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Looks Like Cat Food…Tastes Like Gold

November 13, 2012

As I stated in an earlier post, we’ve been making an effort to return to a mostly vegetarian diet.  One of Ryan’s main complaints about eating vegetarian is that it makes lunch more difficult.  I see where he’s coming from—now that we’re both up at school most days of the week during lunch, it’s a lot easier to pack a turkey sandwich than to make, say, a fresh salad with beans or a veggie burger.  Of course, there are other sandwich options—I mentioned avocado sandwiches, or grilled veggie and hummus—but he claims that these don’t keep him full long enough.

Huh.

In an effort to come up with a protein-packed sandwich spread, I made this tofu spread yesterday.  I had to play around with the recipe quite a bit, adding more and more ingredients before the flavor was just right.  The recipe that I’ll post here is probably pretty accurate, but if you decide to make this on your own, I’d encourage you to taste it along the way until you reach a flavor that you like. 

I’ll also offer apologies, because this:

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…frankly, doesn’t look pretty.  But damn is it tasty.

Tofu Sandwich Spread

4 cups slice mushrooms

2 tbsp. olive oil, divided

3 cloves garlic, smashed

2 tbsp. hatcho miso

1 package firm tofu, drained and pressed

1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice

1 tbsp. herbes de provence (or whatever dried herbs you want—basil and oregano would both be good)

2 tbsp. tamari (dark soy sauce)

garlic salt to taste if needed

In a pan, heat 1 tbsp. olive oil.  Add mushrooms and garlic and saute until starting to soften and turn golden.  Transfer to food processor.  Add remaining ingredients to food processor and pulse until smooth.  Taste, then adjust flavor as necessary.

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Here’s the spread:

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Last night, we made open-faced sandwiches with the spread, topped with melty parmesan cheese.  SO good. 

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Kale chips on the side.  Winking smile 

Feeling good this morning—Lila slept  until 6:45!!!! This marks one of the only times that I was up before she was, ha.  Hopefully these days will continue.

We’re off to the doctor this morning—Lila has to get the second part of her flu shot.

Have a great Tuesday!

5 Comments leave one →
  1. November 13, 2012 1:55 pm

    Oh….wow. Great idea for the spread. Guess I need to locate that miso though….

  2. November 13, 2012 5:20 pm

    Shots are the worst! Hope its not too bad. That is an awesome spread- such a creative lady

    • November 13, 2012 9:37 pm

      Thanks, Erica! She did well– barely cried at all, maybe because it was just the one shot…she didn’t even have to get weighed or anything, which was good– sometimes I think she hates that more than the shots!!

  3. November 13, 2012 6:55 pm

    Yay for sleep! Good girl Lila! I hear ya on the quick protein packed eats for vegetarians. I can’t have soy either, so it’s a challenge for me to get it all in on the days I work…like today. Your spread sounds perfectly delicious!

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