Peanut Stir Fry

Hey there! Stir frys are actually awesome, in case you didn’t know. They’re loaded with veg (one of my favourite things), have a delicious sauce (another one of my faves), and this one has peanut butter (my ALL TIME favourite thing). This stir fry is also pretty much fool-proof and can be served with any type of grain you’d like; rice, brown rice, quinoa, noodles, we’re making it work.

If you really need to, you can also switch out some of the veggies I used as well. Snap peas, red onion, and even cauliflower would work in here. And if you want to add in some cooked chicken or beans for protein then go ahead! What I’m saying is, this stir fry is really versatile and works with pretty much anything.

This sauce is OFF THE HOOK though. You’ve got creamy peanut butter, spicy sriracha, and a little salt from the soy sauce. So good. Enough talk. Let’s get to the stir fry.

Peanut Stir Fry

Serves: 1-2

Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

For the Stir Fry:

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 a white onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 small red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 4 small mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/2 a head of broccoli, cut into small florets
  • 1 carrot, sliced
  • Green onion for topping (optional)

For the Sauce:

  • 1 tbsp creamy natural peanut butter
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp sriracha
  • Sprinkle of red chilli flakes
  • 2 tbsp water (or more if you want a thinner sauce)

Directions:

  1. Mix together all of the sauce ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add in all of the sliced veggies and cook until they’re tender, about 8-10 minutes. Add water to the pan if it starts to dry out, and stir often to prevent burning.
  3. Once the veggies are soft, add the sauce and cook for another minute. Make sure that all of the vegetables are evenly coated.
  4. Remove the pan from the heat and serve the stir fry with noodles, quinoa, or by itself. Top with sliced green onion.

Enjoy this healthy and delicious meal idea! See you Wednesday;))

Yours Truly,

Olivia

Veggie Pasta

Hey there! I haven’t posted a pasta recipe in a while, and this one is AWESOME, so I thought why not post it? The sauce isn’t a super traditional-tasting one, it uses cumin and chilli powder and some other spices, but the end result is delicious. Also it comes together in like fifteen minutes so that’s pretty sweet. Pasta is just one of those foods that’s so comforting and filling, and by adding a ton of veggies to it makes it feel lighter and healthy too, so you get the best of both worlds. Hope you love it!

Veggie Pasta

Serves: 2-3

Total Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 white mushrooms
  • 1/2 a red onion, diced
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tbsp cumin
  • 1/2 tbsp chilli powder
  • 1/2 tbsp paprika
  • 1/2 tbsp oregano
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 1 can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • handful of spinach
  • 3 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup water
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2-3 servings of lentil or whole wheat spaghetti, cooked

Directions:

  1. Heat the olive oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add in the mushrooms, onions, tomatoes and garlic, and cook until the veggies are soft.
  2. Add the tomato paste, chickpeas, spices and water into the pan ans stir until everything is combined. Let cook for about 5 more minutes.
  3. Put the spinach in the pan next, and cook for an additional 2 minutes until it has wilted. Season with salt and pepper, then remove from the heat and mix in the spaghetti. Enjoy!

3 simple steps later and you’ve got yourself an awesome meal;)) Have a great weekend everyone!

Almond and Mushroom Salad Rolls

Hey there! I always love salad rolls when I visit Vietnamese restaurants, and so I thought that I’d make some of my own. These Salad rolls include lots of veggies, plus almonds and mushrooms cooked in a soy honey glaze. Rolling the rice paper is surprisingly not that hard, once you get the hang of it. I used square sheets of rice paper that were given to me, but round sheets also work. You can find sheets of rice paper in most grocery stores. These rolls make great snacks, appetizers, or light lunches. Enjoy!

Almond and Mushroom Salad Rolls

Serves: Makes 5 rolls

Total Time: 30-40 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 5 small mushrooms, diced
  • 1/3 cup chopped almonds
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1/2 an avocado, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 a cucumber, thinly sliced
  • 1 small carrot, grated
  • 1 cup shredded lettuce
  • 1/2 a red pepper, thinly sliced
  • 5 rice paper sheets, square or round

Directions:

  1. Heat the olive oil in a small pan over medium heat. Add in the mushrooms and almonds, and cook for two minutes. Then add the soy sauce and honey, cooking for another minute until most of the liquid has cooked off. Set the mixture aside.
  2. Take a large plate and fill it with a shallow layer of water. Place a sheet of rice paper in the water and press down on it to submerge it. Let it soak for about one minute, then flip it over, making sure the whole sheet is still submerged, and soak for another thirty seconds, massaging the water into the paper a bit until it’s translucent and pliable.
  3. Grab the sheet of rice paper and transfer it to a dry plate or cutting board. Place a pinch of lettuce in the middle of the sheet in a log shape, with the ends about an inch away from the side edges. Spread a tablespoon of the almond and mushroom mixture on top of the lettuce, followed by some shredded carrots, cucumber, pepper and avocado.
  4. Fold the inside edges of the rice paper sheet in towards the middle of the roll. Fold the edge closest to you over top of the ingredients in the centre, and continue to roll up the paper until a salad roll forms.
  5. Repeat steps 2-4 until 5 salad rolls are complete, then enjoy!

Hope you like these unique salad rolls! See you Wednesday!

Yours Truly,

MyDayIsBooked;))

Stuffed Mushrooms

Hi guys! I’m back at school again, and back to making lunches. On my Instagram story you can see what I’m eating for lunch each day, which will hopefully give you some inspiration. I’d also like to do some more lunch recipes in the future;)

Today, however, I’d like to feature one of my favourite veggies: Mushrooms!! I love mushrooms so much- they have a great earthy and deep flavour that is rich and delicious. They’re great any way you prepare them; sautéed, roasted, fried, or even raw with some hummus! I have a tasty stuffed mushroom recipe for you guys that also packs in some protein because it uses soft tofu in the stuffing. If you’re new to using tofu or would like to learn more about it, I give sort of the run down on this soy protein in my previous post, Soy Marinated Tofu.

From the sautéed onion to the splash of balsamic vinegar and fresh thyme, everything about these mushrooms screams homey deliciousness! Hope you enjoy;)))

Stuffed Mushrooms

Serves: 3-4

Total Time: 50 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1/4 of a large onion, diced
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 12 medium sized white mushrooms
  • 1 tsp dried Thyme leaves (or 1/2 tsp ground thyme)
  • 2 tbs balsamic vinegar
  • 1 block (85g) soft tofu
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Wash the mushrooms and remove the stems by gently pulling them out. Set the mushroom caps aside and dice the stems.
  2. In a small bowl, mash the soft tofu until it resembles cottage cheese. Set aside.
  3. Heat the olive oil in a pan over medium heat. Add in the onion and cook until translucent, about 6 minutes. Add in the garlic and mushroom stems, and cook for an additional 2 minutes.
  4. Pour in the balsamic vinegar and add in the thyme. Let the mixture cook for about 4 more minutes, until most of the liquid has cooked off.
  5. Add in the soft tofu and stir, combining all of the ingredients before letting them cook for an additional 4 minutes, then remove from the heat and season with salt and pepper.
  6. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  7. Place the hollow mushroom caps on a parchment lined baking sheet. Scoop about a teaspoon of filling into each.
  8. Place in the oven and bake for 20 minutes.
  9. Enjoy!!

Have a great week everyone!

Yours Truly,

MyDayIsBooked;)