Lee’s Thugvember

Ok – so I think I had more success than B with my thugvember (Cooking from Thug Kitchen for the entire month). However I did NOT think ahead like B (typical), and forgot to take pictures.

I actually enjoyed most of what I made, and a lot of things I have gone back to since and made again.

ROASTED CARROT AND CUMIN DRESSING (5/5)

pg 37

First – I love trying different kinds of dressings, so I immediately tried one from the book. I loved it, however usually I throw these together quick while I’m making dinner – this one you would need to make ahead I think because you need to roast the carrots and do some blending and wait to cool

However, I thought came out really good – I would have never thought to put carrots, OJ, and vinegar together – but it worked out really well. I will def. make this one again.

 

WHOLE WHEAT BANANA PANCAKES (5/5)

ok, so not the most different recipe I’ve ever made, but they came out good and happy. A little dense, not as fluffy as a regular pancake but still really good. Also followed the tip and froze some for later, and they came out great warmed up after frozen.

 

SMOKED ALMOND AND CHICKPEA SAMMIES (4/5)

pg. 53

Ok so I like to make chickpea “tuna” sandwiches, like all the time. But this however was some next level *ish. I wouldn’t have thought to mash the avocado in – but it totally worked, as avocado always does! 🙂 For the first time I did do the whole smoke almond thing, however I have made these a few times since without them, I do like the crunch they add with a little flavor but didn’t miss them. Also I skipped the dill and hotsauce – still great 🙂

 

I put the following two together, and it was AMAZEBALLS, literally. I’ve made both a billion times since then – LOVE it.

5-SPICE FRIED RICE WITH SWEET POTATOES (5/5)

pg 68

This is was GREAT, just a great Asian type rice – adding the sweet potatoes kicked it up a notch and made it really filling. I didn’t have any five spice mix, so I just used the ones I did have (ginger, pepper, cinnamon) and it still came out GREAT. Also – I’m a sucker for anything with peas … so you know — ADD A TON 🙂 🙂

TOFU MARINADES (3/4)

pg 77

I’m not a huge tofu maker, but I wanted to give these a go to mix it up a bit, so I tried the smoke Maple Marinade and the Sweet Citrus Marinade, and both were really tasty, and all the ingredients I have typically so that was nice. However I found them a little weak, so I ended up adding more than what was listed to get more flavor. That is the only reason I knocked off a few points – since I felt the recipe was more of a guide – and then I had to take it from there. However, great flavors that really gave the tofu some taste, and both of these were great in the fried rice above.

 

 

QUICK PICKLED CUCUMBERS AND ONIONS (3/5)

Ok guys, you know I am a sucker for a good pickle – so I HAD to try this. I was good – no issues. But I found it a little boring (maybe my pickle tastes are too advanced now) – it was def a good pickle, and up to this point I had not pickled onions. However it was just salt, I think a little bit of other seasonings would have spiced it up a bit.

 

 

SWEET POTATOE SQUASH AND BLACK BEAN ENCHILADAS (4/5)

pg 155

So up until this point I have never had an enchilada – I don’t think. So really, I don’t know if this came out good or bad, but I thought it came out really good. It did make a lot thought, and it did take FOREVER to make, I thought it was quite a process. Good for a weekend meal, but I would not try to make after work.

 

 

COLD CITRUS NOODLES (3/5)

pg 75

In keeping with my citrus theme apparently, I gave these a whirl. I have never had cold noodles before, and it was ok. It was a cold noodle, the sauce was a little weak I ended up adding some extra of some of the ingredients. I mixed in some of the left over tofu to beef it up for a main dish – cold tofu isn’t really good haha. However, this was light and fresh, and who doesn’t like noodles really? I may give another try.

 

 

CHOCOLATE FUDGE POPS (5/5)

pg 182

I mean really – quick simple fudge pop – can you go wrong?? It was interesting using the tofu, but it worked out well and you wouldn’t have known. Great chocolate fix if you are having one!

 

ok – so this one was on the website not in the book, however I had to add it because it was super tasty

ROASTED TOMATO SOUP

http://www.thugkitchen.com/roasted_tomato_soup

It was just a good happy tomato soup, I LOVE TOMATO SOUP – was great with the SAMMIE above, and a toasted cheese ❤

 

 

 

B’s Thug-vember

There was such excitement about Thug-vember (i.e. cooking from the Thug Kitchen cookbook in the month of November), but it fell flat for me. I may return to cooking from this book in the future but I needed a break after a few weeks.


Roasted Broccoli and Millet Pilaf

November 2, 2015

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This was my first experience with millet and I am still on the fence. I don’t think this dish did anything to help me love it. I would like to try it again sometime but not this particular recipe. It tasted too earthy, like health food. (1/5)


Quinoa Oatmeal

November 3, 2015

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It probably isn’t fair that I picked this as Alton Brown’s steel cut oats recipe is my favorite breakfast period; this just didn’t even come close. It was good, not great. But I did learn I don’t hate quinoa as much as I thought. (2/5)


Sweet Corn and Green Chile Baked Flautas

November 4, 2015

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These were pretty good. My only criticism is that the flavor is kind of one note and it gets boring really quickly. Maybe adding the lettuce and salsa on top would have helped. (3/5)


 

Cornmeal Waffles with Strawberry Syrup

November 9, 2015

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This was by far the favorite of the recipes we tried. Daphne even had half a waffle and loved it. I would make this again…next time I would buy finer ground corn meal though as it was kind of crunchy. (4/5)


 

Grilled Eggplant with Soba Noodles

November 11, 2015

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The eggplant was delicious by itself. Once all of it was mixed together the flavor was so boring and acidic. I honestly think this dish would be better off with chicken (tofu?) or something a little more robust than eggplant and a LOT more vegetables.


 

I was going to make Stovetop Herb Popcorn but my nutritional yeast disappeared on the way back from Wegmans.

I also wanted to try Maple Berry Grits but after my disappointment with the Quinoa Oatmeal and comparing it to Alton’s Steel cut oats, I decided it was best to wait on that. I have the ingredients and will try it soon.


Lesson learned: Don’t try 3 new recipes in a week. Take it a little slower, maybe one per week to get the feel of the cookbook before diving in headfirst and ruining dinner for a week 🙂