Crispy tofu tacos with lime cream sauce (+giveaway!)

Are you guys tofu fans? Over the years I’ve become quite a fan and made Adam a convert too. I find it so versatile!

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A few weeks ago I received an email from Daria who does PR for Nasoya. She wanted me to check out their new Nasoya Tofu U website (U stands for university) – a destination of all things tofu (recipes, games, instructional videos, and contests). She also told me about some of their newer products, like the organic sprouted tofu and TofuPlus which is fortified with additional vitamins, and offered to send me coupons to try them out. Of course I jumped at the chance (and asked for somethin’ somethin’ for you too!!).

I browsed through the Tofu U “cafeteria” section and found an interesting looking recipe for crispy tofu tacos with creamy jalapeno lime drizzle and decided to give it a go.

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It’s important to press water out of your tofu if you want crispy results. Thanks, Lindsay, for sending me this awesome press!! Smile The tofu pressis not a must though. Here is my previous “tofu-pressing system.”

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This recipe was unusual to me because instead of flour, you covered the tofu pieces in cornstarch before stir-frying. I was really happy with the results, though – it created a real crust on each piece and the Worchester sauce gave it a lot of flavor!

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Don’t forget the fantastic toppings! This was the perfect balance of sweet, spicy, crunchy and creamy with mango, jalapenos, bell pepper and avocado.

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I turned the tacos into refreshing burritos… sort of Winking smile This recipe is a winner!!

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Ready to win some Nasoya swag? One lucky winner will get 5 coupons for any free Nasoya product and a Tofu U t-shirt.

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Here are the rules: there are plenty of ways to enter.

1) Leave a comment on this post – Tell me anything tofu related.

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8 ) Link to this post on your blog, if you have one. If you don’t, let someone else know about this giveaway and tell me so in the comments section after they’ve entered the giveaway.

Please leave a separate comment on this post for each qualifying entry. This giveaway is open to US residents only (sorry!) and ends at midnight on Sat, December 10. I will randomly choose 1 winner using random.org and announce him/her the following Monday. Good luck! :D

PS – I created a Favorite Recipes page over the weekend. This recipe will be added to it as well. Please check it out and let me know what you think!!

Vegan dinner with friends (+giveaway winners announced)

How was everyone’s weekend? Mine flew by again… funny how that happens every.single.time. It was actually full of really fun stuff, starting with a dinner with friends on Friday night. I cooked!

Josh and Melissa were over for dinner. You’ve probably seen them on the blog before but I have to give them a shout out anyway. Josh is the blogger behind Lost In the Beer Aisle and Melissa is the founder of Ecolissa (remember it?). They’re both vegetarian (Melissa is vegan) so I challenged myself to cook an all vegan dinner. Actually, it wasn’t even that hard. I cooked real food, like I always do.

Scenes from my kitchen…

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On the menu:

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We started with some Azerbaijani dip – naturally vegan! Smile

Here is a preview of what Josh was drinking – you’ll have to check out his blog if you want to know whether it’s any good Winking smile

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Melissa and I were drinking organic Riesling she brought over. It was perfect with the slightly spicy dish I made.

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This red curry recipe had great reviews on allrecipes.com but it seems like everyone made modifications to it (which by the way is a major pet peeve of mine… if you had to modify it to death to make it taste good, guess what – the recipe is probably not 5 stars!! anyways… we won’t get cranky tonight :lol: ).

I (obviously) subbed tofu for chicken, used light coconut milk, doubled the amount of veggies and included broccoli and bamboo shoots as well. It tasted off for a while until I just kept on adding more and more red curry paste (I used at least 5T by the end). A whole lime’s worth of juice seemed to finally make the flavors pop. It still wasn’t spicy enough for me but Adam talked me out of dumping the whole jar of thai curry paste into the pot. What can I say, I like things spicy Winking smile

Dessert needed almost no modification.

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I am certain you’ve seen Mama Pea’s dough balls all over the blogosphere. Yes? I’ve been drooling over them ever since the Foodbuzz festival (I think she veganized Annie the Baker’s recipe the day after the trip!). My dough was DRY – like powdery dry. I hoped it would stick together in the freezer but no luck. I added about 1/4 cup of water to the dough and worked it with my hands until it seemed to cooperate a bit better and I was able to shape it into dough balls. 10 minutes later came out these lovely pillows.

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Peanut buttery perfection. This whole plate was gone by the end of the night. We won’t name names but someone at the table consumed 8 cookies. Maybe even more than one person. Yup, that good. Smile

It was such a fun night!! We didn’t even realize that we talked until past 1am and that is way past this old lady’s bed time. Melissa even informed me that no one wears nude stockings anymore. Is that true???? Disappointed smile I felt like one of those people that still wear things that were “in” when they were young. Wow, now I really sound old. Haha. Anyways, we made plans to talk fashion and beer again, very soon.

And the next morning, I had to pretend like a late night and drinking did not happen because this slave driver my sister was at my house bright and early ready to run.

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I was NOT as excited to run outside. In the cold. Between mounds of snow.

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But it was amazing!!! It was actually a gorgeous day out and I did a 4+ mile loop around the river with my sister and she took off for one more finishing 9 miles for the first time (she’s training for the NYC half marathon!). It sure set the right tone for the rest of the day. Oh yes, it was one good weekend full of more good eats and even shopping (thanks parents!!).

Ok, I’m off to pack for my business trip to NY. Melissa, I bought new tights so hopefully I won’t get laughed at in NY. :lol:

Ooh, before I forget – the winners of the Now Eat This cookbook giveaway are #15 and #79. Congrats ladies! Please email your addresses to elina@healthyandsane.com and I’ll make sure you get your cookbooks asap. Smile

Go-to recipes

Two weeks ago I made a batch of Mama Pea’s curry kale chips and I was in love with that “dressing.” In fact, I definitely ate more of the raw chips than I should have, and then ate a little more after every hour I peaked in my oven (set to “dehydration mode”). The end result was ok… I was a bit disappointed that all that yummy dressing dried up. So last weekend I made another batch – a double batch in fact, of just the dressing!

I’ve been putting this sauce/dressing/whatever you want to call it on everything. I could eat it with a spoon but I’m trying to be civilized.

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It’s nutty and slightly sweet… and I am seriously in love. This was just one way I’ve enjoyed it – in a small pita tofu sandwich with mixed greens

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One batch is 7 Points Plus. This lunch was 8 Points Plus (tofu was 4 of it). Delicious!!

[Side note: I know everyone LOVES baked tofu but I find that if you press it long enough, you can quickly sauté tofu blocks or mini cubes and you get the same yummy taste for a fraction of time!]

All right, so the point of this post was really this (except for sharing this crazy delicious curry sauce with you) – I made a recipe a second time. That hardly ever happens. That means it was special. The thing is, as much as I like trying new recipes on almost daily basis, I feel like I don’t have any go-to favorites that I make over and over (I think the bahn mi sandwich and goat cheese stuffed pork tenderloin are the only things I’ve made a handful of times). I read books about these heroines coming home after stressful days and winding down with their favorite comfort food… that they made so many times they can just close their eyes and almost meditate while cooking. I want that!! Do you have any go-to recipes? Hopefully something that doesn’t involve too many ingredients. Winking smile

Also, in my attempt to allow for more “me time”, I’ve been permitting myself to not really cook if I feel like just winding down instead. So I’ve been making sandwiches and raiding the freezer for things like pelmeni I have in the freezer for occasions just like these. Do you have any healthy recipes that freeze well? Perhaps something that is not fully cooked and can just be boiled or baked when you’re feeling lazy but still want a home-made meal?

Looking forward to all of your suggestions! I want recipe details, with links. Ok?? Nyah-Nyah

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