Peanut butter tofu stirfry – recipe

This is an Amy original. :)


2 T Olive oil
2 T Sesame oil
5 cloves garlic – minced
1 package extra firm tofu – cut into bite-sized pieces
2 stalks of broccoli – cut into bite-sized pieces
1 carrot – chopped into bite-sized strips
2 T Tamari
Cayenne (red) pepper flakes
3/4 – 1 C natural peanut butter
4-6 servings of brown rice (I used Instant brown rice)
Handful of crushed peanuts (optional)
*Please note these are approximate amounts.

Saute tofu in 1 T olive oil and 1 T sesame oil until it starts to turn golden. Add the garlic in and cook for another 5 min. Set tofu/garlic aside. Cook broccoli and carrot pieces in 1 T olive oil and 1 T sesame oil, along with about a 1/4 cup of water, covered, until soft.
Add tofu back in with the broccoli and carrots. Add Tamari and peanut butter. Stir until the peanut butter melts. Add a few shakes of cayenne pepper to taste.
In the meantime, cook your brown rice.
Put the stirfry mixture on top of the brown rice (you might want to add a little Tamari to the rice first for flavor). Add peanuts on top and serve.
Makes about 5 yummy servings. :)

Cheap Ways to Save the World and “The Meatrix”

I don’t have time to write much of an entry today, so I will leave you with a couple informative bits instead.

This first thing was posted on a Y!Group I belong to. I found it interesting and exciting that breastfeeding made it onto the list.

Johns Hopkins University identifies “10 Cheap Ways to Save the World”

The fall 2005 issue of Johns Hopkins Public Health includes a list of the 10 least expensive ways to save millions of lives. Experts on the School’s faculty identified the interventions.

The ten cheap interventions are:

1. Quit smoking.
2. Increase vitamin A supplementation.
3. Expand oral rehydration therapy.
4. Build pit latrines in developing countries.
5. Use bed nets treated with insecticide.
6. Treat premature newborns with antiseptic baby wipes or
sunflower oil.
7. Use home based water purification systems.
8. Increase condom availability.
9. Vaccinate poor children against measles.
10. Breastfeed.

For the complete story and details about each item on the list, click here.

Yesterday, while browsing vegetarian Web sites, I came across The Meatrix – a short Flash movie that takes a look at the many problems and issues of factory farming, where the majority of our meat, eggs and dairy comes from. If you are concerned about animal rights at all, it’s definitely worth a look. I’m not saying everyone should become vegetarian, but I do think it’s important (for animal rights and your own health) to know where your meat comes from. Reject factory farming and try supporting your local farmers instead. :)

I’ll be posting a tasty Peanut Butter Tofu Stirfry recipe in the next day or two. We had it for dinner tonight. Mmmmmm. :)

Soup’s on – carrot soup recipe! And my blog is featured!

Here’s a new (to me) soup recipe I got from my friend Julie. :) She made it for our moms’ night out get-together a week and a half ago and it was delicious!

Carrot Ginger Soup

2 or 3 T olive oil
1 yellow onion, chopped
1.5 pounds of carrots, chopped
2 baking potatoes, peeled & sliced
1 c. soy milk (the recipe called for 1 c. of white wine, but I didn’t have any and using the soy milk was just as good)
7 cups of vegetable stock
¼ c lime juice
1 knob of fresh ginger, peeled & sliced or 2 t ground ginger (or I used pumpkin pie spice)
1 T chopped cilantro
1 T lemongrass (optional – I didn’t have any and it tasted fine without it)
salt & pepper to taste

Saute the onion, carrots & potato in the olive oil for 10 minutes until softening, but not browning. Add the soy milk (or wine) and cover, letting it simmer for 10 more minutes. Add the stock & the ginger and cook until the vegetables are totally softened, about 45 minutes (or longer) depending on how small you cut them. Puree in a blender or food processor and then add the remaining seasonings to taste.

And here’s the best way to eat it – using a carrot spoon, of course! ;)

Edited to add:
How cool is this?? My blog is featured on the Toronto Vegetarian Association. The listing says:
Musings of a crunchy, domestic goddess
• Daily
Blog run by amygeekgrl who is passionate about breastfeeding and parenting, and cooking delicious looking veggie meals.
Oh, just noticed there’s also a poll to vote for your favorite veggie site. Wanna give me your vote? Hehe. It feels kind of weird for me to be on there since I just started adding veggie recipes to my blog, but it’s fun to get a mention nonetheless. :)

Ava, the builder and talker (pics)

Gratuitious pics of Ava, the little builder…

She’s gotten in the habit of pulling cans out of the pantry over the past couple months and building. This was her most impressive creation yet. She did it completely by herself.

I asked her to move in closer to it so I could get some better pics. She decided to pose that way all on her own. It wasn’t really falling, but she certainly added a nice effect. ;)

So after our recent visit to the doctor and my estimating that she had at least 75 words in her vocabulary, I decided to write them out and count them so I could be sure I wasn’t counting words twice or just being an overly optimistic mother. I’m currently at 133 words (which includes a few phrases too) and I know there are others I haven’t even included yet. What a talker. :)

Edited to add:
Avery’s mom asked what some of her words are, so here’s a condensed list:
Ava, mommy, daddy, baby, blocks, water, milk, eggnog, book, draw, paper, sticker, heart, circle, music, nose, mouth, eyes, belly button, hair, rocking, all right, ok, naked, cracker, hummus, chocolate, apple, jacket, socks, shoes, glasses, backpack, ducky, doggies, kitty, diaper, ready, wow, potty, remote, batteries, clippers, toothpaste, hot, cold, moon, happy, nice, please, more, oh my, thank you, welcome, bubbles, basket, up, down, poop, help, got it, phone, weigh, puppet, peek-a-boo, so cute, ta-da, pat-pat, night-night
… and many more. :)
In fact, since Jody got home tonight he’s thought of even more that I had forgotten to put on the list. We’re up to 155 now.
I feel I should mention that all of these aren’t said perfectly clearly, but they are definitely recognizable to us.

Holy gas bill, batman!!

In order to fit our gas bill into our budget and avoid high costs in the winter and low costs in the summer, we’ve been on averaged monthly billing with our gas company for over a year now. Our bill for the past year has been $52/month. Not bad, right?

Well, January is the month that we originally signed up, and therefore means this is the time they reevaluate our bill.

Even though we keep our heat at 68 degrees around the clock (it’s hard to go much colder with a child who won’t wear blankets when she sleeps), and our gas usage has not increased at all over the past year, our bill has gone up to $159/month!! HOLY CRAP!! That’s one hell of an increase!

We don’t have an extra $107/month to send to the gas company. I’m not sure how we are going to pay for it. A friend of mine was telling me that we might qualify for assistance so I’m going to check that out.

Of course this comes at a time when we are trying to eat more healthfully, including buying many organic foods which, plain and simply, cost more. Arg.

It’s just so disheartening. It’s not like there’s anything we can do about it (is there?). We can’t not have gas – we need heat, we need hot water.

I know others have seen similar, if not more dramatic, increases in their gas bills lately as well. Is there something we can do to help bring the prices down? Anyone have any ideas?

This just plain stinks. :(

Btw, I had hoped to jump on the bandwagon and do my first Thursday Thirteen today, but I just haven’t had a chance to write up a list. Maybe next week! :)

Out of the mouths of babes

Some of you may recall that several of my friends are pregnant. That, coupled with the fact that I have taken pictures of a few of them and their beautiful pregnant bellies (and have been working on their pictures on my computer), has lead Ava to believe that we ALL have a baby in our belly.

She was eating lunch a few days ago, when she stopped what she was doing, pulled up her shirt, grabbed her chubby rolls and said, “baby.” I tried to explain to her that she didn’t have a baby in her belly. She looked perplexed, pointed at my belly and said, “baby?” And I again said no, no baby in mommy’s belly either.

Later that night she did it again first with herself, then with me, and this time included dad, stating he had a baby in his belly as well. :)

She does this every now and then. It’s super cute but hard for me to explain that only some women have babies in their bellies, when so many of the women she sees regularly do. ;)

A couple new veggie soup recipes will be posted soon. :)