Hearty Vegetable Soup

We recently took an awesome trip to Central Oregon and visited the beautiful High Desert Museum. We stopped for a bite to eat in their café and I discovered an unusual minestrone soup that I really enjoyed. The flavor of the soup was really unique as it contained asparagus, artichoke hearts, and garbanzo beans along with other vegetables.

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Awesome Chili That Happens To Be Vegan

I have been trying to incorporate more beans, lentils, and vegetables into our daily meals. With the right combination of spices, you can turn boring canned beans into something really spectacular. In my university job I was tasked with creating new and exciting vegan and vegetarian recipes for college students. One of the dishes that proved really popular was a special vegan chili that I created.

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Ham and Lentil Soup

When I was working for the university I used to create many soup recipes for use in the fall and winter. We went through vast quantities of soup as it was consistently a popular entrée. Every day we offered multiple soups especially as we needed to cater to students who may be vegan, vegetarian, or gluten free. One of my most popular soups was the one I present today.

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Stir Fried Pepper Steak

If you go to the food court of any big shopping mall you will almost always find a Chinese restaurant of some sort. A long time ago when I worked in a mall, I would often eat lunch at that mall’s Chinese restaurant with my co-worker. My favorite thing to order was Chinese Pepper Steak. Unlike many restaurants this place cooked it fresh right in front of you as you stood in line. It was always worth the wait for this fantastic dish. Today I will try to replicate that.

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Mapo Tofu (Tofu with Pork)

A dear friend brought me a jar of Trader Joe’s Chili Onion Crunch seasoning a couple months ago. This interesting concoction is great to drizzle over rice, egg, and vegetable dishes. It has a mild but delicious combination of spices. I thought this would add a really nice flavor to a Chinese dish I like called Mapo Tofu. To make this dish I also needed to pick up some more interesting ingredients at an Asian grocery store, so headed to my local favorite, which is called HK Asian Market. I love strolling through every aisle and picking out things that speak to me!

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