the calm before the storm: kung pao vegetables with tofu & udon


I’m back from Ontario and I’m a bit panicked. There’s so much to do and Christmas is only a week away! I did a some pre-homemade gifting to take with me to my family, but there’s still much stuff kicking my ass.

Here’s just some of the things I’ll be making from my own archives:

And then there’s all this yumminess from other blogs to consider:


But before panic takes hold of me completely, it’s good to have something warm and nutritious in the belly. This recipe for Kung Pao vegetables was revamped from Thimble’s recipe and it made for a super delicious and easy lunch. Filling and hearty to keep up your stamina during the holidays.

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14 comments to “the calm before the storm: kung pao vegetables with tofu & udon”

  1. 1
    Laural   December 18, 2007 at 4:20 pm

    Looks delicious, the noodles are a good call, I love udon!

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    Joanne   December 18, 2007 at 5:31 pm

    Hey welcome back – did you get snowed in on Sunday in Southern Ontario??

    I’m considering making the ginger gems for a friend with an egg allergy as a X-mas gift along with a lovely Japanese platter.

    And, i will certainly be making the peppermint white chocolate bark ( and dark chocolate bark with salted nuts) for the colleagues at work…so I will be busy as well…the good thing is that you work from home so you can take periodic breaks to check in on things while they are baking etc….I have to wait until I get home in the pm to start the whipping and the sifting…*sigh*

    Good luck with your shopping – I can’t say I’m a fan of gift shopping during this time of year…just call me ‘Grinch’ :D

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    VeggieGirl   December 19, 2007 at 8:17 am

    welcome back!! ahh, I too am stressed that Christmas is only a few days away!! I have so much holiday shopping to do!! I’m not helping your stress, am I ;0)

    everything you’re going to make sounds positively delectable!! and speaking of delectable, I’m loving that kung pao vegetable dish – yum!

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    eatme_delicious   December 20, 2007 at 1:13 am

    Yum that looks good! I’m saving that recipe. Good luck with your holiday baking! And thanks for letting me know about the mini-loaf pans.

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    Anne Stesney   December 20, 2007 at 9:09 am

    Yum. It’s light, fragrant and healthy. A perfect recipe for right before my sugar-fueled holiday eating frenzy begins!

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    kickpleat   December 20, 2007 at 9:51 am

    thanks laural! the udon works well with the rest of the ingredients. yum.

    joanne – i got back late saturday night. our flight was delayed 1 hr but we made it fine. phew!

    thanks veggiegirl, glad to be back!

    thanks eatme, i’m getting a little freaked by how much i still have to do! yikes.

    yup, yup and yup! thanks annie, this is the perfect meal to endulge in before you go on a sugar high for the remainder of the month!

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    Lydia   December 20, 2007 at 10:10 am

    Yummm. How come you always know exactly what I want to eat? I finally made that spicy chicken and rice last night, and it was perfect.

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    Cakespy   December 20, 2007 at 9:15 pm

    Good luck lady, sounds like you have a lot to do! But just remember…it’s all good stuff! :-) I tend to stress about holidays too, but these warm veggies are giving me a cozy feeling!

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    hag   December 22, 2007 at 11:37 am

    your kung-pao chicken looks like perfect sustinence this season of sweets and rich food.
    sounds like you have a lot of baking etc.. to do… would you mind baking up a batch for me??? Just kidding! Enjoy your holidays….all the best!

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    Jen   December 24, 2007 at 5:54 am

    A great meal to soothe the soul before all the festive madness kicks in!

    Just wanted to drop by and say Happy Christmas to you and yours :-)

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    kickpleat   December 24, 2007 at 10:44 am

    lydia, we must be on the same vancouver wavelength or something!

    thanks cakespy, i’m relaxing as we speak….ahhhhh!

    you too, hag! happy holidays!

    thanks jen, merry christmas to you as well :)

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    aria   December 29, 2007 at 7:30 pm

    we ate tofu before the storm too. love this recipe the sauce sounds wonderful!

    happy newyear :)

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    Mandi   January 20, 2008 at 3:39 pm

    Good stuff — I just made this recipe this afternoon and it’s delicious!

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    marcie chrys   November 25, 2008 at 8:39 am

    I finally got around to making this last night after i saw it a year ago! It was awesome! you rock!

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