Tanoshii Takeout

Social distancing is tough on a lot of local businesses. Restaurants here in NC can only offer takeout or delivery right now. Even though I’m working less I still want to support local businesses while doing what I can to flatten the curve.

Tanoshii is a local restaurant that serves Chinese and Japanese food. My partner frequents their restaurant on his lunch breaks, so he wanted to make sure we supported them. Since we live less than .5 miles out of the delivery zone, we ordered takeout.

We got a decent feast and had leftovers. We got age tofu, which isn’t available at a lot of places where I live. We rounded things out with sesame tofu and eggplant with garlic sauce.

Pho

Today’s prompt is recreate an international favorite food. Picking a favorite is hard, but I’ve got a dish that I recently ordered that fits the prompt. I’ve been dealing with really rough seasonal allergies. Every summer I get a cough that lasts for a month or 2. It’s not fun. My partner suggested we go out for pho.

I have a ton of recipes for pho, but I haven’t had the time to make them recently. Instead we went to one of the few places in town that offers a vegan/vegetarian pho option.

Surprisingly, the pho actually made me feel better and helped relieve the coughing for a good while, so it’s a total win.

Hoisin Mustard Lettuce Wraps

Today’s prompt was to make a salad, but sometimes eating salad gives me tummy troubles. This is especially true if it’s much bigger than a side salad. I do enjoy salad, but I think a lot of raw green cause the problems. However, I can eat raw greens in small amounts and it’s easier to digest if there’s a lot of cooked food with them.

Enter the lettuce wrap. They’re basically a salad taco, right? I’ve been stressed with work and pressed for time recently, so I made the Hoisin Mustard Lettuce Wraps from Appetite for Reduction. Without any side dishes the lettuce wraps make a nice dinner for 2 hungry adults. We did alter the recipe a bit. We added a lot of extra red pepper flakes and about 1.5 tsp. of chili oil when making the sauce for the recipe. We also used hearts of romaine instead off iceberg lettuce, because it’s what we had on hand.

TV Dinner

When I was a kid we were only allowed to eat in front of the TV at Sleepovers and during the Super Bowl. I still remember eating some of those microwaved meals with the plastic film when things were busy and my parents wanted something quick and easy for all of us. Mom would often let us pick one when we tagged along to the grocery store with her.

As an adult I sometimes eat in front of the TV a bit more, but living with a 45lb fluff ball of a dog makes it challenging. I’m not a big fan of the microwave meals available for vegans, though there are a few good ones out there. Sometimes, you just want something easy to fix, then you want to come home, throw on your pajamas and watch your guilty pleasure.

For me the easy is take out. There’s a nice Chinese place about 2 miles down the road from my apartment. It’s actually the place we’ve been going since I was a child. Mr. Lu’s doesn’t have a lot of vegan options, but the ones they have are decent and cheap. Plus, there’s a beer growler place next door now. So I can grab a growler and enjoy a nice beer with my dinner and TV.

The most healthful option is the Bean Curd Home-style. It’s tofu, veggies, and a savory sauce. It comes with rice and is a hearty meal. One order will usually feed me for 2 meals (and I have a pretty big appetite).