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Tuesday, March 30, 2010
I had previously marinated these tofu sesame snacks and let me tell all of you meat-eaters, flirts, vegetarians out there: They are RIDICULOUSLY DELICIOUS! You will loveeee them! I have never met one person that doesn't rave about how great they are and ask me to make them again! My 19-month old son would eat the entire batch if I let him!!! I even served them at his 1st birthday party and they were devoured in minutes!!! My husband and brother were originally skeptics but one bite was all it took to have them hooked!!! Do you want to hear the bonus?! They are so so so easy to make!!! YAY! I love cooking, I love food, but I also love convenience!!! I have such a go-go life and I really like to make great food but I also don't want it to consume my entire day!!! So the recipe for tofu sesame snacks was derived from the Planet Organic Cookbook!
Tofu Sesame Snacks Recipe
One block of organic extra firm tofu, non-GMO (I like to use a British Columbia, certified organic brand)
3 tbsp. of toasted sesame oil
3 tbsp. of Bragg
3 tbsp. of sesame seeds
2 tsp. of cumin
shake some pepper and garlic powder
Cut the tofu into strips and place in a casserole dish. Add the remaining ingredients and mix well. Place in the fridge. You can marinate the tofu for as little time as 5 minutes or overnight for a more intense flavour! When ready to bake, pre-heat the oven to 350`. Place tofu on a baking sheet and put in the oven for ten minutes. After ten minutes remove tofu, flip the tofu and bake for another 5-10 minutes. These taste amazing warm or the next day cold!
The last dish that I made for our dinner was the roasted veggies which are pictured above. You will never believe how amazing the flavor of these veggies are until you try it! I am a girl who has always steamed veggies and since I tried roasting veggies for the first time, I have to eat them this way at least once a week! MMM! The beautiful thing is that you can just throw any veggies you have into a pan, drizzle with some olive or coconut oil, add 1-2 tsp. of shoyu and some bay leaves...cover with tin foil and bake at 350' for 40 minutes, checking once or twice to mix so that the veggies bake evenly. This time the veggies I used were kombucha squash, sweet potatoes, yam, mushrooms, garlic, onion, celery, zucchini and purple carrots! The kombucha squash and carrots were local so I didn't take the skin off or peel them! Just washed the veggies and cut them up! Easy and delicious! While the veggies were cooking, I did a Jillian Michaels DVD which always kicks my butt! I am in love with her DVDs! Never before have I become drenched by doing a workout in my own home! Since I usually workout while Noah naps, I can get my workout in and be close to my baby when he needs me! I usually feel refreshed and energized by the end of my workouts so that I can go-go-go with Noah until bedtime! That being said, today has been a lazy day where I felt the desire to blog instead of working out...I really should just suck it up and go for a run! It's not raining, just gloomy-looking...Noah's new favorite phrase is "Ready-set-go" so I will tell that to myself and once I start, I'll feel so much better! Okay, it's go time. I know that while I run today I will think about food since I just wrote all about it!!! haha...
Monday, March 29, 2010
1 cup of quinoa
1 yellow onion
2 celery stalks
1/2 bunch of green onion
2 handfuls of chopped parsley
2 handfuls of cranberries
1 handful of walnuts
1 1/2 tbsp. of canola oil
1 tbsp. of lemon juice (freshly squeezed is best!) or 1 tbsp. of lime juice or a mixture of the two!
Pepper to taste
Cook the quinoa with 2 cups of water by bringing the water to a boil and then reducing to a simmer and covering with a lid until the quinoa is fluffy and light! It cooks pretty fast so keep checking! While the quinoa is cooking, take a frying pan and lightly oil it and cook the onions and celery until they soften. Mix all ingredients in a bowl and serve warm. One of my favorite things about this dish is that it makes tons of leftovers which is amazing the next day eaten cold!
Sunday, March 28, 2010
So I am going to put up our first pictures today!!!! YAY! I am so excited to be embarking on this adventure and entering BLOG WORLD! Whoohoo!
Last night, at 8:29pm Dan and I turned off all the lights and electronics in our house and lit soy candles for an hour! It was amazing how zen the house felt! I put Noah to sleep which took almost an hour because he wanted extra snuggles but it was really romantic and calm feeling! I hope that everyone contributed by turning out at least one or two lights! Remember that every little thing you do, no matter how small an act, helps to make our world a better and safer place to live! I was going to go surfing today but I think that instead, it will be a chill-day and I'll take Noah to the farmers' market and buy groceries for the week! I will be putting up recipes and pictures of the food we've made this week! YUM! I will also add pictures of our happy family! Love to all, Jayanna