Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Tofu Fun

The other day I bought some marinated tofu at the Farmers’ Market for an easy dinner. I sautéed some onions, garlic, mini sweet peppers, mushrooms, carrots, & celery for a few minutes and then added the tofu until it was heated through. I seasoned the stir fry with just a bit of low sodium soy sauce, sesame oil, and sesame seeds. I served the tofu over brown rice.



The toddler was busy “sorting” his food: tofu in one bowl, everything else in another.



And then he swirled the pepper rings around his fingers.



After he was done exploring his food a bit, he finished every last bite and had another bowl (which he sorted again…).


Well, this is a short week, so I’m not planning a lot of meals:


Tuesday: Garlic pasta with creamy mushroom sauce & a salad.


Wednesday: Kabocha soup.


Questions: What are your strategies to keep Thanksgiving healthy? What’s your favorite part of the Thanksgiving meal? I like mashed potatoes, gravy, & stuffing. And, you haven’t forgotten about the flossing, have you?


Be well,

Andrea

28 comments:

  1. I love the way he sorted the food before eating it. As to Thanksgiving dinner, I am of the group that considers it one meal out of hundreds and do not concern myself with the healthiness of it as much as the tradition that it represents. I do make an effort to keep the portions within reason, however!

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  2. The sweet potato casserole with the marshmallow topping is one of my favorites!!!

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  3. Looks like he was having so much fun. The tofu dish looks great. As for staying healthy during Thanksgiving my key is that my stomach is only so big and once I am full I am full, so I don;t usually eat too much more than normal. Plus being a vegetarian my options are limited and usually veggies anyway.

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  4. mmm love stirfried tofu! i had some last night with some savory oatbran!

    my fav thanksgiving dish is the cranberry sauce and stuffing! I wait al year to eat this :) cannot wait

    tip on staying healthy is to not think of it as the holiday season. Just keep my eating and workouts the same and that helps me stay focused!

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  5. That's so cute that he sorted everything out! As someone who doesn't like anything on her plate touching, I get where he's coming from!!

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  6. Haha! I love watching that kid eat. He is a true connoisseur! That tofu dish looks very familiar to me. We eat tofu stir fries quite a bit. I love sesame oil!

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  7. I LOVE the sorting part. JJ does that all the time now. such sillies they are!

    STUFFING. MMM

    and strategies? i dunno. I just sort of allow it to be a treat bc we eat so health concscience the rest of the time.

    I am looking foward to my Dad's Girlfriend's pumpkin cheesecake actually!
    xo

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  8. I love that your kid eats tofu and veggies (in such a cool way!) Too cute!

    I have gone through an entire pack of dental floss so far this month, so yes...still flowwing away!

    No Thanksgiving here, but for Christmas, I will be making a huge tray of roasted veggies(just sprayed with olive oil and sprinkled with s + p) as a side dish.

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  9. Flossed again last night! I'm kicking some serious BUTT! My dentist will be so proud when my gums down gush with blood after he flosses my teeth :)

    I love learning form you how to treat kids when they eat. Your son is playing with his food, which is normally something parents don't like but I think it makes the food experience more fun, and it gives them a positive opinion of healthy foods, like tofu!! I love it.

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  10. i like tofu when i go out to eat, but i've yet to make it for myself. yours looks really good ... and simple enough! i think i'll need to give it a try sometime soon :) thanks!

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  11. Yum, tofu! That so cute. I'm glad he likes to eat tofu. Not too many kids would touch the stuff.

    I'm still trying to figure out how I'm going to keep my Thanksgiving meal healthy, so I'll let you know after I've made it. lol.

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  12. Hehe, the toddler looks like he's working hard!

    To me, having a healthy Thanksgiving is not worrying about the calories or fat. It's about enjoying myself and eating just enough food (not too much!) and enjoying the company :)

    I love my mom's green bean casserole, shepherd's pie, and dessert!

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  13. I like tofu...but never expect a kid would eat them, and even after separating them! How fun!

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  14. i have a reignited love affair with tofu going...something about getting it nice and crispy that is so dang good!

    AND KABOCHA SOUP? yes please!

    love ya - still flossing every other day :)

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  15. too cute with the sorting. kids are awesome. and i DONT do turkey day healthy.. i just don't. haha. i do healthy, clean eating 90% of the time, thanksgiving is an exception that falls into the 10% ;)

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  16. What a smart little guy he is! Having a healthy Thanksgiving is so important because it's really just another day to move forward in my life. I cook healthy and add in a few things we all must have. But throughout my years of maintenance I try hard to focus on the family, not the food.

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  17. Oh this looks great! I have yet to cook with tofu but I'm hoping I won't be able to say that soon! :)

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  18. Your little one is adorable! So great that he eats so well! What a blessing ;)

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  19. I love the pic of the toddler sorting his food! :)

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  20. I don't celebrate Thanksgiving so I will ask for chinese new year. I try to choose healthy options if we eat out and I try to incorporate more veggies dishes if we eat at home. :)

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  21. My strategy is simply portion control. And going easy on the appetizers!! Your toddler is tooooo cute!

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  22. That pepper swirling action shot is TOO CUTE!

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  23. Awww, so cute!! my fav part of the thanksgiving meal is definitely the stuffing, and macaroni and cheese, which is something we always have. :)

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  25. Oh Andrea, how nice was that watching the kid eats! I guess he'll be busy the whole night sorting out his food. haha...Your tofu dish looks so vibrant and inviting! yum...

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  26. Your little boy is just so darn adorable. I seem to remember from your comments that your husband is Asian? Hope you don't mind my asking--I just always wonder what my children will look like, and I am half Chinese, which I think will be interesting with my hubby's blonde hair and fair skin!

    So cute that he likes tofu. I have your sesame sauce dressing bookmarked still to try (forget the actual name of it?). I bet it would be good with tofu :)

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  27. Too cute about the way the toddler separates everything out like that. ;)

    My strategy for Thanksgiving is to just remember to exercise regularly year-round. That way, when you indulge big-time every now and then, it's not that big of a deal. Happy Holidays, everyone!

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