Category Archives: Lunch Ideas

Lunch Ideas: Mushroom Gravy on Potato with simplilicious Sides.

I am sharing with you one of the simple and common foods you can find in the western world’s dining table… potato! I love my rice and I like ‘taters’ too 🙂 Don’t want to eat plain steamed and baked potatoes? Make yourself some gravy to go with it, instead of buying pre-mixed, you’ll save money and avoid unwanted ingredients and preservatives. This gravy is easy to make and the ingredients are simple. You can even make it with only flour, water, a little oil and seasoning if you don’t have mushrooms and cashew nuts.

Some days my lunch plate looks like what’s in the picture: Steamed potatoes with mushroom gravy, Oat burger, cooked green beans and fresh veggies.

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Classification: Vegan

INGREDIENTS: 

1 cup cashew nuts (you may use roasted peanuts)

3 cups water (divided)

1 Tbspoon onion powder

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon salt or more to taste

1 TBspoon nutritional yeast flakes

1 1/2 TBspoon beef-like seasoning powder (you may use available alternative)

1 1/2 TBspoon low sodium soy sauce

1 TBspoon parsley flakes (optional)

3 TBspoons flour or cornstarch

1 teaspoon coconut oil

1/2 cup onion, diced

4 oz can or 3/4 cup diced mushrooms

1/4 mushroom seasoning powder (optional, use alternative if you may)

STEPS:

1. Place 2 cups of water and other ingredients in blender except last four ingredients (oil, onion, diced mushrooms and mushroom seasoning). Blend on high for about 2 minutes until smooth.

2. In a medium size pan, saute onion with coconut oil, diced mushroom and mushroom seasoning for 2 minutes. If you use fresh mushrooms, it may take about 3-5 minutes to thoroughly cook it. Cover to cook and stir occasionally.

3. When mixture in the blender is fine and smooth, pour into pan to mix with sauteed mushrooms. Add the last 1 cup of water to the blender, swish it around to clean it and add it to the mixture. Bring it to boil over medium heat until mixture thickens. Stir occasionally to avoid lumping. When gravy sauce is thick enough remove from heat.

4. Taste it, if you think your gravy needs more seasoning you may add a little bit more to meet your desired taste. If you want a thicker gravy/sauce, just add more flour or cornstarch dissolved in cool water. Return gravy sauce to heat and stir. Simmer to thicken.

Enjoy!

Makes about 4 cups.

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Vegetarian Estofado :Filipino Style

Here I am again posting another vegetarian recipe for you to try. I have lots to share with you, but I need more time to be able to do it. Anyway, one of the recipes I made last week was Estofado. After I saw two ripe plantain bananas in our fruit basket, I knew I needed to use it before it goes bad. This recipe is quite simple. If you like sweet and sour food, this recipe is perfect for you. Well, I can tell you this is much better than your ordinary sweet and sour pickles or Sauerkraut . The sweetness of banana combined with other ingredients makes the flavor rich and tasty. You may want to try this recipe at least once, then decide from there… 🙂

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Classification: Vegetarian

Good source of: protein, fiber, vitamin B6manganesevitamin Cfiberpotassiumbiotincopper . See whfoods.com for nutrient information of ingredients

INGREDIENTS:

1 TBspoon coconut oil (aside from oil used for frying banana)

5 garlic cloves, minced

1/2 cup onion, diced

12.5 oz veggie meat, about 2 cups when sliced (marinated tofu or seasoned fried gluten would work)

2 ripe plantain bananas, sliced

3/4 cup carrots, cut into inch rounds

1 1/2 cup water

1/2 cup apple cider vinegar (or lemon juice)

1/4 cup soy sauce

2 TBspoon turbinado sugar (or any real sweetener)

1-2 bay (laurel) leaf

1/4 teaspoon peppercorn

salt to taste

STEPS:

1. Peel bananas. Cut diagonally into three and fry until golden brown.

2. Cut veggie meat into desired sizes. About an inch size is better.

3. In a pan put cooking oil to sautee garlic until golden brown. Add veggie meat and the remaining ingredients. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Mixture should not be too dry. If you need to add a little bit of water to finish the cooking, you may do so.

Makes about 7 servings. Great with rice, baked potatoes or anything you want with it. Enjoy!

TIPS:

You can also put some fried sweet potato to change it up a bit.

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