Tofu rice bowls

Salad bar at Whole Foods.

You guys have been there, yes?

Amongst their wide array of vegetables, fruits, grain and pasta salads, they have this baked tofu that I have a mild obsession with. I always get a couple cubes of it no matter what it is I’m getting at the salad bar.

This tofu has no evidence of ever being spongy or mushy. It’s thick and chewy with a mild enough flavor to go with pretty much anything.

One day, I glanced at the ingredients and all it is is tofu and tamari. Say what? “I can totally make that,” I thought.

And last night was my first attempt.

The results? Not bad (definitely better than tofu I’ve made in the past), but still not as good as WF.

All I did was cut up a block of firm tofu (you can do whatever shape your heart desires), brush it with soy sauce, and bake at 350 for about 40 minutes, flipping every ten minutes. It shrinks big time so beware.

It all came together well with brown rice, shredded raw carrots, edamame, and peanut sauce.

Inspired by this dish.

I love the addition of shredded carrots.  You get to keep all the nutrients that might be lost with cooking as well as a nice natural sweetness. Shredding makes it super easy to eat, too!

As far as the peanut sauce goes, I’m fairly certain I can pour that stuff on just about anything and it’d make it good.

This is one of those basic dishes that you can easily customize. Liking the idea of broccoli that day? Throw it in! Hate edamame? Leave it out! Totally up to you.

Enjoy!

Seattle adventures

From July 26-August 1, I had the great privilege of being in Seattle with a couple of the best friends in the world. The experience was incredible, as was the food.

Piroshky Bakery

Do you know what a piroshky is? I totally didn’t, but after walking by this bakery twice while meandering through Pike Place Market and catching a whiff of the incredible smells coming from it, my friend and I gave it a try. It’s basically baked, stuffed puff pastry. This one had a chicken, mushroom, and rice mixture and was pretty killer. They had so many other combinations as well as sweet pastries that looked mouth-watering.

Paseo

This sandwich. This is a sandwich I will crave for the rest of my life. The flavors were so complementary and deep, unlike anything I’ve ever tasted. This was the Classic Cuban Roast and it ruled, but I also had a bite of the Midnight Cuban Press which was delicious as well. My friend told me that they get certain amounts of baguettes and meat delivered daily and once they sell out, they’re done. She happens to live so close to Paseo that you can smell the food cooking just by opening a window. If I were her, I’d be there every day. Good thing I’m not her.

Portage Bay Cafe

Local, organic, and sustainable cafe open for breakfast, brunch, and lunch. This place was awesome. My favorite part was that any meal that came with pancakes, waffles, or french toast, there was a little bar of fresh fruit, nuts, and other toppings that you could go and serve yourself however you wanted. I topped my french toast with fresh berries and peaches and I loved it. Portage Bay was a really cool place and everyone had a smile on their face which is always a plus.

Easy Street Cafe

Easily one of the coolest places we went to. This little diner was attached to a record store and was so hip inside. The food was cheap and really good and the staff was so upbeat and friendly. Their menu included items like the “Johnny Cash Special,” “Bennie and the Jets,” and the “Hall and Oates.” So cute!

Beth’s Cafe

Of course we had to go here. Home of the 12-egg omelet (Man v. Food, anyone?) and all-you-can-eat hash browns. We came here late – almost midnight – and the place was packed. The food was all you would expect from a little diner. I dug the atmosphere most out of everything. It was really relaxed and had drawings from customers posted all over the walls.

Araya’s

Vegan Thai food! My friends and I got the lunch buffet, which included a wide assortment of delicious food. Pad thai, curry, fried rice, salads, soups, egg rolls, fresh fruit, the list goes on. It was all really good! I’m sure any meat lover would like this place.

The Hi-Life

First time ever trying migas! I died. It was so good. I have no idea what “Diablo dusted” meant, but whatever it was made those potatoes awesome. The salsa and avocado were so fresh and everything was so flavorful. I was debating getting this or a chicken sandwich and I’m so glad I settled on the migas. It may or may not have been because Jenna had mentioned it before. 🙂

Fainting Goat Gelato

Do I even have to say anything about this? Just look at those flavors! I got hazelnut and salted caramel, and also got to try nutella (WHOA. So good.), white chocolate coconut, and toasted almond. All really fantastic. Anytime you can smell freshly made waffle cones from a block away, you know its going to be good. And this place was better than good.

So there’s the highlights! Bummed I didn’t get seafood, but that’ll just give me an excuse to make another trip back. 😉

Two days after I got back from Seattle, I roadtripped to St. George, Utah to see Grease and The Little Mermaid at Tuacahn. If you’re anywhere near this area, I highly recommend checking it out. It’s beautiful there and so much fun.

I know my posts are awfully sporadic, but I haven’t given up blogging. I’ll be back whenever I find the time and hope to make more regular posts, but for now, this will be how it is.

Be blessed!