Monday, January 16, 2012

Mixin' it up

Lately I've been trying to cook healthier. It's not that I don't like healthy food, it's that I hate to cook. There hasn't been nearly as much produce in this house as I'd like for quite a while, and I'm on a mission to change that. I'm attempting to train myself to actually enjoy cooking instead of dreading it. Is that even possible? I guess we'll see, but if it doesn't work I'd like to keep up on this healthy dinner thing anyway. At least on most nights. I'm not looking to become a major health freak here. A girl's gotta have her "Hamburger" Helper ya know.

The problem isn't that I don't like vegetables. It's actually the complete opposite - I love them. I love veggies like a dog loves leftovers. I don't care a thing about any kind of meat (hence the word hamburger up there being in quotes) but give me a bowl of steamed veggies and watch me go nuts.

I just really struggle with actually getting in the kitchen and cooking the kinds of foods I love the most, as well as the kinds of foods I'd prefer The Short One to eat on a more regular basis. And it doesn't help that I'm the messiest cook on the planet. Every time I make something that doesn't involve a box it looks like my kitchen got attacked by a pack of raccoons. No joke.

Anyway, I promise I'm going somewhere with this. I got what looked to be an amazing recipe for Sesame Tofu Stir-Fry from a friend. And yes, you naysayers, it was delicious. It was wonderful. It was totally worth the extra time my poor lazy self had to spend in the kitchen. It was even worth the jaw-dropping mess I made preparing it. (By the way, I'm not a grouchy carnivore hater and I'm cool with serving meat to my family. It's just not my thing.)

In case anyone out there is ever interested in the recipe, it came from here on

One of my favorite things about this recipe is that it calls for my favorite kind of vegetables - the frozen kind that are already chopped up for you. OH YEAH!

Mine didn't turn out as pretty as the picture on the website but it still tasted awesome.

Even my picky husband liked it pretty well. (Yes you above-mentioned naysayers, he really did.)

But Grace? I'm pretty sure she hated it.

Show us how you really feel, Grace.

You're kidding, right??

The stare down.

This child really needs to learn to express herself.

My parents suck.

I don't know what happened to my little tofu buddy, but that girl is GONE. Maybe she'll come back when she's over her picky phase of only wanting to eat like five things. (Oh please just be a phase)  If not, I guess I still kind of like her anyway.


  1. Grace's expressions are the BEST. I love this blog.

  2. Oh. My. Gosh. Grace is killing me! Those pictures are hysterical.

    I'm so excited to try the if I can just get over my fear of cooking with tofu. Hopefully I can find some of that pre-done stuff.

    1. Thanks! I can show you how sometime. We could have a tofu party, lol :D