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Easy Tofu Stir Fry

Tofu.  Are you a fan?  I think it’s one of those foods that you either love or hate.

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When I told my mom that I was making tofu for dinner, her exact words were “bleh.”  Well, to each her own.  ;)  I won’t convince my mom or you to try it, but I will say that I initially didn’t like tofu.  I thought it was too soft and mushy.  My husband on the other hand has always liked tofu.  He broke me down a little at a time with tasty dishes that had tofu in them.  Then I learned how to cook it in a way that I found it enjoyable, and the rest was history.

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I don’t usually like adding adjectives to a recipe title but this dish is so freaking easy I couldn’t resist calling it that.  If you love tofu then you’ll love how quick and easy it is to whip this up.  If you are a stranger to tofu then this is an ideal way to give it a try because it doesn’t require a long list of potentially wasted ingredients or time.

I am intentionally sharing this recipe with you in its most basic form.  Just the three ingredients and you have yourself the protein for a tasty stir fry.  You can also build on it and add lots of veggies or a variety of sauces.  Since salt and pepper is the only flavor going on here, almost any sauce will be a great companion to the tofu.  (In fact, if you plan a sauce, you should probably leave at least the salt out, and possibly both the salt and pepper.)  I also like a little sprinkling of chopped peanuts and green onions with a squeeze of lime.

You can enjoy it with white rice, brown rice, quinoa, rice noodles, bean sprouts, regular pasta, or no carb at all if that’s your thing.  You can add a veggie or six to this party, like broccoli, snow peas, bell peppers, or…. you get the idea, whatever you like.

How will you enjoy this lovely vegetarian delight?

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Easy Tofu Stir Fry Recipe
(About 4 servings)

Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces (drained weight) of super firm tofu (I used a package where it was pre-cut.)
  • 4 tablespoons corn starch
  • about 2 tablespoons oil
  • pinch of salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:

  1. Pat dry the drained tofu.
  2. Cut into cubes (if you did not buy the kind that was already in adorable little cubes) and place them in a large bowl.
  3. Add the corn starch and gently toss the cubes until the tofu pieces are well coated.
  4. In a large skillet, on Medium heat, heat the oil.  Make sure the oil is hot prior to adding the tofu.  (Note, I used about 2 tablespoons of oil, but you may use more or less depending on how much corn starch ended up stuck to your pieces and how small your pieces are.)
  5. Cook the tofu pieces, flipping them around occasionally, until all of the sides are light golden brown.
  6. Transfer the cooked tofu cubes onto a paper towel.
  7. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, to taste.

Adapted from:  Veggie Belly

 

Rating:

4 Hats

 

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Paloma

Paloma…  Isn’t that a fun word to say?  Or maybe it’s just me.

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I’m not a big drinker and by that I mean I average one drink a week, if that.  When I do have the occasional drink, it’s usually a gin and tonic.  Being my favorite, it made sense that it was the first cocktail recipe that I shared with you back in September 2014.  It took me 1 and 1/2 years to post anything having to do with alcohol and I’m not exactly sure why it took me that long.

Today’s cocktail marks my 7th recipe so it would appear that I’m on a roll now.    I find myself seeking out new drinks to try and when I find a really, really good one, I of course have to share it with you.  :)  In fact, my husband informed me that I should create a cocktail section in my recipe index.  He’s got a good point and helped me do that before I posted this.  (So if you already see it, you’re not going nuts.)

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Paaa-low-maaaa.  I like saying it slow because it’s more fun.  ;)  (No, I’m not drunk while I’m writing this.)  I’d never heard of this drink until I stumbled across it online the other day.  I like grapefruit and I like tequila (the good stuff) so this drink seemed like a winner.

Yup, I was right.  It’s super refreshing and tasty.  It’s basically a flavored margarita with a little bubble action going on.  Speaking of the bubbly, please make sure you use club soda (or plain seltzer) and not tonic water because they are very different liquids… very, very different.  If you use the wrong one then the drink you end up with will be a bit strange, and possibly gross.

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Don’t skip out on the sugar.  It’s only 1 teaspoon and it’s very much needed to help counteract the sourness from the lime and grapefruit juices.

I enjoyed this beaut over the weekend after a hectic day of errands.  There’s something to be said about relaxing with a cocktail in your hand, especially after being so productive.  Except, I got a little tipsy.  That’s only a bad thing because I still had some things I wanted to do and that put a halt on doing anything after 4pm.  I’m a cheap date… one drink and I’m all set.  ;)

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Paloma Recipe
(1 serving)

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup grapefruit juice (equivalent to about 1 grapefruit)
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice (equivalent to about 1 lime)
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 cup tequila (equivalent to a cheap date)
  • course salt, for the rim of the glass (kosher salt works well too)
  • 1/4 cup club soda
  • ice

Directions:

  1. Add the grapefruit juice, lime juice and sugar together.  I used a measuring cup because it’s easier to pour the drink into your glass.  Also, I strained the juice to remove any bits of fruit, but it’s not required.
  2. Allow the sugar to dissolve.
  3. Stir in the tequila.
  4. Place the salt in a shallow dish.
  5. Place a little bit of water (or lime juice if you have any extra) in a shallow dish.
  6. Moisten the rim of a  glass by dipping it in the water dish and then slide it around in the salt dish.  (Good luck avoiding the fingernails on chalkboard sound here.)
  7. Pour the mixed drink into the glass.
  8. Pour the club soda into the glass.
  9. Carefully add ice to the glass.

Source:  Epicurious

 

Rating:

3 Hats

 

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Pomegranate Mojito

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