Sunday, March 24, 2013

A Pinch of This & A Dash of That

Asian inspired tofu salad. Nom Nom Nom.

I know this post may seem like more than a slight departure from my typical secondhand scores and thrift philosophy, but I simply had to share. 

If you recall from my last post, my springtime to-do list included a desire to eat less junk. So in my quest to  eat fresh, health-conscious meals, I made this tasty creation.

I started with firm tofu drained and cubed and I pan fried it in sriracha and light soy sauce. I added tiny slivers of dried apricot, a bit of scallions and just a sprinkling of crushed raw almonds for crunch. Sweet, savory and a bit spicy. Yum yum.

Hey. Whhhhhooo is that eyeing up my dinner?

After browning the tofu, I removed the mixture from the heat and stuck it in the fridge to cool a bit while I prepared the greens. Just the ordinary lettuce, mushrooms, tomatoes, carrots. But with that asian tofu fry on top... Perfection!

And if you notice from my little pair of kitchen onlookers, I had some help creating the meal.

After all, where would be without the salt and pepper?

Basic seasonings in adorable shakers! 

As luck would have it, I recently won these kitchen cuties from the lovely Shannon from The Recycle-ista. Thank you again, Shannon! 

So with my new owls to watch over me, I have officially embarked on the journey toward   healthier eating. 

Apricots, almonds and scallions. Oh my! 

And with ingredients like these...that are as satisfying as they are aesthetically shouldn't be all that hard. 

What's cooking with you? 


Unknown said...

I'm hungry now xD I would try this recipe if nuts in general weren't so expensive ><

Jackie Jardine said...

I hear that, Carol. I had the almonds in the pantry already for when I was making my own trail mix. But if you want a cheaper substitute, try it with some crunchy asian noodles. I added the almonds as an afterthought to add crunch mostly.

<3 JAckie @ Let's Go Thrifting

Vanessa said...

Congratulations! Keep at it, it's so rewarding! :D That salad looks deliiiish. I always feel and look better when I get one salad in a day, gotta keep on that.

Jackie Jardine said...

I'm a salad fanatic, Van. But this was the first time incorporating tofu in the mix. I loved it.

<3 Jackie