Sunday, February 24, 2008

miso butter tofu and garlicky kale with noodles








It is sunny and beautiful outside and although the boys have been outside once today, the guilt is setting in. I have to get them out again.

I wanted to share another yummy favorite family recipe. The kale is something easy to make as a side or a topping for your favorite noodles. Garlicky Kale... something I learned from the lovely Nigella Lawson (an official crush of mine). There is something wonderful about voluptous women who are good cooks and aren't afraid to eat.


Miso butter tofu

preheat 400*

2 tbs white miso paste, but any will do

2 tsp. warm water

1/2 c. veg, broth

2 tbsp. rice vinegar

2tsp. soy sauce

1 minced scallion

butter

2 cakes firm tofu, pressed, sliced, drained in colander a few minutes

let sit in mixture for as long as possible, Iv'e done it for a few hours and as little as 20 min. (it is still good)

spread out in pan, dot with butter

The trick with baking tofu (for my family at least) is a yummy sauce and baking long enough to make tofu crisp on outside.

Bake 50-55 minutes

Leftovers would be great on a salad or in sandwiches, we never have leftovers though!



Garlicky Kale

a bunch or two of kale, washed very well, stemmed and chopped ( I love Dino Kale a.k.a Lacinato)

a ton of garlic, let's say 5 cloves per bunch (more if you're sick or extra sassy), minced or pressed ( in garlic press)

balsamic vinegar

olive oil

heat oil in pan, med.low heat
add kale, it can be dripping from being washed
cover as best you can, cook until kale is mostly done, check temp to make sure it doesn'tburn on bottom, when mostly done, make well in kale add more oil and spread your garlic in the little well so it will cook but not burn. when you can smell the garlic it is probably done.

Take off heat and splash with balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper.

We generally boil some noodles, throw the kale on top add a few pieces of tofu and sprinkle parmesan on top of it all. So good!

6 comments:

Sarah said...

this looks delicious I can't wait to try this week! It seems like a perfect weekday dinner too! also happy birthday to Henry, I just love the picture of Ezzie talking to Freddy, good for you for teaching him the correct terms! (It made me think about how I will be teaching HIV/STD prevention to my 7th graders, it should be interesting!)

Kelly Carlisle said...

Thanks Sarah!

Jen said...

Oh yum, I'll definitely have to try this recipe! Thanks for posting.. :o)

Jen

The Constant C said...

Funny, I know so many people with the Nigella crush! I actually don't know much about her, but we're sure to try this. Mark loves kale, and I heart folates :)

Denise said...

Hi Kelly, when is Henry's Birthday? is he 6? and Ezra will be 3? in August?
That tofu recipe sounds wonderful, I'm going to copy it now. My grandmother used to make a Kale soup so Kale anything makes me think of her! thanks
Denise

Kelly Carlisle said...

Henry was 6 on Feb. 20th. Ezzie turns 3 on August 31st. I love Kale soup, esp. kale and white bean soup.

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