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Cooking Mojo Jojo

Posted May 03 2010 3:05pm

**Winners of the SUBWAY giveaway announced at the end – did I catch you scrolling? ;) **

First of all, a big birthday shout out to Savvy Julie ! Plus, delayed birthday wishes to Mama Pea . Wonderful friends and bloggers – I love May birthdays!

Have you heard of The Powerpuff Girls ? That’s where the inspiration for the post title came from, but I can assure you that I am not referring to a green monkey with a cape .

Instead, I’m referring to the fact that my desire to cook new and interesting recipes is, most delightfully, back in full force! I credit last week’s trip to Michigan with this bounce back – as well as a visit from a very special former blogger over the weekend!

First, let’s take it way back to last Wednesday, shall we? I had the pleasure of meeting up with Karla for dinner at none other than Whole Foods.

We had a fantastic time chatting over fresh fare from the soup and salad bar. I got a salad that started with a bed of spinach greens topped with marinated mushrooms, grains, tofu, bleu cheese, cherry tomatoes, agave and tamari.

Seriously loving agave after Gena introduced me to it . It’s such a delightfully sweet addition!

I also had a Zevia . Remember way back in the day when I reviewed these ? They are still tasty!

Karla is such a gem. Have you heard her latest podcast on Dr. Fitness & The Fat Guy ? This woman lives and breathes health and good exercise. We chatted for over an hour about our life and career aspirations. The conversation always flows easily with her :) Check out her amazing blog for more insightful commentary and posts. I promise you will love it!

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Flash forward – I love that show! – to Friday and a visit from a very close friend – Sarah ! This was her second time coming to visit me in Chicago. I’m a lucky girl :)

Sarah brought some delicious chocolate + peanut butter popcorn from Pittsburgh Popcorn Company for us to share. It was amazing! {Blurry picture apologies in advance!}

We spent our first night gabbing and catching up. But the real fun was to be had on Saturday. Sarah and I woke up early to get a good workout in and make ourselves a delicious breakfast of French Toast.

I haven’t made French Toast in ages! This was the basic recipe from Betty Crocker with a little cinnamon thrown in for good measure :) It produced soft, flavorful toast perfect for dipping in maple syrup.

After our delicious breakfast, Sarah and I headed up to Evanston – home of my alma mater – for some shopping, campus touring and movie going. We ended up seeing Date Night , which was absolutely hilarious. I highly recommend it!

On our way home, we stopped by World Market and Whole Foods to pick up supplies for what was to becoming a sensational dinner. Our dish of choice for the evening?

Tofu with Peanut-Ginger Sauce from the Eating Well Cookbook (laughing out loud at that linked post). I’m telling you, this peanut-ginger sauce would go well with anything! I was also excited to try out a rice vinegar from Nakano after receiving a coupon as part of the Foodbuzz Tastemaker program.

Here’s how it all went down :)

1. Start by whisking together the ingredients for the peanut-ginger sauce .

2. Drain and blot tofu with paper towels for 20-30 minutes. This was the NaSoya Extra Firm tofu {Full disclosure: the company sent me coupons a while ago, but honestly, this is the brand of tofu I would usually buy anyway!} Slice into small sections.

3. Add tofu to the skillet with some olive oil and cook on high heat until browned.

4. While the tofu is cooking, slice up your mushrooms, scallions and spinach.

5. Once the tofu is browned on both sides, add veggies and peanut-ginger sauce.

6. Stir all ingredients together for 2-3 minutes until everything is coated in sauce and softened.

7. Serve together with 1/2 cup of whole grain brown rice.

8. Stand back and admire this mouthwatering creation!

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I feel as though I’m forgetting something. Ah, I know! ;)

This is the wine we picked up from World Market. Ménage a Trois Red is a combination of Zinfandel, Merlot and Cabernet. It was smooth, sweet and fruity – a delicious addition to the dinner table.

Thanks for helping to inspire my cooking mojo jojo, Sarah :) So glad you came to visit!

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Who’s Eating Fresh?

Moment of truth: using Random.org , I selected three winners for the SUBWAY giveaway!

30

45

87

By my count, that makes our winners…

Paige (Running Around Normal)

and CaSaundra !

Congratulations, ladies! Please email your mailing address to me at eatingbender@gmail.com so that I can work with the SUBWAY team to get you your gift cards!

Thanks, as always, to everyone for participating. Glad you enjoyed the interview! It was interesting to hear the various perspectives and opinions on SUBWAY and what they are doing.

Thought of the Day: Shayne in particular brought up an interesting point involving Jillian Michaels and SUBWAY recently. Check it out and let me know your thoughts if you care to share!

Until next time!

Abrazos,


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