The adventures of a wannabe vegan

Day 16 of eating vegan (mostly, I’ve had a few lapses) and feeling excellent.

My blood sugars are beautiful, I have more energy, and I’m sleeping lots better.

Vegan cooking is new to me, though, and it’s been a challenge.

Let’s talk about tofu for a moment.

I know, I’m a party animal.

Anywho, I yesterday I attempted to dry-fry some tofu.

I had an excellent recipe. This recipe calls for the cook to press out some of the tofu’s excess moisture, but leave some in so that when frying the tofu in a cast iron pan, the moisture left in the tofu helps it fry.

Well, my attempt was a disaster, because I tried to fry on too high a heat (I have an electric stove in this apartment and I haven’t quite mastered the controls yet).

I didn’t take a picture of the results. Trust me, you don’t want to see the results. Total yuck.

So I decided not to try dry-fry tofu until I’ve mastered an easier method of cooking tofu–baking!

This morning I headed down to QFC and bought another block of organic tofu.

Using my son’s method, I pressed the moisture out of tofu, using paper towels, and weighing the tofu down for 15-30 minutes. Then I poured a sauce of soy sauce and garlic powder on the tofu, pressed a bit more liquid out, cubed it, and baked the tofu at 350 degrees for twenty minutes.

And here is the result:

And it’s delicious!

I’ve also had good luck with some other vegan recipes: Mushroom Barley soup, lentil soup, and Dreena’s apple swirl loaf. I liked Dreena’s recipe so much I bought her book The Everyday Vegan. Dreena also has a blog!

I feel like I’m learning how to cook all over again.

So far I’m not missing meat and dairy (well, I do hanker for some Swiss cheese every so often), but I feel terrific (except for a bit o’ gas every so often, all of the veggies and fiber :).

Tonight I’m going to have a tofu and veggie stir fry with brown rice.

Yummy!

About boomergrl49

Mom, Grandma, retired social worker, blogger. I love reading fiction of all kinds, and I'm also addicted to television (Netflix, Hulu, Acorn, Amazon video).

Posted on January 16, 2012, in The Everyday Vegan, the wannabe vegan. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Well done, I know I’ve no will power to change my diet at all!

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  2. It’s ongoing work, Lady Banana! Thanks!

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