The Good: Attending my last class of the semester! And celebrating with an in-home happy hour.
queso, broccoli, grape tomatoes, and chips + margarita x 2
(zoomed out...)The Good: Getting an A on my first final!
The Bad: Alphabet soup that was full of the letter F
PS why is soup so ugly?
The Good: Devising an awesome tofu press.
From the bottom: large container, tofu, smaller container, tub of nutritional yeast, extra heavy book, 3 slim booksThe Bad: Our roof has several leaks... in the bedroom and hallway. We've been sleeping in the living room- hope our landlord can get it fixed soon!
I seriously got a good cupful of water out of that tofu!
The dish was amazing...you'd be surprised at the difference using high-quality peas makes!
I feel like the Barefoot Contessa saying, "add your good peas."
Vegan Mattar Paneer - Peas and Tofu
1 cup grape tomatoes (or equivalent with regular tomato)
1 shallot minced (made about 1/4 cup)
1 TBSP ginger garlic paste
1 container firm or extra firm tofu, drained and pressed
2 TBSP extra virgin olive oil
1/2 - 1 tsp red chili powder
1/2 tsp turmeric
1 tsp dhania powder (mix of coriander and cumin)
sea salt to taste
1 can peas (or equivalent frozen, fresh, etc)
1/4 cup water
Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Cut tofu into 1/2 inch cubes and brown on all sides. This will take about 10 minutes. While the tofu is browning, combine tomatoes, shallot, and ginger garlic paste in a food processor and grind to a puree or fine dice. Remove tofu and set on paper towels.*
With the remaining oil in the skillet, add all spices but salt. Add the tomato mixture and cook for about 5 minutes. Add sea salt to taste. Add the peas and water to the skillet and bring to a boil.** Turn the heat to low and add the browned tofu cubes. Heat through, and serve! You may want to add more salt too!
*You could bake your tofu too, but I didn't want to wait 30 minutes to do that!
**If you find your mixture too watery, add a cornstarch slurry of 1 TBSP cornstarch that has been mixed with 1/4 cup cold waterI ate mine with a pita bread.
This is also delicious with rice or roti or naan...any way you like it!
What are some of your good, bad, and yummies from this week?