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Lazy Girl’s Ramen Using Leftover Seasoning Packets

There is actually a ramen museum called the Shin-Yokohama Rāmen Museum, which unfortunately, I did not get to visit while I was in Japan. You may only think of ramen as a quick cheap meal consisting of water, dried noodles, and a sodium rich seasoning packet. However, authentic ramen is complicated to make and there…

Miso Soup

Miso soup is a traditional Japanese soup made of dashi stock and miso paste. My grandmother adds in extra firm tofu and wakame (dried seaweed). Some people use spinach instead of wakame, or mushrooms with the tofu, or top with scallions. There are many variations and kinds of miso soup. There are also different kinds…

Tex-Mex Chicken Chili

I have been making taco salads (sans taco shell) and had left over black beans, Rotel, and corn. So of course, I consulted Pinterest. Tex-Mex Chicken Chili is similar to mine (and everyone else’s) Taco Soup. However, this rich recipe eliminates the need for sour cream and shredded cheese. You could actually drain all your canned vegetables and make this into more of a dip for tortilla chips or as a rice pilaf topper. It is delicious, spicy, and filling. You could make it vegetarian by adding more black beans and Rotel, including some chopped onions and obviously leaving out the chicken. This…

Christmas Projects

My aunt flew me down South for Christmas and while I was visiting with my family, I got to help some folks with a few of their Christmas DIY projects, try some new recipes, and assist in some Christmas decorating. Wreaths It’s not Christmas in the South without a magnolia wreath. I haven’t got to make one of these in a while so I was happy to help my sister-in-law make this big beauty. Credit to my mother for my wreath and bow making skills. My sister-in-law and I made three wreaths total. The one below was a mix of left…

Vegan Black Bean Soup

I got this recipe from one of the professors in my department. The soup is vegan (depending on what your salsa and vegetable broth have in it). The salad is from Target and is really good but the dressing (and maybe the tortilla strips) contains eggs and milk. Ingredients 1 quart vegetable broth or chicken broth 1/3 white onion (peeled, diced) 2 stalks celery (diced) 2 carrots (peeled, cut into coins) 2 tablespoons minced garlic 2 cans black beans (drained and rises) 1 jar salsa Directions (slow cooker) Combine all ingredients and cook on low for 8 hours or until…

Going Vegan: Week 1 Menu

Wondering why I am posting about this? Read about my new vegan experiment here. Breakfast Smoothie. Maybe one of these without the yogurt or this one from Epicurious. Morning Snack Cashews OR an apple with peanut butter Lunch Apple salad with poppyseed dressing (vegetarian) and without cheese. Recipe here. OR Taco Soup without chicken, cheese, sour cream, and ranch seasoning. Recipe here. OR Southwest salad from Target (vegetarian) and Black Bean Soup. Recipe here. OR Rice with cucumbers. Recipe here. Afternoon Snack Pasta salad. Recipe here Dinner Salad with poppyseed dressing (vegetarian) without chicken. Recipe here. OR Japanese curry (vegetarian without sauce). Recipe here. OR Southwest salad from Target (vegetarian) and Black Bean Soup. Recipe here.…