Time for a quick poll. When you have a recipe that calls for an obscure ingredient, how far are you willing to go to get it? How many stores are you willing to visit? Or would you rather just find a suitable substitute? I ask because my lunch today took a bit of work. Not to cook, but I had to go to a few different stores until I found what I needed (which ended up being an Asian market). There are times when I am willing to substitute ingredients, but if it is my first time making it, I want to try it the way it was intended. But then again, that’s the good ole’ OCD in me :) (By the way, if you are wondering what I was so adamant about finding, it was Thai basil and rice vermicelli noodles. ps: Totally worth the trip!)
Now back to the important stuff. The food. Today was filled with delicious eats. Not a bad meal in the bunch. And as far as summer staples are concerned? Let’s just say I sailed away to a tropical island. Pineapple, berries, fish. Sounds pretty summery to me!
Breakfast:Egg & Pepper Sandwich: 1/4 cup each Vidalia onion, red bell pepper, and yellow bell pepper and 3 egg whites sautéed in 1 tsp olive oil on top of 1 whole wheat English muffin.
Lunch:Thai Pasta: 4 oz tofu (cubed), 1/2 carrot (peeled and shredded), 1/2 zucchini (shredded) sautéed with 1 tbsp peanut butter and 1 tsp soy sauce tossed with 2 cups vermicelli noodles and 2 leaves Thai basil (chopped)
1 1/2 cups mixed sliced strawberries and blueberries tossed with 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
2 cups chopped green beans sautéed with Vidalia onion and 1 tsp olive oil
1 cup cooked brown rice
Highlights: Again, everything was pretty darn delicious, but the highlight was definitely the pineapple/yogurt concoction. It was magical and reminded me of our honeymoon (in Turks and Caicos!) I am a big fan of Chobani’s Pineapple Greek Yogurt and this was a great way to make your own. The nuts gave it that extra crunch. Nummy, num!
Lowlights: No lowlights for me. Simply scrumptious :)
As we say goodbye to the final days of summer, I am looking forward to all the goodness fall has to offer (including my 30 birthday!). I will miss the long summer days and awesome selection of produce but can’t wait to start indulging in some of my favorite cold weather treats (apples and pumpkin galore!).
Hope you all have a wonderful Hump Day!