Warning But Don’t Worry and TOFU

by Joanne on March 29, 2010

Ted wonders why I don’t like taking a car through the car wash.  This is why:

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I’m not claustrophobic but I sure as heck could be if that happened. What if the water kept spraying and my cell phone battery was dead?  I’m  in WAY too much of a hurry to suffer all the inconveniences of being locked in a car wash.  Has it ever happened to you?  Not sure I should know about it if it did. 

Great movie

DSC_4163 Sandra Bullock was fantastic.  This two hour long movie didn’t seem like two hours.  It moved right a long without a lapse in entertainment.  I kept waiting for something bad to happen that would force me to cover my eyes and block my ears but nothing. It was good and based on a true-story with no tears. Love those kind of movies.  Not sure why critics would give it only a “C+”?

Cold Virus Circulation:

Sue, my partner in crime at the office, was out sick with a cold.  The virus has been circulating through our small shop and office.  I’ve got my hand wipes at the ready.

When Sue doesn’t come in, I have to rush around in the morning, finishing up my breakfast and making up my lunch.  In the rush, rush, rush mode, this is what I got up to:

Breakfast: 1/4 cup Bob’s Red Mill Steel cut oats on the stove with lots of water, 1/2 a banana, 1 1/2 TBS dried cherries (which plumped up too big for my liking), and a TBS of peanut butter and fresh blueberries.

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Left over honeydew melon, mango, strawberries on the side

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and a chocolate peanut butter whey protein shake to wash it all down.

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Mid morning snack attack was cured by downing 1/3 cup Non Fat cottage cheese with 2 TBS of mixed nuts and dried fruits. 

Lunch, which was eaten at my desk today, was left over cod (more about that Thursday), 1/4 cup brown rice,

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and about 2 cups of fresh baby spinach with red pepper chunks, radishes, and grape tomatoes.  I used Annie’s Lite Raspberry Vinaigrette to blanket the greens.  I don’t typically enjoy leftovers but I was in a pinch this morning, grabbing at whatever I could.

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Sing it now:   Put the fish on the salad greens and mix it all upremind you of anything?

I didn’t actually mix it all up but I started typing and that silly song came to mind. Now it’s stuck in my head.  Advanced apologies if that happened to you after reading this.

Tofu night

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Ted had a yen for beef which means we each make our own dinner. This is what happened on my side of the kitchen

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Ingredients
  • 1 (16 ounce) package firm tofu
  • 2 TBS olive oil
  • 1/4 cup EggBeaters or use 1 to 2 egg whites
  • 4 TBS barbeque sauce – separated *More if you want to spread it on afterwards
  • 2 TBS whole wheat flour seasoned with 1 tsp basil *You can use up to 1/2 a cup here, but I don’t like to add a lot of flour to my meals.
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

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    Directions

    1. Drain tofu and press in clean paper towels. Put into the refrigerator for 8 hours.
    2. Slice into about 10 – 12 slices.  Carefully blot dry with a clean, dry paper towel.  Tofu is delicate and will split or crumble.
    3. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. In a small bowl, whisk together the egg white and 2 TBS barbeque sauce.
    4. Combine the flour, salt, and pepper in a separate bowl. Dip the tofu slices into the egg mixture, then into the flour mixture.
    5. Fry in the olive oil for about 1 minute on each side, until golden brown. Remove from the oil to paper towels to drain.
    6. Preheat the oven’s broiler on high. Brush tofu slices with additional 2 TBS barbeque sauce.  Arrange tofu on a broiler pan and then position the oven rack about 4 – 6 inches from the heat source. Broil for 3 – 4 minutes on each side, or until browned and crisp.  Eat with additional barbeque sauce if desired.

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    How was your Monday?  Sunny? Rainy? Exciting? Dull?

    Joanne

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      • At 2010.03.29 19:30, Lori (Finding Radiance) said:

        I have some firm tofu to use in the fridge. I may have to try this recipe! I don’t eat tofu, so it has been waiting…

        Rainy, gloomy day here. Heat wave this weekend, though! Woo Hoo!
        .-= Lori (Finding Radiance)´s last blog ..Cold eats =-.

        • At 2010.03.30 08:29, kalli@fitandfortysomething said:

          monday was ok-one step closer to my week off 🙂
          if my tofu turned out like yours i would definitely make it!
          i am a bit claustophic and would not like to see that sign either-ugh
          happy tuesday!
          .-= kalli@fitandfortysomething´s last blog ..Greek Eats and a Bike Race =-.

          • At 2010.03.30 08:51, Joanne said:

            Lori: Rainy – gloomy Monday in Utica as well. It makes me sleepy.

            Kalli: Tofu – for as easy a dish as everyone says – takes some work to get it right.
            .-= Joanne´s last blog ..Lasagna No Noodles Please =-.

            • At 2010.03.30 09:32, Dawn Hutchins said:

              Your tofu looks so wonderful. I think I tend to make the tempeh more now since I can use it right out of the freezer but I would love to try cooking with tofu more.
              Man my Monday was rough. Going through a lot of stressful reorganizational changes at work and had forgotten my sneakers and a hair tie for the gym so I had to try and walk in flip flops! Started out much better today though.
              .-= Dawn Hutchins´s last blog ..Celebrate the Warmer Weather with Grilled Veggies =-.

              • At 2010.03.30 10:39, Joanne said:

                Dawn: I enjoy working with tempeh more than tofu. I also like the texture of tempeh better.

                Bummer on you Monday. I can’t walk in flip flops – that thing between my toes drives me

                nuts.

                • At 2010.03.30 14:10, Judi said:

                  Thanks for visiting my blog. 🙂 I’m still thinking about the calamari myself! I had leftovers for lunch yesterday and I think I am done with it. But it was fun to work with – I just wouldn’t say it was a favorite!

                  Your tofu looks yummy to me though. I love tofu but we don’t do a whole lot with it – although we should!

                  Car wash stories . . . I’ve never gotten stuck inside (that scares me too) but I did get stuck in the track as I was driving in. My van wouldn’t go any further. I put it in park and had to run to tell the attendant. As I was on my way I wondered if I should have left my four kids in the van! But then again my car was in park! 🙂
                  .-= Judi ´s last blog ..Calamari anyone? =-.

                  • At 2010.04.07 19:16, Frank said:

                    I have to admit I was pretty skeptical, but decided to try out the BBQ tofu tonight. I was surprised that it was actually pretty good. I tried a piece of the tofu after sauteing in olive oil and it would have been pretty good, maybe with a light butter-wine sauce. Thanks for the idea!

                    • At 2010.04.07 19:49, Joanne said:

                      I’m glad you had the opportunity to try it. Most people enjoy tofu if it is fried or absolutely smoothered in BBQ sauce.

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