Tofu-nk

In a tofu-nk and in need of ideas!

I realized I really haven’t had much meat in quite a while. I might order it when I am out to eat, and I am happy to eat it if someone cooks it for me; however, I am not going out of my way to buy and prepare meat myself. I am not mostly vegetarian for moral or ethical reasons, or even really for ‘diet’ purposes. A lot of vegetarian dishes can have just as many calories as meat-filled dishes, depending on how they are prepared. While I didn’t make a conscious decision to phase it out of my diet, it kind of happened naturally. Wanna know why?

My #1 reason for being mostly vegetarian is because I am cheap. Have you seen how much one pound of ground beef is lately? Not to mention I don’t like touching raw meat (specifically, chicken). A block of tofu is $1.99 at Trader Joe’s. Eggs are cheap too. I am going for the most bang for my buck here.

Eggs and Morningstar sausage. Tofu. Super versatile. Yum.

I have made or tried tofu prepared in a few different ways now (see recipes page for some of these recipes if you are interested!): tofu noodles, tofu pigs in a blanket, baked sesame tofu, tempeh in pasta sauce, tofu in soup, and I recently made up a delicious tofu marinade. My favorite way to eat it is sliced thin, marinated, and pan seared in my new cast iron skillet (one of my favorite purchases as of late). I will eat this tofu plain, and I have put it on a sandwich and used it as ‘lunch meat.’ A grilled cheese with mayo and tofu hits the spot, and provides a little more protein than just a regular old grilled cheese.

To make the marinade, I mix dijon mustard, worcestershire sauce, horseradish, and a bit of canola oil. Then I pour it over the sliced tofu and let it sit at least overnight.

I feel like I am now comfortable cooking and working with tofu. Now I need to expand my library of recipes! Please help! Also, if anyone has any good vegetarian frozen meals or snacks. I am stuck on Morningstar, (sausage, egg, and cheese biscuits!) but I know there have to be other good vegetarian options out there. I need ideas, please!

Meatless Monday

Today is Meatless Monday… I usually eat a fairly vegetarian diet, but I am going to make a particular effort to go meatless on Monday’s from now on! It is an ‘excuse’ to stay on plan and make healthy choices. I need more theme days to keep me on track… Ideas, anyone?

Today’s Meatless Monday Meals (loving the alliteration…)


Breakfast:

Peanut Butter and Jelly English muffin – this breakfast has become my standby. I used to eat a bagel thin with cream cheese every morning, but lately English muffins have been on sale more than bagel thins! 6 Points Plus.

Lunch:

Tortellini and Tofu Soup – leftovers from the weekend. Just as delicious the next few days! 6 Points Plus.

Snacks:

A banana – my old faithful snack. I usually eat this right before I leave work, giving me enough fuel for my after-work run. 0 Points Plus.

Spaghetti Squash – more leftovers from the weekend. I microwaved a spaghetti squash, and mixed the contents with a can of zucchini in tomato sauce, and 2 wedges of Laughing Cow garlic herb cheese. It made two hearty portions! For only 3 Points Plus, it is a bargain!

100 Calorie Ritz Snack Pack – I couldn’t resist… I love a crunchy snack. The spaghetti squash did just not sound as good. I will save this for another day! 3 Points Plus.

Dinner:

Tomato Pie – even more leftovers from the weekend. My food today is so easy to reheat and eat! 9 Points Plus.

Dessert:

Pumpkin Softies and a glass of skim milk. When these are gone, I am whipping up another batch. Definitely a satisfying recipe for only 3 Points Plus per softie. 2 for the milk.


Meatless Monday isn’t so bad! I have had lots of fulfilling meals, and definitely am getting the most for my Points Plus allowance today (29 total). I’ll be going meatless tomorrow too… but sushi is on the menu for lunch, so I will be having some fish. I love sushi!

Did anyone else have a Meatless Monday? What are some of your favorite vegetarian dishes? I need more inspiration for future Meatless Monday’s!

Tortellini and Tofu Soup

1 can vegetable broth

1/2 diced zucchini
1/2 diced yellow squash
1/2 chopped head of broccoli
1 container baby bellas, roughly chopped
1 container extra firm tofu, cubed
1 container of Trader Joe’s Spinach Tortellini

Heat vegetable broth and additional can of water over medium-high heat. Add vegetables and tofu. Boil for 10 – 15 mins. Add Spinach Tortellini. Boil for an additional 5 minutes. Simmer on low until you are ready to serve! This serves four at 6 points plus per serving.

I seasoned this with salt, pepper, Mrs. Dash Garlic and Herb, and some Zehnders All-Purpose Seasoning. You could season this with really whatever flavors you like. You could also substitute with veggies you have on hand – this just happened to be what I had. Turned out absolutely delicious!