Wednesday, April 08, 2009

$3.33 a day: Simple comfort food and condiments

My all time favorite comfort food

This dish will probably surprise most of you who have read me for a while; it is no secret that I LOVE spicy and highly flavored food. This dish is rather bland and simple, but it is something we ate several times a week growing up. Bulgur, tofu and zucchini flavored with thyme, pepper and soy sauce. Super easy and delicious. I did add an onion, garlic and nutritional yeast to the dish. My homemade tofu was freaken amazing here! As a child, we ate it with cottage cheese on top.

This recipe serves 2

2 C cooked bulgur
1 T EVOO or toasted sesame oil
2 large zucchinis
1 large onion
5 cloves garlic
2 t dried thyme
8 oz tofu
1 c water
Soy sauce, tamari or Braggs to taste
Black pepper to taste
2 T nutritional yeast

In a cast iron over medium heat add the oil, zukes, onion, garlic, thyme and tofu. Stir fry for several minutes then add the water and soy sauce. Bring to a strong simmer until the veggies are cooked then stir in the pepper and yeast. Serve over the bulgur or add the bulgur to the pan.

Super simple and tasty.

Caesar Salad with Raw Sunny Caesar Dressing

I just love this dressing. It is so simple, healthy and satisfying. It will be in the ebook for sure.

Mild Ancho Chile Enchilada Sauce

So flavorful and yummy!.. I going to make enchiladas this week and needed some sauce. This certainly will do the trick!

Spanish Bulgur

Like Spanish Rice, but chewier. I made a big batch of this and divided it into 3 containers. Two are in the freezer for future use (I have 2 c of lentils that will mix perfectly with this for a chili!).. I am going to mix this with kale and pickled jalapenos to stuff into corn tortillas for enchiladas. Chipotle black beans and salad will round out the meal. Stay tuned for that post!

Healthy and Cheap Vegenaise Substitute

I just love this. The mix in possibilities are endless. I created this recipe from whole soybeans. Woohoo!


  1. Love that first dish. Your tofu sounds like a dream come true! :) I love bulgar. I am actually looking for a raw caesar dressing myself. Guess I'll have to wait! ;)

  2. YUM! You always inspire me to eat more raw foods :D

  3. Wow, you ate so much better when you were growing up than I did. Good for your parents! I love those no recipe comfort meals.

  4. Holy moly, this all looks terrific. Your genius in the kitchen continues to amaze me.

    And once again, the soup rocked. The only reason I am able to afford fresh herb on our tight budget is the herb plants I bought for really cheap three years ago are still alive and kicking. If not for those, I would be using dried too.

    Your son graduates soon? That is amazing how time flys by. I had Arthur when I was 35, so I will be an older mother at this HS graduation and even older when Adam graduates. Time needs to stop, my boys are growing up way to fast.

    Have a terrific day.

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  6. You never cease to amaze me! Nice job. :)

  7. holy carp, the Vegenaise sub looks absolutely stellar. I just finished a jar of it, and am trying to resist the temptation to buy more, as its price is always increasing.

  8. thank you for the link to the mayo recipe!

  9. spanish bulgur sounds seriously good! like the idea of using soybeans to make a vegenaise sub as well!

  10. I'm really excited about that recipe, I want to try it today! Sounds delicious- Easy to make and eat. :)

  11. i love a simple meal with nice clean flavors - and anything with bulghur gets my approval! huzzah for a healthy and inexpensive alternative to vegenaise, too! man, i can't wait for your ebook! wahooooooo!

  12. I can't wait to see the caesar recipe. That used to be one of my favorite dressings back in the day, and I'm always looking for new varieties. Yum!

  13. love your ancho chile sauce!!

  14. Everything looks beautiful and amazing, as always!

  15. I just wanted to tell you that I cannot WAIT for your ebook to come out! I move to a whole new city to start graduate school in August and am getting worried about budget and nutrition.
    It's always nice to get encouragement - so please, know that what you're doing is going to help so many people! Your blog keeps me upbeat about what I can do for myself.

  16. Boy am I having a hard time waiting for your E-book! It is going to be fantastic!!!

  17. I do hope you're putting that vegan mayo sub in your book! Sounds awesome. Vegenaise is so exspensive!

  18. Do you ever take a bad photo? All your food pictures are always so darn gorgeous and inviting! I want some homemade cheap Vegenaise!

  19. that spanish bulgur sounds incredible!

  20. Wow! Homemade vegenaise. I should try some for my potato salad I'm making for Easter tomorrow.

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