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Tofu Tuesday.

IMG_2850True to my word I was up late last night cooking up Terry Hope Romero’s Savory Baked Tofu.  I had grabbed a block of super firm tofu to try at Trader Joe’s a few weeks ago and this recipe specifically recommended it – score! I pressed the tofu for about 20-minutes before slicing it up and baking.  Holy moly, the smells radiating from that oven at 10 pm were enough to make me try a bite before bed. And then I tried another bite.  And another. Until I had eaten a whole slice.


The tofu was perfectly golden on each side with a slightest amount of crisp.  The flavors somehow transcended past the outer layer (maybe that’s what baking for 40 minutes does) – but I was surprised since I hadn’t marinated for more than 5-minutes before popping in the oven. I was able to slice easily through it like a block of cheese.  This is easily, hands down my new favorite tofu recipe.  It’s versatile and delicious, thank you Vegan Eat World you rocked my world!


Yum! I can say that’s probably as much food experimenting as I’ll be doing for the week. But between the success with the soup, cookies and tofu I’m pretty satisfied with getting out of my food rut so far.  Although the cookies were totally unnecessary and I’m making D take them to work tomorrow. Now excuse me while I put on my sweatpants and get cozy with my guilty pleasure, The Lying Game and silently pray away the pending snow and ice.

Have any tried and true tofu recipes to share? I’m opening to trying some more!

January 15, 2013 at 9:01 pm Leave a comment

Souper Sunday.

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I’ve sort of kicked off 2013 on a soup… kick. Last week I delved into Vegan Appetite and absolutely devoured the Arabian Lentil & Rice Soup for lunch all week.  I failed to grab a picture before I tupperwared it for the week, so just trust me on that one.  *Note to self: I think I’ve finally pinpointed that a key ingredient for soup success = basmati rice. Just, yes.

So this week I was easily entranced by Leanne’s vegan cream of mushroom soup.  Now, be forewarned that as a rule I do not like mushrooms.  But last year I took a leap of faith when a co-worker made the PPK’s seitan porcini stew and the smell nearly made me grab a fork and join her in sharing her leftovers for lunch.  Consider me a changed woman (and that recipe the best damn stew I’ve had in the past 6 meat-free years).

Back to the soup. I felt like I could smell it through her pictures so I was easily convinced to give it a go.  The recipe is so, so, so easy and quick to throw together.  It’s thick yet light, meaning it doesn’t make me feel all heavy like a traditional lentil soup or a cream based recipe would.  The mushroom flavor is subtle and the cauliflower is reminiscent of a potato soup. Lovely.

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Tips that I learned after I poorly estimated portions: 1 cauliflower = approximately 4 cups of florets and 1 10 oz container of sliced mushrooms = approximately 3 cups diced. Whew.

This seems like a good time put in my Season 2 Episode 6 thoughts on Downton Abbey as I play catchup: Edith is such a fool!

Happy Golden Globes Day (aka watch the red carpet then switch to GIRLS)!

January 13, 2013 at 7:49 pm Leave a comment

2013 return to food.

ImageWe’re 6 days into the new year and I can’t seem to let go of poor holiday eating habits. At all.  And then Terry Hope Romero’s new book caught my attention and I’ve been devouring it with my eyes, Vegan Eats World is a gorgeous book and I find myself anxious to plunge into the recipes.


And then I remembered I have yet to make a single recipe from Isa Moskowitz’s Appetite for Reduction and starting to feel equal parts shame and excitement.  It’s time for me to get back on the vegan recipe train.

Other resources to kickstart eating healthy:

January 6, 2013 at 7:47 am Leave a comment

What I Ate Wednesday: Quick Meals Edition

As part of the “back on the train” I’ve given myself some structure as to how I want my daily posts to look.  Food blogging on a regular basis just isn’t for me, however “What I Ate Wednesday” – that is something I can get behind!

Breakfast was quick as I was running pretty late getting out the door:  scrambled egg whites & goat cheese, whole wheat toast & some berries.

My stomach was sort of off all morning and the salad I had planned on eating sounded too raw for my belly (I’m not sure that’s a sound explanation).  So I just had a cup of leftover quinoa pasta from last night.

Feeling pretty carb heavy today, so lightened things up with a green juice: 1 green apple, 1 kiwi, 2 celery stalks, 2 handfuls spinach. Unpictured I blended 1/2 a banana to thicken it up.

Dinner was a little sad looking: a Gardein breaded patty and some rice with broccoli. In the interest of being honest – my Gardein patty was sort of not on par tonight, so I ate 1/3 and tossed the rest.

And who could resist dessert on a hot day.  Absolutely not me.  I saw on Facebook that one of my local frozen yogurt shops had recently updated their selections to include my favorite flavor, caramel salted pretzel.  So we needed to hop on that.

SO that’s my WIAW.  In browsing this weeks WIAW I found five good looking meals you may want to try:

Did you try anything new today? Adding a banana and kiwi to my green juice was new for me!  Perhaps you’d like to try a new Chobani flavor? Check out this giveaway!

August 8, 2012 at 8:48 pm 4 comments

O’Bagel, Bagel

While I am primarily an oatmeal & cereal weekday breakfast girl, D prefers bagels on weekends exclusively.  In fact, last weekend was the first time he’d ever been out for pancakes during breakfast hours. True story.  He also last year famously declared that he had never eaten a green bagel.  Now around here, in the bagel mecca of the United States, green bagels are all the rage during St. Patrick’s week.  I couldn’t help but feel like his empty hole was my void to fill, with a green holed doughy breakfast treat.

I also decided to make myself a few sesame seed bagels to fill my own doughy void.

Since this was a bit of an on the whim decision, I assumed that I had all the ingredients on hand for Vegan Brunch‘s bagel recipe.  Such as Vital Wheat Gluten. I saw it last week, I know I did. And so I proceeded to rip apart my cabinets, twice,  in search of the stuff. To no avail.  So I turned to a more generic, but still vegan, recipe here.

I followed the direction for the broiled bagels (broil, boil, bake). I boiled the water with molasses instead of sugar as per some review suggestions as well, then baked for 25 minutes.

And while I was trying to take some pretty photos of my sesame seeded creations, someone decided to some investigating.

He just couldn’t resist.  Either could I.

March 14, 2011 at 10:34 pm 2 comments

Pizzalicious [GF&V] Sunday.

Something about Sunday begs for a home cooked meal.  Traditionally I like Sundays to be Italian meals, and after seeing Renae’s vegan pizza success I knew I had to try to get as close to her pizza as I possibly could. Her post convinced me of two things:

1) I should re-introduce Daiya into my life

2) I need a pizza stone

I’m still working on the latter.

I used the Bob’s Redmill gluten-free pizza crust mix with flax eggs and a shake of garlic salt, Daiya mozzarella, Galaxy soy parmasean, fresh basil and of course the only tomatoes that should ever top pizza or pasta – San Marzano (whole peeled).

I found the dough incredibly hard to work with – and split it into thirds to make it more manageable.  I baked each third for 9 minutes without toppings and additional 20 minutes once the toppings were added at 450 degrees. I think the key to a successful well-cooked pizza crust is forming a thin dough, which was impossible with the gluten free mix.

My pizza was actually pretty tasty absolutely delicious! The tomato/basil combo really stole the show with the Daiya taking a subtle backseat.  I’d definitely give Daiya another go atop pizzas, but the gluten-free pizza crust I’m not so sure about. My pizza definitely doesn’t look as beautiful as Renae’s – but I’m going to blame that on the lack of pizza stone and will aim to remedy the situation before my next pizza attempt.

Now I’m off to increase my vitamin-C intake with some champagne. Nothing like evening mimosas to kick off the new week!

March 13, 2011 at 9:19 pm 2 comments

Simply lunch.

Things have been a little crazy and very devastating in the natural world.  Yesterday it poured all day and night here in NJ. After working until 6:30 last night I made a compromise with myself that I would go to spin class only if I was able to grab a spot out front.  I am so so thankful that I was, as the instructor had an awesome song lineup and I was able to enjoy the rain from the indoors and blast some calories.  However the rains did take it’s toll and the town that I work in as well as the towns alongside it are now flooded to the point that the National Guard has come in and schools were closed today.

Sad face for all the families who are affected by the mass floods, happy face for another day off. Sleeping in was only a brief possibility before I was inundated with text message and phone calls regarding the earthquake and tsunami waves headed to California.  My first thoughts were “is this really happening?” – this weather is so out of control and frightening, especially since we are utterly helpless in our ability to prevent their strikes.  I digress.

Now I’m enjoying a sunny day on my couch with my cat, and lunch begged for something to reflect the sunny day and promise of spring.  I whipped up a delicious avocado chik’n scallopini sandwich.

Two toasted slices Ezekial Sesame bread, roasted red pepper hummus, very ripe avocado, tomato slices and grilled Gardein chik’n scallopini.  Incredibly satisfying.

I need to make more time for savory sandwiches as spring approaches, as this was both filling and refreshing. Bring it, Spring!

March 11, 2011 at 2:57 pm Leave a comment

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