>Perfectionista Pork Leftovers

>Happy Tuesday!

After a productive day, I couldn’t wait to get home and see what I could whip up for dinner. We had leftovers (still!) we needed to eat, so this was going to be fun.  Nonna suggested pulled pork with the leftover roast…but I wanted healthy – not just BBQ sauce dumped on it.  So…a little research and this is what I came up with:

Left over pork roast
1 Sam Adams Winter lager (and one Sam Light for me)
3T apple cider vinegar
2T honey
1+T Chili Powder
1T ground cumin
1 diced onion
1+T tomato paste
1+T worcestershire sauce
1/3+C whole grain mustard

Whisk all ingredients save the pork in a dutch oven and bring to a boil.  Add the pork, and simmer on low for desired amount of time, give or take 45 minutes so let the pork really soak up the liquid.

Served it along side a salad and some cornbread (using unsweetened applesauce instead of oil, and drizzled with honey) – dinner was a big hit!

Now here’s to hoping that my little girls stay in bed tonight – tomorrow is a road warrior day and mommy needs her sleep!

Cheers,

>Monday, January 25, 2010

>First, Happy Birthday to my Brother-In-Law, Brian.  30 isn’t all that bad, my friend!

Second, its Monday.  And rainy.  For me, that meant getting the girls up and ready (no clothes arguments today!!!), going to work with back to back calls/meetings, racing to get the babysitter, back to the house to work from home until Emma’s dance class, then home to cook, then bedtime (which I’d procrastinating on right now) and finally…a deep breath.

So…we have survived Monday this week!  For dinner, its was a combo of weekend leftovers and a fresh salad with some curried tofu.  I will probably have to learn to actually measure things if I want to share a recipe, but I’m going to give it my best.  I played with a recipe from Moosewood Restaurant’s New Classics cookbook that I am in love with.   Here is what I came up with:

1 pkg of extra firm tofu
1 organic onion (minced)
4 cloves of garlic (minced)
1T vegetable or canola oil
1T soy sauce
1t curry powder
1t cumin
1t turmeric
1t chili powder

1-press the tofu between 2 plates while you prep everything
2-cook the onions and garlic in the oil over med/high heat until browned
3-add soy through chili powder, stir, pull off hear momentarily
4-add the tofu, stir to coat, and cook on low for 10+ minutes, stirring occasionally.

Add it to whatever you’d like:  salad, rice, pita for lunch, etc.  Tonight our salad consisted of spinach, arugula, caledonia(?), watermelon radishes, orange and yellow carrots, tomatoes, celery, avocado, and black beans.  Topped off with dressings from Appalachian Naturals.  Very colorful!

Personally, I’m excited to incorporate the curry tofu into my lunch tomorrow…

Right now, I’m about to break up the Go Diego, Go love-fest for bedtime.  Boo Mommy.  But, a story from Daddy beats a Diego re-run any night…

Cheers,

>Welcome!

>Welcome to my blog!  This is where you’ll find all sorts of stories and snip-its from my life as a Perfectionista Gone Mom.  I’m a mom of two beautiful girls, a wife to a super-husband, co-master to the best yellow lab (Murphy), and daughter to my awesome parents – and by the way we all live together.  I’m also a sister to very talented siblings and auntie to the sweetest little boy.  I have a full time job that I love, own a small jewelry business, and am trying to live the healthiest life possible.  I am determined to get my family to eat healthy and sustainable foods – real food – and I love yoga…and running when I can keep up with it.  Coincidentally, I am on a healthy shopping and cooking streak – I love it, but its a challenge to get it all done.

Phew.

So, my colleague has a blog that has totally inspired me – Vegetarian In Pink.  I love it and it made me realize that I wanted to have a place to share my adventures in getting it all done – or trying to anyway.  My inner perfectionista often takes a back seat to the to-do list – but it makes for a constant adventure and  that’s become alright by me!

Here you’ll find some of my recipes, funny mom stories, new jewelry creations (if I ever get to them!) and other stuff that the adventure brings.  Who knows…maybe something on here will be useful to you!