Dinner

As you know, i’m not the cooker (is that really a word?) in the household.

I’m very lucky that my other half does most of the cooking.  He’s much better at it than me and it comes naturally to him versus me needing to use recipes.

On Wednesday he told me that dinner that night was my responsibility and that we couldn’t have chicken (my default protein).  So I told him we’d have tofu. 🙂

I immediately pictured a tofu curry.  Work was busy so I didn’t have time to google a recipe until late in the day and when I did, I found this recipe on Minimalist Baker.  It wasn’t a tofu recipe per say but I felt I could work with it.

Here’s my version, which is actually quite similar to hers.  Her recipe also includes a recipe for coconut quinoa.  I have horrific luck with making quinoa so I skipped it and just made some farro to have with the curry.

Tofu Coconut Curry

Ingredients
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp fresh grated ginger
  • 1/2 cup  broccoli florets
  • 3/4 of a small sweet potato cut into small pieces
  • 1 small diced tomato
  • 1/2 cup snow peas cut in half
  • 1 Tbsp curry powder
  • Pinch red pepper flakes
  • 2 14-ounce cans light coconut milk
  • 1 cup veggie stock
  • 1 block firm tofu (pressed)
  • Sea salt and black pepper to taste
  1. Heat a large saucepan or pot to medium heat and add 1 Tbsp coconut oil. Add the onion, garlic, ginger, sweet potato, broccoli and a pinch each salt and pepper and stir. Cook, stirring frequently, until softened – about 5 minutes.
  2. Add curry powder, chili flakes, veggie stock, coconut milk, tofu, another healthy pinch of salt and stir. Bring to a simmer then reduce heat slightly and continue cooking for 10-15 minutes.
  3. Add the snow peas and tomatoes in the last 5 minutes so they don’t overcook.
  4. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed.

I found that I did need to add a decent amount of salt, but otherwise it was a pretty straight forward recipe.

I added the tofu.  I pressed a whole block but ended up using about half to three quarters of it.  Personal preference there.

I also went a little heavier on the veggies than the original recipe.

This was an easy recipe that ended up tasting quite well.  Give it a try!!

Do you like curries?  I didn’t for the longest time and then all of a sudden my tastes shifted.  I’m glad they did!

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Believe it or not, I am still here

I’m here!  Not doing much in terms of blogging but being INCREDIBLY busy elsewhere.

Sometimes life just gets in the way of other stuff.  But it’s all good!

My last post was 8/13, so let’s see if I can recap since then….

Pizza events and stuff in mid-August and boy was it HOT.

The end of August brought my other half going away for a bachelor party, my birthday (yes, he was away :(), and then my vacation.

I left for South Africa on 8/26 and the entire week leading up to that was insane with work and other obligations outside of work.  That said, I made it a point to completely relax and disconnect while I was on vacation.  Everything would still be there when I got back.

South Africa was amazing.  Beautiful country and kind people.  Of course there’s so much more to the trip than that, so perhaps I will write a recap post.  I took over 1600 photos and think I finally narrowed that down to 1000.  Should I post them all?

Some random shots from my phone (which was pretty much off for most of the trip).

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Yummy South African bubbly
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Sunset on the reserve
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Delicious veggie friendly food at the reserve
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Getting ready to jump

I got back the Sunday of Labor Day weekend and appreciated having a couple of days to relax before heading back to work.

But sadly that day did come and I had to go back to work on 9/6.  Since then work has been insane…frequently frustrating, sometimes stressful, occasionally OK.  Add to that weekends with tons of commitments and you get one tired girl.

Take this past weekend for example…

Saturday – up at 6a to take a 7a OTF class.  9a meeting with a contractor. 10:15a parents come to visit. 11a appointment with parents and then errands. 4p leave for a pizza event at a skydiving boogie 80 miles away.  8p cut almost 200 pizzas non stop for the next 2+ hours.  10:30p – plan to leave but find that we can’t get out of the parking lot because an airplane is in the way (#everydayproblems).  Get home after 1a, asleep sometime between 1:30a and 2a…..

Sunday – up at 7a to teach spin at 8:15.  Back after class to shower and get some quality time with minnie before leaving for Long Island.  We had a 3pm wedding but since it was also Sunday Football, we headed down early to hit up a bar to watch the Giants game.  Left the wedding around 8:15p and then had a 90 minute drive home.  Got home a little after 10.  Hung out a bit and then it was bed time.

The weekend kicked my butt.  Amazingly I still got two workouts in (thankfully in the morning).  I’m still tired.

While the weather and my breathing improved while I was away, I’m back and it’s crap again.  I switched up my allergy medication (OTC/generic) in hopes of that helping but so far no luck.  One day I will be able to breathe again.

I plan to start running again and even sign up for some races but nothing yet.  Sh*t’s been too busy.  That’s life, right?

How do you manage things when life gets busy?