What’s For Dinner: Buffalo Tempeh Nachos

By Purple Carrot

Buffalo Tempeh Nachos (click for the recipe)

Time: 25 Minutes

Ease: Simple

Serve:  2 (Generous)

What is Tempeh?

Tempeh is a traditional Indonesian food made from slightly fermented soy beans. It’s in cake form, a pressed patty of sorts. The flavor is somewhat nutty and is fairly mild with a savory umami flavor, and a good source of Potassium, protein, fiber, Magnesium, Riboflavin, and Iron as well as other nutrients. Tempeh works well in many types of cultural dishes.

What can you do with it?

You can can use Tempeh in place of ground beef, use it where you would use Tofu. You can also cook it in strips, patties, crumbled, or grated. Tempeh is really pretty versatile. Many people recommend softening the Tempeh, but I use it just as it is.

Review:

This was a quick and easy dinner! If you like Buffalo sauce you’ll be a fan! This dish is a great get dinner done quick or a great fit for hanging out in from of the TV. If you don’t like hot and spicy foods you can purchase mild Buffalo Sauce.

The salsa was a celery, corn, and tomato salsa and worked well with the recipe and very quick to make. I think I might try a celery and apple salsa next time for a little sweetness, but the salsa worked well.

The recipe calls for shredded cabbage as a topping, but I added lime juice, a little onion and a pinch of salt just to give a little boost. It would be good just as is too, so don’t feel the pressure to do anything to it.

I love the recipes from Purple Carrot, there have been very few that I didn’t love. They excel at sauces and flavor combinations. We enjoyed dinner!

Tips:

-Don’t be intimidated to try new things like Tempeh. We were hesitant and first and now use it in many dishes.

-The Airfryer is great for crisping the Tempeh.

-If you are out of Ranch dressing try mixing Mayonnaise, Garlic salt, and some dried dill, then add water to the consistency you like. It is a surprisingly good quick substitute.


Some other Dinner ideas for this week:

Sweet Potato, Corn, and Black Bean Hash – Eating Well Magazine. one of my go to’s!

Portobello Mushroom Lasagna – Ina Garten. A 4 MMM dish from the hubs!

Chili with Polenta and Vegetables – Martha Stewart

One Pan Honey Garlic Chicken and Veggies – Damn Delicious. I’m a big fan her dishes live up the the name!

Enjoy!


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Review: Instant Pot (PC Quick Cooker) Lasagna

Recipe by Amy + Jacky

Instantpot Lasagna (click for the recipe)

Time: 50 Minutes

Ease: Simple

Serve:  4

I love pressure cooking!!! And I’ve yet to blow up a single thing!! Really!!! Pressure cooking is fast, easy, flavorful, and doesn’t heat up the kitchen. I started with a basic electric pressure cooker, then moved to the Instantpot and when it died I bought my long desired Pampered Chef Quick Cooker, but really they all do the same thing, simplify meal time.

I’ve tried a lot of things in the pressure cooker and I’d own one just to make my own dried beans! No pre-soaking yaaasss!! 26 minutes and done! It does so much more though!

I finally decided to try a lasagna, which seemed like it would never work, but it did and it did it beautifully.

Review: While I used the information from Amy + Jacky I did improvise. I found that their recipe is a basic lasagna recipe and I made it the way I would normally. Honestly, one of the best is the one right on the side of the Mullers lasagna noodle box, but any one will do and this recipe is a good basic lasagna recipe, so go for it.

I did not use sausage, just because didn’t have any on hand. I also always add an extra layer of cheese in the layers. It turned out great!! The lasagna was perfectly cooked and tasted delicious. We will do this meal again!

Tips: If you have a springform pan that fits in your Instantpot that will be the easiest, but any pan that is compatible to your machine should work.

The trickiest part is breaking the noodles to fit the pan. I used a knife to have more control to cut the angles I wanted.

You MUST use “No Boil” noodles!

You can broil off the top for a nice brown crusty top, but you don’t have to.

Instant Pot vs Pampered Chef Quick Cooker: I have found that I have to add a little extra time to my Quick Cooker for almost every recipe I make. Both machines require practice and deciding what you think is just right.

This recipe called for 24 minutes on High, but for the Quick Cooker I had to do it for 40 minutes and did 10 minutes natural release, which is honestly not much different from making it in the oven. I also added 2 cups water to the pot instead of 1 cup. While I could have done the whole thing in the oven it just so happened that our air conditioning died and it was 90 degrees in my house! Somebody say yayyyyy pressure cooker! I was able to make a yummy dinner without heating up the house. That was a win!

Will I do it again? Absolutely! While my pressure cooker did it’s thing I went about doing mine and not even thinking about it. Fix it, forget about it!!

Enjoy!


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What’s for Dinner? Pampered Chef’s BLT Ranch Salad Pizza & Vegetarian Lasagna

I have had several people talk to me about ways that their family connect and I want to take the time to say that my suggestions are just that, suggestions.  Please do not feel judged by me or unable to reach the bar etc.  The important thing is that you bring dinner back or breakfast into your lives and by this I mean take time around your meals to set aside the business of life and re-connect, get to know each other and share life.  However you do this I am rooting for you!  Relationships are an important part of life and making safe places is invaluable.  I’d love to hear from some of you about how you create such a place in your home.  Share through the comments section, on facebook or twitter and use #bringingbackdinner

This week we had several dishes with leftovers that were less exciting, but I think you will enjoy the two meals below.

Meatless Monday:

Asparagus-Mushroom Mini Lasagnas – Eating well Magazine

Asparagus Mushroom mini lasagna

I’ve made this dish before, but had a friend who was interested in it, so here you go!

Time:  1 Hour 25 Minutes

Ease: Moderate to Simple

Review: this is really a great dish.  It is a nice dish for your family and would make a great dish for company.  You could try using different ingredients and use the same method to have a little fun with this!

BLT Ranch Salad Pizza – Pampered Chef

blt ranch pizzae

Time: About 30 Minutes

Ease: Simple

Review:  Pampered Chef recipes are simple, tasty and always look like you worked harder than you did.  They are not the healthiest, but good.  My family like this, over all.  My husband loved it and the kids thought it needed a little less cream cheese.  I have to agree.  I think the amount of cream cheese depends on what you like, so just adjust for your family.  When I make this again I will probably put half the amount of cream cheese on half of the pizza and the normal amount on the rest.  Keep everybody happy!

Leftovers Redone

This week we also turned leftover steak into fajitas.  I know, it sounds like a crime.  Otherwise there was not enough to share.  I also freeze any leftover spaghetti sauce and pulled some out for dinner this week.  Try making your leftovers into something else, but shhhhh don’t tell them, they will never know it.

Have a great week and I’ll see you in 2 weeks when I return from vacation.