Last night I conquered a fear of mine. . . . .I made dinner without using a recipe!
It is really difficult for me to ad lib, but I came up with this creation all on my own! I did use a couple different recipes for inspiration, but it was mostly done with the few creative juices in my brain. 🙂
Thai Peanut Tofu Noodles
- 2 Tablespoons natural peanut butter
- 1 Tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
- 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 Tablespoon water
- 1 Tablespoon rice vinegar
- 1 Tablespoon molasses
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 4 oz. uncooked whole wheat spaghetti noodles
- 2 cups coleslaw mix
- 1 cup sugar snap peas
- 1 carrot, julienned
- 1 (12 oz.) package extra firm tofu
- Garnish: dried cilantro, green onions, chopped peanuts
1. Press tofu for 15 minutes. Cube into 1-inch pieces. Saute in non-stick pan with oil.
2. Cook pasta according to directions. Drain.
3. Combine the first 8 ingredients in a small bowl. Microwave and whisk until smooth.
4. Saute coleslaw, sugar snap peas, and carrots in wok for 4-5 minutes.
5. Add spaghetti to wok and toss with vegetables. Add peanut sauce and toss to combine.
6. Top with tofu and garnish with dried cilantro, green onions, and peanuts.
Both Craig and I loved this dish! The peanut sauce was very flavorful!
It was super delicious, and I loved that it was pumped up with a decent amount of veggies!
Over the weekend, a belated Christmas gift came in the mail for me: a Road ID bracelet. (Yes, a Christmas gift—Craig couldn’t decide on a color for me. 😉 )
This bracelet is designed to be worn while running (or hiking or biking for that matter), and if something would happen to me, the EMTs/medical response team will know who I am! Scary but always a possibility.
This is the Wrist ID Elite.
The band is a flexible, rubber plastic like the Livestrong bracelets, and there is a nice watch-like clasp to hold the bracelet on.
It does cost a little more than the “sport” model, but I love the sleek design and the pink band! (There are other color options.)
Instead of having my address, phone number, and contact information engraved on the faceplate of the id, I chose the “interactive” option.
The “interactive” option contains a pin and serial number on the underside of the bracelet that the EMTs use to gain access to my emergency contact information online. That way if I move or change my phone number, I can go online and update the information rather than buying a new bracelet. (For a comparison, click here.)
I’m heading out the door for a run right now. Initially I was hoping to run 60 miles this week, but after getting sick last week, I know I won’t be able to accomplish that. I could if I really wanted to, but I know it wouldn’t be healthy for my body. Instead I think I’ll try for 50 miles and then use the next couple of weeks to build back up to 60 miles.
Do you usually use a recipe to make dinner (or other meals) or the creative juices in your brain?
Do you use a Road ID?
This is the first time I’ve ever worn any kind of identification. I never carry my cell phone either. Bad, I know!