The afternoon flew by and soon enough it was time to think about dinner. I knew tofu was on the menu and that we were low on vegetables, but I didn’t have much more planned. We decided to hike to the grocery store in search of something fresh.
On our 30 minute walk, we brainstormed recipe ideas (which was really me making suggestions and Matt giving his opinion – he doesn’t like being forced to brainstorm on the spot).
We settled on a Tofu Caprese Salad – only the tofu took the place of the mozzarella.
I sipped on a mocktail while I cooked.
I baked a block of firm tofu in the oven (coated only in cooking spray for maximum crisp) at 425* for about 30 minutes, adding a sliced zucchini for the last 10.
Then I layered heirloom tomato, tofu, balsamic vinegar (the good syrupy kind from Williams-Sonoma!), EVOO, zucchini, basic and more vinegar + oil into two towers.
Finally, we cut a toasted slice of Dakota bread into cubes for a panzanella twist.
It was light and delicious!! I pointed out that while this dinner was perfectly filling, it would just be an appetizer in a restaurant.
I found a hard copy of Breathe at the YMCA. So cool that’s my article in there!
And here’s my snacks for the next few months! Thank you LaraBar! STOCK UP NATE!
Going to watch TV while the Baker prepares for an early morning of Sponge and Dough. He’s going to be working a few Saturdays for the next few weeks/months 🙁
That is a really awesome dinner idea! I can’t wait to try it. Hooray for all those larabars, too!
Drooling over your PB Cookie Larabars! (and for free boot!!) Can’t find them around here.
Kristin @ Iowa Girl Eats says
WOW!! You’ll be eating Lara Bars forever!! Congrats again about your published article – that’s really exciting – a big accomplishment for sure 🙂
Kath (or anyone else), how do you make your mocktails?
what a great lookin’ dinner! i bet the cheese wasn’t missed at all 🙂 and woohoo for the larabars!
Stephanie – My favorite mocktail is seltzer (whatever flavor I have kicking around) with a splash of Pom & a twist of citrus (again, whatever I have on hand)
I love caprese salad – definitely will have to try this one.
Congrats again on your latest literary accomplishment!
Matt (NoMeatAthlete) says
So true about how a filling meal is an appetizer in a restaurant! How much better off would we all be if that’s what going to a restaurant meant?
Lauren B. says
How is tofu healthy with the phytates and phytoestrogens it contains? Just wondering. I’ve always heard it can affect thyroid function. Pass the whole milk rGBH-free mozzarella! 😀
Courtney (The Hungry Yogini) says
Love the creative dinner! Good thinking!
So cool about the article.
And LARABARS!!! SO Jealzzz
Have a great night!
even without the mozz that salad is beautifully delicious looking!
That tofu dish looks so delicious! I am loving your beautiful dinner presentation. I swear, a pretty presentation makes dinner THAT much better. Very professional Kath! 🙂
I too loved the look of that pretty Orange candle.
I heard somewhere that if you put your candles in the freezer for a while it stops the drips and makes them last longer…not sure if it is the freezer treatment itself that works or if you have to take them fresh from the freezer when you want to use them.
Emily L. says
What a great way to make a delicious meal lactard-friendly, as we say in my house.
[email protected] says
Holy Larabars! Lucky you!
My fave mocktails always involve sparkling water and usually Pom and fresh lime plus loads of ice. So refreshing! Lately I have also been making a lot of homemade iced tea lemonade plus a hit of seltzer.
Melissa @ For the Love of Health says
Very creative caprese salad!! Yumm Kathy!!
Wow! So many Larabars!! Lucky!!
Have a great eve!
Mara @ What's For Dinner? says
Love the caprese with tofu idea! Might have to steal that one this week 🙂
look at all those larabars! no fair! If you don’t want any you can always send them over this way 😉
Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) says
What a creative dinner!
Jenn (www. j3nn.net ) says
Tofu is a great replacement for a caprese salad. I like that idea. Looks light and delish.
nice dinner! I like your new haircut, and I can’t wait to hear more about the summit! Enjoy the rest of your night 🙂
Island Girl Eats says
That is a fabulous looking meal. I love the mocktail!
It looks like LaraBar stocked you up well – lucky girl!
Nice meal…your cooking always inspires me!
The tofu caprese looks wonderful and I love your “mocktail”!!! Enjoy all those LaraBars!
Shannon (The Daily Balance) says
look at those LARAS – so jeal!
LOVE panzanella – such a great idea to create your own 😉
Wowwwwie! A Larabar feast! Very very jealous 🙂
that salad looks great, what type of mocktail is that?
haha,Ttofu: the 2 towers…LOTR continues!!
Sarah (LovIN My Tummy) says
I’m missing the hooch in that mocktail more than the mozzarella…
Jenn Eats Nutritiously Now says
Wow! That’s a ginormous shipment of Larabars!
Meh 🙁 My boyfriend is having to work on a Saturday too, but it makes it so much better when he comes home 🙂 Hope it flies by!
Stock Up on Larabar as soon as I get my box in the mail.
Seltzer or diet tonic soda with lime and cherries. Sometimes cherry juice too. The cherry is the most important part.
I’ve never heard/read anything unhealthy about tofu so long as you don’t have estrogen-fed cancers. Asian cultures it eat daily and are one of the healthiest and longest-living cultures.
mmm larabars! and congrats on the article, it looks great!
What an awesome idea – to replace the mozzarella with tofu. Wow I’m jealous of all those larabars! 😉
loving your dinner – what a great idea. LARABARS – I need to get some to try. I see everyone writing about them…