Thursday, February 3, 2011

So. Tired. Must. Eat. Vegetables. And... Punctuate Like. William Shatner.

This is a super easy, wicked fast and mad nutritious lunch or dinner one-bowler (can it be eaten slopped together in a bowl? It is thusly dubbed a one-bowler). Jamie and I had just finished a beautiful 30 mile bike ride and I was freakin' starving! This recipe only takes about 15 minutes start to finish and is chock full of vitamins and protein. I put cubed tofu in the vegetables but you could also add a nutty rice (think brown, wild or red rice).

This is also a good backbone recipe to quickly imbibe any random leftover CSA stuff. Today we were down to a bit of the baby asparagus, one yellow zuchinni, a white onion and a red bell pepper.

Put some peanut or safflower oil (to taste and preference, I generally keep it to a tablespoon or less to keep the fat content low) to heat in a large skillet. Add chopped onions and a minced garlic clove and stir for about 3 minutes, or until the onions become translucent. Add chopped bell pepper, asparagus and zuchinni and stir well, making sure to evenly coat all the vegetables with oil. Add 3 T of tamari or soy sauce and continue to stir. While stirring like there's no tomorow, add 2 T of creamy, no stir peanut butter (organic is best) and move about while the peanut butter starts to melt.
Then add:
1 t of ginger powder
1 t of chili powder
1 t of lemon juice
1 t apple cider vinegar and
2 t of hot chili oil.

Now would be the time to add in your cubed hella firm tofu (drained and pressed), another T of tamari and continue to stir until the vegetables look as cooked as you like them (al dente to mushy, the range is wide and great). Right before you turn the heat off, add 2 T of nutritional yeast and a pinch of Spike or sea salt.

Give one final and mighty stir (damn, you're starting to look buff) and turn off the heat. Put it in a bowl, give yourself a pat on the back and share it with someone you think is cute.

Now I'm going to do some house stuff and talk to my dog in high pitched voices before going to the city on Thursdate. We're trying out a place with CHICAGO STYLE DEEP DISH PIZZZZZA WITH DAIYA. That's right. Daiya. On pizza. From Chicago. Get pumped, I'll tell you all about it later.


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