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Photo Food Blog ~ Sunday May 23rd

Monday, May 24, 2010

Breakfast: 1 slice double fiber toast, 1 tbls jam, zero cal butter spray..... 1/2 cup oatmeal.... 2 tsp brown sugar..... 1 tsp light margarine ... (the baby ended up eating my bananas) - 226

Lunch: Veggie Chicken Gyro..... 1 flatout wrap, lettuce, tomato, greek cucumber sauce, 4 strips Morning Star veggie chicken stirps... ( wow this was so good!) ... 1/2 can progresso lentil soup... 1/2 cup couscous - 480

Snack: caramel corn rice cake w/ blueberry cream cheese - 95

Snack: (went to the movies and saw shrek 4.. it was really good! I ended up eating a pack of raisinets & a few of my sons peanut m&ms) 1 pack raisinets... 1/4 pack peanut m&ms - 248

Dinner: Tofu maranated in teriayki sauce, breaded in bread crumbs and pan fried in 1 tsp olive oil..... pineapple carrot sauce.... 1/2 cup brown & wild rice..... 1 medium corn on the cob + zero cal butter spray - 510

(Pretty good but the consistancy was very soft.... I mean I could eat it but I cant say it was the best thing I have ever had... the kids kinda ate one or two peices and then said "mommy I dont like this chicken"... I dont think I will be doing tofu very often)

Snack: 2 medium carrots... 1/2 sliced cucumber.... 2 tbls moroccan hummus - 116

Total Calories for the day ~ 1675 calories

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
SOCKS117 6/12/2010 11:26AM

  Lol my mom used to trick me with "chicken" too (although ours was tuna fish in spaghetti, even though I dislike fish).

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SAPPHIRE983 5/25/2010 9:34AM

    Hmm, I don't think I could do tofu...

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LOSINGJESS 5/25/2010 9:31AM

    yes I have to really give my hubby props lol... he ate what I cooked even though he kinda had this.. "WTF am I putting in my mouth?" look on his face. He eats just about everything I cook, even the stuff that comes out not so great. Thats really saying alot for him because he is not an experimental eater like I am... I will eat just about anything once ... and usually if I dont like something I will try it again in a year or two just to see if my tastes have changed for it.... Lol I have been working on liking olives for the last 5 years, they are a little better but I dont like them still. Brie (the cheese) is something I will never like... I have tried it twice because the first time I thought it had gone bad... but no, it tasted like mildew both times I ate it. Yuck!

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MALEXANDER4 5/25/2010 6:31AM

    The gyro great, tofu, not so great....There is something abut eating a food that takes on the flavors of whatever you put with it that worries me. And it looks too soft for me. Bravo for giving it a try, and give your hubby a pat for me, he eats what you make and I think that is awesome. Mine still puts his nose up to veggies so I cook for him and me.

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BELUGA20 5/24/2010 4:08PM

    I love Gardein protein "crispy tenders." You can have about 2 for 90 calories, and they're rather filling.

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SPARKYJEANIE1 5/24/2010 2:20PM

    "Mommy, I don't like this chicken" emoticon Aww, poor lil pumkins...haha. Good for you for trying somthing new anyways. Either you're a tofu person or you're not, plain and simple. Was it the extra firm? That's the only one I use.

I will MOST definitely be making a veggie chicken gyro...maybe tonight. I have some whole wheat wraps that I've been itching to use so I think I'll do that.

You continue to inspire us all. I'm glad you got out and enjoyed Shrek! I want to take the kiddos too, believe it or not, even our teenagers want to see it as well!! LOL (bet they'd die if their friends knew).

Rock on, my little SUPERSTAR!!!! emoticon emoticon


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ANALYZETHIS1 5/24/2010 10:55AM

    I've had morningstar veggie nuggets, veggie burgers and chicken patties but never the chicken strips. yum.

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CHRISS77 5/24/2010 9:57AM

    I cook with tofu a lot. Tofu has no real flavour. It takes the flavour of what you cook it with, and this is why it works really well in curries and the like.

If you want to marinate it before cooking, I'd suggest squeezing out as much liquid as possible. Best way is to stack it between two plates and put something heavy on it.... a 5lb bag of potatoes for instance. Periodically you'll need to drain the liquid from the bottom plate, but I'd let it squeeze for a good 15 minutes if not longer.

The other alternative it to bake it or fry it first. I like the frying option, and you can do it in a non-stick skillet with no oil, or just a smidge for an extra crisy edge. Cut it into thin strips (about 1/4 inch thick and as wide/long as you like... I do mine about 1x1.5". Fry until the edges are crispy, turn, repeat. Marinate after they are cooked.

Sometimes I like to spread a bit of curry paste (proper green, yellow or red Thai curry paste works beautifully) on the tofu before pan frying. Since it is a paste it doesn't add moisture and the frying seals in the flavour then I toss it in at the end of a stir-fry and add a bit of lime juice and soy sauce over the whole fry-up. In fact, I'll be doing this dish this week, so I'll blog about it when I do it.

In fact, your recent posts have given me the idea I should blog more about my vegetarian/vegan dishes so that is what I'm going to do! Thanks for the idea.

As for kids, my two year old loves tofu, but you do need to know how to cook with it. Fortunately, there are some easy tricks to making good tofu. Unfortunately for your kids, it'll never actually be like chicken.

Oh, and one last thing. If you find your tofu doesn't have enough texture, freeze it first. I usually don't bother doing this, but I do notice our leftover tofu dishes that have been frozen have a different texture than when they were fresh.

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LOSINGJESS 5/24/2010 9:34AM

    I drained the tofu before I sliced it by squeezing the liquid between paper towels but I think I put alot of the moisture back in it by marinating it in the teriyaki sauce. I think next time I might try the papertowels after the marinaid... Im assuming that the tofu will still have alot of the flavor still...

Anyway, I only used half a pack so I will be attempting tofu at least one more time so we will see if I do any better

~ Jess

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NIELSENSLADY 5/24/2010 9:06AM

    You seem to be a great cook. Maybe whip up some chikpeas next time and have falafel. It is fabulous!

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KMARTIN9061 5/24/2010 9:05AM

    Very healthy today, love it! I don't like Tofu at all... but kudos for trying something new!

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MICHCLEARY 5/24/2010 9:00AM

    Have you tried laying the slices on paper towels for awhile before you cook it? I think that would help drain out some of the extra moisture.

I like the chicken gyro sandwich as well.

I've been using your photo blog idea when I have to go out. I take a picture of what I'm eating to blog later so that I stay on a good path. It works most of the time so thanks for the idea.

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    I'm trying my first tofu cooking this week (we got it in our CSA). From what I've read, if you bake it first, before pan frying it, it'll help dry it out and un-mush-a-fy it. Also people say freezing it and defrosting it helps too. Although that is WAY too much work for me. I think I might be too lazy for tofu, but since it was in the box, it's worth a shot!

Your gyro wrap makes me want Greek food SO BADLY. YUM!

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NANAPATTYB 5/24/2010 7:58AM

    Everything looked delicious until the tofu. Well at least you can say you tried it, kudos to you. I am still to hesitant to try it.

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POLARBEAR63 5/24/2010 7:48AM

    Looks Delicious emoticon

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