A Cherry On Top

June 3, 2008

Such a great, filling lunch today!!

Planned for lunch today was a tofu block I bought at Trader Joe’s this weekend. I asked myself what kind of flavors I was craving: BBQ sauce came to mind!

So this morning I made some homemade BBQ sauce as a marinade. I just squirted it all in to taste, but here are the appx. measurements:

  • About 4 tbsp ketchup
  • About 1 tbsp cider vinegar
  • 2 dashes Worcestershire
  • 3 tsp brown sugar
  • Dash garlic salt
  • Pinch red pepper flakes
  • Pinch salt

I heated it all up in a prep bowl to incorporate.

I cut the TJ’s tofu block in half and cut that into 3 slices, which I pressed under paper towels and heavy cutting boards for 20 minutes.

Then cover with sauce on top and bottom of each slice.

Refrigerate for a few hours until time to bake.

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When it was time for lunch, I preheated the oven to 350*, thew it in cold, and baked for 20 minutes.

SO GOOD! I used to hate ketchup but now i find myself craving it at times.

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The clumps are caramelized sauce scraped from the pan :)

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While the tofu baked, I cooked leftover cabbage and a strange variety of CSA kale on the side. When deciding what flavors to cook them with, I choose cider vinegar and maple to go with the tofu. I poured about 1/4 a cup of vinegar in the pan to steam the veggies and drizzled with maple to finish. It was QUITE vinegary, but also tasty and filling. I guess you could call this sweet ‘n sour cabbage + kale.

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Lastly, QUACKERS!! I normally eat my meals “a bite of this, a bite of that” style but the BBQ + veggies were so strong in flavor that I saved the quackers to eat until the end to fully enjoy their flavor.

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Yogurt Cocktail

After lunch I was full, but wanted a little yogurt to finish, so I had a “shot” of greek yogurt with a cherry on top in one of my grandmother’s cocktail glasses :mrgreen:

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Time to buckle down with Chem lab studying!

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1 oatmeal June 3, 2008 at 1:17 pm

Mmmm tofu~the BBQ sauce sounds good! I have a huge bottle of ketchup I need to use up–so am definitely trying this recipe!

Hahah~LOVE the yogurt cocktail XD The cup matches its contents–how neat!

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2 Serena June 3, 2008 at 1:55 pm

Hey Kath, I’m really tempted to order the Quackers from the One Lucky Duck website, but I don’t see any nutrition info on the site. Does the package happen to have any? If so, can you share it with us?

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3 magpie June 3, 2008 at 2:53 pm

Have you heard of a second kind of bbq sauce made with mustard? I just found out about it on a blog and I’m thinking of trying it. Yours looks good though!

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4 DaisyMay June 3, 2008 at 2:58 pm

i freakin love BBQ anything. i think if you marinated a homeless man in it i might take a lick.

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5 VeggieGirl June 3, 2008 at 3:16 pm

Homemade BBQ sauce?? YUM!!!

Good luck studying for chemistry!

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6 Anne P June 3, 2008 at 3:43 pm

LOL DaisyMay

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7 JessieP June 3, 2008 at 4:47 pm

Everyone asking about samples:

go to mysavings.com, you can get a TON of food samples for free!

Moldy peaches (the food) = nasty
Moldy peaches (the band) = rockin!

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8 Kelly T June 3, 2008 at 5:11 pm

i LOVE mysavings.com

Kath’s mind:” I want something BBQ so I will make my own BBQ sauce.”

Kelly’s mind: “I want something BBQ, but dont have BBQ sauce, am too cheap to go buy some, and too lazy to make my own, which means i get nothing BBQ flavored.”

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9 Saima June 3, 2008 at 5:11 pm

Could you give an estimate of the calories in your lunch? That lunch looooookss sooo big and absolute yum!!

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10 Kelly T June 3, 2008 at 5:12 pm

jessiep- moldy peaches? will you be my new best friend?

sittin on the couch!

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11 hk June 3, 2008 at 5:36 pm

yum! this looks great, and I love the shot glass :) too cute!

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12 Peanut June 3, 2008 at 6:00 pm

DaisyMay, I really don’t mean to be picky or spark any drama. I just really wanted to say that the homeless comment was a little offensive – It’s just my personal preference, but I think it’s best to refrain from making generalizations about and insults towards any type of human being.

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13 Nick June 3, 2008 at 6:36 pm

You can bake tofu that easily? Just cover it in sauce and pop it in the oven? Does it get very crispy though?

I have become recently obsessed with ketchup as well. I get the Heinz organic, but prefer this brand that comes in a narrow glass bottle…can’t think of the name but its thick, rich and fruit sweetened. It’s the best ketchup I’ve ever had.

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14 Kath June 3, 2008 at 8:25 pm

Serena ,
There’s no nutr. info on the package, but when I got them the first time around I found 140 kcal per ounce somewhere on the internet. I tried searching for it again with no luck. So I’m not sure if that’s all the way accurate, but it seems reasonable compared to the density of the nuts in them and other servings of chips and crackers.

magpie ,
yes, that’s South Carolina BBQ sauce! Eastern NC is ketchup-vinegary and SC is mustard based. I prefer NC, but I’m biased :)

Saima ,
Sure:
Tofu ~ 150
BBQ sauce ~ 50
Greens + cabbage + maple ~ 100
Quackers ~ 140 (assuming I had around an ounce)
Yogurt ~ 50
= ~ 500

Nick ,
I guess you can bake it that easily. It wasn’t crispy from the sauce, but because of the sauce it didn’t need to be.

Kath

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