Friday, August 19, 2011

Beans, Tofu and Garlic

On Jeopardy, the question would be, "What are the essential ingredients for a successful marriage?"

In my real world, these are the ingredients for a successful diet. Beans and tofu provide protein while garlic provides the taste and protection against heart disease and vampires. Oh, and protection against intimacy. As a matter of fact, health classes in high schools should teach ingestion of the above rather than condom use. It's that effective.

But I digress.

If you heat up this mixture in a saute pan and mix it with some other vegetables, it's really quite good. And the best part is that you can eat a lot of it and it won't hurt your cholesterol levels or raise your fat intake. I'm not deluded enough to think that people will read this and immediately start whipping up heaping batches of it, but if you are so inclined, it's a nice alternative to meat and you can spice it up with peppers or cilantro or some other aromatic delicacy from the produce aisle or farmer's market.

The other incentive is that it's not expensive at all. In fact, it's rather cheap. Just buy a couple of cans of Goya beans (low sodium black and pink beans are best) and the tofu, which should be in the produce aisle. Garlic is easy to find. Cook it up. You could even mix in some meat if you must. Honest.

Aren't you glad you asked for this advice?
Oh, right. You didn't.

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