Yogurt Capades

September 1, 2010

Afternoon

= more biking in the hot sun! I think I need to affix an umbrella to my bike! We biked to the east side farmer’s market and picked up:

  • Eggplant
  • Zucchini
  • Chard
  • Peppers
  • Nectarines
  • Asian pears
  • Apples

Yums! All for about $14 – not too bad.

Yogurt Update

[FYI, I’ve done this before but have not documented it on KERF]

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About 24 hours later we had….

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What some call "yogurt cheese." A thick slab of yogurt with the whey pressed out. It’s more the consistency of cream cheese than greek yogurt and still retains the regular plain yogurt tang (so the flavor isn’t as great as greek yogurt) but the texture is super fun

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Matt is so disgusting. He drinks tuna can juice, pickle juice…and he tried the whey

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He said it tasted like a tart slimy oil. He did not like it as much as tuna juice!

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I stored the yogurt cheese for a rainy day

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After yogurt, I made breakfast!

Overnight oats in a jar for us both – see you tomorrow!

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Then we made dinner…

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On the right… roasted eggplant and Twin Oaks Tofu (herbed) simply seasoned with a little olive oil and salt/pepper. Baked for ~30-40 minutes.

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Best tofu on the face of the earth!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It tastes like pizza. Incredible. [I also <3 eggplant]

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And on the left side of the plate… a spring mix salad topped with red quinoa and a Yogurt Curry Herb Sauce with a few airplane crushed peanuts. Out. Of. This. World!

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For the yogurt sauce, I blobbed in about half a cup of Stonyfield Low-Fat Plain regular yogurt plus about a tsp of yellow curry powder and half a tsp of garam masala (just use a touch of cinnamon if you don’t have any GM)

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And then the secret ingredient.. a Napa Valley Herb Rub that I think dates back to last year’s Foodbuzz Festival swag. I’ve carried this with me through the move and I have no idea why. We don’t use rubs that much (since we don’t eat meat all that much at home) but something told me to keep this guy.

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SO GLAD I did. The mix is a combo of fennel seeds, dried lavender, dried lemon, dried tomato, dried chile, and spices plus sea salt, which is the secret ingredient in the secret ingredient.

I never thought to use it in something that wasn’t going to be cooked, but it was so good in this (and would probably be excellent in a salad dressing!)

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All stirred up

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The quinoa warmed the sauce, but the greens underneath stayed room temp. Worked out so nicely!

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Feelin’ like a piece of chocolate. Better go get it!

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1 Heather September 1, 2010 at 7:36 pm

ew he is gross lol! boys are weird like that.

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2 Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) September 1, 2010 at 7:37 pm

Ugh…I drank whey once, after wanting to drain it off of my yogurt, but not wanting to get rid of the extra protein. It was pretty nasty…haha. :D

It looks like your yogurt came out perfect! :D

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3 Pat Kilmain September 1, 2010 at 7:45 pm

My husband drinks it all the time….

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4 Amanda (The Nutritionist Reviews) September 1, 2010 at 7:41 pm

I love eggplant! That looks really good.

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5 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is September 1, 2010 at 7:43 pm

Ok I can do pickle juice… but tuna juice? Eeeck.

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6 Rachel (Two Healthy Plates) September 1, 2010 at 7:43 pm

oh my gosh, I can’t believe matt drinks all of those things!! My husband will try anything…but tuna juice may push the limit!

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7 Leianna September 1, 2010 at 7:44 pm

What a great meal. The salad looks so good, I need salad variety in my life and this looks like a good try!

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8 Brianne (beautythroughbalance.wordpress.com) September 1, 2010 at 7:45 pm

I clicked the link for that tofu and found out it is not available anywhere near me! Depressing! :(

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9 Evan Thomas September 1, 2010 at 7:45 pm

Really? Tuna juice? *shudders*

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10 Estela @ Weekly Bite September 1, 2010 at 7:47 pm

I’m with Jessica! Pickle juice is good… Tuna juice = Gross!

Does he drink Sardine juice too?!?!! ;)

Have a great nite :)

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11 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg September 1, 2010 at 7:50 pm

Ooh, I love the look of that yogurt cheese!! But I can’t BELIEVE he tasted the whey!!! Ewwwww… :-)

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12 holly @ couchpotatoathlete September 1, 2010 at 7:52 pm

Tuna juice? Sorry Matt, but that sounds so gross. I can barely stand the smell of a tuna can, much less drink the juice out of it!

Dinner looks fabulous, pizza tofu? Yes please!

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13 Erin September 1, 2010 at 7:52 pm

Ugh, that excess ‘juice’ makes me feel a little ill. :? But… eggplant! That definitely something worth smiling about.

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14 Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter September 1, 2010 at 7:52 pm

Oooh. I would not be a fan of the tuna juice! Your dinner looks great. Have a good night.

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15 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) September 1, 2010 at 8:00 pm

My sister used to drink pickle juice and olive juice. While these things are kind of acceptable…the tuna juice is a no go! Dinner looks delicious. Enjoy your evening!

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16 erica September 1, 2010 at 8:02 pm

tuna juice?!?! oh my!

didn’t you just get that peanut butterscotch???? that went fast!

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17 Kath September 1, 2010 at 8:34 pm

Yeah – Matt ate 2/3 of it before I could even try it!!!

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18 Kaitlyn (College Girl Runs) September 1, 2010 at 8:03 pm

Haha Matt is hilarious! That tofu looks good! I want to try it. I ate tofu for awhile but haven’t had it in about a month because I got sick of it. I had a piece of chocolate tonight–sweet satisfaction…have a good night :)

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19 Maria @ Kale and Cupcakes September 1, 2010 at 8:03 pm

That is pretty gross – but to each own, I guess! : ) Love how creative you get with your dressings and food and everything!!!

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20 Chris September 1, 2010 at 8:07 pm

Whey is supposed to be extremely good for you. I always save it when I make Greek yogurt from my homemade yogurt and I use it in my smoothies. If you google it, you can see how beneficial it is. I enjoy your blog :)

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21 Simply Life September 1, 2010 at 8:09 pm

have you had icelandic yogurt – that’s what this reminds me of!

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22 Nicole @ yuppie yogini September 1, 2010 at 8:14 pm

Drinking yogurt whey is pretty gross. I’ll have to try the baked tofu with seasonings. I was just having a conversation with someone about finding new ways to flavor tofu. I’ve tried a marinade and found it challenging to get the tofu to take on any other flavor beyond tamari.

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23 Bess @ Bess Be Fit September 1, 2010 at 8:14 pm

I can’t believe your hubby drank that! That’s really funny. So brave! And definitely in need of some chocolate…I’m right there with you on that!

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24 Mary @ Bites and Bliss September 1, 2010 at 8:15 pm

Wow, you have a daring husband. At least it mean’s he’s open minded when it comes to food! :P

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25 Nicole September 1, 2010 at 8:16 pm

Ewwww juice?!? even my hubby said the juice from a tuna can?!? and then the whey? bleh! At least he likes to try new things? :-)

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26 Heather (Heather's Dish) September 1, 2010 at 8:18 pm

oooh my gosh matt. wow. i don’t think i could ever go there :)

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27 Krystina September 1, 2010 at 8:19 pm

Pizza tofu? I’m sold! I wish I could find that.

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28 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat September 1, 2010 at 8:20 pm

Eww that is gross! I adore tuna, but when opening a can, I try to avoid getting the juice on my fingers. I can’t imagine actually drinking it!!

Your meal looks absolutely delicious! I love using yogurt as a dressing – adding different herbs changes the flavour completely so it never gets boring. Have a great night! :)

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29 Tina September 1, 2010 at 8:21 pm

He is insane! I can understand pickle juice…but tuna juice and they whey juice? Blech!

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30 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) September 1, 2010 at 8:23 pm

Don’t know if you have a TJ’s there but strained European style yogurt tastes like Greek!! Also I’ve heard the whey is really good for you….I usually dump it in my smoothies :)

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31 Kath September 1, 2010 at 8:35 pm

It’s just so sad we don’t have TJs here :(

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32 Megan (Braise The Roof) September 1, 2010 at 8:33 pm

Isn’t there a lot of nutritional value in the whey? Maybe the yogurt just doesn’t have as much protein afterward? I’ve always thought that was weird since Greek yogurt seems to have less whey but more protein…curious!

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33 Kath September 1, 2010 at 8:35 pm

I forget the protein percentages, but I’m sure there’s some nutrients in it.

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34 maria @ Chasing the Now September 2, 2010 at 12:16 am

I was wondering about this too. Greek yogurt doesn’t exist anywhere near my town in Japan so I have to make it myself, but I know the protein isn’t the same as store-bought… I wonder how draining the whey affects the nutrients.

Also, never thought to add it to smoothies after it’s drained.

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35 Annie@stronghealthyfit September 1, 2010 at 8:39 pm

That dinner looks sooo good, wish I had that on this hot evening! I made quinoa too :-)

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36 The Peanut Butter Addict September 1, 2010 at 8:41 pm

My mom made that yogurt cheese all the time for us growing up but now we just buy it from middle eastern grocers – it’s called ‘labaneh’.

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37 Chelsey September 1, 2010 at 8:42 pm

How did you work it so you would have TWO jars for OIAJ for tomorrow? Well played!

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38 Jessica @ The Process of Healing September 1, 2010 at 8:43 pm

The yogurt sounds intriguing!

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39 Lesley September 1, 2010 at 9:01 pm

The tofu looks soooo yummy! I will have to try that soon.

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40 Jean@RoastedRootsandPumpkinSpice September 1, 2010 at 9:04 pm

Ah, oh my god. I might have gagged a bit you mentioned Matt drinking the yogurt juice.

Amazing looking sauce you made with the yogurt by the way.

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41 Lauren at KeepItSweet September 1, 2010 at 9:06 pm

Would love to be at your place for breakfast tomorrow;-)

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42 Leanna September 1, 2010 at 9:07 pm

labneh! I once worked with a lebanese lady who would bring labneh (yogurt cheese) to work. It’s delicious! I love it on bread. Fresh baked of course.

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43 MonsteRawr September 1, 2010 at 9:35 pm

If the boy likes to drink pickle juice, he should try soaking veggies in pickle juice. When I’ve got an empty jar of pickles with juice left over, I drop in a handful of carrot sticks and leave them for a week or so. Tastes like pickles, with a super crunchy texture.

As for tuna juice…well, there’s just no helping the boy.

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44 Kath September 2, 2010 at 7:51 am

Good idea!

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45 Cara Craves... September 1, 2010 at 9:35 pm

I love using yogurt for dressing…nice a creamy, but perfectly healthy.

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46 Stacey@http://stacey-healthylife.blogspot.com/ September 1, 2010 at 9:43 pm

I too went to the farmers market today, love those.

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47 Liz S. September 1, 2010 at 9:45 pm

Glad to see you <3 eggplant too! I have a serious addiction to it, and eat it roasted w/olive oil, S&P at least once a week. I love the different varieties, too – and when I can't find good eggplant, then I go for squash or zukes roasted in the oven the same way. Yum!

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48 Wei-Wei September 1, 2010 at 9:46 pm

Mary liked to eat curds and whey. ;) Nice OOIAJs by the way! Would you need to fight over which jar to eat? ;D

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49 Emmie September 1, 2010 at 10:06 pm

This totally inspired me to make home-made greek(-ish) yogurt! I’ve been thinking about doing it for a few months, but this really gave me the push to give it a try!

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50 Connie September 1, 2010 at 10:25 pm

Would love an update on your Great Harvest business when you get a chance (and I know you can’t share everything).

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51 Kath September 2, 2010 at 7:51 am

We are location hunting and meeting with banks, landlords, and the like. If there is any major news, youll hear about it.

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52 Caitlin (EatFeats) September 1, 2010 at 10:33 pm

That yogurt cheese looks great. I’ve always wanted to try to do that, but never had a good description of the result. Thanks!

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53 Chelsea @ Strawberry Sweat September 1, 2010 at 10:45 pm

Hmm, what sort of things do you use the yogurt cheese for? I just feel like plan greek yogurt cheese would be a little TOO tangy for me; I usually like my greek yogurt sweetened up with honey.

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54 Kath September 2, 2010 at 7:52 am

I’d use it more as sour cream/yogurt than cheese. But you could spread it on anything

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55 Hannah September 1, 2010 at 11:08 pm

That *is* yogurt cheese. It’s called labneh! :)

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56 Brooke - One Healthy Cookie September 1, 2010 at 11:14 pm

That rub looks amazing! I wish I could get over my fear of overnight oatmeal, though. :/ I just don’t like the sogginess!

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57 kate September 1, 2010 at 11:18 pm

I cant believe he drank that! Boys will be boys!

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58 Freya (Brit Chick Runs) September 2, 2010 at 1:53 am

That looks like such a delicious dinner :)
Do you reckon you could do that yogurt pressing thing with soy yogurt? I always think soy yogurt is too runny, it’d be great to make it thick :D

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59 Kath September 2, 2010 at 7:52 am

I have no idea

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60 Marina September 2, 2010 at 2:16 am

Amazing dinner, and that dressing looks awesome.
Specially with some crushed peanuts :)

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61 Stacey @ The Habit of Healthy September 2, 2010 at 3:26 am

You make me really wish I could try that tofu. Anything that tastes like pizza is a winner for me!

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62 Tina September 2, 2010 at 7:24 am

I used to drink maraschino cherry juice when the cherries were gone. Then a friend told me all about the process of canning said cherries-I don’t buy them anymore! And pickle juice is pretty good. Tuna, no.

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63 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin September 2, 2010 at 7:51 am

Eww I don’t know how Matt can drink all that! I’ve heard that pickle juice is supposed to be good for curing hangovers. :P

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64 Jillian September 2, 2010 at 12:54 pm

Mmmm that dinner looks delicious! I’ll have to try and track down that tofu… because really anything that tastes like pizza without all the fat and grease is good in my book!

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65 Jasmine @ Eat Move Write September 2, 2010 at 1:56 pm

Oh man. That almost made me gag to see him drink that. lol.

Your grilled tofu looks great. Not so much on the eggplant. :)

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