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5 Minute Tofu & Broccoli

5 Minute Tofu & Broccoli is exactly what I need in my life right now!  I have been lagging in posting on my blog because I am preparing for 3 concerts in less than two weeks, in addition to preparing to move after 5 crazy and awesome years in Beijing! There are barely enough minutes in the day to keep up with my main priorities!  Finding nannies, apartments/houses, buying a car, sorting through insurance (after 5 years of having none), cell phone plans, and the fact that we don’t own so much as a fork anymore!  Coming abroad to China, you are given amazing housing that is fully furnished.  I had shed my entire life of belongings when I left the US.  It’s more than exciting to be purchasing, planning, and preparing for the future, but dang!  It’s busy to the extreme!  I am, however, EXTREMELY excited even though this is quite bittersweet.  There have been tears shed for the smallest of things because I know I’ll never be doing them, or doing them this way, again.  

5 Minute Tofu & Broccoli was not meant to be a blog post.  I literally had zero time, looked in my fridge (or scrounged around more accurately), threw stuff in a pan, created as I went, and voila.  Done in 5 minutes!  I was so stinkin’ pleased with myself and the bowl of food looked quite “pretty” that I decided to snap a few shots.  This is why you will not see the process making in this post.  I had no intention of posting or picture taking until it was all done!  To add to this, my amazing friend, Lindsay, had just showed me how to use the basics of Lightroom.  Once upon a time, I had attempted to teach myself Photoshop.  Once and only once.  Honestly, I got so incredibly frustrated by this program that I refused to try it again and almost cried. This seriously happened.  In the future, when I actually have back that little thing we like to call “time,” I fully plan on revisiting the horror with a clearer and more driven head, however, until then, if not always, Lightroom is far more intuitive and most definitely did not bring me to the verge of tears. If you are a Beijinger, and even if you’re not, check out my friend’s amazing blog!  She offers fabulous packages for family shots etc around Beijing.  My best Beijing friend, Alana, who you’ve all heard about just got some great pics from her.  I threw this 5 Minute Tofu & Broccoli picture into Lightroom so Lindsay could show me some basics. Fabulous program! Unfortunately, had to throw it in Photoshop to do one small thing that Lightroom does not do and it saved like this… blurry and discolored!  Didn’t even remotely attempt to fix it, as I was not going down that rabbit hole again!  Like I said, for future days with more time and perhaps a glass (at least) of wine.

Tofu, broccoli, tumeric, onion, garlic, Braggs Amino Acids (or soy sauce!), ginger powder, red pepper flakes, s & p, topped with some Goddess dressing, and done.  Like I said, 5 minutes to awesomeness doused in a bowl of health. Simple living for stressful times does not have to mean abandoning your health & tummy happiness.  Eat merry & be happy!

5 Minute Tofu & Broccoli

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 Minute Tofu & Broccoli
Yields 2
Loaded with flavor, protein, iron, and vitamins, this dish is not only healthy but extremely quick.
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Total Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 brick firm or extra firm tofu - Very well drained! - Sliced into squares
  2. 1 small head of broccoli - florets
  3. 1/4 cup diced onion (optional)
  4. garlic powder to taste (if you have more time or have pre-minced, throw in 2-3 cloves real garlic)
  5. tumeric - pinch or two
  6. red pepper flakes - to taste
  7. Braggs Amino Acids OR soy sauce - at least 3 Tbl
  8. s & p to taste (if using soy sauce, limit your salt or do not add)
  9. Goddess dressing - to taste
  10. Sesame oil (or whatever you've got!) for pan
Instructions
  1. Heat oil in pan
  2. Add onions - cook for 1 minute
  3. Turn heat up (fairly high)
  4. Add pressed tofu, garlic, ginger, pepper flakes, tumeric, and s & p -press down on tofu. Flip after 2-3 minutes.
  5. Throw in the broccoli and Braggs or soy for the last minute. Toss well
  6. Remove from heat, let cool for a minute or two, and top with Goddess dressing
  7. Feel free to add anything you'd like or remove anything from this dish. It's delicious but you can also use this as a guideline to healthy & quick cooking dishes that would be similar. Use what's in your fridge!
Notes
  1. White wine pairing - Gewurztraminer
  2. Red wine pairing - Sangiovese
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Creamy Peanut Butter & Banana Smoothie

I am sure you have all heard me mention how I chug my G’s Oatmeal Smoothie every morning and love it.  It’s just so healthy and such an incredible start to my day that I can’t get myself to move on to one of my many (yet to be posted) other smoothie recipes. However, on the weekends I sometimes need a change.  A break from the berries if you will!  I am a massive fan of anything peanut butter and banana or peanut butter and chocolate.  I find those combinations to be unbeatable in my sweet tooth world. Like I’ve said before, I don’t particularly have a sweet tooth, as I’d choose a bagel, potato chip, slice of pizza etc any day over chocolate or other sweets, however, those are the loves of the small sweet tooth within me.  I have really been enjoying my Creamy Peanut Butter & Banana Smoothie for weekends now!  My lil’ man, G, loves them as well.  Double delight!  Honestly, you could throw in some cocoa powder for a chocolate effect, add some spinach for the fiber (I always do), and use any kind of nut butter you’d like!  I’m never strict with a recipe so I most certainly don’t expect the same from my readers.  In Beijing, it is very difficult to find natural peanut butter, and when you do, it costs oodles of moola.  I have taken to buying the “mixed sesame” butter (a variety of what I think is sesame seeds, peanuts, and probably something else), as it is completely natural, delicious, and costs a mere $1.00! Now, you cannot beat that.   These are the things in China that I will truly miss… well, a part of some of the things I will miss.  I am leaving after 5 long years in 7 weeks and it will be extremely bitter sweet!  I am starting to feel the reality now… I digress, back to smoothie speak!  I drink them all year long but I know that they’re even bigger hits in the summer time. Bring on the beach, the sun, and the great outdoors.  I am beyond ready and am sure you are, too!  Enjoy your Creamy Peanut Butter & Banana Smoothie in the summer, spring, winter, or fall… at the beach, in the morning, afternoon, or at the mall.  Okay, I had to do it.  The Dr. Seuss in me insisted.  Enjoy it even as a light dinner or dessert.  It knows no bounds! Slurp up this deliciously satisfying and healthy Creamy Peanut Butter & Banana Smoothie and I promise you, you’ll be on the road to a healthier you!  

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Creamy Peanut Butter & Banana Smoothie
Yields 3
Creamy Peanut Butter & Banana Smoothie is healthy, delicious, and ready to slurp up in just minutes!
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Prep Time
4 min
Cook Time
1 min
Total Time
5 min
Prep Time
4 min
Cook Time
1 min
Total Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 bananas
  2. 3-4 large spoonfuls of peanut butter
  3. 1/2 a ripe avocado
  4. 2 cups oats
  5. Dash of vanilla extract
  6. 1 can coconut milk
  7. Coconut water (use your desired amount for thickness/thinness)
  8. Large handful of spinach (optional but recommended- I always use this)
Instructions
  1. Put a splash of coconut water in the bottom of your blender and add the oats
  2. Top with coconut milk
  3. Add bananas, peanut butter, avocado, vanilla
  4. Top with spinach if using
  5. Add your desired amount of coconut water
  6. Blend
  7. *I put this in the refrigerator overnight and blend in the morning for a cold smoothie!
Notes
  1. This yields 3 large glasses.
Suggestions
  1. Add cocoa powder for a chocolate flavor
  2. Add spinach or kale for some awesome fiber/vitamins. You won't taste it if you're concerned about this.
  3. Use any kind of milk (almond, soy - plain, vanilla, chocolate -, cow's milk etc)
  4. Use any kind of nut butter
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