Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Smoothie & Dinner Recipes!

Hi friends! Boy is it gross outside! Well...gross when you have to get outside and pretty when you're nice and warm inside :) This morning I woke up to ice...everywhere!

Hello windshield...

After spending about 15 minutes de-icing my car, I drove to work. Luckily the main roads weren't too bad. The sidewalks and parking lots at my place were sheets of ice!

Everything stopped for a few hours, then the sky dumped ice for about an hour...followed by snow. Once I saw that it wasn't stopping, I decided to head home. Good thing because I saw an accident and lost traction quite a few times! 


 I just received a text from JMU saying they're closing at 2:15. Thank goodness! Now down to the food!! :) I've been making a lot of smoothies lately. Why?

1. They are quick and easy.
2. I always want something cold as a snack after my P90X workout.

Strawberry, Banana, & Chocolate PB Smoothie

Ingredients
-1 cup milk
-6 frozen strawberries
-1 frozen banana
~1 hefty tablespoon of Dark Chocolate Dreams PB
-1 cup ice

Directions
Blend until smooth!

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Tofu & Peas in a Light Peanut Sauce


Ingredients
-1 block extra firm tofu
-1.5 cups peas
-1/2 cup peanut flour (or PB)
-1 cup milk
-1 tbsp liquid aminos (or soy sauce)
-1 tbsp agave (or honey)
-1/2 onion chopped
-EVOO
-1 cup quinoa
-2 cups water

Directions
Sauce: Add peanut flour, milk, liquid aminos, and agave into a measuring cup (the pour type) and whisk whisk whisk!

Tofu: Drain all of the liquid out of the tofu by putting a plate on top of it and then a book on top of the plate. Let this sit for about 15-20 min. Slice tofu into 5 long pieces. Place on a baking sheet or in a baking dish and brush sauce on both sides. Let that bake for 30 min per side (1 hour total) on 350 degrees! I originally thought these would take 15 min per side, but the slices were too thick! If you want to lessen the cooking time, definitely slice them thinner.

Quinoa: Rinse quinoa. I use a re-usable coffee filter. Add 1 cup quinoa and 2 cups water to a pot and bring to a boil. Once it boils, turn it down to low and cover for about 15 minutes.

Final Dish: Slice tofu into 1in by 1in cubes, chop onion, and get peas ready! Pour some EVOO (~2tbsp) in a pan and saute onions until they turn clear. Add peas and tofu. Pour in the rest of the peanut sauce. Let this simmer for about 8-10 minutes. Make sure you stir it so that the sauce doesn't develop a film.

Top 1/2 cup quinoa with 3/4 cup of mixture (this was roughly what I had as a serving).


Yum!


Chewy, peanut-y (OK, I'm making up words), and slightly sweet! 


I loved that the peanut sauce was light and not too heavy.  If you'd like to add a kick to the sauce, I'd recommend adding cayenne. Have a great rest of the day! Check back tomorrow for a post about my thoughts about P90X so far.

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