The Tofu to My Heart

29 Sep

Morning! Keep those giveaway entries coming HERE!

I took some time off from school and work this week to be with my family and give support to my mom…I know that she needs it right now. This freed up schedule does permit a bit more blogging though, which is always a plus. :D

 

I was able to leisurely wake up this morning and make a pretty darn good breakfast:

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I used my usual combo of 3/4 cup egg whites, 1/2 cup oats (ground in my Magic Bullet to make oat flour), cinnamon, baking powder, anddddd…

PUMPKIN!

I just added a huge scoop to my batter and it made the pancakes nice and moist. Lurve. Then I made a sauce out of some almond milk, peanut flour, and stevia. I topped it all off with some sliced banana and I was ready to devour!

After watching the Regis and Kelly Show for a bit, I decided to hit the pavement for a refreshing morning walk, accompanied by Mom and Jaci (my pupper, if you forgot!) It was nice to have a workout buddy for once. I usually always workout alone. Exercise is my “me” time to relieve stress and silence all the jibber jabber constantly going on in my head. But I realized this morning that exercising with people is also a lot of fun and makes for great motivation! I need to do this more often.

Do you prefer exercising with people or by yourself?

I’ve received a couple packages in the mail recently and thought I would show you guys. I jumped on the tofu presser wagon, thanks to the amazingly kind people from Tofu Xpress.

Tofu Presser:

Gourmet Food Press

The Tofu Xpress promises to do the following:

 

Removes water easily!
It fries better! 
Bakes better!
Grills better!
Add flavor by marinating!

I put it to the test last night by making a stirfry. The night before, I placed my block of tofu in the Tofu Xpress and let it sit in the fridge overnight. The water that gets pressed out of the tofu block sits on top of the presser and you just tilt it over a sink and pour it out, leaving you with a perfect block of tofu ready to use. I loved the ease of use!

I stirfried the tofu in 1/2 tbsp of coconut oil along with zucchini, mushrooms, onion, red bell pepper, minced garlic, and spinach (added at very end). I served it along with some cooked barley:

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And for a sauce, I mixed together some ketchup, Braggs Liquid Aminos (or soy sauce), and liquid smoke. Once everything was nice and cooked, I mixed in the sauce. It was sooooo good! This sauce was definitely a winner for stir fries.

But how was the tofu, you ask? Umm, I want to eat it every day. Does that sum it up enough? It was the chewiest tofu I have ever made and I really do think that it absorbs more flavor, too. What I like most about the Tofu Xpress is how simple it makes preparing tofu. I have always dreaded prepping my tofu blocks in the past, but it looks like I won’t be having to worry about that anymore. Thanks Tofu Xpress!!!

My second package was a mix of goodies I purchased from Netrition. This is an awesome sight, by the way. It has TONS of foodie goodies. Check it out if you’ve never seen it! Here is my loot

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  • peanut flour (!!!)
  • Galeo’s Miso ginger wasabi dressing
  • sugar free peanut butter syrup
  • Optimum Nutrition Casein protein powder, in chocolate peanut butter

I’ve already tried everything and must say it is all delicious! The Galeo’s dressing is especially awesome and the stats just it all that much more amazing…only 14 cals per tbsp and SO creamy. The ginger wasabi flavor will rock your socks off. I just wish they made bigger bottles because this is not going to last me very long at all!

The peanut syrup has made me some awesome peanut butter protein shakes. I only plan to use it occasionally though since it does have artificial sweeteners in it. Everything in moderation though, right?

I already like and use the vanilla flavored Optimum Nutrition Casein protein, but I have been itching to try the chocolate peanut butter flavor.

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At first whiff, it had a lovely peanutty aroma. At that point I knew it would be love.  Just a scoop combined with almond milk and ice makes a great simple shake.

And as for the peanut flour, I’ve got a pancake recipe in the back of my mind that I want to try asap! But I’ve also made a pretty yummy concoction, courtesy of this recipe:

raw peanut butter cookie dough!

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I changed his recipe a tad, mixing together the following:

  • 1 scoop vanilla Sun Warrior protein powder
  • 1/4 cup peanut flour
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter syup
  • 1/4 cup wheat bran
  • 2 tbsp almond milk
  • dash of cinnamon
  • dash of cocoa powder

Decedent! This made a pretty good amount and was really rich. I loved it!

Tonight the family is getting together at the mortuary for the first “viewing.” Then people are able to come by and give their respects to us. It’s going to be hard because I am such an emotional person. I hope I can keep it together. Tomorrow morning is the actual service.

Time to get going, hope you all have a great Wednesday! Don’t forget to enter my giveaway!

xoox kristi

 

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14 Responses to “The Tofu to My Heart”

  1. Gina G September 29, 2010 at 5:24 pm #

    im so sorry, keep your head up girl :)

  2. itisallaboutbalance September 29, 2010 at 7:03 pm #

    Glad you can keep busy and enjoy such a dish – I can’t see the pictures though :( But I LOVE Tofu!!! YUM!

    • itisallaboutbalance September 30, 2010 at 12:03 am #

      Ok now I can see your pics :) my computer was probably acting funky

      • Sweet Cheeks October 1, 2010 at 4:24 pm #

        ok good, glad it’s fixed!

  3. CourtandWhit September 29, 2010 at 7:39 pm #

    OMG! PB Davinci syrup, and PB chocolate protein powder? I want to try both of those :) Hope that tonight and tomorrow goes well.
    -Whit ♥

  4. highonhealthy September 29, 2010 at 9:10 pm #

    Man, I really need to get my hands on some of that peanut flour! I keep seeing it around the blog world and since I love peanuts, I’m 99.9% sure I’m going to love that flour.

    Kind of jealous about the tofu press. I’ve been wanting one for the longest time but I always forget about it until I see someone mentioning it again. Right now I deal by buying the already pressed tofu. :)

    • Sweet Cheeks October 1, 2010 at 4:25 pm #

      I haven’t even seen pre-pressed tofu! That is a good idea!

  5. kbwood October 1, 2010 at 6:16 pm #

    seriously DROOOOOOLING at this post girl!!!!!!
    is that casien worth ordering? AND the PB syrup? we really ARE the same person!!! I have thought about both of those things!!
    love the recipe on your last post too!
    AND those pancakes, those are on my list TO MAKE!! love you!!!

    • Sweet Cheeks October 2, 2010 at 6:09 pm #

      I am loving this flavor of the casein protein! I would def. order it. ;)

  6. lindsay October 2, 2010 at 12:59 am #

    wow, lots of goodies to try out. I love my PB flour. Let us know how the PB syrup it. I bet its amazing on pancakes on even on toast!

  7. Katie October 2, 2010 at 9:54 pm #

    I need to try peanut flour! Going to have to check that site out! I have no trader joes near me to get peanut flour!

    Love the new blog layout and header! Hope you have a great weekend love! xoxo

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