I bought three pounds of fresh prunes.
I’ve never bought a single fresh prune, let alone three pounds of them.
What was I thinking?
Well, I was thinking “What a deal, three pounds of prunes for only $7!”
At Costco, among the pallets of 50-pound bags of dog food and cases of toilet paper bigger than my bathroom, three pounds of prunes and $7 purchases seem like nothing … until the cashier tells me the total sum of all my “little” purchases and I try to find room in my crisper, already filled with a 10-pound bag of organic carrots, for the case of prunes.
Technically, I think they are plums, Italian Prune Plums. They taste and look a lot like plums, just a little more tart. Jackson and I enjoyed snacking on them fresh out of the over-stuffed crisper drawer for awhile. I put them on a pizza, with caramalized onions, vegan applewood sausage, walnuts, spinach, broccoli, and grapes. Prune pizza, who knew it would taste like a little slice of sweet and savory heaven?
One night, I chopped them up and threw them in pot on the stove while I heated up some of another impulse Costco purchase, a huge box of spring rolls. Can you see I have a problem? Anyway, the prune plums reduced into this gorgeous sweet red sauce. With a dash of spicy chili paste, it made the perfect dip for a spring roll. Though I could eat egg rolls and pizza every night, I probably shouldn’t. So, I needed a recipe that would really make a dent in my prune inventory without putting unsightly dents on my thighs. Last night, I made the prune plum sauce again and served it with buttery roasted vegetables and tofu over brown rice. All the flavors were rich and deep and the colors were so beautiful.
I’m almost out of prunes now and I’m tempted to buy three more pounds.
Buttery Tofu and Vegetables with Spicy Plum Sauce
Buttery Tofu and Veggies
- 2 slices of tofu, lightly pressed with paper towel to absorb extra water
- 1 c. Cabbage sliced into thin long strips
- 1 c. Carrots, cut into thin long strips
- 1/2 c. Onions, sliced into thin long strips
- 1 c. Brussel sprouts, sliced in half
- 1 T. Earth Balance or prefered butter
- 1 T. Olive Oil
- 1 T. Braggs Amino Acid (or Low Sodium Soy Sauce)
- 1 t. Agave + a extra drizzle for tofu
- 1 t. Kosher Salt
- 1 t. Fresh Cracked Pepper
- sprinkle of dried parsley, optional for color
Spicy Prune Plum Sauce
- 2 c. Italian prune plums (or any variety of plums), chopped into small chunks
- 1 t. Chinese chili paste
- 1 t. Agave
- 1/4 t. salt
Serve with brown rice.
Buttery Veggies and Tofu
Preheat oven to 400. (My oven has a convection roast setting that works nicely for this, but you certainly don’t need it). Spray a cookie sheet with nonstick cooking spray and spread out sliced veggies and tofu. Mix butter, oil, Bragg’s, agave, salt and pepper, and use a pastry brush to lightly coat the veggies and tofu. Drizzle tofu with a little extra agave and a pinch of parsley for color. Cook vegetables and tofu, stirring veggies after about 10 minutes. Roast until the carrots, onions, and cabbage are soft and the Brussel sprouts are golden brown, 20-30 minutes total.
Chop plums into small dices, heat on medium heat for five minutes, stirring often. Add agave, chili paste, and salt. Continue to cook and stir for about five more minutes or until the plums turn into a beautiful red chunky sauce. Delicious with a bite of buttery flaky tofu or with fried spring rolls.