If you haven't noticed, I've not had much time for cooking this week. Most of my posts lately have been about dining out because I've just been so busy.
When I know I have a crazy busy weeknight coming up, I tend to cook entire meals the night before. Around 10 p.m., I'll whip up an entire meal, portion it into containers to last for several days, and re-heat one serving the next day. That's what I did last night when I made (I mean, re-heated) this Tofu Saag with Red Quinoa and Whole Wheat Roti:
The Tofu Saag is from 30 Minute Vegan by Mark Reinfeld and Jennifer Murray. These guys really put together a fantastic volume of diverse, delicious, and super-quick meals. It's one of my favorite go-to books for fast weekday suppers.
This dish consisted of fast-baked tofu (only 15 minutes), spinach, peas, coconut milk, curry, and other spices. The authors suggested serving with quinoa rather than rice for a little twist.
The roti was a cheater item. I buy that stuff frozen at the Passage to India market in Cordova. I dipped this slice of roti into a spicy tomato chutney, also from the Indian market.
How do you handle meals on busy nights?
Really that quick? Looks good!
I'm a real lazy cook, so I wait til I'm bitten by the 'productive' bug & cook up several servings of a bunch of different meals & chuck them in the freezer. & boy am I glad I do that, cos there are so many nights where I'm hungry, but just can't be bothered to put any effort into the food I prepare.
Freezing batches is definitely the winning way for me! x
I love 30 minute vegan. What could you need that takes any longer? I haven't tried the tofu saag yet, though. It looks delicious!
That looks great - 30 min Vegan is definitely on my cookbook wishlist.
I cook on Saturdays (my one day off from studying) and make meals that have at least 5 servings. Leftovers for the win!
Your curry sounds simple and yummy. I keep greens and cooked grains in the fridge, so I can throw together canned beans, greens and grains with a little soy sauce or tahini - that's my favorite. Then, there's always Chinese takeout, which we rely on a lot.
Yum! I do a big salad or defrost some frozen leftovers on busy nights. Of course, there's always a big mug of cereal :P
Hmmm...red quinoa! ;-)
Red quinoa and curried tofu just sounds so good. I like the idea of handling the food preparations the night before. I may start doing that, because on busy nights I throw money at the problem and find myself eating Chipotle, Tofurky Pizza, or Chinese takeout - which always makes me feel lazy!
Your curry in a hurry looks so yummy in the tummy! I really do want that cookbook, sometimes I can't be bothered to stand in the kitchen cooking for an hour or two.
I hope you've been busy in an exciting way, not in a stressful way! :)
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