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Last night I cooked a dish that I’ve made about 10x before but never successfully for myself. Back when I used to make dinner for a family I babysat for, I whipped together this tofu dish that the kids loved and requested weekly. When I tried making it home, it never came out right – and that’s because the I didn’t have the right dish to cook it in (I tried using a roasting pan, and also a ceramic dish, but you must use a pyrex one).
Oven Baked Tofu (serves 4)
Drain a package of extra firm tofu (I used this organic Nasoya one I won in Naomi’s giveaway)
Wrap it in paper towels and press between two plates using something heavy, like a cast-iron skillet (some big cans would work too).
After 30 minutes, cut the tofu into slices and place into a Pyrex (important!!!) with a waiting marinade of 8 TB organic low sodium soy sauce, 4 TB rice wine vinegar, and 1/2 TB sesame oil. Let soak for 30-45 minutes.
Flip over the tofu and place in a preheated 375-degree oven for 30-45 minutes. When it’s done, they’re both slightly crunchy and soft, and packed full of flavor:
I took out the green pan to stir-fry some organic baby bok choy in Tomato Basil Oil, with a sprinkle of Lavender Sea Salt and some lemon juice at the end. (It’s so nice to be able to cook in a non-stick skillet on super high heat again!)
Annie Chun’s sent a coupon to try out one of their products; this looked intriguing to me:
It’s basically brown rice, nori, and a packet of soy sauce. I don’t like microwaving things in plastic, so I transferred the rice to a glass bowl to heat it up.
Then Abe helped me wrap up the little suckers. We had a little leftover rice so I broke into my own stash of nori to finish it up. I didn’t add any filling, though the box suggested many options, even Peanut Butter?!?!
Not so pretty, but oh well. I like the idea of making a quick sushi at home, but I think this product is a little overpriced, and a waste of packaging.
For dessert I opened this packet of Apple Crackle that we were sent by Apple Acres Farm, a family-run business, in Maine. The ingredients are just apples, cider syrup, sunflower seeds, maple syrup, unsweetened coconut, and cinnamon. And as you can see, they’re wheat, gluten, and dairy free.
What a delightful little tasting plate this was! Abe and I really enjoyed both the nuts and the Apple Crackle. The chocolate flavor wasn’t too overpowering; it combined perfectly with the saltiness of the cashews. And the Apple Crackle had a terrific crunchy texture and balanced sweetness to it. Definitely unique products. In fact, I don’t think I could say that I’ve ever tasted anything like either of them before – I love when my taste buds make new friends!