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Stuff I made last week. Or rather, stuff I made last week that I don't think I've told you about before.

Vegetarian Pho - I used this recipe, and while the broth was cooking Chris said it was the best smelling thing that had ever happened in our kitchen. Which I guess I should be offended on behalf of everything else I have ever cooked, but he was right. Sadly, the taste did not quite live up to the smell. It needed a lot more salt/soy sauce, and even then it was missing something. We suspect that something was "meat." However, I froze two full meals worth of the broth, and we are planning to try it again mixed with a mushroom broth to give it a little more oomph.

Chili/Soup - I never know what to call this, it is basically a very soupy chili. Recipe is here. It tastes good, whatever it is, and I have half of it in my freezer, which always makes me happy. I made corn muffins to go with it. Both of my kids actually eat corn muffins, and there are precious few things in this world that both of my kids eat.

Rattlesnake Stew - This is supposed to be made with rattlesnake beans, but I used small white beans instead. Also onion, bell pepper, broth, carrot, celery, potato, corn, tomato paste and Tabasco. The recipe calls for poultry seasoning, but I left that out. It was good.

Falafel and Tabbouli - Ok, so I made the falafel from a mix. And I usually make the tabbouli from scratch, but when I went to the store to get the parsley and such I found tubs of fresh-made tabbouli for $1.99, which is much less than I would spend to make it, so I bought it. I also bought the pita bread and hummus. Whatever. If I were perfect, you would hate me.

Lasagna - Made in the crock pot, adapted from this recipe. Not actually any easier than making a regular lasagna, but handy for the days when you get home from swim lessons at 6:00 and need to have dinner ready to put on the table the second you walk through the door. Also, I have half of it in my freezer. My favorite thing about cooking is the way it paves the way for future laziness.

Cilantro rice and beans - I have this cookbook that I have used constantly for years, and lately I am going through it and trying to make things I have avoided before because they didn't sound good. So far, everything but one has turned out to be good. This was one of those things. It was delicious, and it takes ten minutes to make. All you need is cilantro pesto (just like the basil kind - throw a bunch of cilantro and two cloves garlic in the food processor and chop, then add oil and salt until it is the way you like it), some leftover rice, and a can of black beans. Mix them all together in a bowl, microwave for a couple of minutes, eat until you want to pop.

Comments (8)

might help if you add in some onions and fish sauce (you guys eat fish, right?!) too.

i love crock pot cooking, and i really enjoy your sharing of these recipes because i always know they'll be quick to prep and super healthy!

hope mia gets well soon, btw =)

I'm going to try the lasagna recipe. Thanks.

I made eggplant parmesan last night for the first time and thought of you. It was delish and the kids even had seconds...Big Hit!

Your kids eat the corn muffins. Do they eat anything else listed above? AM SO JEALOUS.

I'm finally moving past trying to make dinners that my three year old will eat because that meant the rest of us all were eating pasta and ..... pasta night after night. Don't get me wrong, I love me some pasta, but Mama likes other things too.

And if all she'll eat is the bread on the side, that's okay, right?

I have some cilantro in my fridge just waiting for me to figure out how to use it up. (The first part of the bundle was used in Mango Salsa... YUM).

So, now I know what to make for dinner... and you have amazing timing!

Also: poor little Mia. I'm glad she's back home.

You are seriously my personal little Julia Child.

Seriously, I have got to find a way to either trick my husband into eating spinach and tomatoes, or find adequate substitutes.
These recipes all look yummy, and the falafel and tabouli, and cilantro rice and beans are things he would like!
I'll just have to save the rattlesnake stew and the crock-pot lasagna for me when he goes on golf trips 'cause I love, love spinach and tomatoes :-)

Hi Beth I'm kind of a lurker, but decided to come out because my family, and me too are Pho fanatics. We are meat eaters but raising a pre-teen starter vegetarian has broadened our menu. Anyway - try browning the onion, shallots, garlic, ginger, cinnamon sticks, star anise, and cloves - before adding the liquid. It helps intensify the flavors. Thank you so much for all the wonderful family friendly recipes.

This is sort of what I do...

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