[all aboard the] Tofu Xpress!Posted: February 20, 2012
I love long weekends- and I especially love having a Monday off so that the work week seems shorter when it’s time to go back!
I woke up Sunday feeling a little rough (from the … 3 drinks I had the night before? Pathetic) but had made plans to meet my friend Brie at the gym at 7:15 am! I slowly got out of bed and made my way to the gym to do a one on one Bodypump class with her. Brie and I have gotten into the habit of meeting on Sunday mornings before I teach Spinning to do our own private Bodypump class. The aerobics studio is empty, and I can always use the teaching practice (and the workout!) so it’s a win-win. We busted our butts in Bodypump and then made it through my very intense spin class and by the time I got home, I gave myself permission to be completely lazy for the rest of the day. The only thing that I had planned was to check out my friend Katie’s new house that’s being built. Before heading out to do that, I broke out something that arrived in the mail on Friday…
I finally caved and bought a Tofu press! I actually avoid cooking with tofu (even though I love it) because of what a pain it is to press. No more- in the words of my friend Jenny: this will change my life. 🙂
Check out the before and after (this was a 2-hour difference):
While this pressing was going on, we drove to Sykesville to check out Katie’s new house that is in the process of being built. Katie and her husband custom designed the entire house from scratch- and needless to say- are very excited for it to be complete!
Their kids loved playing in the huge piles of dirt. (Who wouldn’t??)
Here’s Katie in her enormous walk-in closet:
I am super excited for them, and can’t wait to see what it looks like when it’s all finished (which should be later this spring)!
Alright, back to the tofu. After it was pressed, I marinated it in a mixture of Bragg’s liquid aminos, agave, rice vinegar, ginger and vegetable stock. According to the Tofu Xpress recipe book, pressing a second time (after marinating) is highly encouraged, so I did just that.
Side note: I’m very much obsessed with Kombucha, but can not stomach this kind.
Ew. I should have known that it would taste just like vinegar (and nothing else).
But the tofu… that turned out beautifully. I cooked it in a little bit of coconut oil and served it along with some steamed veggies and freekeh. I heated up the marinade and let it reduce into a sauce to drizzle over the veggies.
Just look at this beautiful bowl!
I could eat this for dinner every single night and feel good. Greg loved it too (so glad I’ve made a tofu believer out of him!).
Today went by way too fast. Greg and I both slept in (til 7- alright!) and then went to the gym. I did some cardio circuit training and he lifted. After that, we headed out to Columbia to visit some of my favorite stores: Sephora, REI and Trader Joes. I was in need of some new loose powder and was curious about trying out Bare Minerals. The sales gal helped me pick out the perfect shade, and I came home with all this loot:
The concealer and eye-liner were items that I purchased as well. The lip stuff was a free gift for having a birthday since I last went in, and the mascara was my bonus gift for reaching a certain number of “points” with my rewards card. Yay for free stuff- especially from Sephora (where I spend wayyyyy too much money).
I got a new pair of cycling shoes from REI for $40 on clearance (down from over $100! Pearl Izumis!) that I am very stoked about and excited to try out tomorrow. Nothing too exciting from Trader Joes… I was actually kind of disappointed with their selection today.
It’s time to get into work-prep mode: packing breakfast/lunch/gym bag, etc… here’s hoping this week flies by!
Have you ever used a tofu press? What’s your favorite thing to purchase at Sephora?