I made a delicious dinner last night that I wanted to share:
The dish has no name, it is another one of my open up the fridge and throw something together dinners. These are typically good, but this was was very good! I think the fennel seed is what did it. Anyway here is the recipe —
Press a block of tofu
Saute in coconut oil for 15-20 minutes until the onion is barely visable
- 1 medium onion, cut up into very small pieces
- 1 shallot, cut up small
- 1 stalk of celery also cut up into very small pieces
- 2 carrots chopped
Add in and saute another 10 minutes or until the mushroom is soft
- 1/2 a portabella mushroom cut into 1″chunks
- 1/2 a red pepper, diced small
Add a small bunch of kale (cut up) on top of the veggies
Add water into the pan, cover and simmer until the kale softens, then mix it all together add spices, cover and continue to simmer
- fennel seeds (I imagine if you actually have fennel, you can cut some up and saute that instead, but I didn’t so I used seeds)
Meanwhile, cut up the pressed tofu into small pieces and brown it in more coconut oil another pan. Once it is cooked to your liking, mix it into the pan of vegetables and spices. Add more water to blend the spices and tofu, and simmer until the water is mostly all absorbed.
Yesterday I made a big pot of veggie chili for the football game.
I never make this the same way twice as I use whatever vegetables I have on hand and whatever else I get from the store. This batch was exceptionally good.
I started by sautéing a small onion and 1 clove of garlic. Once the onion started browning I threw in a cube of tofu which I had cut up into very small pieces. I seasoned the tofu/onions/garlic with some chili powder, cumin, cilantro, and of course cayenne.
As that was simmering, I cut up
- 2 carrots
- about 1 cup of butternut squash
- 1 small potato
- 1 very small beet
- 1 small turnip (not the big one that is actually a rutabaga, but if I had one of those, I would have used about 1/2 of it in the chili!)
I started cooking all of these vegetables in a big pot with some water.
I then added the onion/garlic/tofu mixture and a big can of whole tomatoes. If I had fresh tomatoes, I’m sure that would have been even better!
Next I added some kidney beans, black beans and navy beans. I used canned beans (well rinsed) as I didn’t think about making this the night before, and so I didn’t have time soak the beans.
I kept adding more water as needed.
As this was cooking I cut up
- small zucchini
- small summer squash
- red bell pepper
- a bunch of mushrooms
- broccoli–separating the stems from the flowers
- I didn’t have any eggplant but I have used eggplant in the chili in the past and it was great!
I added these to the pot and simmered for about 45 minutes. Last I threw in the broccoli flowers and added about 1/2 a teaspoon of cinnamon.
I served the chili in a bread bowl — delicious!