Mushroom & Onion Baked Tofu with Asparagus & Rice
After last weeks dip into slightly uncreative meals, I got back on track tonight with a take on “Baked Mushroomy Tofu” over at glueandglitter.com. I had already pressed and froze my tofu last week, so I let it defrost all day in the refrigerator so that it would be thawed out by dinner. Because neither D or I enjoy mushrooms, I decided I would trade out the mushrooms in the recipe for a full onion. I sauteed the onion in some olive oil until nice and soft.
I then decided to change up the recipe some more, and added 1/2 of the 16oz container of Mushroom Soup to the pan, as well as about 2 tablespoons of cornstarch to thicken up the soup and make more of a thick gravy. I stirred frequently for about 5-minutes while it thickened up, then set the pot aside.
I then dipped my slices of tofu in 2 Ener-G egg replacers and let them slightly brown on the pan before lining my dish with the tofu. I covered the tofu with the mix above, then pour the remaining soup on top. I cooked for 40 minutes at 350 degrees.
Ten minutes before popping the mushroomy goodness out of the oven, I followed the Vegan Yum Yum recipe for asparagus, except omitted the shallots as our dinner was pretty onion heavy as it was. I did add a little garlic salt.
Finally, I heated up some rice I picked up yesterday on a whim. By description, I hoped it would balance out our dinner perfectly. However upon ripping open the package I was slightly turned off by the “aroma”. It just didn’t sit well with me, however I heated it up anyhow and decided to give it a shot.
Overall, I found this dinner pretty delicious. The mushroom bake was an absolute success, and I think the sauteed onions really took it over the top. It took me back to some dishes my mom used to make growing up – I’d even say this was near restaurant quality yum. The asparagus really was “primo” as D said. It as crispy, garlicy, and a little bit limey. I loved it and just wish I didn’t have to worry about yucky pee smell later. Finally, the rice. The rice was just as yuck as I had thought by smelling it. It wasn’t as bad when mixed up with the oniony gravy, however D couldn’t bare it at all. So definite thumbs down on that.
Other menu items this week: Vegonomican’s Red Lentil Cauliflower Curry & Vegan “Hawaiian” Pizza.
Well aside from yoga & one 3 1/2 mile run last week, my fitness has been severely lacking. I really have been thinking about it, and how my lifestyle has changed in the past few years (NYC where I walked and worked out daily, to San Diego where I was outdoors constantly moving, to suburban NJ where it is cold and miserable). Although I go to yoga weekly, I don’t go nearly as often as I’d like due to my second job. And while I have joined a gym, honestly late at night my motivation is lacking.
When I lived with my parents I ran on their treadmill every day, maybe twice a day. I have always wanted to purchase my own treadmill, however being on the second floor of an apartment it’s pretty much frowned upon and inconsiderate. So I decided on the next best thing. After hours and days of contemplation, test-outs, and price comparison/reviews, I decided to purchase the NordicTrack E5Vi.
- It folds!
- It comes in 3 strides
- It glides quietly and smoothly
- iFit technology = Jillian workouts shouting at me on the elliptical speakers!
My elliptical should arrive Friday or Monday (I hope Friday), and I already purchased a Level 2 Jillian Workout (which actually comes with 24 workouts). I am so beyond excited I cannot even express it. I can’t wait to be able to work out whenever I want, for as long as I want! Also, D said he will use it too! Double score.
So look for iFit technology updates coming in the future!
I have been waiting nearly two months for curtains to be available on Urban Outfitters’ website for our office/new elliptical room. While we had originally intended the purpose of the room to be for storage of our books/computers/plants, it’s become a room we use and we want it to reflect that and feel comfortable when working in there. So after waiting forever for stock to be replenished, I finally ordered a pair of these curtains:
I think that’s a wrap. I’m going to top of my domesticity tonight with a batch of vegan chocolate chip cookies. You know, I have to get it all in before the elliptical arrives.
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