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Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinner - Tofu Stir-fry

I haven’t been doing such a great job at planning meals this week so, last night, we found ourselves hungry with no idea what to make.  Also, neither of wanted to venture out to the grocery store.  So we began scouring our cookbooks, Pinterest recipes, and cupboards.  I really wanted to make a chickpea stir-fry, but only had dried chickpeas, which I quickly found out have to be soaked overnight.  Not so good for last minute weeknight dinners… Turns our we had all the ingredients for a delicious tofu stir-fry though!  

4 Simple Ingredients:

  • Trader Joe’s Soyaki Sauce (It’s vegan!)
  • Sprouted Super-firm Tofu (Extra firm would work as well.  I’m so glad I thought to buy tofu to keep on hand for occasions such as these!)
  • Frozen Stir-fry Veggies    
  • Brown Jasmine Rice

 Steps:

  • Cook rice according to directions.
  • While rice is cooking, drain and press tofu, and cut into cubes (or strips, if you prefer).
  • Marinate tofu cubes or strips in sauce of your choice.
  • Heat skillet to medium heat, and place marinated tofu into heated skillet (I found that no oil was necessary).
  • Cook tofu on each side until browned, adding additional sauce as necessary.  (I added additional sauce about halfway through cooking, as tofu really soaks up sauce and this gave the tofu a nice, crispy, brown coating.)
  • While tofu is cooking, heat another pan to medium heat and toss in veggies (frozen or fresh) with sauce.  Cook until tender.

We must be getting better and better with creating our own dishes, because this one turned our great!  If you are looking for a delicious Teriyaki sauce, I HIGHLY recommend Trader Joe’s Soyaki Sauce.  It is vegan, but incredibly delicious whether your vegan or not.

Confession:  The plated dish pictured isn’t what I ate, it’s what my boyfriend ate.  My plate didn’t have any veggies on it.  :(  I promise, I’ll get better about eating my veggies!  I did try a couple of his, and they were actually very good!  I’m telling you, that Soyaki sauce works wonders!      

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<Soy Chicken Stir-Fry with Brown Rice>

RECIPE

Chicken-Less Strips (trader joe’s brand)

Island Soyaki  ( trader joe’s brand)

Red, Orange and Yellow Bell pepper 

Mushrooms

Broccoli Slaw

Brown Rice (Albertson’s brand)

VEGETABLE PREP - 

1.       Cut mushrooms, bell peppers and put in medium bowl

STIR-FRY PREP - 

1.       Combine mushrooms, bell peppers, broccoli slaw, Chicken-Less Strips, and Island Soyaki in pan

2.       Cook, medium heat, for 20 to 30 minutes

BROWN RICE PREP - 

1.       In medium pan, add Extra Virgin Olive Oil (this will prevent sticking)

2.       Add brown rice (for each cup of brown rice add 1 cup water)

3.       Season to your individual taste (I use lemon pepper, black pepper or onion salt)

4.       Place lid on pan with medium  heat

5.       Cook for 45-60 minutes or until soft

 

> please enjoy!!

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Tonight’s dinner:


PIZZA!!!

Whole wheat crust

spicy hummus base

shredded chicken marinated and sauteed in sweet teriyaki sauce

carmelized onion and spinach

artichoke hearts

I mized up and sauteed the chicken and other toppings together before tossing them on the pizza,

then topped with goat cheese and hot sauce

and baked at 400 for about 15 min

soo

freaking

GOOD.

:D

Sarah Cerullo and Rose McAdoo
Location: Trader Joe’s, Union Square

"We are a 20 minute walk from home. Oh no, I forgot about walking home!”

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Sarah: “I just moved in with my grandmother so my fridge is empty right now. I have to stock the fridge entirely. I’m just moving here from California. We’re trying to get a mix of like snacks and healthy food. We have pasta, sauce, and garlic and then for dinner we’re just gonna do really laid back baguettes with brie and cheddar, and probably sausage.”

Rose: “I live in Brooklyn. I‘m crashing with her for a couple of days in Greenwich, which is rad because I hate Brooklyn.”

 

 

gimmie some tailgate!

what a whirlwind of a weekend! started on saturday night by babysitting my cute nephews in brooklyn, to driving 3.5 hours (that night) to maryland so IB and i can go to the first redskins home game. sounds like a pain in the tush but this less than 24 hour trip was well worth it! spoiler alert, the skins won 41-10!!

IB’s sister, ali, got up super early to prepare two types of wings, hamburgers, and to shop for some other necessities for our three person tailgate.

the hamburgers, sandwiched in a nice challah bun, was made to perfection (i must get the recipe!) and the wings were delish! ali prepared the wings with a spicy barbecue type marinade and the other was a soyaki marinade. the soyaki was something new to me but they were awesome. of course, as many jews do, there was entirely too much food for the three of us but who doesn’t like leftovers!

i love me a good tailgate, espesh with great people and great food to boot.

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me ‘n al setting up shop

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al the cook, hard at work

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ali and IB getting ready for game time, but first, a few more wings!


until next time, go redskins!

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