Posts Tagged ‘tofu’

Two salads and two sides of tofu, ready to be reheated/have some oil added for easy food preparation. The masking tape has the reheating and final prep instructions right on them.

Here’s my low-carb, good fat, protein snack collection for easy snacking while I recover from surgery. This is a collection of Kind STRONG bars, ThinkThin bars, Zing bars, and dried-salted chick peas.

6 servings (1 cup each) of Kraft 30-minute chili mac, in individual containers for easy re-heating (note: I don’t reheat in plastic, so those are thawed and heated in bowls).

I recently had PRK eye surgery, which meant that I was going to not feel great and not really be able to see (due to light sensitivity) for a few days.  This posed a challenge for me as a hypoglycemic, since I still needed to maintain my diet. And, since I wouldn’t be able to work-out for a whole week, I needed to really make sure I ate healthy to maintain my weight.

My boyfriend (now fiance!, who was amazing during this, thank you so much!) was in charge of taking care of me during my healing process, including my meals. I wanted to make it as easy as possible on him because I definitely know how frustrating it can be do figure out all of the correct portions, measurements, etc.

So, the night before the surgery, I prepared some of easy-to-finish/easy to reheat meals that he could give me when I was hungry. This included (see photos above):

The salads and chili mac had final preparation instructions on masking-tape for him.

This worked really well, so I will definitely do it again if I’m having surgery again.



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In the category of “there, I fixed it,” is this Real Simple Tofu and Avocado Rice Bowl recipe.


  • Too many carbs. Kill the rice.
  • I’m too cheap to buy a huge tub of Miso (only size available at my grocery) for $7 to only use 2 Tbsp of it.
  • I’m also lazy…well let’s say “strategically efficient” about how much I’ll invest in prepping a single dish, especially after coming home from my crazy Pilates class.

My version (serves 1):



  • Drain the hell out of the tofu with this tofu press and cut it thin. Use 1/2 of it and put the other half in the fridge for second-day use.
  • Fry it up with a healthy dose of canola oil. The thinner and crunchier the better!
  • While the tofu is frying, drain and rinse a can of pinto beans. Put 1/2 cup of them in a bowl and microwave.
  • Put 1/2 of an avocado on top of the pinto beans. Then put the tofu on top of that.
  • Drizzle with 1 Tbsp of sauce.
  • Eat with a side of veggies.
  • Chow down. It’s amazingly good.
  • You should also have enough ingredients ready to do it again tomorrow too!




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Teriyaki tofu, roasted brussels sprouts, and Bush's baked beans

Teriyaki tofu, roasted brussels sprouts, and Bush’s baked beans


As part of my attempts to cut carbs and amp up on protein on my new hypoglycemic diet (it’s working really well to control my blood sugar for 6-7 hours at a time!) and as part of my wellness coaching, I’m trying a couple of new recipes over the next few weeks. So, I tried making teriyaki tofu (I cheated and used a pre-made sauce from the asian market) and roasted brussels sprouts.

Teriyaki Tofu

The verdict: Great! It was easy to make with the pre-made sauce and it tasted great! Another bonus: For $2.50, I got two servings, which is much cheaper than meat. This will definitely become a normal part of my diet. My only caution here is that teriyaki sauce is loaded with sugar, so use it sparingly.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

The verdict: Meh. I had these at a bar once and they were crunchy. Mine were not. I think I’ll like them a lot more if I can figure out how to make them crunchy.

Baked Beans

The Bush’s Baked Beans were my treat, but I think they spiked my blood sugar a lot. I had forgotten how sweet they are!  And there’s too much “brown” on my plate here.


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This particular salad I made at Whole Foods has tons of tofu (great source of protein and can be out of the fridge for a couple of hours), spring mix, corn, edamame, carrots, parmesan cheese (also ok outside of a fridge), and mixed peppers. No dressing.

This particular salad I made at Whole Foods has tons of tofu (great source of protein and can be out of the fridge for a couple of hours), spring mix, corn, edamame, carrots, parmesan cheese (also ok outside of a fridge), raisins, and mixed peppers. No dressing.

I travel often for work, and am always looking for ways to eat healthy and inexpensively (since I’m on a per diem). One of my favorite solutions? Whole Foods salads.

Before my trip, I head to Whole Foods and build a protein-rich, vegetable-packed salad to take to the airport with me. They give you a rubber band to keep it closed and silverware to eat it with, so it’s really convenient and fits well in my backpack. In terms of how long it will last, with tofu and no dressing, I figure it’s good for at least 1 day in a fridge and 4 hours outside of a fridge.

In terms of benefits:

  • Depending on what I put in there, the salad $8-$10, so way less expensive than airport food.
  • Whole Foods doesn’t allow “hydrogenated fats and artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners or preservatives” in their food, so it’s much healthier.
  • It’s also a lot healthier than the burger or pizza at the airport and helps maintain your weight.
  • I don’t have to rush around the airport looking for food.
  • Since I’ve started doing this, I’ve noticed I get sick a lot less often while traveling. I think it’s because of all of the vitamins that I’m eating.

In terms of TSA and security, I’ve never had an issue doing this. They don’t even mention my salad.

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