One, Two, Let’s Eat Tofu!

Dinner has always been my favorite meal of the day (unless dessert is considered a meal, of course). I tend to eat smaller portions during the day because I know dinner will almost always be something special. There are days when laziness takes over and a bowl of granola ends up being dinner, but more often than not, my last meal of the day is pretty spectacular. Tuesday night was a perfect example:

What you see above is Sesame Crusted Tofu Cutlets with Lemongrass-Orange Reduction, a recipe from the October 2012 issue of Vegetarian Times. We served it with brown rice and steamed broccoli. I really enjoyed this meal, but next time I would marinate the tofu in the sauce first to add some heightened flavor. Quick, filling, and simple!

Dessert was a double chocolate cupcake… Or was it two three?

“M” is for Meals in Bowls

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I am insanely fond of meals in bowls. To be more specific: grains, greens, tofu (tempeh, seitan, or beans work nicely too), and sauce – all nicely piled in a bowl and chopstick friendly. They are simple, well-balanced meals with versatility that can be enjoyed during any season. What’s not to love? In fact, Jessy and I have joked in the past about opening up a food cart that shares our love for Meals in Bowls (capitalized to show just how happy these food combinations make me) with everybody. Portland actually boasts quite a few carts already catering to my MIB needs, but it’s fun to dream (and remove myself from the dulling world of my office job)…

Our weekly meal plan almost always includes MIB. This week it was Grilled Pineapple Tofu with Nutty Greens over Rice; that’s a mouthful! And, it’s mighty delicious!!! The recipe is in Vegan Yum Yum, a cookbook packed full of gorgeous photos and creative recipes. Honestly, with all the new vegan cookbooks coming out (!!!!!), I am starting to wonder where to put them all. My kitchen shelves have room for a few more and then I might have to stow them in the closet or something similarly dreadful! For now, I will just worry about that later, if that makes any sense…

Tim and I loved this recipe so much that we had no leftovers. Brown rice is topped with nutty kale, baked tofu, grilled pineapples and a creamy coconut-pineapple sauce – it’s tropical and filling.

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What are your favorite MIB combinations? I’d love to know!!!

One Hundred!

Oooooh! This is my 100th post!!!!! How dandy is that? I’ll show you…

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…This dandy! These are the mighty delicious Dandies marshmallows from Chicago Soy Dairy. I cannot stop eating them! They are light, fluffy, sweet, vanilla-y, addictive, and just plain amazing. My lack of creative motivation has led me to eat these by the handful one at a time¬† instead of using them in a baked treat, but it simply doesn’t matter – these are ace. Food Fight will have them available to purchase online soon if you don’t have a place near you that sells Dandies.

I also had the pleasure of indulging in a newish vegan ice cream. Yeah, yeah! It is made with hemp milk and was featured briefly in the latest issue of VegNews.¬† Living Harvest makes a line called Tempt; they named this frozen treat accurately! I tried the Chocolate Fudge variety and it is incredibly creamy, smooth, chocolaty, and yummy. There are ribbons of fudgy goodness laced throughout each serving. I usually have trouble digesting ice cream and Tempt didn’t give me any troubles! Hooray!!!! There are several flavors to choose from and I look forward to sampling the rest.

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Lastly, Tim and I were recently in Seattle to see a concert and we managed to eat at a few places we had never been to on previous visits.

Cyber Dogs Internet Cafe was our choice for a quick lunch. This cafe is located about nine blocks from the famed Pike Place Market. They have an all vegetarian menu with the option to veganize pretty much any item you choose. The space is very tiny, but colorful and comfy. Tim and I sat on a cushy sofa while we waited for the friendly woman working to prepare our food. There are computers with internet for folks to enjoy while they munch happily on their creatively-adorned veggie dogs. The whole space is filled with knick-knacks and dog-themed stuff. We didn’t have to wait long for our order which was a huge bonus since we were hungry and trying to get back to our car before the meter ran out. Another bonus? Takeout orders are placed in biodegradable containers! Here are some photos of the inside of Cyber Dogs, and also our lunch:

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Lots of colorful fun stuff inside Cyber Dogs (see the Pound Puppy? Remember those?)

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The computers

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The menu (for a closer look at the menu, click here, and choose a larger size to view)

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Tim’s California Dog

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My Plain Jane Dog with vegan cheese sauce

We also walked around Pike Place Market. We stopped at Cinnamon Works for a vegan cinnamon roll (after we had eaten breakfast and Mighty O’s…). The cinnamon roll was quite good, a bit doughy, but sweet and filling. It had a nice maple glaze (I prefer plain) and the person who served us kindly warmed our roll in the oven! Nice! They also had some vegan cookies and muffins in the display case (although they looked a bit dry). Cinnamon Works is spendy, our cinnamon roll was $3.50! But I guess the market is a bit of a tourist trap and that’s the way stuff rolls sometimes.

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We also ate at a lovely place (right next door to where we were staying) called Chaco Canyon Cafe. I didn’t take photos, but the food was very simple and tasty. The space is bright, open, and lined with lots of windows. The staff is incredibly friendly and the menu is mostly vegan (with lots of raw options). Again, this place was spendy, but since Tim and I rarely eat out, it was a nice treat. If you find yourself in Seattle, please head over to Chaco Canyon Cafe. Your tummy will be so happy! I had an interesting juice blend called The Boost which was made of apple, carrot, ginger and wheatgrass. I also had a raw porridge which I really enjoyed, a lot. Tim had The Elvis Smoothie (banana and PB) and a tofu scramble sammie. His smoothie was so very, very, very smoooooooooooooooooooooooooooth! The sammie was perfectly seasoned and served on what we think was a sourdough rye. Good stuff.

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It was absolutely beautiful in Portland on Sunday! The temperature reached into the 80s, the sun was warm and comforting, and there was a soft, cooling breeze. I rode my bike around enjoying the freedom of the weekend. When dinnertime¬†approached, I wasn’t in the mood to spend a lot of time preparing my meal. Luckily I had printed off a recipe Lolo from veganyumyum had posted a few weeks ago for Simple Fried Rice with Japanese Seven Spice. The only change I made was substituting Chinese Five Spice since I didn’t have Japanese Seven Spice (feel like you’re in math class anyone?). I know they contain different ingredients, but this meal was incredible anyways! It truly is fast, simple, and tasty. I halved the recipe and still have plenty left over for two more meals.

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