Monday, March 29, 2010
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Tofu Salad w/chilies and ginger
Adapted from Beyond the Great Wall, by Alford & Duguid
1/2 block extra firm tofu, tofu noodles, pressed tofu your choice
1/2 - 1 tsp dried red chilies (use different varieties for flavor*)
2 tbs chinese soy sauce
1 tbs water
2 green onions sliced very thinly
1 tbs ginger minced
½ red bell pepper, minced
Mix dried chilies* with soysauce and water and set aside.
Prep the tofu, depending on what kind you are using.
· If using fresh extra firm, rinse and drain for a few minutes, pat dry and then cut into small 1/4 inch or less cubes.
· If using pressed tofu, open package and slice into small cubes 1/4-inch or less. Pressed tofu is very firm, compressed tofu. It comes plain or preseasoned, either works.
· If using tofu noodle, rinse to separate strands, drain.
Slice green onions, and mince ginger and bell pepper. Mix all ingredients together.
Let sit for a few minutes for flavors to incorporate. Adjust seasonings to taste. Serve with rice or roll the salad up in lettuce leaves.
Serves 1 or 2 for a snack
*dried chilies. I use mild dried chilies which have little heat but lots of flavor. Grocery stores often have a variety of dried red peppers. You can also try the local farmer's markets.
Monday, March 15, 2010
I went to Albertsons and saved $9.64 shopping sales and using coupons and spent $6.63
I went to Walgreens and saved $24.73, and spent $7
I went to Fred Meyer and saved at least $20 and purchased everything on sale--there are a lot of good deals on organics and in natural foods right now. I got the brand of packaged Indian dinners that Aji loves for $2/ea vs the usual nearly $4/ea.
Audrey also got her favorite Coconut Milk Ice Cream - Purely Decadent on sale and with a coupon for $2.00. The regular price $5.49?
It is not hard. It is not actually that time consuming. I found a good coupon site called the discount queens. I compared them to many others. If you find one good site, it is not really necessary to use any others because they are all blogging the same deals.
If it seems too good to be true and wonder if it is "ok" to do, the store accepts this method of couponing because the manufacturer pays them too. It is like the "loss leaders" they use in the weekly flyers. They take the loss to get you into the store. It is a free sample. (The organic shampoo was an amazing free sample!) Everyone is happy you are getting their product and hope that you are so happy you will get some more! I got a dark chocolate Reese's p-cup regular price of 89cents on sale for 49cents and used a 55cent manufacturer coupon. My total sale got credited the 6cents and I got a free candy bar.
Here are 2 of my highlight buys I think might interest you...