Thursday, August 8, 2013

Tofu and Eggplant: A Great Sandwich Combo!

I can't tell you how much better I feel after bringing my lunch for 2 weeks.  It's pretty insane, and it really makes me wonder just how terrible eating out every day is for your body, especially in places that don't pride themselves on the healthiest food.

I have been a little hungrier at the end of the day, and since I haven't started back my yoga schedule (next week), I am able to cook up dinner in a good amount of time.  Next week I'm planning to have more raw things that I can just grab when I get home, like mock tuna and raw zucchini pesto pasta.  I forgot how difficult it is to work out once I've already walked in the door, so I'm definitely going to bring my workout clothes to work and get that done before I head home.  Plus, I always feel good sweating out the stress after work.  What are your workout schedules?  Do you go right before or after work?  Wait awhile?

Dinner tonight was huge and delicious, if not a bit heavy, but I'll get to that in a minute...


I wanted to bring something to the office that would be filling and yummy.  The one thing about eating light/healthy for several days is that I get a deeper hunger than I'm used to.  When I'm eating like crap, I don't often let myself get hungry between meals.  That's why I always feel bloated and horrible.  When I'm eating optimally, I eat light meals, and I wait until I'm hungry.

So, I started the day off with some Earth Balance smooth peanut butter on a whole grain English muffin.  It kept me going all morning.

Calories: 310, Carbs: 28 g, Protein: 10 g


Eating my own lunches is awesome, and I know I haven't shut up about something that most people do every day.... BUT IT'S GREAT!  Today, I had a tempeh/hummus/spinach/carrot sandwich on whole grain bread, some cabbage salad and a few pistachios.

Even though it feels like 100 degrees (F), I ventured outside to take a walk.  I'm just finishing up Dan Savage's audiobook, The Commitment, so I listened to that while I walked around the parking lot.  I'm thinking that the loop I did was around a half mile, but I'll have to clock it next time.  I'm hopefully that if I can do a mile or so at lunch every day, it will give my body a nice break from sitting.  I don't really consider this a workout, but I know I'll feel better if I get a little movement throughout the day.  I'm also looking into some yoga moves that I can do every day at my desk to keep my back in good function.

Calories: 586, Carbs: 70 g, Protein: 29 g


Tofu and eggplant, I'm not sure if there is a better food combination for me.  As you can tell from:

Eggplant + Tofu + Daiya + Hot Sauce

Eggplant + Tahini + Spinach + Tofu

- or -

Eggplant + Cashew Sauce + Tofu + Sesame Seeds

Yeah, I like tofu and eggplant.

I got really inspired by Happy Healthy Life's post today, Spicy Peanut Tofu Sandwich, and I knew I wanted to make something like that for dinner.  I had already thought about the eggplant in the fridge and the wheat rolls in the freezer, and groceries are a bit sparse at the house.  So, when I saw this post, I knew we were having sandwiches.

Unfortunately, I was a bit heavy handed with the peanut sauce, but it was still REALLY delicious!


I pressed the tofu and peeled, salted and pressed the eggplant when I got home from work.  After an hour, I got to cooking!  I warmed up a couple pans with a teeny bit of oil and got the eggplant and the tofu cooking.  I kept a lid over the eggplant for most of it, so it would cook up faster.  I mixed up the sauce and got it ready for the pan.  I also thought some caramelized onions would go well on the sandwich, so I chopped up an onion and got that started as well.

To the eggplant, I added some Soyaki sauce to the pan, and to the tofu, I added the peanut sauce.  I think I was way too heavy handed with it, though.  I probably should have only put about half of what I did.  It cooked down quickly, but it was pretty oily.

Once everything was ready, I got to assembling

bottom bun + eggplant + tofu + onions + top bun

No sauce needed, but you might need a napkin!

We had our big sandwiches with a simple side salad, and it definitely hit the spot.  All that talk about feeling lean in between meals were destroyed after this.  I won't be so heavy handed the next time.  It was super yummy, though.  I made up another one for lunch tomorrow.

I wonder how many other things I can make with eggplant and tofu??

Calories: 609, Carbs: 62 g, Protein: 24 g

I feel like this week has just gotten better and better in terms of the way I am fueling my body, and the big test is going to be the weekend.  It's so counter productive to eat and drink without thinking for 2-3 days, only to try again on Monday.  It's just something I'm trying to keep in mind.

Nutritional Info for the Day
Calories: 1505, Carbs: 160 g, Protein: 63 g


  1. This summer I bought a pedometer. My goal is to walk 5 miles (10,000 steps), but I usually only average 3-4 miles a day. Because it's so hot, I try to walk the dogs early in the morning before work and again at 8 pm or later, depending on the heat. I know I need to do more exercising than that, but I've been concentrating on eating (healthier, reasonable calories, limited snacking after dinner, not going crazy on weekends). The weekend thing is hard!

    1. the weekend thing is SO hard. i love working out, but i always eat worse when i'm on a heavy fitness schedule

  2. It looks like your portion size is right on the money to me! I betcha' that you will be losing in no time!

    1. thanks! I'll keep trying! the scale has been dropping since monday, but i fear that was leftover from my weekend, haha

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