Happy Monday! I hope you had a nice weekend. We had no house showings this weekend so it was nice to relax and not think about it too much. In case you are wondering, we’ve had the house on the market for a total of a week now. Our realtor expects that we’ll have some showings this coming week which is good because we want the house sold, but bad because it means we have to clean it and get out during the showing. If you’ve ever sold a house before, then you know the pain I’m talking about.
Enough of that, now onto the food. Remember the roasted tofu I mentioned that my friends made for their 4th of July party? I should have taken a picture of it, but it was a chicken satay recipe that was converted for use on tofu. I tried to make it at home this weekend. The tofu didn’t turn out right, but the sauce is incredible!
I started out with the tofu cubed and ready to go on the baking sheet, but it never got crunchy and firm because I used the wrong type (I used regular instead of super firm). Oh well, the sauce tasted delicious on my stir-fry vegetables and I did use the tofu, but the texture was more soft instead of crispy.
The sauce is best made in a blender and it’s not all that different from the peanut butter sauce I’ve made before for use on vegetables. The extra step of blending the ingredients makes it that much more flavorful and complex.
The sauce is really easy to make, you just combine all the ingredients in the Vitamix. The star of the sauce is the peanut butter, but the addition of vinegar and dates with a touch of spice makes it really taste like a real satay sauce (see below for recipe).
It starts like this:
Seconds later, you get this:
I water-sauteed a bunch of veggies:
Plus a bundle of Swiss chard:
I added some satay sauce into the mixture, and then some on top when I served the dish:
Fantastic! This tasted better (and healthier) than any satay dish I’ve had at a restaurant. Here’s the recipe:
- 1 cup peanut butter (I used half salted and half unsalted)
- ½ cup apple cider vinegar
- ¼ medium onion
- 5 Medjool dates
- 1 clove garlic
- 1 tablespoon each marjoram and lemon balm (you can substitute no-salt seasoning)
- 1 teaspoon turmeric
- ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- Combine ingredients in a high-speed blender and process until smooth. Add more vinegar or a tablespoon or two of water if necessary to blend. Serve over vegetables or use as a marinade for baked tofu.
I wanted to do a brief follow-up on the clutter busting frenzy I went through over the past several weeks. Now that my living space is free from physical clutter and I continue to work on not eating for comfort, I’ve noticed other aspects of my life that are affected by this attitude of getting rid of things that aren’t of value to me anymore. I’ve questioned everything from my career path to my exercise routine, and I asked my de-cluttering guru, Brooks Palmer, about some of my feelings. As always, he had sage advice. Here’s the interchange we had.
Me: “I try to remember your advice that it’s not about minimalism, but more about living with things you love. The hardest part for me has been letting go of expectations about the future and loosening my grip on things and ideas I thought I was “supposed” to do. The benefit to that is opening myself up to activities that I am truly passionate about. I have a spirit of optimism and zest for life that I haven’t felt in a long, long time (if ever?).”
Brooks: “I’m happy to hear the process of letting go is taking good care of you.
There’s an energy in clutter busting that is there to support us. I think we think it’s up to us to do it all. That’s why we sometimes fold. It’s too much for us. The clutter busting energy feels like a swift and powerful river that takes us to places we couldn’t get to on our own. That’s one of the secret ingredients to my job.
The expectations part is very powerful. I think it’s built in to our thinking process. But it can tangle us up because we mentally and emotionally prepare for something that we are sure is going to happen which makes us less willing to adapt when something else occurs. But we can’t know because life is unpredictable. That’s probably the only certainty in life. Seeing this at times has helped me be more open to the inevitable surprises.
I’m glad to hear about your zest for life. What a positive thing!”
I know a lot of you have also been clutter-busting and I’m curious to know if you’ve also had the experience of questioning other aspects of your life as you go through the process? Or, are there parts of your life that you think you might want to clutter-bust, but haven’t done so yet?