Tuesday, August 10, 2010

So….last night for supper I tried out some scrambled tofu. Yep, I decided to go for it, and to my amazement, it was very good. Maggie (my pug) even liked it. I think she really wanted the fried potatoes that I had on my plate, but she sure gulped down some tofu. She watched my plate the entire time. Nothing was getting her attention except for my food. Is tofu bad for dogs? I sure hope not, but she only ate a couple of bites. Hopefully that won’t hurt her.




Okay, back to the recipe. My plan was to make the scrambled tofu in Vegan with a Vengeance, but it turned out that I didn’t have everything that Isa’s called for. I did however use her spice blend. I also decided to half the recipe, since I am the only one who eats tofu in my house. I didn’t know how scrambled tofu would taste left over, so I tried to make just enough for one big serving.




So, here’s how I made mine.

½ block firm tofu (pressed for 30 min.)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 onion (chopped)
2 cloves garlic (minced)
3 collard green leaves (chopped)
1 celery stalk
1 tablespoon umeboshi vinegar
Juice of 1/2 a lime

Spice Blend
1 teaspoon ground cumin
½ teaspoon dried thyme, crushed with your fingers
½ teaspoon ground paprika
¼ teaspoon ground turmeric
½ teaspoon salt

Heat a non stick skillet with olive oil. Add the onions, celery, and garlic and sauté for about 5 minutes. Add chopped collard greens and umeboshi vinegar and cook for another 5 minutes. Add the spice blend and 1/4 cup water and stir until mixed well. Crumble tofu into the mixture and cook for 15 more minutes. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking. You may need to add a little more water to the mixture to prevent it from sticking as it cooks due to the water evaporating. At the end of the 15 minutes, squeeze the lime into the scrambled tofu and mix well.

I would've loved to have been able to add more veggies, but my refrigerator is a little on the bare side. BTW…the corn and potatoes were a great addition….made for a very tasty dinner. Oh, I even went back for seconds on the tofu, which I never do!

I have to talk about my lunch today too. This morning I made a peanut butter and jelly sandwich to take for lunch. I know, it didn’t sound good to me either, but that’s all I had. Anyway, the longer I sat at work this morning, the worse the PB&J sounded. I pulled out a menu that I had for a Chinese restaurant, down the road from where I work, and looked it over. I came across a “mixed vegetable and bean curd with white rice” dish. I thought…what in the world is bean curd? I had to look that one up on the internet to find out what it was, and to my amazement, I found out that it was tofu. I thought, what the heck, so I ordered it. Let’s just say, I now have a new favorite dish! Yep, it was that good!

I know this is going to sound weird, but I felt like a kid at Christmas time opening presents. I was so excited when I saw what it looked like. Then the big excitement came after I actually took a bite. I even sent my husband a text to tell him how good it was. :o)


All this food for $5.75….not bad eh? In case you were wondering if I ate it all…no way. I don’t think I even ate a third of it….Way too much food for one person! It seems that I have lunch for tomorrow also.


:o) You never hesitate to tackle the most difficult problems :o) That my friends, is my fortune that I got out of the fortune cookie today, and it is sooo not me…lol No, I didn’t eat the cookie, but I sure wanted to. It didn’t appear to be vegan. :-(

When you’re craving something, is that your body telling you that you need that food? Like today, I was really craving some veggies and rice. I actually felt a lot better after I ate my lunch. It’s like my body said thank you! Am I crazy?

~Peace~

10 comments:

  1. So glad you enjoyed your tofu scramble! I love it with just the spice blend, or with additional veggies. I bet it didn't hurt your cute pup.

    It's awesome you found a good takeout dish close to work. For me, I think sometimes my body tells me what I need, but sometimes it doesn't. If I don't eat for a while and I get really hungry, it tells me I need a lot of heavy, rich food. So I have to eat before it gets to that point or I'll give in to temptation. I eat tasty junk every now and again, but I try to keep it under control. There's so much other delicious food to eat!

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  2. I haven't made tofu scramble in ages. Thanks for the reminder.

    Sometimes when you are craving something it is just old habits or addictions talking. When I am craving something healthy I go with it, when it isn't healthy I try to figure out what is going on. Normally waiting it out is enought to make the unhealthy voice quiet down. When that doesn't work I try to remember all the reasons I gave up the "unhealthy food". That seems to work well.

    Ali

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  3. Oh tofu scramble! It's been a while. That is something I love to make when I don't have much else though. What a sweet pic of your little pug too. I think tofu is fine for dogs you just have to give it to them slowly because some dogs have allergies to it.

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  4. My body is always craving PB&J. I'd have eaten my sandwich and then ordered the Chinese food.

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  5. Congrats on the scrambled tofu! :)

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  6. This all looks delish! And I would say that scrambled tofu has scrambled eggs beat, hands down, in part because it does keep really, really well. So feel free to make more next time!

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  7. I'm with S.V., I love PB & J! As for cravings, go for it, just in moderation. Chocolate, perhaps?

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  8. Tofu is good for dogs. Onions are not.

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  9. I think your scrambled tofu looks yummy! And your dog is adorable.

    One of my favorite dishes in the whole world is "Fried Bean Curd with Spicy Salt" from this hole in the wall Chinese restaurant. I've never seen it anywhere else and I just love it.

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  10. My dogs have eaten tofu before. Happily. :) I love tofu scrambler - your recipe sounds great. I'm glad you found a dish you can order nearby. That's nice. The only thing I ever crave is an orange, and I think that's because I'm always bordering on dehydration. It's really hard for me to remember to drink. I always enjoy reading my fortunes, too, even though I don't eat them, either.

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