Friday, December 23, 2016

Fit Friday - Drunken Noodles and Balance

It is a Holiday Fit Friday weekend here! A crazy few days at my house, all full of love and excitement.
Ruthie is here with a fantastic recipe to add to your healthy holiday foods.
With the end of the year comes a renewed sense of goals making and health oriented decisions. Ruthie has us started with Drunken Noodles and I keep it rolling with some fit tips to think about as you make those goals.

Tofu Drunken Noodles a healthy vegan dinner that's packed with awesome nutrition and tastes just as fabulous!
  Tofu Drunken Noodles on a healthy vegan dinner that tastes fabulous!
 I love eating at Thai restaurants, I always get Drunken Noodles if they have them on the menu!  These Tofu Drunken Noodles taste amazing and they're super nutricious too!  The flavors are lovely~ Chinese broccoli, Thai basil, ginger, limes, and sautéed tofu makes for a filling and delightful dinner.   Oh and I just love those rice noodles soooooo much :)  Tofu Drunken Noodles on a healthy vegan dinner that tastes fabulous!
Sometimes life gets so busy that getting to the grocery store and planning dinners seems like the last thing I want to do. . . I think it happens to us all, right?!   I've been loving Purple Carrot. . . they take all the hassle out of cooking!   I've really enjoyed having healthy plant-based, perfectly portioned, power-packed meals delivered right to my door.   It's so awesome!!  I still get to love the cooking-in-my-kitchen part with the rest of the details :)  Win-win in my world this past month! 
Tofu Drunken Noodles on a healthy vegan dinner that tastes fabulous!

Tofu Drunken Noodles
Recipe Type: Main
Author: Ruthie
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Serves: 2
  • 1 package extra firm tofu, drain, pat dry, and cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 8 ounces rice noodles
  • 2 limes, halved
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/2- 1 tablespoon sambal oelek (adjusted for spiciness)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh minced ginger
  • 4 ounces chinese broccoli, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1/4 cup thai basil, rough chop
  • 1 scallion, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • sea salt
  1. Fill large pot with water, add salt, bring to boil.
  2. Add rice noodles to boiling water and turn off heat, let soak 3-4 minutes until pliable.
  3. Drain and rinse with cool water; set aside.
  4. In small bowl, whisk together soy sauce, brown sugar, 1 tablespoon water, juice of 1 1/2 limes, 1/2 tablespoon sambai.
  5. Slice remaining 1/2 of lime into wedges for serving; set aside.
  6. In large non-stick skillet heat 1 tablespoon oil, once heated add tofu- salt and pepper and brown on all sides. (approx 5-6 minutes)
  7. Transfer tofu to plate; set aside.
  8. Return skillet to heat, add 1 tablespoon oil and coat pan, add ginger and chinese broccoli, add salt and pepper; cook 2 minutes.
  9. Add rice noodles and soy mixture to skillet; toss to coat and cook 1-2 minutes to thicken sauce.
  10. Add basil and tofu to skillet; cook 1 minute to heat through.
  11. Serve with scallions and lime wedges.
  12. Enjoy!

Enjoy a batch of  Tofu Drunken Noodles this week and add in a bit of happy and healthy to the Holiday's! 

 As we come upon the end of this year I didn't want to leave you all with another workout, you have plenty, instead I wanted to give you some things to keep in mind as we begin the new year.

Every year the majority of us start out with dreams for a new year. We take those dreams and form goals and plans that may last a few days, a few weeks, or even months. I have given you the all important S.M.A.R.T. goal acronym before and posted about how to form accomplishable goals, this is not a repeat of that. Instead this is about some things to keep in mind as we make those goals.

Balance: one of the most important words in a healthy individuals vocabulary is balance. This is important when it comes to the balance of self and others (family). The balance of enjoying life and taking fitness to the extreme. The balance between weights and cardio.
Balance is truly needed to love oneself and one's family.

Give yourself permission to not be perfect.

Let your kids see you enjoying life and not always saying no to birthday cake.

Find joy in working out, but know your limits.

Loving yourself and having balance in your life allows you to dream, to make goals, to live healthy most of the time but also be able to relax and enjoy some of life's precious moments.

As you make your goals and plans this year make sure that your dreams allow for balance. And make sure there is plenty of room for love in those goals.

Happy Fit Friday and Christmas weekend too!  
Much Love and Peace~ Nichole and Ruthie

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