Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Creamy Tartar Sauce with Breaded Tofu and Couscous

The regiment is all about healthy food and maximizing the nutrition from your calories. We eat a lot of brown rice and whole wheat pasta as a good source of fiber and vitamins. I struggle to vary out diet sometimes, outside the realm of beans and rice , or the ever-popular and quick Amy's meal. I have only had couscous once or twice, I'm ashamed to say. I understand it's a staple in many vegan diets, but I just haven't managed to get on that train until now. I don't know why I haven't tried it before-- it LITERALLY cooks in 2 minutes. So, last night we had a little couscous action.

This may seem a little mismatched, but it works. I wanted to make a tartar sauce, but this is a little runnier. Sort of like a Greek Yogurt or something? It's really good, and pairs PERFECTLY. I breaded and lightly fried some tofu slices, make a side of couscous with some garlic sauteed vegetables. Here's the recipe/method:

[["Tartar" Sauce]]

4 tbs vegan mayo [[vegenaise]]
juice from half a lime
1 tsp parsley
couple pinches of dill
1 tbs horseradish mustard
a couple dashes of salt and pepper

-- Mix in a resealable bowl, cover, and refrigerate while you cook the rest.

[[Seasoned Couscous]]
I'm admitting, this dish needs some work. Alone, it's kind of bland. Mixed in with some of that "tartar" sauce, it's great.

1 cup couscous
1 1/2 cups water
1/4 cup vegetable broth
about a tsp of cumin
about a tsp of turmeric

-- Heat water until it boils, add couscous and cook for two minutes once all water is absorbed. Remove from heat, add broth and spices, and cover for five minute.
-- I'm new to couscous, so I'm open to suggestions, too. :) But this did a good job

[[Grilled Vegetables]]
I know. This may be useless.

one green bell pepper
1/2 of a red onion
minced garlic
extra virgin olive oil

-- Heat some extra virgin olive oil, add garlic. Once garlic sizzles, add one sliced green pepper and half a sliced red onion. Cook until soft. Set aside.

[[Spicy Whole Wheat Breaded Tofu]]
This is where the tartar sauce really comes into play. Cools the kick in the tofu.

blend one toasted piece of ezekiel bread in coffee grinder
2 tsp cumin
2 tsp cayenne pepper
reserve a side of whole wheat flour
sliced tofu
grapeseed oil for frying

-- Mix home made bread crumbs, or store bought ones, with the cumin and cayenne. Set aside on a plate for dipping.
-- Lightly squeeze out excess moisture from tofu slice. Once oil is heated, dab in a little flour, coat in bread crumbs [[you may need to push it on to get it to stay]], and fry on each side about 2 minutes. The time will shorten as you go, because the pan will become hotter.

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