Thursday, March 25, 2010

weeknight dinner: apricot chili glazed tofu

this is another one of those things i've had in the back of my head since i first saw the recipe. the original recipe was for chicken lettuce cups but it was the apricot sesame sambal sauce to go with them that had me. i finally decide to use the sauce with a stir-fry. since i didn't quite have the exact ingredients that the original recipe called for, my version is slightly modified. i also adjusted quantities depending on flavors that i prefer. the result is a classic combination: sweet and spicy. don't be scared by the fruit and spicy combo. i'm not sure why but several people i've mentioned this to have had an awkward reaction. just think duck sauce. (often apricot based).

apricot chili glazed tofu
(adapted from guy fieri's apricot sesame sambal sauce from the food network)
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons minced ginger
  • whatever asian hot chili sauce you have adjusted to taste; i only had thai chili sauce, so i used a drizzle
  • 2 tablespoons apricot preserves
  • 1/4 cup mirin
  • 2 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • 1 teaspoon minced cilantro
  • 2 teaspoons sesame seeds
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • tofu, diced
  • mix all ingredients together thoroughly
  • use part of the sauce to marinate the tofu
  • sautee tofu in a skillet over high heat, turning every so often until browned
  • add remaining sauce and stir fry for another minute
  • stir fried some vegetables to add to the mix (i used string beans and baby bok choy) and serve over rice

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

low-fat cranberry chocolate chip oatmeal cookies

subtitle: more oatmeal

by now, we all know that i'm oatmeal obsessed. (but not quite so obsessed as this guy.)

another birthday called and therefore another baked good. trying to respect the health concious, i stuck with the recent low-fat theme. AND since bday boy was going to be leaving the office early, i figured oatmeal cookies counted as breakfast cookies. because you just can't bake someone muffins for their birthday. and just to anticipate any griping, there really isn't anything boring about cranberry chocolate chip cookies.

if you're feeling my current oatmeal addiction, the serious eats' oatmeal roundup is not to be missed. now back to the bday baked good...

low-fat cranberry chocolate chip oatmeal cookies
(adapted from baking bites; original recipe from foodfit)
  • 1 cup spelt flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp butter, room temperature
  • 1/4 c plain unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups quick cooking oats
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • preheat oven to 375F. line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • cream butter and sugars. beat in the egg, vanilla and applesauce.
  • stir in flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and oats until just combined.
  • add chocolate chips and cranberries and stir.
  • drop tablespoonfuls onto the prepared baking sheet. bake for about 9-12 min at 375F.
makes 2 dozen cookies

Sunday, March 14, 2010

winter csa: march

1. the bounty

  • 1 head red cabbage
  • 5 lbs potatoes
  • 2 black radish
  • 2 white turnips
  • 1 kohlrabi
  • 3 lbs carrots
  • 3 lbs sweet potatoes
  • 1 bulb garlic
  • 3 dozen eggs
2. cost analysis (comparison costs courtesy of freshdirect except where otherwise indicated):

  • red cabbage: $5 (organic)
  • potatoes: $10 (organic)
  • black radish: $2 (csa estimate)
  • kohlrabi: $2 (csa estimate)
  • carrots: $15 (csa estimate)
  • sweet potatoes: $6 (organic)
  • garlic: $1 (organic)
  • eggs: $15 (farm price)
= $56
actual csa cost per week = $45

i'm so over root vegetables. there. i said it.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

guilty pleasure: velveeta macaroni and cheese

i think i can safely say this is not something my parents ever would have made for me. but it wasn't my parents who made it. it was my mom's friend who would come and hang out/babysit/cook for my brother and i occasionally if my mom was at work/somewhere else. of course, the neon orange substance known as velveeta was not something that was ever in my house, so when she introduced it to us, i must have been hesitant at first. until i tasted the mac and cheese. i dream of that mac and cheese and usually convince myself that during the rare times i cook mac and cheese it should be more official (read: real cheese). i don't know what i was thinking. and although the ooey gooey goodness emanates when it's hot, there's also something great about the cold leftovers. i can remember coming home from school and waiting to devour the leftovers of this cheesy mess.

velveeta macaroni and cheese

  • 1 2 lb brick of velveeta "cheese"
  • 1 bag/box shell pasta (larger is better)
  • small-medium onion
  • 1/4 cups milk
  • salt and pepper
  • breadcrumbs
  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • boil water and cook shells as directed
  • while shells are cooking, cut up about 3/4 of the velveeta brick, chop up onion.
  • grease large oven proof bowl
  • pour cooked pasta in bowl, pour in chopped up cheese and onions. pour about 1/4c+ milk in. grind salt and pepper over top. mix thoroughly. cover top with bread crumbs.
  • bake until cheese is melted, browned on top and very bubbly. About 45 mins - one hour