Morning and happy almost-Friday! Last night I went to the gym for the first time since I encountered the creeper there, which was back at the beginning of September! Nuts. I started with 40 minutes on the elliptical with it set at level 11 and on random, and it felt so good. I sometimes forget how much the elliptical can make you sweat if you work the settings right… After cardio, I did some weights for the first time in AGES. There are 4 back/chest/shoulder/arm machines in my apartment gym – pulldowns, rows, chest press, and shoulder press. I did 3 sets of 15 on each of the 4 machines, and am feeling quite sore today, but in a good way. I really need to be more consistent with my strength training…
After the gym, I made an awesome meal – Buffalo Tofu with Avocado Fries. Last week, my friend Emily sent me a recipe for avocado fries, and I knew I had to have them. I healthified the recipe, and it turned out so good. I was also craving buffalo tofu which seemed like the perfect thing to go with creamy avocado fries.
Ingredients for fries:
- 2 medium firm avocados
- 2 eggs
- white flour
- panko crumbs
- salt and pepper to taste
Ingredients for buffalo tofu:
- block firm tofu, pressed
- frank’s red hot
- blue cheese crumbles
- Preheat oven to 375º
- Cut the tofu into your desired shape, and douse it with frank’s red hot. Let it marinate while you prep the fries.
- Take two avocados that are semi firm (NOT soft) so they retain their shape.
- Cut each avocado in half, carefully remove the skin, and cut each half into quarters.
- Get three bowls. To the first, add the flour. To the second, add the two eggs and beat them until smooth. To the third, add panko and salt and pepper and mix it up.
- Take each piece of avocado and place it first in the flour, then in the egg, then in the panko.
- Repeat process until each piece of avocado is covered in all three. It’s best to use one hand only in the egg, so use your right hand to put it in the flour and move it around, then your right hand to drop it into the egg. Then use your left hand to mix it around in the egg and drop it in the panko, then your right hand to mix it up in the panko and transfer it to the baking sheet. Think wet/dry hand and it’ll keep the process less messy.
- Once all your fries are prepped, transfer the marinated tofu to the same baking sheet.
- Place baking sheet in preheated oven for 20 minutes, flip everything over, and bake for another 20 minutes.
- Garnish the tofu with extra frank’s red hot (if you want) and blue cheese crumbles.
I also added some sauteed spinach for good measure to round out the plate.
This dinner was AWESOME. The avocado gets a little melty and warm and the panko stays really crispy so the texture of the fries is awesome. The baked tofu was great too because the buffalo sauce really stuck to the tofu and it was perfect with the blue cheese crumbles. Also, when you make buffalo style anything at home, its automatically way healthier than when you order it out, because typical buffalo sauce is hot sauce plus a stick of butter. This had no butter and still was super flavorful and delicious.
SO good. I am very excited for leftovers today for lunch!!
What is your strength training routine like? How often do you lift weights?
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