Like everybody else, I feel like eating a little lighter. It is the beginning of the year and the start of all our healthy promises.
But right now, I have to eat “soft” food since I just had a tooth removed. Yikes… But It is what it is. It had to be done…
Tofu hasn’t really been my thing but my friend Lisa has been introducing me to different kinds of Tofu and I must say, it can actually be really good. Lisa get’s sticky rice from a Korean place we go to sometimes, and to that she eats super soft Tofu. In the beginning, it looked really bad to me and a little plain, but she is right, it does taste pretty good. I tasted it the first time when she had dunked a big chunk of it into my Udon noodle soup. She is faster that the eye sometimes… I survived and now I actually buy tofu on my own. That is a big step for me. But I feel good about being good, if you understand what I mean. While being out with my husband the other day, I actually ordered crispy Tofu at my favorite noodle place. NO NOODLES!! Wow, what a victory that was.
Tofu & Eggplant in a Miso broth.
One eggplant, cubed into aprx. 1″ pieces. (If you use Japanese eggplant, take a bout 3-4 since they are so small).
2-3 scallions. Cut on the diagonal, into small pieces.
1 fresh hot pepper. Any kind (Optional. You could also use a little dried red pepper flakes).
1/2 -1 box of soft Tofu (or the Tofu of your choice). Cut into 3/4″-1″ pieces.
2 c. water.
2-4 tbsp. Miso paste. Any color.
A splash of oil for frying the eggplant.
You can add any herbs or spices of your choice. It happens that I add a splash of soy sauce or tempura sauce.
Heat up the oil in a medium low heat pan. Fry the eggplant until it is starting to get a little soft. Add the miso paste and water. Taste as you go, and add as much of the Miso as your taste buds require. I usually would take about 3 tbsp. for a pot of Tofu & eggplant. Add the Tofu. Let heat through slightly, don’t let it cook. Sprinkle over the chopped scallions and hot pepper.
This is perfect with any kind of meat as well.
Soft, fast and easy… Not forgetting that it is also healthy.