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3.27.2011

Just Another Meatless Monday #52 Giveaway Winner

Hey What's For Dinner





The winner of the Moosewood Cookbook, signed by Mollie Katzen is Kristi of Veggie Converter. Kristi is a consistent supporter of Just Another Meatless Monday and her entry of Vegan Purple Aloo Gobi last week won her a signed just for her Moosewood Cookbook! Yeah Kristi, drop me an email with your address and I'll send your book to Mollie to sign and she'll send it on to you.

This week I'm doing something a little different, check it out. I met Michelle Stern of What's Cooking With Kids last year at BlogHer Food, we cooked together in an iron chef style competition. Actually, we cooked against each other in that competition, what a fun and crazy night it was. But the next day when I was speaking on the subject of food, kids and the future there was Michelle, asking pointed important questions and smiling encouragingly. She was engaging, smart, friendly and made very good points. We chatted on and off the rest of the weekend and have been friends ever since. When I heard she was coming out with a cookbook, The Whole Family Cookbook, I was so excited for her. She blogs but she also teaches kids how to cook at parties, in their home and now in her own cookbook. I can't WAIT to get my hands on her cookbook, in the meantime check out the recipe Michelle sent me to try out, Crispy Tofu and Asian Dipping Sauce.


YUM



Crispy Tofu with Asian Dipping Sauce--from The Whole Family Cookbook
**plan ahead to drain of excess water from tofu, about 30 minutes to one hour**
 ingredients
2 Packages Extra Firm Tofu
3 TBSP cooking oil

Asian Dipping Sauce
2 TBSP soy sauce--I used Tamari Sauce
1 TBSP sesame oil
1/2 TBSP honey, agave nectar or brown sugar--I used dehydrated cane juice
1 TBSP rice vinegar
1 clove of garlic
fresh chives to taste--whoops we didn't have any!
chile oil, optional

drain the water from the tofu
cut it into approximately 1/3 inch thick slices
cut each slice diagonally into triangles
 line a rimmed baking sheet with a clean dish towel
lay the tofu slices on it place another towel over the top and then another baking sheet on top
place, place a something heavy on top of it to press out the water so the tofu will get crispy when cooked
make the sauce by combining the first 4 ingredients, mixing well
peel the garlic and press into the sauce, mix again then set aside until the tofu is ready
when the tofu is done draining heat the oil in a large well seasoned skillet over medium high heat
when the oil shimmers add some of the drained tofu triangles
cook in batches until all are done
snip the chives over the sauce if using
serve the sauce and the tofu triangles together

peeling garlic

mixing sauce

how could you NOT love these?
I have to say my kids don't like tofu that much, they tolerate it at best. When Michelle sent me a choice of recipes I picked the tofu recipe because I knew it would be a hard sell with my kids. They willingly helped make it, they love to help in the kitchen! They willingly ate it and dare I say enjoyed it.  The dipping sauce is AMAZING and makes this recipe sing. My husband and I love tofu and of course this recipe was a hit with us as well, we'll be adding this to the regular rotation.






Peace and Love--



9 comments :

  1. This is on our menu for Meatless Monday. It looks so good I cannot wait to try it!

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  2. hey RIGHT ON you will love it and kids can help which is a PLUS in our book!

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  3. Crispy tofu!! Amazing! I got a block of extra firm in my fridge just waiting for something special like this. Thanks Laura!

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  4. My family just loves crispy tofu. We can't get enough of it. We like eating it with a combo of barbecue sauce mixed with sriracha.

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  5. This sounds delicious, and what a nutritious snack with the tofu. I've never cooked tofu that way before, but I love the idea of it and look forward to trying it out! Michelle's cookbook sounds really wonderful. Thank you for hosting.

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  6. What a great snack, great recipe. Thank you for hosting and have a great week!

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  7. Great recipe! That sauce sounds to die for! :), Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

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  8. Thank you, Laura! I love these photos, especially of the little hands at work. Phew, so relieved the kids liked the recipe :-)

    Thank you SO much for the lovely post and the shout out!

    xoxoxoxox
    Michelle

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  9. Your recipe looks delicious! Thanks for hosting. Have a great week :-)

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