The Perfect Meal

January 26, 2009

Always involves sweet potato!!!!

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I must have said 10 times how delicious this was as we were eating!

I baked my tofu Gliding Calm Style using the following ingredients:

1 tsp each of rice wine vinegar, tamari, sesame oil and worchestershire. Plus about 1/2 a tsp each of brown sugar and ginger and just a pinch of garlic powder, chile flakes and Seasoning From Hell (cayenne). Mixed in a bowl and slathered all over the tofu. I just created this page for your enjoyment: Tofu Tutorial.

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Baked at 425* for about 40 minutes = Perfection!

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I also put sweet potato fries and parsnip in the oven. They weren’t exactly crispy, but they were still a good consistency for eating. I cut a huge sweet potato into quarters and microwaved it for 2 minutes to soften it to make it easier to cut and move the cooking process along a bit. Then I cut into fries and sprinkled with 1/2 a tsp each of Seasoning From Hell, cinnamon and olive oil. The combo of spicy and sweet was awesome!! I baked them for about 30 minutes at 425* and we broiled them for the last 3 to try to get them to crisp. I think it worked a bit, but not too much. The pieces with skin on them crisped the most. Be sure to cover your pan with cooking spray so they don’t stick!

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Lastly I made a Sesame Kale Salad. We took about 4 fluffy cups of cleaned and trimmed kale and steamed them in a metal collendar over some boiling water for 2-3 minutes, just until it turned bright green. Then we tossed that with a combo of sesame oil, rice wine vinegar, tamari, SFH, and a pinch of salt. And topped all of that with some toasted sesame seeds. I wish we had some left for leftovers because I bet it would have been even better tomorrow!

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Even after all of that, our “Two Cooks” morning was still more hectic!

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I never check my spam folder until someone alerts me that their comments are not posting. Someone did today and sure enough, there were quite a few of you regulars in there! The problem? Links. My spam filter (which gets tons and tons of jibber jabber each day) does not like it when you put your blog address in your comments. So please put it your name link and hopefully you won’t get caught in the web!

We’re done with dinner early again tonight so I’m going to relax for a bit. I can’t bring myself to do school work in the evenings quite yet. Only if I have a test! Tomorrow’s I’m already looking forward to my T/TH ritual followed by a day of really trying to study.    Blarg!

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1 Maggie January 26, 2009 at 7:43 pm

Yum yum!! Definitely the perfect meal :) And vegetarian to boot!


2 Summer Slim January 26, 2009 at 7:43 pm

Thanks for the sweet potato fries recipe! They look delicious.


3 VeggieGirl January 26, 2009 at 7:57 pm

SWEET POTATOES!!!! I eat ’em every other day now :-)


4 Mel January 26, 2009 at 7:58 pm

Your collards look amazing!


5 allijag January 26, 2009 at 8:00 pm

that meal looks delicious! i made some GC tofu tonight as well! :)


6 Sharon January 26, 2009 at 8:05 pm

Sweet potatoes, tofu? You won me over.


7 Laura January 26, 2009 at 8:13 pm

Yum! I had GC tofu and sweet potato last night! :) It doesn’t get much better.


8 Heather McD (heather eats almond butter) January 26, 2009 at 8:15 pm

Kath – that dinner looks awesome. Love sweet taters! :)


9 Jessica January 26, 2009 at 8:16 pm

Oh I love sweet potatoes! Definatly in my top favorite foods ever! I have a question. I noticed the other day you ran 5.5 miles and i’ve noticed that when you do run, it’s usually a good bit. Me, i’ve always been one who hates running. I guess I just don’t have very much endurance. I’ve been jogging/walking for about 7 months 3-5 times a week. I’m fairly short so anything above 6mph is sprinting for me. I walk at 4 mph and jog at 5 mph and then run usually at 6 or 6.5 mph. But when i do run, it’s like sprints, can’t do it for more than 3-4 mins max. I feel like a wimp when i see that you run 5.5 miles in one sitting while i can only do 2.5 or so of running and jogging in 30 mins. I was wondering if you’ve always been able to run distances or is this something that you have built up over time? Thanks!


10 Sarah (lovINmytummy) January 26, 2009 at 8:23 pm


PLEASE tell me you saw this post of mine:

If not, this is scary. I called it the perfect meal too, and it was: gliding calm tofu, sweet potato fries and kale.

I’m seriously freaked out right now.


11 Katie January 26, 2009 at 8:23 pm

I must try that GC tofu soon!


12 K January 26, 2009 at 8:38 pm

That dinner is perfection on a plate!


13 seelee live (for the love of peanut butter) January 26, 2009 at 8:43 pm

looks phenomenal, kath. i have plenty of work to do tmrw as well! YIKES!


14 Kate January 26, 2009 at 8:43 pm

Looks like we both had sweet potato fries, greens, and meat alternatives on our minds tonight! good choices I think;)


15 theoddbod January 26, 2009 at 8:44 pm

so that’s what a parsnip looks like


16 Oh She Glows January 26, 2009 at 8:53 pm

Holy yum- that dinner looks perfect! I have yet to try the baked tofu…I’ve always been afraid of tofu, but then again I was afraid of kale and I love it in smoothies now.

I noticed that some of my posts weren’t getting added, and then I figured out it was the link in the post and that stopped it. I never check my spam folder too- no time!



17 Amelia January 26, 2009 at 8:54 pm

Your kale salad looks so good. I’d never had kale until I tried your kale chips recipe. Now I love it!


18 Shelby January 26, 2009 at 9:05 pm

I agree! I pretty much eat a sweetp everyday!!!


19 Marianne January 26, 2009 at 9:14 pm

Awesome looking dinner. Still jealous of all those people who can make sweet potato fries without burning them…mine just never turn out!


20 Melissa January 26, 2009 at 9:14 pm

Now I’m thinking that I’m having a sweet potato tomorrow….


21 caitlin (see bride run) January 26, 2009 at 9:15 pm

mmm i agree, swee potatoes are the best!


22 Mara @ What's For Dinner? January 26, 2009 at 9:17 pm

YUM!!! I gotta try that baked tofu thing…


23 katie January 26, 2009 at 9:22 pm

Totally agreed. Sweet potato and I are BFF. Seriously. LOVE IT.


24 Michelle January 26, 2009 at 9:23 pm

I love your sweet potato fries..Im going to have to get some of your recipes down so I can start this healthy eating style like you all!


25 Missy (Missy Maintains) January 26, 2009 at 9:27 pm

Everything looks delicious, especially sweet potato fries! One of these days I need to attempt them!


26 zestycook January 26, 2009 at 9:28 pm



27 Jenni January 26, 2009 at 9:30 pm

hey Kath, I’ve been reading (and loving!) your blog for a while now, and I thought I’d finally leave a comment. Two things: (1) your stuffed pork tenderloin recipe absolutely saved a dinner party I recently hosted, and (2) your kale salad here looks delicious!


28 brandi January 26, 2009 at 9:50 pm

I STILL haven’t tried the GC tofu – I think I need to! And quick!

It looks great


29 Betsy in Pgh January 26, 2009 at 9:55 pm

Hmm what’s better… kale like this, or kale in a smoothie??


30 emmy January 26, 2009 at 9:59 pm

I didn’t realize you cut the tofu so small, I usually cut a block into 4 or 6; I have to try this next time it looks much crispier!


31 Marisa (trim the fat) January 26, 2009 at 10:05 pm

Wow, that IS the perfect meal! I am dying to try baked tofu – thanks for the tutorial!

Also, looooove sweet potatoes! I have been experimenting lately to try and get them crispy though. I haven’t mastered the “fries” yet, but I think I nailed the sweet potato chip! You can check out my blog post called The Sweet Experiment to see my method. Let me know if you try it!


32 Hil January 26, 2009 at 10:07 pm

I am on a mission to figure out how to make sweet potato fries crispy in the oven, but I haven’t managed it yet. Let us know if you have any breakthroughs!


33 Meg January 26, 2009 at 10:12 pm

I am always eating sweet potatoes. I love the tofu! What a yummy dinner!


34 Michelle January 26, 2009 at 10:25 pm

K, you are going to have to fix me some tofu :). I have never likes it because of the texture, but yours always looks so yummy!


35 Jasmine (Sweet and Fit) January 26, 2009 at 10:28 pm

that really does look like the perfect meal! the tofu and fries look very yummy!


36 Candice January 26, 2009 at 11:09 pm

Looks DIVINE. I wish I could make myself a meal like that. What does kale taste like?

I must try this tofu!!!


37 Marian January 26, 2009 at 11:14 pm

What camera do you use? I can’t get close ups of my food with my camera. It just turns out blurry. Your pictures are great!


38 gliding calm January 27, 2009 at 12:20 am

aw thank you thank you thank you!!!!!!! I SO dearly appreciate the shout out!! you are fabulous!! and I’ll definitely be adding this post to my tofu page!! THANKS KATH!!! 😀


39 Amie January 27, 2009 at 2:19 am

Sweet potatoes and spinach are tied for my favorite vegetable right now. I like baking the sweet potato and topping it with salt, pepper, cayenne pepper and sour cream.

Also, you’ve inspired me to try kale so I bought some at the grocery store today. I’m going to try making those kale chips you blog about. :)


40 Kath January 27, 2009 at 6:51 am

Here a response I wrote yesterday to another reader asking about running
Lori ,
I’ve really always liked running. I just go out there and keep putting one foot in front of the other. The big secret is you do not have to go fast!! Just keep moving. And it will get easier and easier the more you run.

Sarah (lovINmytummy),
I didn’t see that post, but that’s too funny.

Jenni ,
Thanks for your comment!!

Michelle ,
I definitely will! You’ll have to come over for a lunch and I’ll do a tutorial :)

Marian ,
Check the FAQ page :)

gliding calm,
You’re welcome!!



41 Sarah (Tales of Expansion) January 27, 2009 at 7:47 am

mmmm I think we bought the same things at the grocery store this weekend! gc tofu seems to be the food blogger dish of the week :-). i am going to try your sesame kale — i still have a bunch left. yum!


42 Liz January 27, 2009 at 8:28 am

Thank you SO much for the tofu tutorial. I love tofu, but have struggled to find tasty ways to prepare it at home.


43 Andrea [bella eats] January 27, 2009 at 8:56 am

I have yet to try Gliding Calm’s tofu but I really need to…it looks delicious! And, yay for leafy greens! :)


44 jennifer January 27, 2009 at 9:00 am

What a yummy-looking meal! But for an average person like myself way too time-consuming. =(


45 Kath January 27, 2009 at 9:02 am

jennifer ,
You are such a complainer. This meal took 15 minutes of hands-on time. The rest was just baking.



46 Jennifer January 27, 2009 at 9:59 am

Exactly. *Baked at 425* for about 40 minutes = Perfection!*

40 minutes is a long time, plus 15 minutes of prep work. I’m not criticizing your meal Kath, chill. It’s great you have time to do this. But for me and I’m sure many others who come home late, have to hit the gym, and THEN worry about eating, it’s just not feasible. I’m jealous you can do this.


47 fitforfree January 27, 2009 at 10:01 am

that dinner looks so bright and lovely!


48 bobbi January 27, 2009 at 12:29 pm

so making this tonight Kath THANKS!!!!


49 bobbi January 28, 2009 at 12:45 pm

You inspired me and I finally made Baked Tofu, holy yummers!!!!


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