Like most Americans this Super Bowl Sunday I will be stuffing my face and drinking beer (more in the hopes of forgetting that AFC Championship loss – but let’s not talk about that.
I will more than likely be sedentary for a good portion of the day so I’m trying to do what I can on the food front to combat the lack of calories burned. Enter this recipe for crispy tofu “fingers”.
Crispy Tofu “Fingers”
These are a filling protein packed alternative to the normal chips and dip or veggies and hummus. Not to mention that they are totally delicious with the classic ketchup partner.
Prep time – 2hr 30 min (1 hour is for tofu pressing and 1 hour is for tofu marinating)
Total time – 2 hr 45 min
1 block of extra firm tofu (plain or whatever flavor you like)
1 T soy sauce
2 t mustard
1 T balsamic vinegar
1 T olive oil
2 t buffalo hot sauce (or any spicy hot sauce you have on hand)
1/4 c corn meal
3 T nutritional yeast
2 T flour
salt/pepper/chili powder to your taste
1. Preheat oven to 375.
2. Drain and press your tofu. If you’re fancy and have a tofu presser – awesome! If you’re like me and lack a tofu presser: wrap your tofu with a dish towel, place on a cutting board, top with another cutting board, and weigh it down with some heavy cookbooks or canned goods.
3. While your tofu presses mix the marinade in a covered container large enough to soak the tofu.
4. Once your tofu is relatively water free cut into 8 “fingers. For consistent size I cut the block in half horizontally, take and cut one of those halves in half. From there I cut one of those slabs into two “fingers”. One block yields about 8 “fingers”.
5. Marinate your tofu “fingers” for approximately an hour (I did it over night for super infused flavor).
6. While your tofu marinates, mix together the breading in a medium sized bowl.
7. Take your marinated tofu and bread with cornmeal breading.
8. Bake on foil lined baking sheet for 10 minutes, flip tofu “fingers”, and bake for an additional 5 minutes.
These are slightly spicy and a super convenient way to sneak in a healthy dose of protein in between beer and pizza this Sunday.
I have never heard that phrase more often than I did in Tuesday’s episode of NBC’s The Biggest Loser.
Since season 1, I’ve enjoyed watching people go for it and make the commitment to take charge of their health and their lives. And – sure – the contestants, the challenges, and even the trainers change from season to season but I kept coming back for a 2 hour dose of feel good motivation.
I love cheering on the contestant who finally gets into their goal weight range for that week or taps into what emotional issues have been holding them back (and yes – a few tears have been shed throughout the seasons). There’s usually one contestant I can get behind and root for until the season finale – but this season has me reluctant to stick it out until the end.
As I said before “playing the game” (whatever that means) has come up more than I can count and that is
pretty very irksome. I totally understand that, in the end, it’s all about the Benjamins baby and in that pressure filled/emotionally charged environment you have to do what it takes to get said Benjamins.
But I don’t want to watch paranoid, selfish, and downright mean contestants – how can you not celebrate fellow contestants’ accomplishments and hard work at home to get back onto the ranch??? I want to be able to get behind the contestants but so far I’m finding some mean girls and bullies.
I probably will keep The Biggest Loser in my TV rotation in the hopes that, as the season continues, health and fitness will trump the drama and I can once again count on my weekly 2 hour dose of feel good motivation.
Any other The Biggest Loser fans disappointed with this season so far? With all of that ranting, I am glad that there’s now a designated nutritionist that appears regularly. Kind of like the face to the food side of healthy living 🙂
… spring fever and the only cure is more gorgeous weather!
This furry fren isn’t complaining either 🙂
I’ve been absent from the interwebz for a couple of days just re-thinking about the whole post at least once a day blog goal I had for myself.
Somedays there just isn’t a whole lot I want to post about – and I’m ok with that. Not everyday is going to be superfantasticawesome where I did tons of cool activities that I want to share – and that’s cool too.
If I have a rocking run – I’ll share it.
If I kickass in the weight room – I’ll share it.
If I eat something that is todiefor – I’ll definitely share it.
If I just want to talk about books, or tv, or random whatnots – I’ll (for better or worse) share it.
I’ve been out of work for a couple of months, experienced some personal ups and downs, but now have some great opportunities coming up that I’ll be more than happy to write about here. But I don’t need to feel guilty or put pressure on myself to compete or measure up to anyone else on the interwebz. This is just something that, for now, I want to keep up for fun and who knows where this lil’ ol’ blog will end up in the future.
Until the next post enjoy this gratuitous picture of my morning bowl of oatmeal 🙂
Where did this Sunday go? I hope everyone had a relaxing weekend and is ready to tackle this week head on.
My Sunday started out as it always does with some fueling up – had the usual whole wheat english muffin with PB, half a banana, and a glass of water. No picture because it went down quick (TWSS) to satisfy a grumbling belly.
I’ve been running it out on the dreadmill lately but was getting sick of staying inside (and I was running out of decent DVDs to watch while running) so I decided to check out the paved trails all around the BWI.
It was perfect winter running conditions sunny, cool, and just enough wind. I felt like I hit my stride by mile 4 but was kind of shuffling along for that 11th mile – will definitely keep an eye on steadying my pace this week. I definitely will be returning to these trails for the remainder of my long runs.
Of course I was more than ready for some food and a shower when I got back and chugged this huge glass of chocolate milk while these mixed berry kodiak waffles cooked up. Delicious with some 0% plain Chobani on top.
Lunch came shortly after that plate of awesome. Steamed kale, brown rice, and (yes – you guessed it) chili – all enjoyed while catching up with my google reader.
My afternoon was just how I liked it – nice and lazy 🙂 Just lounging around, watching tv, and reading.
Dinner rolled around and I was more then excited to dig into some of Mom’s spicy sausage pasta – salad and bread with oil to dip on the side.
Perfect Sunday filled with nothing.
In addition to enjoying some awesome weather and family fun yesterday I was in the kitchen whipping up some great bars as inspired by Oxygen’s new Fat Blasting foods guide.
SB Protein Power Bars
Great as an afternoon pick me up with some green tea or some quick post workout fuel, these are super quick to throw together and the flavor combinations are endless. I’m thinking an almond butter and dried cherry batch is next 😀
*Inspired by Oxygen – Fat Blasting Food Guide with a few tweaks in ingredients for what I had on hand.*
Prep time: 15 minutes
Total time: 1 hour 15 minutes (includes time in fridge to set)
8 oz dates
1/4 c water
1/4 c sunflower butter
1/4 c flax meal
1 cup vanilla whey protein powder
pinch of salt
4 oz dried apricots, diced
1/2 c Uncle Sams Original cereal, divided in half
1. Blend together dates and water in food processor
2. Add sunflower butter and blend until smooth. May need to add more water to help thin mixture slightly *I could probably eat just this mixture smeared on a waffle or toast with banana – soooo good*
3. Add protein powder, flax meal, and salt; blend thoroughly. Add diced apricot and half of the cereal to food processor and pulse until just combined.
4. Place a long piece of wax paper into a baking dish – leave enough wax paper to hang over edge. *I highly recommend using the wax paper if you want your bars to come out in one piece – not pieces. The tin foil was kind of a fail*
5. Pour mixture into baking dish and use the wax paper to press evenly into baking dish. Sprinkle remaining cereal on top of mixture.
6. Place in freezer for an hour to firm up enough to cut into 8 pieces. Store individually wrapped in fridge or freezer.
Seriously delicious and a cinch to throw together! Totally recommend picking up any of Oxygen’s publications but especially this Fat Blasting Food Guide – tons of great tips and recipes as always.
I’ll reiterate that: no I’m not complaining and no I’m not ashamed of that proclamation. I want to take charge of the situation and tackle this part of my life head on – maybe with the help of several books along the way … so I hope no one is opposed to the self help section of Barnes & Noble Who knew I would end up getting so new age-y
So after some reflecting and continued reading (over a hundred more pages to go!) I’ve decided that I want to change/focus on/accept the following things:
*Forget about being embarassed
This, of course, will be easier said than done… Everyone cares about how they’re presented in public but when putting yourself out there to new opportunities and potential friends that has to go out the window. Just go ahead and say Hi to the girl next to you in yoga class – you have nothing to lose.
*Don’t overanalyze/get hung up on what others think
Yes another Ha, I’ll believe it when I see it theory but this definitely is key to getting over what has happened in the past with various relationships and moving forward with new relationships in the future. Sure this person may not be a great fit, but there’s someone else out there who might be. (Wow this is really sounding like finding a boy to date …)
*Just do you, bro!
Yes I am that girl that gets inappropriately excited/nerdy about some of my favorite things (comic books, tv shows, food, etc) and that can either be a good or bad thing to some people… For the longest time I tried to keep certain aspects of my personality under wraps – but now I’m ready to let my crazy flag fly. Maybe just letting it all hang out will attract birds of the same feather so we can flock together 🙂 (I am also that girl who enjoys cheesy sayings and puns)
*Sharing is caring
I am not naturally someone who shares with … anyone really and as I’ve been reading in MWF seeking BFF sharing is a huge cornerstone of building new friendships. Whether you’re sharing stories from your past, why you like your favorite band, or whatever’s on your mind it helps to forget that connection (duuuuh).
I think recognizing that something needs to change and being able to put those changes into words (poorly – but there they are) is a pretty good start for me. Go get ’em tiger.
Today’s weather is blowing my mind – in a good way 🙂 I’ll take flip flops in January always.
Yesterday night was just some low key QT with the boyfriend. We had dinner at a local Mexican restaurant – usually some pretty good stuff but last night was just meh. It definitely doesn’t hold a candle to mom’s food and can’t touch what my grandmas can throw down.
But the Santa Rita Margarita was top notch 😉 I don’t usually go for the fruity margaritas but I was intrigued by the Chambord and Peach schnapps combo.
We ended up watching Paranormal Activity 3 to round out the night. It was suspenseful but we kind of knew what to expect from the first two movies – it still made for some freaky dreams…
Eats so far include
Nutrigrain waffles with a spread of cottage cheese, apple butter, and cinnamon with strawberry/banana Chobani
and yes, more chili 🙂 It’s like springtime outside but I still won’t turn down a hearty, spicy bowl of chili – it seems to be our thing these past couple of weekends.
I usually pass on the flavored waters but this was only $1 at Target so I decided to give it a go. It’s not my favorite (pretty artificial tasting) so I’ll just leave it on the shelf next time.
Today is a rest day before I tackle 12 long miles so I’m loading up on carbs and water like it’s my job. I’m looking for a new area to run around and am curious to try out the loop around BWI.
Any Baltimore runners/cyclists tackled the loop around BWI? Yay or nay?
Wow – I was so nervous to publish that post but now that it’s out there it feels damn good. I’m not ashamed of my proclamation but I don’t want the post to come off as whiny “whoa is me” because I am by no means complaining about my life. I have rich relationships with both my family and the boyfriend’s family and I love the boyfriend to pieces. It’s just that boys weren’t built for girl talk (I know – crazy but true) and now that I’m in my 20s I feel like I’ve gotten to the bottom of why my occasional buddies haven’t made it to the level of true blue BFF. I’ll wrap it up there and publish my Part 2 – Solving the Lack of BFFness later tomorrow.
Getting back to today!
It was one of those I’m going to hit the snooze button 209432374839 times and totally miss my alarm mornings. You can’t help it when it looks like this outside…
Rainy and thunderous weather has this little lady running scared and following me everywhere I go. My own mini furry shadow I guess.
Breakfast was just a redo of yesterday with some kale added into the scramble. Breakfast of champions fo’ sho’.
I don’t know what got into me today but I hit my house from top to bottom in a cleaning/organizing frenzy. Totally out of character …
It could be chalked up to my anticipation for the official offer letter for my new job! Which is now happily sitting in my inbox 🙂
Before lunch was served I decided that I needed some hummus in my life so that was quickly blended up to accompany another snacky style lunch. Just not really inspired when it comes to my midday meal lately
Super delicious nonetheless – Veggie patty wiht mustard, my homemade hummus with mini sweet peppers for dipping and (yes) more Laughing Cow swiss cheese with some wasa style crackers.
I’m not sure what the night will bring but I hope everyone has an awesome Friday night!
What music have you been playing on repeat lately?
on the hunt for a BFF – more specifically of the female persuasion.
I should probably explain that last part … Being the older sister of two younger brothers I find that I can better relate to guys – or maybe that’s just something that I’ve been telling myself since … well, forever. Of all the Spice Girls I liked Sporty Spice the best, thought glitter was annoying, and much preferred my sneakers when I was younger (read just until college) so I would perpetuate that I was a tomboy and that’s why I didn’t really have tons of close girl friends. But I think it goes a little deeper than that and that’s something I’ve been hashing out recently.
I really can’t believe that I’m writing about this now… but this topic has been rattling around for a while and hey isn’t this blog for sharing? So, here it goes!
All of this self-aware discovery type stuff has stemmed from my fortunate discovery of HelloGiggles.com – a website all about celebrating BFFness, creativity, and pure awesome – which led to finding and quickly purchasing MWF Seeking BFF by Rachel Bertsche.
In her late 20s she finds herself married in a new town without any close girlfriends to call “just to say hi”. She takes on the quest to find a local BFF with 52 girl dates in one year and provides a witty, informative, and totally relatable memoir. I love the fact that she includes the newest social research to kind of ground the stories of her girl dates and the insights that she’s taken away.
I haven’t gotten through the whole book (but am rapidly working my way to the finish) and I’m floored with how close she is hitting to home. Though her story starts a bit differently than mine (which I’ll get into a bit later) I can’t count how many times I have had her thoughts in my real life or just sat and had my “A-HA!” moment.
I would have to say that my string of surface friendships started when I moved from Texas to Maryland in the middle of elementary school, with another move to happen a short 2 years later before middle school. Being the glaringly new kid (southern accent with slightly brown skin and darker features in this area was a novelty) coupled with my shy demeanor did not work in my favor for those first couple of years. Not to say there was any racism but I just wasn’t like everybody else and that’s never a good thing at that age. By that third year of middle school I finally felt settled enough with a group of girls just to have us go our separate ways to various high schools in the county.
I wanted to use high school as a fresh start – I would know some people but had the chance to make a new impression on an entirely different group of people – I felt more comfortable in just putting myself out there. But hey it’s always one step forward and two steps back – at this point in time my parents were my main mode of transportation and kind of put the kibosh on some of my new friend making activities. They were all about studies first and you can have fun later … maybe – as long as those activities don’t involve drugs, alcohol, etc.
There were no objections to those stipulations on my end but they always seemed to find one road block or another when it came to my social life. In hindsight I know all of their worry and precaution was for the best but that wasn’t really clear in high school. It was just difficult to explain to potential new friends why your parents expected phone calls upon arrival/departure, insisted on a 10pm maybe 11pm curfew, among other restrictions. And the surface friendships remained just that as we moved onto college.
My college experience definitely was not traditional. I spent two years living at home while working full time and attending a local community college full time. The community college didn’t inspire that close knit community with loads of school spirit so – again no real connections there. I finished out my last two years in North Carolina again juggling work and school full time. Sad to say but I didn’t put forth too much effort in establishing/maintaining deeper friendships at this time because I knew I would be done in two years and move back to Maryland.
I met the boyfriend during my second year of college and got to know his group but with all my moving and wacky work schedule, those have remained mainly surface relationships. Work friends have remained work friends – no keeping in touch once someone moves onto another job. All of my hesitation, laziness, and cautious guarding stops now.
I’ll end the post here with Part 2 – Solving my lack of BFFness to come. If you’ve read this far kudos to you – it is much appreciated. I promise that regularly scheduled posting of fitness and food will commence later this morning.
With that tasty breakfast I was more than ready to knock out that housework. Confession – I had Teen Mom 2 playing in the background … So much drama but I couldn’t look away.
When lunchtime came around I was feeling snacky and put together a plate of pickles, Laughing cow swiss cheese, carrots and yogurt ranch dip, and a peanut butter sandwich.
My 6 mile tempo run quickly became a 3.5 mile tempo run due to a coughing fit that just would not stop. I listened to my body these past few days and have taken it easy on the cardio front so I would be ready to push hard tonight. Again I listened to my body and cut the run short for the sake of my lungs not making an appearance outside of my body.
In the past I would have been hung up on not meeting my goal and not hitting that scheduled number of miles. But now it’s all about keeping in tune with my body – with both fitness and food- and making sure to listen or push as needed. This is, of course, a work in progress so I would call today a win.
My dinner ended up a visual fail (so no picture) but tasty win. Just a random mix of stuff in the fridge – brown rice, meatballs, marinara, and steamed kale.
I have a heavy (well heavy for me) post scheduled for tomorrow morning and I’m totally nervous to hit that publish button … I’m just not sure how it will be received I’ve told myself that this blog will be a space to express whatever I want so this next post is me walking the walk/talking the talk/and all that great stuff.
Anyone else guiltily watching Teen Mom 2? (other reality tv show confessions also welcome) – I don’t know what it is about their stories that draws me in so I can’t turn the tv off but it definitely made for interesting background noise for my house work.