Saturday, October 30, 2010

Orange Glazed Tofu with Lime Coconut Rice

Orange Glazed Tofu:
2 tsp Arrowroot powder
1/2 orange juice
1 tsp orange zest
3 tbps Soy sauce
2 tbsp Maple syrup
2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
2 gloves of garlic
1 tbsp sesame oil
1/8 tsp of sea salt
1 pack of extra firm tofu
Green onions (garnish)
1-2 tbsp sesame seeds (garish)

Pre heat your oven at 400 degrees. Combine arrowroot with two tablespoons of orange juice. I say actually squeeze the orange yourself because you will next put that and the rest of the orange juice into the bowl along with all of your ingredients save the tofu, sesame seeds and the green onions.
Put your tofu and the mixture into a baking dish and coat both sides. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 15 minutes. Take out when that is done and turn the pieces of tofu over. Recover and bake for another 6-9 minutes. The sauce should be thicker as it cools. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with green onions and seeds.

Coconut Lime Rice
1 cup of brown basmti rice
½ cup of water
A can of light coconut milk
2 tablespoons of lime juice
1 ½ tsp of lime zest
¼ tsp of sea salt
Lime wedge to serve

I would recommend pre soaking your rice. Combine all but the zest and wedges in sauce pan and bring to a boil. Turn down and simmer for 35-45 minutes adding more water if needed. Turn off heat and stir in the lime zest. Let sit for five minutes before serving.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

LiveStrong 5k!

I am the one in the Blue.

Well Yesterday was my first 5K! It was tons of fun and not as hard as I thought it would be...I mean today I am soar but I could defintley do more. I completed it in 35 minutes; not bad for my first time and I will do even better next one!

So what does this mean for me? It means a lot. You see I am a dancer and what do you hear from dancers all of the time? "Dancers cant really run." It's our ankles really. Ankles have a lot of stress in them when you dance, primarily in Ballet due to the extreme stress. Well, I want to be a dancer that can run too...and apparently I can!

A healthy life style means alot to me...that is the reason why I am vegan. But eating isn't all there is to health. Working out, cardio and strength training is just as important. Still to do that you need the right food in your system, so it's nothing and everything but a cycle of health.

The moral: Half Marathon is next!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Mercimek- Turkish Red Lentil Soup

This is a take on one of my favorite Middle Eastern Recipes... it is rich and spicy and perfect for a cool winter or fall day. It also happens to be packed full of protein.

1 cup red lentils
1 medium size onion
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 carrot
1 tbsp tomato or pepper paste (or you can do half&half)
1 tsp salt
1 tsp crushed pepper or red peppercorns
pinch of red pepper flakes
6 cups of water or veggie broth

I always start be dicing up all of my Veggies. Since this is a soup you want to make sure to get them as finally minced as possible. I go so far as to use my food processor.

Take the olive oil and the minced onion and put it in a large pot, sauteing. After about 2-3 minutes, add the tomato paste and saute that in as well.

After this put everything but the lemon into the pot and cook on medium heat until the lentils are soft and mushy, for about 20-25 minutes.

Squirt with lemon before serving. This is great with fresh Pita Bread.