Simple Breakfast Smoothie

14 Mar

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 5 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 banana
  • 4-5 ripe strawberries
  • 4 oz. chunk of tofu
  • 4 tbsp of plain or vanilla yogurt
  • 3/4 cup of soy milk or almond milk
  • 1 tsp of honey (optional)
  1. In a blender combine all of the ingredients above and blend until smooth. An occasional stirring to help the ingredients blend together better might be needed. 

Tofu is a great source of protein,with 10.1 grams in only 4 oz. I use to make this ahead of time before I went to work during the summer. I made it at night before bed and put it in ziploc container in the fridge, ready for me the next morning! It’s also a great post-work out smoothie as well with protein to help build muscles that would keep me full for at least a couple of hours before I start munching again.

A lot of the ingredients are flexible and swappable with others such as mangoes, blueberries, and cherries. Also, if you’re vegan, the yogurt can be omitted!

Enjoy!

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Crispy Tofu Fries

14 Mar

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 box of medium-firm tofu
  • 1 1/2 cup of flour
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 1/2 cup of panko bread crumbs
  • peanut oil
  1. Cut up the tofu block into matchstick size pieces, like how you would get your fries from a local fast food joint
  2. Put the flour onto one plate, the beaten egg on another plate, and the panko bread crumbs on another plate in that order! It’s an assembly line which will make the process of making tofu fries much faster and cleaner. I salt and peppered each step. You’re welcome to add any other spices such as curry powder or cayenne powder for that extra kick! I kept it simple since I was going to dip it in my sauce. nom!
  3. you want to make sure each side of the “fry” is coated well with flour, then egg, and the panko bread crumbs
  4. Heat the peanut oil in a shallow pan. I made sure the oil was about 1/2 inch thick. (I picked peanut oil because it has a higher smoke point)
  5. test the how hot the oil is with a little bit of the breadcrumb and see if it starts sizzling – once it is, you’re ready to put in the tofu fries!
  6. Put about 10-12 fries in the pan so it wouldn’t be overly crowded in the pan which can cause the oil to drop in temperature
  7. tofu is actually cooked already and can be eaten straight from the box (but it’s so bland),  therefore when you fry it you’re actually only making sure it’s heating through and the exterior is nice and crispy! – I fried it for about 3 minutes or until it’s nice and golden brown.

Dipping Sauce

  1. 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  2. 1/2 tsp salt
  3. 1/2 tsp pepper
  4. 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  5. 1 tbsp sriracha hot sauce

This is a great alternative to the other fries you might have had like zucchini fries or sweet potato fries! It’s packed with protein and fills you right up! Omnomnom!