Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Some Amazing Tofu & Stir Fry

When I first decided to go vegetarian (almost 2 years in January) I started to explore other options and meat subsitutes. I have always like tofu just didn't know how to make it properly. I knew that tofu would absorb the flavors that you are cooking with and conform to that dish (mostly). The first time I attempted to make tofu kind of ruined it for me for long time. I hated it, I choked it down and threw away all the leftovers that had any tofu touching it, or I feed it to Kujo. One of the two.

Well my friends I am happy to say that I made some fabulous Tofu Stir Fry that I can seriously brag about. So fabulous that I have to share the recipe.

Tofu Stir Fry

  • 1 Package Extra Firm Tofu
  • Light Soy Sauce
  • Ginger
  • Onion
  • Green Onions
  • Vegetables of Choice
  • Red Pepper Flakes
  • Garlic
  • Garlic Powder
  • Cooking oil of choice, I used olive oil

Try to get rid of any excess water in the tofu by pressing it.

Chop into small cubes (bite size).

Get your oil, soy sauce & garlic heating up to get the flavors going.

Season tofu with garlic powder, red pepper flakes and ginger (just enough to cover the tofu).

After a few minutes I tossed in the mushrooms and onion - just because I like them cooked well, not raw or crunchy for that matter.

I believe the real trick here is to let the tofu cook awhile, about 20 minutes (over med-low heat) until its browned, that's when it becomes the most delicious.

Add in the remainder of veggies that you want and stir fry for a few minutes or until cooked to desired consistency.

Enjoy. I did multiple times. For dinner and lunch until it was all gone. I bragged and even showed pictures of it on facebook. haha yea I did. It was that good.


Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Working on my Fitness

I finally have been back into a groove lately with workouts. I did my Jackie Warner 40 minute workout right before Thanksgiving and I couldn't walk up and down stairs without screeching in pain!! Seems like that is over, thank goodness. I am looking at buying a treadmill and eliptical machine for my basement, because I lived about 10 minutes (at least) from any gym. They would be great for the cold winter months in Wisconsin that is for sure. Anyone know what the good deals are and the best equipment to get would be?

As far as eats go I made some poor decisions in the food department in the last couple of weeks so nothing worth posting about. However I did make some yummy taco salad with blue chips.

Blue chips, pinto beans, Vegan sour cream, spinach and tomatoes - all mixed up.

My first time making mashed cauliflower. I thought this was fantastic!

All whipped up and fluffy just like mashed potatoes.

I made some killer Tofu Stir Fry - recipe is coming soon!!!!! Until then -- puppy pictures!!!

My mother's 5 week old chihuaha puppy

awwwwwwwwwww so precious!!!


Friday, December 10, 2010

Wingin the Zucchini Casserole

I have a problem. This problem would be writing down recipes as I do it. I usually wing it but when I am finished I find myself, thinking geez I would really like to share this but I can't remember my exact steps.

I am going to wing it but I am sure this recipe will be pretty close to exactly how mine came out.

Zucchini Casserole

  • 4 Cups Zucchini (cut into slices)
  • 1 Can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • Vegan Sour Cream
  • bread crumbs
  • salt, pepper, garlic
  • Vegan Butter (I used 1 stick of earth balance)
  • Daiya Shredded Cheese

In a large pot boil the zucchini until tender.

In a skillet melt butter and saute onions and garlic, remove from heat and add in sour cream and soup.
Drain zucchini and mix in, as well as half of the breadcrumb mixture.

I don't ever purchase bread crumbs, I throw some Ezekiel bread into a blender and BAM. Gorgeous breadcrumbs that are healthy :) I used 2 slices of bread here.

Pour into 3 Quart baking dish (I coating mine with earth balance).
Top with remaining bread crumbs. I also had some Daiya Vegan Cheddar Cheese to use up so I tossed it in here as well.

Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes or until hot.

NOTE: This recipe is NOT Vegan due to the Cream of Mushroom Soup.

I really enjoyed this recipe and think I will be making it again :)

Possibly might add some big mushrooms to this next time.



Thursday, December 2, 2010

Vegan Lasagna

Happy December!!! Even though it is the beginning of a brutal winter in Wisconsin, I still love the month of December.
It's the first year I put my Christmas tree up the day after Thanksgiving. I think I was eager to put it in the new house. I have been very productive lately getting lots of Christmas shopping done over the internet. Do you or anyone you know participate in the craziness that is Black Friday?

I really don't like to be in crowded stores to begin with. I avoid the grocery store at 5pm, unless there is no avoiding it, however that is the "after-work" rush. I prefer to do my grocery shopping later in the evening to avoid those crowds. For that reason alone I don't think I would fare well on Black Friday at any electronic store. I did go to a furniture store and it was not that crowded. I didn't buy anything but I am keeping my eye out for a good deal on a new couch.

I have been feeling pretty creative lately and I have been pretty busy in the kitchen. My favorite was over last weekend, and thanks to Mama Pea I enjoyed some "tofu ricotta" as well.

Vegan Lasagna
1 package of lasagna noodles (I used whole wheat noodles)
1 jar of organic tomato sauce or make your own
1 T garlic
1 small onion
tomatoes (optional)


First step boil lasagna noodles in big enough kettle. Or wait for them to get soft and press them in the kettle, like I did.

Meanwhile I was warming up the frozen Boca Crumbles on the stove with some minced garlic, tomatoes, and a small onion that I chopped.

When noodles are cooked, I layed them out to dry.

Layer Ricotta over noodles with a spoon to spread it, then layer meat and sauce mixture & topping with the cheeses. Repeat Layers.

Bake for one hour at 375 degrees.

Try to take a picture before indulging into this masterpiece.

Don't share with Kujo, no matter how long he stares.