Guess what I’m doing this weekend? FOOD TRUCK RODEO! It’s Chris’s birthday and that’s what he wants to do, so oh darn, I suppose I’ll just force myself to go and pretend to have a good time. (Ha ha, just kidding, I love food.) When I used to go to school (and then work) in downtown Madison, I often ate lunch at one of the little food carts that lined up by the university each day, but we haven’t really had a chance to explore the whole food truck culture here in Raleigh/Durham. Apparently there’s going to be a dumpling truck there, which I am kind of giddy about. Dumpliiiingggs! I am going to eat you!
Here’s what I ate this week:
Braised Tofu from Kiran Tarun // Chris made this for dinner yesterday while I worked on another recipe and it is delicious! Kiran’s blog is full of fun ideas and beautiful photos, so it’s definitely worth adding to your reading list (if it’s not on there already!).
Roasted Cauliflower & Kalamata Olives // Cauliflower and olives just belong together. I make this pretty often because it’s tasty and easy, my favorite combination.
Random Pasta // Sometimes when I don’t know what to make myself for lunch, I toss some random ingredients with pasta and see if it works. Most of the time, it does. Pasta is agreeable like that. This version had chopped almonds, Meyer lemon-infused olive oil, and some leftover Roasted Cauliflower & Kalamata Olives. And it was good!
Sweet-and-Sour Sloppy Joes with Sesame Slaw from Real Simple // As I was making this, I realized that there was no vinegar in the recipe, so I started worrying these wouldn’t turn out. And maybe these weren’t exactly sweet and sour, but we did enjoy this Asian spin on Sloppy Joes. I used tempeh in this recipe because it’s my favorite substitute for ground beef.
Kaeng Raeng Smoothies // Kaeng Raeng is a 3-day juice cleanse, but after my last experience with the whole juice cleanse thing, I was a little leery about that, so when they sent me some samples to try, I decided to drink them as a quick breakfast or lunch. I liked that they’re more affordable than most other juice cleanses and I appreciated the fruity (but not overly sweet!) flavor, but I wasn’t a fan of the texture–I thought they were chalky. Although I’m not going to recommend juice cleanses to anyone (because yeah, you read this, right?), if you do feel inclined to do one, Kaeng Raeng is the only one I know of that encourages you to eat food (raw fruits and veggies) during the 3 days, which is a definite plus in my book.
Shiitake and Cabbage Noodles with Tofu from Cooking Light // I’ve made recipes like this before and found them to be a little bit bland, but marinating the tofu makes a big difference. We loved this.
What’s New on the Marketplace This Month
Oh, so much! Do you nerd out over making things yourself instead of buying them? Me too! I’ve rounded up 9 of my favorite DIY food kits. I also reviewed Bestowed Box and if you’re interested in subscribing, I have a $5 off coupon code.
And then giveaways! Lots of them! I’m giving away some of the cookbooks I’ve reviewed here recently, a $50 gift card for Natural Vitality (makers of Natural Calm), a case of Chobani Flips and lots of other tasty foods, a Bestowed Box and a $100 gift card to Whole Foods. !!!