Mapo Tofu (Tofu with Pork)

A dear friend brought me a jar of Trader Joe’s Chili Onion Crunch seasoning a couple months ago. This interesting concoction is great to drizzle over rice, egg, and vegetable dishes. It has a mild but delicious combination of spices. I thought this would add a really nice flavor to a Chinese dish I like called Mapo Tofu. To make this dish I also needed to pick up some more interesting ingredients at an Asian grocery store, so headed to my local favorite, which is called HK Asian Market. I love strolling through every aisle and picking out things that speak to me!

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Sweet and sour tofu

I have been into cooking with tofu recently. With the right combination of spices and flavors tofu becomes really delicious to me. It is also a source of protein that serves as a great meat replacement.

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Poppy Salad with goat cheese

Today has been very hot and I didn’t have much energy to cook. I wanted to make something healthy for my family, and something that wouldn’t heat up the house. I came up with the idea of a salad since I had enough greens in the refrigerator and some frozen veggies.

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Spinach Tofu

Tofu is an inexpensive meat substitute that packs lots of nutrition. I did not grow up eating tofu but as a chef have enjoyed learning how to cook with it. Plain tofu can become extremely tasty once you add certain combinations of spices, herbs, and vegetables.

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