Thai Sloppy Joes


Thai sloppy joes with kale chips

Here is another crappy iPhone photo of my dinner. The brown plate really adds an extra something special here, I think. Appearances aside, this meal was awesome.

As you may know, Ben does most of the cooking, but once or twice a week, I make dinner. I’ve been feeling like I’m in a dinner rut lately, so I picked up an issue of Vegetarian Times and decided I’d make something that seemed good and different from the kind of thing we usually make. (I tend to make Asian stuff with lots of veggies and Ben would be happy to eat nothing but burritos and pizza until the end of time.) I found a recipe for “Thai Sloppy Joes.” That sounded just weird enough to be interesting.

I did add a bit of tamari (I like my salt) but other than that, I followed the recipe exactly. Holy shit, they were really good — so good I’m writing this lame-ass post where I didn’t even bother to come up with my own recipe just to tell you that you should make these because they’re awesome. I’ve never really even liked tempeh — it always seems too dry, but the sauce in this really eliminated any dryness. And do put some arugula on top. (I prefer open-faced sandwiches because the organic buns we’ve been getting tend to be a bit much; when everything falls off I just use a fork.)

Serve with a side of kale chips. You probably already know how to make those, but if you don’t, here’s how I do it. Tear the leaves by hand, removing the big stem/veins and then tearing into bite-sized pieces. Wash in a salad spinner and then toss with olive oil and salt (I use sea salt from a sea salt grinder, ground on the smallest setting, and Ben uses regular salt) (when in doubt, err on the side of adding less oil and salt than you think you need). Bake at 350 for 20 minutes or so, stirring and redistributing kale chips halfway through baking time. Enjoy!

As for what I’ve been up to, I spend almost all my internet time lately perusing the chicken coops section of backyardchickens.com. We have a pile of supplies (including the prettiest paint color I think I’ve ever seen) and a rough plan and hope the weather stops sucking so we can start construction soon. Gertrude and Josephine will be 5 weeks old tomorrow (Margarita is a week younger) and the thing about chicken coops is that building one always costs twice as much and takes twice as long as you think it will, so we need to get on that. Today I learned all about chicken coop ventilation. Hot damn my life is exciting.