Peanut Tofu Rice Bowl

Peanut Tofu Rice Bowl

We survived the Blizzard of 2016!  I’m always ok for welcoming one storm during the winter so hopefully this is where it ends.  Although I prepared to be snowed in a few days I grew tired of the food items I had on hand by day 4.  I needed the ‘curfew’ to be lifted so I can get to the grocery store and be creative.

I often look for recipes that inspire me and luckily I found a winner  Not only did it inspire me but I followed it pretty much word for word in creating it except for two ingredients and some minor changes in the cooking process. This is rare for me. When I say that recipes ‘inspire’ me it is just to give me an idea about creating something from scratch.  Not this time!   I saw the picture of the prepared dish and thought that it looked good, but when I went down the list of ingredients – brown rice, shredded carrots, spinach, broccoli, chickpeas and tofu – I knew it was worth a try.  The only main ingredient I changed was used shredded red cabbage instead of spinach and I’m glad I did.  Not only does it give it more color but it adds to the texture and flavor of the dish.  I think the spinach would be bland and tone the dish down too much.   For the peanut sauce the author used light soy sauce with sesame oil, chili garlic and peanut butter.  I substituted the soy sauce with Bragg’s Liquid Aminos and didn’t use any sesame oil.  This sauce is delicious!  Sweet and spicy with a hint of peanut, I can see using this in various ways.

Do yourself a favor and make this REALLY soon!

Feed the wellness in you!

Peanut Tofu Rice Bowl

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Serving Size: 2-3

Ingredients

  • Tofu Bowl
  • 2 cups cooked brown rice
  • 1 cups shredded carrots
  • 2 cups shredded red cabbage
  • 2 cups broccoli florets
  • 1 tbl olive oil
  • 1 tbl sesame oil
  • 1 cup chickpeas (drained and rinsed, if using canned)
  • salt/pepper
  • 16 oz extra firm cubed tofu, pressed and drained
  • Peanut sauce
  • ¼ cup low sodium soy sauce
  • ¼ cup 100% pure maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons chili garlic sauce
  • ¼ cup creamy or crunchy peanut butter

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Cube tofu and place in a single layer on a non-stick baking sheet and cook for 25 minutes. If you aren't using a non-stick baking sheet, lightly spray with cooking spray. Remove from oven and place in a shallow bowl.
  2. Whisk together the ingredients for the sauce (soy sauce, maple syrup, chili garlic sauce, peanut butter) until creamy and smooth. Add ½ of the sauce to the tofu bowl and let marinate while you prepare the rest of the ingredients.
  3. Toss the broccoli with 1 teaspoon olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper. Place in the oven and roast for 20 minutes until just tender.
  4. Heat sesame oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add tofu, in batches, along with the marinating sauce until crispy and golden browned, about 3-4 minutes.
  5. To assemble, divide the brown rice among 4 bowls, top each bowl with ¼ cup shredded carrots, ½ cup red cabbage, ¼th broccoli, ¼ cup garbanzo beans and a few pieces of tofu. Drizzle with remaining peanut sauce.

Notes

Recipe adapted from Alex Caspero - http://delishknowledge.com/peanut-tofu-buddha-bowl/

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Curried Cabbage and Carrots

Curry Cabbage and Carrots

Several weeks ago I ordered take out from an Indian restaurant and thought that we would have enough left over the next evening for dinner. Have you ever looked at the left overs the next day and wondered what you were thinking the night before?  I was having one of those moments, scrambling to figure out what to prepare to accompany the left overs and pulled out some cabbage from the refrigerator. I had to make it in a way that was in sync with the other Indian food so of course I thought of a curry instead of a lightly seasoned dish.

I really love cabbage.  As a kid I despised it – it was prepared by boiling it, it had an odd smell, and the final result was this unappetizing lump of a mushy substance on my plate.  As an adult I love the variety of cabbages and like most green vegetables it’s a great source of vitamins, minerals and fiber.  I enjoy it raw as well as cooked but only slightly – you don’t have to cook cabbage for more than 5-10 minutes to get it the right texture.  If you don’t already do this, try tossing shredded cabbage in your salad greens to get an extra boost of vitamins and crunch.  It soaks up any dressing you would use very nicely.

Back to the recipe…Since my first hurried attempt weeks ago, I’ve made this dish a few times now and each time I added ingredients until I got it ‘right’.  The first time I was rushing and used what I had on hand which was cabbage with curry, turmeric, cumin, garlic, a dash of cayenne and lemon juice.  I added ingredients the second time to include ginger, onions, and garam masala.  As they say, the third time is a charm because on the third attempt it truly became THE curry dish I would want to share with everyone.  The addition of the sweet carrots with the slightly crunchy cabbage was a great union; there are a lot of spices but they all complement each other yet you can taste them on their own; the black sesame seeds add a nice flavor and color balance; and the lemon juice adds just the right acidity and zest.

I’m not too happy with the picture I have alongside this recipe – I tried taking it a few times and the yellow of the curry and turmeric would not convey as I liked in most of the pictures so this was the best I could do.   I hope my description at least conveys that you should try it and that you will enjoy it!

Feed the wellness in you!

Curried Cabbage and Carrots

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Serving Size: 4

Have all of your ingredients lined up and ready because you have to move fast in order to prevent the dry ingredients from sticking in the pan.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 large head of cabbage, shredded
  • 2 large carrots, chopped
  • 1/4 c red onions
  • 1 tbl chopped garlic
  • 1 tsp minced ginger
  • 3 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 2 tbl curry
  • 1 tbl turmeric
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper or cayenne
  • 1 tbl black sesame seeds
  • 1/4 c lemon juice
  • Cilantro (optional)

Instructions

  1. Saute the carrots, red onions and garlic for 10 minutes on medium heat with 2 tbl of olive oil.
  2. Add your ginger, curry, turmeric, cumin, garam masala, and black sesame seeds with another tablespoon of olive oil. Mix quickly and add your shredded cabbage.
  3. Pour the lemon juice on top and stir well so the dry ingredients are integrated into the vegetables.
  4. Add your pepper and continue to mix. Turn to low heat and let cook for 5 minutes.
  5. Turn off the heat, stir and let sit for about 10 minutes before serving.
  6. Sprinkle cilantro on top and serve.
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Carrot and Quinoa Mini Muffins

Carrot and Quinoa Mini Muffins1

Happy Monday!  It was a great weekend.  I took my children to see the movie, Paddington, and absolutely loved what they did with such a classic story.  London is one of my favorite cities and with a mother who was born in a British colony it really tugged at me with the setting brought to life, the memories of orange marmalade and the calypso band at the end of the movie.  Another highlight of the weekend was I had the pleasure of hosting a brunch for an awesome group of women.  And they allowed me to serve an all vegetarian brunch!  This is my second time offering a vegetarian menu to guests and it’s been a big success. Both times were to support my dear friend in her business as a CAbi consultant.  She brings her charm and the clothing and I create the venue.  That’s right up my alley.

I served eggs two ways – scrambled egg whites over spinach, black beans and freshly made salsa (cherry tomatoes, red onions, scallions, lime juice prepared the night before); scrambled whole eggs over the same combination and both were topped with cheese.  I also had pasta with roasted broccoli in a tomato sauce; finger sandwiches with hummus and cucumbers; and a mixed green salad with cherry tomatoes, English cucumbers, chickpeas, blueberries and barbeque tofu with balsamic vinegar.

I loved watching everyone enjoying different, satisfying options.  I placed another treat on the table after all the aforementioned dishes were out – my carrot quinoa mini muffins.  I wanted to create a muffin that my whole family enjoyed because we all like different muffins.  Whole Foods has seen the end of me purchasing mini blueberry, banana and carrot muffins!  The kids even enjoy these muffins I’ve created because of the hint of dark chocolate.  No other questions asked!  They were a huge hit at the brunch and my platter was left with crumbs.  So try these out for a change – made with whole wheat flour and quinoa gives you additional protein and the carrots are an added benefit with beta carotene and Vitamin A.

Feed the wellness in you!

Carrot and Quinoa Mini Muffins

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 34 Servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 2 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups grated carrots
  • 1/2 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1/4 cup crushed dark chocolate
  • Confectioner's Sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Use a non stick mini muffin pan.
  3. Whisk your dry ingredients together.
  4. In another bowl whisk the eggs, vegetable oil, and vanilla extract.
  5. Fold in your wet ingredients with the dry ingredients.
  6. Stir in the carrots, quinoa, apple sauce and dark chocolate.
  7. Divide the batter evenly in the muffin cups.
  8. Bake for approximately 20 minutes.
  9. Let cool and turn muffins out of the tins.
  10. Serve slightly warm and dust with confectioners sugar.
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