Spicy Lettuce Wraps

I recently made the decision to become a vegetarian, but this dish has been a favorite of mine long before I adjusted my diet. It’s simple, I like my food spicy. There is always a bottle of hot sauce at my desk at work for those foodie emergencies (aka “this shit doesn’t have any flavor” moments) so I’m always prepared to add a lil’ kick to whatever is on my plate.

What you’ll need:

  • One package of tofu (I prefer firm)
  • 1 bag of Classic Coleslaw
  • Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce
  • Thai Peanut Sauce
  • Sweet Red Chili Sauce
  • *Glass of vino & good music is optional 

Cook time: 20 minutes

Tofu sauces

The tofu I buy comes in a container with 4 individual blocks but I typically only use two for this recipe. It makes enough for dinner and leftovers the next day.

Step 1: Slice the tofu into small blocks, each about half an inch thick. Put the tofu into a bowl and add as much Sriracha as your spicy self pleases. Tofu truly takes on whatever flavor you add to it, so I usually do this 24 hours prior to cooking the tofu so that it has time to mingle n’ marinate. Keep in mind: the longer it sits, the spicier it gets. I recommend adding the Sriracha and cooking it immediately for your first time if you’re nervous about it being too hot for your taste.

Step 2: Put the tofu in a pan with a teaspoon of peanut oil. Cook the tofu on medium heat and occasionally flip the “blocks” so that it cooks evenly for about 12-15 minutes.

Step 3: In a separate pan add your coleslaw and cook it on low heat for 5 minutes. I don’t add any oil to this because it tends to get soggy if you do, and the fresh crunch without it is to die for. *Once this is done you should allow the slaw to cool to avoid wilting your lettuce

Step 4: When everything is cooked I place equal amounts of tofu and slaw into individual Fresh Living Butter Lettuce pieces. Then I add the peanut sauce and sweet chili sauce. These two sauces are key to this recipe and truly balance out the flavors for the perfect bite. *Don’t even pretend like you’re modest when it comes to the peanut sauce, be real with yourself and add as much as you’d like — it is divine. 

And voila! You have a healthy vegetarian meal that you can indulge in guilt free. Spicy food is apparently supposed to speed up your metabolism as well, which is always a bonus. You can also add brown or white rice to this as a side dish, or just lay the tofu on top of a bed of rice without any lettuce. I hope you enjoy this quick and easy recipe as much as me. Stay spicy, my loves.

Spicy Tofu

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Shall We Dance?

Tonight I decided to play nice with Tofu & make a teriyaki tofu bowl for dinner. It was my first time handling tofu, so I wasn’t quite sure how it would turn out. I pan fried it, and followed these instructions. It is definitely something you need to be patient with, if you rush it then it burns the outside & makes it oily. I haven’t been cooking dinner on nights that Andy works late, but I decided I need to do it even when he is gone. He doesn’t like tofu anyway, so it was a good little dinner for me, myself, and I.

After dinner I indulged in some trashy reality tv (Mob Wives, Teen Mom 2, T.I. & Tiny, just to name a few). Tomorrow is my day off and I don’t have any homework tonight. So I decided to skip the cleaning, studying, and reading for the night and just relax.

I’ve been trying to keep my nails natural, but I love nail polish too much. I am itching for Spring and pastel colors are my favorite right now. I tried this new pattern, which was super easy. The pink coat was the first one I did. Then I did the blue on top a couple of hours after. I wanted to make sure they were completely dry before I added the next coat, if not they tend to bubble. I didn’t use tape because I didn’t have any at home — But I didn’t have a problem keeping a steady hand. What are some of your favorite colors lately?

Bottom pink coat: ‘Shell We Dance?’ by Sally Hansen 

Top blue coat: ‘Havana Dreams’ Sephora by OPI 

 

I want to end on a more serious note tonight. I’ve seen some videos of kids with the genetic disease called Progeria, meaning “prematurely old.” I feel like a lot of people don’t understand what the disease does — and that these children are simply trying to live a normal life. I saw this video and it truly touched my heart. By far one of the best I have seen. I hope you have the same feelings towards it.

All my love, B