Sometimes I’m uninspired to cook.
I want to make something new and exciting and it’s a huge bonus if I can come up with it myself. However, that doesn’t always happen…especially recently.
I decided to use my cookbook Thug Kitchen (affiliate link) as inspiration. You learn best by imitation…and sometimes it’s the kick-in-the-pants that you need to meal plan. Warning…this cookbook has it’s fair share of swearing, F-words and other colorful language. It makes up for it by having some amazing food. This is a vegan cookbook with things like chipotle mayo, tortilla soup, pad thai, and so much more. I’m cooking my way through it and putting reviews occasionally on my instagram account if you’re interested in following along (my account is mostly dedicated to my yoga practice, so you’re forewarned). 🙂
Top Right: Baked Flautas – Easy, yes…tasty, meh. Really this type of recipe is all about the toppings. If you have some good salsa, some hot sauce, and some chunky guacamole it’s really about them being a tool to eat those things…which I always love. Kids like them, so that’s a bonus. If you need dinner in 40 minutes (there’s baking time you have to figure in) and don’t want to think about a lot of ingredients, this works. I only regret not adding kale. It doesn’t call for it, but it would’ve made them feel like I was actually getting something good. I would sauté it with the onions.
Bottom Left: Pad Thai – This was so good! It has several steps to it, but it’s totally worth it. I’m still exploring how to make tofu that tastes good…this is it. I love that the directions say the tofu will scream. It does, little tiny screams as it cooks. The kids enjoyed this one, too. It will definitely be made again. Next time I want to add peanut sauce to the whole thing.
Bottom Right: Tortilla Soup – The flavor from purèed corn tortillas is great and I enjoyed purèing extra chick peas into the soup as well as adding them on top. It’s a great veggie tex mex combo in soup form. It comes together easily and was great as leftovers. I would serve this with greens.
Do you have a cookbook that inspires you consistently? I’d love to know about it…I know I’ll need it.