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Save money and time with a simple meal.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

I am a big fan of the microwave oven. A big time saver, it can be used to prepare all sorts of food. I even use it as a steamer.

Today, the ingredients that went into my lunch were:

1. Cauliflower

2. Tofu
3. Extra virgin olive oil
4. Black pepper
5. Garlic salt

We could buy a big head of cauliflower for very little money. For a bit more than $2.00, there is probably enough for 4 servings here:

Tofu, unfortunately, is sold in boxes of 300 gm each and I only used half a box for lunch. I usually pan fry the rest to be eaten later in the day.

Wash the cauliflower and, then, put them in a microwave oven safe container with the tofu. The tofu provides the moisture required to steam the vegetable. Close the container and leave it in the microwave oven on high for 8 minutes or so.


The cauliflower looks moist and the tofu shrunken.

Be careful in handling the food as it is steaming hot. Transfer onto a plate and add extra virgin olive oil, black pepper and garlic salt. 

There, we are done.

Oh, I had a banana and an apple too. I like to eat spotty bananas because they are less likely to give me gas.

Total cost of the dish? Less than $1, probably. 

The fruits probably cost just as much.

This is one ideal dish for people who are looking to cut down on carbohydrates and meat in their diet. 

For people who say that they would like to save money by cutting down on dining out but think that it is too time consuming to cook at home, this didn't take me much time at all.

Ah, in case you are wondering:

The rest of the tofu. Pan fried with just a bit of butter.
Bon appetit.

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Sillyinvestor said...

Hi AK,

Dun want to sound like a broken recorder, but it might be a good idea to reduce microwaving food if you are doing it daily. It's for health reason.

If u dun bother to marinate the food, steaming the food with real steam should take only 10 min. 2 min more but value for time ...

Bon appetite. Heard a lot about about cancer due to my mum. Not scaring u...

Dividend Knight said...

The pan-fried tofu looks yummy! :)

AK71 said...

Hi Mike,

I have heard horror stories about microwaving food but it remains an "alternative science".

As long as we are not burning the food, it is not carcinogenic to consume. I think the risk really is in having a badly designed microwave oven and if we are in close proximity to the machine, we could end up microwaving ourselves. -.-"

If we are worried about microwave radiation leading to cancer, the thing that most people should worry about is mobile phone usage. Smart phones pose greater risk than dumb phones. Unless they are switched off, they are always radiating. Guys who carry their smart phones in their trousers should think twice about doing it. ;p

Siew Mun said...

I have been naughty. I spend $647 dinner at Chris Ruth Steakhouse for 4 persons to celebrate my 50th birthday. But money is well spend with good memories that last my remaining years. One leg in coffin leow.

AK71 said...

Hi Siew Mun,

The most important purpose of money is to pay for stuff we need in life. Once in a while, we should also use it to pay for stuff we want in life. ;)

There are things in life which are more important than money. If we are able to use money to exchange for these things, go for it. :)


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