I have been neglecting this blog. It has been a year of changes and I started feeling overwhelmed so I stopped writing for a bit. My year started with the death of my springer spaniel and a few weeks ago my chow chow died of cancer. In between those two events so many things have changed in my life and I don’t think I was ready for them.
This will be the first Christmas that the family won’t be together. It happens. Kids start growing up, family members die, and life changes. I always spend the holidays at my brother’s house. We have some great family traditions that I look forward to every year. But a few months ago my niece moved to Connecticut, one of my nephews is spending Christmas with his girlfriend’s family, and my younger nephew, while he will be home on Christmas didn’t come home from college to go on the annual Christmas tree hunt. This year it was just my brother, his wife, and me who went to get the trees. It was fun but it also put into focus just how much has changed this past year.
My tree stayed in my garage until Tuesday.
I think the horror in Connecticut made me stop and consider how lucky I really am. Yes life changed a lot for me this year and yes I had some painful loss but I did have 10 amazing years with my dogs and I do have a wonderful family no matter how far apart we live. So I got off the couch last night and decorated my tree and now I’m writing this blog post. Life is too short and too precious to waste time feeling sorry for myself.
And now that I’m back I decided to make one of my favorite comfort foods; Tofu Fried Quinoa. Similar to making fried rice with tofu instead of egg, this recipe substitutes rice with quinoa. The best part is how easy it is to make.
2 teaspoons cooking oil
1/3 cup diced onion
2/3 cup frozen peas
½ package extra firm tofu
1.5 cups cooked quinoa
1 teaspoon liquid smoke
1.5 tablespoons tamari
2 teaspoons roasted sesame seed oil
1. Cook the onions in the cooking oil until the onions are tender.
2. While the onions are cooking crumble the tofu with a fork.
3. Add the frozen peas and tofu to the onions and cook over medium heat until the peas are no longer frozen
4. Add the quinoa
5. In a small bowl mix the liquid smoke, tamari, and roasted sesame seed oil then pour over the tofu and quinoa
6. Cover and cook for about 10 minutes or until the liquids have all been absorbed