I'm making more of an effort to cook meals lately. My boyfriend has been working late these days, and he's usually the meal conceptualizer or at least spearheads the major cooking that occurs in the kitchen. Additionally, an apple with peanut butter or a bowl of cereal totally suffices for me as a proper dinner. However, not only do I love cooking, it feels really good and usually results in leftovers! Which can be consumed again! Here are some favorite dishes of mine.
ROASTED BRUSSELS SPROUTS
Photo and recipe from rachelcooks.com
I don't understand why Brussels Sprouts get such a bad wrap, but somehow it took me 5+ years to sincerely say I enjoyed them. Now, however, I can proudly state that they are one of my preferred veggie choices and a staple in foods I keep around the house. VIVA LA BRUSSELS SPROUT!
The easiest and most delicious way to prepare them takes less than 30 minutes, and requires minimal effort (A+)
Drizzle base of olive oil on cookie sheet. Chop sprouts and kale finely and season to your liking with salt and pepper. Mix honey, oil and vinegar in with veggies, making sure that it is evenly distributed. Toss in oven at 250 degrees and stir every once in a while, until veggies are slightly browned and soft. SO GOOD!
LENTILS VEGGIE MAC & CHEESE
Photo and recipe from weelicious.com
Dried lentils and mac and cheese are two other staples that often occupy my kitchen cupboard. After over a year of veganism, I am a littttle burnt out on them as a primary protein at this point, but when added to an existing meal I am all about it! This one is insanely easy, as well.
Box of mac and cheese
Whatever veggie you have laying around (broccoli is really good in this but anything will taste great)
Extra cheese if you're into that sort of thing
Get a mini stir fry going whilst making mac and cheese, and mixed together once macaroni is drained and the cheese is being added. BAM! You just created a vaguely healthier, most definitely hardier version of the great american meal.
FRIED PEANUT BUTTER TEMPEH
Photo and recipe from seriouseats.com
Tempeh is a soy product that is less significantly less boring than tofu. (Opinion statement!). I would liken fried tempeh to that of a fried animal protein because of its how well flavor sticks to it, which is great because it is 100% flavorless otherwise.
Mix in equal parts peanut butter, mustard and hot sauce in small bowl. Le tempeh marinate in said concoction for a few hours, and when it's looking totally saturated, fry it up and add to whatever other stuff you've got around- I really like it with fresh veggies like spinach or lettuce and some quinoa. Congrats! You've made a delicious meal.