Today has been a day of random eats. This morning I realized I had nothing to take for lunch, so I threw together a quick Quinoa Chickpea Salad.
I quickly boiled some Ancient Harvest Quinoa while I dried my hair. I then chopped a cucumber and a few pitted olives. When the quinoa had a few minutes to cool (and I do mean a few!), I added the cucumber, olives, and a can of drained and rinsed chickpeas. Next, I tossed the mixture with a bit of olive oil, shredded parmesan, and balsamic vinaigrette.
It wasn’t all that bad for a 15 minute throw together. I wish I’d had some red peppers and feta cheese. Maybe next time 😉
Tonight for dinner I also threw together a recipe out of the blue. After eating the Tofu at Balliceaux last month, I knew I had to try and replicate this dish. After doing much research, I discovered a new way to cook tofu: Dry Frying.
In order to give tofu its thick, firm texture, it is important to first remove as much of the moisture as possible. In the past, I have always wrapped the tofu in paper towels and set an iron skillet on top to squeeze out the moisture. Recently, however, I read an article that described dry frying as a way to more thoroughly remove the moisture.
First, you cut your tofu into cubes or trianges. Heat a frying pan over medium to medium high heat. DO NOT ADD OIL. Add the tofu to the pan and allow some of the water to evaporate.
Press down with a spatula to release extra moisture.
Flip and dry fry until golden brown. Next add your sauce.
I decided to try and replicate the orange blossom sauce from Balliceaux. Now, I do not know exactly what orange blossom sauce is, but I used my imagination. For this sauce I mixed: Bragg’s Liquid Aminos, honey, and orange juice. In total the sauce came to about 3/4 cup. I then poured it over the dry fried tofu, lowered the heat to low, and allowed it to simmer until the sauce caramelized.
Served up with a side of steamed broccoli and red skinned mashed potatoes. Yum!
Tonight I also took a butt-kicking boot camp class at the gym. It was the perfect combo of cardio and strength training! I am going to make this class a regular part of my workout routine.
Happy almost Hump Day!