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Month: February, 2012

It’s Tuesday News Day – Tofusion!

by kerryabdow

How do you feel about tofu?  Does it conjure up images of hippies and The Enchanted Broccoli Forest?  Have you heard opposing views about its health benefits?  Me, too!!

Well, I had the pleasure of attending a couple of UH-maaaazing nutrition lectures last week and I got some interesting info about the magical and mysterious bean curd product.  When I emailed Tammy Schwartz for more scoop, this is what she wrote back:

“key things w/soy:

1 & 2–so much of our soy foods in the US are genetically modified and/or highly processed

**we want to choose organic (or may say non-GMO or non-GE) and choose whole foods (soybeans/edamame, tempeh, tofu, soy milk) vs’ soy hotdogs, processed soy meats,etc.

3-there is concern over phyto-estrogens in soy due to the estrogenic properties it is believed to have. It acts like human estrogen in that it binds to estrogen receptor sites in the body–which is actually health protective as it is blocking human estrogen from binding to those same sites. We do not want high levels of estrogen as it is connected to many things–including more symptoms with PMS, menopause,etc. as well as increased risk of breast cancer,etc. SO…if we can block it with phytoestrogens–it is a good thing! These are actually plant compounds proven to be very health protecting in many ways.

4-watch where negative info comes from–much has stemmed from the dairy industry who certainly has a vested interest in why that is! and Weston Price group–absolutely not based on science.

The healthiest people on the planet are consuming soy in the whole food form–in moderation in their diet like everything else. Remember all around it is the totality of the diet vs’ inclusion or exclusion of any food.”

Of course we all need to make our own decisions about what we eat and serve our loved ones, and I just want to be educated!  I also wanted to know how tofu is made, and I found this short video:  TOFU

Well, no post on tofu would be complete without a recipe and here’s one I got from Whole Foods about a million years ago.  As a matter of fact, I am pretty sure it came chiseled on a stone tablet…!!

Eggless Egg Salad

1-10.5 ounce package lite silken tofu

¼ cup celery chopped

¼ c veganaise or your favorite mayo

¼ finely chopped onions

2 tsp vinegar 2 teaspoons dried chives

½ tsp turmeric

¼ tsp onion powder

¼ tsp garlic powder

¼ tsp dill weed

¼ tsp salt (optional)

Place the tofu in a med bowl. Mash with fork or bean masher until finely crumbled but not smooth. Add the remaining ing mix well. Chill at least 2 hours before serving to attain the best flavor and bright yellow color. Serve with crackers or your favorite sandwich bread. YUMMY!  EASY!

What’s YOUR favorite way to use tofu?

Well, tofu friends, I am off like a prom dress.  Enjoy LEAP DAY!!  And I’ll “see” you on Friday.

Cheers, Dears!  xo

And the Winner Is…

by kerryabdow

… Three-Minute Dinner!   **insert roaring applause and cheers here**

Well, the Oscars are over and I guess now it’s time to get back to real life and thinking about dinners for the week.  You know by now that I like easy, and I promise you won’t get any easier than this one, my friends!  You actually might want to get your speech ready, because you’re gonna want to thank me… 😉  In honor of the lovely Oscar winner Meryl Streep, I am calling it –

A Dingo Ate My Polenta!

Ingredients:

Pre-made Garlic-Basil Polenta – I got mine at Whole Foods, but you can get it almost anywhere

Classico Organic Marinara Sauce – or your fave

Daiya Vegan Mozzarella Shreds – or whatever you love

Mixed Greens – you know I love my Organic Girl Greens!

Directions:

Slice as many 1/2 inch sections of polenta as you will need.  I don’t use the microwave very often, but when I’m in a big hurry (or starrrrving!), I will happily use one.  If you prefer, just heat the polenta and marinara on the stove, it’s totally up to you.  So many choices… what a great country!  Anyway… what I usually do for this dinner is place a couple slices of polenta on individual plates, pour on some marinara, sprinkle on some cheese and then pop them in the microwave for a minute or so – long enough for everything to heat through and melt the cheese.  And then… Ding dong!  Dinner’s calling!  I top each serving with some fresh greens and we’re off to the races.  I LOVE polenta!  It has no fat, it’s low in carbs, has only 70 calories per serving, and it’s delicious – total winner!

While you’re enjoying your delicious polenta dinner, chew on this –

My cutie pie friend, Frankie Cole, has a new gym in the Golden Triangle at the corner of 11th and Bannock and he’s offering three months of UNLIMITED classes for $150 – that’s as low as $2/class!  He’s an incredible instructor, the nicest guy, and his classes are FUN!   Monday – Kickboxing, Tuesday – Body Sculpting, Wednesday – Bagz (heavy bags – punching and kicking and sweating, oh my!), Thursday – Boot Camp, Friday – Circuit Training, Saturday – Kickboxing.  Variety is the spice of life, right?!  Check out his website – http://www.colefusionfitness.com/ for more info.

Well, the curtain is going down on this episode, so… I’ll see you back here on this same channel on Tuesday!  You have a great Monday!!

Cheers, dears!  xo