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Tofu That Looks and Tastes Like Chicken

I’ve never been a big fan of meat.  The taste and texture always grossed me out. I have no qualms about my non-carnivore ways, as I’m pretty much in love with all other foods and I’m not down with factory farms. So, naturally, I found this recipe awesome, but the kicker is, my meat-eating roommate/bestie LOVES it. So, regardless of your affinity for plant-based foods, this recipe kicks ass. Did I mention it’s pretty healthy too?

Ingredients:

  • Extra Firm Tofu
  • Marinade of Choice

The Steps:

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Step #1) If you have a tofu press, then awesome, use that. If not, wrap your little tofu babies up in paper towels. Wrap the whole thing. I usually wrap it like 2-3 towels thick. Then, wrap again in a kitchen towel/cloth. I’m preparing two blocks in the picture.

IMG_4595Step #2) Once they’re all cozy, put some things on top of your tofu. Heavy things. I used my kettlebell and a tea kettle filled with water. The point here is to get all the water out of your tofu. Let sit for like 1/2 hour – 40 minutes. If your super OCD, like myself, change the paper towels for dry ones in-between to intensify the water getting-rid-of effects.

IMG_4596Step #3) Remove your tofu from heavy things and slice into strips. I like to slice them about a half inch thick because they get crispier in the oven that way, but I’ve seen this recipe used before with much larger sections, so up to you. Once they’re all cut, place them in your marinade. I used a teriyaki marinade mixed with some sriracha. Make sure they’re all covered. Apply lid and shake if you have to.

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Step #4) Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Once the oven is heated, lay tofu on greased pan and cook for ~13 minutes on each side or to desired crispiness.

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Step 5) Admire your tofu. I like it just when it’s all crisp all around the edges.

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Step 6) Enjoy your delicious tofu, ideally in a less creepy-looking way then I am.

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The Perfect Strawberry Banana Smoothie

IMG_2575-660Smoothies are like the easiest things in the world for people who are trying to eat healthy. In grad school I would always have a smoothie for breakfast after a night of partying, inevitably waking up everyone in the house, but ailing my hangover like no other. I kind of consider myself an expert on the subject, so I’ll share some things I’ve learned.

Always stock your fridge with frozen fruit and apple juice. One of those fruits should probably be a banana, as bananas are really good for getting the right kind of smoothie consistency/flavor. Even if you don’t make smoothies that often, having these items on hand is pretty easy, because they take forever to go bad.

Essential Ingredients:

  • One whole frozen banana – frozen gives better consistency
  • Handful of frozen or refrigerated strawberries
  • 1 cup Apple Juice – mix with water to reduce sugar intake, if needed

Add-Ons:

  • Protein Powder – good for when your working out consistently and not getting a lot protein – I use Trader Joe’s brand
  • A spoonful of Peanut Butter
  • A handful of spinach – you will NOT taste it and you’ll get a bunch of vitamins all up in your system
  • Granola
  • Yogurt
  • Honey

The blender in my apartment is a beast and will usually work with just 1 cup of liquid, especially since I add the liquid first. If, for whatever reason, your blender isn’t working, mix everything around and add a splash of water.

Smoothies can be a great way to stay trim and meet your nutritional needs, but they’re also filled with calories. So, be mindful of that and understand it’s really a meal that your having, not a drink to have on top of something else.

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