This weekend, I flubbed another recipe. Badly. I mean really badly. So Saturday’s would-be dinner was instead filler for my trash can. :( Saturday night, I resolved to stop playing around in the kitchen and crack open a cookbook to see what I could find for lunch/dinner that night. No more flubbed recipes. No more trying to create my own recipe. I needed a win. And I got one.
Searching through my Cooking Light cookbook, I found a simple recipe for a beef stir-fry with a garlic lime dressing. Deliciousness. My main complaint with some sauces is the cornstarch used, making for a thickened sauce for which I don’t care. This particular sauce was a simple mix of garlic, lime, soy, salt, and other seasonings. So simple. So light. So, a new-to-me recipe that worked out. Check.
Another new-to-me item back on my radar is edamame. I tried this once before on NEB and after several attempts decided it just wasn’t for me. This past Labor Day, I enjoyed lunch with my brother at a Japanese restaurant in Baton Rouge. As an appetizer, he ordered a bowl of edamame and encouraged me to try it. ”No, thanks,” I said. ”I don’t like edamame.” But my brother being my brother, nagged me a little bit and I caved. And I then realized my edamame problem: all this time I wasn’t cooking it long enough. The flavor of the edmame in the restaurant was that nuttiness I kept reading about I liked. I like edmame snacks that are roasted and lightly salted, so for years I couldn’t figure out why I didn’t care for them steamed. Now I know why. And I feel a bit like a dunce for not figuring this long, long ago.
Today’s bento include garlic-lime beef stir fry over brown rice, yams, corn, egg roll, edamame, nut mix, and animal cookies.
I hope your lunch is as fabulous as my own today. Be the bento everyone!
P.S. The egg rolls are the ones I mentioned I’ve been making with using a modified version of the pot sticker recipe. I’m sharing the modification in a few weeks.