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Easy ‘Peasy’ Lime Tofu and rice

January 28, 2011

Today was Australia day.  Apparently this means finding a spot on any piece of grass you can find at the beach and settling in for the day.

Don’t be fooled by this early morning fog.

There they are!

Screaming, yelling and walking the streets drunk by 5 p.m. is optional but highly likely.    I think they’re all just dizzy with the heat.

I know I am.  After all, who leaves their home to go to the gym, a place that is for sweating only to cool off?    I preferred to run 4 kms today in air conditioning rather than bake and perspire in the house.        Somehow a running sweat is rewarding where just baking reminds me of my mom’s description of a hot flash. Heat slowly bubbling from your insides to the surface of your skin until you just want to lie down on a giant ice block……and maybe smack someone if you get the chance.

I think I have Menopause.

Can you have Menopause?

Well just in case…..I heard you should eat soy.

Easy ‘Peasy’ Lime Tofu and brown rice

6 tbsp baking stevia or splenda (or white sugar)

6 tbsp soy sauce

juice and zest of 1 lime and 1 more lime for the rice

4 cloves of garlic (paste or very finely chopped)

cayenne pepper (optional)

1/4 chopped cilantro (optional)

2 blocks of extra firm tofu frozen and dethawed

1 cup uncooked brown rice

1 cup frozen peas

1 bunch of greens (kale, collards, spinach or any green veggie)

3 tbsp balsamic vinegar (I used reduced)

Cook brown rice in 2 cups of water.

I always freeze firm tofu and dethaw for that extra chewy, meaty consistency.  When the blocks of tofu are ready, gently squeeze out the water.  Place tofu on a dry towel and then place something heavy on top to further squeeze out any liquid.  About 20 min.

In the meantime place all sauce ingredients in a bowl and stir well to dissolve sugar.  Set aside.

Heat oven to 400 degrees.  Slice tofu into long slices or triangles and place on parchment lined cookie sheet.  Spray tofu with cooking spray and bake until slightly crispy.   About 15 minutes.

Remove tofu and place into a large frying pan sprayed with a bit of oil just to coat.  Once the pan is very hot, add sauce and coat well.  Continue to stir and let the sauce boil so that the sugars thicken and get the tofu sticky.    Remove and set aside.

In the same hot frying pan add your greens and the juice of the second lime along with some salt and pepper.  Once the greens have wilted add balsamic vinegar and lime juice, add the brown rice and frozen peas.   Keep the heat on high and stir every couple of minutes letting the rice stick to the bottom a bit.

Serve tofu over rice mixture.  You could sprinkle with some chopped peanuts and cilantro.

By the condition of the park Thursday morning (post Australian day), I’m guessing sales of Tylenol spiked.

Now really people?  would you do this to your own backyard?

Now I even sound Menopausy

5 Comments leave one →
  1. John permalink
    January 28, 2011 7:13 am

    Sorry if I’m repeating myself but, “Baking Stevia”?? Is it different than the regular stuff? Does it not leave that “taste”? Only in Oz?? I gotta know…..

  2. sandra permalink
    January 28, 2011 9:28 am

    Nah you are to young menopause. Probally perimenopause. Try soy , and wild yam. No fun getting old .!

  3. Lisa permalink
    January 28, 2011 3:38 pm

    You should send that picture of the garbage to the newspaper and shame those Aussies that made that mess. Food looks yummy as usual. I miss you. When are you coming back and cooking for me? If I win the lottery and get really rich, would you come live with me and be my personal chef?

    • January 28, 2011 11:12 pm

      Aren’t you rich now?? All you had to do was ask me to come to Costa Rica and I would have cooked for you every night….after we shared a bottle of wine of course. 🙂
      I don’t think they can be shamed, they just think it’s normal here to party in the parks and sleep in their cars. We had 2 girls sleeping in their station wagon in front of the house for 3 weeks on and off and we live in a ‘good’ area. Canadians would probably do the same though if it didn’t mean they would DIE (hypohermia).

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