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>> Saturday, December 30, 2006

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I normally crave for simple and healthy food after too much festive food. At the moment, I just want steamed green veggies, a bit of rice and some clear soup to get by. No greasy food, no bake, no cake or tart, I can snack on raw nuts and fresh fruits. Wonder if everyone is the same like me?

It also seems that the holiday mood have also got into my kitchen. I haven’t been too much active there since I spent hours in shopping centers over the last few days. Then, even when I was at home, I was occupied with a few good novels. I guess that is what we call Holidays!

Nevertheless, I did cook something simple to satisfy my craving. I opted for vegetarian dishes – simple, clean and meatless. For me, it normally means more tofu in my diet. I love tofu, but sometimes run out ideas on how to make it interesting. One of my little new discoveries is this Japanese dish – Grilled Tofu with Miso and Spinach. Not sure about the authenticity but it does taste good. Not to mention it is very healthy, too – no deep-fried – and it helps us to eat more soy products, which I think is good.

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Grilled Tofu with Sesame and Spinach Miso

Source: Australian Women Weekly

Ingredients

600g firm tofu

½ cup (150g) shiro miso (white miso)

2 tsp sugar

2 tablespoons mirin

80ml dashi (Japanese fish broth – I used the instant one. Can substitute with veggie stock for a complete vegetarian option)

2 tablespoons tahini

8 spinach leaves

1 tablespoon finely shredded lemon rinds

What to do

  1. Press tofu with a weight on top – Make sure all the water is drained out
  2. Combine miso, sugar, mirin and dashi in small saucepan. Cook, stiring unti sugar is dissolved. Stir in tahini
  3. Microwave spinach till wilted. Squeeze out excess liquid. Blend or process with half of the miso mixture.
  4. Cut tofu into 2 cm slices, pat dry with absorbent paper. Place on an oiled oven tray, cook under hot grill for about 3 mins or until browned lightly. Spread spinach miso onto half of the tofu piece and the other half with the plain miso mixture. Cook under hot grill for about 2 mins or until browned lightly, Sprinkle with rinds before serving.

Note:

  1. Miso can vary in taste so adjust your sugar accordingly.
  2. Tahini is the sesame paste, which can be found in the health food section of supermarket
I ate my tofu with this simple lentil soup:

5 comments:

gattina 11:50 PM  

Anh, me too, I'm eating very "lean" after the holiday... basically survive by hot apple cider and bags of chips (oops, did I say lean, hehee)
Now, this recipe is really marvelous! And the way you dress-up the dish is gorgeous! I'm sure going to try it. Glad I met your lovely blog, and look forward to many more beautiful posts/recipes!

angie 12:35 AM  

Anh,

I feel healthy and lean just by looking at your gorgeous tofu, and soup too :p. A lovely meal.

WhItE_PoPlAr 12:44 AM  

Gattina, I broke my "lean diet" today with some lamb pizza already! ;) I am also very happy to know you and your beautiful blog! Hope to see more in the coming year! :D

Angie, thank you. The dishes indeed made me feel very healthy! :)

MeltingWok 4:01 AM  

wow, those petite lil' tofu pockets looked so darn good !! what a delightful idea for my upcoming afternoon party treats. I had some egg tofu rounds w/seafood y'day, but nothing top urs. thx for sharing :)

Hut of Cranberry 5:52 PM  

Anh, i will just call u Anh ok...

First, wish you a Happy New Year!

Second, your tofu looks simply awesome....I am getting hungry again just by looking it though I have just taken my lunch.

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