Thursday, November 29, 2012

2 Ingredient Lemon Bars

I'm pretty much obsessed with anything lemon (my dog's name is Lemon by the way)...I love how the tartness of the fruit can add so much flavor to almost anything-main dishes, desserts, name it.

I found these Lemon Bars on Pinterest and decided to try them out; they are definitely a crowd pleaser! So easy to make and so delicious to eat.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Stir Fry Simplified

If you don't like tofu, don't skip this post! You can  substitute or add in chicken, beef, or pork if you like that better.  If you do eat tofu, I recommend using firm tofu or tofu shirataki noodles for these dishes. You can generally find Tofu Shirataki Noodles at Whole Foods, Central Market, and some smaller natural food stores-Sprouts in the DFW I believe has them and I think I've also found them at Target and MAYBE Kroger.

I love making stir fries because they are super easy to make and super healthy.  I bought a variety of my favorite Asian sauces: Sweet Chili, Peanut, Brown Stir Fry, Soy Sauce, and Teriyaki to name a few.  These plus some tofu or meat, some vegetables, and some type of grain-I'll use brown rice, quinoa, or cous cous, makes an awesomely well rounded dinner dish.  I also love that you can actually buy frozen packs of stir fry vegetables.  I like to switch between that and the frozen pepper and onion mix.  Using these is so much easier than buying fresh produce and having to worry about preparation AND using all of the vegetables before they go bad.

To buy:
Firm Tofu (one container has 4 servings in it-I usually use 2 servings/stir fry and refrigerate the second half for another night) OR 1 package of Tofu Shirataki noodles (2 servings in one package) OR whatever meat you like

Your favorite stir fry sauce

Extra Virgin Olive Oil (2 Tbsp max)

Stir Fry vegetables-seriously buy the frozen ones-AMAZINGLY convenient

To do:
Heat 2 Tbsp of Olive Oil in a pan over medium high heat (I use 7 on a 10).  After a couple of minutes, pour package of frozen vegetables into pan, stir, and cover.  (This helps steam the vegetables and defrost them.  Stir them every few minutes until they are no longer frozen.

If you need to prepare rice or anything like that, do it now!

While you are heating up the vegetables, if you are using the tofu:
Open container and drain the water out of it.  Using a knife, divide the tofu chunk in half.  Divide one of the halves in half.  There is your two servings of tofu.  I then keep dividing those two halves into slices and cubes for the stir fry.
if you are using the noodles:
drain the water out of the bag of noodles and pour them on to a paper towel.  Give them a quick chop just to make sure that you don't have any ridiculously long pieces.

I also like to add in any fresh vegetables that may be in my refrigerator, especially if they've been there for a few days-I really hate when my vegetables go bad and uneaten!

Once you've got your tofu (or meat) all ready, put it in the pan.  Pour your rice, etc in as well if you are using that and pour a few tablespoons of your sauce of choice over everything.  Keep the heat up high and stir  everything together until cooked.