Veggie Burger Lettuce Wrap

I made the family some juicy beefy hamburgers tonight. I found some really cheap super high quality beef at Fresh Market, so while they ate their primo beef burgers, I ate this yummy veggie burger. I pan fried a frozen one on medium heat for about 3 minutes on each side then topped with mayo, tomato, and avocado. Instead of a bun, I wrapped it in crispy iceberg lettuce.

Just as a side, iceberg lettuce is crispy and tasty, so while it might not be the most nutritious, it is pretty darn awesome!

One Pot Meal- Mushroom Tomato-Cream Sauce Pasta

I have a yummy vegetarian pasta dish for you! I found some ground beef in the freezer yesterday, and the kids and husband love my Chili Mac, so I decided to make that for them. Since, I no longer eat meat, I decided to use up the sad mushrooms in the vegetable crisper and make myself a vegetarian pasta. It was so easy and fast, so I don’t even think it requires a official recipe.

I browned the mushrooms in olive oil for about 10 minutes on medium heat. Then I added 1/2 pound of pasta, a jar of marinara sauce, and water (the amount it takes to fill up that jar of sauce). I stirred it all together and turned it to low. I cooked it for about 20 minutes, stirring halfway through. Lastly, I stirred in a half cup of heavy cream. If you want to make this vegan, you can leave that part out. Now I have a few extra meals for the week!

Without Cream…
With Cream…

Stir Fry Two Ways…

I know I have been AWOL lately. Lots of reasons including practice hours, homework, work, husband out of town, etc. etc. On top of the normal reasons most of us struggle with cooking, I have decided to become a Pescatarian, only eating seafood and vegetarian meals. I decided to do this for a few reasons; feeling better about the food I am putting in my body, better for the environment, makes me feel better, and I just really don’t want to eat meat anymore. So, I will still cook meat for my family, especially when all four of us will eat together, but I will incorporate my spin on what I am making for me. I think that the family is going to be eating a lot more fish meals, which is a good thing.

Anyways, tonight I made stir fry two ways; one with chicken and one with tofu. The girls tried the tofu and didn’t mind it, but I don’t think I have converted them quite yet 😉

The sauce was made of hoisin, teyiyaki, fish sauce, and half a bottle of ginger mandarin marinade I found in the fridge. A little of this and a little of that; no real measurements. I marinaded the tofu and chicken in separate bowls with the marinade for 30 minutes.

I cooked the the chicken in a bit of oil first before adding the veggies. In the wok with the tofu, I added everything together. I sauteed everything together until all the veggies and chicken were cooked through. I also cooked up some sushi rice to have with it, but noodles are yummy here, too. It was super tasety, and I have plenty of leftovers to bring to lunch or have for dinner this week.

Tahini Bulgur Bowls with Charred Broccoli and Crispy Tofu

Another vegan dish from Purple Carrot. I read the recipe 5 times, and I changed the directions around in a different order. My prerogative as the chef 😉 Says it can feed 2, but I am getting 4 meals out of this…

What is bulgur?

Bulgur

Bulgur

Bulgur (from Turkishbulgur;[1] also burghul, from Arabicبرغل[2] bourghoul, “groats”) is a cereal food made from the cracked par boiled groats of several different wheat species, most often from durum wheat. It originates in Middle Eastern cuisine.

It cooks like Couscous, because it is parboiled and tastes like a cross between couscous and rice. You can substitute any grain you want to in this bowl, but I think you should give bulgur a shot. It is light, but very filling!

Ingredients

6 oz. broccoli florets (1 small package or 1 small bunch)
1 lemon, zest and juiced
1 package extra firm tofu, drained and dried with a paper towel
1 oz. fresh ginger. peeled and minced
3/4 cup bulgur wheat
1 clove garlic, peeled and grated
2 tbsp tahini
2 tbsp tamari (vegan, gluten free soy sauce)
1 tsp. agave (like honey, but vegan)
3 tbsp sesame oil (my favorite ingredient, but don’t let the smell intoxicate you. Use sparingly!)
2 oz. of red cabbage (garnish only…pretty for pop of color)
1/2 cup edamame (I may have eaten more than I put in the actual dish! Addictive with salt!)

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 475. Roast the broccoli in a couple tablespoons of olive oil with some salt and pepper. Roast for about 10 minutes. Toss with the lemon zest at the end and put aside.

2. Add 2/3 cup of water to a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Ad the bulgur, mix, cover, and remove from heat. Let it rest covered for a bit until the end. The steam will cook it through.

3. Cook the tofu in a large non-stick skillet over medium high heat with a couple of tablespoons of vegetable oil. Season with a bit of salt and pepper. Toss occasionally, until browned on each side, about 5-6 minutes.

4. While the tofu cooks, make the dressing. In a medium bowl, add the garlic, juice from half the lemon, ginger, tahini, tamari, agave, and 2 tbsp of sesame oil. Whisk the dressing to combine. This dressing is a FLAVOR BOMB! LOVE IT!

5. Now they give directions on adding everything together. I think I just used smaller bowls than them? You are split everything in 2 bowls and top with the edamame and cabbage. I just did one bowl, ate it, then made 3 more bowls to eat and share this week.

It is a super yummy dish! I even think I could make this with more veggies, tempeh, seafood, chicken, or steak. Deconstructed Tahini Bulgar Bowls that everyone could add what they want!

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