Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Sorry for Being MIA

Hi Folks,

I know I haven't written to you all in awhile and so I wanted to post an update to you.
In April my husband lost both his Grandfather and Grandmother within two weeks of each other so in honor of them I took a break to help my mother-in-law and husband mourn.

Our last picture with gma and gpa

Then in the beginning in May we went to pick up our new RV and took a week to bring in back to New England.

Introducing Baymax!
Now my own mother is in the hospital. During our trip to get our RV she fell and broke her leg. She had surgery, was in the hospital for nearly a week and is now in a rehabilitation facility. I went to visit her last week and had a great visit.



I will now resume normal posting on this blog as well as my husband and I's new blog Bertaventure.com.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Tofu Chili


Hello Fellow Food Adventurers,

If you are looking for some meatless chili options, tofu is a great choice! It still provides the texture you are looking for and tofu is a great vehicle for a variety of flavors. 


Ingredients: 
  • 1 package extra-firm tofu, drained
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large green bell pepper, cored, seeded and chopped
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 small jalapeño, stemmed, seeded and finely chopped (optional)
  • 2 cups frozen corn
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 can no-salt-added kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can diced tomatoes, with their liquid
  • 1 can tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • Salt to taste
Topping Options
  • Cheddar cheese
  • Sour Cream
  • Tortilla Chips
  • Avocado
How To Put It Together

  1. Arrange tofu on a large plate lined with 3 or 4 paper towels and top with more paper towels. Place a heavy pan on top and drain for 20 mins, discard paper towels and crumble tofu, put aside.
  1. Heat oil in a large Dutch oven or soup pot over medium high heat. 
  2. Add pepper, onion, jalapeño and corn and cook for 5 minutes. 
  3. Add broth, beans, crumbled tofu, tomatoes, tomato sauce, chili powder, cumin and salt and stir well. 
  4. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer, uncovered or partially covered, stirring occasionally, until thickened and flavors have melded, about 45 minutes. 
  5. Ladle chili into bowls and serve.
  6. Enjoy!

Thursday, December 10, 2015

FREEBIE ALERT: Naked Infusion Salsa




Naked Infusion Salsa is giving away FREE samples of their gourmet salsas. They use only the freshest organic ingredients sourced from local California farms to provide rich, smooth, clean, authentic flavors.

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FREEBIE ALERT: 12/10 ONLY - Free Chicken Sandwich At Red Robin, If You Share Santa's Name


Red Robin is celebrating the season of giving by inviting all guests who share a derivative os Santa's name - Christopher, Christine, Nicole and Nicholas - to enjoy a FREE #NameThatChickenBurger on Thursday, December 10 at participating Red Robin restaurants nationwide!

Read the whole Press Release here.


Monday, December 7, 2015

Bang Bang Tofu


Hello Fellow Food Adventurers,

I have been enjoying food with a little kick lately. I am always looking for new dishes and ways to make some of my favorite restaurant/fast food dishes cleaner or at least a better option. So this is a budget friendly dish as well as under 500 cals (without the rice).
Ingredients
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1-1/2 cups cold water
  • 1-3/4 cups white flour, sifted
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup sriracha
  • 1 Tbs rice vinegar
  • 2 Tbs sugar
  • 1 block extra firm tofu
  • vegetable oil, enough to fill a large nonstick pot to 1/3 inch 
  • Steamed broccoli florrets
  • Green onions (optional)
How To Put It Together
  1. Drain the tofu by wrapping it in either a clean dish towel or a few layers of paper towels. Place an additional dish towel or paper towels on top of a plate and place the wrapped tofu on top if the tofu. Place something heavy on top of the tofu (like a cast iron skillet). At minimum drail for 20 minutes, I like to drain it for at least one hour.
  2. Cut the tofu into bite size pieces.
  3. Pour oil into a large pot, fill to 1/3-1/2 inch deep and turn the heat on to medium low.
  4. Place the egg yolks in a large bowl and whisk them together. As you whisk slowly add in the ice water and blend well. 
  5. Add in the flour and quickly stir to mis- to not over mix, it is ok if it has some clumps.
  6. Dip each tofu cube into the batter and place into the hot oil. Fry for about two minutes, flip and fry the other side for an additional minute. Remove from the pan and place on a paper towel to drain any excess oil. 
  7. Steam broccoli, I do this in a microwave safe dish with a lid with a couple of Tbs of water. 
  8. In a bowl mix together the mayonnaise, Sriracha, rice vinegar, and sugar.
  9. Toss in the tofu to mix evenly
  10. Serve over rice and with a side of broccoli. Make extra sauce for anyone that likes it extra spicy!


Nutritional Breakdown by MyFitnessPal
calories 471
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 30 g45 %
Saturated Fat 5 g25 %
Monounsaturated Fat 8 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 16 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 102 mg34 %
Sodium 447 mg19 %
Potassium 268 mg8 %
Total Carbohydrate 40 g13 %
Dietary Fiber 2 g9 %
Sugars 17 g
Protein 12 g24 %
Vitamin A7 %
Vitamin C52 %
Calcium20 %
Iron17 %

Friday, November 27, 2015

Hot Chocolate Mug Cake


Ok, so sometimes you just need to have dessert, I totally get it. You don't want to make a dozen cookies, or a whole cake and mess up your entire kitchen. The mug cake is a perfect solution to this problem. It makes a single serving of cake and you can find a zillion variations of this cake on Pinterest or Google. 

Ingredients

  • 5 Tablespoons flour (all-purpose)
  • 5 Tablespoons instant hot chocolate mix
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • Dash of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil (or canola)
  • 4 1/2 Tablespoons water or milk (I used Almond milk)
How To Put It Together
  1. Using a large microwave safe mug, spray the inside with non-stick cooking spray. 
  2. Next, mix together the flour, hot chocolate mix, baking powder, and salt.
  3. Add in vanilla, vegetable oil, and water (or milk)
  4. Mix well until smooth using a fork. 
  5. Place in microwave and cook on high for 1.5-2 minutes, uncovered. 
  6. Check the center with toothpick to make sure it comes out clean, if it does its done!. Be sure not to over cook!
  7. Top with whatever you like - powdered sugar, frosting, chocolate chips, caramel or whipped cream! 
  8. Enjoy!

Eat Well and Adventure On,
Kat