Friday, February 11, 2011

Fun Friday: I Heart You Edition

Did ya'll have an awesome week?

Valentine's Day is on MONDAY! As I've listed before, it also happens to be tied for my SECOND favorite holiday! Do you also love it or are you an anti-V-day devotee like my sis, who screen-printed me this shirt?

My sister, Valentine's hater :)

Speaking of my sister...last Friday I was telling you guys about my dealing (or non-dealings) with the "Snowpocalypse" that swept through our lovely area. Well, my sister down in Texas got a little snow too. So, she posted this gem on my Facebook wall:


So true. So hilariously, sarcastically true. This week, in lieu of a funny video, I recommend that you hike on over to Bluntcard.com for some giggles. Just a warning however--they are not for the faint of tongues. Expect some sassy language. For a quick dose of sassiness, just hit the "Random Card" button and let the hilarity ensue. Some other random loves from the site...





Are you making dinner for your loved one this Monday (or getting dinner made FOR YOU--wink, wink)? This week's recipe is not the most romantic (can tofu EVER be romantic?), but it is good for your real heart. Tofu packs an enormous 10 grams of soy protein per serving, and research on soy protein in recent years has shown that regular intake of soy protein can help to lower total cholesterol levels by as much as 30%, lower LDL (bad cholesterol) levels by as much as 35-40%, lower triglyceride levels, reduce the tendency of platelets to form blood clots, and possibly even raise levels of HDL (good cholesterol).

It's taken me MANY years of being a vegetarian to get comfortable making tofu, but as they say--the secret's in the sauce. Tofu tastes downright EWW until you add flavor to it, but it takes on the flavor of whatever you add to it. Hence, BBQ tofu, Cajun tofu, or even... Balsamic tofu!

I add this marinated, baked tofu to pasta salads, stir-fry, marinara-based pastas, pizza or salads (pictured below)--pretty much anything that I want to make "Italian." So treat your anatomic heart right this V-day and whip up a batch of this! Super quick and easy!

Balsamic Baked Tofu
Yummy salad w/ carrot, mozzarella, tofu and leftover homemade guacamole!

Ingredients:
1 package super firm tofu (I use Nasoya Super Firm Cubed Tofu because it's already cubed!)
2 Tbsp. Olive oil
2 Tbsp. Balsamic vinegar
1/2 tsp. Oregano
1/2 tsp. Basil
1 tsp. minced garlic (I use the quick jar kind :))
A dash of onion powder
Salt and Pepper to taste

Directions:
PRE-HEAT oven to 400 degrees.
1. Drain the tofu and pat dry with clean towel or paper towels to remove excess liquids.
2. While tofu is draining, whisk all over ingredients together in a bowl.
3. Add drained tofu and mix.
4. Allow to marinated in the fridge at least 20 minutes, up to two hours.
5. Spread on a pan that that been sprayed with cooking spray.
6. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until tofu is browned.

Before baking...

After baking...it gets crispy!


For this week's music selections, I thought I'd share a few love songs that will be on rotation on my iPod this V-day!

1. You and I Both--Jason Mraz
(Jason Mraz's voice = butter. This song = butter love.)

2. Somewhere With You--Kenny Chesney
(I'm still not a huge fan of Chesney simply because someone once told me that he "fakes" his guitar playing at his concerts...which to me is like a slap in the face to country music. Regardless, this song is pretty to listen to and is definitely my 2011 Valentine's pick!)

3. Drive--Cars
(Right NOW, iTunes is offering a BUNCH of love songs for 69cents--including this FABULOUS song. I immediately purchased ALL the 80's ones! Get on over there and grab em' all up while you can!)

4. Just Like Heaven--The Cure
(One of the most iconic, and most downloaded, Cure songs. This has been my ringtone on and off since I got my first cell phone. The music video is undeniable weird, and yes, lead singer Robert Smith STILL dresses like that to this day, BUT this is stil a classic and probably my most favorite love song.)

5. When We First Met--Hellogoodbye
(A love story told through haircuts. Gotta love it!)


Q's of the Day (I heart your comments!): How are you spending your Valentine's Day? (I'll be going to a PRE-TRIAL for a speeding ticket. BOO! But I'm also subbing a Zumba class. YIPEE!). What's your favorite love song (slow or fast)?

Card by LetterHappy on Etsy.com

No matter what your Valentine's Day holds, have a wonderful, love filled one! Treat your heart and your heart right today! ;)

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