Dessert/ Dinner/ Exercise/ Fitness

T is for Tofu

Tonight for dinner I made a tofu feast!

I found the best Ayurvedic cooking blog here. I have scrolled through all of Fran’s recipes now and they all sound sooo delicious. Her blog also has a lot of great information on eating according to your dosha type and different variations you can take on recipes to make it more friendly to you. I have had my eye on this Sesame Encrusted Tofu for about two weeks now and am so glad I finally got around to making it! It was one of those things where I bought the tofu a while back, was planning on making it and then realized I was out of ginger…then out of tamari….so FINALLY today at work I picked up some tamari so I could make it!

I also made some beets because I LOVE them and some quinoa to round out the meal


Some people have expressed the interest in learning how to actually cook a beet rather than buying them canned (YUCK!!). T cook these beets all I did was chop off the long leafy steam, wash the beet and then simmer them in water for 1 1/2 hours with the top of the pot on halfway. After an hour and a half, drain the beets, let them cool and then gently peel them under cold running water. The peel will slide off easily.

It was a very yummy and filling dinner. I actually got so full that I couldn’t finish all my tofu! Must have been the beet 😉

As for yoga—it was AWESOME. I love Dave Farmar. He is hysterical! This afternoon I listened to one of his 90 minute power yoga podcasts (search Dave Farmar on itunes) and it was just great. Powerful and fluid….its a great leg workout with all those warriors, eagles and half moons. Savasana felt like heaven. 🙂

I usually do not eat dessert or anything after dinner on the weekdays just because I go to bed SO early and I don’t like to go to bed feeling full. However, my mama bought these amazing cookies from Greenwise today and I just couldn’t help myself…..



Yummy. Enough said.

Its time for laundry, bath and bed for this sleepy girl. Have a lovely night and I’ll see you tomorrow!

ps—Polly had the wonderful idea of reading 1 Corinthians during the month of February.

Here is a verse that really stuck with me this evening:

“No eye has seen,

No ear has heard,

no mind has conceived

What God has prepared for those who love Him.” 1 cor. 9


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  • Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter)
    January 27, 2009 at 5:24 pm

    Your tofu looks perfectly crispy. I love beets, especially the golden ones. I’ll throw the canned ones on a salad if I’m in a rush, but there is nothing like boiling them yourself. Have a good night Jenna. Thanks for sharing the verse.

  • Red Head, Yellow Dog
    January 27, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    I JUST did a dave farmar yogadownload too! What a coinky dink.

    Beets are sooo good. I just boil them like that and then eat them sliced up with salt and pepper on them. mmm…that’s going on the shopping list.

  • VeggieGirl
    January 27, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    Thanks for the link to that cooking blog!!

  • megan
    January 27, 2009 at 5:37 pm

    Thanks for the link to the ayurveda blog. So interesting!
    Have a good night, love! And, that Cor. quote is beautiful. What a great idea to read Cor. during the month of February. I just started John.
    Happy Tuesday night 🙂

  • Nicole
    January 27, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    Yum, that tofu sounds amazing 😀

  • Sarah (lovINmytummy)
    January 27, 2009 at 5:46 pm

    Very awesome dinner and dessert and verse. So true!

    Thanks for the beets tips too…I always avoid making them due to the peeling process!

  • Shelby
    January 27, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    Cool cooking blog! I love the sesame tofu recipe!

  • Maggie
    January 27, 2009 at 6:05 pm

    Ooo thanks for the link. I’m trying to get more into an Ayurvedic lifestyle. I’m in the middle of “Art of Being” (the movie) – it’s really good.

  • justjen
    January 27, 2009 at 6:27 pm

    Holy Soybeans that tofu looks delicious!

  • Grace
    January 27, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    Love the verse! good thinking of 1 cor in feb. i should do that too

  • Meg
    January 27, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    Yummy tofu! I am definitely going to check out that dosha website.

  • Kelly L.
    January 27, 2009 at 7:19 pm

    Love the verse! 1 Corinthians is a great book. Our pastor did a whole series on it. You’d like it. Let me know if you are interested and I’ll get you the CD’s.

  • Meredith
    January 27, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    Your tofu looks so good! I have a recipe for pumpkin-seed encrusted tofu that your sesame seed encrusted tofu just reminded me of — I seriously need to make it some time!
    And thanks for the lesson in cooking beets! I’ve never really known what to do with them!
    That’s a beautiful verse. I’ve never read the entire Bible, but I really enjoy 1 Corinthians 13.

  • caroline
    January 27, 2009 at 7:38 pm

    Yum, tofu sounds so good! I love beets, and more importantly their long leafy stems! I cook em like spinach, very tasty! Give it a try, if you havent already that is! 😉

  • Sharon
    January 27, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    Mmm tofu looks awesome. Thanks for the link to the site! I want to add beets to my eats!

  • kim
    January 27, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    I love cooking with tofu. I like it sliced up and added to stir-fry or use the silky kind to make a tofu dessert! There’s a tofu-based dessert restaurant in NYC called Kyotofu. Do check it out if you’re ever in NYC. 🙂

    Thanks for the link as well. I do love to learn more about ayurveda, but it’s kind of sad that what I’m doing right now is against everything the ayurvedic way. :0

  • brandi
    January 27, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    Those cookies look so good – and the tofu!

    Reading 1 Corinthians is a great idea for February! There’s also a song based on that verse that I love.

    I’m just about finished with a series right now, 1 Cor. for February may work out perfect!

    Hope you get a good nights sleep

  • Victoria
    January 27, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    The tofu looks yummy. Thanks for the link to the blog. I think it’s really interesting.

  • K
    January 27, 2009 at 9:20 pm

    Love the dinner! Sesame seeds = yum!

  • Marissa
    January 27, 2009 at 10:23 pm


  • Hallie
    January 27, 2009 at 11:00 pm

    I am scared of beets but I so want to like them. I’ve never had them before and people either seem to love them or hate them. I just got some from my CSA bounty, and I gave them away because I was too chicken to try it. So, what do beets TASTE like, exactly? Have you ever roasted them? My friend says they are like “dirt, in a really good way.”

  • Elise
    January 28, 2009 at 1:24 am

    Those chocolate thins look AMAZING!

    Love your blog!
    Where do you work?

  • Robin
    January 28, 2009 at 2:04 am

    The best way to cook beets is roasting them, with the skin on, wrapped in tin foil with olive oil, salt and pepper. The skins will still slide off after cooking for about 30-40 minutes, but the taste is so much better than boiling! And don’t get me started on canned beets 😉

  • Michelle
    January 28, 2009 at 6:44 am


    the website link you posted is great. thank you.


  • Kimberly
    January 28, 2009 at 7:22 am

    Some ayurveda info I got from Vita Juice health website.

    January 27, 2009

    Balance Sheet
    How Ayurveda can offer a truly balanced diet

    We’re all trying to incur losses (with extra holiday weight, anyway), but when it comes to slimming down, it’s hard to account for success.

    With Ayurveda, there’s something to help everyone. Start out by finding your dosha and best foods, then use this sheet to help “balance” the scale in your favor:


    In-season foods. Find out what’s fresh near you.

    Warmth. Stick to warm or room temperature foods and drinks to help your metabolism.

    Digestive aids. When you can, incorporate spices, herbs, honey, lemon and ginger into your meals.

    Yoga. Both the physical and mental effects can help you towards your goal. Trying to whittle your middle? Try these poses.


    Eating late. Lunch should be your largest meal of the day and dinner should be eaten at least three hours before bed (try to stick to three daily meals).

    Digestive hindrances. Salt, artificial flavors and milk products like cheese and butter should be kept to a minimum.

    Disruptions. Try to eat at a table with few distractions to fully enjoy your meals.

  • Beadie @ What I Ate Yesterday
    January 28, 2009 at 9:14 am

    Glad you found Fran’s blog, it is one of my favorites!

  • Kim
    January 28, 2009 at 9:30 am

    Those cookies look like the dark chocolate cinamon covered cookies I got a few weeks back. SO DELICIOUS!

    Also delicious are beets! I love mine cooked the way you do them but also roasted in the oven. YUM!

  • Frannie
    January 28, 2009 at 9:50 am

    Thanks for the props, Jenna! I’m glad you’re enjoying my blog — you sent over several new readers already! 🙂
    All the best,

  • runjess
    January 28, 2009 at 10:53 am

    Looks like a wonderful recipe. I’m really into tofu right now (but not beets).

  • Meryl
    January 28, 2009 at 11:01 am

    ahh i love your blog 🙂 i am a total foodie and you give me so many ideas! I don’t usually comment, but wanted to say thanks for posting that verse… it was just the encouragement i needed and totally unexpected.

    have a great night!

  • Katie
    January 29, 2009 at 9:22 am

    That tofu looks really good. Thanks for sharing the link. The verse is also quite beautiful.