work dinner: mushroom barley soup and asparagus, cherry tomato, eggplant grilled cheese sandwiches

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crappy pictures today because work is gross and who wants to look at food there. BUT one of my coworkers and i have started trading off making dinner for the other person, and yesterday was round one (my night).


olive oil

a big bag of mushrooms, button is fine, crimini are better (big bag= half the size of your head sort of), sliced

half a head of garlic, minced

1 large red onion

4 bay leaves

1 or 2 big pinches of chili flakes

1/4 c balsamic vinegar

1/2 c. pearl barley

1/3 c. nutritional yeast

tons of black pepper

a very big handful of fresh dill, chopped, VERY BIG (why doesn’t dill taste stronger?)

8 cups broth ( i used onion)

2 cups water

Sautee all the mushrooms until they release liquid and brown a bit. Throw in the onion and sautee it a bit. Stir in barley until coated in oil, then add hot broth and water. Bring to a boil. Add bay leaf, garlic, chili flakes, balsamic and then simmer soup until barley is cooked. Add nutritional yeast, dill and black pepper. Eat.


(not pictured because i ate it)

1/2 a bunch of young aspargus

1 cup cherry tomatoes

1 stripey thin eggplant, cut in half lengthwise then scored across into diamonds

baby spinach

nice bread

daiya pepperjack cheese (it would be totally fine without also, i was trying to cook for a non-vegan though and wanted to be like HEY LOOK WE HAVE CHEESE TOO, COOL HUH?)

On a sheet pan roast all the veg with a bit of oil, black pepper and salt in a 375 oven. Take out asparagus and tomatoes after 15-20 minutes. The tomatoes should be all shrivelly and darkened. Continue to cook the eggplant for another 20.

Lay your vegetables out on a piece of bread and don’t be skimpy. Top with a good sprinkle of daiya and a small handful of greens. top with another piece and grill. we have a panini press at work so i did that but you could do this like a regular grilled cheese in a pan on the stove too.

Cut the cooked egpplant into strips.

The Author

vegan foods!

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