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Are you hungry? Baked Tofu Bites

Yep, this post is about baked tofu. Let that sink in for a minute. Baked tofu… 

Sounds good? No? Lol. I think most people would turn their nose up at such a thing, especially if they have never had it! But Ive found a several ways to prepare it and I think its actually pretty good. (Why tofu? You can read about the benefits here.) Baked like this gave a brown crust, paprika added a smoky flavor and it reminded me of nuggets. So hey, dont knock it until you try it. 😉

Baked Tofu Bites

Baked Tofu

I dont know that this will be much of a typical recipe because I didn’t measure the spices. If you’re the kind of cook that needs exact measurements, go ahead and use your favorite store bought spice mix – it’ll be ok!)

Package extra firm tofu
Favorite spices (I used sea salt, paprika, ground cumin, and chili powder.)
Olive oil

Prepare the tofu by removing it from the package and pressing it in between two plates to remove the excess water. Cut into cubes. Whisk together spices and olive oil, coat the tofu cubes. Place in a single layer on a backing sheet. Bake at 425 for 30 mins, flipping half way through, or until nice and brown!

I topped mine with hot sauce and parsley, dipped in mustard. This was one package of tofu and according to the 21 Day Fit Extreme program that Im on, it served 2. Cut in sticks, like french fries, and places in a zip lock bag, these would make for a really easy on-the-go snack.


Are You Hungry? BBQ Goodness!

Its been almost a week since Ive posted, and forever since Ive given any recipes! Im really not in the mood to talk about food, I had a delish italian dinner and am full, 😛 but here goes… I made this BBQ Good-ness meal last week and it totally hit the spot!

Over this past weekend I took the children back home to visit for my mothers birthday. We were there from Friday-Monday and had a great time. On Sunday we went to my inlaws church. The service was about ‘hot topic’ issues in politics and what the bible says about them (fantastic!!!) and after the church held a bbq full of pork, chicken, hot dogs (every vegetarian’s dream, huh?), sweet potato casserole, green beans, cold slaw, and bread. Of course I didnt eat the meat, the sweet potato casserole was way to sweet for my liking, and I hate slaw. My lunch consisted of a slice of whole wheat bread and a little bit of the green beans. (By the time dinner rolled around I was starving and ended up eating too much dinner. :/ Boo! Im sure tomorrow’s WIW will be interesting…)

Oh and side note: when I was on the way to throw away my trash I saw a man emptying out a green bean pot, he was removing some kind of ham bone-thing. So great. The greens were cooked using the ham bone– I should have known! Stupid southern cooking. My veg ‘lunch’ ended up being not-so-veg. Lesson: if you eat someone else’s cooking, ask them whats in it/how they cooked it. Dont assume something is veg. Ask questions.

Anyways, that was how not to eat veg at a bbq!! How does a vegan/vegetarian fix bbq? Ill tell ya! 🙂

BBQ Tofu Sadwiches
1 package of extra firm tofu, pressed and sliced into 1/4 inch strips
3/4 your fav BBQ sauce (I like KC Masterpiece Smoky Bourbon)
2 tablespoons dijon mustard
a splash of oil
whole wheat buns, toasted
tomato, sliced
shredded lettuce

BBQ Tofu

BBQ Tofu

Mix the BBQ sauce and mustard. Set aside. Heat a pan with a splash of oil on Med heat. Add tofu strips. Cook until browned on both sides, about 5 mins per side. Reduce heat to low. Add sauce and coat tofu with sauce. Cover and cook for 3 minutes more. Assemble sandwich by placing bbq tofu, lettuce, and tomato on toasted buns. Eat. Enjoy! Side Note: preparing the tofu this was is the fastest method. If you would prefer you can bake it, baked tofu recipe here. (But the baked takes significantly longer to cook.)

Simple Baked Beans
I used The Pioneer Woman’s recipe but altered it to make it simple and to make it veg:
1 medium onion, chopped
1 medium green pepper, chopped
3 large cans (28 ounces each) vegetarian baked beans, I used Bush’s Vegetarian Baked Beans.
3/4 cup BBQ sauce (I like KC Masterpiece Smoky Bourbon)
2 tablespoons dijon mustard

Preheat oven to 325. In a lightly oiled pan, cook the onion and bell pepper. 3-4 mins. Add the beans, BBQ sauce, and mustard. Stir well. Bring to a simmer. Pour into large casserole pan. The Pioneer Woman says to bake for 2 hours! But I didnt have that kind of time so I only baked for 45 mins. 😛

Braised Greens with Tomatoes
I love braised greens! Its a yummy way to make sure you are getting your servings of veggies and its more interesting than a boring ole salad (plus, theres no high calorie salad dressing to fuss with). Heres my fav recipe.

Carrot ‘Fries’
Last dish! I found the combo of the baked beans and the tofu sandwich a bit too saucy to eat together. Next time Im in the mood for BBQ-ness Ill probably replace the beans for something lighter. (The bean recipe is still very good but Ill make that again with a different dish.) Carrot ‘fries’ are so.good. and much more healthy than traditional fries. Heres my fav recipe. Make sure you cut the carrots nice and thin.

Are You Hungry? Veg Chili and Corn Muffins

Im excited to share my first recipe! 🙂 Veg chili and corn muffins. This was made because I had a bunch of veggies that needed to be cooked and I was feeling too lazy to make an actual meal. So I threw a bunch of stuff together in my crock pot, along with baking some corn muffins, and got a simple n easy dinner. Plus, I think all southern bells should know how to make a chili. The night I made it, the chili looked more soup-ish. I should have let it cook longer but I was starving!! The next night it was most def chili. (Excuse the crappy cell pics. Lol. Next time Ill do better)

Veg Chili

Yummy Veg Chili

1 package of extra firm tofu, pressed and cubed
4 garlic cloves, chopped
1 large chopped onion
3 large diced tomatoes
OR 2 (28 ounce) cans diced tomatoes with juice
1 large green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
1 large red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
3 (15 ounce) cans no-salt-added kidney beans, drained
1 (15 ounce) can no-salt-added black beans, drained
1 (15 ounce) can no-salt-added corn, drained
16 oz. tomato sauce
1 ½ cups vegetable stock
3 tablespoons chili powder
2 teaspoons paprika
1 teaspoon black pepper
2 tablespoons ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
2 teaspoons sugar
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried basil

If you are unfamiliar with tofu preparation, you can check out this link.

The lazy way is to throw everything into the crock pot and be done. 🙂 That’s what I did. If you want more flavor/don’t enjoy crunchy veggies you can sauté the veggies and garlic first… until they start to release their fragrance. Then throw that into the crock pot with the other yummy ingredients. Stir occasionally. Cook on high for 5-ish hours or on low for 6-8 hours.

Spicy Corn Muffins

Corn Muffin

Corn Muffin

2 cups yellow self-rising corn meal mix
1 ¼ cups soy milk
1/3 cup canola oil
2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
¼ cup diced jalapeños (can be omitted)

Heat oven to 400. Spray muffin tins with non-stick spray or use cupcake paper. Combine all ingredients. Pour into cups, only filling 2/3 way. Bake 20-25 mins or until muffins are a pretty golden color.


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