Aloha, Food! (WIAW & A Recipe)

Posted: June 29, 2011 at 8:00 am

I anticipate a fair share of you have heard of Jenn’s “What I Ate Wednesday” phenomenon where bloggers share…well, what they ate in a post that publishes on a Wednesday.


The posts always intrigue me because, you know, I love food. I don’t often share my food, but I have a recipe too good to keep to myself and figure a “What I Ate Tuesday, but you can eat today aka Wednesday” post fits perfectly. Say “aloha” to my food. <—It makes sense later, I promise.

My morning started per any regular Tuesday morning with a mad rush getting the kids all situated and fed before heading out the door to the gym. I do the quick and easy route of munching an apple for some pre-workout fuel. I have to get something in my belly, but since I end up eating so close to my workout that means something light and simple to digest. Hooray for fruit!


Do you want to hear about yesterday’s workout? I think you do. Trust me. A little piece of me died and went to heaven in pure “I owned that workout” bliss.

First up, intervals on the elliptical using a workout from Fitness Magazine. Like this:

Minutes Resistance / Level Intensity / Pace
0-3 5 Easy
3-5 10 Moderate
5-7 10 Fast
7-8 5 Easy
8-29 * see below* * see below*
29-30 10 Moderate
30-31 10 Supah Dupah FAST
31-43 **see below** **see below**
43-45 5 Easy

*For minutes 8-29, repeat the moderate to fast to easy combo. Each round increase your time spent at the fast pace by a minute: 3 minutes the second time through, then 4 minutes, then end with 5 minutes as the last round.
**For minutes 31-43, continue alternating one minute each at the moderate pace and challenging sprint for a total of 6 more intervals.

I followed that sweaty session up with a full body workout. I love completing circuits and super sets to help me get through my workout faster. I switched it up today and worked my entire body going through 3 mini circuits in 30 minutes.

Mini Circuit One Mini Circuit Two Mini Circuit Three
push - ups squat lying hamstring curl
v – sit crunches incline barbell bench press cable row
side lateral raises kettlebell swings burpees
  overhead triceps extension barbell biceps curl

Any guesses how I refueled? You will likely only need one.


You’re so smart! I simply adore my strawberry, raisins, and peanut butter oats combo these days. It helps that I have a plethora of Skippy Natural Honey PB at my disposal.


Thank you Amazon for giving me this much peanut butter for about $1.60 per jar! I promise to share the deal with you when it comes around again. I know at least two gals who will want in on that action.

Ay! We’re only at breakfast? Someone *cough cough* is feeling rather chatty this morning. Let’s progress to lunch shall we?


I thought of creating a fun, inventive, more exciting lunch to share with you – but I don’t pressure myself to eat things just for the sake of the blog. My belly wanted my sandwich, fruit, and veggie combo so that’s what my belly got.

Ham sandwich with avocado, spinach, tomato, mustard, and laughing cow swiss cheese (because I’m obsessed with its creamy, flavorful spreadability). Plus grapes that were like candy. Plus carrots all by their sad lonesome with no hummus dippage. Hummus = one of the items axed at the end of the month, lower on the budget grocery trip. Money scores again in our never ceasing battle. 😉

We shall now whizz right on by my snack because I have a recipe to get to!


I wasn’t in the mood for anything particular or a one-bowl-wonder yogurt concoction…so a happy face mix of sliced sharp cheddar, a ginger snap larabar, and a banana. Making happy faces with my food? Can you tell I’m a mother?

And now we say ALOHA! Thank you for sticking with me. I promise this recipe will be the Hawaiian vacation your taste buds hope for after the previous 689 words. Yes, I used the handy word count tool counted.

Hawaiian Tofu


  • 1 block extra firm tofu
  • 1 jar pineapple tidbits in juice
  • soy sauce
  • grated ginger
  • minced garlic

Press the water out of your tofu per normal preparation. Cut the tofu into even 1 to 2 inch slices/cubes. Place in a large ziploc bag. Strain the juice from the pineapple can into a bowl. Add soy sauce, grated ginger, and minced garlic to taste. I used about 2 or 3 tablespoons soy sauce, a bit over a teaspoon of ginger, and a tablespoon of minced garlic. Pour the marinade into the ziploc bag with the tofu.

Let marinate in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to 2 hours. Remove tofu and place on a baking sheet. Bake in a 400 degree oven for 20 minutes, flipping halfway through.

We used our Hawaiian tofu atop romaine, pineapple tidbits, onion, cucumber, and feta cheese with a sesame ginger dressings. Sweet and tangy. An interesting twist on the traditional ‘fu. Deee-licious! And with those 862 words – I’m out!

  • Do you enjoy tofu? What’s your favorite way? I love my BBQ tofu wraps!
  • Do you ever use workout ideas from magazines?

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73 Comments to “Aloha, Food! (WIAW & A Recipe)”
  1. That tofu looks good! And super easy :). That makes the recipe even better! Love all your pb jars

  2. Your food looks delicious! Especially the peanut butter. I love Skippy natural but never tried the honey flavor! I will have to look for it!

  3. That is a seriously good deal for peanut butter! I have an Amazon gift card that I may have to use on that PB 🙂

  4. Workouts from Seventeen magazine are the bomb (usually). The June issue has FIVE different workouts. So great! And even though I am certainly not seventeen anymore, the fact that some of their models are older than I am totally legitimizes the fact that I still religiously read that magazine. Moving on…

    I had tofu for the first time ever about four months ago, and I liked it a lot more than I expected to. I’ve never prepared it myself, though.

  5. Yum!!! I just love pinneapple and tofu! Your salad looks delish! That does look like an amazing workout! Nice job 🙂

  6. That tofu dish looks like it would transport me (or at least my subconscious) straight to the Hawaiian beaches! Yum!

  7. […] remembered seeing an awesome circuit-style workout on Tina’s blog yesterday and thought that seemed like a good way to go. I took a few minutes to jot down my own […]

  8. I love tofu in stir frys! I also recently had “tofu fries”, which were amazing!!

  9. Anita says:

    Honey peanut butter, pre-mixed?!? That sounds like heaven! Must try.

  10. Easy Reading says:

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