Tofu! It’s better than you heard!

So, as many of you know I recently decided to start on a plant-based diet. I have had to find some good protein sources for my cooking and tofu is one of my favorites. There are many ways to cook tofu.

Pressing, it’s a must!

One thing I learned is that if you are planning on pan frying your it, you should definitely press it. Pressing removes a lot of the extra moisture and allows for a more crisp texture.

So, what is pressing? It is exactly what it sounds like. You want to take it and remove it from the container of water. Pat dry and wrap with either a clean kitchen towel or multiple paper towels (it has to be enough to absorb the extra liquid). Place on a plate and then place another plate or even a cake pan on top. Add a few cans for weight or use a brick wrapped in foil. Let the tofu sit for an a minimum of 15 minutes and up to an hour. I like mine a bit dry too. I remove the paper towel after pressing and let it sit for another 30 minutes.

Here’s a video. I’m a more visual person and this is a very basic demonstration.

I also like to “mash” it. I do this when making tacos or even adding it to marinara sauce. It gives it more of a “meat” feel, just a tad softer. Even better is a tofu scramble for breakfast.

Tofu is very porous and will take on almost any flavor you want. My personal seasoning favorites are chili powder, cumin, garlic and smoked paprika, yummm.

Here are a few things I like to make with my tofu.

  • tacos
  • scrambled with veggies
  • tofu and soy sausage breakfast sandwich
  • pan-fried on salad
  • stir-fry
  • lasagna (so freaking good)

It can also be added to sauces and dressings as a thickener. The possibilities really are endless. You really have to be willing to experiment to find what you like and do not. I try not to limit myself. That way it doesn’t get boring. I will list a few links to some good recipes/sites below.

Thanks for reading!



Hey! Oh how I’ve missed you! You motivate me!

Well hello, hello!

It’s been some time since I’ve actually written anything. I really let life get in the way again. I forget that this is kind of my therapy and boy do I need it!

I think I started blogging for some of the wrong reasons. I thought, well maybe I can be one of those bloggers who experience instant success and are able to make money doing it. I am now learning that is the wrong reason to do it. It was feeling like a chore, or something that I needed to do.

The other reasons I started blogging were to help others and also because I like it. I am going to get back to the basics. I love seeing people using my ideas and being motivated by what I write. Truth is it also helps motivate me too. I need it to keep me on track.

No matter how long you’ve been in this lifestyle, you always need support. For me this is a form of support and also holds me accountable. Don’t get me wrong, I have plenty of friends who I use to motivate me and turn to when I’m just not feeling it, I just happen to like this form of “therapy” for myself in lieu of it all.

These past few months I have been following a vegan diet(as some of you already know). Believe it or not, I have stuck to it. I actually like it and it was not nearly as tough as I imagined it would be. I have learned so much about it and have experimented with many different vegan products. I recently signed up for a weekly produce delivery too. I love getting fresh veggies delivered to my door weekly. Plus it helps support our local farmers and the quality is second to none.

My daughter is getting so big too! She’s almost 17 months now. She ha a handful of words in her vocabulary and is a little ball of energy.She definitely rules the She still isn’t a good sleeper though, boo. I feel like I haven’t slept in YEARS!

I really like the stage she is in now. She is so much fun. She likes to workout with me and it is so cute. She likes to do squats and downward dog…lol. I hope her interest stays and she will grow up loving it. She also loves music and dancing.

Well, I’ve been kind of all over the place, sorry. It’s just been so long! I have so much to say! And honestly I could go on and on.

I will talk to you all soon! Stay tuned for more recipes and just life experiences!


Vegan Recipes

Hey! Sorry I’ve been so MIA. Life seems to really get in the way sometimes. I shared that I was going to a plant based Vegan diet in my last post. Today I am going to share a couple of vegan recipes with you. I know, you are SO excited! Ha!

This first one is one of my favorites..

Tofu Tacos

Tofu, sweet potato and corn tacos

  • one package extra firm tofu, pressed
  • one medium sweet potato, small dice
  • 1 cup roasted corn
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1-2 tsp salt, depending on your personal preference
  • 1 tsp fresh ground pepper
  • 1/2 cup water

Start by pressing the tofu(I have added a link to a how to video). This will help remove extra moisture and give it a better texture. One tofu is pressed dice into small pieces. Add oil to a hot pan. Add sweet potato and cook while stirring often until golden and slightly tender. Then add tofu and corn. Sautee for about 5-7 minutes on med-high heat. Add remaining ingredients, including water and mix well. Turn heat down and simmer until all liquid is absorbed, stirring every few minutes. Serve on your favorite tortilla or even over rice. SO delicious.


Broccoli Chickpea Patties

Veggie burgers

  • 2 cups steamed broccoli
  • 1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 cup oat flour

Add broccoli and chickpeas to a food processor or high-speed blender and pulse a few times. Then add the remainder of the ingredients and process until blended well. If you like you veggie’s on the chunky side just process less. Form into patties and place on a baking sheet. Spray with cooking pray and bake at 375 for about 15-20 minutes. You can also pan fry them for a more crisp texture. These are great on a bun, salad or just by themselves.

I am working on a few more versions of the veggie burger right now, and looking for something with a more “burger-like” texture.


If you have any questions please feel free to comment or email me at


**Here is the video on pressing tofu



Vegan? Why not!

Well, it’s been a month since my last post. But, I’m back!

I truly missed you guys and writing. This is seriously therapy for me. I was struggling with a bout of not being motivated. Since before having my daughter, I haven’t gotten much sleep. It was beginning to catch up with me. My daughter is one now and we are working on getting her sleep trained, as well as off the bottle. It is not Neither is dieting and training while getting 4-5 hours a night of broken sleep. But all you parents know, we just go into auto pilot and get it done.

Rian's 1st Birthday

I wanted to share with you all that I recently decided that I wanted to try a vegan diet. I know, why? Well, for me it just makes sense. I was eating meat once a day if that and I rarely eat any dairy products. The only thing I am going to realllly have to get used to is no eggs. I use them a lot in my baking of my protein treats. I started this week with just a vegetarian diet because I have some supplements that I want to finish before I go completely vegan.

I already tried some vegan proteins and have found the one I like. My favorite is Vegan Smart by Naturade. It’s an All-in-one nutritional shake and it tastes great, even just mixed with water. I was also able to find it at a decent price on Literally $10 cheaper than the store. For me this find was most important. As someone who likes to strength train regularly, I really needed a good protein source that was convenient.


This week has been much easier than I expected. I also have been finding myself not wanting to even finish my Whey protein that I have, but it’s too expensive to just throw away. I honestly have way more energy and fell fantastic. Also prepping my meals is SO much quicker.

I was introduced to a few new products from my sister, which I am finding my way with. My new favorite is Nutritional Yeast. It is such a great additive to dressings, sauces and even on popcorn. I have also been experimenting with different veggie patty recipes. I have been researching to see what the best combo would be. My daughter and I made broccoli and chickpea veggie burgers, as well as white bean and chickpea. Both turned out good, but are a little heavy. I will experimenting some more until I find the right mix. Besides, variety is going to be key.

Veggie burgers

I think I have made the right choice for myself. I know I will struggle for a bit due to lack of knowledge, and that’s ok. Nothing easy is worth doing, right? I hope you guys follow along with me as I share my new recipes and even some with meat that I make for my family.

Thanks for reading! As usual, if you have any questions or comments, please feel free to comment above or email me at

Here is the link for the protein.




30 Day Challenge-I made it!!

Well, yesterday marked the last day of my challenge. For those who may have not been following, I went 30 days without weighing myself or my food. The first week was definitely tough, but as time went on it got easier. I found new strength in myself that I had completely forgotten I had.

I went into this with the idea that I needed to refresh my skills. When I started on my weight loss journey some years I ago I weighed 260 pounds. I was able to lose the weight by eating right and exercising. I also did not log my food then either. I actually knew nothing about it. I ate clean and splurged once a week or when out with friends. I had amazing will power as well. I was addicted to the results and nothing, I mean nothing was going to stop me. I ended up losing a total of 110 pounds. I gained a new confidence I never thought was possible.

Over the years and as I gained a plethora of knowledge, I eventually began counting macros and tracking my food. I have been doing this for a minimum of 3-5 years now(I can’t really remember exactly when I started). It has become second nature and a part of my everyday routine. Unfortunately, so has weighing myself. I weigh myself daily. even when I try to tell myself not to, I cannot seem to resist. After having my baby a year ago, in which I gained 40 pounds, I have really struggled with getting back on track. I also struggle with self-love. So, I decided after talking with a friend that I needed to take a break from it all and give myself a breather.

I am not sure what I actually expected as far as weight goes when starting this. During my 30 days I was sick for two weeks and did not work out. I also went on a four-day Vegas trip. I have eaten more extras in the last two weeks than I should too. It’s almost like I was self sabotaging knowing that I was gong to have to weigh in today.

So, I know you’re dying to know what the outcome was. Well, after all the splurges and not working out……. I gained one I honestly thought I was going to step on the scale and cry. I am very happy with maintaining considering I did not eat on plan strictly as I was planning to.

Here is what I am taking from this, some may be repeats from past updates, but I am just going to say what’s on my mind…

  1. The number on the scale means nothing! I am so much more than that number. I lost inches during this challenge and my weight stayed the same. That says a lot.
  2. Even if I am not at the weight I think I should be, I am still beautiful. Beauty is much more than just skin deep and we need to stop comparing ourselves to others. You are good enough the way you are.
  3. I know whats best for my body if I just take the time to listen.

I thank you all for following me during my 30 days and taking the time to read. I hope I was able to shed some light for some of you. If you have any questions or comments please feel free to email me @ or just comment above 🙂