Archive for February, 2011

February 28, 2011

Set to Succeed

Happy Monday! I have been feeling spread thin lately, so this weekend was the perfect time to practice saying “no, thanks” and catch up on me time Smile.

It was blissful!  I was able to create in the kitchen, get most of a research paper done, clean up a bit and spend time with the hubby and ‘ohana.


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[My cousin Cory, his wife Jina, and my niece Jaylen came for the weekend – we had an amazing pool day!]

My cousin time this weekend was bittersweet because we were celebrating Lance’s going off to the Air Force tomorrow.  He’s always been the baby of us all (even though he’s now taller than any of us!), so it’s hard to see him go.  I can’t tell you how proud I am of him for his brave and adventurous spirit, though!  We’ll be seeing you again sooner than we imagine, Lance.

Aside from a few laps in the pool, Ben, Zak, and I completed a successful 4 miler in our Vibram Fivefingers this weekend [Zak wore his Nike Frees].  Four miles in the Vibrams felt GREAT aside from the insane blisters I got from the seams Sad smile.  I’m also super bummed because my right “shoe” has some faulty stitching and now there’s a hole on the top piece of fabric.  I know that there’s a warrantee on the shoes, but I’m trying to figure out a good time to send them back.  I hope it doesn’t take them forever to send me a new pair – I really enjoy my barefoot runs and was planning on racing a 10K in them in two weeks!

I also got to try out my new kettlebell and Jillian Michael’s “Shred It with Weights” this weekend [I’ll definitely be doing a review soon!].  I’m really excited about having a kettlebell at home!  Today I’m sore in places I never imagined possible.

I’ve thought a lot this weekend about creating a less-overwhelmed-and-more-excited life again, and I’ve devised a plan to [hopefully] create more balance for myself:

  1. I’ve set myself up to take two mornings from work off per week. Sure, less hours equates to less pay, but honestly, I’d rather have my sanity than any amount of money at this point in time.  I’m incredibly fortunate to have a flexible boss who understands and supports my school/work situation and is willing to let me come in a little later on a couple of days so that I can function better [and ultimately be a better worker for her!].  I’ve had to prioritize and get a few projects done earlier, but it will be well worth it to be able to get enough rest and do some research in the morning!
  2. I’ve got everything written down in my planner now. I know it sounds silly, but sometimes – when every moment from 6 am to 10:30 pm is taken – it’s necessary to schedule in showering time [don’t judge me].  I’m going to have to check that planner every single morning and keep it up to date [writing it down on paper keeps it from floating in my head].
  3. I batch cooked and have multiple meals sitting in their perfectly-portioned containers in the fridge for the week. Having healthy meals on hand helps to keep me from binging on crap.  Plus, it’s one less thing to worry about on a week night.

Ultimately, I’m going to be lessening the work hours even more to create more harmony and simplicity, but that is a story for another day Winking smile.

Cheers to starting the week right!

What steps do you take to ensure a balanced, happy life?

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February 25, 2011

Simple Baked Tofu

Great morning, friends!  I am so glad it’s Friday!  :)

Today I’m filled with hope and the wonder of possibilities. I’ve cancelled all plans this weekend (except to see my cousins because Lance is leaving so soon) so that I can catch up with grad school work and re-root my soul.  Hopefully that means you’ll be seeing some ‘ono recipes next week!

Speaking of ‘ono recipes, here’s another incredibly simple, incredibly delicious recipe from Moosewood Cooking for Health.  This simple tofu has wonderful texture and flavor and gave us a quick boost of vegetarian protein!  The only adaptations I made to were to reduce the amount of oil and use Bragg’s liquid aminos instead of soy sauce.  Honestly, I don’t think you could go wrong with this one.

We make sure to buy tofu that is made from organic, non-GMO soybeans, but we don’t eat soy too often because it has high levels of estrogen, which can really alter an individual’s hormone levels.

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Simple Baked Tofu

[Ingredients]

  • One block tofu [about 18 oz.]
  • 1 to 1 1/2 tsp sesame oil [dark variety, if you have it]
  • 2 Tbsp ketchup
  • 2 Tbsp Bragg’s or soy sauce
  • 1 small garlic clove - minced

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Cut tofu into bite-sized cubes.

Drain the tofu by wrapping a towel around the tofu and squeezing until much of the liquid is released (you may need to repeat this step).

Stir together the rest of the ingredients in a bowl.

Place tofu on a baking dish in a single layer and pour the mixture over the tofu – using a brush to coat each piece well.

Bake for about 40 minutes (stirring half way through) or until the sauce has begun to caramelize and the tofu is firmer.

Enjoy! Makes 6 30z servings.

Topping ideas: green onions + sesame seeds.

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Nutrition Facts [one 3 oz serving using 1 tsp sesame oil]

Calories 71 • Fat 3.5g Sodium 380mg • Carbs 1g • Fiber 0g • Sugar 0.7g • Protein 8.6g

Happy Friday!!  Enjoy your weekend!

How do you re-root your soul? Do you have a favorite tofu recipe?

Aloha Pumehana. Whether you’re here to find balance, wholesome recipes or inspiration, I hope you enjoy the posts.  Please subscribe to Green Plate Dinners to receive automatic updates and be the first to read new posts for free!

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