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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Dressing

~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!

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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!

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

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

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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!

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5 Sam December 2, 2009 at 1:21 pm

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

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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. :D

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

Veyr yummy lunch!

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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.

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9 Erin December 2, 2009 at 1:27 pm

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

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!!!
jenna

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15 amber December 2, 2009 at 1:34 pm

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

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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 :-)

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17 Jill December 2, 2009 at 1:48 pm

I dig your song suggestions while blog reading!

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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! :)

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19 Mel December 2, 2009 at 1:54 pm

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

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

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

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21 theemptynutjar December 2, 2009 at 1:59 pm

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

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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 ;-)

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23 Ameena December 2, 2009 at 2:11 pm

Everything looks great, especially the pretzels!

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24 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!

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25 Jenn (www. j3nn.net ) December 2, 2009 at 2:11 pm

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

Jenn

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26 Mom December 2, 2009 at 2:12 pm

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

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

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

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28 JENNA December 2, 2009 at 2:18 pm

:) i love that mug! so cool!

interesting lunch…

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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…

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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

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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!

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32 Anne Marie@New Weigh of Life December 2, 2009 at 2:39 pm

Michael Buble rocks my world :)

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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!!

http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/German-Red-Cabbage/Detail.aspx

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34 Kath December 2, 2009 at 9:36 pm

I love cooked cabbage too!

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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.

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

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

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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!

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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!

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

looks fantastic — anyway to incorporate cranberry sauce! ;)

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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?

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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!

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

That salad has some really fun flavors

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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 :)

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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?

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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.

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

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

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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!

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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!

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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

http://healthyhappenings.blogspot.com/2009/11/just-like-orange-chicken.html

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

Hope to see you by my blog sometime! ;)

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

Looks delicious! Thanks for the recipe!

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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?

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

What a totally unique recipe! Love these ingredients Kath!

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53 Karla December 2, 2009 at 5:20 pm

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

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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!

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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 ;)

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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!

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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!

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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)

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59 Pam December 2, 2009 at 7:30 pm

Oh, I luv those goodies!

Enjoy!

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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.

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

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

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62 skinnyrunner December 2, 2009 at 8:03 pm

i love micheal buble! hes cute too.

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63 Meggilizz December 2, 2009 at 8:29 pm

Very *colorful* lunch!!!!!! :D

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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.

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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

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66 Kath December 2, 2009 at 9:37 pm

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

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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).

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68 SB December 2, 2009 at 8:43 pm

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

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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!

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

the roasted tofu looks yummy!

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71 TC December 2, 2009 at 9:21 pm

Thanks for the Sarah McLaughlin reference–love her!

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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…

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73 Kath December 3, 2009 at 8:39 am

What about it causes constipation??

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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

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

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

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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).

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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 :D

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