Dinner last night was a big thumbs up from me, an "I'd eat it again" from the husband, and two "I like it, but it's not my favorite" votes from the kids. I went a little Asian. I made a cilantro and peanut pesto. I tossed the cilantro, some sesame oil, a little olive oil, some peanuts, a little lime juice, and some ginger into the blender. Pressed a button, and, bingo! we have pesto. I really liked it, but I live cilantro. I diced the tempeh and marinated it in a little soy sauce, rice vinegar, and sesame oil. I sauteed it in some vegetable oil. I really liked the crispy outside and the nutty taste. (thanks for the really helpful suggestions Jayne and Barbara A!) I served it over spaghetti. The saute greens were the salad. Overall, I really enjoyed the taste. I liked experimenting a little and trying out the new flavors. I might make it again, but only for me apparently.
Tonight was grilled asparagus, green garlic and creamed spinach, drop biscuits, and grilled steak. The asparagus was wonderful as always. I just toss it in olive oil, salt, and pepper and toss it on the grill. The green garlic was new for me. I modified my creamed spinach recipe a little. I used the bulb of the garlic in place of the onions. I cut up the leaves to add to the spinach leaves. I thought it came out really well. Nice garlic flavor without being overpowering. The drop biscuits came from the web. Simple simple recipe. And they were warm and tasty.
I have a plug for a local spice vendor. The Spice House in Evanston, IL is amazing. That's where I got the rub for the steak. Tonight we used Ukrainian Village seasoning. It's a great blend for so many foods. Alas, there are no freebies for my plug. It's just a great place with wonderful fresh spices and herbs.
I'll be a little MIA this weekend. Big family goings on. I'll tell you about the veggies when I can. And probably use them the very same way.