Meatless Monday: Tofu Fried Rice

I have 2 new comfort foods….
  1. Tofu – I love it plain, unpressed, pressed, baked, steamed…. You name it!
  2. Fried Rice – Introduced to me by my in-laws this past year, it is the perfect way to use leftover grains. It works perfectly with white rice, brown rice, quinoa, & even buckwheat!
I made Vegan Lasagna for Tita’s on Sunday and had some leftover firm tofu chill-axin in the refrigerator next to a container of leftover brown rice. To be honest, that’s how the inspiration for any fried rice dish comes about. Leftover lovin’ at its finest! 
I had never made Fried Rice for GF Guy, even though it was one of his favorite meals. To be honest, I didn’t know how! I tried once & messed the entire thing up. (*NOTE: Do not crack an entire egg over top the rice and vegetables. That is NOT how it is done.) He was thrilled when I finished up my work and told him that’s what I was headed to the kitchen to make. You’ve got to love a guy who doesn’t run screaming from the room at the very mention of tofu!
Tofu Fried Rice
(Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Nut-Free)

Ingredients:

  • 12 oz Nasoya Organic Light Firm Tofu, pressed
  • 1/4 cup Low Sodium No Chicken Broth
  • 4 Tblsp Bragg’s Liquid Aminos
  • 1 Tblsp Lime Juice
  • 2 Tblsp Light Agave Nectar
  • 1 tsp Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1/4 tsp Chinese Five Spice Powder
  • 2 Tblsp Grapeseed Oil
  • 1/2 Yellow Onion, chopped
  • 1 Carrot, chopped
  • 1/2 Zucchini, chopped
  • 1 cup frozen Broccoli
  • 1 cup frozen Peas
  • 1 to 1 1/2 cups leftover cooked Brown Rice
  • 1 Egg, beaten
  • Herbamare & Black Pepper, to taste

Directions:

  1. In a bowl, mix together broth, aminos, lime juice, agave, red pepper, & five spice powder. Marinate pressed tofu in this mixture for about 2 hours.
  2. Heat grapeseed oil in a wok over medium heat. While wok heats, cube tofu into bite-size pieces, reserving the marinade for later.
  3. Fry tofu in oil about 4 minutes per side, until golden. Remove from wok & set aside.
  4. Add onion & carrot to the wok & stir-fry until soft. Add the Zucchini.
  5. Next, the frozen veggies should be added to the wok. If veggies are sticking to the bottom of the pan, add a little of the reserved tofu marinade.
  6. When vegetables are soft & heated through, add the brown rice. Stir-fry until heated through. Add reserved tofu marinade.
  7. Create a well in the center of the rice mixture. Pour in the beaten egg. Allow to cook about 1 minute, then slowly incorporate the egg in to the rice & vegetables.
  8. Return the tofu to the pan & continue to cook until heated through.
  9. Serve on a bed of baby spinach.
What are your comfort foods?
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Scales are Stupid….

Every Publix grocery store has a giant, menacing looking scale in their front entry way. 
As I am quite often in and out of these stores on a daily basis, I have observed an interesting trend in human behavior. For every person that dares to step onto the dreaded in giant scale, in public, no less, there is an overwhelming sense of embarrassment. If they are skinny, they seem to be embarrassed to be seen on the scale at all, and are on and off that thing before you can bat an eyelash! I know for myself, I worry people will scoff at me for even wondering my weight, or judge me to have an eating disorder. For those that are overweight, they shame and mortification that over takes their features when the large display practically screams their weight to the entire entry way is absolutely heart breaking. 
Even more worrisome, are the countless preteens who are obsessed with the magical numbers appearing on the scales. They worry every time they gain a pound. I want to run up to them and scream, “It’s okay! It’s a good thing! You are still growing! You want to weigh more than 80 lbs!!!!” 
As I mulled these trends over in my mind, the thought came to me. Why are we so obsessed with a stupid number? Why do we let what a machine says define our self worth? When did this shift in thinking take over?
As long as we are able to run, jump, and play, our bodies are able to do what God designed them to do. We are perfect! Who cares if you are 100 lbs or 200 lbs! Each of us is beautiful and unique, just as we are.
Join with me and take a stand against the machine and toss your stupid, judging, inanimate scale in the garbage bin! Scales are stupid! Who needs them? So there!