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Tofu Homerun!

Hey friends! 

Well I made it back from the dentist in 1 piece, 2 fillings later… the dentist, hygienist & I talk food/blogs too since they know about my love for cooking and I really enjoy it!  Well, not the filling part, but the talking about food part 😉

And I’m so glad that ya’ll loved the homemade ancho chile sauce & tomatillo adventure from yesterday as much as I did, it made for some lovely lunch leftovers today too I might add!

On tonight’s menu was a little adventure with tofu

Nasoya Organic Cubed Super Firm Tofu to be specific.

After seeing IGE prepare tofu this way I have been wanting to try this method with a recipe of my own.  Perfect night to do so considering post dentist “soft” foods are definitely on the agenda 😉

I prepared a marinade using the following ingredients

  • 1 tblsp virgin coconut oil
  • 2 tblsp San-J soy sauce
  • 1 tsp tamarind concentrate
  • 1.5 tblsp agave nectar
  • 1 tsp ginger paste
  • 1 clove garlic, minced

Put the marinade in the microwave for just 10 seconds to melt up the coconut oil and blend flavors.

I wish you friends could just take a lil’ whiff of this sauce… holy yum!  I had to do the “finger test” to taste haha – and oh yea, this hit the spot 😀 

Let this do it’s thing in the fridge for about 10 minutes or so!

Sweet coconut, salty soy, sour tamarind, tangy ginger & garlic… I mean if that’s not a playground for the taste buds then I don’t know what is?!

Then baked these at 400F for about 30 minutes until they were ‘crispy’ & perfect.

The smell of this cooking was enough to make me drool, I don’t know how to describe this flavor blend but it was FABULOUSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!

I also sauteed up some summer squash with olive oil, garlic, onion & basil

Served with some brown rice this was a perfectly rounded meal that hit the spot 🙂

VERDICT?  Loved it!  This marinade was phenomenal, will be doing this again oh yes.  This was definitely a tofu homerun!

Did you know that I never thought I liked tofu until experimenting with it lately?  I really am learning the different ways to prepare it and I think I am hooked 😀  This is by far my fave way to eat it so far, for sure!

The Man had a leftover local burger w/ tater tots since I wasn’t sure that tofu was gonna cut it…

…. howeverrrrrr he eyed the tofu after arriving home and even took not 1, but 2 “tastes” 😉  His words, “this stuff really isn’t bad”

I am still in shock 🙂

Speaking of local foods, we watched Food, Inc. yesterday and must tell you that I am in love with this movie.  I think that every American should be required to watch this as it really sheds the light on the reality of how our country is eating. 

I felt like much of it I had been exposed to thanks to this wonderful food & blogging community, but I think it was a real eye opener for The Man.  The film really reaffirmed my goals to eat local, eat fresh and consume foods that are not concocted in a lab.  I was so excited that he really supported these goals and now really understands why I am so passionate about them! 🙂

I also found myself telling my hygienist about the movie, which she had never heard of before.  She was very interested honestly in the film & I hope will watch it!  Just think, if even 1 person changes their eating / shopping habits but then they get another person to do the same, it’s like the concept of “pay it forward” where so many people could eventually be affected! 😀

Okay okay enough of my blah blah blahing, it’s time to announce the winner of the Cuisinart Smart Stick Hand Blender!

Congrats Yasmin!

Email me over your shipping information so that the folks at CSN can send your blender on it’s way!

Alright everyone, I”m outta here… off to the new job spot tomorrow (5 minute commute whatup!) so am excited to see what’s in store for me….

Plus I think I’ve found the perfect cocktail for our Cinco de Mayo party, so I must go do some “taste testing” if you will, hey, quality control is important! 😉

I see some mango, coconut & mint goin’ on in there….

See ya then & enjoy your night!

Have you seen Food Inc.?  Have you told your family/friends/acquaintances about the film?

 

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Glorious!

Glorious!  That pretty much sums up the end of my day today 😀

81 degrees and the sun a shinin’ upon stepping outside for the first time since 8:50am and it couldn’t have felt better!

It’s the weekend, rejoice! 😉 

So without a set dinner plan in mind tonight, and with not much motivation to spend extensive amounts of time in the kitchen on this gorgeous night, I set out to make a “smorgasboard” of easy eats for the Fanatics tonight 🙂

First up we have sweet potato & coconut wrappers, made with the leftover Nasoya egg roll wraps!

All I did for these was microwave the sweet potato for about 5 minutes, until done.

Then sautéed the onion & garlic in 1 tsp coconut oil until translucent.

Using my another of my favorite kitchen tools, Mr. Immersion Blender, I pureed the sweet potato, onion, garlic, 1 tsp coconut cream concentrate and a splash of vanilla almond milk…

Don’t forget this is the last day to enter to win coconut goodness of your very own!

Then got to wrapping!  Cut the wraps in half diagonally then placed a spoonful of the “filling” in the center.

Coated the edges with some H2O so they’d stick, then folded in half and pressed edges with a fork

And made a pretty purse outta them by simply folding the corner edges in! 

Yea yea yea, it’s no Louis Vuitton 😉

I also decided to make some marinara & fresh parm wrappers for Mr. Man 🙂

Same folding method applies.

Placed on a baking sheet covered with cooking spray, and a quick spray on top too…

And into a 425F oven for approximately 15 minutes, but check ’em after 10 and see how they’re progressing.  You want them to get a nice brown crust!

Yep, will be making these again.  They would be perfect for a party and I thought they were fabulous!

We also had some shrimp, of the healthy vari-ah-tay (hey, they’re good alright haha)

And of course the meal wouldn’t have been complete without a salad….

Okay, I lie, really what completes the meal is this 😛

Happy hour was had… and will be had… so there!  Celebrating some fun things tonight too, but can’t let ’em go just yet, hope you understand.

Alright, I think there’s some UNC Bball action in my near future (it’s “our” team LOL) and then Real Housewives (more importantly, obviously) 😛

Enjoy your night friends!

Why has it taken me so long?!

Indian round 3… here. we. go!

Indian-Style Tofu with Cauliflower & Chutney

Fanatic-Style!

When I got home from work I got started on prepping the tofu (a whole new world for me…)

I picked up this Nasoya Organic Extra Firm Tofu on my “fridge makeover” adventure this past weekend.

FYI Richmonders, Whole Foods has $1.50 off 2 Nasoya products in their flyer! 

I used some paper towels & a “heavy object” as directed to press the tofu for about 30 minutes (in the fridge).

Meanwhile it was time to get to work on the rest of the meal!

Here were most of the ingredients based on this Cooking Light recipe, with a few modifications as noted:

  • 1 onion, chopped finely
  • 1 tblsp Tropical Traditions virgin coconut oil
  • 1 tsp mustard powder
  • 3 tsp Muchi curry powder
  • 1 tblsp cumin
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 tblsp S&B prepared ginger paste
  • 1 big a$$ cauliflower 😉 chopped into large pieces
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup water
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • sprinkle salt
  • brown basmati rice
  • frozen green peas (1/2 cup)
  • plain yogurt
  • fresh cilantro

So this recipe called for a food processor, which I don’t have (I know, the horror!) so don’t be worried about a thang if you don’t either 🙂

There’s always another way!

First up were the onions, which I used one of my favorite kitchen tools to chop up ever so finely.

SwissMar V-Prep, you are my hero 😉

Next it was time to get to cooking!  Add the spices (cumin, curry & mustard powder) to a pan over medium and let them get “toasty” for a minute or two… you’ll know from the fabulous smells that they begin to release into your kitchen!

After a quick minute or two it was time to drop in the coconut oil & the onions…

Check out the amazing color!  We won’t even go there with the smell of this… holy crap outta control freaking yum 😛

After about 10 minutes over medium heat, covered, the onions should be golden & tender.  Now add the ginger & garlic!

No food processor, no problem!  Just smash the garlic with the flat side of your knife and give it a rough chop, voila 🙂

Add to the pan with the spices/onions and let cook for about another 2 minutes…

Wait for it.  Wait for it.

The smells continue to get BETTER!!  Unbelievable.

At this point add in the tomatoes, salt and cauliflower (ummm yea, this whole “thing” of cauliflower was a first purchase for me… still need some chopping practice on this one LOL 😛 )

Then our new friend Mr. Tofu, which after pressing for 30 minutes I cut into 1/2 inch blocks 😀

Pop the lid on, turn down to a lil’ below medium heat and let everything cook up!  I let this go longer than the recipe called for so that the cauliflower would be a bit tender, probably about 25 minutes.

I also added in some frozen green peas towards the end for some additional nutrients & “color pop”!

To go alongside this beauty, I cooked up some brown basmati rice according the directions…

Alright, let’s get ready for the GRAND FINALE!!

Serving time 🙂

Top a scoop of the brown basmati rice with a few spoonfuls of the curry mixture… then add a dallop of plain yogurt and a sprinkling of fresh cilantro!

 My first response:  Why has it taken me so long to eat Indian food?!?!?

This was absolutely incredible & easily my favorite Indian creation yet.  The tofu curry was phenomenal, add in some creamy cool yogurt and the “zing” of fresh cilantro (both essential for this dish I think) I can’t even put in words what my mouth was experiencing?!  “Ahhh I just want to share this flavor with the world” kinda thing!!

I may or may not have been mumbling “mmmm omg mmmm” while eating, uhhhh yea, embarrasing 😛

I was texting with Brittany telling her I wished she didn’t live downtown so I could have her come over and taste this creation asap, it was sooo gooood!

Basmati brown rice = ah-may-zinggggg too btw 😉

Alright, well there you have it.  I am learning my way around a tofu kitchen and this recipe may have really sealed the deal for me.  Fabulous, I couldn’t be happier right now…

Time to get ready for American Idol and make something for The Man to eat after he gets home from basketball playoffs, think I can convince him to try tofu? 😉

2 MORE DAYS TO ENTER GIVEAWAY TOO FRIENDS!

Enjoy your evening and see you for Friday Thursday 😛