It’s a good thing I got married to someone who really loves me, because I think my parents and my sister might disown me.
I made baked tofu the other night. And Brian and I both really, really liked it. This would have never happened in my house growing up. Never ever.
At the beginning of the month “learn to cook with tofu” was on my list of New Years Resolutions. At that point, I had no idea how I was going to do it, but a recently PETA’s VegCooking Blog posted a recipe for All-Purpose Baked Tofu. It looked really good. When Brian said he wanted to eat stir-fry this week, I knew it was the perfect opportunity to try making it.
I was pleased to discover that the 14 oz package of extra-firm tofu I bought only cost $1.99. Having never worked with tofu before, I had no idea how much it would cost. The recipe was easy to follow and turned out great (though 20 minutes total cooking time seems like plenty, not 15 minutes per side).
So, at the risk of being disowned by my meat-and-potatoes family: I made tofu from a PETA recipe. And I liked it. A lot.
More tofu recipes are probably in my future.
An update on my other resolutions:
- Go to the gym at least twice a week– After a couple weeks of insanity that kept us from working out, Brian and I have figured out a schedule that works well for us and have been visiting the gym 3 times a week. Oddly enough, I’ve suddenly started to enjoy going.
- Drink more water-Probably the simplest of my resolutions and yet establishing a new habit is harder than it looks. Most days as I’m running around my classroom, it doesn’t occur to me to pick up my water bottle. But I’m working on it.
- Add new posts to Relishments at least twice a week- Clearly, some weeks are better than others. But lately I’ve felt more interested in blogging and I’m hoping things stay on an update swing. At the same time, work keeps me awfully busy and sometimes dinner’s nothing to write home about.
- Learn to bake really good bread/Create Original Recipes/Learn to Make Things I Usually Buy-I have recipes I want to try, I just have to find the time. Those resolutions are more lifestyle goals than anything, so they’ll always be a work in progress.
- Maximize my freezer space-I haven’t gotten around to organizing my bedroom, nevermind my freezer.
I hope you don’t mind me dumping all my comments in one place but so much to say about your recent posts.
* I’m so excited about the tofu recipe. Last night I made manicotti stuffed with a combo of tofu, broccoli, garlic, oregano, and soy cheese. (A dairy-allergy in the house sure makes this stuff harder.) But the baked tofu looked great AND those veggie burgers from a couple of days ago. Mmmm….
* Definitely agree with your commitment to learning to make things you usually buy. I’ve been thinking of that every time I give in and buy my kids the organic, baked chicken nuggets at some insane price per box. Breaded chicken is so easy to make and at a fraction of the price. AND I need to fill my freezer with stuff so I have options when I’m strapped for time.
* Thanks for the plug of my blog yesterday!
* Finally, LOVED the NYT article about snacking. We have this discussion all the time at our house. Why does every playdate, kids’ activity, school event have to focus on food? Granted, we’re super sensitive to it because of the multiple food allergies. But with the rising rates of childhood obesity and diabetes, I think we need to get a MUCH better handle on the relationship we’re creating between our kids and food.
Have a great weekend!
We need to talk about your tofu recipe–I like to eat it but have been hesitant to cook it so far.
I like your blog too :-)
Pat Brunell says
Aw, we’d never disown you. And we had grilled cheese (no meat) for supper tonight — does that count as vegetarian?