Saturday, June 7, 2008

Pistachio-Crusted Tofu and Some So-So Muffins

Go make the Pistachio-Crusted Tofu from the Fatfree Vegan blog! You heard me- go! I just finished this for dinner and I am in love. Mmm.....the crunchy, salty, creamy crust on the tofu matches perfectly with the sweet and sour sauce. Throw in a side of steamed broccoli and you have one great meal! Ever since I read this recipe on the Fatfree Vegan blog, I knew it sounded wonderful, but I wasn't expecting to love it so much. There are so many different layers of flavor to this simple dish from the pistachios, maple syrup, mustard, and apricot preserves. Pardon me gushing over this recipe, but it seemed to be just what I was craving tonight.

Now, onto some muffins that are not exactly perfect- the Almond Quinoa Muffins from Vcon. I really love the idea of adding quinoa to these muffins since it added a pleasant, but not too noticeable, texture. Unfortunately, I think that the rest of the muffin was lacking. They just were not sweet or flavorful enough, which is a shame since I wanted to freeze these to always have on hand, but instead I tried to finish these off as quickly as possible. However, I think there is still hope! I will eventually get around to trying this recipe again except I will add more agave nectar, cinnamon, and dried fruit. I also think some cranberries could be really nice in here instead of the So, for now, all hope is not lost! I just think I'll experiment with some other muffins before returning to these.

PS- I just was scanning my blog and realized how much I hate my plates.... I gotta find some more neutral ones for photo-taking.


VeggieGirl said...

Ahh, sorry about the muffins :0( DEFINITELY add more agave and/or fruits next time.

I think your plates look great! :0)

Hannah said...

Aw, I like your plates- They have so much more personality than those plain old white ones everyone has!

Vegan_Noodle said...

I had that pistachio crusted tofu recipe bookmarked... now I must fast forward it to the front of the line!

I trying the quinoa muffins and thought they were good, but very different, not your typical muffin that's for sure. But I do like the idea of quinoa in muffins as well.

I think your plates are cute!

Erin said...

I like your plates too! Maybe keep them but get something more neutral for when you're not feeling it?

The tofu looks really good. And I've seen mixed reviews on the quinoa muffins, hopefully you can revive them.

Kati said...

That tofu looks awesome!

I haven't tried that V-con recipe yet. I really like millet (uncooked) in muffins, though - it adds an awesome crunch. You should try it!

Rural Vegan said...

Another vote for keeping your plates - they have character!

The tofu looks amazing, I adore pistachios!