On Instagram, I got a request from Andrea Brusuelas to post recipes. It has been years since I posted recipes on the Cook Train Eat Race blog and wasn’t sure I wanted to go down that path again. It is time consuming, gotta remember to take a number of photos as you prep, final product, writing quantities down, etc. Then I thought about it some more and said to myself: Yeah, let’s do the recipe thing again but with rules to them.
So, here are my rules for posting recipes to this site from this point forward (I reserve the right to add more rules as I see fit.)
- I am not a food blogger. If you really want a food blogger with all the pics and a well thought out post then go to the search bar and look for that. You won’t find it here.
- You can ask me for replacement ingredients and I may know some, but otherwise I’ll do what you will do and go to Google OR you can go here too.
- Measurement may or may not be precise. For example, I may write: Shake the bottle 6 or 7 times or I may write: 1T of garlic powder.
- It it comes out tasting like shit, then use the phone your on and call for pizza. That’s what I would do.
- No, I don’t have a picture studio in my house so sometimes the pictures will be blurry. Deal with it!!!
As I said, I’ll add more rules as I go along. And yes, I am going to try to make you laugh throughout. If you ask me for a replacement for chickpeas, I am going to suggest garbanzo beans. We Good?
Background on my cooking:
- I love being in the kitchen but I don’t want to spend all day in there. This is why you’ll not see risotto in the recipes. I love it, but starting to make risotto at 6pm isn’t going to happen
- I make vegetarian / vegan dishes.
- I dislike (really hate) Ketchup.
- I use my air-fryer A LOT
Crispy and creamy tofu is one of my favorite foods. It’s quick and simple to make. Add veggies and rice or soba noodles and serve. This is my type of meal and this specific meal is what sparked Andrea to request that I post recipes.
- Tofu (duh!) 1 block that has been pressed and then sliced into cubes
- Tamari Sauce – I’ll say 1/2 cup but I probably shook the bottle 15-20 times
- Sesame Seed Oil – count to 2 and stop pouring. This is a strong flavor so test it out before pouring in.
- Rice Vinegar – 1/4 cup? I shook the bottle 4-5 times.
- Rice (duh!) – I used Tastybite Garlic Brown Rice but cooking rice from scratch and storing in the fridge isn’t difficult to do but read bullet point 1 on my background on cooking.
- Cremini Mushrooms – I used 8 and sliced them
- Fresno Chili Peppers – 1 medium sized pepper (sliced)
- Taylor Farms Teriyaki Stir Fry Kit – I used the entire package but throw away the seasoning pouch. Not necessary when you’ve already made the marinade.
- Fix Lemongrass Sriracha Hot Sauce (per your taste buds, but this stuff if AWESOME so use it!)
- Have air-fryer ready to go for 400* and 15 minutes
- In a bowl, combine the tamari sauce, sesame seed oil and rice vinegar.
- Place the cubed tofu into the bowl and allow to marinate for ~30 seconds and into the air-fryer. Once all the tofu has been marinated and in the air-fryer. TURN IT ON!!!! Save the marinade.
- In a pan, add oil over medium heat. I use olive oil and it’s a few splashes (probably should have put that in the ingredients above!!)
- Allow the oil to get hot and then add the mushrooms first. I like my mushrooms slightly crispy so I want them to cook first and for the longest.
- Pan toss the mushrooms and when you see them starting to get brown then add in the teriayaki stir fry kit. Season with salt and pepper to your taste.
- As the vegetables begin to wilt a bit add in the fresno chili peppers. I like them vibrant and to have texture so I add them in last.
- Pour in the marinade that you saved. You did save it right? It is right there in instruction #2.
- Reduce the heat to low and allow the vegetables to cook in the marinade for 5 minutes. By this time the tofu should be brown and somewhat crispy on the edges.
- Add the tofu to the pan and cook for another 5-10 minutes and toss frequently.
- Put rice package in the microwave and ‘cook’ for 90 seconds.
- Take package out of microwave. It is going to be really fucking hot so be careful. Spoon 1/2 package onto one plate/bowl and the other 1/2 into another. Oh yeah, this recipe serves two.
- Place 1/2 of the veggie/tofu combo from the pan on top of the rice
- Serve and before eating use an insane amount of Fix Hot Sauce. Your mouth should tingle and you should be questioning your life’s choices by now!
Prep Time: 30 Minutes (Basically this is all for pressing the tofu. Slicing mushrooms and fresno chili peppers takes 2 minutes)
Cook Time: 20 Minutes
Eating Time: 5 Minutes (Dare you to beat my record!)