On Tuesday night, totally on a whim, I just kind of made up a recipe for a new stir-fry in the car. As I tried to figure out what ingredients I had on hand, I just started to think of what would be good together. This is what I came up with.
Orange Teriyaki Tofu Stir-Fry
makes 2 big servings
- 1/2 cup rice (preferably brown, but I used white… you know why)
- 1 1/4 cups water
- 2 tbs orange juice
- 1 tbs coconut oil (unrefined is far preferable, but I only had refined on hand)
- 1 package frozen vegetables (such as broccoli, bell peppers, onions, snap peas, carrots, etc. I used TJ’s harvest blend)
- 2 blocks tofu, cubed (I used TJ’s prepared savory variety)
- 1 orange, juiced
- 1 tbs teriyaki sauce
- 1 tsp (or more, to taste) coconut butter
- salt & pepper to taste
In a rice cooker or in a covered pot, cook the rice in the water (bringing it to a boil and then lowering the heat, if in a pot).
While the rice is cooking, heat coconut oil in a large saucepan. Add the frozen vegetables and cook until softened.
While that’s cooking, cube your prepared tofu.
(Please ignore my chipped plate. No, seriously, look away?)
Juice one orange into a bowl.
Add the teriyaki sauce to the juice of the orange and whisk together.
Add the tofu, sauce mixture and coconut butter to the vegetables. Stir together.
Add the orange juice (not the juice from the orange… very confusing) to your now cooked rice. Add the rice to the vegetables and tofu.
Let everything simmer for a few minutes, and then you’re done!
I had it for dinner that night…
Also, I totally forgot to mention both yesterday’s workout (well, at least, in the way I usually write it at the bottom of posts) and yesterday’s good deed!
25 Days of Good Deeds, Day 8
I should say that I don’t really think this was a good deed, but I’m using it anyway because I think the message behind it was important and I want to pass it along to you.
Last night, I convinced a friend to eat an ice cream sandwich.
Let me explain.
This friend worries about her weight, as so many women do. She is beautiful and athletic, but weight is an issue that bothers her at times (I can relate). Anyway, she told me she was struggling with whether or not she should have the ice cream sandwich (because, as much as she wanted it, she also wanted to fit in her jeans) and I said (I’m paraphrasing here), “Go get that damn ice cream sandwich!”
I think we all need to remember that, first and foremost, we don’t need to be perfect – we just need to be mindful. She had eaten well all day. She had just gone on a run. Also, it’s not like she was talking about going to a Baskin Robbins that she passes every day. The ice cream truck in question is a really cool, really fun and gourmet ice cream truck that’s just about never near where she lives. In my opinion, this was a no-brainer.
So, this totally wasn’t really a good deed, but I’d like to think it’s a good deed that I’m reminding all of you to treat yourself, albeit mindfully, especially during this wonderful holiday season. At a party, eat the amazing-looking homemade gingerbread cookies/ pecan pie/ whatever you are most excited about. Don’t, however, eat the store-bought, already stale chocolate chip cookies that aren’t even that good anyway.
See what I mean?
Wednesday Morning Workout
5 minutes elliptical trainer warm up (didn’t feel great on the knee, if I’m being honest)
45 minutes boot camp
25 minutes stationary bike (20 min high intensity + 5 min cool down)