Well, all I have in my fridge is a block of tofu as far as protein goes. Yes - I have some fish/chicken/sausages in the freezer - you know the regular everyday food - but I feel like something different for our meal tonight. I'm searching the Internet to find what I can do with that block of tofu - that will somehow make my mouth water at the prospects of what it will become. I've come across some great links - and so far - have come up with soup for a starter (roasted red pepper soup) - that doesn't require potatoes for a thickener since I used the last of the potatoes the other day. I tend to be abit European when it comes to my shopping - only keeping what I need over a week at a time. I'm very lucky to live in a small community here in the 'burbs of Montreal that caters to ethnic folks - so there is no shortage of foods available to meet some of the ingredients that are required to make up tasty food in my household - and also to test on my oh so obliging hubby Mike. A few of my previous mates - did not go for my way of cooking off the cuff so to speak. Mike bless his soul - will eat pretty well anything I plunk down in front of him. Many of my friends have been taste testers of my meals - and so far - have not had to be rushed off to ER with life threatening food poisoning. Some have even said I should open up a little cafe - but cooking in quantity is something I would not want to do.
So, the first course is taken care of with the soup, along with a salad, it's that tofu that has me scratching my head as to what to whip up - with the ingredients I have in my pantry and fridge. So, it's either tofu or lentils for dinner tonight (check out this recipe using lentils which I'll convert into a "meat loaf" instead of burgers - yum, yum - http://www.theveggietable.com/recipes/veggieburgers.html). Now I know that many of you reading this will go - yuck - lentils or tofu - for Christmas dinner or any meal in particular. Trust me - it will taste good - and I've fooled some meat lovers over the years with my veggie recipes.
The only problem with some of these recipes for me tho' - being a diabetic - is the nutrition count. Armed with a few of my many nutrition books (I should have gone to uni and become a dietician) - I will quickly work out the nutrients - and of course - the evil but not so evil carb that is to some diabetics the evil twin of the devil. Trust me - carbs are not evil - they are what gives us our bodies fuel like petrol is for our 2 wheels/4 wheels that get us around from A to B. Just don't overload on the carbs - otherwise watch your waistline increase - as well as your BG if you don’t take the proper meds/insulin to cover them. Quality I say - over quantity. I feel like Sir Winston Churchill here with my jowls trembling as I tell you this.
Anyway, that's it for now - I'm going to trot off to the kitchen and start planning a Christmas meal for my hubby and myself. If all else fails - there's always Chinese take away (haven’t done this in many years – and I doubt I will – I am a stubborn gal – and refuse to pay for food that I know I can make at home)....
Happy Holidays to all!