Archive for January 19th, 2009

Simply Tofu

Last year, Ted booked my birthday at Kripalu but we never used the weekend for what ever reason. It was a 3 day stay in Massachusetts which encompassed yoga and cross country skiing.  Since we never went, we had a huge credit available, but had to use it within the year. It came down to the last month, THIS month, and I hadn’t been able to make it out to visit the Center. Since we’re doing an overnight stay at The Brewster Inn  in Cazenovia (was suppose to be the Brae Loc…long story – will explain later this week), and then for the Superbowl, we are going to Key West, FL, there was no opportunity to get to Kripalu. So they kindly allowed me to use the credit in their gift shop. My picks came today and this is what I received:

Kripalu Goodies

Kripalu Goodies

They have a shop on line however not everything you see was listed on line. The girl who runs the store, Laurie, was unbelievably helpful and picked out all the clothing items herself. They all fit and are FANTASTIC. Thank you LAURIE!

This note came with the order:

Serve with a full heart. By making others happy, you make yourself happy.” Swami Kripalu

I’ve got lots of yoga to do with the DVD’s and CD’s and I  have alot of cooking to do using the two great books.


I baked tofu tonight with vegetables, herbs and spices.  It’s always an experiment for me when it comes to tofu.  I’m in search of a method where I simply can’t wait to eat it again.  Why do I bother at all?  Well, it’s healthy for one.  I get a little bored with fish all the time.  Beans are good, but also get a little monotonous.  Tempeh… just had that the other night. Regarding other vegetarian products, they’re processed foods. I much prefer using something “in the raw” and “processing” it myself.  Have I left anything out? Oh yes.. Quorn. That I plan on making use of Thursday evening.   End result … It’s Tofu Night Tonight


  • 1 container (12.3oz) Lite Tofu, drained and pressed for 4 hours.
  • 1/3 red pepper, sliced
  • 1/3 green pepper, sliced
  • 1 cup broccoli slaw
  • 1 green onion, chopped
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp coriander
  • 1/2 tsp orange zest
  • 2 TBS Ginger Sesame Vinaigrette
  • 1 TBS EVOO, salt, pepper to taste

Mix the thyme, cinnamon, coriander, zest together. Add the Vinaigrette. Put the sliced peppers in baking dish with the broccoli slaw on top. Lay the tofu on top of the vegetables. Sprinkle the chopped green onion on tofu. Top with the rosemary sprig.  Salt, pepper and drizzle EVOO.  Drizzle on the thyme, spice and vinaigrette mixture. Bake, uncovered at 375 F for about 1 hour.  I was pretty successful with this recipe. Wouldn’t mind doing it again.

I steamed some cauliflower to accompany our meals.  Simply sprinkled with salt and pepper. It’s Monday. It’s eating recovery night so nothing fancy, everything fresh and healthy. 


See that piece of rosemary on the tofu?  I eye balled it while clearing the dishes. It looked glazed with the sauce I had made up. So I bit it. It was like dessert! I was SO good! Better than the tofu. I was suppose to be cleaning up and there I stood munching on my rosemary sprig. For some people, it just doesn’t take much does it? 🙂

Have a good night.


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As I forced myself through the first 2 miles on the treadmill, I was thinking there was no way I was doing 4 miles on it this morning. It was a struggle. After those first 2 miles though, it was a little easier and I did manage the 4 miles in 35 minutes.

The weight workout for the day was chest and biceps which is where the “pinned” comes in.

I decided to do 8 sets of chest presses at an incline coupled with 8 sets of rope curls.  12 repetitions of everything.  While on the last set of chest presses, I decided to lower the weight just a little lower, I was getting tired. There was nothing left to push it up. I lowered it to my chest. With everything I had, I got it up to the first set of rack rests.  The bar was slightly touching my throat.  I lifted it again and got it down on my stomach, sat up and thought ..”now what?” Tried to lift it from there. Nope.  Lied back down, shimmied the bar up to my chest, HEAVED and up to the first rack rest… at neck level once again.  Took a few breaths, began feeling sorry for myself, HEAVED again and go the bar up to the 2nd set of rests. Finally I could squirm out.  Where was Ted you ask?  Well, he was STILL in bed!  Fine morning for me to decide to pin myself.. the one where there is no Ted in sight. 

After the 8 chest press sets, I went on to flies using 10, 12, 15, 20 lb dumb bells. 8 reps again x 12. The flies were coupled with bicep cable curls, 8 x 12.  Ended with 4 sets x 12 of decline push ups, feet up on the bench.

My walk with Shane was an enjoyable 2.77 miles.  We only walked. The snow was gently falling. Not stinging the eyes and there was no wind. 

Food For Monday, Pre and Post Workout

  • 1 scoop Dymatize Smooth Banana – pre workout
  • 1 scoop Dymatize Smooth Banana – post workout with 1/2 cup frozen raspberries, water, ice and a little FUZE
  • 1/4 cup Bob’s Red Mill Steel Cut oats , 1 small banana cooked with oats, apple pie spice
  • 3 strawberries
Steel Cut Oats cooked with Banana

Steel Cut Oats cooked with Banana

It’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  If you are fortunate to have it off work, do something special with your day. If not, make the most of this day anyway – it won’t happen again.

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