Lately, life has gotten the better of me. I’ve completely gotten out of my routine and have really struggled to find time to dedicate to new and creative meals for our family. Doesn’t everyone hit this stage at some point or another? Whether it is work or kids or other commitments, somewhere along the way we over-commit and forget the activities that are life-giving to us.
I’m slowly learning what things are not life-giving, which of those I can and cannot avoid, and what things make me very happy and fulfilled at the end of the day. Sadly, things like washing the dishes are soul-killing to me, but they are unavoidable. Cooking, however, brings me joy and fulfillment, yet I’ve avoided it over the past few weeks. Last night, I took a small baby step towards getting back in kitchen.
This was actually a small miracle. We were watching a friends’ little boy + we had Baby Snob + the Food Snob was running late. So me, 2 one-year-olds that are hungry and a min pin that they were torturing to the point I almost feel sorry for him. In the midst of the chaos, I produced this semi-homemade that everyone seemed to love.
1 block extra-firm tofu
1 jar Trader Joe’s Masala Simmer Sauce
1 cup water
1 cup frozen peas
2 cups prepared rice
1. Drain and if time permits, press the tofu.
2. Cut the tofu into chunks (whatever size you want). Heat a nonstick skillet with some olive oil to medium heat. Add the tofu and pan fry until all sides are golden brown.
3. Add the masala simmer sauce, water and peas directly to the pan and let it simmer for about 15-20 minutes.
Serve over rice.
I’m often reluctant to purchase premade sauces and marinades because it’s a lot of money to spend on a food product that you aren’t sure you’d like. I rolled the dice on this one and decided to give it a try though. I really liked it. If you like other masala flavored dishes, you will certainly enjoy this simmer sauce. You could also easily do this dish with chicken if you prefer.
The question still remains for us tonight though: What’s for dinner?