Tofu Recipe

I found this recipe on peasandthankyou.com and thought it was a really easy recipe to cook my very first tofu meal. I have always wanted to find a meat alternative and cannot wait to give it a try!

Tofu Love

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Whenever anyone tells me they don’t like tofu, I simply say, “Yes, you do.  You just don’t know how to cook it.”

It’s okay.  I don’t mean anything offensive by that.  If it makes you feel better, I haven’t the slightest idea how to cook a pot roast.  My grandmother is so ashamed.

Soy allergies or sensitivities aside, I challenge anyone to make tofu this way and not like it.

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The first step is draining and pressing your tofu.  I always use extra-firm, organic tofu.

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To press it, you can use the method described here or you can buy a tofu press.  And trust me, once you start making tofu this way, you’ll probably want a press.

If you haven’t already sliced the tofu before pressing it, once it’s pressed and the moisture drained off, you’ll want to then slice the tofu into slabs, about a half an inch thick.

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Next, you’ll want to marinate the tofu, and what you choose to marinate your tofu in totally depends on how you are going to serve it.  Straight from the pan to your mouth is a viable option.

But there are others.

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Spicy Tofu Soft Tacos

Print this recipe!

Makes 6-8 tacos

Marinade:

  • 2 T. soy sauce, tamari or Bragg’s Aminos
  • juice of one lime
  • 1 T. agave or maple syrup
  • 1 T. water
  • 1 t. garlic, minced
  • 1 t. chili powder
  • 1/2 t. cumin

Soft tacos:

  • One 14 oz. package organic, extra firm tofu (drained and pressed and cut into slabs)
  • 6-8 whole wheat soft taco-size or corn tortillas
  • 2 c. shredded cabbage
  • 1 batch Almost Chipotle Guacamole or 1/2 c. other guacamole
  • 1/2 c. prepared salsa

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Prepare your marinade in a large container with a sealable lid by whisking together all ingredients.

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Carefully add your tofu.

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And even more carefully, place the lid on the container and give it a gentle toss.  We aren’t making tofu scrambles, although those are also delicious.

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I like to marinate my tofu for as long as possible, even overnight.  Store the container in the fridge and take it out every time you go to get Lulu a pickle, give it a good shake and put it back in.

After at least a couple hours, your tofu should be evenly coated and will have absorbed most of the liquid.  Plus, you’ll need to go the store for more pickles.

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Preheat the broiler and coat a baking sheet with cooking spray or a light mist of oil.

Arrange tofu slices on the baking sheet.

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And drizzle any remaining marinade over the top.

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Broil the tofu on one side for 5-6 minutes, flip the tofu over and return it to the oven to broil for an additional 5-6 minutes on the opposite side.

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The texture is phenomenal.  The tofu gets crisp on the outside and is dense and chewy on the inside.  It isn’t soggy or mushy in the least.

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To construct your tacos, slice the tofu into strips and prepare your guacamole.

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I like to crisp up my tortillas in a dry skillet over medium high heat for a few minutes on each side.

They get a nice little crunch to them, which I guess defeats the purpose of them being “soft” tacos, if you’re picky about that kind of thing.  If you are picky, you probably aren’t making tofu.  But you should be.

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Fill your tortilla with a scoop of guacamole,

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and top it with some strips of broiled tofu.

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Add salsa and a handful of shredded cabbage and serve.

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Taco-licious.

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The Confident Woman: Setting The Record Straight

Well, I have finished the second chapter of this book. It states how God views the woman, from who came from Adam, and whats her role in life and how she should live that life. Meyer, describes that women are just as equal in rights as men. She goes back in time when women were really disrespected in many ways such as lowering their self-esteem, confidence, and questioning self-worth. Women were very limited on voting, owning land, working, etc.  I was always told that I did not have to have a man in my life and that it was ok for me to not get married. As I read Genesis, God intended for Adam to have a companion by his side (Eve). He also states that women are to be submissive to her husband and he is to be the head of everything. When I first read this I think I was just about like everyone else who read it, i thought He meant women were to have no voice or say so in anything and that our opinion was nothing. Boy was I wrong, I was told to understand that our opinion does matter and as far as being submissive, I gathered that since the husband is the lead to things that he should consult his wife’s opinion aswell. It does not mean that abuse physically, mentally, and emotionally she be put upon her. Meyer said “here’s the bottom line, men need women and women need men”.

 

New Kittens!!!

ME and my family have cats and kittens now and We have to feed them. Even though they are stray I am really excited because I have never had any felines as pets at all. These are week old kittens about 2 weeks. They are adorable and I want them in the house but dad says “hell no”! As an aspiring vet I wish that I could do more for their health, but I dont have the expenses. I will give them as much care and love as I can. I have to buy cat and kitten food instead of just dog food. ;]

Homemade Candy Bars

I always womdered how I could make my own candy snicker bar, but I had trouble finding nougat or learning how to make it. I have not tried this yet but wated to save it and come back to it.

How to Make Homemade Candy Bars (Resolution Breaker)

If you’re like most people, you probably started off the year with a whole list of resolutions: more sleep! Less coffee! More exercise! Less television! More vegetables! Less sugar!

That’s commendable, truly it is. But one cannot live on celery and carrot sticks and treadmill-pounding alone. Besides, it’s been a whole week now! You deserve a reward! Allow me to tempt you with these…

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I call them “Resolution Breaker Candy Bars,” and if you’re absolutely wedded to your healthy eating habits, stop reading now before it’s too late…

Still here? Good! These homemade candy bars are so tasty, they’re worth the extra time at the gym or handfuls of spinach in the salad. Each chocolate bar is jam-packed with peanut nougat, creamy caramel and salty peanuts, for a taste that’s just like your favorite candy bar.

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Resolution Breaker Candy Bars

yield: about 20 bars

  • 24 ounces chocolate candy coating
  • 1/2 stick (2 oz) butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 jar (7 oz) marshmallow creme or fluff
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter, creamy or chunky
  • 14 oz soft caramels, unwrapped
  • 1.5 cups roasted, salted peanuts

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To make it easier to remove and cut the bars, line a 9×13 pan with aluminum foil.

Melt the candy coating and spread a very thin layer on the foil. Don’t use much–maybe1/2 cup total. This is just to keep the nougat from sticking and make the homemade candy bars easier to dip. Refrigerate the pan to set the coating while you prepare the rest of the filling. The bowl of melted coating can stay at room temperature until you’re ready to use it again.

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Most nougat recipes are pretty complicated and involve whipping egg whites into a meringue and using a candy thermometer to boil a sugar syrup. Not this one! I’ll show you a quick and easy way to make a nougat filling for homemade candy bars that tastes just as good as the complicated ones.

In a medium saucepan, combine the butter, granulated sugar, and evaporated milk. Place the pan over medium-high heat and stir frequently until the butter and sugar dissolves. Meanwhile, make sure the peanut butter, marshmallow creme, and vanilla extract are measured out and are nearby, so you can grab them as soon as you need them.

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Bring the mixture in the pot to a boil, and boil it for four minutes, stirring constantly to keep it from scorching. During this time it should go from light and liquidy to darker and more syrupy in color and texture.

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After four minutes, immediately remove the pan from the heat and stir in the peanut butter, marshmallow creme, and vanilla extract. Stir it in quickly, before the sugar syrup starts to harden and crystallize. Once it’s mixed in it should be a light beige color and a fluffy texture.

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Scrape the peanut nougat on top of the chocolate layer in the pan, and spread it into a smooth, even layer. Refrigerate the pan to cool the nougat down while you prepare the caramel layer.

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And by “prepare,” I really mean “microwave,” because this recipe is all about shortcuts and efficiency.

Place the unwrapped soft caramels in a microwave-safe bowl and add a spoonful or two of water or cream. The exact amount kind of depends on how soft your caramels are to begin with–if your caramels are difficult to bite through, you’ll want to add several spoonfuls to loosen them up and make the caramel in the candy bars soft and silky. However, if they’re already quite soft, just a tablespoon of water or cream should do the trick.

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Microwave the caramels in 30-second bursts until melted, stirring after every interval. It should take 1-2 minutes to get them liquidy and smooth.

Add the salted peanuts and stir until the peanuts are completely coated with caramel.

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Spread the peanutty caramel (or caramelly-peanuts) on top of the peanut nougat. If it’s difficult to do with a knife, you can wet your hands and use your hands to press them into an even layer. And remember, sweets are an art, not a science, so it’s fine to have some variations and imperfections.

Refrigerate the pan to set the caramel, for about 45 minutes. It doesn’t need to be rock-hard (in fact, that makes it more difficult to cut) but it should be set enough to not ooze when you cut into it.

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Once set, remove the candy bars from the pan using the foil as handles. Use a large sharp knife sprayed with nonstick spray to cut the tray into small bars. If you want to make them close to average candy bar size, cut the tray in half lengthwise, then cut each half in about ten 1-inch intervals, for a total of 20 homemade candy bars.

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And now to finish the masterpieces! Check on your candy coating: if it has started to set, microwave it again until it is smooth and fluid.

Use forks or dipping tools to dip each candy bar in the coating until completely covered, then tap the fork against the lip of the bowl so excess coating drips off. The chocolate layer on the bottom of the bars should make it pretty easy to dip these candy bars.

Set the dipped bars on a sheet of waxed paper to cool and harden completely, or put them in the refrigerator to speed the process along.

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Once they’re set, your homemade candy bars are ready to eat! Keep them at room temperature so the nougat and caramel stay soft and luscious. If kept in an airtight container, they’re good for at least a week, although I can’t believe they’d really last that long without being eaten.

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My apologies to your New Year’s Resolutions, but these homemade candy bars are just too good not to share. Besides, there’s always next year!

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When music died

when music died. Need I say more.

The Confident Woman: Confidence

I am reading a very inspiring book for women call The Confident Woman by Joyce Meyer. I had this book for a few years even a little more and I read pieces in b/w years and I am just not making it one of my priorities to read this whole book and write my review of each chapter telling how I can relate to each. And in reading the first chapter titled confidence, I felt ashamed, embarrassed, and delighted that she knew how I am. I felt like that chapter is dedicated to me. The reason i felt ashamed and embarrassed because fo the way she described un-confident people and I fit into that category. I am happy because she summed it up and told me what confidence is and how you can gain it and get rid of not being confident. She points out clear examples. I like how she states that to get confidence you have to receive it through God; have confident in God and not in yourself. It has to come from God first. A big part of it for me was when she said confident people do not concentrate on their weakness. Joyce gave a perfect example of me, it was if someone has a weakness in math and a strength in persuading people, that person should not spend most of their time trying to perfect in math to get mediocre but should spend most of their time at what they are mostly good at. That sounds a lot like me because I am horrible at math, (I can’t even figure out tips), and I want to become a veterinarian that requires college math! It got me thinking is this not what God has intended for my career? But I love animals. I am not interested in anything else, I don’t know what to do. I have not yet  found what I am good at either. I guess I am still in my little box waiting on things to happen for me. At the end she also talks about failure. Failure is a big part of lacking confidence. I have failed terribly in school because of lack of confidence and professors telling me what I can not be and I am not smart enough. She gives me confident that I can be a veterinarian. Hmm. COme to think of it since I have not tried to become a vet yet who is to say that is not what I am good at and that it’s not what God has intended me to have yet. I have not tried it yet. “If at first you don’t succeed try,try again” (?).

KandisJ

Walking with a Good Friend

I was walking with a good friend of mine from high school and she called me up to go walking (were trying to get in shape). We just wanted to get out of the house and as we were walking we talked about getting right with God and her near death experiences. I am blessed and happy and hope in the near future that I will nor have to experience any near death experiences to make myself get to know Jesus.The conversation was really good and positive.  She is really heavily into church now and she inspires me to get to accept God into my life more. I was telling her that I have had feelings that my intuition is telling me to get to know God and accept Him into my life and that’s what I am going to do. I am going to make it a priority for me to get to know my God and Jesus. This will be a major part in my self-improvement because I can do and carry out all things through Christ Jesus.

Does My Roon Inspire Me?

No! My room is cramped from my recent apartment, it has dingy white walls with makes and stuff on them, I have two windows that i like but they need repairing because I have a bed sheet on the top one above my bed and one beside my bed. I love to have my window open a little to get some fresh outside air. But I do not have a screen to keep out pesky bugs. The floor is really ugly, I need a rug, the room is tiny with little space, my closet is cramped with clothes that I don’t wear. There are lots of things I can find negative about this room. I spend most of  my time when I am home in my room, because it is a place in the house where I can get my privacy, by locking the door, and I try to find my zen. But, lately this room has been a major influence on my depression and I want it changed. So, i came across a blog that inspired me more to change my room to a place of inspiration. I have not found out how I am going to change it all I know is that I want it changed. It will be a new project for me and improvement. It will be my place of zen.

I love Cartoons

I was talking to my sis yesterday, as we were sitting in the living room, and I flipped the station to cartoon network. I love cartoons and would rather watch that on tv than to watch life tv any day. Its more of an escape from real everyday life. She says to me, “I don’t see how you can sit and watch that everyday.” I said “I would rather watch cartoons than watch real life on tv any day”. Watching cartoons is really therapeutic to me, it makes me feel kid like. I think everyone still has their inner kid whether its cartoons, drawing cartoons, pretending to be a fictitious character or whatever. I release my inner kid by watching, and laughing, and enjoying cartoons.

African, Asian, and Native American oil treatments

I found this in a book when I was researching what types of oils I could use for my scalp. I will try to remember where I saw this and post the name. I have not tried any of these yet but I plan to when I can gather enough $ to get ingredients.

African: Massage sesame oil and ginger oil on scalp for 20 minutes, wrap head in warm towel, shampoo twice, apply leave in conditioner.

Asian: Mix lavender, rosemary, jojoba, jasmine oil and frankincense oil in bottle. Shampoo hair, rinse, then message oil into scalp then wrap with hot towel.

Native American: Mix cedarwood, sage, sweetgrass/aveda organics oil then shampoo and massage oil on scalp. Do not rinse.