Meal Prep Sunday – Week of Oct 9

Meal Prep Sunday | Project Meal Prep

I just realized that I haven’t done a meal prep post in 2 months!

A few weeks ago I was on vacation in Vietnam and it took me a while to get settled back into my routine, but now I feel like I’m back to normal.

Here are two vegan dishes that I came across frequently while I was there, and that I really enjoyed:

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Morning glory greens
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Tofu with tomato sauce

The photo of the greens were taken at the family home of someone who was serving us a private dinner. It was really impressive and delicious!

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I also ate a lot of dragonfruit and had the opportunity to try mangosteen. It was delicious but I didn’t have a knife so eating it was kind of an ordeal.

On to what I made this week…

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This is a basic chia seed pudding made with almond milk. I made it on Sunday and left in the fridge without the fruits (pear, pineapple and strawberries), which I kept in a separate container. In my experience with overnight oats, for some reason they start to go bad if they’re mixed in. I didn’t have to add any sweetener because the pineapple was already sweet enough.

I found a blog called Vegan Miam that specializes in Asian vegan recipes, and lo and behold, they had a recipe for one of my favorite Chinese dishes, ma po tofu.

I went on a morning-long hunt for this spicy bean paste that’s important for the recipe, and it was very worth it (even though I accidentally bought one that was extremely spicy).

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Normally the dish is made with pork, but this recipe subs in seitan instead. I was sweating my ass off every time I ate this because of how spicy it was, but it’s so good.

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Bell pepper, cucumber, carrot peelings, cilantro, avocado, tofu, and mint.

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For dinner, I cut up some veggies and tofu in advance to make fresh spring rolls, not following a recipe. The last time I made fresh spring rolls, it took forever because I had to fry the tofu. This time, I just bought a package of already-marinated tofu and baked it for a few minutes.

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The last time I pre-rolled everything, I had to wrap each roll in damp paper towel to preserve the moistness of the rice paper, and the paper towel ended up sticking to the rice paper.

This time, I soaked the rice paper sheets and rolled them at dinnertime. It didn’t take that long because I wasn’t trying very hard to do a good job LOL. As long as I can pick it up and eat it, I don’t really care.

 

Tomorrow night, I’m going to a knife skills class at Sur La Table. The class was on sale so I paid half price, woohoo. I’m excited because I have the worst cutting skills and I’m surprised I haven’t cut off a finger yet. Have a good week 🙂

Updates & things I’ve cooked lately

Hey guys, so I haven’t done a proper meal prep post in a long time. It’s not because I haven’t been meal prepping, I’ve just been feeling too unmotivated to do the photo shoots with the groceries all laid out, etc.

I bought a really nice digital camera a few months ago and I accidentally pushed it off my desk and the screen cracked. I’m so sad I can’t use it anymore and Best Buy declared it unrepairable — FML! So now all my pics aren’t so great anymore. Also, I don’t want to be a weirdo taking food pics by the window at work and sometimes it’s already dark out when I’m eating dinner and I can’t get good lighting.

I digress. I made some really yummy and interesting things lately.

#1 is this posole. I didn’t know what posole was before this, I just picked the recipe out of Minimalist Baker‘s cookbook because I liked the picture lol. Someone at work asked me what I was eating when I was having this, and I embarrassingly pronounced the word wrong (WHOOPS).

Project Meal Prep | Vegan posole

Anyway, if you didn’t know, posole is a Mexican soup that has hominy in it. (“Posole” actually means “hominy”). Living in California, I always see hominy in the canned goods aisle at the grocery store, but I never cooked with it before. It basically looks like really huge corn kernels, but with a different texture.

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Another thing I’ve always seen but never cooked with is tomatillos, which were called for in this soup. I broiled them until the skin peeled off easily, then pureed them with some poblano peppers. I posted an Instagram story of how I made them, so follow me if you want to see future cooking stories!

The 2nd best thing I made lately was this Thai inspired soup by Laura Vitale. The base is so simple — veggie broth, coconut milk and red curry paste — but the dish is so flavorful and comforting. Soups to me are like a hug from the inside (is that weird to say?!)

Project Meal Prep | Thai noodle soup

I baked bread for the 2nd time ever. This one has a mix of whole wheat flour and all-purpose flour. It’s so delicious when toasted! I got the recipe from Minimalist Baker again, but I skipped the step of adding seeds and oats and re-kneading.

Project Meal Prep | Semi-whole-wheat bread

And the rest, which I don’t have much to comment on…

Project Meal Prep | Tahini dip
Tahini dip with garlic and lemon
Project Meal Prep | Chocolate chip zucchini muffins
Chocolate chip zucchini muffins
Project Meal Prep | Oatmeal
Oatmeal with raisins, walnuts, and raspberries

Time for some random updates.

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Two weekends ago I happened upon a huge animal rescue event in Jack London Square in Oakland. There were dozens of different organizations and animals up for adoption — dogs, cats, rats, and even pigeons!

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I almost flipped out when I saw the pug rescue. I love pugs so much, I just wanted to lay in the middle of the enclosure and let them walk all over and around me. I was also happy to know that there are breed-specific dog rescues, so there’s absolutely no reason for anyone to go to a breeder.

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Last update: I’m going to Vietnam in 9 days! I’ve never been there before, and I’ll be on a backpacking-style trip. I’m so excited and trying to learn some Vietnamese phrases.

If you made it to the end of this post, THANK YOU!