Super Easy Homemade Mapo Tofu, My Way

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Hello everyone!  I hope you all had a great weekend.  Today is Monday and some of us are back to our hectic routine again.

Last night, I made some homemade, meatless Tofu Mapo for dinner.  Mapo Tofu is a popular Chinese dish made with minced pork or beef or chicken, chili, and salted black beans.  I love Mapo Tofu and this Mapo Tofu recipe I’m sharing with you is super easy to make, so delicious and it’s ready in a jiffy, which is great for school nights, that is if your family like tofu.  But hey, what’s not to like? It’s organic, high in protein, made of vegetables,  and it’s lighter since I didn’t add any meat and easier to digest.  It’s a perfect dinner to those who wants to eat light at night.  You can eat it as is or with quinoa or rice.  The choice is up to you.

IMG_20140209_182207_919  Ingredients:

  • 10 oz. (about 3/4 of the package) organic firm tofu
  • 2 tablespoons Hoisin sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper paste (or more to taste)
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons onions, chopped
  • 4 stalks of green onions, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon powdered form chicken bouillon
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Sesame oil
  • ground black pepper
  • Flax seeds for garnish
  • Sesame seeds for garnish
  • Crumbled seaweed for garnish (optional)

Method:

  • Heat a skillet over medium-low heat.  Add the Sesame oil when hot.
  • Add the garlic and onions and saute until translucent.
  • Add the green onions and saute until somewhat soft.
  • Add the Hoisin sauce, red pepper paste, and chicken bouillon. Stir until well combined.  Add the tofu.  Carefully stir until tofu is well coated with the sauce. Cook until just heated through.
  • Garnish with Flax seeds, Sesame seeds,  and seaweed.  Serve warm.

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Food for thought:

Did you know  Flax seed is what’s used to feed all those chickens that are laying eggs with higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids? Yes!

Although flax seed contains all sorts of healthy components, it owes its primary healthy reputation to three of them:

  • Omega-3 essential fatty acids, “good” fats that have been shown to have heart-healthy effects. Each tablespoon of ground flax seeds contains about 1.8 grams of plant omega-3s.
  • Lignans, which have both plant estrogen and antioxidant qualities. Flax seed contains 75 to 800 times more lignans than other plant foods.
  • Fiber. Flax seed contains both the soluble and insoluble types.

Read more:  http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/benefits-of-flaxseed

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Green Smoothie

CSC_0287How’s this for a refreshing breakfast?  Avocado, Kiwi, tofu, unsweetened flax milk nothing more; tangy and delicious!  A simple, healthy, very easy to prepare smoothie to start your day.  You can add sugar or honey if you want, but I prefer mine unsweetened.  Enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup unsweetened Flax milk (only 25 calories, 2.5 g fat, 1,200 mg omega fatty acids)
  • 1 Kiwi, sliced
  • Flesh of 1 ripe avocado
  • raw honey or sugar (optional)
  • 2 oz. soft organic tofu (for protein; optional)
  • 6 ice cubes

Put all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.  Pour in a tumbler glass or champagne glasses if you want to serve it with style.  Garnish with a slice of kiwi, flax seeds, and chia seeds.  Beautiful, green goodness!  Mm…mm!

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Vegan Protein Balls

No bake, high in protein balls made with other ingredients that are high in omega fatty acids and fiber.  A very satisfying, healthy snack.

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These balls are heavenly delicious, rich and decadent. A very satisfying snack without the guilt.  They’re vegan and gluten-free.  The chocolate chips and nuts added some crunch as well as the Chia seeds.  You don’t even need to add sugar.  The natural sugar in chocolates and peanut butter were enough to sweetened these balls.  You’ll forget that they’re even healthy.  You may also add quinoa in this recipe.  However, I was going for a low-carb or no carb snack that is why I didn’t add any quinoa.

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I was hungry and feeling under the weather, so I did not want to cook anything.  Fortunately, the children already had their lunch. I wanted to eat something healthier, so I took anything and everything “healthy” out of our pantry.  There were Chia seeds, Sesame seeds, Flax seeds, mini chocolate chips, walnuts, pecans, almonds, and organic peanut butter.  I had some leftover chocolate ganache that hardened because it was so cold in the house last night.  I started measuring and mixing the ingredients (except the Chia seeds) and formed them into balls.  The balls were a little sticky and I didn’t have anythings in the pantry I could add to rid of the stickiness except oats, so I added some then rolled them in Chia seeds.  Perfect!

The good thing about these balls is you can make them ahead of time and freeze them.  A healthy emergency snack when you are on-the-go or too lazy to prepare anything.   They will help overcome your cravings for empty calories.  Why?  Because of the nutritional value of the ingredients such as protein.  According to WebMD,  protein is an important component of every cell in the body. Hair and nails are mostly made of protein. Your body uses protein to build and repair tissues. You also use protein to make enzymes, hormones, and other body chemicals.  Protein is an important building block of bones, muscles, cartilage, skin, and blood.

Along with fat and carbohydrates, protein is a “macronutrient,” meaning that the body needs relatively large amounts of it. Vitamins and minerals, which are needed in only small quantities, are called “micronutrients.” But unlike fat and carbohydrates, the body does not store protein, and therefore has no reservoir to draw on when it needs a new supply.  However, you can’t eat protein all day long.  To  much protein is harmful to the body.  So balance is the key.  Having protein in your diet, helps you curb your appetite.  For more information, read it here.

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I ate two protein balls at lunch with half a cup of blueberries and a glass of low-fat milk.  It was enough to curb my appetite or cravings.  It’s been five hours and I’m still full.  I don’t feel hungry at all.  They are so easy to prepare too.  All you have to do is mix all the ingredients and form a ball then roll in Chia seeds.

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The recipe yields four balls.  For a large quantity, triple the recipe.  Place them in the refrigerator or freeze them for later consumption.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Tablespoon chocolate ganache, hardened (cooled in room temperature for hours or overnight)
  • 1 Tablespoon peanut butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon Flax seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon Chia seeds
  • 1/2 Tablespoon sliced almonds
  • 1/2 Tablespoon walnuts, chopped (about 4 pieces)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Sesame seeds
  • 1 Tablespoon quick old fashion oats
  • 1 Tablespoon mini chocolate chips

Mix all ingredients in a medium bowl.  Shape to form a ball.  Refrigerate for 10 minutes. Enjoy!

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