Sunday, April 19, 2009

bean sprouts

First a recipe to apologize for my 2 day absence! Hmmm...what to call this...I've been making various permutations of it for a decade...

Bean Sprout Bap

1 T. canola oil
1 T. sesame or peanut oil
1 1/2 cups frozen ground
soy crumbles
2 cloves garlic, chopped
2 cups mung bean sprouts
1/2 cup kimchee (or if you're
not at kimchee fan, or you don't have any on hand, you can just use a teaspoon of hot chili sauce)
3 cups cooked rice (I use a combo of brown & white)
1/2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. soy sauce
1 small cucumber, julienned
1/2 red bell pepper, julienned
4 green onions, sliced
1 T. toasted sesame seeds
extra soy sauce for serving

Heat oil in large pan or wok. Add
frozen soy crumbles & garlic. Stir.
When soy crumbles are thawed, add bean sprouts. Stir.
When bean sprouts begin to wilt, add kimchee, rice, salt & soy sauce. Stir.
Serve in large bowls.
Slice cucumbers & bell pepper, preferably with a mandolin. Chop green onions.
Top rice mixture, sprinkle on sesame seeds, and extra soy sauce if desired.

So...friday I was too spent to post, after picking up my husband after his week's business trip in Las Vegas. The bus from the airport was stuck in traffic, so I spent friday evening's dinner endlessly circling the Natick mall, Shopper's World, etc. trying to play tour guide to the kids who were anxious to see Dada and starving in the back of the car because I had stupidly neglected to bring along any snacks for what is usually a 20 minute round trip outing.

By the time we got home,
(I knew I needed to go
shopping), I just tossed
some food on a plate as
quickly as possible:
whole wheat mini bagels
w/Tofutti cream cheese,
baby carrots, green olives,
cashews, grapes, cucumber
slices, & soy cheese slices.

On saturday, Ryan wanted to
celebrate Dada being home as
well as being done with the
chicken pox, so he chose this
meal: mashed potatoes, corn,
crescent rolls, broccoli, pine-
apple rings, & spicy baked tofu.

And this morning, while Dada slept, we went out for an early morning hike to the brook and around the neighborhood...

Here are AJ and Ryan in front of the original post office AND library in town!

Pretty cool that it's right
on our street, preserved
by the local historical
society. It just had its
annual spring landscaping
so it was looking rather

Nate wouldn't keep his shoes on, but Maia enjoyed the fine spring weather.

Lunch was a muffin tin at
the picnic table...
row 1: strawberry cream
cookies, Veggie Booty, spoons
of peanut butter, green beans.
row 2: edamame, pretzel
sticks, celery & carrots,
watermelon wedges.
row 3: purple grapes, slices of
cucumber, strawberries, mix of pickles & green olives & sliced black olives.

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