Tofu Talk, Veganism, & Parenting Rambles [Updates!]

Good Morning Everyone!

How are you today? A very Happy Wednesday to you! If you’re new to my blog, hi! Welcome! I hope you’ve found some delicious recipes on here that you’re eager to try. For the past week I have been slowing down completely. Like a big rig that pumps it’s breaks, I too have been making that ka-churrrr! sound. It’s summer. Oh, how I love summer. It has been unusually cold here on the coast, so it doesn’t quite feel like it. But nonetheless, my body has been craving fruit, greens, and tacos. Tofu tacos to be exact. Now like any true person from California, I do love a great fish taco. But, I’ve been trying to stay vegan so tofu it is.

If you’re new to the world of tofu… think of it like a potato. Tofu is a blank slate for you to get massively creative upon. Want a stir-fry?

  • Cube 1 block of tofu
  • Drizzle some oil in a pan
  • Pour in a bit of soy sauce
  • Season with garlic powder
  • Hit it with a bit of red chili flakes or Sriracha for some heat
  • Cook for 4-5 minutes on high… Done!

Or maybe you want to go the taco-Mexican route. Around here we eat a lot of tofu tacos, and they look something like this:

  • Cube 1 block of tofu
  • Drizzle some oil in the pan
  • Toss in the tofu, 1 can of black beans drained
  • Toss in some chopped (or frozen) veggies
  • Pour in 1 cup of your favorite salsa
  • Add in 1 cup of cooked rice
  • Hit it with some ground cumin and cayenne pepper for spice
  • Fry for 4-5 minutes on high… and you’re done!

Yes, tofu is cheap ($1.79 USD per block that serves our family of three easily), accessible, and extremely healthy. I encourage you all to flex your own culinary muscles and give it a try for yourself πŸ™‚

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One example of a Mexican style tofu that we do
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Easy Rice and Beans, mixed with salsa

Anyway, back to summer. So it’s summer time, which in parenting terms means “time to plan to entertain your kids” time. Right? πŸ˜‰ The Noob Chef Junior has been dying to be more independent in the kitchen and by that I mean she has told me flat out: “Mom, I’ve got this, go sit down”. Now let’s get real here for a moment, my fellow parents. Letting your child cook in a kitchen is awesome! It’s a life skill, and one I highly encourage. Letting your child cook alone in a kitchen? Well… if you’re anything like my type-A personality… then it can be a bit nerve-racking. However, now that she’s 10… I figured it was time for her to take the reins for a few recipe test runs.

So I made myself a cup of vegan black tea:

  • Hot water
  • 1 black tea bag
  • A bit of almond milk
  • 2-3 tablespoons of maple syrup

And went to sit down. Okay, I went to sit down and listen from the other room at the sounds going on in my kitchen. With every bump I looked over at my husband, who was also listening with a keen ear. “Mooom…. I dropped an egg!” I heard her call. (I took a sip of tea before answering). “That’s okay, honey, cleaning stuff is under the sink” I called back.

Just be cool… don’t get up from the chair… you can do this!…Β 

I was my own personal cheerleader with the single goal in mind: let her be independent! A few bangs, clangs, and 45 minutes later… she brought out a pan of fluffy cookies and a GIANT smile on her face. You know, if they had tasted terrible, I still would have eaten them. But if I’m being totally honest… they were great! I was so proud and her seeing me eat them made her heart swell.

So what will I be up to this summer?

Well, you’re going to be seeing a whole lot more recipes from the Noob Chef Junior. I will be sitting on a chair in the other room, listening for bangs, clangs, and offering helpful advice… while my little dumpling explores her own passion in the kitchen. Here’s to a beautiful summer to you and yours too. Stay tuned for more recipes! I hope you all have a fabulous day, and as always, keep on cooking! ❀

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