Thursday, April 16, 2009

few delays

We found out that we won’t be able to close until next week sometime because there are 25 people ahead of us waiting to close at our title company and they are slammed.  And I thought people weren’t buying houses right now?  Even though we will be pushed back a bit, we still can spend time doing lots of packing this weekend.  Ugh! 

I also made a quick and easy dinner since C has class tonight.  Basically it’s a couscous pre-mix doctored up with some sautéed tofu, mushrooms and broccoli.  So easy! 

100_2696But for starters I had some home-made    Italian-style hummus with a can of drained chickpeas, 2 garlic cloves, 1 roasted red pepper, handful of basil, 1/4 cup parmesan and 2 tbsp pine nuts along side some whole-wheat naan from Trader Joe’s for dipping!  I saw this naan in the store when I was shopping today and thought . . . I want to make some hummus! 

I can’t wait to try all their naan flavors, and they even have some in the frozen section, which would be conducive to less spoilage and a better texture believe it or not.  I usually freeze all my fresh breads and cakes before frosting because they don’t dry out that way.  I loved this stuff!  It100_2699 has a wonderfully moist texture and is the perfect accompaniment to hummus. 

The whole wheat also has 8g of fiber per serving!  I want to try this for a quick pizza base too.  Yum!

On to the main course . . .

  • 1 box of pre-mix whole-wheat couscous with pumpkin and red pepper (Sofella brand from Costco) cooked according to the package, with just water
  • 3 stalks broccoli, chopped
  • 1/2 carton crimini mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 blocks TJ’s Teriyaki flavored tofu, cubed
  • splash of rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp hoisin sauce
  • 1 tsp toasted sesame oil

100_2372 Cook the couscous according to the package directions (I used the pumpkin with red pepper flavor not the one to the left), omitting the oil.  Gently steam the broccoli until al dente; drain and rinse with cold water to preserve the green color.  Sauté the mushrooms and tofu in a large pan with a little olive oil until golden.  Add the broccoli and continue to cook to char it up a bit.  Turn off the heat.  Splash a couple glugs of vinegar, with the hoisin and sesame oil and mix everything up.  Serve along side the couscous or mix it all together.  Yum!

I made this bowl at one of those pottery places awhile ago and it has a sunflower in the middle at the bottom.  I Love cute eating-ware because it makes eating such an even better experience! 


Any fun weekend plans?


Sweta said...

I hate packing too-it's usually my hubby who does all the packing:)
What's the story with the Sofela basmati rice pic(looks like you uploaded the wrong pic).
BTW,I made quinoa pilaf last night-will put up the recipe soon.Couscous is next on the list now:)

kristen :) said...

I love quinoa too! I just had a picture of the basmati rice for this brand. I had already thrown the box for the couscous in the icky trash! Sorry about that.

Anonymous said...

busy weekend for sure! I love quinoa and I love mango ( from your previous post) - it is my favorite next to quava which I can't find anywhere in the US.

Thanks for your congrats! Sorry you are waiting behind all those other people, soon enough right! ?

Anonymous said...

Kristen- Thanks for stopping by my blog. I've added you to my blogroll. It's great to stay in touch with another RD blogger. Congrats on the house! Good luck with the move!

Anonymous said...

another reason to hit TJ's asap! those naan and that amazing tofu!!

Thinspired said...

Wow, that dinner really looks delicious! I've only tried quinoa a couple of times but I want to start eating it more. This dish looks like a good place to start!
Sorry about the house will happen! My mom manages a title company branch and always says the end and beginning of the month is the worst, so maybe things will happen now that it is mid-month?! I'll cross my fingers for you!

Gina said...

Broccoli, mushrooms, and tofu...that sounds so good! The picture makes me want to eat my computer. Of love that combination. Now that I am going to start making more tofu I'll have to give that one a try :)

Emily said...

Sorry house plans got pushed back...hope things can move forward soon!

I haven't tried TJ's naan, but I'm such a big naan fan that I should!

Anonymous said...

Congrats on the house! Hubby and I have been hunting for the last couple years but haven't found anything we like, so knowing how hard it can be to find a house, I am extra happy for you! :) Sorry to hear the closing got pushed back, but I bet you'll be in your house before you know it! Happy closing! :) Diana