WIAW: Sweet Chili tofu & Chicken + Dirty 30 Upper Body Workout

Guess what today is my friends.

It is Wednesday, October, 2.

That means it is exactly ONE week until the premiere of American Horror Story : Coven.

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To say that I am excited would be an understatement. If you’ve been following along for very long you might remember that every Wednesday last winter the hubs and I would plant ourselves on the couch with tacos & wine and thoroughly freak ourselves out with the newest episode of AHS. It’s easily been my favorite night of the week for 2 seasons now, and I’m pumped to get it started again! If you have never watched it and are interested, you can start this season with no problem. Each season is all-inclusive and has a totally new plot and story line than the last season, just with the same characters. It’s always an awesome, suspenseful story line!

Wednesday also means it’s already time for another WIAW post!

 

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I missed out on the fact that it was spooky snacks and Halloween treats this week, so I’ll be sure to share some EXTRA good ones next Wednesday. For now, let’s take a look at a whole day of delicious food from yesterday! This could quite possibly be the longest WIAW in the history of WIAW posts….

 

Breakfast : Pumpkin Oats + PB&J

Last week I ran out of my favorite, local No Sugar Added Preserves. I didn’t want to make the 30 minute drive just for one thing, although I’ve done crazier things for foods I love, so I went out in search of something new. This Polaner All Fruit with Fiber Blueberry spread is SO good. It’s sweetened with only real juice and has real, whole blueberries floating around in it. YUM! It pairs perfectly with my favorite Laura Scudder’s Crunchy PB.

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Lunch : Roasted Fall Vegetable Salad & Gardein Chick’n

My lunchtime salad was kicked up a bit in the flavor and nutrition departments thanks to a little bit of food prep I did on Sunday while watching football. {Goooo Cowboys!}

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Roasted fall veggies are one of my favorite things about fall. There’s something comforting about warm toppings on a cold salad. Nevermind the fact that 90* weather on October 1 doesn't really call for comfort foods...

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  • Spring Mix
  • Grape tomatoes
  • Carrots
  • Roasted yellow potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots, brussel sprouts
  • Gardein Chick’n
  • Braswell’s Onion & Tomato dressing (just picked this up and I’m loving it! It comes in a reusable carafe too.)

Snack 1 : Grapefruit & Coffee

A plain grapefruit & black coffee served as an afternoon pick me up. We’ve been out of Stevia at the office for a few days now, so I’ve been enjoying everything all naturale. I’m starting to actually like the bitterness of plain coffee and grapefruit!

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Snack 2 : {Pre-workout} 1/2 Banana & Crunchy PB

I walked into the door after worked starving and knew I needed something in my belly to get me through a workout and cooking dinner. This banana with pb was eaten in about 20 seconds while I stared at the huge pile of clean dishes from Sunday’s foodprepstravaganza that needed to be put up. If that isn't motivation to get out of the house and go for a workout instead, I don’t know what is!

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My Tuesday workout started with a rocky 3.1 mile run on the treadmill. My legs are so sore from Yoga Inferno on Saturday and my 4.25 mile run on Monday, and it made running HARD. I pushed through and completed a 5K so I could somewhat stay on track with 10K training.

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I finished up with this quickie arm workout and called it a day. My shoulders and biceps can feel this one today!

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Dinner : Sweet Chili Tofu {& Chicken for Him} with Quinoa Brown Rice & Broccoli

Last week I came across this recipe on Dixya’s blog for Sweet Chili Drumsticks. They looked delicious, and I knew I had to try it out asap. The only challenge was going to be making it vegetarian for me and NOT for Anthony. I altered the original recipe because I can’t seem to ever just do as I am told, and the result was far better than I ever expected. Move over BBQ Loaded Sweet Potato Nachos and Healthy Tofu Pad Thai, I have a new love.

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Serves 4, 250 calories per serving

  • 2 Blocks of Firm Tofu (or 1 block & 2 chicken breasts OR 4 chicken breasts)
  • 1/2 C Low Sodium Soy Sauce
  • 1/4 C Honey
  • 1 t Minced garlic
  • 1 t Sriracha chili sauce
  • Pinch of Ground ginger
  • Hefty sprinkle of red chili flakes
  • Green onions or cilantro for garnish

Cube your tofu or chicken and cook in a greased skillet on medium heat.

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Mix all of the rest of the ingredients and whisk until everything is well combined.

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Once your tofu or chicken {or both!} are browned on both sides,

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remove from the skillet and set aside.

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Wipe the inside of the skillet out and pour your sauce into the pan. If you are doing half tofu, half chicken then split the sauce between two pans. Life would be so much easier if the hubs would just give up chicken. Ha!

Heat the sauce until it just starts to thicken. You will know when it’s ready when you can rake your spatula through the sauce and it will separate long enough to see the bottom of the pan.

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Add your tofu and chicken back to the pan{s} and toss to coat.

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Continue cooking on medium-high until the sauce forms a sticky syrup, about 7-10 minutes.

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I served ours over Seeds of Change Brown Rice & Quinoa Mix {it’s KWEEEE-NO!! <—Love that commercial} with roasted broccoli on the side.

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After I handed Anthony his plate I crossed my fingers and watched his face out of the corner of my eye to gauge his reaction. When he finally opened his mouth and said, “Mmm. This is good!” I knew I had a winner.

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This dish is the perfect combination of sweet & spicy, and reminded a lot of the Orange Chicken I used to adore from Panda Express. I’m thinking this version is probably a tad bit healthier though.

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I will say that if you are sensitive to spicy then you just need to toughen up.

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Just kidding! Winking smile

But you might want to cut the Sriracha or red chili flakes in half, because this has quite a kick to it!

And I just realized everything I ate all day was vegan. I guess old habits die hard after 3.5 years….Maybe I should try a little harder to move back to that a few days a week because I always feel my absolute best when I dont have any dairy. Hmmmm I think I will!

This Tuesday totally wore me out. I couldn’t think of a better way to relax before bed than snuggling with my little Maggie and watching a little bit of tv. Have you seen that new show on Discovery Channel about the church with the snakes? Those people are N.U.T.S.

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Maggie agrees.

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Happy Wednesday!

9 thoughts on “WIAW: Sweet Chili tofu & Chicken + Dirty 30 Upper Body Workout

  1. Elyse @ Lizzie FitNo Gravatar

    First… how excited am I that I just found your blog. I live in a “his n hers” household too but lucky for me my bf will eat tofu when I cook it. However, he still likes his meat so we split our pans from time to time as well. I can’t wait to try this Sweet Chili Tofu/Chicken AND your Healthier Tofu Pad Thai (sans egg) :)

    Great recipes! Thanks for sharing :)
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    1. AshleeNo Gravatar

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      I love reading about how other “opposite” couples work it all out! Anthony will eat whatever (I always say he doesn’t have taste buds haha), but if I give him TOOOO much tofu he tends to give me the evil eye ;-) How awesome that your guy will eat whatever youre having! It sure makes things easier.

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