Heather

Apr 242014
 

Last month, the friendly folks at Nasoya contacted me with a generous offer; a chance to try Nasoya TofuPlus, the first and only line of tofu “beefed up” with the nutrients commonly lacking among those actively reducing meat in their diets. 

I have cooked with tofu a dozen times or so in the past, and I really like that it’s a protein that easily takes on the flavor of whatever sauce or seasoning you pair with it.  This time around, I decided to try a new to me cooking method with the TofuPlus that Nasoya provided for my review when I read about this pan shallow-oil-frying experience on Domestic Superhero.  The General Tso’s Tofu recipe sounded like a delicious alternative to take-out, so I was sold.

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And then I failed. Maybe it was that I wasn’t paying the closest attention to the frying pan as I prepared the dish, but I totally ruined the tofu.  And every attempt at my fixing dinner left me more and more frustrated. Eventually, sadly, into the trash it went. From here on out I’m sticking to my normal methods of tofu cooking, my favorite of which is in the oven using this simple method Caitlin taught me years ago.

Nasoya is a brand I buy and support on the regular. I highly suggest you sign up for their e-newsletter – I get coupons in my inbox often.  All Nasoya Tofu is Organic and Non-GMO Project Verified as well as gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian/vegan.

Two of my goals for Spring are to eat more meat-free meals and to spend more time cooking in the kitchen.  I recently put together a Pinterest board of tofu recipes to consider adding to my meal planning over the coming weeks.  Here are 20 of my favorites I wanted to share with you! (Why keep all the delicious ideas to myself? That’s just rude!)

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1. The Perfect Baked Tofu – as mentioned above, this recipe from Healthy Tipping Point is wonderful, and the baking method is my go-to for cooking tofu no matter the sauce or flavoring of the meal.

2. Lemongrass Tofu Noodle Bowls from The Healthy Everythingtarian. With a Sesame Soy Vinagrette this is the kind of light with a punch of flavor meal perfect for a warm sunny day.

3. Crispy Breaded Tofu Strips from Oh She Glows.  I’ve never made tofu nuggets or strips, and as a self-proclaimed Queen of Condiments, I’d love to see what they best dip in.  And Ang’s recipe is a Weeknight Dinner recipe featuring sweet potato fries – my favorite snacky side dish!

4. Tofu Fritatta from VeggieGirl.  Load it up with veggies!

5. Southern Style Biscuits and Gravy from Sinful Nutrition.  I’ve been trying to make protein in each meal a priority, and this would be a great weekend tofu breakfast to fill me up and fuel me for the day in a delicious way.

6. Kelly recently wrote about this Pineapple Tofu and Vegetable Stir Fry on Brownies and Zucchini, which is on my meal plan for next week. She rated it an A- in the easiness factor, and an A+ in taste, so how can I pass that up? Plus, I’ve been craving pineapple these days, so adding some to dinnertime will be welcomed!

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7. Pineapple Cashew Fried Rice from How Sweet Eats. Totally adding tofu to this recipe, as she suggests.

8. Tofu Cauliflower Crock Pot Garam Masala from Treble in the Kitchen. I love using my crock pot when my schedule feels extra busy and I’ve never had garam masala before, but I’ve seen it popping up on lots of blogs lately. Cheers to trying new things!

9. DIY Kindfood Buddha Bowl from Chelsea’s Healthy Kitchen.  This is another dish that looks so light and refreshing, perfect for a spring day.  Love all the beautiful, fresh produce in this recipe!

10. & 11. Come from one of my absolute FAVORITE blogs for recipes these days, The Adventures MJ and Hungryman.  If you haven’t started reading this healthy recipe blog from a RD-to-be, I have two Thai tofu suggestions to get you started: Shrimp and Tofu Pad Thai & Thai Chicken Tostada with Spicy Peanut Sauce

12. Grilled Lemon Basil Tofu from Eating Bird Food. Now that the weather is warm and the evenings are getting long, grilling is the only answer.

13. Spring Roll Salad from Zeelemons. This SCREAMS Spring. This salad (like most salads) sounds super easy to master and the flavor combos sound delicious!

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14. Buffalo Tofu Wraps from Food.com. Because I’m a fool for buffalo flavored anything, and these wraps seem like perfect eat out on the deck food.

15. Orange Sesame Tofu via Chia Seed Me. The photo of the finished product in this post makes my mouth water upon viewing.

16. Caramelized Tofu from 101 Cookbooks. If caramelized onions are amazing, then this recipe is sure to please, right?

17.Marinated Tofu Burgers from She Knows.  Burgers are another out-on-the-deck, warm-weather, long-evening meal, and these seasoned with rosemary and maple syrup seem like the perfect option to give a try. 

18. Tofu-Avocado Salad from (never)Homemaker would be a fantastic sandwich spread for a picnic in the park.  Dear local friends – let’s make it happen!

19. Cappuccino Cloud Cheesecake from Chocolate Covered Katie. Because tofu in dessert is alright by me!

20. 3 Ingredient Chocolate Butterscotch Pudding from More Than Just Dessert. Because tofu in a SUPER EASY dessert is alright by me, too!

 

What’s your favorite tofu recipe?

Twosday LXXIII

 Posted by at 6:00 am  Twosday
Apr 222014
 

Articles I’ve Loved Reading This Year

  1. Reaching My Autistic Son Through Disney by Ron Suskind on the NY Times
  2. The Art of Saying Goodbye from Entertainment Weekly

Binge Watching On My Televisions

  1. Veronica Mars.  I’ve finally surpassed the point in the story in which I had previously seen the episodes, and am in the middle of season two, now.  I’d say I’m only paying about 40% attention to this show as I’m watching, but I’m okay with that since I purchased all three of the seasons on eBay after binge watching 20 episodes with Julie one weekend.
  2. Bones.  We finished all of the seasons available on Netflix and are now working through the entire current season available through Hulu+.  I can’t believe we’ve caught up on this one!

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Naked Flavors Tried & Loved So Much I’ve Since Bought Them Again
The awesome folks at Naked Juice reached out to me after seeing that I had been sharing my love for their smoothies on Instagram, offering to send me coupons to try new-to-me flavors.  I’ve found two new favorites for getting the freggie power into my day. As a reminder, even though I received coupons to try new flavors for free, my words are 100% honest, and my opinions completely my own.

  1. Blue Machine.  This is SO yummy!  This flavor is going to be added to my normal smoothie treat rotation.
  2. Tomato Kick. My absolute favorite Naked remains the Berry Veggie, but this sister-product was a welcomed treat because it was SO different than all the other Naked Juice products I’ve tried in the past. I have found my new Bloody Mary mix base, my friends!  The bell pepper and lemon flavors mixed with this tomato based juice gives this a flavor blast

Favorite Flavors for When I Want to Pack the Produce Power

  1. As mentioned above, Berry Veggie is my number one favorite flavor and my most favorite thing about it is how much produce is packed into one bottle. [Full list can be found here: Naked Juice Berry Veggie]
  2. Green Machine.  As sweetly delicious as the Blue Machine, but with bunches of green goodness boosting the tasty smoothie.  [Check out the goodness inside here: Naked Juice Green Machine]

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Running Workouts from Easter Weekend

  1. Two easy miles, followed by “speed workout 3.”  I recently read a tip from a pro-runner about adding short, fast, speed work to the end of your workouts to help train your legs to run hard while tired.  I wrote out a few super quick speed options to tack on to the end of a couple of my runs each week.  This one consisted of choosing a pop song and jogging through the verses, sprinting through the chorus, from start to finish.
  2. 5K RALAPRR. That stands for “run as long as possible, recover, repeat.”  I listened to comedy album on my iPod as I ran and knocked about 30 seconds off from the last time I timed a 5K run.

Strength Training Moves I Worked Into the Weekend

  1. Window Washer Plank. After seeing Katy Widrick share about it through instagram I decided to give this killer move a try.  Talk about an ab burner!
  2. Down Jumps. Amanda gave some great hill training strategies recently, including this move which mimics the impact created from downhill running.

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Favorite Features of the Heat Holders
As a reminder, even though I received these for free in exchange for a review, my words are 100% honest, and my opinions completely my own.

  1. Bright pink! I mean, honestly – how fun!  Can’t help but smile when I see the bright color on my toes.
  2. Seriously warm.  The packaging reads “The Warmest Thermal Socks” and I believe it.  The winter here was longer than we would all like to remember [it just snowed an inch here last week!] and I’m really happy I had these bad boys to keep my feet warm through all the snowy days and icy nights.I especially put these super soft socks to use in the weeks of inventory prep in which I spent time out in the warehouse counting and tagging for hours at a time.  These thick socks fit perfectly under my boots and got lots of use keeping me cozy while the weather stayed chilly for far too long.

Other Bright Pink I’m Loving in My Every Day

  1. My running shoes are a super fun bright coral color.  I usually go for black or slate grey, so this pair screams happiness.
  2. I’ve been wearing this fuchsia glitter BAMR band during my evening runs the past couple of weeks. Love the pop of color.

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