Miso Soup, Vegetable Sushi, and Condiments
This is a bit of a cop-out post. I actually did do some cooking on Friday; a friend and I made sushi and tempura. But I haven't been cooking too many recipes. Between writing forty pages of my own papers, and grading over a hundred pages of students' papers, I knew this would be a busy week (*understatement!*).
So, it's helpful to just have large amounts of food around that can easily turn into a meal. I prepared several meals' worth of sushi fixings, and chopped up some tofu and scallions for quick miso soup (essentially instant!). I also made a huge vat of a chili-ish soup that's not really worth blogging about here--potatoes, black beans, carrots, chipotle and jalapeno peppers, etc.
Avocado "Quesadilla" and Spicy Potato-Bean Chili
I did want to note the delicious avocado quesadilla--just mashed avocado and lemon on a lightly toasted whole wheat/corn tortilla. You could add lots of other things, too. What made this really fantastic was the quality of both the avocado and the tortilla.
It's surprisingly difficult to find a decent whole grain tortilla in the supermarket. Now, there are plenty of tortillas in Jons, but I picked up these Mission multigrain tortillas that just tasted bad.
A comparison with the similarly sized Organic Whole Wheat and Corn Flour Tortillas from Trader Joe's was illuminating:
- Though both tortillas were about 140 calories and 5 g of protein, the Mission one had 4.5 g fat (of which 1.5 g saturated) to Trader Joe's 1 g (of which 0 g saturated) -- even though the TJs one is more tender. What's still more icky is that while TJ's has 7% of your daily sodium, Mission has 19%.
- Mission has 34 (!) ingredients, including hydrogenated soybean and/or palm oil AND various preservatives, cellulose gum, and "dough conditioners" including something called "fumaric acid." TJ's ingredient count? 9, and I know what all of them are (note that they do contain honey).