Today was a beautiful, mellow day. Perfect for a long walk to, around and back from Lake Nokomis, which, according to Google Maps, is 4.0 miles on the dot. It took us about an hour to complete our walk, as we made an extended pit stop at the swings along the water. Matthew and I love our morning walks together. He was so excited this morning when he saw me pull out the stroller, he could hardly contain himself. I love that we are able to enjoy my passion for fitness and nature.
Sunday night is supposed to be a night to make special, gourmet meals. I had planned to serve seared ahi tuna with microgreens and sweet potatoes. Unfortunately, I forgot to check the firsh market’s hours of operation and it turns out that they are closed on Sundays. So, we had to go with plan B… what the heck do we have in the fridge?
I found a double block of Trader Joe’s sprouted tofu, black beans and an avocado, which made me think back to the meal that we enjoyed on the patio at Birchwood Cafe, where we had the most delicious BBQ tofu sandwich with guac and salsa. I also remembered a post that I had read Ashley’s blog about tofu marinated in beer. Inspiration struck and I had an idea.
I pressed the tofu using the method described in Ashley’s post and marinaded the pressed tofu for one hour in one bottle of Stella Artois and the last 2 tbsp of BBQ sauce. I reserved three pieces of tofu for Matthew and marinated them in a combo of rice wine vinegar, BBQ sauce and sesame oil.
I then got to washing and tearing romaine and slicing potatoes with a mandoline. I mixed the potatoes with 1/2 tbsp grapeseed oil and a pinch of sea salt and baked them at 415° until they were crisp (about 15-20 minutes).
After the tofu marinated for an hour we placed it on the grill and cooked it using the method described in Ashley’s post. This was some of the best tofu that I have ever cooked. I loved the texture… hard, soft and meaty all at the same time. Well done, Ashley!
But the real star of the show was the guacamole! This is not my usual recipe for guacamole, but it definitely was amazing! I hope to make my favorite recipe soon and share it with you.
MMM 30-second Guacamole
1 ripe avocado, peeled and diced
1 tomato, seeded, cored and diced
1/4 red onion, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tsp lime juice
dash sea salt
dash green tobasco
dash cayenne pepper
dash chili powder
Combine all ingredients in a medium sized bowl and lightly mash into avocado.
What is the best thing that you ate this weekend?
This definitely topped the list!