Easy Asian Inspired…Thanks (again) to Wegmans

20150505_175841One of our boasts in Rochester, NY is Wegmans. When out-of-town guests come, we always show it off. How do I describe the phenomenon that is Wegmans? It does it all: beautiful produce; inexpensive, delicious store brand products; gourmet restaurants; crazy good take out; coffee shop, sub shop, pizza shop…the list goes on and on. It is a foodie’s dream store. They also have recipes. Good recipes, written by the chefs they employ. I recently made one of Wegmans tasty recipes, so I thought I would share it with you. Anything I post here is easily modified, in case you don’t have a Wegmans. Quick, easy and modifiable are my go to recipe’s right now. You can change the spices or the type of tofu (although this particular tofu had a great texture and easily soaked up all the intense flavor of the marinade). It has a scrumptious, savory taste with just a hint of spice. This recipe has the potential to convert any non-tofu loving person (worked on my husband).

Wegman’s Herb-Baked Tofu

1 box (13 oz) Asian Classics Tofu (Frozen Foods), thawed, cut in 3/4 ­inch cubes

1 1/2 Tbsp Wegmans Extra­Virgin Olive Oil

1/2 tsp dill weed

1/2 tsp crushed red pepper

1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper

1 tsp sesame oil [look for toasted sesame oil – it will taste the best]

2 Tbsp Wegmans Reduced­Sodium Soy Sauce

2 cloves chopped Food You Feel Good About Cleaned & Cut Peeled Garlic (I didn’t bother with this step)

You’ll Need: Parchment paper

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 1. Toss tofu, olive oil, dill, crushed red pepper, black pepper, sesame oil, and soy sauce in mixing bowl. Arrange tofu mixture in single layer on parchment paper­lined baking sheet. 2. Bake 7 min. Remove from oven. Add chopped garlic to tofu; stir. 3. Bake 7-­10 min until tofu is lightly browned.

So easy! And healthy!! I served it with my spin on Chin-He-Huang’s Vegetable Chow Mein (next post?) and Wegmans Organic Food You Feel Good About Asian Brown Rice Blend (which cooks in 3 minutes). It would taste great in salad too.

Let me know what you think!

P.S. I do not have any kind of affiliate relationship with Wegmans (although that would be super cool) and the recommendations made here are solely based on my personal love for the store and the recipe.

Quick, easy dinner? Yes please.

Breakfast for dinner. I love it. My husband – not so much. Until now. It took some convincing. Even though he is full-blooded Italian, he thought sauce and eggs together sounded like a bad idea, but seeing (and tasting) is believing.

20150430_184318I was inspired to make this meal by a NY Times recipe, but the dish has its roots in a classic Southern Italian dish called “Uova al Purgatorio”. My version is a quick, easy spin on the classic, for those of us that don’t have as much time as we wish for cooking, but love to eat delicious, healthy food.

Uova al Purgatorio (Heather’s Quick version)

  • 4 free-range, organic eggs
  • 1 jar tomato sauce (use whatever you have – I used Emeril’s Tomato-basil Sauce)
  • Salt & pepper
  • Thick slices of Ciabatta bread (toasted)
  • Parmesan cheese

Directions:

Pour tomato sauce into a large skillet. Heat sauce to a good simmer. Break each egg carefully into a cup and gently slide individual eggs into simmering sauce. Space eggs evenly apart with as much room as possible between them. Cover the pan and keep on a medium to low simmer. My pan has a clear glass lid, which is very helpful. Watch the eggs carefully. As soon as they are set, but still slightly yellow (pale yellow showing through the white), they are ready. If this doesn’t happen in 3-4 minutes increase the heat. Too much heat will prevent that creamy, dreamy, yolky center though, so don’t use high heat. Immediately remove the pan from the heat and season with salt, pepper and freshly grated parmesan cheese. Serve over sliced, toasted ciabatta bread (also tastes great on English muffins).

This time, I served it with pan roasted asparagus and turkey sausage breakfast links (have to include meat for hubby).

Fresh Squeezed Sunshine

Look what Greta’s been doing over at HeyChickyFarms! Cheers me up just looking at these pics! Still having some technical hiccups, but you get the idea…

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Happy Spring!

“He dawns on them like the morning light, like the sun shining forth on a cloudless morning, like rain that makes grass to sprout from the earth.”2 Samuel 23:4

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