Return of the Tofu Press

7 Jul

I can’t believe it’s already Friday tomorrow! I’m pretty sure I could handle a 3 day work week every week.

Today’s breakfast was an exact replica of yesterday’s. Only no Christmas mug this time. At lunchtime I grabbed my sneakers and Maddux grabbed his leash (yeah….not really) and we ran to a nearby dog park. He’s still a puppy (7 months), so we are easing him into running by taking him on short runs and getting him used to running by our side.

I made myself lunch when we got back. Also very similar to yesterday’s.

Only I skipped the veggie burger this time and added nutritional yeast. A sliced apple on the side, no surprise there.

After work I went to the gym for an hour long Muscle Max class. I increased my weights last week and stuck with that, so it was pretty tough. I was really feeling it in my shoulders and my biceps. I also happened to notice, while standing there pumping iron, that it looks like I have the chicken pox. I am still covered in red welts from all the mosquito bites I got camping last weekend. Sweet.

Ryan had class tonight, so that means I did what for dinner?

A.) Picked up food from Whole Foods

B.) Made something with tofu

C.) Made something with kale

Answer: B and C

I’ve made this dinner several times for myself and love it every time.

I started with a block of tofu that I had put in my handy dandy tofu press before going to the gym. If you cook with tofu, think about getting a tofu press. They make your life easier and your tofu firmer ;)

I cubed the tofu, marinated it in a mixture of these ingredients,

and then baked it for about 15 minutes at 350°. Use a cookie sheet covered in tin foil and sprayed with cooking spray. No mess.

While that was in the oven, I sauteed kale and onions in a little bit of water and a cube of vegetable bouillon until softened.

At the same time, I cooked up some rice noodles. They only take about 3 minutes to cook, super fast.

When everything was cooked, I added them all to a bowl.

You can add a little more of the tofu marinade if you want extra sauce.

Delicious. There are some leftovers, but they will be lucky to see tomorrow.

 

BLT love

6 Jul

Getting back into work mode after 4 days off wasn’t easy, but some tasty food sure helped.

Sliced banana topped with peanut butter and granola.

And a coffee with almond milk. In a Christmas mug. What?

Lunch was a salad and some fruit.

My salad was made up of spinach, kale, tomato, green pepper, almond slivers, and a veggie burger (Dr. Praeger’s), all topped with Annie’s Goddess Dressing.

The apple slices and grapes were seriously crisp and juicy!

When I finished with work for the day I took my booty to the gym for an hour long cardio kickboxing class. A nice, sweaty, hard workout. Just what I was looking for.

For dinner I made a BLT! I used this for the bacon-

The ingredient list could be better, but hey, sometimes a girl needs some bacon. I used this for the mayo-

And I used spinach instead of lettuce. Close enough.

Ugh. So good.

Five minutes after finishing, I made another one. I just couldn’t get enough.

Back to the grind…

5 Jul

But first, some fun pictures from theme night of my camping trip! Theme night always starts with a sunset boat ride on the Dirty Turtle.

After our boat ride, we went to a bar attached to the marina…where there just happened to be a foam party, lol. Things got a little crazy!

Upon returning to our campsite, we found all of our camp chairs stacked like this…

We never did find out who did it (neighboring campers?), but it was pretty funny.

I’m glad I took PTO today. I am covered in mosquito bites and my body is sore from too much whiffle ball baseball ;) Time to do some laundry, get to the gym, and get back on track with healthier eating!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Preparing for Camping

1 Jul

We are leaving bright and early tomorrow morning for our camping trip. Ryan’s been getting the tent and stuff out of storage, finding the flashlight, bug spray, etc. and stocking up the cooler. Meanwhile, I’ve been busy with the really important camping preparations such as

doing my nails. Bright, glittery pink. They will dazzle by the glowing campfire.

Doing a face mask. Cause large pores and 90 degree weather are a recipe for disaster.

Plucking my eyebrows. Natural light. Enough said.

And shaving my legs. Just cause I’m in bear country doesn’t mean I need to look like one.

After finishing those prom camping preparations, I packed up a the necessities.

We are ready to roll! Have a great weekend, everyone! Happy 4th of July!

 

Let Them Eat Cake

30 Jun

There was a small farmer’s market outside my office building today at lunchtime.

Since we are going out of town (camping) this weekend, I held off on buying anything. Well, except for this.

Cherry Vanilla Bean granola. Quite delicious. After checking out the farmer’s market, I sat outside soaking up the sun for a while. I wasn’t the only one.

Lots of workers were also escaping their frigid offices on their lunch break. It was gorgeous. I eventually headed inside to actually get some lunch. I went to a cafe in my building and made myself a salad from the salad bar.

Brussels sprouts, steamed brocolli, spinach, mango, peppers, etc. All of their salad greens, fruits, and veggies are organic and they clearly label everything that is vegetarian and vegan. Nice. But the best part is the juice bar!

I got an orange, pineapple, strawberry, spinach, carrot, and celery juice. Can you tell I was trying to cram my body with nutrients? I am anticipating my diet this weekend to be less than stellar, so I’m loading up on my fruits and veggies now.

After work I went to the gym for an hour long Muscle Max class. I upped my weights today, so I’m thinking I’ll be feeling it tomorrow!

And then after the gym, I stopped by a boutique called Bazar. They always have the cutest dresses and their prices are very reasonable. Today, I wasn’t looking for a dress, though. I was on the hunt for a purse. And I had success!

The brand is Let Them Eat Cake. I love that a.) it’s faux leather and b.) the straps are convertible so it can be worn over the shoulder or as a crossbody purse.

Now I’m heading out again to pick Ryan up from class. G’Night!

Bottomless Pit

29 Jun

I’ve been a bottomless pit all night. I blame this less-than-filling breakfast for starting me off on the wrong foot.

Dry cereal. Can’t even compare with the staying power of oatmeal. Even peanut butter toast keeps me full longer.

Lunch today was Panera.

I chose the You Pick Two – Low Fat Garden Vegetable Soup without pesto, the Strawberry Poppyseed Salad without chicken, and a baguette. Since I got the meal sans pesto and chicken, it was actually vegan. And according to their handy dandy nutritional calculator all of that should have clocked in at < 360 calories. Not too shabby for soup, salad, and bread. Gosh, those baguettes are good! I also had a lovely bottle of lemon flavored LaCroix.

After work I went to the gym and did a 30 minute Sculping Express class followed by 30 minutes of Cardio Kickboxing. I’m glad I got a workout in today because I came home and ate and ate and ate.

Dinner was leftovers from last night. Served up in a bowl this time rather than as a burrito.

Followed by this deliciousness

Ok, so that may not look like much. In fact, it may actually look unappetizing, but it is by far my most favorite snack lately. Tortilla topped with Earth Balance and nutritional yeast and microwaved for 20 seconds. Ugh. So good. I seriously find myself craving this little concoction almost daily. Must be why we are constantly out of tortillas.

I then had a peanut butter and jelly sandwich before heading to Trader Joe’s with Ryan to get a few things for our camping trip this weekend.

Veggie burgers, veggie kabobs, corn on the cob, chicken burgers (for Ryan), and Peanut Butter Filled Pretzels. You can’t see by the picture, but I’ve already eaten a quarter of the bag of pretzels. I didn’t even wait the 5 minutes it took to drive home, I ripped into that baby in the car. There’s no way that bag is making it camping. I am predicting it will be gone by Friday (and Ryan’s allergic to peanuts so he’s sure not eating any).

Then I ate a couple of chocolate covered frozen banana bites.

And now I just finished a bowl of popcorn. What is with me tonight?

Food and Workout Recap

28 Jun

Yesterday’s lunch:

Tofu Shirataki noodles sauteed with onion, tomato, and spinach. I then added a tablespoon of vegan cream cheese, a healthy sprinkle of nutritional yeast, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.

I will definitely be making this pasta dish again! Tastes decadent, but isn’t!

Yesterday’s dinner:

Tortilla Pizzas. Can you tell which one’s mine? Perhaps the one that Popeye threw up on?

I used this sauce that I got from Whole Foods. It is really really good, garlicky and slightly sweet.  I used Daiya “cheese” on my pizza and regular mozzarella cheese on Ryan’s.

With some juicy green grapes on the side, this was a quick and easy weeknight meal.

Yesterday’s workout: 25 minutes on the treadmill followed by a 30 minute abs class.

Today’s lunch:

Well, what do ya know? Protein Bar. I had the Vegan Gardens Salad “chickpeas, diced tomatoes, and our house-made Agave Dijon dressing chopped with our Super 6 Salad Mix“.

Lots of veggies crammed in that salad. The dressing is awesome, I might have to try and recreate it at home. Speaking of recreating at home, I recreated what I usually get at Protein Bar, the Vegan Burrito, for dinner tonight.

I first whipped up some quinoa. Read the bag? 4 lbs baby! Thank you, Costco! Then I cooked some black beans (I actually used black soy beans) with diced green chili peppers and enchilada sauce. Layered both on a whole grain tortilla and topped with spinach and Daiya. Done and done. Delicious, easy, and I have even have leftovers.

Today’s Workout: 15 minute ab class followed by a 45 minute cardio hip hop class.

Next on the agenda: Taking a walk with Ryan and Maddux to get some ice cream! Maddux is ready for his puppy cone!

 

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