Herbed polenta with white beans and spinach - The recipe calls for using a pressure cooker to make the polenta, but I just made it in a pot on the stovetop after looking at some other basic polenta recipes. I used white beans and spinach. I also omitted the mushrooms. I usually don't buy mushrooms unless I'm sure that I'll use them in a couple days, so I didn't have any in the fridge for this recipe.
Cherry chocolate chunk mini loaves - These were incredible! I baked them for my mom's birthday and she loved them! I used fresh cherries, so I bought a cherry pitter to make things easier. I read online that you can use an orange stick (the manicure tool) to get the pit out. I found the correct mini loaf pan (8 wells in a single pan) the day before her birthday, so I was very happy about that. I could have made it as a cake, but I wanted the little loaves so she could take leftovers to work.
Thai black pepper tofu - Since my Tofu Xpress is in a box somewhere, I placed my tofu between two loaf pans, set that inside a tupperware container, and then added cans on top as the weight. This was a pretty good quick tofu press actually! I let the tofu marinade during the afternoon and baked it later. I took a shortcut and used minced garlic and a bag of asparagus stir-fry frozen vegetables. I wish I had an extra onion to cook with the other vegetables, since the stir-fry mix did not include onion.