Hi Fit Chick NYC readers! I’m Erica Sara and I’m so excited to be Jess’s guest post today. For those of you who don’t know me, I’m a runner, a gluten free foodie, a jewelry designer and I blog at Erica Miss America. So nice to “meet” you. And thank you Jess for this great opportunity. I’m so grateful to have met you and honored to consider you my friend.
The other day, Jess and I were hanging out before our weekly hot yoga girl date, discussing how difficult it can be to cook healthy meals with our crazy schedules. So I thought it would be a great idea to offer you all one of my favorite, easy go to meals. I’m a huge fan of preparing food in advance so I can throw together delicious meals in a matter of minutes. During the winter months, I typically make a large bowl of soup or stew on Sundays and eat it for lunch or dinner all week long. But as the temperatures get warmer, I’m less in the mood for soup and more likely to crave lighter recipes like salads with grains and beans or tofu.
One of my new favorite go to meals is tofu with mixed vegetables, brown rice, and a honey ginger soy dressing drizzled on top. Sound like a lot of work? I promise you it isn’t! Just take the time to make a few minor preparations in advance and you’ll have the dish at your fingertips within minutes the rest of your week.
Here are the steps I take:
1- Prepare the dressing and store in a glass jar in my refrigerator:
Combine 1/2 cup soy sauce (I used gluten free tamari), 2 tablespoons of honey or agave, 2 small chopped garlic cloves, 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil, 1/2 tsp ginger powder. Taste and adjust flavors according to your liking. Store and then shake well before using.
2– Make a large pot of brown rice, divide into serving portions in plastic bags and freeze them. Or, you can purchase frozen brown rice at Trader Joe’s that can be microwaved in minutes.
3– Have extra firm tofu on hand. Drain, press if you desire, slice and store in your refrigerator until you’re ready to use.
4– Keep bags of frozen veggies on hand in your freezer. Or have fresh veggies cut & chopped in your fridge.
When you’re ready to eat, grab a serving of frozen brown rice, some veggies and several tofu slices. Place on a microwave safe plate and heat for 3-4 minutes to warm through. Depending on the strength of your microwave, you may need an additional 2-3 minutes. Remove from the microwave, drizzle with the dressing and enjoy. I find preparing my meals this way especially helpful during marathon training season. I pop everything in the microwave after my run, before my shower, and when I’m clean and ready to eat, my food is waiting for me.
Thank you, Erica! I can’t wait to try this recipe while I’m in KY this week.
Erica is an amazingly talented woman. You can check out all of her creations at Erica Sara Designs. Because she is an all around awesome woman and friend she has offered to give one of you one of her beautiful pieces of jewelry.
The giveaway is for an engraved plaque necklace– winner gets to pick whatever they’d like engraved (monogram, name, word, etc…)
You have two chances to enter the giveaway. Please leave a comment for each entry.
#1) Leave a comment on the post telling us what’s your favorite quick healthy meal.
#2) “Like” Erica Sara Designs on Facebook.
Giveaway ends on Friday, April 22 at midnight EST.