Thursday, May 13, 2010

Make-In Take-Out

As my daughter's "birth day" draws near (maybe three days now!), I am enjoying some half days at work, which leave me enough energy to cook a "real meal" for dinner. Take this General Tao's Tofu for example. I got the recipe from a recent Veg News magazine, but it's really from Veg Web's website.

Mr. PLV just loves take-out Chinese, although Indian restaurants are our favorite at the moment, so I chose this recipe thinking of him. He's also on a tofu-kick, which is great! This was possibly the easiest recipe I have made in ages, and one of the tastiest. In fact, Mr. PLV gives this four stars! **** He says it's one of his all-time favorites. I wasn't so sure about the pan-frying, but it doesn't call for a lot of oil. Some of the comments on the website suggest baking the tofu. Either way, I was blown away by the crispy coating, delicious sauce, and overall great meal! We served it alongside brown rice and steamed broccoli, which cooked with no effort on my part in the rice cooker and electric steamer while I prepared the tofu. His only suggestion would be to cut the tofu into smaller cubes (I followed the recipe and did one inch cubes which were pretty big but a nice change from the tiny cubes we usually do) and to double the sauce and mix in stir-fried broccoli. Hey - if a pregnant lady three days away from her due date can make this, anyone can! Happy make-in, take-out! (P.S. - note that the recipe is NOT called General Tso's, but General Tao's. Cute, but confusing when you're searching the website).

Sunday, May 02, 2010

Two Weeks to Go!

Two weeks to go (more or less!) until we welcome our baby girl into our world. We've had four (yes, four!) wonderful showers, and the best part? Every single one of them had a vegan cake and all vegan or mostly vegan food! I wish I could show you photos of the cakes, but they mostly had our names on them, and I do try to keep our privacy :) They were all homemade cakes, too (well, except one) and all amazing! Our showers were also mostly "green," meaning people used recycled or reusable gift wrap and bags, party gifts included herbs potted in used baby food jars, and decorations (no balloons - yay!) included a string of second-hand baby clothes strung on a "clothesline." We're planning on doing cloth diapers, so those were our favorite gifts next to second hand clothes! Here's a shot of our crib (second hand from a relative) along with many handmade quilts from loving family and friends, and our daughter's newest toys, including Sock Monkey, a tiger from the WWF, and a little lamb we will call "Lamby" (I mean, really - Lamb Chop?? How twisted is that?).

Meanwhile, we still have to eat around here....We've been doing lots of old stand-byes, but now and then I find the energy to make something new...

This was the Chili-Cornbread Pie from 500 Vegan Recipes, a book I still do not own but might have to buy in the future. This was hearty, comforting, and pretty yummy! Three stars *** (could have been spicier).

But best of all, it was quick to put together, and I could take a nap while it baked in the oven! Alongside a nice salad (yes, I can eat those again, no prob!), this would've been a better winter meal, since it reached 90 degrees here today - ugh!

Here's to the beginning of May and other joyous beginnings around the corner!