein.  These brown and crisp up very well, but if you’re really in need of a crust I guess you could bread with panko before baking or frying.  I popped the lightly seasoned broccoli and tempeh sticks into a 500 degree oven.  The rest is history.  I did use a good amount of salt because both tasted pretty good with a salty kick.  I tossed the broccoli and tempeh-sticks in with the pasta, added a bit of olive oil, topped mine with a little parmesean and dinner was served.

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portobello white cheddar empanadas w/baked plantains August 29, 2008

Filed under: empanada,food,mushroom,plantain,savory — insomnisnack @ 7:46 pm
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Friday treat!  Okay, I’ll confess that I didn’t make the dough.  But seeing these dough disks in the freezer section made me think that it would be fun to make empanadas today, so I guess it evens out.  I decided to go the baked route, and with a diced portobello mushroom filling.

I added chopped garlic, yellow onion and mushroom to olive oil and let cook for about five minutes.  Meanwhile I thawed the dough discs, and rolled them out into a slightly larger, malleable platform.  Next, the cheese.  When the mushrooms were ready I added about two tablespoons of filling to each dough disk, folded them over into half-moons and crimped the edges with a fork.  I put a few tablespoons of olive oil in the baking dish and let the empanadas cook for 4-5 minutes each side.  The plantain was pretty simple as well, requiring only that I halve it and allow it to bake on high (500 degree) heat for about 5 minutes each side.

This was one tasty dinner!  I’m glad I went the baked option, which was more a convenience issue than anything, as the empanadas and plantains tasted just as yummy as if fried.  Don’t think it’s just the public health-er in me.  I speak the truth.

 

dinner at the dozen August 1, 2008

Filed under: food,lentils,produce,salad,savory — insomnisnack @ 12:22 pm

Baker’s Dozen cooperative, that is. Alice made a larger than life bowl of lentil salad (shown) that had lentils, broth, lime juice, tomatoes, roasted squash, basil, and garlic love. The camera pixel quality nearly robs this meal of its true beauty, but hopefully you can see the tasty. We also had homemade stuffing made with onion, celery, garlic, yummy cubes of fresh bread, spices, and mushroom broth. Ahh. There were moments of doubt… “Alice, seems impossible to fit those two giant bowls of stuffing into one baking dish, no?”…seconds later, she’s all “Heh, heh” and has done it. Why doubt when you can watch magic happen? Lesson learned, stomach full, happy.