Monday, April 06, 2009

$3.33 a day: Featured in + Homemade Tofu!

Rice Noodle Bowl

Before I get into the food, I wanted to let all of you Moms out there know of a really cool website called It's pretty much a social networking site for moms and there is a lot of good support and information over there. Go check it out!

I am being featured in their on their In The Kitchen page today.

I sure wish this sort of support had been around when my kids were smaller. The internet is just so cool!

Onto the food now. I think the above rice noodle bowl really illustrates how I cook. First of all, I save broken noodles and use them in soups. I was initially making some TVP bacon bits in my cast iron and had around 1/2 cup that didn't fit into the container I was going to store them in and since it was close to dinner time, I decided I would do a collard/bacon type stir fry for the vegetable portion of our dinner. As I was making the collards I was thinking of what else I should make and I decided to go a completely different route. Pork is used in many Chinese dishes, so I added a bunch of ginger, hot peppers, sesame oil and of course more garlic to the dish along with some soy sauce and siracha. I tasted it and it was too salty. That's when I decided to turn it into a soup, adding some more collards, water, the broken rice noodles and a bit of hoisin. We topped our bowls with sesame seeds, cilantrol and of course, more siracha.

BBQ Shan Tofu Collard Wraps

I'm still on the Shan tofu kick! It is so inexpensive, healthy and easy to make. I topped these wraps with raw bbq sauce, kale, 1000 island dressing, pickles and veggies. Three small wraps and a banana made a delicious lunch. I only used around 1.5 servings of the shan tofu, but eating 3 wraps really filled me up. I never, ever regret eating collards instead of tortillas or bread!

Raw Carrot Cake/Coconut Tartlet

I used some of the raw cookie dough and frosting to make these tartlets. They are actually in the freezer right now and will be served as dessert by topping them with some sweetened fruit coulis. The base and the frosting are not very sweet and completely sweetened with stevia, so they are appropriate for breakfast.

Homemade Tofu!

I finally made my own real tofu! I think I'll press it longer next time. I used two pitchers of fresh soymilk (instead of 3). We will have it for dinner! I am so excited about this. I have 5 lbs of soybeans, but they are quite old and I can tell a huge difference in the quality of the milk. Even after soaking them overnight, they weren't completely ground by the soymilk machine which I have never encountered before. I can see myself making a small batch of tofu every day out of 1 pitcher of soymilk. So far, it is not as firm as the tofu I buy, but I can play around with pressing it longer. Thank you so much Julie for sending me the starter and the tofu mold!

Jack cleans out the fridge!

Who knew Jack Bauer could help clean out my fridge? He really can do everything!

(for those who are new to this blog, my Sourdough Starter is named Jack Bauer)

I had 2 batches of very beany okara leftover from making soymilk and around 2 cups of sprouted wheatberries leftover from making rejuvelac. I stirred it all together and added some freshly ground whole wheat flour and the dough is proofing as I type this. This is going to be some wicked healthy bread, full of fiber, sprouted grain and protein!

I have a pot of soybeans on the stove right now that I'm planning on turning into sausage patties/burgers. I make a big batch of burgers to take over to my old house now. My X used to buy tons of frozen veggie burgers, but since he lost his job he is cutting back as well. I'm so glad to provide healthier burgers than they were eating.

Have a great day people!


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  3. always love your posts! i wish i had a tofu press! i already have a soymilk maker so i really should get one of those kits!

  4. great job again!!

    i only have 2 drawers too - grumble grumble.

  5. I LOVE breakfast at your house!!

  6. i love making my own tofu! though i rarely do these days... i can never get it firm enough, no matter how long i press it, it seems. if you figure out a way, please let us all know!

  7. Congrats on the tofu! It looks really good! I keep telling myself that I'm going to get around to it soon...

  8. congrats on the feature! i'm gonna check it out here in a bit! your noodle bowl looks beautiful and sounds so awesome! hooray for jack helping to make some suuuuper healthy bread - i can't wait to see how it turns out! mmmmmmmmmmmm! that's so awesome that you're making your own tofu, and as always - your collard wraps look deeeelicious!

  9. Collards are my new bread. Except in pb&js, of course. You'll be glad to know I made some black bean burgers tonight, with corn, red bell pepper, and wheat gluten as a binder.

    Your photos are beautiful, as always!

  10. Such creative menus, as always! And I am now officially a collard-as-wrap fan. I've been having them almost daily! Can't wait to see how that Jack Bauer--I mean bread--turns out! ;)

  11. Congrats on being featured on!! That is awesome!

    I'm drooling all over those Raw Carrot Cake/Coconut Tartlets. And homemade tofu is so hard core!! You rock!

  12. I love your blog and I totally agree with Meg. By the way, I am so in love with your rice noodle bowl!!

  13. So cool that you made your own tofu! And great post on Cafemoms! Congrats! Love all your yummy food!

  14. I love your posts Melody! That soup looks fantastic, along with everything else. Yum!!

    I was so excited to see your tofu. I need to start making it fresh as well. The homemade stuff is so much better!

    Congrats on Cafemom!


  15. wow, such great eats, as always!

    and homemade tofu?!? very ambitious. i tried to make my own seitan but looked at the recipe and got scared. have you ever done it?

  16. I'm glad you're feeling a little more upbeat; even when there are ups and downs, it's great to celebrate the ups!! haha :) I too have become an apostle of Melody's collard wraps- it's unbelievably filling, and not at all bitter like I would have imagined.

    I've had shan tofu on my mind since you first post about it, and I'm wondering- do green split peas work as well as yellow? What other legumes could be used?

  17. Congrats on being featured! (Though I'm not terribly surprised!) You are AMAZING!!! :)

  18. I am new to this blog. Do you post recipes anywhere

  19. Oh, I'm so jealous of your homemade tofu! I need a soymilk machine so I can try that!

    And yes, I'd love to test some of your raw recipes. How do I get started?

  20. Congrats on your spotlight!! I love the tofu you made too - very inspiring! I was thinking of trying to make some too, but when tofu lady in Chinatown sells immense quantities of fresh tofu for $1, my resolve crumbles.

  21. Love the tartlet :) And home-made tofu. That sounds like such a better idea. I'm sure it's delish.

  22. Wow, homemade tofu. That's the Olympic-league level of cooking if you ask me. I am impressed!

  23. More great food, and can I just wow - you made your own tofu!!!

    I loved your feature at CafeMom!

  24. Awesome! I love the home made tofu! And I wish I could cook like you. Sadly I generally have to at least start out following a recipe and I tend to deviate from there but never so much! And what you come up with always looks so amazing!

    I desperately want some of that tartlet. Yum!