Weeknight Shrimp and Tofu Pad Thai

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One of the most common questions I get asked is what I cook when I’m not cooking.

Between recipe testing, styling, and shooting, work leaves me with plenty of leftovers,  but there are a few easy, quick recipes I always rely on and have “most” of the ingredients on hand. (Meaning, I keep the dry ingredients as pantry staples so I only have to stop by the store for a handful of fresh things.) I’m going to start sharing these easy weeknight recipes with you beginning with Pad Thai.
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Spinach Salad with Seared Misoyaki Tofu

Aida Mollenkamp Healthy Easy Dinner Recipe Raw Spinach Tofu Salad

It’s that time of the year when some of us have ditched our healthy eating New Year’s resolutions while others are still attempting to hold on with dear life.

I’m in that second group and am doing my best to eat clean and healthy — with the help of a ton of lighter soups, healthy grains, and wintry salads. I know, when I write winter salads, you’re probably saying, “oh, great, that’s sure to be boring,” but  it really doesn’t have to be that way.

My search for an interesting seasonal salad combined with my recent time in Hawaii led me to create this green salad topped with some seared miso-marinated tofu. It’s meatless, healthy, and made with ingredients available (to most of us) throughout the winter. The element that separates it from other, more predictable salads is the misoyaki tofu. Here I used the marinade with tofu but, if you’re not a fan, you could use it with salmon, tuna, or chicken. But, another resolution of mine has been to eat less meat so meatless sources of protein like tofu and I have become close friends.
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Touring with the Tofu Ambassadors

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I know, I know, you think I’ve become a roadie for a vegetarian band. Fear not as I didn’t, but I did visit with the folks over at Hodo Soy Beanery. They’re self-professed tofu ambassadors as they want to breathe new life into tofu by making it minimally processed, eco-conscious, and delicious. Have you ever made your own tofu? It’s easy yet it’s not. I mean the process is a cinch, but achieving really awesome texture and flavor, well, that’s a challenge.


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Pretty. Easy. Chilled Soba Noodles

Pretty Easy Cold Soba Noodle Recipe

While poking around the other day, I realized I’ve shared a good amount of pastas with you, but have all but failed you in the other noodle categories. I mean, yes, I’m Italian-American so cooking pasta comes as naturally to me as being dramatic, but it’s a total misrepresentation of the noodles that grace my kitchen. There’s a whole shelf filled with various pastas as well as rice sticks, pad thai noodles, udon, and, my favorite, soba.


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10 Tips For Healthier Holiday Cooking

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It’s officially the 11th hour: the table’s been set, the turkey’s defrosting, and you’ve got already got an emergency plan in place should that uncle go nuts yet again this year. Sure, that may be the case for some but we are the other 99%; those who are making last-minute trips to the store and last-ditch efforts to round out the menu. But just because it’s a crazy time of year, doesn’t mean you have to ditch your good-eating habits. Take a brief pause from it all and let’s quickly talk smart holiday cooking. Even if you don’t have time to cook the recipes I developed for The Biggest Loser Thanksgiving, there are still a lot of things you can do to prep your holiday table for smart eating.


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