Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Tofu + Me = Toanna

I thought I was done with the crazy dreams for now, but I'm not. Last night, I had a wild dream. I was on a road trip with my friend, Brian (pictured to the left), and we were driving around the mountains. Isn't he sexy? haha He was the driver, and when we had to make this big turn, he turned the car off of a cliff and we were flying over the ocean. And let me just say that he did this on purpose; he wanted to show me that he could land it back on the mountain. Instead, he ended up landing the car on a big rock protruding from the ocean. I don't remember how we got off the rock, or if we even did. Knowing my dreams, we probably didn't. haha. But anyway, a few other people I know had random cameos in this dream, but I don't think they helped us either. I still liked this dream though. I woke up at 7, went to the bathroom, and went back to bed just to finish it.

Anyway, my recipe for today is a Dreena Burton creation. It's from "Eat, Drink, and Be Vegan" and I'm enjoying it right now for breakfast. It's a tofu dish with a Chinese flair. I really like it and have paired it with whole wheat penne and spinach. I didn't have some of the ingredients, so this is what I used.

Here's the recipe:
Orange Cashew Tofu

2 tsp arrowroot powder
1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice (zest orange first)
1 tsp orange zest
3 tbsp tamari
2 tbsp pure maple syrup
2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
2 medium cloves garlic, minced
1 tbsp toasted sesame oil
1/8 tsp sea salt
1 pkg extra-firm tofu, cubed
1/4 cup cashews, chopped


Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. In an 8 x 12 in baking dish, combine arrowroot with 2 tbsp orange juice and stir until fully dissolved. Add remaining juice and ingredients, except for tofu and cashews, and stir to combine. Add tofu and coat both sides in sauce. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour or cook immediately. To bake, cover with aluminum foil and bake for 15 minutes. Turn over tofu, gently stir to cover tofu with sauce, and bake uncovered, for another 6-9 minutes, or until sauce thickens. Remove from oven, sprinkle with cashews, and eat up!!


Steph said...

Looks rad. And I like your little 'about me' thing. That's exactly how I feel about the whole Vegan/Veg/food ordeal. I mean... I gave it up for a dinner a few months ago to have a bite of a Bison burger. I couldn't kill the curiosity in the name of Vegetarianism. I hope the animals can forgive me. Ha.

Joanna said...

I'm so glad you feel the same way!!! As long as you eat a vegetarian/vegan diet, having one bite is good for your soul! Plus, it just sounds cool when you can say you've tried Bison.