Crispy Breaded Tofu Strips

Crispy Breaded Tofu Strips
For the Breading:
1/2 Cup Panko Break Crumbs
1/8 Cup Flax Seed Meal
1/4 Cup Raw Walnuts, Crushed or Processed into crumbs
1 Tsp Basil (dried)
1 Tsp Parsley (dried)
1 Tsp Chives (dried)
1/2 Tsp Thyme (dried)
1/2 Tsp Garlic Powder
1/4 Tsp Onion Powder
1/4 Tsp Black Pepper
1/2 Tsp Sea Salt

For the Dip:
1 Cup unflavored Non-Dairy Milk (I used Soy)
1 Tbsp Corn Starch

Other:
Non-Stick Cooking Spray (I use an Olive Oil cooking spray)

Butchering your Tofu
First, be sure to press some of the water out of your Tofu. There are many different ways to do this… I put my Tofu block in a plastic baggie in the fridge, then put a book on top of that. Then I balance whatever sort-of-heavy item I just happen to have on hand on top of that book. Today it was a box of Capri-suns. Let it rest in the fridge for a minimum of 30 minutes. Remove the Tofu from the baggie, dump the liquid down the sink, and trash the baggie.
After pressing the Tofu, lay it on your chopping block so the largest area of the Tofu is on the block, and the longest area of it is towards you.
First, vertically cut it in half.
Second, leave it just as is and vertically cut each half in half.
Third, without moving it, cut each quarter in half, making 8 slices of Tofu.
Take 4 of those slices, and stack them up one on top of the other. Slice straight down the middle, long ways, so you have 8 long strips of Tofu.
Take the other 4 slices, and do the exact same thing.
You should now have 16 strips of Tofu, similar in shape to string cheese. If string cheese were short, square and made of processed soy.

Directions:

– Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.

– Line a baking sheet with foil, spray with non-stick cooking spray, and set aside.

– Combine the ingredients for the dip in a small bowl. Use a fork or whisk if you must to get the corn starch blended with the ND Milk.

– Combine the ingredients for the breading in a separate bowl.

– Gently dredge a Tofu Strip in the dip, then transfer to the breading. Using your other hand, lightly press the breading into the Tofu strip, being sure to get all sides covered. Lay on your prepared baking sheet.

– Repeat with the next 17 strips.

– Bake your Tofu Strips for 20 minutes, then flip over. Bake for 20 more minutes or until nicely golden brown.

– Enjoy dipped in your favorite dip or alone. I prefer plain ‘ole Ketchup. 😀

Tofu Scramble

miss scrambled eggs? well never fear… there IS a healthier alternative!

all you need is an extra firm block of Tofu, and some Kala Namak.

Kala Namak is salt. it’s also known as Black Salt, or Black Indian Salt. it’s basically just salt with a high sulfur content. yes, it does have a slightly sulfuric taste and smell… which is why it is the secret ingredient in a Tofu Scramble. just sprinkle a little bit (until it tastes right to you) in your crumbled Tofu, and BAM! you have Tofu that tastes just like basic scrambled eggs.

when i make my Tofu Scramble all you need it…

-1ish tablespoon of oil… you can use Olive Oil, or Earth Balance butter, or whatever oil you like best… i even used Sesame Oil once, and it tasted great.
-1 block of Extra Firm Tofu, pressed, then crumbled
-a pinch or more of Kala Namak. i got mine from amazon.com.
-a pinch or more of Turmeric. the Turmeric doesn’t really add a lot taste-wise to your scramble, but it will give your Tofu a slightly yellow tinge. with it, you won’t even know the difference between real eggs and your healthy alternative.

-there are also tons of other add-ins you can throw in it. spinach, peas, herbs and seasonings… however you like your eggs, really. use your imagination!

just scramble it all around a frying pan just like you would real eggs, and you have your Tofu Scramble. easy-peasy.

Zucchini Quinoa Lasagna, Exercise Update

first, i’ll start with a recipe. then i’ll move on to the personal (less awesome) stuff.

on a whim and a craving for good Italian food, i made a  Zucchini and Quinoa lasagna from The Vegan Version the other day. SCORE! for vegan cooking. just click on the link to get the recipe.  oh, trust me… it’s worth it! although i should note, i used dried herbs instead of fresh, and it was still delicious. it was filling, satisfying, and super yummy. and HEALTHY! i’m adding it to the list of things i can serve my non-vegan guests. if i ever have any.

 

moving on to the not-so-good stuff….

 

How long did i last on p90x?

a whopping 1 week.

it’s been 2 days, and i haven’t done JACK to get off my butt and get back into shape.

why?

2 days ago i got my yoga mat out to do the p90x Yoga sequence, and as i was reaching towards the ceiling, i felt pathetic. there’s nothing more pathetic than a lonely stay at home mom in her trashy workout gear doing yoga in the middle of the floor.

i went into plank, then down into a pushup, where i brushed the floor into an upward dog. as i released my breath, dog hair and fuzzies scattered away from me. sweat dripped down my forehead.

i jumped my feet to my hands, into a forward fold and watched as my twice-over post-partum belly crinkled and bulged. how depressing. i stood back up, reached for the sky… and answered my daughter’s summons for me to wipe her butt.

really? this is what i’m reduced to? breathing in a vinyasa and dog hair, wiping butts, washing hands, and generally ill because my insurance refused to fill my antacid script. ENOUGH. i had enough. i didn’t want to work out. i wanted to sit on the couch with a good book. i wanted to put a movie in for my daughter, and read while she lays her head on my shoulder and watches tv.

some people would use that to further bolster their energy and say “i have to do this. i have to work harder.” me? no. i use that sight and i just want to crawl under my bed with a bag of marshmallows and a good book, and not come out for at least a week. i don’t know why. i suspect a therapist could probably pick my childhood apart and figure out the exact moment in which i decided that i liked avoiding problems more than actively fixing them. one of the only things i like less than exercise are therapists and psychologists.

i’m hoping to get back to it tomorrow.

we’ll see.