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Everything is better with peanut sauce!

November 11, 2010

I am not a fan of recipes and I tend to cook with what’s on hand. The result is usually a Frankenstein dish similar to something found on Chopped. ūüėÄ

Last night’s dinner was certainly no exception. I’ll make this post rather long and drawn out, but future ones will probably be less involved.

Going through the produce bin in the refrigerator yielded the following items that needed to be cooked.

Rainbow chard, bok¬†choy, broccoli, cilantro, and (to be honest) some white root vegetable things. I think they were turnips – they were a little spicy, had a crunch and I thought they’d add some texture. Whatever… they needed to be eaten.

Yummm… everyone loves saut√©ed¬†greens in garlic, right??¬† While I was saut√©ing¬†the greens I parboiled the chard¬†stems and broccoli, and added the bok¬†choy at the end to soften them a little.

For some reason whenever I think of bok choy I think noodles and peanut sauce. That sounds kind of Thai-ish, right? And what screams Thai more than turnips? HA!

¬†After I fished all the veg out of the boiling water I dumped the pasta in to cook in the same water (look at me conserving flavor! ūüėÄ )

Meanwhile, The Child mixed up peanut sauce. I have been using the same “recipe” for years – although I am quite certain I am leaving out half of the ingredients listed on the original “real” recipe I used. These days I mix some peanut butter (chunky, of course), soy sauce, red pepper flakes, and thin it with the veg/pasta water. I think a dash of sesame oil would be great, but I had none.

After adding my parboiled veggies in with my greens, I threw in the turnips and pasta and tossed it with peanut sauce.

Sprinkle some chopped cilantro on the top and you’ve got dinner!

Thankfully, so far, the family loves my Frankenstein dishes. Yay! Now what I need to do is get used to cooking in much larger quantities so we have more leftovers. It’s been a realllllllllllly¬†hard transition from cooking for 2 to cooking for 3+leftovers. My frugal cheap skate ass has a hard time putting that much food into a pot all at once – even if it means leftovers and less cooking later.

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