Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Sweet Spicy Sassy Tofu

Miles today: Rest Day! 

I thoroughly enjoyed sleeping until 6:40 AM and coming home after work to relax and snuggle with Bailey. The legs are happy and dare I say, looking forward to a lil' tempo run action tomorrow morning. Until then, I will leave you with an awesome tofu recipe. This would work with shrimp or meat of some kind, but seriously, if someone says they don't like tofu, make this. It was the first tofu recipe Larry admitted to really liking. (He even cooked the tofu tonight!!) The flavors are great and you can make it more or less spicy depending on how hot you like it (and maybe how far you are running in the morning....)

Sweet & Spicy Tofu (Recipe inspiration here)

3 tbs soy sauce
2 tbs fresh lime juice
3 tbs brown sugar
1/2 tsp red chili flakes
1/4 tsp salt
1 clove of garlic, minced
1 package lite, firm tofu
4 cups spinach (or dark leafy greens of some sort)
1-2 cups cooked quinoa (brown rice, farro,  or couscous all work too)

  • In a bowl, whisk together soy sauce, chili flakes, lime juice, brown sugar, salt, and garlic. Put aside.
  • Slice drained tofu into 8 strips and cut into smaller rectangles or triangles. Make them about 1/4-1/2 in thick
  • In a skillet, lightly saute the spinach with a pinch of salt until wilted and place aside.
  • In a another skillet or griddle heated to medium, place tofu pieces. While cooking, use a spatula and press down on the tofu to express excess liquid. Flip pieces and repeat. Cook until brown and crisp.
  • Pour soy sauce mixture over crisp tofu and cook over medium heat until sauce becomes more like a glaze texture.

  • On two plates, place a small serving of quinoa and top with spinach. Divide the tofu between the plates and drizzle with any extra glaze. 

There won't be leftovers for lunch tomorrow. You have been warned.