Sunday, May 24, 2009

Double recipes

Hi guys! How is everyone’s weekend going?

I just got back from walking Jaci in the gorgeous weather we have here today! It’s nice and sunny. Yay!

I made a new breakfast cookie last night, so before I left for our walk, I chowed down:


This is my first time putting greek yogurt on a breakfast cookie and I have to admit; it was pretty darn yummy! It is also keep me full and satisfied pretty well, too. Thanks for the idea, Jenna!

Now, rewinding back to yesterday, I had a great Saturday! I started the day off with another awesome run. I ran a 5k again and it felt fantastic! I am really liking this distance and have found the pace where I am comfortable at. Now I just have to remember to keep this pace during my race in two weeks so I don’t get burnt out early in the race!

Yesterday afternoon was spent at a bridal shower! But before we left, I made a fabulous lunchy:


grilled ezekiel wrap. mmmm

I know I mentioned how much I love weddings and I am so excited that I have yet another one to look forward to! My cousin, Shaun, is getting married on June 22. My mom, sister, and I went to his fiancé's shower. It was a fun time; we played some bridal games and she opened all of her presents. She got some pretty neat kitchen appliances that I was jealous of! hehe. Then we all gathered in the kitchen and had refreshments. There was a cake, nuts, fruit, and punch. It was a pretty set up and I totally forgot to take a pic of it! Sorry! I had a small slice of cake, some nuts and some fruit. I probably could have done without the cake though; I am a total ice-cream gal.

Are you more of a cake lover or an ice-cream lover?

Then we came home and started thinking about what we wanted to do for dinner. I found an awesome recipe that I wanted to try, so I made dinner for the fam. :)


  Tofu with Peanut Ginger Sauce


· 5 tablespoon(s) water

· 4 tablespoon(s) smooth natural peanut butter

· 1 tablespoon(s) rice vinegar (see Ingredient note), or white vinegar

· 2 teaspoon(s) reduced-sodium soy sauce

· 2 teaspoon(s) honey

· 2 teaspoon(s) minced ginger

· 2 clove(s) garlic, minced

· 14 ounce(s) extra-firm tofu, preferably water-packed

· 2 teaspoon(s) extra-virgin olive oil

· 4 cup(s) baby spinach (6 ounces)

· 1 1/2 cup(s) sliced mushrooms (4 ounces)

· 4 scallions, sliced (1 cup)


1. To prepare sauce: Whisk water, peanut butter, rice vinegar (or white vinegar), soy sauce, honey, ginger and garlic in a small bowl.

2. To prepare tofu: Drain and rinse tofu; pat dry. Slice the block crosswise into eight 1/2-inch-thick slabs. Coarsely crumble each slice into smaller, uneven pieces.

3. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over high heat. Add tofu and cook in a single layer, without stirring, until the pieces begin to turn golden brown on the bottom, about 5 minutes. Then gently stir and continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until all sides are golden brown, 5 to 7 minutes more.

4. Add spinach, mushrooms, scallions and the peanut sauce and cook, stirring, until the vegetables are just cooked, 1 to 2 minutes more.


This was SO. GOOD. All of you tofu lovers need to try this asap! The flavors in this dish are so amazing together!! The best part is…I have leftovers! :D

For desert, I indulged in some Coconut Bliss:


We then decided to go rent a movie and kick back for the night. The movie place was out of the movie we wanted to rent, so we found Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2. We actually really liked it! This is a good one for a group of girls. :)

And I promised to post the recipe to my oatmeal desert bars, from earlier this week, so here it is:

          Oatmeal Desert Bars



  • 1 1/2 cups oatmeal
  • 1 cup fat free DRY milk
  • 2 tbsp ground flax seed (optional)
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 2 very ripe mashed bananas
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • squirt of honey or agave nectar
  • chocolate chips (1/4 cup?)


Preheat oven to 350*. Spray an 8x8 dish with cooking spray. Mix all ingredients together and spoon into pan. Bake for approximately 30 minutes. May take more or less depending on your oven. Especially delicious topped with nut butter. :)

These are so simple and so delicious!!

Well, I am off to go make some lunch, then tonight I am eating dinner with my dad. We are grilling out and there has been talk about shrimp, pineapple, and veggie kabobs. EEEKKK! My favorite!

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Wishing all of you a great Sunday!


  1. congrats on the 5k! that's awesome!

    i'm totally an ice cream girl, but i have the strangest craving for store bought sheet cake with buttercream icing. cake's presentation is prettier than ice cream so that sways what i want sometimes.

  2. you are doing so great with your runs, girlie! I am very proud of you :)

    ahh i love sisterhood of the traveling pants 2.. i always pretend thats my life :) muaha i'm so lame!

    enjoy the rest of your day girlie!
    with love,

  3. Congratulations on the running! You're going to do great.

    I've actually never been to a wedding before. The ones you have been to sound like a lot of fun, and I'm glad you get to go to another! I'm an ice cream person, as well.

    The recipes look amazing! I'd love to try that tofu dish one day, and I have some dry milk hanging out in my pantry from a previous recipe, and it needs using up, so I definitely see those oatmeal bars to be made soon!

    Much love,

  4. I love my 'fu so that peanut tofu sounds fantastic!! Thanks for the recipe :)

    Way to go on the run! Mmm grilled pineapple - my favorite!

  5. Hi beautiful! Keep up that running! I cannot wait to hear about your race when it happens! Super excited for you girl.

    Those recipes are both being bookmarked - I LOVE tofu stir-fry, and nothing is better than a homemade version! I'm sure your family is so thankful for you :)

    Have a wonderful day!


  6. BOTH of those recipes look GREAT!! :D

    I agree! That is a prety good movie!

    I am a TOTAL Ice Cream Gal too!

    Good job on the run!

  7. wow the oat bars look great I need to remember this recipe!

  8. thanks for the recipes girlie!!
    amazing tofu :)

  9. I'm actually neither a cake or ice-cream gal...I'm not much into such sweet things! I'm more of a muffin or bread or pancake gal...hee!
    but your oatmeal dessert bar looks SO good! I like that it doesn't sound too sweet, exactly my style!
    and that tofu looks amazing, too!

  10. Your tofu din din looks super good! Thanks for the recipe girl:)

  11. I do love ice cream and cake, but for some reason heated-up pie, like apple crumble (with a side of ice cream) is my absolute fave!

    And thanks for all these recipes girl, that tofu one looks AMAZING....i know what I need to make this week!

  12. hi girlie

    congrats on running 5k again :) i just did that this morning too! keeping a steady pace definetely helps me keep going...when i start off too fast its so hard to keep going after a while!

    im definetely an ice cream girl :)

    thanks for the recipes hun, they both look delish!