Single Lady for a Weekend

by Brittany on April 30, 2012

Move over Beyonce.

Poor Will came down with a pretty bad stomach flu on Friday night, and banished himself to the other end of Orlando for the entire weekend in order to avoid spreading his germs around. This meant two things:

1. No traditional weekend date-night (booooo)

2. More time to study for my last final (bittersweet booooo)

In order to mend my single-lady heart, I spent Friday and Saturday night in the company of Alana, and the rest of the weekend walking Popcorn, running errands, finishing up school stuff, etc.  Oh, and naturally my newfound single-lady status granted me a LOT more time in the kitchen –

Brown “fried” Spanish rice with organic chicken, green peppers, onion, spinach, and Sazon seasoning, topped with Greek yogurt.

brown spanish rice

Many-a-butternut squash/PB muffins topped with chocolate peanut butter

muffin pb

Chocolate Covered Katie’s blueberry pie pancakes (with Bob’s Red Mill GF all purpose flour), slathered in coconut butter

pancakes

More coconut milk cookie dough ice cream

ice cream

Chickpea, goat cheese, red pepper, broccoli brown rice tortilla pizza

pizza

and last night’s star-of-a dinner, light teriyaki tofu stir fry + quinoa!

tofu stir fry

Light Teriyaki Tofu

light teriyaki tofu

Serves: 3-4

Cook Time: About 10 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 14-oz. package extra firm tofu, drained
  • 3 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1/2 Tbsp agave nectar (or honey)
  • 1-1/2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 Tbsp Stevia (or other sweetener)
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil

Directions:

1. Press tofu between paper towels or with a tofu press in order to soak up extra liquid. Dice tofu block into cubes.

2. In a small bowl, combine all other ingredients except olive oil. Stir to combine.

3. Place tofu pieces inside of seal-tight container and pour in marinade. Close container and allow tofu to sit in mixture for at least 30 minutes, flipping container several times throughout. This will ensure that all of the tofu pieces are equally marinated.

4. In a large skillet or wok heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Spread oil throughout bottom of the pan and then add the tofu. Stir fry gently (depending on how soft your tofu is) until golden brown (about 10 minutes).

5. Serve over stir fried veggies, rice, or noodles.

lighter teriyaki tofu

Put your hands up! Woh oh oh.

A bit to think about: What do you like to do during your alone time?

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Linz @ Itz Linz April 30, 2012 at 8:04 am

Sad Will was ill, but looks like you made some delicious eats!!
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Claire @ Live and Love to Eat April 30, 2012 at 8:14 am

Gorgeous stir fry – looks like such a balanced weekend – lots of veggies but some treats, too. :) Good luck with your last final!
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Nikki April 30, 2012 at 8:17 am

Sometimes the single life isn’t so bad…it is like the best of both worlds…and makes time together even better!
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Jana @ Newly Wife Healthy Life April 30, 2012 at 8:55 am

I love catching up on all my favorite shows, read magazines, and do my nails when I am alone. I also really enjoy shopping alone sometimes because then I can wander the aisles as long and slow as I want!
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Brittany April 30, 2012 at 5:06 pm

Oh, thats the BEST! I’m pretty sure I read almost every ingredient list :D
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Brittany @ GOtheXtraMile April 30, 2012 at 9:21 am

Ahh soo much good food in one post! I’m practically drooolin’ over the computer ;D I definitely took time to study this weekend, boo! Good luck on your tests girl !
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Katie @wishandwhimsy April 30, 2012 at 9:24 am

The Tofu Stir Fry looks delicious. I tried my hand at new tofu recipe over the weekend and shared it on my blog yesterday for Salsa Lime Baked Tofu. I’ve always enjoyed eating tofu, but I thought tofu was much more difficult to make. I challenged myself to make it and now it’s going to be a staple on my grocery list!
Wishing you the best. katie
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Brittany April 30, 2012 at 5:07 pm

I felt like that the first time I tried tofu also! As soon as you tell me that I need to “drain” something before cooking it, I tend to have my reservations.. haha. Glad you liked it!
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Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy April 30, 2012 at 9:37 am

Yum!! All of that food looks so good. My fiance and I don’t live together yet, so when he’s off doing his own thing, I catch up on my TV shows and blog! I enjoy alone time sometimes :).
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Emma April 30, 2012 at 9:38 am

Get well soon, Will!
That rice dish looks FAB, as does the stir fry. I often make myself single lady dinners on nights I don’t see Tom or when I get way too hungry to wait for him! :)

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Tessa @ Amazing Asset April 30, 2012 at 9:42 am

Booo I hope Will is feeling better now! Stomach issues are the WORST. Great looking eats too Brittany, especially the tofu dinner, thank you for the recipe!
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Jessica @ Sushi and Sit-Ups April 30, 2012 at 9:44 am

I hope Will is feeling better! Usually when I’m alone, I make myself a super easy dinner for one (usually something Kevin would refuse to eat), then eat it in front of the TV where I catch up on Netflix (lately it’s been Mad Men).
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Alexandra April 30, 2012 at 10:27 am

Hope Will gets well soon! He’s missin out on all of this deliciousness ;)
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Allison (Allison's Delicious Life) April 30, 2012 at 10:28 am

GIRL I am hungry!!!! And I definitely find myself in the kitchen for entertainment whenever I have a single lady weekend :)
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Theresa April 30, 2012 at 10:28 am

awww, i hope will feels better! since me and kev have opposite work schedules, I do tend to have a couple nights by myself..i dont mind it sometimes. I get to watch my guilty pleasure shows, paint my nails, catch up on reading…not too bad :)
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Caroline @ After Dinner Dance April 30, 2012 at 10:43 am

That tofu looks great! I’m always weary of cooking tofu without a recipe because I don’t know enough about tofu – I’ll be trying yours soon!
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Brittany April 30, 2012 at 5:29 pm

It’s one of those foods that you get better at cooking each time
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krystal@coffeecardiogoddess April 30, 2012 at 10:58 am

Looks like you got to enjoy some seriously good eats over the weekend! I’m going to get me some of that cookie dough icecream! I created my own icecrem yesterday and Im hoping it turns out good! Ill be trying after work today.
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Becca April 30, 2012 at 11:00 am

Sounds like a nice weekend. I like to read my book, paint my nails and listen to country music :) I have never tried coconut butter, looks good!
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Laurie @ Love, Laugh, Laurie April 30, 2012 at 11:31 am

Wow, your food all looks amazing! Minus Will being sick, I would say you had a wonderful weekend :) I’m always looking for new tofu recipes, so I’m really excited to try this one!
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Carrie @ Lift Eat Repeat April 30, 2012 at 12:15 pm

Wow, look at you go! I didn’t have any time to cook except late last night. I think I finished up my bulk cooking around 10…this was a long weekend!
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Lindsay @ In Sweetness and In Health April 30, 2012 at 12:24 pm

Aw I hope Will is feeling better!! That teriyaki tofu dish looks amazing. During my alone time I love to read books, browse online for wedding things, and catch up on my tv shows!
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Emily @ Glitz Glam Granola April 30, 2012 at 12:29 pm

I’m sorry to hear that Will was so sick this weekend, I hope that he is feeling better now and that you two get to see each other soon! Sounds like you made it a great weekend though and made some delicious things! I love CCKs pancakes- they are delicious! When I’m alone I look to do errands, go shopping or just relax and catch up on some tv. I live a pretty go-go-go life with lots of wonderful people that for the times when I’m alone I like to keep it low-key.
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Sarah April 30, 2012 at 1:14 pm

Bake! It’s sooo relaxing
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Ben April 30, 2012 at 3:24 pm

I have pressed Tofu both with a press and without one and find that using a good press makes the flavor absorb better. It also cooks firmer, the texture is more chewy and less rubbery. I use the EZ Tofu Press, available online for all my extra firm and firm tofu dishes…enjoy!

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Jentry Nielsen April 30, 2012 at 4:14 pm

Goodness Will needs get sick more often so we get more delicious looking recipes like all of these! ha JK hope he is feeling better!!!
Can’t wait to try out this teriyaki tofu!
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Brittany April 30, 2012 at 5:40 pm

HAHA. Hey, I can’t argue ;)
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Paige @ Running Around Normal April 30, 2012 at 4:57 pm

I had a single lady night/day this weekend, too! I ate what I wanted, went to bed when I wanted, and hogged the entire bed! It wasn’t too shabby…but I did miss him ;)
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Annette@FitnessPerks April 30, 2012 at 5:16 pm

Yummy!! I love tofu and stir fry!! Delicious :)

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Katie @ Katie Without Restrictions April 30, 2012 at 6:20 pm

I usually end up crashing on the couch during alone time, and then later regretting all the awesome things that I DIDN’T do! It’s not a great system…
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Kristen @ notsodomesticated April 30, 2012 at 6:43 pm

Hope Will is feeling better!!! I’m not going to lie, I love my hubby, but I do enjoy a bit of alone time. ;) For a night alone, I usually like to get a pint of ice cream, a chick flick, and just chill out in my PJ’s! :)
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Brittany @ Delights and Delectables April 30, 2012 at 8:52 pm

I hope Will starts feeling better soon!! When I have alone time, I love to cook or curl up on the couch with popcorn and a chick flick!
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Michelle @ Blogitness April 30, 2012 at 9:28 pm

All of that food looks amazing!
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Stephanie @My Freckled Life May 1, 2012 at 9:09 am

Yum, that stir-fry looks delicious! I feel like every time I have to walk through the baking aisle at my grocery story, I stop and look at the stevia and agave nectar section, but I’ve just been too nervous to try it! I dont know why, but I’ve been a total wimp about it. But maybe it’s time I actually hop on that train haha.

I hope Will feels better!
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katie @KatieDid May 1, 2012 at 10:29 pm

Well just about every night for me is single lady night, except my roommates of course! Hope Will feels better soon!
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