Archive for January 29th, 2009

Let me start by expressing my excitement because I got a real unique product to introduce to you all:

Zukay Live Salsa

Zukay Live Salsa

I came home to a package that contained 6 jars of these beauties.  The product is a salsa and/or relish that contains live cultures. It is a probiotic condiment containing Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium…sound familiar?!  Find out more at ZUKAY.com.  And check back in as I use these tasty add ins in various ways.




Every free opportunity I had today, I was sneaking peaks at postings where the blogger made this delightful dish and offered up some suggestions in regards to the recipe … to change.. not to change.  It seems we have some pretty creative cooks out there!  Here’s to ya!  It’s suggested you go to CEimB and check out the Blogroll.

My version, of course, must come two ways… Pork and Pork-less. 

Pork:    When it comes to meat, my husband eats it and therefore makes the cut selection at the store.  For this recipe, I told him what was suggested: Bone In Pork Chop, 3/4″ thick.  He opted for about 1/2″ thick Boneless Pork Sirloin Steak.  Does this present a challenge to the cook?  Well, yeah!  It’s thinner, it’s a different cut (probably not the cut for the cooking method in the recipe…we shall see). 

Pork-less:  Guess it’s gonna be TOFU!  Sage rubbed Tofu. Lets be open minded here.

Here are the ingredients…

 dscn0021With the exception of the vegetable broth because I substituted white wine.


Step one was done this morning with the Tofu. I removed it from it’s carton, drained it and pressed it in between papertowl until lunch time. However… I dropped it (in the sink NOT on the floor) …so wasn’t able to slice it into nice even blocks.

Step two was done to both menu options.  I mixed up the rub (double batched it) at lunch time and put it on both Pork and Tofu, to let sit in the fridge until ready for cooking tonight.

 Step three .. follow the recipe in 2 separate pans.   Lets take pause.. now I can’t show pictures as I go along because my kitchen looks more dangerous than a war zone when I’m working two meals. Things are flying – there may be a little screaming now and then – a definite “yelp”, “yip”, “ouch”, “oh no”…. Ted and Shane try to sneak out in fear of their lives but…well that might prove life threatening as well, especially if obvious help is needed.  Ok, on with the show….  Ted was right in the middle of it tonight cooking the pork which made it a lot easier.

The only changes I made to the instructions were: reduced the cooking time for the onion, apple, and sage to 2 minutes before adding the cabbage, carrots, etc. I reduced the cider vinegar to 1 TBS each ( 1 to the pork and 1 to the tofu).  Lastly, I added wine instead of broth.

The results:

Sage-Rubbed Pork with Warm Apple Slaw

Sage-Rubbed Pork with Warm Apple Slaw



close up of pork and slaw

close up of pork and slaw




Curious about the Tofu?…




Both of us really enjoyed this meal! Thanks Jen B for a great pick!
Oh… did you notice our guest?
He’s like the travelling Gnome..
Have a great night!

The happy Apple
The happy Apple

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This was a great tip from Ideal Bite

 What words won’t break your bones?

The Bite
Calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, and vitamin D. Eat tasty foods, such as yogurt, that contain these nutrients to keep your bones strong enough to withstand even the nastiest trash talk – no supplements (and no meat, for you vegetarians) necessary.

The Benefits
Less hurt. Deficiencies in calcium or vitamin D, for example, can cause debilitating health problems such as osteoporosis (aka holes in your bones).

  • Inviting some complimentary words. Good bone health makes it easier to have good posture – and a good-lookin’ frame.
  • We’re talkin’ veg-friendly. There are great foods that help you get your calcium without resorting to meat or even dairy.

Personally Speaking
Jenifer happily traded her artificially flavored calcium “caramel” chews for full-fat, cream-at-the-top Brown Cow yogurt to fill her quota.

Wanna Try?
Calcium – keeps your bones strong and dense. Get it in dairy products (especially yogurt), nuts, seaweeds, and seeds. (Try this calculator to find out how much you need.)

  • Vitamin D – helps your body absorb calcium. Get it in fortified dairy and grain products (cereal is often fortified with vitamin D), and a little sun exposure each day. (Calculator here.)
  • Magnesium – also strengthens your bones. Get it in breads and cereals, hummus, legumes, nuts, seaweeds, and spinach. (Calculator here.)
  • Phosphorous – another bone density helper. Get it in dairy products, nuts, seeds, seaweeds; many calcium-rich foods contain phosphorus. (No calculator, but the Feds recommend adults get 700 milligrams per day.)
  • Lower your sodium intake when you can – it can deplete these needed nutrients.



Today started out the usual way, except that my hamstring was still bothering me so I had to do strictly the ET this morning for 30 minutes.  I stuck to just a walk with Shane because when I started to jog a little, the hamstring would go tight.  I did a pretty good shoulder workout. I never seem really thrilled with my workout unless I have pumped out miles on the treadmill or down the road.  Running seems to stimulate me more so than any other exercise.


Breakfast was a good VPX shake with FUZE.  The cereal was 1/3 cup Bobs Red Mill 5 Grain Cereal with 1 tsp Naturally More Peanut Butter and a little piece of Quaker’s Dark Chocolate Raspberry Almond Granola Bar.    The fruit today was the last 1/2 of the grapefruit from yesterday.






The peanut butter and granola was mixed in while the cereal was nice and hot.  Even though you might opt for cereal every morning, it doesn’t have to be boring. You can mix up the add -ins to get quite a creative bowl of goodness.


Last night, I was feeling so picky so I actually opened that Quaker granola bar last night. It was by far the best yet. Real good – recommended!





peanut butter and granola close up

peanut butter and granola close up








We felt so bad for this little bird. He looked so cold and the feeder was piled up with snow.  At least he had some good eats.


a cold bird

a cold bird



That’s all for today. Come back tonight for a CEimB night.  We are doing a pork dish and …. I’ll do the same recipe for me but “pork-less”.  See ya later!

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