Easy Lunch: Tofu Lettuce Wraps

Every morning I wake up and am surprised at how dark it is out. The morning is my favorite time of day and I just feel like it should be sunny and bright out. I’ve been waking up, coming downstairs and turning on the fireplace immediately. Love the fireplace and it’s ability to turn on and off with a switch. On another note, it’s funny how when you wake up at the same time each morning, the same people are on twitter and they are the first people you chat with. Love my twitter peeps.

After telling you about my little protein experiment for the month, I decided to get all my proteins together yesterday. I’ll post them tomorrow to show you what they look like and what I did to make it super easy.

Yesterday for lunch (or meal 3?) I made some lettuce wraps. I should have bought large romaine leaves, but I wanted something more colorful. The whole “wrap” thing didn’t work. I had to basically palm it. I suggest getting romaine or swiss chard and wrapping it with that.

These were really good and easy to make. If you cut up extras and put them in seperate containers you will have multiple servings. Work once, eat 2-3 times…makes life much easier! Also feel free to replace tofu with sliced grilled chicken, ground turkey, hardboiled eggs, hummus, etc. Anything can go in there for a great lunch!

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ingredients

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Super easy right? What’s your favorite easy to make meal for lunch?

Have a wonderful day!

Something to read: If you love eggs as much as I do, read up on your egg nutrition facts here!

Tofu Thursday

Has this been the world’s slowest week for anyone else? I think it’s because I’m so excited for the half marathon this weekend, only 3 days to go! This morning we went for our last pre-race run we did our typical morning loop, nothing crazy. It felt good, but I’m looking forward to resting my legs for 2 days before this race.

Yesterday I did a solo spin class (where I played Glee’s Teenage Dream on repeat a couple of times…anyone else?!) When I got home I was in the mood for some leftovers, but wanted some protein to go with it. Enter, another really easy dinner, one pot..not so much. There was a pan for the tofu, a dish for the veggies, another pot for fish for Dan and then the leftover casserole dish. Oh well, I can’t be all neat and tidy everyday of the week…or more than one day of the week.

I made my favorite tofu and some veggies to go with it.

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For the veggies, I used the same ingredients over the veggies (balsamic, honey, sea salt, black pepper and basil) and baked it for the same amount of time. (P.S. my plate of food is WAAY bigger than this!)

I love easy dinners.

I’m off to work, possibly meeting some friends and then some more leftovers.

Press It Out, Tofu Style

Did anyone watch this weeks Glee yet? Who knew Neil Patrick Harris had a singing voice? I certainly didn’t. Even though Glee can be a little corny with some of their dance numbers, I’m totally into it. I just eat it all up. Danny literally feels awkward sometimes when he watches it, but I just love it. Kind of glad I watched it alone this week, cause I don’t know how he would have felt about the Dream On duet. 

Danny worked late last night and I had to make AND clean up dinner and watch a crazy amount of tv from my DVR. Isn’t it funny how I purposely only used 1 frying pan and 1 cookie sheet when I have to clean up, but when he’s home I used as many as I want….like the 6 I used two nights ago. I’ll just chalk it up to not being as creative when I’m cooking for one?  That sounds good. 

A couple of weeks or months? ago I received a tofu press from Tofu Xpress. I had seen it on a couple of blogs and was excited to be sent one as well. You can use this not only on tofu but on cheeses too. (Also you can use this to get water out of frozen spinach, for spinach dip…SCORE!) 

Honestly before I saw this on blogs, I had no clue you were even supposed to press the extra water out of tofu. I always just cut it up and stir fried it, as is. 

 Press It Out, Tofu Style

Basically you put the tofu in this contraption and the spring presses down the on tofu and all of the extra water comes out. I stuck it in the fridge for an hour and then voila…water was out! 

 Press It Out, Tofu Style

I just cut it into slices and then poured the sauce over it. I could have marinated it, but I was pretty hungry, so I just did it the quick and easy way. 

 Press It Out, Tofu Style



Soy Ginger Marinade
1/3 cup light soy sauce (or tamari)
2 tsp maple syrup
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 tsp grated ginger


Preheat oven to 425 degrees. In a small bowl mix together the soy sauce, maple syrup and ginger. Spray a cookie sheet with olive oil spray. Arrange the tofu slices on the cookie sheet. Pour the marinade over the tofu. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook the tofu for 15 minutes, flip and then cook for 15 minutes more.

 Press It Out, Tofu Style


 Press It Out, Tofu Style



I served this with a quick stir fry. I used cabbage in it because I have a ton from my organic delivery basket, it went perfect in this! 


Thanks for all of the vegetarian options! I can’t wait to try all of them, especially that quinoa and bean recipe (thanks Jacks!). 


What’s your favorite way to cook tofu?

Orange Glazed Tofu


I bought some tofu the other day and I never use all of it at once (partly because Danny won’t touch the stuff and one block is too much for me to eat at once). I was looking for a way to cook it all at once and then save it for leftovers for lunch or dinner another night. I found this recipe on SHAPE.com and it is delicious. It does include soy, between the tofu and edamame, so you may want to watch your intake of that for the rest of the day/week. (Too much of one thing is never good.) This recipe is a little different of anything I have made before, but the orange juice really added a great flavor! Next time I think i will add some brown rice and maybe even make this with chicken too so Danny could enjoy it with me!


Ingredients

1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
1 yellow bell pepper, seeded and chopped
2 cups frozen shelled edamame

5 scallions thinly sliced
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 14-ounce package light firm tofu, patted dry and cut into 8 slices
Cooking spray


Directions

Preheat broiler to high. Whisk orange juice in a small bowl and set aside.

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Mix in red and yellow peppers and cook for about 5 minutes or until tender. Add edamame and then stir in scallions cook for 2 minutes more, add 1 1/2 tablespoons of the orange juice. Toss well and cook for 1 minute more or until scallions are tender. Season with salt and pepper to taste; set aside.

Place tofu on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Brush tops with the oj. Place in the broiler 12 to 14 inches from heat and cook for 1 to 2 minutes or until lightly browned. Flip tofu, brush with the remaining miso mixture, and broil for 1 to 2 minutes more. Spoon edamame and pepper mixture on top, and serve.


Let me know what you think!