April 21, 2010

Tofu, Tarts & Spring Rolls

I can't believe it's freezing and raining ... 48 hours ago AAH and I were having a lovely dinner in our backyard with friends.

I made a really easy recipe from The Kind Diet, Ginger Baked Tofu. It's reeeeally easy & reeeeally delicious! I served the tofu steaks with simple sides of plain brown rice & swiss chard. The tofu recipe is super flavorful so the rice & chard balanced it out nicely.

Me, the chef!

Ginger Baked Tofu, Swiss Chard, Brown Rice

The dinner table.


GINGER BAKED TOFU (from The Kind Diet)

Serves 2-4

1 lb firm tofu
1/3 cup shoyu (soy sauce)
1 Tbspn toasted or untoasted sesame oil
2 Tbspns minced fresh ginger
1 Tbspn finely chopped garlic
1/4 cup brown rice vinegar
2 Tbspns umeboshi vinegar
1/2 tspn crushed red-pepper flakes (optional)
1 tspn brown rice syrup (optional)
Finely chopped scallions for garnish (optional)

Cut tofu in half width-wise, then slice in half again. You will be left with 4 tofu "steaks".

Pour 3/4 cup of water into a bowl. Whisk in the shoyu, oil, ginger, garlic, vinegars, red-pepper flakes (if desired), and rice syrup and pour over the tofu, covering it. An 8"x6" dish works perfectly. Marinate for at least 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Either drain the baking dish of the majority of marinade, or place tofu on a baking sheet & baste with the marinade. Reserve the remaining marinade.

Bake tofu for 15-20 mins. Turn the tofu pieces with a spatula, baste again with the marinade, bake for 10-15 mins longer. Garnish with scallions & serve warm.

Apple Tart.

For dessert my friend Lauren (shout out!) made an AH-MAZING apple tart. You can find the recipe here.

BTW, does anyone know the difference between a tart & a pie??? Just curious.

Monday's eats:

Brunch: Vegan rice & beans (from Whole Foods) w/ chard
Snack: Pomelo
Appetizer: Guacamole & chips (Food Should Taste Good brand, so good!)
Dinner: Ginger Baked Tofu, brown rice, swiss chard & a side salad
Dessert: Apple Tart (uuuuhhhhmmmm ... YUM!)

Tuesday's eats:

Brunch: Blueberry Buckwheat Pancakes w/ sliced strawberries & flax oil
Snack: Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie (The V-Chip)
Lunch: Vegan rice & beans (Whole Foods)
Dinner: Spring Rolls (3) w/ dipping sauce
Dessert: Pomelo

Today's eats:

Breakfast: Cereal w/ rice milk
Snacks: Quinoa & hummus, vegan chocolate chip cookies (2)
Lunch: Spring rolls (3) w/ dipping sauce
Snack: Pomelo
Dinner: Oskri Bars (Sesame & Molasses)

I made these crazy-good Spring Rolls last night for dinner. I came across the recipe on a segment of The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Did you know she is vegan? I love Ellen ... I think she is hilarious, but now I heart her even more. Funny and vegan ... now that's a combo! Here's a little something from her website about why you should go vegan.

Spring Roll filling: basil, mint, cucumbers, peppers, cabbage, scallions, carrots, avocado, soba noodles.

Spring Roll.

As a side note ... I need to cut back on the processed foods (choc chip cookies, sesame bars) ... although the brands I'm choosing are better than regular, nasty stuff ... it's still processed junk. I've been slacking in that area for the last few days. Must do better. That being said ... here's the delicious cookies I've been snacking on ...

Happiness in a bag.


  1. That dinner was fun! Oh and Lauren, your tart did not survive the next day... :)

    Babe, those rolls were soooooooooo good! Can't wait to have more!

  2. kam ate the rest of it ... would only give me a measley bite. ;)) he gave the reason as something about me eating all the good stuff off the top the night before ... ppppfffffff!

  3. Well, you DID peel off all the cinnamon-covered apples, so Kam may have a point. I'm just amazed it didn't fall victim to sleep-eating.

  4. Your pictures and recipes look so good!!!I will be trying them. I didn't know Ellen was a vegan. No wonder she looks so good and is so talented :)