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Pecans Like Crack and Other Goodies

February 15, 2012

My beautiful birthday feast, vegan style:

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From left to right, sliced red bell pepper, a huge salad, margarita glasses filled with toasted pecans, Trader Joe’s sparkling water, sautéed tofu with onions and garlic, and sauteed eggplant. It was deeeelicious. I love me some salad! And frankly, toasted pecans are as gourmet as they get. They’re like crack. Seriously, they are addictive. If you have never toasted pecans before, do it now. Go. It’s easy, and fast!

Toasted Pecans
My all-time favorite salad topper and a staple in our house, these nuts will change your life. They are addictive!

Pecans, any amount

Preheat the oven to 400º. Spread the pecans on a cookie sheet and bake for about 7 minutes, or until fragrant. Check them at the 5 minute mark and watch them closely, because they burn quickly. Enjoy!

The tofu was also really delicious, and another very easy recipe.

Simple Tofu
This is my go-to method for preparing tofu, it’s quick and easy with zero prep time.

One package firm/extra-firm tofu
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1/2 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 T olive or sesame oil

Heat the oil in a skillet. Drain all of the water off the tofu, holding it over the sink and letting it drip for a minute. Some recipes recommend you press the tofu, but I do not find it necessary. Dice into cubes that are approximately 1/2″ thick. Add the tofu and the onions to the heated skillet and begin to sauté at medium heat, stirring or tossing the pan every few minutes to turn the tofu. After about 5 minutes, add the vinegar and soy sauce, continuing to stir. After another 5 minutes, add the garlic, being careful not to let it burn (garlic burns easily). Continue to cook another 5 minutes, or until the tofu is lightly browned on most sides. If you want, season the tofu however you prefer. Enjoy!

The lovely salad consisted of a blend of greens, including arugula and butter lettuce, avocados, tomatoes, bell peppers, and cauliflower. It was a rather easy, simple dinner and a great evening spent with friends. I hope everyone else had a nice Valentine’s Day as well. Even if you just curled up on the couch with a chocolate bar and watched the latest episode of New Girl!

Did you do anything fun yesterday, be it for Valentine’s Day or Single’s Awareness Day?

-Over and Out

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