Sizzling tofu salad with orange sesame dressing

Gosh I’ve been a bad blogger again! Things have been busy and perhaps just a little crazier than usual. Lilly is doing MUCH better. She is almost back to her old self, she just has a tilted head and walks a little sideways and falls over from time to time. But she is basically her usual self. Except she will now only eat her dry dog food if we put water on it and make it mushy. Gross.

And then there was one day last week where I drove over a huge screw on the freeway on my way to work and then was of the side of I15 with a flat tire in the rain.

Oh! But then last weekend was my birthday and we went to Idaho to visit my grandma and my hubby bought me a new wedding ring because I broke mine.

And then this weekend I majorly jacked up my ankle and now I’m on crutches.

So, lots of stories, I’ll elaborate more later. Until then, I will only be preparing foods I can make sitting down. And salads.

I really enjoying making my own dressings. It’s just soooooo much cheaper (and healthier)! This dressing is extremely easy to make. It takes about 1 minute to assemble the ingredients and blend it. And it’s good. Like restaurant good. A couple years ago I ate at this restaurant called Pomegranate in Phoenix and all I really remember about the salad I had was that:

1. It had cubes of tofu in it
2. It had mandarin oranges in it
3. I could eat it every day of my life

I think about that salad often and wanted to make a tofu salad of my own. I determined a tofu salad needed a sesame based dressing, not olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Are you feeling me? I sure hope so.

One of the main ingredients in this dressing is miso. Miso is a fermented brown rice paste. It’s supposed to be crazy good for you. I’ve also heard if you feel a cold coming on you should drink some miso broth pronto because it could magically make the cold go away! I keep my miso paste in the freezer and I do use it from time to time. You get it in the refrigerated section of the health food store. There are all different kinds: sweet, brown, red, white. I think mine is “sweet white” but any kind will do.

A few weeks ago I was walking Lilly and a boy about 8-9 years old came up and asked if he could pet Lilly. Of course I said yes. He instantly became quite smitten with her and he kept holding her face in his hands and saying, “Why is it so cute?!, WHY is it so CUTE?!?!”

My sentiments exactly kid. I’ve been asking that same question for over 10 years.

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This will make a very small batch (3-5 servings) so multiply as needed.

Creamy Orange Sesame Dressing
1 tablespoon miso paste
1 tablespoon tahini
3 tablespoons orange juice
1 tablespoon water
1 teaspoon tamari
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

Sizzling tofu salad
cooked tofu
Mixed greens
Red cabbage
Dressing to taste

Alrighty, more good things to come! Have a great week!

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