When it comes to dinner, I try to cook every night. It's not something I feel I am required to do, but it is something that I enjoy doing. No matter how tired I am or how desperately I want to make a reservation during the week, when I sit down to a plate of home cooked food I forget about the restaurant that was so tempting an hour ago. These meals aren't big productions and I like to brag about the fact that I've whittled my salad and salmon dinner down to five minutes flat, so some nights a meal needs to be tasty, easy to combine, and quickly served. My default is to serve a combination of ingredients in a handy little bowl (because who needs plates) and I tend to do this quite a bit which has prompted me to create my fictional cook book "Everything I Serve you is in a Bowl". This week I happened upon the perfect faux curry meal after dicing firm tofu into 1" cubes, tossing them with curry powder, salt and pepper, then sauteeing with canola oil (switch out with olive oil or grapeseed oil too). I then quickly cooked cous cous by pouring boiling water over a cup of the grain in a shallow bowl then covering with a lid or saran wrap for 10-15 minutes to soak. After fluffing the cooked cous cous with a fork I mixed in the toasty tofu along with halved cherry tomatoes and cooked lima beans. A final sprinkle of coarse seal salt gave the bowl a slight season and within 30 minutes our dinner was platted and served. Something about a bowl, fork, and a napkin just makes everything feel cozy, yet still healthy.
I think I'll share more of my secret bowl recipes, so stay tuned for more handy combinations in the future. Does anyone else have quick meals they prepare during the week?