Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Meatless Mondays

Not to be outdone by Seafood Sunday, Meatless Monday  wanted to make an appearance as well.  More on that in a bit…

After doing a leisurely 45 minute lap swim yesterday, 20 minutes of high intensity intervals around my neighborhood this morning was fa-yast and furious!  I had to be back in time for Scott to leave for an appointment, so I decided that some HIIT would be perfect to squeeze in a quick workout.  I can’t believe how sweaty I was.  (It didn’t help that it was 91 degrees and 50% humidity at 6:15 am.)  I love that in 20 minutes I accomplished a heart pumping workout and I was done and ready to hit the shower.   Of course, with a mobile toddler, the real workout begins when I get home. 

So last night I was feeling a little inspired.  I knew I wanted tofu, but I wasn’t sure how I wanted to “jazz” it up.  Enter one of Gena’s Amazing Salad Dressing recipes.  With avocados on sale this past week, I stocked up and have at least 4 on hand. 

Amazing Salad Dressing  (adapted from Choosing Raw)

This is what I did for a half batch:

  • small handful of cilantro
  • small handful of fresh basil
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 date
  • sea salt to tast
  • 1/8 tsp. chili garlic sauce
  • squeeze of lime

Blend it in blender or food processor until smooth. 

So fresh, so light, and so full of flavor, it was perfect as a sauce to top our baked ‘fu. 

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Tofu sprinkled with turmeric (which gives it the yellowish color and also reduces inflammation) and paprika and served over the ‘ol faithful whole wheat couscous.  (Can you tell I’m obsessed with that couscous?)  The carrots were grilled, and OMG, if you’ve never had them that way do it now and thank me later!  So good.  I peel about 4-5 carrots, microwave them for 2-3 minutes to pre-soften, and then coat in olive oil spray.  Believe me, you will not be disappointed! 

This meal paired perfectly with the Stella Pinot Grigio.


Light, fresh and nothing competing with the taste of the fresh herbs in the dressing.  I think of pinot grigio as salad wine, but with the light taste of the dressing and tofu, it was perfect. 

Off to the park with Ava to meet friends for a play date.  It is, after all, only 96 today! 

What is your favorite workout?

I think mine still has to be Boot Camp, but I really enjoy everything I do, and mixing it up is key.


  1. I love to lift but Yoga Sculpt is a kick butt workout!

  2. HIIT is definitely a go-to workout for me. Fast and furious.
    Stella is a favorite of mine. Light and crispy!

  3. I love wine that has my name in it... well, some variation of my name :)

  4. Loving the themed nights!! Nice wine choice ;) I haven't done it in a while but I used to love how I felt after a distance swim workout. Just knowing that I didn't give up the challenge was rewarding no matter how tired I was!

  5. I love Meatless Mondays! How fun! The dressing looks great!

  6. The salad dressing sounds great! My favorite exercise is always something fun like dancing, swimming, or hiking.

  7. My favorite exercise is playing tennis... because it doesn't feel like exercise :)

    Before you were a SAH RD, what were you doing? I would have loved to be an RD :)

  8. As a mother to a 21 month old, I can relate to the real workout being just day to day chasing around of the kiddo. LOL

    My favorite exercise is lifting weights. For cardio it would have to be kickboxing.

  9. I think I need to try the grilled carrots, I'm generally not a fan of cooked carrots, but I love anything grilled!