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Easy Pantry Dinner

Tuesdays are my long teaching days. My day started in the dark Uptown at 6 a.m. for a yoga private…

…and ended Uptown in the dark at 7 p.m. after teaching BodyPump. In between I taught three yoga classes. I did have a couple breaks throughout the day to get some things done and most importantly, to eat!

Breakfast was a repeat of yesterday’s breakfast of apple cinnamon oatmeal. No need to see the same thing two days in a row! I made a big salad for lunch with a side of buttered sourdough toast (I love sourdough bread). Salad toppings included tempeh, goat cheese, green pepper, carrots, walnuts, dried cranberries and cherry tomatoes. Homemade honey balsamic dijon vinaigrette to dress.

I made tofu with green coconut curry for dinner when I got home from BodyPump. I have been craving this for weeks and it totally hit the spot. It’s a really easy pantry dinner. Here’s a very general guideline of how I prepare it.

Tofu and Veggies with Green Coconut Curry

– 1 can light coconut milk
– 1/2 cup chicken or veggie broth
– veggies of your choice (tonight I used a small eggplant + half a bag of Trader Joe’s Asian frozen veggie blend)
– green curry paste (I like Thai Kitchen)
– firm or extra-firm tofu, pressed (I only used half to two-thirds of the block in tonight’s dinner and saved the rest for sandwiches)
– soy sauce
– steamed rice

Slice tofu into strips and place in a large nonstick skillet. Cook on medium-high heat for about 5 minutes per side, until very lightly browned. Remove from pan and set aside. Sautee veggies in pan until defrosted/cooked to desired doneness. Add tofu and then the green curry paste. You might want to add anywhere from 1 teaspoon to 1-2 tablespoons. It totally depends on your spice and curry tolerance. I go super heavy handed and also add a few shots of Sriracha in there too. Once veggies and tofu are coated with curry, add coconut milk, broth and a generous pour of soy sauce (a few tablespoons). You can adjust the curry and soy to taste. Serve over steamed rice. Garnish with basil, if desired. This makes about 3 servings.


Tonight was a dessert night (uh…most nights are! ;)). I had the last of the pumpkin swirl brownies with a scoop of ice cream and some chocolate syrup.

I’ve had two cups of chamomile tea and it’s time for bed. It’s a different kind of tired at night when you’ve been physically active and standing on your feet all day versus office job sitting and stress but I’m not complaining. I love that I get to move around so much!

I was going to leave you with a video for your entertainment but YouTube is performing site maintenance and I can’t upload. I’ll post on Facebook tomorrow! I took shot it this morning of Sullie and Goose getting one last wrestling session in before he left.

Hope your Wednesday is wonderful!


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  • Sana October 4, 2011, 10:38 pm

    I looked ALL over my house for dessert. Nothing! My family is too healthy!!!

  • Emily @ emily-eats.com October 5, 2011, 7:00 am

    Looks like a delicious and easy meal! I have some red curry paste in the pantry that I need to use, hopefully it turns out as well as the green.

    • Jen October 5, 2011, 7:22 am

      it’s great with red too! 😛

  • Holly October 5, 2011, 8:03 am

    Can you share some of your salad dressing recipes with us? I would love to have some quick and easy recipes. I hate buying processed dressing.

    I’ll check your other blog in the meantime for anything you might have already posted.

    • Jen October 5, 2011, 11:49 am

      yes! i have had that request a few times and i’m going to do a post with a few recipes/a video tutorial very soon!

  • Jill @ justfocuswell October 5, 2011, 9:11 am

    I know it’s only 9 a.m., but that ice cream makes me want to go get TCBY. That salad looks delicious too!

  • Anastasia October 5, 2011, 9:16 am

    That is a lot of teaching! I can imagine it’s a *very* different kind of tired at the end of the day. Your food always looks so good. I’ve been into salads a lot lately and need to find walnuts because that sounds really good to throw in there.

    Do you find yourself getting hungry more often now that you’ve upped your teaching?

    • Jen October 6, 2011, 6:59 pm

      anastasia – so far i haven’t felt much hungrier. when i teach yoga i don’t practice with them. i just walk abound the room and assist/adjust. i would be exhausted if i was physically doing the class too!

      walnuts are great in salads. i love adding nuts to my salads!

  • Jen@FoodFamilyFitness October 5, 2011, 2:13 pm

    Your salad dressing sounds awesome!!! Hopefully you’ll post a recipe soon…*hint* *hint* 😉

    • Jen October 6, 2011, 6:59 pm

      yes, yes, yes! next week!

  • Caitlin October 5, 2011, 4:33 pm

    Jealous that you are now moving all day vs being in that stuffy office chair!! Any tips for me on getting over the restlessness of my desk job? I do work out almost each day after work, but on days I have class I don’t have time, so I really do get quite restless. I hate all this sitting! 😛

    • Jen October 6, 2011, 7:01 pm

      take walk breaks! do some little exercises at your desk! and yes, try to do something active before or after work to get your body moving. don’t just go straight home and head for the couch to do more sitting. 🙂

  • Fit Chick Britt October 5, 2011, 10:49 pm

    You’re so inspiring Jen, following your passions. I would like to use my personal training license instead of being stuck in the office job, but I’m too scared to take the leap and lose the income. I look forward to reading your posts about getting really into the personal training side.

    • Jen October 6, 2011, 7:02 pm

      britt – it definitely was a leap of faith but things seem to be falling into place. it was kind of a now or never situation since we do want to have kids sometime sooner rather than later. i wanted to get this career established before embarking on THAT journey! 😉

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