A few highlights from my week (and a recipe if you keep going!).
AC and I went out to dinner at a restaurant in Norfolk called Supper Southern Morsels and it was totally amazing. I had a salad and a Gardein Jambalaya that was ridiculous. It’s a cute place, and I can’t wait to go back when it’s warm out since they have rooftop dining!
I had a great tofu scramble burrito at Harrison’s Cafe too!
Friday night it was just me and R (D was at M’s rehearsal to take pictures of everything and head shots of the actors), so after doing some summer clothes shopping, we stopped at Moe’s to bring home for dinner.
But onto the fun stuff! I finally went grocery shopping today and whipped up this stir fry for dinner tonight. D and I have both had a craving for it, and this time, I actually wrote down what I did! Feel free to mix up the veggies used – that’s the nice thing about stir fry!
Crissie’s Sweet & Sour Tofu Stir-Fry
- 1 block extra firm tofu, pressed and cubed
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 large can of cubed pineapple in juice (keep the juice)
- 1/2 head of broccoli, cut into florets
- 1/2 red onion, cut into large wedges
- 1 red bell pepper, cut into large squares
- 1 small can diced water chestnuts
- 1 small can bamboo shoots
- 1 can bean sprouts (or use fresh)
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1/4 tsp ground ginger
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
- 3 tbsp mirin (or regular white vinegar)
- 2 tbsp soy sauce/tamari
- 3 tbsp corn starch
- red pepper flakes
- salt to taste
- In a very large pan or wok, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat.
- Add tofu, and stir until starting to brown on all sides.
- Add garlic, and cook for 1-2 minutes.
- Add red onion and bell pepper and cook for 4 minutes.
- Sprinkle a few shakes of red pepper flakes. I did about 3 shakes since my young one doesn’t like super spicy.
- Meanwhile, pour the pineapple juice into a measuring cup. Add enough water or veggie broth to make 1 1/2 cups. Add in the ginger, brown sugar, soy sauce, and corn starch. Mix well and set aside.
- Add the broccoli and cook for 4 minutes.
- Add water chestnuts, bamboo shoots, and pineapple. Stir well.
- Add the liquid and bring the heat to high until it starts to boil. Once it boils, turn down to medium and cook for 3-4 minutes, until sauce thickens.
- Add bean sprouts and heat through.
- Salt and extra soy sauce at the table for everyone to adjust to taste.
We ate ours over brown rice, and it was awesome. This made about 8 servings.
It was a huge hit, and definitely something that will go in the regular rotation.
Today was the first day in weeks that I’ve been able to hit the gym. I’ve gotten in runs and some body weight workouts at home, but I did miss my gym.
Today I went and spent 75 minutes doing cardio. My gym has a cinema room, and today’s feature was Avatar! I love that movie. Anyway, I hopped on the elliptical and watched the last half hour of the movie.
Then it was into the main room for 45 minutes on the treadmill. I normally really hate treadmills (that whole “I feel like a hamster” thing), but I’m not dealing well with the cold. So, 45 minutes of running in place it was!
I have to say I love my new Microsoft Band. It not only keeps constant track of my heart rate, but I can also download workouts to it. Every time I need to do the next exercise (or bump up the speed or incline), it vibrates on my wrist and displays the next activity. Oh, and it also does texts, emails, sleep tracker, weather, and any number of other things. Yeah, it was worth the wait.
It is SO nice to be back home. Traveling is fun, and I do enjoy it, but lately its been a bit too much. When my young one goes to the nurses office complaining of a stomach ache – and then tells the nurse that she misses her mom – I know that enough is enough, and I’m glad the crazy work travels are over for now.
One thing that always brighten’s my day is D’s morning picture with R. He takes them every day – and I do post them most days on Instagram. When I travel, they’re even more important to me. Love seeing these every day!
I’ve been sad that the weather got cold here again. It’s crazy – normally by this time we’re in full blown allergy hell (not that I miss that) and it’s consistently warm. Having weather in the 40’s the past few days has really sucked.
One evening this week, R and I went for a walk to a local park and hung out. It was fun. We chatted, hung out on the swings, and then commented on all the front doors on the houses we walked past on the way home. Long story, but I’ve noticed that there’s a high propensity of red doors in Virginia, and we were sort of counting. And that led to commentary on if we thought someone’s door matched their house well or not. Still, it was fun.
Last night I went out with AC. I swear, I think it’s been going on 2 months since I’ve seen her. We had dinner, caught up, and started plotting our next girls trip to somewhere warm and fun.
Today was sleeping WAY in (like, until 11. Which is something I never do, so that was exciting). Then it was meal planning, the gym, grocery shopping, errand running, and the cooking! Now it’s time to chill, read, and get ready for the week ahead.