Category Archives: Sides

Asian Flavsplosion Sandwich

Was that title dorky enough for you?  Can we still be friends?  I can’t promise it won’t happen again.  Seriously though…this sandwich is a flavsplosion.  It’s the only word for it.  So you may be surprised at how it starts…

Guys…this is tofu.

tofu2What?  Scared?  Don’t be.

Before you get all cranky and suspicious on me let me point out:  All of this works with chicken too.  No one is going to force you to eat tofu if you really don’t want to but…maybe give it a chance?

Real talk: I love tofu.  It takes on flavors like a pro and can be absolutely delicious.  You just have to do it right.  When I worked at the bakery we made a tofu pesto sandwich with herby tofu that we roasted.  I was obsessed.  Now I made my own tofu sandwich!..with Asian inspiration.

Mise en place

setup

We start with a combo of olive oil and toasted sesame oil.  It’s spiked with a pinch of salt and garlic powder.  Freaking Delicious (capital ‘D’).

oil

Are you friends with toasted sesame oil?  This stuff packs a punch.  A little bit makes a big difference.

Brush.

(or dip or drizzle…just get some on there!)

paint

Bring on the crunch maker aka sesame seeds!! (I love them.  Can’t stop, won’t stop coating everything in them.  See Sesame Almonds)

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Stop Drop and Roll

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It already looks crunchy and delicious but he has to hang out in the oven for a while to get extra crunchy.

Meanwhile..bring on the veg!

vegshred Now this sauce y’all…I can’t even handle it.  I love it on stir fries, I love it as a salad dressing, I love it on fish, I love it on tofu and I totally love it on this slaw.  Plus it’s super simple. Goes a little something like this:

Equal parts:

Brown Sugar

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Fresh Ginger

ginger

Sesame Oil

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Soy Sauce

soysauce

Rice Vinegar

((I add an extra tablespoon vinegar…I like things vinegary))

ricevinegar

and a dash of fish sauce if you have it

((not necessary but it does add some depth))

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We’ve got your sweet, we’ve got your salty, we’ve got your umami…I mean what more do you want?  Seriously…forget the sandwich…just make this sauce.

(then make the sandwich…)

Infuse those veggies with that flavor attack

pour

And now…we build.

Start with some good bread

bread

Spread some peanut satay sauce (I just used some from a jar)

spread

Turn up the heat with some Sriracha

spice

Pile on the saucy veg

veggies

Pile on the fresh veg.

Basil isn’t necessary but it is OUT OF THIS WORLD.

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Now the “meat” of the situation

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(Make sure it’s nice and toasty)

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Close it up and prepare to have your mind blown

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Those chips?  We’ll talk about those next time.  They’re my newest addiction.

For now enjoy this sloppy, kick in the mouth.   Beautiful.

Er..in its own way.

takeabiteEnjoy!

❤ Ellen

Sesame Crusted Tofu Sandwich

Recipe from my crazy brain.  Sauce based on this recipe

For the tofu (or chicken, calm down):

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • about 6 shakes of toasted sesame oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup sesame seeds
  • 1 block of extra firm tofu
  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F
  2. Mix the oils, salt and garlic powder in a dish
  3. Place the sesame seeds in a separate dish
  4. Slice your tofu into slabs of your desired thickness and shape
  5. Completely coat each piece of tofu with a thin layer of oil (I like to brush so it’s even and doesn’t get too greasy but dipping and drizzling work just fine)
  6. Dip each piece of oiled tofu into the sesame seeds until they are completely coated on all sides
  7. Place the coated tofu on a parchment lined baking sheet so that they are not touching each other
  8. Bake for 20 minutes, flip each piece over and bake for another 10 minutes
  9. Remove from the oven and let cool

For the dressing/sauce/whatever:

  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 (or 2, to taste) tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon fish sauce

Makes about 1/4 cup sauce

  1. Place all ingredients in a container and whisk until well combined.

For the Slaw

About 2 cups shredded cabbage2 small carrots, shredded into strips with a vegetable peeler

  1. Place the cabbage and carrots in a large bowl
  2. Pour about 2 tablespoons of sauce over the vegetables and toss to coat (adjust the amount of sauce to taste!)

For One Sandwich

  • Two slices of bread
  • 1 tablespoon peanut satay sauce (or to taste!)
  • a handful of slaw from recipe above
  • Sriracha
  • 2 triangles of sesame crusted tofu
  • fresh basil
  • extra sauce to drizzle if you want! (I think it’s fine without…depends on how saucy you’re feeling =) )
  1. Pile it all on top of each other
  2. Shove it in your face
  3. (See picture instructions above)
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Whipped Feta

What do you do when your mother gives you a giant Costco-sized block of Feta?

Whip it good.

It doesn’t get easier than this.

ingredients

Three ingredients (unless you’re feeling fancy), no oven required.

On your mark, get set, go.

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First you put Mount Feta (you have one of those right?)  in a food processor with Greek yogurt and a squeeze of lemon.

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Then…you whip it.

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That’s it.

You barely did anything and now you have delicious, spreadable feta cheese!  This is the life.  I can’t just leave things alone, though.  I added green onion and chopped fresh basil.

green onion

Because yum.  Highly recommended.

addins2Then I chopped some veg

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Schmeared a pita with my handy dandy spreadable feta and added a corn fritter! (a favorite of ours)

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Daniel made tacos.

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Daniel wins this round.

tacoNow, I’m aware that this whipped feta situation is nothing new.  I’ve seen it everywhere.  That just proves it’s good!  The trick is in how you use it…there’s so much more you could do!

-Dip veggies or pita chips or really any chips

-Make a strawberry basil feta grilled cheese that I can’t get out of my head…there’s balsamic reduction involved. Just stop it.

-Use it as a sandwich spread! For basically any sandwich…it’s awesome on an egg sandwich just saying

-Make a pizza with a feta layer UNDER the sauce! Or in place of sauce

Don’t hold back! Let your creativity flow! (Then let me know what you did =))

Enjoy!

❤ Ellen

Whipped Feta

Recipe based mainly on this recipe from How Sweet Eats

*A note about salt: I didn’t feel the need to add any.  Feta is pretty salty anyway.  Feel free to add to taste!  Just make sure you taste without first.
**Also this makes quite a lot of spread.  Definitely feel free to cut the recipe in half!
  • 1 pound feta cheese
  • 6 ounces plain Greek yogurt
  • A squeeze of fresh lemon juice (maybe a teaspoon or two) or to taste
  • Optional
  • sliced green onions
  • chopped fresh basil
  • a couple of grinds of black pepper
  1. Place the feta, yogurt and lemon juice in a food processor fitted with the s-blade (or maybe a blender but I haven’t tried!) and pulse to combine.  Run the processor until you reach a mostly smooth, spreadable consistency.  If you want it chunky stop it sooner!
  2. Pour the spread into a large bowl and taste.  Add salt and pepper as needed (you may not need any salt!) and stir in any additions (green onions, basil, etc)
  3. Serve it up!  Get creative!  Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator.

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“Grilled” Corn Salad

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

Who’s grilling!? Not me.  I don’t own a grill.

I DO, however, have a gas stove which makes this grill-less life a little sweeter….because I can fake it.

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Guys! Corn is back!  It’s sweet.  It’s juicy.  It’s dirt cheap.  I’m all over it.

cob

Honestly, I love corn best raw, cut straight off the cob, vibrant and sweet in all its juicy glory.

corn

But hey, it’s a holiday weekend.  Let’s take things up a notch.

char

See what I did there? Who needs a grill!

grillin

Look at that char!

grilled

Tastes like summer.

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Now let’s make salad.

ingredients

This is a simple, sturdy salad for a (hopefully) sunny barbecue.

ready

The char on the corn steals the show.  You really don’t need much else..

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just a few fresh bites.

pepper pepcut peptoss

There’s no lettuce involved to get wilty and sad.

tomato tomtoss

Just some bright summer produce at it’s finest.

onion

That’s all you really need.  Don’t mess with it too much.  Some salt and pepper, a touch of olive oil and a squeeze of lime or balsamic vinegar will finish it off perfectly.

You could add walnuts or sunflower seeds or basil or cilantro or feta or goat cheese or avocado or anything, really.

(erm…not all at once)

I leave it at this.  Whatever you do, make sure you let that corn shine.

cornshine

Enjoy!

❤ Ellen

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