Summer un-BBQ Cooking
Not going to lie – after riling up elementary aged students at Field Day all day, yoga was sort of crossed off my to-do list and traded in for a yummy dinner and a jog outdoors. For years, a summer barbecue to me was more about the shish kebab than the burgers. While chicken hasn’t officially passed my lips in 4 years (I think I’m a week away from my 4 year anniversary gone veggie), I still can’t seem to pass up a good barbecue. So even though we are not allowed to have a barbecue on our wood balcony, I sometimes get a little creative and do some indoor barbecuing to get into the summer mood.
What I used:
- 1/2 a block of re-pressed lite firm tofu, cut into 1″ squares
- 1 green & 1 red bell pepper, cut into squares
- 1 onion
- Non-HFCS barbecue sauce
This is an incredibly simple and filling meal. Ideally, you would let your tofu marinate in barbecue sauce for awhile, but I didn’t have much time for that. So I just skewered up the onions, peppers, and tofu, brushed with some barbecue sauce, and set on the grill pan for about 20 minutes, turning every 5-minutes or so until things started getting crispy.
I also threw together a quick Tri-Color Summer Salad.
- Tri-Colored Pasta (1/2 box)
- 1 red & 1 green bell pepper
- pint grape tomatoes
- 10oz can sliced olives
- drizzle of vegan italian dressing to taste!
I realize most people tend to make this pasta leaving the grape tomatoes whole – but that’s just not my style so I split them up. This is another easy-peasy dish that D shared his enthusiasm for. All I did was boil two servings of tri-colored rotini, halve half a pint of grape tomatoes, slice some remnant pieces of peppers, and toss in sliced olives. I drizzled Italian vinaigrette atop it all to taste, and let the salad sit in the fridge for an hour. Dee-lish-us.
All together this meal took a bit of time – whipping up two meals at the same time does tend to be a bit consuming. However, it was worth every single second. D commented that this was the “perfect summer dinner” and went back for seconds, and thirds (especially of the pasta). I gobbled up all my shish and kebab and am desperately sad that I did not make extra for lunch tomorrow. C’est la vie!
And before I go back to couch time I must share the one thing that has made waking up easier this week – my awesome new best friend, Trader Joe’s Diner Blend coffee.
I’m being so serious right now. This ROCKS. I’ve been testing and trying non-flavored coffees for a year, trying to find a not too expensive brand with just the right hint of boldness. Maxwells, Folgers, Organic, Newman’s Own, Archer Farms. You name it, I’ve tried it. Why do I want it to be inexpensive? Quite frankly, I can clear out a can of coffee in a week and a half, and this could be quite an expensive habit if I allow myself to fall hard for the pricier brands. That being said, if I could find just that for a higher price, I’d probably pay it. But fear not! This can of coffee goes for just $3.99!! And the flavor is PERFECT. I’m talking, Sunday morning brunch at your favorite joint. It has just the right amount of bold and sweet (just like it claims) and I actually finish off my morning cup and wishing I had a bit more in the pot.
Double question: What’s your favorite brand of coffee? And favorite summer meal?