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. 

  • 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!

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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).
  • 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 %