Tofu Keeps Gettin’ Better!

Well hello there πŸ™‚

First things first- gotta get my morning & afternoon eats in- then I have an AWESOME recipe to share with you.

Breakfast: Since I had the extra time this morning- I made 3 egg whites with spinach, & tomatos. On the side I had a Arnold Sandwich Thin with a little bit of peanut butter & sliced bananas.

egg whites a' cookin.

yummy breakfast

I wish I could have more breakfasts like these during the week- so GOOD! & it kept me full right until lunch- no need for a morning snack.

After my exciting adventure to get my fingerprints taken- I stopped @ Starbucks for an iced coffee…mmmmm..

perfect pick-me-up

Onto lunch- REALLY boring- same thing. Not gonna go into it..but I’ll show you some pics.

For my afternoon snack I had a Sweet Wheat Alternative Bagel– along with a little thing of strawberry jelly …and I also had a Kashi Strawberry cereal bar on my drive home- but that went un-pictured.

Kashi bar to hold me over until dinner.

I DID go to the gym this afternoon, since I did NOT do ANY cardio this morning- I wanted to get my legs moving. I just did 42 minutes on the elliptical- I alternated every 5 minutes (well, except for the last 2 minutes) between 5 resistance & 10 resistance.
Max HR: 160, Avg HR: 124, Calories burned: 250

NOW- on to the GOOD part. I found this recipe on Mama Pea’s blog– for Tofu Ricotta Β GnocchiΒ and honestly I had NO idea what to think. YES, I do love gnocchi..but made with tofu?!? So of course, I HAD to try it. I started it last night- that way it wouldn’t take me too long tonight.
Here is the recipe, along with my changes.

Tofu Ricotta Gnocchi

  • 1 16 oz.Β 14 oz.Β pkg. firm tofu, drained
  • my tofu - only a 14 oz. package

  • 2 T. lemon juice
  • 3 T. nutritional yeast Parmesan cheese
  • 3 cloves of garlic minced
  • 1 T. fresh basil
  • 4 oz. Tofutti cream cheese Skim Ricotta
  • 1/2 t. salt
  • 3/4 c. -1 c. whole wheat pastry flour
  • 2 c. organic pasta sauce (or just your favorite sauce)

Prepare tofu ricotta by combining all ingredients in a food processor, except for flour and pasta sauce.Β  <–this is the part that I did LAST night. I also let the tofu drain for about an hour prior to putting it into the food processor.

food processor with tofu chunks

all mixed up

Place ricotta in a large bowl and add 3/4 c. of the flour, combining until a soft dough forms.Β  If your dough is too wet, add additional flour one tablespoon at a time.

tofu mix + flour

Refrigerate dough for 15-30 minutes.

Turn dough out onto a floured board and divide into four sections.Β  One portion at a time, roll dough out into a long snake, about 1 – 1 1/2 inches in diameter. <–I just rolled it into one REALLY long snake.

knead the dough

REALLLLLLLLLY long.

Using a sharp knife, cut dough into small gnocchi, about an inch in size.Β  Repeat with remaining dough.

While a large pot of water is coming to a boil, transfer gnocchi to a baking sheet.

Drop about 1/3 of your prepared gnocchi into the water at a time.

When the dumplings start to float to the surface, cook for an additional 2 minutes, then remove with a slotted spoon and transfer to a colander to drain.

Repeat with the remaining gnocchi.

complete & ready to eat.

Serve with heated marinara sauce.

YUMMMMMMMMMMMMMYYYYY!! Even Craig was in total shock- he LOVED it. He commented how I make all of his favorite recipes into something healthy. I told him I wish I could take credit for the recipe- but a big THANK YOU to Mama Pea πŸ˜€

On the side we had some roasted veggies:

squash & zucchini- only used 2 of each

chopped & ready for the oven

the spices I used- got a little heavy handed on the crushed red pepper-oops!

roasted @ 450 for about 30 minutes- flipping halfway thru

And some whole wheat bread:

my plate- some gnocchis, marinara, veggies & a piece of bread.

Loved tonight’s dinner- even though it was one that took a bit more time- we didn’t eat dinner until around 8pm- it was SO worth it.

Anyways- just wanted to tell you that I’m feeling SO MUCH better lately- just realizing what is more important in my life…and that I don’t need to focus so much on my exercise & all that stuff. I feel GREAT today & it can only get better πŸ™‚

I have decided that I’m going to sleep in tomorrow & just go to the gym @ night with Craig. We are catching up on TWO episodes of NJ Housewives- we are a bit behind. So instead of worrying about going to bed early so that I can get up at 5am, I’m just going to enjoy my night with my hunny bunny & relax.

Hope you have a great night as well!! πŸ˜€

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  1. Your lunch looks amazing. Lots of fruit always makes for a delicious and colorful meal! And those gnocchi look amazing, I remember seeing them on Mama Pea’s blog and I’m glad to know they’re as awesome as they look! I’m bookmarking this page as a reminder to make them πŸ™‚ Hope you’re having a great week!

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  2. what a GREAT recipe πŸ™‚ thanks for sealing the deal about these babies!

    haha those kashi bars always remind me of nutrigrain bars which i used to eat arouuuund the clock back in the day!

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  3. Those gnocchi are pretty amazing huh? I’m craving them again! πŸ˜€

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  4. ALL SMILES!! Yay, I’m so happy that you are feeling better and not having to wake up at 5 tmw to exercise. Enjoy your night with Craig!!

    And HOLLER at the gnocchi. I’ve never made pasta before but this one doesn’t seem TOO hard. And it looks DELISH!

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  5. Your breakfast looks delicious!
    I’ve never tried gnocchi before, it looks good!

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  6. WOW! You made homemade gnocchi! I am beyond impressed!!!

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  7. I’m feeling so totally excited for you this morning after reading this!
    1. Your breakfast looks out of this world YUMMY
    2. I’m SUPER impressed with your gnocchi – I don’t know if I’d have the patience to make it. Would you come over for dinner soon and make some for me? πŸ˜‰
    3. I am SO HAPPY that you’re feeling better – it totally comes through in your posts too girl, so keep those positive vibes comin’! I’m glad that you’re becoming more able to enjoy all the fun things! πŸ˜€

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  8. oh. my. gosh.

    That egg white breakfast looks flat out amazing. I wish I didn’t work at 5am so I could make myself something like that everyday!!

    cereal it is.

    πŸ˜€

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  9. ur snack of yogurt and berries is exactly what i just ate 5 min ago!! its the only thing to soothe my cheeks/mouth. mmm and it was tasty.

    xoxo ❀

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  10. Ive never been a fan of gnocchi but Im still impressed with your skills! πŸ™‚

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  11. Holy COW you made gnocchi?! I’ve ALWAYS wanted to try making that but i’ve always been too scared. So much work lol Looks amazing!!

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