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Chai Tea Oatmeal

I call this my weekend oatmeal. I love steel cut oats, but I never have enough time on weekday mornings to prepare them. On Saturday and Sunday mornings I can be found in my kitchen experimenting with new breakfast recipes – sometimes I feel like cold cereal, other times hot cereal, sometimes doughnuts are my craving and other times (when I have over indulged the night before) I feel like a hearty tofu scramble and hash browns. Lately it has been hot oatmeal that warms me up and fills me up in the morning. Read more

White Bean & Kale Soup Face Off

Back again with one of our latest obsessions – Brothy Soups. We live in Chicago, it’s the middle of winter and all we seem to want is piping hot soup. This week we are facing off, you guessed it, brothy soup – White Bean & Kale Soup to be exact. We bring you a turkey version vs. a smokey vegan version – both brothy, flavorful, filling and guaranteed to warm you up. Read more

White Bean, Turkey & Kale Soup

Here’s the deal. I really hate planning things out in advance. I’m not the best at packing ahead for trips, setting up a weekly menu for myself, or even getting a grocery list together before I get to Whole Foods. Of course the last one might be a bit on purpose, since I like having an excuse to get a tea and stare at the cute baristas while I gather my thoughts. Read more

Smoky White Bean & Kale Soup

Soup doesn’t always have to take hours; this one comes together and is ready to eat in under an hour, start to finish. And if you are anything like me you likely have all the ingredients on hand and could make this soup today without stepping foot in the grocery store. Read more

Oiistar

One of my latest obsessions – brothy soups. Well, to be honest, my husband and I are always obsessed with trying new Ramen’s, me especially when I can find a Vegan one. No I am not referring to the packets of instant soup you used to eat in College, but restaurant style authentic Japanese Ramen – large, piping hot bowls of noodle soup with salty, spicy broths. There are quite a few of these Ramen exclusive restaurants around Chicago, Oiistar being one of the newest. Read more

Friday Top Five: Volume 2

It’s Friday! Looking forward to a relaxing weekend filled with our favorite things…or the things we are currently obsessed with. Here’s our top 5 for this Friday… Read more

Carrots & Kale Juice

I have Bloat Coat. There I said it… We all know what I am referring to, even if you haven’t heard that term before (Thanks TMZ). It’s the layer of “bloat” that creeps up after a few days of overindulgence. A few too many glasses of wine here, a few too many second helpings there, or having dessert with every dinner for a week, and voila , it appears. Creeping around your midsection, forcing you to take a deep breath before zipping up your jeans, and demanding a huge sigh as the zipper finally makes it all the way up.  I have it…and I’m trying to get rid of it. Read more

Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Squares

Oatmeal on the go! These Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Squares are a perfect way to have yourself a fast-food breakfast while putting something healthy into your body at the same time. Not too sweet, yet not too bland, these squares are perfect for a quick breakfast or even just a mid-day snack. Read more

Hummus Face Off

I’m a firm believer in DIY food. Things made at home just taste better and are, for the most part, less expensive than buying it pre-made in the store. For example, hummus. Making it at home allows you to have so much more control over the flavor, the texture, and allows you to experiment with different types of ingredients…and that is what Susan and I did for our Hummus Face Off. Read more

Hot Giardiniera Hummus

I love all things pickled and giardiniera is one of those pickled items that is a great accompaniment to sandwiches or salads…I’ve even added it to my pasta sauce before to give it a little kick. Giardiniera is an Italian or Italian-American relish of pickled vegetables in vinegar or oil. Read more

White Bean Hummus

Hummus is one of my favorite foodss to make at home. I love being able to make it fresh and have it for lunch and dinner and leftovers for a day or two. Spreading it on a brown rice tortilla, dipping veggies into it or serving on a salad, it is a great way to get protein, fiber, and fill you up. Read more

Big Shoulders Coffee

Dear Big Shoulders – Keep doing what you are doing. – Love Fried Tofu

I consider myself an occasional coffee drinker and I never imagined I would become obsessed with one kind of coffee, however, Big Shoulders has changed me. Morgan had heard good things about Big Shoulders Coffee (BSC) and it was only a matter of time before we would walk across the street from our Pilates studio to give it a try. Needless to say, we are now hooked. Read more

Super Bowl Sausage Dip: Two Ways

The Super Bowl, time for unnecessary betting, eating, and enjoying a full Sunday dedicated to football with friends and family. Susan and I are headed out to our friend’s house for the big day, and we are bring two version of what might be the best dip ever created. Ok, that might be a bit of an overstatement, but in all seriousness, it’s pretty freaking good. Read more

Friday Top Five: Volume 1

Here at Fried Tofu we think Fridays are definitely the best day of week. And to celebrate this fact, we will start sharing our top five current obsessions every other Friday. These can include newly discovered food blogs (or other sweet websites), products we can’t stop using, food we can’t stop eating, books we can’t stop reading and TV shows or movies we can’t stop watching. Read more