The last 18 Monthly Mystery Munchies saw both Gen and I attempting mostly meat dishes, some exotic themes, several takes on unique ingredients, a handful of sweets and perhaps one or two dishes with salads and greens but never quite dedicated to only vegetables.
The time is nigh for an only veg theme to make its inaugural appearance; salads excluded.
To all vegetarians out there, rejoice! “Only Veggies Will Do!” is the central theme for this month as we committed ourselves to a healthier mystery munchies. As part of the challenge, we also have to keep the following in mind:
As part of the challenge, we also have to keep the following in mind:
use a minimum of 3 different vegetables and 1 (non-meat) protein
make it a side dish
it cannot be a salad
Not too mind-boggling and with Holland being quite the country for fresh greens, getting my hands on the various vegetables has not been a problem. My biggest problem was ironically making a decision of which 3 to choose from the plethora of choices!
With S.I.M.P.L.E. as my modus operandi, I thought I’d fall back on one of my favourite veggies: Bean Sprouts. Or commonly known as taugeh in my native Malay language (and also in Dutch). Funny how I used not to like them when I was little!
Beansprouts make for a very nutritious stir fry and I find that there’s also just something about bean sprouts that I really like. It’s the cleaning I don’t like. By cleaning, I mean taking off the roots, one by one. It’s that one task I hate doing as it really is a pain in the ass to do.
Yet I’m super anal about that – all thanks to the early training from my mom. But I digress.
Back to the challenge, I decided on tofu as my protein of choice. The rest of the veggies came with a medley of onions, garlic, taugeh and a handful of bakchoy. Very vegetarian-friendly.
Technique wise was nothing complicated. I’m just doing the good, ole stir fry with a bunch of taugehs that have been meticulously cleaned out for good measure. So here goes, peops! Let’s let loose and sing a little ♪♬ Shout hallelujah, come on get healthy, get ready for veggie day…♪♬
Fried Tofu with Beansprouts and Bakchoy
An easy, healthy dish to accompany your main meal.
While this challenge seems restrictive with the “rules”,as you can see it actually isn’t. Plus, with Gen going for a healthier choice of food in the recent months AND being all snuggle-woggle (I just made that word up!) with her home-grown vegetables in her backyard, I am sure that this is one challenge she easily would ace!
In fact, I could see Gen beaming and head straight for the kitchen the moment I suggested the theme of this month’s challenge.