Jelly Bean Domination



I loved hearing about what you guys were into growing up! Tennis, piano, roller skating, horse back riding…cool!

It reminded me of the fact that, for many years, I took piano lessons from the music director at my church and just when he was about to teach me how to play the enormous church organ…I quit. How cool would it be to say you knew how to play the organ? Who knows, you could be reading “Iowa Girl Plays the Organ” right now if things had gone a little bit differently. ;)

Well, I had originally planned on making a fab Indian dish tonight, but yesterday I got a comment from reader Dawn, who told me she made my Baked Sesame-Honey Tofu and just loved it. It got me craving some of the ‘fu, so I whipped it up for dinner tonight! (plus I hadn’t made good on my promise to Ben! ;) ) 


I started by cutting a drained block of extra firm tofu into cubes.

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Then, in a large bowl, I drizzled the cubes with honey, sesame oil, garlic powder and soy sauce. Sorry, no measurements, but it was probably 2 parts honey, 1 part sesame oil, 1 part garlic powder and 4 parts soy sauce!

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After mixing carefully,

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I spread the cubes out onto a non-stick sprayed and foil-lined baking sheet.

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After baking at 400 for ~25 minutes, they were golden brown with a nice crust on the bottom. Pardon my Rachel Ray, but YUM-O.


To go with my tofu, I cooked up some brown rice on the stovetop to which I added ~3 Tablespoons of my tofu marinade. Lost of flavah up in herrrrr!

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I also made some quick & easy roasted asparagus.

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Spread your asparagus on a non-stick sprayed and foil-lined baking sheet, toss with some extra virgin olive oil and garlic salt, then roast for 10 minutes in a 400 degree oven (I just popped it in when the tofu had 10 minutes left!)


DONE in, ohhh, 30 minutes! 5 minutes prep time, and the rest cook time! :D


I LOVE TOFU. If you would have told me one year ago that I’d be craving tofu someday, I would have laughed at you. Real hard. These days, however, I just can’t get enough!


The asparagus I’ve been buying at the store lately are super petite and skinny, so 10 minutes is all it takes to make them nice and crisp-tender. PS, don’t you just love snapping the ends off of asparagus? I hate snapping the ends of green beans, but I’ll snap asparagus all day long! :D


Adding marinade to your cooking rice is such an easy way to add flavor and kind of bring the whole dish all together. Hearty AND tasty!


I am stuffed and satisfied but…I still want more tofu!!! I need to go put it away, otherwise I’ll pick at it block by fantastic, chewy, caramelized block!


Oh yes, I’ve been dominating the Starburst Jelly Beans I got in my Easter basket, so for dessert tonight I portioned myself out one serving.


And made sure it was devoid of all yellow and orange beans. I refuse to waste calories on yuck flavors!!!



Have a good night y’all!


What’s your favorite “flavor”?

I’m all grape all the time!!!!! “Red” comes in as a close second though. ;)

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  1. Evan Thomas 04.07.2010

    My favorites are white, yellow, and orange in that order

  2. Sara 04.07.2010

    The yellow and the green jelly beans/candies are always my favorite. My hubby (and most people) doesn’t like those flavors, so he’ll always pick them out for me. :)

  3. Daniela 04.07.2010

    I’m an “orange” all the way!! Send all your orange stuff to Chicago for me! And I hate grape! I think we would be good jelly bean bag sharers, we have opposite flavor preferences. :)

  4. Jaclyn 04.07.2010

    That’s funny – grape is my least favorite! Orange & yellow are down there too. Red all the way. I wish they made packs of Starburst with just pink & red.

  5. heather 04.07.2010

    love anything lemon…lime is a close second. when i was a little girl i used to throw pink starbursts away(considered blasphemy by many, i know)because i thought they tastes like fake peach. those were crazy times we lived in as children.

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  7. Hayley 04.07.2010

    I have a huge bowl of all yellow,orange and green starburst jelly beans! I wish they just sold bags of the pinks and reds! YUUUUUmmmmm!

  8. Orange and yellow are my least favourite in any candy! Dinosours, starbursts, jelly beans, you name it the orange and yellow are always gross! Red and pink are always the best! And I recently found a fav reds package of Starburst and fell in love!!

  9. YAY for tofu!
    Thanks for the recipe, Kristin – it looks amazing :)
    Have a great night!
    Brazilian XOXO´s,

  10. Rachel S 04.07.2010

    That tofu looks delicious! It’s been awhile since I’ve made tofu for myself, I’ll definitely have to try your version of it!

  11. Tara 04.07.2010

    Your meal looks delicious. I just want to warn you about sodium overload though. My mom has a disease that is set off by sodium, so I’m very aware of its sources (soy sauce- one of the worst). In solidarity to her, I have cut it out of my life as much as possible. There is something that you can buy in most natural foods stores called Braggs Amino Acids. It tastes just like soy sauce with MUCH less sodium. If you care about your health, you should seriously consider looking at how quickly sodium sneaks in there and adds up.

  12. Cari 04.07.2010

    I’ll take the orange and lemon ones! I love all the weird flavors no one likes: lemon, lime, banana, pineapple. I actually hate grape and cherry flavored candy. I know, it’s not normal…

  13. Bailey 04.07.2010

    Your jellybeans made me think of this link that popped up on my facebook news feed! Completely random, I know, but how delish do these sound! To bad they are only in the UK now.


  14. Larissa 04.07.2010

    yellllow! send then my ways :) and purple yum!

  15. Dawn 04.07.2010

    LOL… yes, your Tofu is an AWESOME dinner. I finished it today for lunch and gave my daughter (begrudgingly) some as well, she LOVED it too! We are hooked on your recipe for sure and I am telling EVERYONE about it! I have another block in the fridge and will probably make it next week!

    OHHHH SOOOO Good. So healthy and tastey! Thanks for sharing and the SHOUT OUT.. made me smile!

  16. We are twins!! Grape is my fav with red as a close second ;-)

  17. I’ll give you all my grape starburst beans and you can give me the oranges :)

  18. Jenny 04.07.2010

    OMG! I love the flavors you hate- send ’em over to Florida!

  19. Kelly 04.07.2010

    your quirks crack me up! lol
    I made roasted asparagus last night myself =)

  20. Oh girl…I only eat the yellow and orange ones! That looks like a great recipe that I’ll have to try! Have a great night!

  21. Hunni and I have been craving tofu a lot lately too. I want to post a great recipe for teriyaki tofu burgers. They are great and I made extra to freeze.

  22. Mmmm your tofu sounds awesome!!! I make mine exactly like that, I love it all caramelized and brown!

    Ooo I like the orange and yellow but I can’t STAND the purple!!! Haha we would be good at sharing a bag!

  23. Molly 04.07.2010

    I’m a grape and red girl myself–only if it’s not cherry or watermelon…so basically strawberry :D

  24. JC 04.07.2010

    I love watermelon & pink leminaid jelly bellys! Have u ever thought of trying out for food network’s next star show? Just wondering … :)

  25. hmm black-or licorice flavored jelly beans are my favorite! I also love anything PINK! I hate sour stuff but if it comes in a pink package I will eat it with a smile on my face :)

  26. Melissa S. 04.07.2010

    i totally need to try and roast asparagus instead of always stir frying it!

  27. penny. LA 04.07.2010

    Hy-Vee… a name I miss seeing!

  28. Iowa Mom Life 04.07.2010

    Green and Purple :) We are taking the plunge soon to try tofu…told hubby tonight we’d be trying it which he responded “Good luck with that one!” But, we are still going to try it..even if he’s kicking and screaming :)

  29. Kristin 04.07.2010

    I love lime and I hate that most candy companies switched their “greens” from lime to green apple a couple years ago. Green apple flavor is wayyyy too sweet for me. My number-one most hated candy flavor is lemon, followed closely by orange. I am neutral on “red” and love grape and strawberry (not the sugary gooey kind of strawberry flavor, like those strawberry hard candies with the gel in the middle that are in the strawberry-looking wrapper, but the Starburst flavor kind of strawberry).

    Very particular. :)

  30. sassy molassy 04.07.2010

    I’m the same way…my yuck flavors of most candy are grape or orange. Just not worth NOT enjoying.

  31. I don’t like jelly beans…..:O
    I LOVE that tofu recipe! It looks so divine :) I never thought I’d crave tofu either; funny how times change!

  32. Dinner is just my style! Great presentation. Not a fan of JellyBbeans though…or any candy for that matter.

  33. MOM 04.08.2010

    I just had the bowl of starburst jelly beans left from Easter Day and ate all the orange first, then the yellow, then the red-all the dark ones are still sitting in the bowl!!! I’ll ship them over to you:)

  34. jeri 04.08.2010

    Oh man, I wish you would’ve posted this sooner! I went off of another blogger’s roasted asparagus recipe that said to put them at 425 for 20 minutes. Needless to say I had some sad looking crispy asparagus. :(

    And we’d be good starburst jelly bean puddies, I like the yellow and orange but can’t STAND the green. Yuck. I actually gave my co-worker a ziploc bag full of all of mine. :p

  35. Margarita 04.08.2010

    That looks delicious. You’re food pictures always inspire me to eat healthy :)

  36. Anna 04.08.2010

    I hate the red flavor! Not pink, pink (strawberry) is good. I love green and purple though.

  37. Anna 04.08.2010

    And by green I mean LIME not green apple (gross).

  38. Amy 04.08.2010

    I am going to make your asparagus, brown rice and tofu for dinner tonight. As for the jelly beans I love the old fashioned spiced from Brach’s. They are dangerous I end up eating the whole bag.

    I really love your blog, your pictures are great and the recipes look good. My husband turned me on to your blog just this morning. Keep up the good work.

  39. Allison 04.08.2010

    OMG! I am so jealous of your jelly beans I love the pink ones! MMMM

  40. Sheena 04.08.2010

    You tofu looks great. I am going to try making it tonight! No grape or cherry for me, you can have all of them.

  41. […] Dinner was so easy, so nutritious and so fantastic.  I started with an extra firm block of tofu that had been pressed.  I diced it up and tossed it with soy sauce, honey, garlic powder and sesame seed oil.  I got the idea from Kristin on this post. […]

  42. […] Dinner was so easy, so nutritious and so fantastic.  I started with an extra firm block of tofu that had been pressed.  I diced it up and tossed it with soy sauce, honey, garlic powder and sesame seed oil.  I got the idea from Kristin on this post. […]

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