Sunday, January 25, 2009

Menu "No" Plan Monday: Leftovers Edition

I will be honest: I have not been great at planning menus lately. However, this weekend we made some great dishes that will certainly make a reappearance this week and I wanted to share them with you.

In 2004 my husband bought me a subscription to Cooking Light. It was wonderful, but ultimately too many recipes to make in one month! We canceled the subscription at the end of the year but I held on to the magazines as part of my cookbook collection. Every so often I look through the corresponding month's magazine to get some recipe ideas. This weekend I re-discovered the Jan/Feb 2004 issue and made three of the recipes. I found the links online and I would like to share them for 3 reasons reasons:

1. The soup was easy, delicious, and hearty! (I used the Eden Organics Black Beans and Rice instead of just black beans and strained Pomi tomatoes instead of canned tomatoes)

2. I used collards instead of kale in the kale recipe and I have never had such yummy greens. (I also used hot dogs instead of bacon)

3. The tofu recipe was the best I had ever made. My husband usually hates eating tofu, but I keep trying to come up with new recipes since tofu is a cheap alternative to animal products. This recipe is truly different than any other and even my husband said it tastes great, although he insisted that we call it the "mushrooms" dish instead of the "tofu" dish. (I used regular mushrooms, not shiitake, and I left out the chile paste)

A note about the preparation: I decided these recipes called for the food processor, making the preparations that much easier. The onions and mushrooms looked so professional! And, as you can see, I make lots of substitutions as I cook. I hope I mentioned them all.

The Recipes:

I hope you enjoy them too!

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  1. Wow, actually the bean soups sounds really great, esp with the lime. Yummy! Maybe I'll put that on for next week.

  2. The soup sounds incredible! I think I'm going to try it this week. Thanks for sharing!