Friday, March 16, 2007

Tofu & Mushrooms with Soba Noodles

After today's lunch, I feel like I'm starting to get the hang of this making maximum use out of leftovers thing. You might remember that I baked some tofu several days ago in a previous post. Well, there was bunches of it leftover, and I didn't know if I would use all of it before it went bad if I put it in the fridge, so I just put it in a plastic container and plopped it into the freezer. Well, last night I just pulled another one of those "make it up as you go" cooking sessions and this is what I ended up with. It's actually really good. In fact, I was quite amazed at myself for just slinging it together. I believe my vegan powers are steadily increasing. HA!

All I did was thaw out the frozen tofu and then cube a couple of slices of it up. Then I just cooked up some mushrooms and some garlic in a skillet. I poured in a healthy dose of Soy Sauce and then, for some reason, I put in some Curry Powder. I don't know why I did it. I was just making it up and it seemed like a good thing to do. Finally, I added the cubed tofu and then sprinkled in a few frozen Peas & Carrots. I took that off the heat and then just boiled some water in another pot and then cooked some Soba Noodles for about 4 minutes. I drained those and then packed the whole thing up in the lunchbox. I had just a little bit left over which I, of course, tried last night. TASTY! Like I said, I was actually quite amazed at how good this was, and all it contained was pretty much just leftovers, and some frozen stuff. It was super easy to whip up and it tastes like something you would get in a restaurant, or at least like a really good frozen entree like something from Amy's Kitchen.

To go along with the main dish, I brought some Sweet Yellow Corn. That just came in a bag, frozen, from the local grocery store. I just pour that in the lunchbox container frozen and cover it with a little Glad Press-n-Seal. It's thawed out by the time lunch rolls around and then a quick 45 seconds or so in the microwave, with the Glad Press-n-Seal still on it, will get it all nice and hot and steamy for you.

And for dessert, I just brought some Blueberries. You may or may not remember, but these are just from one of several bags of Blueberries that I've still got stored in the freezer from last Summer. A friend of mine picked these not too far from my house, so these are just plain old Blueberries. No added sugar or anything. SO GOOD!

I've learned that I really like Soba Noodles a lot, since trying them for the first time last week. They were a little expensive at the regular grocery store, but I FINALLY made a trip this week to the local Asian Market and WOW! They've got tons of them for a whole lot cheaper. Their Soy Sauce was also, of course, a lot cheaper. I bought a great big bottle of it. I also picked up some of those Hot Wasabi Peas. I love snacking on those things. And then, I was so happy when I found some actual Durian fruit in the freezer section. Now, I had read all about Durian in reading up on Raw Food. Alissa Cohen even shows one in her DVD and serves it to two ladies who seem to like it. Now, I knew that the things supposedly stink, but the claim is that the yellow liquid in the big pods tastes like custard. Well, they got the stink part right. HOLY MOLY! This stuff stinks. I let one of the pods thaw out and then held my breath while I took a bite of it. I SO wanted to like it. I wanted it to taste like custard or vanilla pudding, but to me, it didn't. I spit it out in the sink and immediately ran downstairs to brush my teeth. YUCK! Durians and I are obviously not meant to be together. Woops! Sorry for getting off on a tangent there.

So that does it for Friday's lunch and another week of yummy vegan food.

Thanks for reading the blog this week and I'll see you on Monday, hopefully with some more weight loss to report.

Have a great weekend!


Katrina said...

haha... i HATE Durian. My roommate and i tried it and eventually it became something we were threatening each other with. "I'm going to go get the Durian out of the fridge and touch you with it."

Tracy said...

Wow, thanks for being the guinea pig on this kids have been begging me to buy them one, but I've been sceptical....

crimeoflaius said...

I think Durian is pretty much where the term acquired taste comes from. I don't think anyone ever likes it the first time. If you feel like being brave again, maybe pick up some durian-flavored candy at the Asian market, they're a lot milder than the actual durian.