Mom Polenta Beans and Rice

Everyone loved this dish!! It was gone! Kids loved it. I am making it again this week for dinner. Hope you enjoy it too!

Enjoy! And post a picture if you make it and let us know what you think!


General Tso’s Tofu

I thought this dish had great flavor! Tofu to me doesn’t have a ton of taste and this sauce makes it great. Some may not agree but give this a try! We liked it. I always buy organic tofu and make sure I cook it. I know some people have concerns about soy but contact me if you’d like me to share some research on it.


1 (14-oz) pkg extra-firm tofu

½ cup packed brown sugar (or use raw sugar)

3 Tbsp hoisin sauce

3 Tbsp tomato paste

2 Tbsp soy sauce (or use tamari)

2 Tbsp rice wine vinegar

2 Tbsp refrigerated ginger paste

1 Tbsp Sriracha hot sauce

1 Tbsp sesame oil

3 Tbsp cornstarch

3 Tbsp vegetable oil

1 (12-oz) pkg broccoli florets

1 Tbsp toasted sesame seeds


Place tofu on several layers of paper towels; cover with additional paper towels. Place a can or skillet over paper towels; let stand 30 minutes to remove excess moisture. Cut tofu into cubes.

Meanwhile, whisk together sugar, hoisin, tomato paste, soy sauce, vinegar, ginger, hot sauce, and sesame oil.

Toss tofu with cornstarch until coated. Cook in hot vegetable oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat 2 to 3 minutes per side or until golden. Add sugar mixture, and cook 2 to 3 minutes or until hot and bubbly.

Meanwhile, steam broccoli according to package directions; add to skillet, and toss. Sprinkle with sesame seeds.

General Tso’s Tofu and Jasmine Rice

Tomato Lentil Soup

This soup doesn’t look like much but it’s awesome! My kids loved it too. If you want to add a little cheese, sour cream and crackers to it, go for it!


1 cup chopped onion

2 carrots, chopped

4 cloves garlic, minced

¼ cup olive oil

2 (28-oz) cans crushed tomatoes

6 cups vegetable broth

1 cup lentils, rinsed

½ tsp salt

½ tsp pepper

2 green onions, chopped


Sauté chopped onion, carrots, and garlic in hot oil in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium heat 10 minutes or until tender. Add tomatoes, broth, and lentils.

Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in salt and pepper; cook 25 minutes or until lentils are tender. Sprinkle with green onions before serving.

Spaghetti Squash with Meatballs

So I don’t have a recipe for this but it’s easy!

I cut a spaghetti squash in half short way and scoop out the seeds. This way it fits in the crock pot. I add a little water and put the crock pot on low for 3-5 hours.

I then scooped out the squash and discarded the skin, added a jar of sauce and some store bought meatballs and left it for another couple hours. Great dinner!

Don’t expect it to taste like pasta… it doesn’t but it’s good!