I finally cooked and it was good.

April 23, 2011 § 5 Comments

I realized yesterday that I had been home from Phoenix one whole week and the only thing I managed to actually cook was some fideo (which is ridiculously easy and good).  I made a double batch and ate it all week.  Other than that, it’s been pre-packaged/store bought/etc and oh!  How good it felt to get back into the kitchen.

I had some tofu marinating in this marinade all week, thinking I’d get to it sooner.  Everyday Dish is such a helpful site.  Not only do they have lots of delicious recipes and guest posts from awesome vegan chefs, they have videos so you can see how it’s done.  I love to watch people cook so I can visualize each step when I go to make it myself.  So, yeah, Food Network!  Listen up!  More vegan programming!  Any vegan programming!

I decided yesterday that THAT WAS IT and no more crappy processed food!  I decided to make breaded chicken-style tofu steaks & broccoli-mushroom quinoa.  I made that recipe up because I’m awesome.  I was originally going to pair it with brown rice but that takes too long for me sometimes.  It takes almost an HOUR, you guys.  Gross.  We went to Costco when we bought our house and purchased a gigantic bag of short grain brown rice (what up, Lundbergs!) and it is taking forever to finish it.  I don’t know why we bought so much.  It makes me feel like I can’t buy any other kind of rice now until that is gone.  In conclusion, giant bag of rice=not necessary unless the world is ending.  The world isn’t ending though!  Right, guys?  EVERYTHING IS FINE.

Where was I?  Rice!  I was going to do rice but instead made quinoa.  I sauteed some mushrooms and garlic, deglazed that with some white wine, threw in some finely chopped broccoli florets and the rinsed quinoa, and then a mixture of water and the leftover tofu marinade.  BA-BAM!  While I let that cook, I took my tofu and pressed it into a plate of panko.  I baked the tofu for 40 minutes (20 each side) at 400.

Once it was all done, we paired it with a nice green salad and some recorded Daily Show.  I didn’t write this out as a real recipe because I honestly didn’t reeeeeally measure anything.  It was one of those times that I decided to just throw together what we had and it actually worked!  It’s like I’m good at cooking sometimes!

I will leave you with a picture of this meal and can I just say something?  I really need to find my camera.  These iPhone pictures are starting to get embarrassing.  Two words I never spell correctly the first time:  embarrassing and recommend.  Wait, I just did it.  Nevermind.



§ 5 Responses to I finally cooked and it was good.

  • Sherry says:

    Looks great! If the world was ending I don’t think you would be able to get to Costco in time to get the rice 😉
    I really like this blog! Keep it up

  • Ellen Lopez says:

    This looks really good! Although I’m still not sure about the tofu. I was told that when you buy rice (large quantities especially) you need to put it in the freezer for at least 24 hours to kill anything that might be in there (critters). You saw my huge bin of rice that we have! I think we’ve had it 3 years! HA!

  • Courtney says:

    I like how you wrote a paragraph and a half on rice and then never even made it! 🙂

    I looks good and I love your blog so keep it up.

  • Ross says:

    tofu steaks rule. you rule. we’re making this. that brown rice almost came in handy during rapture weekend. keep writing stuff Beth…


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