time: <20 minutes
Since we couldn't go out, we had to evaluate our rations. We possessed a few of the essentials--mashed potatoes, English breakfast tea and Hershey's kisses---but nothing to make anything complicated. We decided to use a simple recipe to show how easy is it to make something easy and vegetarian.
WARNING! This recipe uses tofu, which many people dislike (as stated in the preface). I agree, it can look really gross sometimes, but when you cook tofu it firms up and tastes great with almost anything.
This recipe could be left without the tofu bits, but tofu is full of calcium, iron and B vitamins, which are all important to stay healthy. Tofu absorbs the flavors of what it accompanies, so it tastes good no matter what it's with. Again, it's also full of vitamins that many vegetarians need more of, like iron. So, let's go. We had a package of extra firm tofu, as well as a box of angel hair pasta in our pantry, and there was a recipe on the back of the Pasta Roni box for chicken and pasta. We substituted tofu instead, just to try it.
One of the things I've learned with tofu is to watch out for the juice. It's easiest to drain all the liquids before you remove the tofu block from its packaging.
After removing the tofu, we cut it into eight pieces which we chopped into smaller cubes. Some people prefer larger pieces of tofu than others, but for this recipe we wanted the tofu to blend with the pasta--so smaller is better.
We put the cubes in a pan, added a little butter, and started to cook them until they were golden brown. The angel hair pasta came with a packet of herbs, so we sprinkled the herbs on the tofu before adding the pasta.
When the tofu started to look done, we put in the pasta and did exactly what the box told us. We added some milk, water, and let it cook.
As we cooked, Lucky evaluated the weather situation.
|Lucky: weatherman and guard dog|
Here was the final product once we finished our quick cooking:
The tofu worked out well! It looks a little overwhelming in these pictures, but there was a ton of pasta beneath the tofu pile.