Dinner

Veggie Chili

When the weather gets chilly, it’s time for chili!

This Veggie Chili is exactly what you are craving this fall. It’s full of veggies and beans and all that chili goodness. Steven Michael will make a pot on Sunday and we’ll eat it all week in different forms. It’s more than enough to feed a family! With this pot, we had the chili by itself, chili dogs (with vegan sausages), and chili cheese dip. The possibilities are endless!

He usually makes it as outlined in this recipe, but occasionally he’ll add ground turkey and that’s fantastic too! You can even pair it with his SUPER AMAZINGLY DELICIOUS Cornbread recipe that we posted last week!

What is your favorite fall food that warms you from the inside? Share in the comments below!

Dinner

Thai Peanut Bowls with Tofu

It’s official, we have a Kindergartener! Ellis started school last week, and is LOVING it so far. He is especially fond of the bus, and has been known to give high fives all the way up the aisle on his way out the door. In other words, Ellis gonna Ellis. 🤷‍♀️

The school year brings us more consistency in our schedule, and therefore, more at home dinners that we can turn into blogs. Lucky you! This week, we’re sharing Thai Peanut Bowls with Tofu that were fantastic! Steven Michael actually tried this a while ago and it wasn’t quite right. So, he took some notes, made some changes and really nailed it!

These were quick to make after a long day, and exceptionally tasty. It has a little bit of everything that you need – fat from the peanut butter, carbs from the noodles, and a load of veggies. It’s also a much better use of Peanut Butter than the Peanut Stew Incident of 2021. Trust me.

What are some of your favorite quick meals during the back to school craziness? Share in the comments below!

Sides

Babaganoush

I know many of you (ok, probably like 6 of you) were wondering what we were going to do with the eggplants we posted on our Instagram story this weekend. It’s time for the big reveal! Drum roll …… Oh, you read the title of the blog? Well crap.

Even an anticlimactic reveal like that can’t take away from how freaking tasty Steven Michael’s Babaganoush is. Now that many of our close friends are vaccinated, we’ve gone back to having a few people over every Sunday to play video games, basketball, or just hang out. Most of our friends are vegan, so we have a lot of great animal product free recipes in our repertoire, like this Babaganoush.

While Steven Michael was making this, I took absentee cooking to another level. I was not in my usual place with my feet up in the dining room, instead, I was on my Sunny stationary bike working/sweating my little butt off in the garage. Coming back in from my workout to a yummy spread of pitas and Babaganoush was a great perk!

This is seriously delicious. It has a smooth and creamy texture and is packed with great eggplant flavor. The garlic definitely gives it a little bit of a bite, and I couldn’t stop shoveling it into my pie hole.

So invite a few (COVID safe, obviously) friends over, make some dip and get to snacking! Or … just make a bowl for yourself and go to town, I won’t judge.

I’ll see you in a few days with another great recipe!

Dinner

BBQ Tofu Bowls

Sometimes you just need to eat something healthy. Let’s say you just started a food blog, and you’ve been cramming your gullet with things like Stuffing Topped Mac & Cheese, Waffles Benedict or Pistachio Dessert Waffles (Coming Soon to a Food Blog Near You) for weeks … your body will be begging you for some vegetables. Enter – BBQ Tofu Bowls!

The last few weeks, it has been hard to stay on track because everything is just so damn good! We wanted to start our blog off with a bang, including some of our favorite recipes. But those high fat, high sugar, high get-in-my-mouth-right-now foods aren’t for every day. We absolutely enjoy a good cheat meal in this house and look forward to savoring those extra scrumptious, extra bad for you, extra delicious foods, but eating like that is not sustainable for long stretches.

Thankfully, Steven Michael has figured out how to make healthy meals just as satisfying as the bad ones. These delicious, veggie filled bowls are a staple in our house. We probably eat them at least two or three times a month because they are quick, easy, healthy AND tasty. They literally check all of the boxes. In fact, when I ran my first half marathon last winter, we had these BBQ Tofu Bowls as my pre-race dinner the night before. They are packed with lean protein, tons of vegetables, and balanced with some sweetness from the BBQ sauce.

This is an easy Brown Sugar BBQ Sauce recipe. If you prefer, you can swap out the one cup of Brown Sugar with one cup of Honey, whatever floats your boat! We actually started this recipe using honey, but sometimes sub the brown sugar to make it completely vegan. We tend to eat a lot of vegan meals as we have a lot of friends who follow a strict animal-free diet, and so our recipes have evolved over the years. Or, if you want a super lazy meal, just grab your favorite store bought BBQ sauce and call it a day. No one is judging you in your own kitchen!

Before you jump into the recipe below, remember to pop over to our blog on Perfectly Textured Tofu for instructions on how to cook your protein. We promise, you won’t be disappointed!

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Techniques, Uncategorized

BONUS BLOG – Perfectly Textured Tofu

Welcome to our first BONUS BLOG! We plan to do these shorter blog posts occasionally when we have a dish or technique to share that will be used in other recipes in the future. Today, we’re talking about tofu! We will be featuring a few tofu dishes on Feet Up in the Dining Room, the first of which will be shared on Tuesday.

In our family, we eat a good amount of poultry and seafood but we also love to use tofu. Many people are put off by the texture, and I don’t blame them. If you were to just take it out of the container, drain it and cook it, you would have something that’s mushy and relatively tasteless. However, if you know how to make it properly, tofu can be a really excellent meat replacement for any dish!

Pre-COVID, we would have people over for dinner often. As many of our friends are strictly vegetarian or vegan, we have quite a few meat free recipes in our rotation. In fact, our former restaurant, Burrito Fresco, was known for being extremely veggie friendly as we made sure our non-meat options were up to par and delicious, not just substitutions.

Below, we share a technique for cooking tofu that Steven Michael has perfected over the years. Through a lot of trial and error, he was able to find a way to make tofu with the perfect texture, while keeping it healthy. It’s common for people to fry their tofu in an attempt to fix the texture, instead Steven Michael bakes it to avoid adding extra fat . This is just a technique and not a full recipe, however, this will be linked back to for future recipes starting with our next post this coming Tuesday, BBQ Tofu Bowls. We hope you enjoy!

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