Quick Dinner: Sesame Peanut Noodles

imageWe LOVE sesame peanut noodles!  I’ve been adhering to a weekly menu plan lately, in an attempt to save money and waste less food, and I’m happy to say my evil plan is working, mwa ha ha!  However, whether you make a weekly plan or not, it’s easy to get stuck in a rut, especially when you try to make dinner at home regularly.  These sesame peanut noodles made their way into the rotation recently, and not only did they get Mr. Viv and me out of a boring, repetitive dinner pattern, they were surprisingly easy and inexpensive.  Awesome!  Keep reading for the details.

-Viv

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Smokey Sweet Dry Rub for Grilling (Plus Bonus Directions for Cooking a Tri-Tip Roast)

image We LOVE grilling!  I got this idea because I picked up something called Magic Unicorn Salt not long ago.  While it’s as amazing as it sounds, you KNOW we love pretty much anything DIY.

Sooo, here’s a quick and easy idea for you all today–a smokey brown sugar dry rub you can make yourself!  It’s really easy to put together (not to mention INEXPENSIVE), and you just sprinkle it on the protein of your choice about an hour before you grill it.  It would be awesome on salmon, chicken, or tofu, but it would even work with vegetables!

Read on to get the simple recipe (if you can call something this easy a “recipe”).  Plus, as an added bonus, I’m including cooking directions for grilling up the perfect, medium rare tri-tip roast with it.

-Viv

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How to Make Miso Soup

We LOVE this soup!

We had a rare cold snap in Los Angeles recently.  And by cold snap, I mean that temperatures dipped all the way down to the low 60s.  IN MAY, YOU GUYS.  #neverforget.  Anyway…my husband (Mr. Viv) is not a fan of soup when the weather is warm, so the temporarily gloomy conditions gave me a chance to sneak in a soup night without having to wait another 6 months for “true” winter to return.

A couple months ago I learned how to make miso paste at a workshop given by chef Bob Dornberger at Machine Project.  It was surprisingly easy (and fun!), so maybe I’ll write a separate post about that later.  Making miso soup is also really simple, and you don’t even have to use homemade miso.  You can totally use store-bought miso paste, and the end result will still be delicious!  Read on for the details.

-Viv

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