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Tofu Trial

Workout

I had plans to go to a spin class yesterday, but then I remembered that the Charlie Brown instructor teaches the Friday class, so I decided against it.  Instead, I opted to go for a nice run.

It wasn’t as nice as I planned.

I don’t know what my problem was, but I just couldn’t run the whole time.  I felt slow, I got a cramp, my legs hurt…it was sad.  I stopped for two 30-second walking breaks.  I think it helps to have someone with me, pushing me along!

Also, I’d like to thank Nike for sponsoring my 2.5 mile run around my neighborhood:

Awkward

🙂

Breakfast

After my run, I made a filling and delicious yogurt bowl.

I topped 1/2 cup 0% Chobani Plain Greek Yogurt sweetened with Splenda with 1/2 cup sliced strawberries, a sliced banana, and 1/4 cup Kashi 7 Whole Grain Puffs Cereal.

Lunch

I was really excited about lunch.

I decided to try…drum roll please…

TOFU!!

I tried to use tofu in a dish before, and I didn’t like it at all.  It was crumbly and soft, when I was expecting it to be firm and a little more flavorful.  Well, thanks to Lauren, my 2nd tofu trial was a success!

I saw on her blog a few weeks ago how to prepare tofu.  First, I sliced it into pieces.  Next, I placed 2 paper towels on my cutting board, topped it with 4 slices of tofu, and then topped it with 2 more paper towels.

I continued this layering until all the tofu was in between paper towels.  Then I placed a heavy frying pan on top of it, and left it there for 10 minutes.  The weight helps to press the tofu, which removes the moisture and makes it a little more firm.

I wanted to add some flavor to it, so I made an easy marinade.  I poured 1/3 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce, 1 tablespoon of Makoto Ginger Dressing, and 2 cloves chopped garlic into a tupperware.  I threw in the tofu, covered it, and let it marinate for a few hours.

When I was ready for lunch, I placed the marinated tofu slices on a cookie sheet and put them in a 400 degree oven for 10 minutes.

After 10 minutes, I flipped them, and put them back in for another 10 minutes, until they had browned.

While the tofu was in the oven, I steamed some fresh broccoli, and then microwaved the rest of a frozen bag of “stir fry” vegetables that I had in the freezer.  I put the cooked veggies in a skillet with some soy sauce and cooked it for a few more minutes.

I sliced four pieces of the tofu into bite-sizes.  I placed a portion of veggies on my plate with the tofu, sprinkled everything with sesame seeds, and then added a drizzle of Kraft Toasted Sesame Dressing on top.

This was so good.  Definitely my new favorite lunch!

When Corey got home from work, our friends Austin and Laura met us at our place, and all four of us went to Happy Hour at Mitchell’s Fish Market.

We were excited to introduce them to our favorite dip, which they loved.

Corey and I also split a wedge salad.

After having some drinks and food, we decided to go to one of our favorite places, Wine Room on Park Ave.

Wine Room is a place where they give you a sort of wine “credit card” that you place money on.  You stick the card into the top of a case of different wines, and you pick which one you want.

You can have a taste, half a glass, or a full glass, and the prices vary for each one.  There are some bottles that cost $20 just for a taste!  They also have a special room called the “Rare Room”, where the bottles cost ridiculous amounts of money.

Corey and Laura in front of the Rare Room, picking out a bottle for me.

Laura and I

It was a fun little double date!

It’s Saturday…go have fun!!

Do you like tofu?

If so, what is your favorite way to eat it? 

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Gotta Love Repeatable Recipes

Well, I did it! I got some motivation and went on a 2.5 mile run.  5PM is the perfect time to run outside- at least, in Florida it is.  The sun is starting to go down, it’s windy, not too hot, not too cool.  It was great!

Dinner

After my run, I relaxed a little and got started on dinner.  I decided to go with a repeat recipe- chicken stir fry.  I followed this recipe, and dinner was on the table in no time.

It’s as easy as 1-2-3!

 

Cook Chicken + Soy Sauce

 

Add Veggies, Dressing + Cover

 

Ready!

This time, I added the rest of the packet of never-ending “crunchies” from my lunch.  I have no idea why I keep calling them “crunchies” but I smile every time I type it, so it’s staying.

Last night’s failed fro-yo mission ignited a serious craving for it in me, and I was determined to get there nice and early tonight!  I’m not a die-hard frozen yogurt fan, but when I crave it, I gotta have it!

 

Yo!

My cup included:

  • Red Velvet yo
  • Cookies ‘N’ Cream yo
  • Rainbow sprinkles
  • Butterfinger crumbles
  • Brownie crumbles
  • Golden Grahams
  • Vanilla wafers

Best mix-in choice to date: Golden Grahams. SO good!

Please note: not a single fruit in sight.  And that’s how it will stay.  I even stepped out of my comfort zone and tried two of the new “fruity” flavors they had- Banana Pudding and Cherry Amaretto.  I was quickly reminded why I hate fruit flavors! Sick!

Apparently, man cannot live on chicken and veggies alone, because Corey was still starving after dinner.  We decided to walk over to Subway and get him a sandwich before we headed home.

 

Eat Fresh!

When we walked out the door of the fro-yo place, we realized we were interrupting someone’s pizza party!

 

"Invite ONLY!"

How funny is that?!  Dogs are so funny.

Well, I’m off to watch some T.V. with my future hubby! Have a great night!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10-Minute Chicken Stir Fry

There’s really nothing better than a recipe that requires minimal ingredients and comes together in less than 15 minutes.  Especially when you happen to be taking classes at night that have you walking in the door around 10p.m. Monday through Thursday. Not the ideal situation for someone who likes to spend some time in the kitchen, but I’m making it work!

Because of my schedule, it’s essential that I have recipes on hand that are simple and healthy.  I really hate to have to grab fast food or order take out just because it’s late and I don’t want to wait any longer to eat dinner.  Enter: 10-minute stir fry.

This recipe is similar to my Shrimp and Brown Rice stir fry, but with much fewer ingredients!

10-Minute Chicken Stir Fry


Servings: 2-3

Ingredients:

The Asian Trinity

1 bag frozen stir fry vegetables (mine was a mix of mushrooms,

water chestnuts, red pepper, and broccoli)

3/4 pound chicken tenders (about 8), chopped into bite-size pieces

1 bag Steamfresh Brown Rice (cooked according to package directions)

1 tablespoon Reduced-Sodium Soy Sauce

3 tablespoons Stir Fry Sauce, divided into 2 and 1

1 tablespoon Kraft Toasted Sesame Asian dressing

salt, garlic powder, paprika, to taste

1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds (optional)

Directions:

In a wok or large skillet, spray non-stick spray and heat over medium-high heat.  Throw in the chicken, season with salt, garlic powder and paprika, pour in 1 tablespoon stir fry sauce and cook until no longer pink, about 3-4 minutes.  Add the bag of frozen vegetables and cook for 5 minutes.

Add the remaining stir fry sauce, soy sauce and dressing.  Stir together and cook for another 1-2 minutes.  Serve over brown rice and sprinkle with sesame seeds.

On this particular night, I was in the mood for something sweet (OK, fine, that’s what I’m in the mood for every night after dinner).  Anyways, I picked up a box of Fiber One Banana Nut muffins, and I was excited to try them out as a breakfast treat for the following morning.  I was somewhat expecting them to be dry or bland, probably due to the fact that I opted to purchase them as a healthier alternative to the Betty Crocker box I was holding that called for 2 sticks of butter (my skinny bitch conscience got the best of me).  Well, I’m happy to report that they were delicious!

 

may have snagged a few bites when they came out of the oven.

 

Shhh!

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