Thursday, June 14, 2012

Cheap Eats: tofu tacos and shrimp melts

On Facebook the other day I asked for some quick breakfast ideas. Lindsey over at Yarnia kindly shared ideas from her awesome blog focused on eating healthy on $6 a day.

Which got me thinking: I've been slacking to share some of my quick healthy meal ideas. They're pretty cheap too! And when I say quick, I mean less than 15 minutes. These two creations took even less.

Tofu Tacos

  • 1 block of tofu drained and pressed (check out what I mean when I wrote about DIY baked tofu)
  • tamari (or soy sauce, Bragg's or even a oil and vinegar salad dressing would work)
  • salsa
  • 2 tortillas (your choice, but I use smaller ones. You could do a burrito with bigger ones)
  • chopped lettuce
  • fresh (or canned) jalapeños
  • avocado slices

  1. Cube the tofu
  2. Sautéed the tofu with the salsa and tamari. Add it to your preference. I'd day I used about 1/4 cup salsa + couple shakes of tamari
  3. While the tofu heats up, lay the tortillas over the tofu in the pan to steam them a bit and soften up (this is what I do for corn tortillas)
  4. chop the veggies
  5. assemble and eat! (You should have plenty of tofu left over for more later or to share with friends.)
Cajun-ish Shrimp Melts
OK, this doesn't really sell 'em, but really, they're tasty!
OK, first let's talk shrimp. The majority of shrimp you see in the store these days is just nasty. It's farmed raised in far-off places like Thailand and Indonesia. They're swimming around in so much shrimp poop that they are treated with antibiotics. Icky! The methods are improving, but the US still imports shrimp treated with outlawed antibiotics. I got Oregon wild caught baby shrimp fore this recipe. 
  • 1 cup cooked baby shrimp
  • mayo
  • Jalapeño mustard (or dijon, but the jalapeño mustard give this a cajun flavor)
  • chopped celery
  • sliced cheese of your choice (I used Tilamook Chedar, or course.)
  • 4 slices of bread, your choice (I make my own bread. something like this but with whole wheat flour)
Rinse and drain the shrimp well. Mix the shrimp, mayo, mustard to taste plus the celery. Top the bread slices with some shrimp and a slice of cheese and place under broiler until melted. Serves two. Enjoy!

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