Healthy Meatless Nomz

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So, you’re not supposed to eat meat every day, it seems. In America, it’s almost a rarity to have a meatless meal, but sometimes I try. Although this photo isn’t quite as aesthetically pleasing as I’d like, it does depict a super easy, healthful dinner that I basically threw together from what I had in the fridge. This time of year my appetite really does decrease with the heat, but this left me satiated in a seemingly healthy way.

1. Couscous (boiled and topped with some chopped mint and basil)

2. Tofu (cut in tiles, briefly marinated in some soy sauce and rice wine vinegar and roasted on a lightly greased sheet pan at 375-400 degrees for 15-20 minutes. Flipped in the middle.)

3. Cucumber, mint, and yogurt salad.

4. Trader Joes frozen veggies. I know I know! But seriously, these are great and sometimes I just need them.

5. A random piece of tomato. Yep.

This took maybe 20 minutes (and about 5 of prep) and was consumed in about the same amount of time.

Healthy Hunkering Down

So, it’s still January, and eating healthy is all the rage. Nevermind that it’s freezing out, which to me obviously equals melted cheese and meaty stews. Regardless, when I’m eating healthy, I still need to eat hearty or I’m hangry. Lots of “h”s but it’s true! This light meal is one of my faves and excuse the sub-par photographs…as I said, I was hangry!

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Tofu (no but really)

DSC_0071So, January is all about feeling bloated from the Holidays, having one healthy meal and then realizing it’s just too damn cold to eat salads. Right?
Well, one of my favorite healthy things to eat that will actually satiate my appetite is…tofu. I know. It’s not always the cool kid on the block, but it’s getting there! And if properly prepared, marinated in a delicious concoction and thrown atop a grain-filled salad, it’s the coolest kid I know.

I’ve had more than a couple of tofu mishaps, and I’ve learned that there is one absolutely, positively necessary step: pressing the tofu.

First, set the tofu on a piece of paper towel on a plate:DSC_0061

Then, using any means necessary (or a collection of heavy kitchen-y items)

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press the tofu between plates and paper towels until it looks more like this (and everything is thoroughly drenched):DSC_0063

Then, cut up

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 marinade in something pre or homemade (I love some of the Korean marinades or Teriyaki sauce), and roast (or sear) and you’ll have this:DSC_0066