Saturday, May 31, 2014

Joe's Special with Beefless Strips

I know, I know, this is one more dish to add to my Joe's Special repertoire.   I made this sausage version in December.   I think I'm trying to recapture a magical time from my childhood.  Anyhow, you can see any of my other variations of this dish to know that I first had this with my father on long-distance bike trips.  He used ground beef, but I've changed it up any number of times.  Here's my latest version.  This is great by itself or served with pasta and fresh fruit on the side.



Joe's Special with Beefless Strips

Ingredients:

2 Tbs. olive oil
2 pkgs. of Trader Joe's Beefless Strips or something similar
2-3 cups of quartered mushrooms
4-5 cups fresh spinach leaves, large ones torn

3 Tbs. soy sauce
4 to six drops liquid smoke

Directions:

Heat oil in large pan over medium heat.  When hot, add the strips and mushrooms.  Cook for five to seven minutes, until the strips are browned and the mushrooms are softened.  Add the spinach, and cook for another five minutes, until it is wilted.  Add the soy sauce and liquid smoke, turn heat down to medium low, and cook for two to three minutes longer.  Serve by itself or over pasta with fresh fruit on the side. Feeds five hungry vegans.

18 comments:

  1. I think it's lovely when you can re-create a childhood memory with food. For me, though, it might involve iceberg lettuce and frozen peas. Though there was my father's pizza and American chop suey ... :)

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    1. So many things! I'll be tackling some of my mom's famous dishes soon.

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  2. I've yet to try those beefless strips...but this looks like a good meal. mushrooms and all.

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    1. Mushrooms make any meal better, am I right?

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  3. Gotta love this, its too delicious to pass by. I must make this...thank you BM.

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  4. Is this from when you went ridin' the rails with Shoeless Joe?

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  5. I don't have any liquid smoke, I wonder if soy sauce (while different) could work in its place? Another delicious looking meal!

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    1. Ingrid, I used soy sauce as well. They have different flavors. You can use just that, if you like, but liquid smoke is a good investment. It makes things "smoky"!!! And, who wouldn't want that?

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  6. This looks like an incredible meal. I love the nostalgia of it too, those are always the best meals :) I love eating fresh fruit as a side for my meals too, it really brightens up a meal, yum!

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    1. Sarah, I seem to really like this dish and the different versions I make. Who knows how much I'd like it without those memories tugging at me? But, it is good! :-)

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  7. Spinach and mushrooms were created to be together. Also, good name for the dish (not biased or anything!)

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  8. mmm super yum! joe's one lucky dude!

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  9. I love the combination of mushrooms and spinach, so this looks like a goodie that i must try :-)

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    1. Sandy, it's simple and good. Kids like it.

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