Blogs, Recipes

Chili Lime Tofu Bowl

In this recipe, we have crispy tofu that has been pan-fried until golden brown, coated with a chili lime seasoning. Tofu can taste great if well prepared, but if you are one of the few tofu haters who think it’s a mushy, tasteless piece of cardboard you haven’t tried this recipe yet.

It’s easy to make, doesn’t require hard to find ingredients, and it’s ready in less than 30 minutes!

The key is to start by draining the tofu to remove excess water, this step is essential to get it crispy on the outside. Make sure to use firm, or extra firm tofu. Once this is done, we cut it into cubes and coat it with cornstarch, and chili lime seasoning, I use Trader Joe’s Chile Lime Seasoning Blend but any Chili Lime seasoning works! Cornstarch helps make the tofu extra crispy.

Then pan-fry the tofu in a small amount of oil, you can use vegetable oil or coconut oil- you want to make it healthier!

Next, sauté the onion, pepper and garlic.

While the veggies are in the pan, prepare the sauce. 

The sauce is super easy, savory, sweet, and  slightly spicy. The base of the sauce is lime juice, soy sauce, cumin, paprika, brown sugar and red pepper flakes.

I recommend returning the tofu to the pan and coating it with the sauce just before serving if you want to keep its crispiness. 

These bowls are healthy, filling and packed with nutrients. You get healthy fats from the avocado, carbs from the rice, and protein coming from the tofu!

Trust me! You will love it, even those of you unsure of tofu! 

Ingredients

1/4 cup lime juice

2 tablespoons soy sauce

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon paprika

1 teaspoon red pepper flakes

½ teaspoon brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

2 tablespoons Cornstarch 

1 tablespoons Chili Lime seasoning,

2 tablespoons vegetable oil (or another high heat cooking oil)

1 (14 ounce) package extra firm tofu, drained and pressed, then cut into cubes or small strips (1-2 inch sides)

1 large bell peppers (any color), sliced into strips

1 medium red onion, sliced into strips

3 garlic cloves, chopped

1/4 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro

1 Avocado, pitted and sliced 

1 cup cooked white rice

Sour cream

Instructions

Stir the lime juice, soy sauce, garlic, cumin, paprika, red pepper flakes, brown sugar, and black pepper together in a small bowl. Set aside.

In a bowl, mix together the cornstarch and Chili Lime seasoning. 

Toss the tofu in the cornstarch and Chili lime seasoning. 

Coat the bottom of a large skillet with the oil and place it over medium heat. When the oil is hot, add the tofu in an even layer. Cook for about 10 minutes, flipping once or twice, until the pieces are browned on multiple sides. Remove the tofu from the pan and transfer it to a plate.

Raise the heat to high and add a dash more of oil to the skillet if it seems too dry. Add the peppers and onions, and cook, stirring frequently, until browned in spots and tender-crisp, 1-2 minutes. Add the garlic and saute for another minute. 

Remove saute veggies from pan.

Return the tofu to the pan and pour the sauce over the tofu. Cook for 1-2 minutes more, until most of the liquid has evaporated. Remove from heat.

Scoop white rice into a bowl and top with tofu,

sautéed veggies and avocado slices. Sprinkle cilantro on top and a dollop of sour cream.

Enjoy!

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Fresh and lively with notes of red cherry, Meyer lemon and wild strawberry with a balanced minerality and refreshing finish.
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Recipes

Creamy Garlic Parmesan Cauliflower Mash

Creamy Garlic Parmesan Cauliflower Mash

This Cauliflower mash recipe is an easy way to cut down on carbs without sacrificing flavor. I mean, what’s the point in eating something at all if it doesn’t taste good, right?

In my opinion, food should be all about balance, so this recipe is a great way to cut out the carbs from regular mashed potatoes, but keep all the amazing flavor. And if you really want to be healthy, the cheese is totally optional. Either way, you’re going to love this tasty Cauliflower Mash recipe!

And Cauliflower mash is actually so easy to make. It’s basically the same process as making mashed potatoes, but with cauliflower instead! Boil the cauliflower, blend it into a creamy consistency, then add in the extras. 

You can use a food processor or blender and pulse until smooth. (Or smash by hand!)

Ingredients

  • 1 Large Head Cauliflower leaves removed and broken into large florets
  • 4-6 Garlic Cloves finely chopped and divided
  • 2 cups Chicken or vegetable broth
  • 4 cups Water
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • ¼ cup Parmesan cheese, grated 
  • ¼ cup cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon Chopped Thyme 
  • 1 teaspoon Chopped Rosemary 
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

Place the cauliflower florets in a large pot and cover with broth and water.

Add in half of the garlic and a good pinch of salt and pepper. 

Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 15-18 minutes, or until cauliflower is fork-tender.

Using a colander, strain the cooked cauliflower and place it into a food processor. 

Add in the remaining garlic, herbs, grated cheese and butter. As the food processor is processing, slowly add in the milk. 

Process until smoothly pureed.

Taste and adjust the seasoning if needed.

Sprinkle with fresh chopped herbs.

Enjoy!

Tip: The cauliflower is not covered fully by the water and broth, this way it will get steamed. 

Cauliflower Mash is a great side with Steak and a glass of Scout and Cellar The Resident Zinfandel!

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Blogs, Recipes

Honey Garlic Salmon

I love salmon! This is one of my go to salmon recipes.  It’s garlic, sweet and sticky with simple ingredients. 

This salmon recipe pairs great with Scout & Cellar’s 2018 LITTLE JANE PINOT NOIR. Little Jane Pinot Noir is elegant and complex with red plum, black cherry and fresh raspberry balanced by garrigue, Asian spice, and a hint of coffee bean with soft tannins and a lingering finish.

Ingredients:

Sauce: 

  • 4 tbsp honey 
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce 
  • 1 tbsp white vinegar, distilled 
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes 
  • 1 teaspoon ginger, grated 
  • 1 clove garlic, minced

Salmon

  • 2 salmon filets 
  • Olive oil
  • Salt & pepper 

Instructions 

Take salmon out of the fridge, 20 minutes before cooking. 

Pat dry with a paper towel and sprinkle with salt and pepper. 

In a bowl, whisk together the sauce ingredients. 

In a skillet, drizzle olive oil and gear over medium high heat. 

Place salmon in a hot pan and cook the first side for 3-4 minutes. Turn and cook on the other side for 2-3 minutes. 

Pour sauce over salmon. Cook for 1 minute until the sauce starts to thicken. If the sauce thickens too much before the salmon has cooked to your temperature then just add 1 tablespoon of water to the pan and stir. 

Remove to plates & drizzle with sauce and serve. 

Tip: 

To determine the wellness of the salmon, check the side of the salmon to tell how cooked the salmon is- I like my salmon medium rare inside, if it’s coral inside (rare to medium rare). You can use a thermometer too. Insert the thermometer into the thickest part of the salmon- 120 F for medium rare and 130 degrees for medium

Remember the salmon will continue cooking for a minute after removing it from the skillet

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Recipes

Creamy Spaghetti Squash Boats

Spaghetti squash is such a fun, underrated vegetable! 

Spaghetti squash is so healthy and versatile. You can simply enjoy it with some salt and pepper as a side dish, or drizzle it with melted butter or your favorite sauce.

Squash has little to no taste so it’s amazing the different flavor combinations you can come up with!  I wanted to do something a little different than just marinara so I thought it’d be fun to make individual squash boats tossed with a creamy sauce, broccoli and sausage. Chicken sausage that is.  Publix Greenwise Italian chicken sausage is DELICIOUS, but really you could use any type of sausage you’d like!  

Creating the “noodles” from this squash is so incredibly easy.  All you have to do is cut the squash in half, scoop out the seeds, bake them (cut side down) for about 30-40 minutes in the oven then start scraping with a fork!

The cream sauce is so flavorful and seriously so simple to make. To bring the sauce up a notch, I added a drizzle of truffle oil  but you can skip it, if you are not a truffle fan. 

Toss the spaghetti squash in with the broccoli and sausage and transfer everything into the squash boats.  Top with cheese, broil in the oven and enjoy!

This recipe pairs beautifully with Scout & Cellar Chardonnay!

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Spaghetti Squash Ingredients

  • 1 medium Spaghetti squash
  • 2 tablespoons EVOO
  • 1 ½ teaspoon Italian Seasoning 
  • Salt & Pepper 

Stuffing Ingredients

  • 4 Italian chicken sausage, removed from casings
  • Head of Broccoli, chopped
  • 3 cloves Garlic, chopped
  • 1 large shallot, chopped 
  • 3 tablespoons of White wine

Cream Sauce Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 4 tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup White Wine
  • 3 ounces truffle oil (black or white), optional
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 8 oz. mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 4 oz. shredded parmesan cheese
  • Salt and Pepper

Spaghetti Squash Instructions

Preheat the oven to 400°F.

Slice the spaghetti squash in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds and ribbing. Drizzle the inside of the squash with olive oil and sprinkle with Italian seasoning, salt and pepper.

Place the spaghetti squash cut side down on the baking sheet and use a fork to poke holes. Roast for 30 to 40 minutes or until lightly browned on the outside, fork tender, but still a little bit firm. The time will vary depending on the size of your squash. 

Remove from the oven and flip the squash so that it’s cut side up. When cool enough  to the touch, use a fork to scrape out the strands from the sides of the squash. Do not toss the empty squash halves. 

Stuffing Instructions

While the squash is roasting, prepare the stuffing. 

In a skillet, brown the sausage crumbles. Once browned transfer to a plate and deglaze the pan. 

Pour in 3 tablespoons or so (enough to cover the bottom of the pan 1/4″ or less) of white wine, with the heat still on, and scrape the bottom of the skillet with a wooden spatula vigorously as the liquid comes to a boil. 

Add 1 tablespoon of butter to the same skillet, once the butter has melted saute the broccoli for 3-5 minutes. 

Move the broccoli to the sides of the skillet, creating a well to add the garlic and shallot. Saute for one minute and then combine broccoli, garlic and shallots- sauteing for an additional 3-5 minutes. 

Once the squash is done, scoop the strands into the skillet with the broccoli mixture. 

Add the cooked sausage to the skillet and stir to combine. 

Cream Sauce Instructions

Add butter to a sauce pot. Turn the heat on medium. 

Once the butter has melted, add 4 tablespoons of flour, whisk until combined.

Pour heavy creamy, wine and truffle oil into the pot, whisk to combine. 

Once the mixture is hot, slowly whisk in the cheeses. 

Let the mixture simmer for 2-3 minutes until it’s thickened, stir occasionally. 

Season to taste with salt and pepper and reduce the heat to low.

Assembling Instructions

Drizzle cream sauce into the bottom of the squash halves.

Divide sausage and broccoli mixture among the halves.

Drizzle Cream sauce over top.

Sprinkle it with mozzarella cheese and parmesan cheese. 

Broil until cheese is browned and squash warmed through, 4 to 5 minutes. 

Serve hot with a glass of Scout & Cellar Chardonnay!

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