Chinese-style ox tail soup with traditional garnishes of grated ginger and cilantro and a soy-sesame dipping sauce (for the ox tails). You have to go to a bowling alley in Aiea to get it and it's so worth it. As they say in the islands, this soup is "winnahz, brah."
We're back from Honolulu and after 10 days of delicious restaurant eating, my tummy is in a funk and I'm wanting to get back to a simpler diet. Our trip was fun and relaxing once everyone was healthy. The girls had a great time playing with their cousins and the plane ride home was the saddest ever. Once we all landed in San Francisco the kids wanted to get back on a plane to Hawaii. I wish the cousins (and my brother) lived closer.
We're still on island time so we slept in this morning missing hippie church and the farmer's market hours, so after brunch we headed down the street to our favorite local natural foods store, and stocked up on supplies. We bought grains and veggies and fruits and this week it's going to be all vegetarian, vegan-when-possible fare.
I baked a loaf of 100% whole wheat (no white flour but with vital wheat gluten added)-honey bread in my new Zojirushi bread machine today. I've never used a bread machine before. It was absolutely delicious, but the top came out kinda lumpy and uneven (not smooth like in the photos) and I followed the directions to the letter. Any experienced bread machine users know wassup wit dat?
The [*] indicates locally grown or sourced items. (Haven't done that for a while.)
- Monday: White bean soup with sauteed lacinato kale* and caramelized onions*, green salad* with strawberries*, walnuts*, and Soy Bleu.
- Tuesday: Broccoli* stir-fry with steamed barley and brown rice*, tofu* salad with red beans, olives, and parsley*
- Wednesday: French lentils with herby* yogurt* drizzle, salad with mint*, tomatoes*, and croutons
- Thursday: Probably leftovers from the above with salad if needed
- Friday Family Movie Night: Take out
- Saturday: Possibly Date Night (not sure)
- Sunday: If the nice weather holds, I'm thinking we'll grill some salmon or halibut (not vegetarian, I know) with a chimichurri-style sauce and a some veggie skewers (the girls like to make--and eat--those).
What are your favorite vegetarian dishes? What fun things do you do with whole grains? Tell me!