noodlesI ran into my friend Ashley at the grocery store buying udon noodles. Her and her husband Kyle are vegan chefs so I am always interested in what they are making. She told me about using udon noodles and just stir frying them with sesame oil, soy sauce, and some veggies. I grabbed a pack and figured I would give it a whirl.

A couple nights later we weren’t sure what to make for dinner when I remembered the noodles. I pulled out the package and some random veggies from the fridge. I lightly boiled them in water for a couple minutes while I sautéed red onions, garlic, ginger, julienne carrots and chard in sesame oil, miso, and some Braggs liquid aminos (tastes just like soy sauce). I threw the noodles in and made sure they were coated with the miso mixture. Topped with toasted sesame seeds this meal was simply amazing! The flavors were phenomenal and it took me about 20 minutes! I made it again with similar ingredients but threw in a couple mushrooms and spiralized sweet potatoes instead of carrots which was just as good!

I love that I have this new simple meal I can easily make and with flavors I crave. I find myself coming across new recipes in a variety of ways whether it is researching an ingredient I want to use or simply running into a friend in the International section of Berkeley Bowl.

moraccan soupAnother simple meal I made recently was equally inspired by friends and a core ingredient. We went to a friend’s house for dinner and Christmas movies and they served up Moroccan stew over cous cous. The flavors were amazing with cinnamon, cumin and garam masala. A few days later I wanted to make a crockpot meal with lentils and spinach, two ingredients we have a surplus of, and after a quick google search the first recipe I clicked on was Moroccan lentil soup. It was exactly what I was craving and I already had 95% of the ingredients around the house.

Whether I am browsing Pinterest or my favorite food blogs or just running into people at the grocery store I love learning and trying new recipes.

Where do you find ideas for food?

Where do you get food inspiration?
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