Building A Recipe

December 2, 2009

Go ahead and put on Sarah McLaughlin’s "Building A Mystery" on Grooveshark. You need it for background music.

After breakfast I ended up making some coffee. I could feel the symptoms coming on. I need to buy more DECAF STAT! One week of caff is enough to have me hooked again.

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I decided after breakfast to go ahead and make lunch in advance since my M + W are always crunch time to leave by 1:15. I had a number of ingredients to use up: cabbage, cranberry sauce, cranberries, persimmon, tofu. I wasn’t sure how this recipe was going to turn out – either lip lickin’ or gag inducing.

Half a head of chopped red cabbage

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Chopped persimmon (minus the core)

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~1.5 cups rinsed cranberries

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Cooked in the microwave for ~3 minutes in half a cup of water to make them palatable

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~1/4 cup leftover sweet cranberry sauce (you could also use thinned out jam, like raspberry)

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-Fresh chopped rosemary from the garden

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-1 tbsp balsamic vinegar

-2 pinches kosher salt

It was way too sweet upon first toss so I added 2 heaping tbsp of Spicy Apple Mustard by Made in Napa Valley

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Much better!

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In the meantime, I pressed some Nasoya firm tofu

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And covered it in tamari (like soy sauce) to balance the super sweet salad

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26 minutes at 400* = perfect crisp. The tamari tofu was AWESOME! Not sure why I didn’t do this earlier than now. I also added salt and pepper.

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I served tofu cubes over the cabbage + fruit salad.

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The combination rocked, but the salad had too much cranberry goo. Mildly gagable by the end (I’m not the biggest cabbage eater. But I eat it in the name of inexpensive photochemicals!)

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With a side of corn chips, which went perfectly

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You know my Sweet N Salty by Design pretzels? Bianca is offering you guys a 10% discount through the holidays if you would like to give them as gifts. Coupon code: KATHEATS.

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Currently listening to Michael Buble! Love him.

Time to go to 3 back-to-back classes in a row……..for the last time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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1 Madeline @ Greens and Jeans December 2, 2009 at 1:02 pm

The tamari tofu is genius! I will definitely be giving that one a shot!


2 Stacey December 2, 2009 at 1:15 pm

Yay for the “last time”! I have two more classes after tonight and I am DONE. Soooo ready for Christmas break I tell ya!


3 Estela @ weekly bite December 2, 2009 at 1:20 pm

What an interesting combo for lunch! I wish I was that creative :)


4 Kat (kats daily plate) December 2, 2009 at 1:20 pm

What an awesome combo! I love that you threw some healthy chips in there too. I need my carbs with lunch!


5 Sam December 2, 2009 at 1:21 pm

Your lunch is beautiful! and that tofu? looks so good :)


6 Whit December 2, 2009 at 1:24 pm

Why did I not know we shared a similar love for Michael Bublé? I adore that kid. He’s funny too. 😀


7 Jessica @ How SWeet It Is December 2, 2009 at 1:24 pm

Veyr yummy lunch!


8 Morgan @ Life After Bagels December 2, 2009 at 1:24 pm

Wow Kath you have a gift – I would never think to combine so many mish mash ingredients.


9 Erin December 2, 2009 at 1:27 pm

That looks really delicious — you’re always so creative in the kitchen, something I admire. :)


10 Cynthia (It All Changes) December 2, 2009 at 1:27 pm

When you sudden start drinking the strong stuff its easy to get hooked again.

I love tossing random stuff together and making something delicious. I’m actually working on new menus right now.


11 Jenna December 2, 2009 at 1:28 pm

That mustard is SO good! A little bit goes a long way, but it still disappears way too fast!


12 brandi December 2, 2009 at 1:28 pm

I love Sarah McL – so good. and Buble – swoon.

Great looking lunch! I’ve been wanting to buy Tamari.


13 Brittney December 2, 2009 at 1:28 pm

Yay for your last classes! :) I’ve just started getting into Michael Buble. I keep meaning to check out more of his music.


14 Jenna December 2, 2009 at 1:33 pm

your lunch looks fab! and i LOVE the pretzels! good luck on your last classes tonight!!!


15 amber December 2, 2009 at 1:34 pm

YAy for last day of classes!!! My last day is today as well!


16 Megan (The Runner's Kitchen) December 2, 2009 at 1:46 pm

I need to perfect my tofu recipe – perhaps cubing it is the key! Love all the red phytonutrients in your salad :-)


17 Jill December 2, 2009 at 1:48 pm

I dig your song suggestions while blog reading!


18 Julie @savvyeats December 2, 2009 at 1:49 pm

Congrats your last day of back-to-back classes! Can’t wait till May when I can say the same! :)


19 Mel December 2, 2009 at 1:54 pm

I would have never thought about mixing those flavors together, but they sound super yummy!


20 Lauren @ Eater not a runner December 2, 2009 at 1:58 pm

Oooh that tamari baked tofu sounds awesome, HAVE to try that!


21 theemptynutjar December 2, 2009 at 1:59 pm

I love Michael Buble. And I wish I had your motivation, creativity and cooking skills :)


22 Sarah December 2, 2009 at 2:03 pm

We were discussing people being sensitive to caffeine in my Exercise Science class today and I thought of you 😉


23 Stephanie December 2, 2009 at 2:11 pm

That mustard is the BEST!!! I have been putting it on anything and everything ever since I found it haha, I just made a tarragon dijon potato recipe with it too and it turned out soooo goooood!


24 Ameena December 2, 2009 at 2:11 pm

Everything looks great, especially the pretzels!


25 Jenn (www. ) December 2, 2009 at 2:11 pm

Wow, interesting dish! I have yet to make tofu at home, I need to try it. :)



26 Mom December 2, 2009 at 2:12 pm

Love the photos of cabbage, persimmon, rosemary, and berries!


27 Julie @ Peanut Butter Fingers December 2, 2009 at 2:16 pm

great idea w/ microwaving cranberries! i didn’t know that was possible.


28 JENNA December 2, 2009 at 2:18 pm

:) i love that mug! so cool!

interesting lunch…


29 Ashley December 2, 2009 at 2:32 pm

Buble was the co-host on Regis and Kelly today (I may or may not have been watching it in my office) and was utterly adorable…


30 lynn (The Actors Diet) December 2, 2009 at 2:38 pm

i love that you experiment with your lunches – i usually go on autopilot til dinner, when i get adventurous


31 Christie @ Honoring Health December 2, 2009 at 2:39 pm

Thanks for telling me (us) about Grooveshark! I just started using it a few minutes ago and really like it much better than pandora!


32 Anne [email protected] Weigh of Life December 2, 2009 at 2:39 pm

Michael Buble rocks my world :)


33 Gillian December 2, 2009 at 2:45 pm

If you’re looking for a way to use up the rest of the cabbage I have an amazing recipe you must try! A German friend made this the other night and it tasted like apple pie…but better!!


34 Kath December 2, 2009 at 9:36 pm

I love cooked cabbage too!


35 Megan December 2, 2009 at 2:56 pm

i’m impressed w/ the cabbage eating!! I’m not a huge fan, and def never would have thought to combine those ingredients…

And def looove Sarah M…just might have to put on some Building the Mystery.


36 Nicole (dishin') December 2, 2009 at 3:13 pm

Chocolate covered pretzels are one of my favorite things ever!!


37 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg December 2, 2009 at 3:15 pm

Love Michael Buble. He and Jennifer Hudson are performing together on her Christmas special– I saw a preview on Oprah, and it looks good 😉

I just bought a big head of cabbage with no plans whatsoever for a recipe, so I’ll keep this in mind!


38 Molly December 2, 2009 at 3:20 pm

hmmm….i do like red cabbage…and i LOVE cranberry sauce…but a “sweet” red cabbage just isn’t for me. glad you liked it though! tofu does look delish!


39 Shannon (The Daily Balance) December 2, 2009 at 3:23 pm

looks fantastic — anyway to incorporate cranberry sauce! 😉


40 Faye December 2, 2009 at 3:29 pm

Wow, all I came up with for my leftover cranberry sauce was……cranberry sauce out of the bowl! I have no creativity in the kitchen- can I borrow yours whenever I need to make dinner?


41 Paige(Running Around Normal) December 2, 2009 at 3:29 pm

Mmm I recently discovered Tamari – last night! I loooved it with a little basalmic, maple syrup, and garlic. So good:)
Your cabbage salad sounds amazing! Sorry it got gaggable at the end!


42 Food Makes Fun Fuel December 2, 2009 at 3:45 pm

That salad has some really fun flavors


43 Sarah Jayne December 2, 2009 at 3:56 pm

that’s a VERY adventurous lunch!!

Here are 3 awesome ladies whos music you need to check out- Rosi golan, melody gardot, Madeline peyroux. AWESOME stuff by them :)


44 Kelsey December 2, 2009 at 3:56 pm

Hey…quick question….do you workout EVERY day, or do you let your body have a rest day each week?


45 Kath December 2, 2009 at 9:37 pm

I rest when I feel like I need one. Some weeks that’s 1-2 days, others none. Sometimes I just do yoga or walk.


46 Naomi (onefitfoodie) December 2, 2009 at 3:57 pm

certainly lip lickin! love the colors in that bowl too :)


47 Lisa @bakebikeblog December 2, 2009 at 4:01 pm

What an interesting lunch! I love tamari – but hadn’t thought to use it on tofu – I will have to give it a go!


48 Pat December 2, 2009 at 4:27 pm

I’m having fun with Grooveshark – thanks. I just put in Christmas and have had quite the variety all morning – Bing Crosby to Mariah Carey!


49 Tiffanie December 2, 2009 at 4:30 pm

I’ve actually gotten back into green monsters lately to make sure I’m getting enough greens in my day. Here’s a link to a recent one that I really enjoyed

It’s Kale, Almond Milk, Banana, scoop of Amazing Grass Chocolate Superfood. Really really good!

Hope to see you by my blog sometime! 😉


50 Missy Maintains December 2, 2009 at 4:42 pm

Looks delicious! Thanks for the recipe!


51 megan December 2, 2009 at 4:49 pm

I also love Michael Buble! I got 3 cds as wedding gifts, and I’ve listened to them countless times. Is his Christmas music any good?


52 Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope December 2, 2009 at 5:20 pm

What a totally unique recipe! Love these ingredients Kath!


53 Karla December 2, 2009 at 5:20 pm

Cabbage is so delicious, cheap and underused! Looks delicious!


54 sarah December 2, 2009 at 5:22 pm

I could eat cabbage everyday for the rest of my life and never get sick of it – my mama say’s it’s the Slovak in me :) But I’m glad you enjoyed your lunch until the semi-gagable ending!


55 candice December 2, 2009 at 5:56 pm

That’s a brilliant idea. Cabbage fruit salad? With persimmon? Yummm. Though I’m with you on not being the biggest cabbage fan—too bitter for me. Sounds pretty good with the mustard though 😉


56 Dawn December 2, 2009 at 6:08 pm

Looks delicious. I need to try tofu again, I just don’t think I cooked it right…something seemed off!

Yay for the last crazy class schedule!


57 Hillary - Nutrition Nut on the Run December 2, 2009 at 6:14 pm

Interesting combo – way to be creative. I often make an Asian style coleslaw with cabbage, but it has red onion, so I don’t think it’s a recipe for you =) Yaya, last day of school. Lucky gal!


58 Hallie (Healthy Twists) December 2, 2009 at 7:11 pm

Nice to see you back on the persimmon train! They are my newest food find and I love em! Good luck with the classes…this semester has flown by (well, easy for me to say as a non student, I guess)


59 Pam December 2, 2009 at 7:30 pm

Oh, I luv those goodies!



60 Erin @ Big Girl Eats December 2, 2009 at 7:32 pm

Those pretzels look soooo good. Yay for discounts!

I was curious to see how the recipe turned out after you tweeted about it. Glad it was good, for the most part! It sure looks pretty.


61 Joelle (The Pancake Girl) December 2, 2009 at 7:39 pm

Those pretzels DO look good. Also good- your homemade cranberry! Fabulous!


62 skinnyrunner December 2, 2009 at 8:03 pm

i love micheal buble! hes cute too.


63 Meggilizz December 2, 2009 at 8:29 pm

Very *colorful* lunch!!!!!! 😀


64 Cara (Cara Craves...) December 2, 2009 at 8:34 pm

Listening to Grooveshark as I read your blog…thanks for the recommendation! “Watcha Say”
Your salad looks so great, what a yummy creation.


65 ashleigh December 2, 2009 at 8:35 pm

those pretzels look so good :) now i am going to have building a mystery in my head all night!

What is tamari anyways? i have never had it! what does it taste like? i am always looking for something besides EVOO and spices to add to my tofu


66 Kath December 2, 2009 at 9:37 pm

I’m not exactly sure, but it’s better-than-soy-sauce.


67 SB December 2, 2009 at 8:42 pm

Between the kale smoothie and the cranberry goo cabbage salad, your not having the greatest food day. You have earned an extra delicious dinner tonight. It’s a good thing these yucky recipes weren’t the first blog posts of yours that I’m reading! You would have lost me after that yucky smoothie for breakfast (and I say that as someone who likes the green Amazing Grass).


68 SB December 2, 2009 at 8:43 pm

Oooh. I have a typo. I hate that. “You’re” not “your”.


69 Lindsay December 2, 2009 at 8:45 pm

Sometimes the most random combinations end up being the tastiest. Enjoy your last 3 back to back class day!


70 Light Delight with TouTou December 2, 2009 at 9:18 pm

the roasted tofu looks yummy!


71 TC December 2, 2009 at 9:21 pm

Thanks for the Sarah McLaughlin reference–love her!


72 Marty December 3, 2009 at 3:26 am

Love persimmons! Its probably a good idea you don’t eat the core anyway as it causes constipation! I usually eat it peeled, but maybe I will try it with the peel on one day…


73 Kath December 3, 2009 at 8:39 am

What about it causes constipation??


74 Marty December 3, 2009 at 12:21 pm

I’m honestly not sure…persimmons are a huge fruit in the Korean community and everyone seems to just avoid the core because of its supposed constipation inducing symptoms. I think persimmons in general help with constipation (like most fruits) but most places will tell you to cut off the core


75 Simply Life December 3, 2009 at 7:47 am

Wow I’m so impressed with the tofu dish – looks great!


76 Chelsea December 3, 2009 at 1:49 pm

YIPPEE for the last time. I need to start eating tofu for lunch again (Shaun won’t eat it).


77 Sweetiepotato December 3, 2009 at 4:01 pm

“inexpensive photochemicals” hahaha love it! Sounds like something I’d say. Only us dietetic students would talk like that 😀


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