Thursday, March 6, 2008

The five-minute lunch

This is what I had for lunch today. Leftover brown rice, chopped little gem lettuce, leftover caramelized lemongrass tofu, mandarin orange segments, and sesame-soy dressing.

Pretty good for 5 minutes, right?

Normally I make a big batch of hummus on Sunday, and have that for lunches throughout the week. But I decided to change things up a bit this week, and I made a batch of caramelized lemongrass tofu instead. It keeps beautifully in the fridge-- I actually prefer the toothsome texture of cold tofu to the squishy one of warm tofu-- and I've been putting into pho and rice noodles salads and now this for lunch.

What did you have for lunch? Leave me a comment and let me know!

P.S. Thank you all for your comments on my "why veganism?" post. I'll address that topic again sometime soon!


mel said...

I'm glad you're enjoying the tofu! I like it cold, too. It's great in sandwiches.

VeggieGirl said...

that is perhaps one of the most DELICIOUS-looking 5-minute lunches I've ever seen - gorgeous!

Alison Nicole said...

yum! that tofu looks delish!

Vegyogini said...

Today, I had Tangerine Baked Tofu from Veganomicon with roasted asparagus, a brown rice tortilla, and a red grapefruit. I can't wait to try that caramelized tofu!

T said...

Carmelized lemongrass tofu... yum! Prepping ahead is such a great idea, I just never do it...unless you count massive amounts of leftovers. Today I had leftover curry, yum!

Almost Vegetarian said...

What I had today is not particularly interesting (some of my husbands cold cereal, a slice of bread, and some dried dates - in my own much needed defense, I was awfully busy and I am making homemade roasted vegetable soup for dinner - a thin excuse, I know!).

What is far more interesting is what I am having tomorrow: That gorgeous lemongrass tofu. We had two blocks of tofu in the fridge. Last night, I made a curry with one block. And now I know what to do with the second.


Lizzy said...

Where do you live, it's gorgeous!

B.A.D. said...

This puts my lunch to shame. I made a giant pot of mashed potatoes, heavy on the earth balance with some roasted garlic, paprika, pepper, salt, nooch, rosemary, chilies etc.

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Wheeler's Frozen Dessert said...

Looks delicious - and so healthy too! I need to whip this up for lunch sometime soon ...

ChocolateCoveredVegan said...

wow, beautiful-- and so colorful!

bazu said...

That looks wonderful! I often eat quick lunches like this, and you are making me crave brown rice and mandarin oranges!

Chef Erik said...

Wow, this looks great. Thanks!

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taste memory said...

that looks delicious, esp. the tofu w. the bibb lettuce....great idea for 5 minute lunch!

enjoy your site & look forward to reading more....

Amy said...

That looked so good! I didn't even see the tofu at first! That combination you have, in my imagination, tastes so good and it looks like it'd be filling too! :)

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Very nice presentation... I like your blog !

Lizzy said...

no more recipes?? where are you?

Meg Wolff said...

This looks delicious! Great planning ahaed too. Thanks.

Linda said...

looks delicious. especially for 5 minutes!

Katie said...

Hi - I'm new to blogging, and I just discovered your amazing site :) That salad looks great!

mallory said...

hi! yes, i'm studying abroad in germany, in freiburg until july. so you're in heidelberg? how is that? i'm really enjoying being in freiburg, and experimenting with fun german vegan products. if only dollars were worth a little more, i'd cook all the time.

vko said...

Hope you are well! Just dropping by to say hello!

Urban Vegan said...

Why don't my 5-minute lunches ever look like this?

Tracy Warner said...

Ah, I love your blog. I'm going to try those danishes! I love baking vegan... I just became vegan five or six months ago and it was the best decision ever. I hope you post more! Visit mine and my husban's vegan blog if you're interested!

<3 Tracy

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Wow! I love a good salad. And this definitely looks like a good salad! Great post.

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Ksenia said...

Sometimes tue quick recipes are the tastiest =) Your dinner looks really appetizing ^^ And I enjoy cold tofu too!

Today I had zuchinni rice cooked Vata-balancing spice mix (I like ayurveda and I am trying to learn more about it) and a cauliflower/beets mash, all covered with pumpkin seeds and tomato-mustard sauce. I will post the recipe soon on my blog =)

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Marta @ What should I eat for breakfast today said...

nice left overs :) I had a schnitzel with carrots :)