A HOME-COOKED MEAL, A COMPOST PILE AND A SOCCER GAME

5 Sep

Hooray!  A normal, healthy, food-related blog post! Haha it’s been awhile… I told you that September was going to get better and better and Thursday was the best day yet. On the exercise front I did 30 minutes on the gazelle, some jump-roping outdoors while the kids had recess and then went for a 30 minute walk in my neighborhood after work (though I actually ran the first half mile of it). I also finally prepared dinner from an actual cookbook again. Way to Cook Vegetarian  took the show again with Pan-Crisped Tofu with Greens and Peanut Dressing. During nap-time I pressed and dried my tofu and made the dressing portion of the recipe. Of course I altered it slightly… I mixed the mirin, rice vinegar, freshly grated ginger

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and chopped peanuts as it said. I don’t know what you do when you are supposed to chop or crush something like peanuts, crackers, etc. but I find the best “technique” is to stick them in a baggie and then smash the living daylights out of them. 🙂

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I did NOT however use the cooking oil or the miso. The oil I just left out altogether and Zach and I couldn’t find miso (soybean paste) at any of our groceries. Perhaps if we had better stores… Instead I crossed my fingers and substituted it for red curry paste. After my run/walk I cooked the tofu in a little oil and that was all that needed to be done. It went on a bed of mixed greens, got some of the dressing on top and was finished off with more crushed peanuts.

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This was a great salad and the thing that made it especially so? The dressing!! The dressing was DE-licious! I think that if I made this again I would do it the same way just because it was that good.

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I also think I am discovering how much I like a salad with both hot + cold components because I loved the warm tofu.

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I ate quickly because it was time for me to attend my first soccer game of the season! The boys had a home game against Blackford and I was so glad to be able to claim my spot on the sidelines with all the Tiger fans to support my cute coach. I sat with Zach’s mom and dad and we battled the sun setting right in our eyes for half the game and Vicki and I chatted and practiced our ventriloquist impressions haha! The first half the boys had the ball a lot but didn’t play too great and could NOT find a goal. The second half we came out and scored 2 in the first minute…now that’s more like it. 🙂 This set the tone for the second half as we ended up winning 8-0 or was it 9-0…? Either way they played much better and I was happy to be there for it, it was a beautiful night for soccer!

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When Zach and I got home I heated him up dinner and his verdict for the salad was the same. He especially loved the dressing as well! Our night ended with blizzards and Dexter. Zach doesn’t always eat a snack when I do but with pumpkin-pie-everything abounding right now he couldn’t help himself. Ironically pumpkin is one of my least favorite dessert flavors and it’s his absolute favorite!

Thursday’s food journal:

  • Breakfast – oatmeal
  • Lunch – egg white scramble
  • Supper – tofu salad
  • Snack – small blizzard

That food journal is finally looking pretty good again. 🙂 Oh! One more thing I was going to address. Zach and I have been discussing the benefits of composting lately and have finally delved into it. Zach created a fenced in area in the backyard for our compost pile and then he made this neat pot for indoors.

This is to put the compostable items in and he made it large enough that it could hold a good amount but turned it into some type of contraption that won’t emit odors.

He drilled holes in the top of the lid and then put a filter on the underneath side and so far it seems to be working quite well! It’s always exciting to take another step toward being more eco-friendly. We started recycling less than 2 years ago and that was a fantastic decision. I have a feeling I will be saying the same about composting in awhile as well. Pacific Northwest post coming up this evening, enjoy your Friday!

768/1,400 miles. 155.5/150 running miles.

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