One of my favorite things about going out to eat is bringing home leftovers — I know some people hate leftovers, but I love them — especially when reinventing them into something new. When my friend Lu and I got pho on Monday, the bowls were so enormous that we both took half home. I decided last night to bust it back out, but I’d already eaten all the chicken out of it, so I wanted to add some protein back in. Perfect timing to try this new tofu!
The peeps at Nasoya sent me some coupons to try their new Extra Firm Sprouted Tofu so I picked it up the other day. This kind was packed in water, but apparently they also have a new version that’s pre-pressed and vacuum packed without water so no prep is necessary. I couldn’t find it — maybe next time!
I heated up my leftover soup while preparing the tofu. Since I knew the soup was already very flavorful, I prepared the tofu simply — no marinades or baking — just a simple pan searing in some fun garlic olive oil Matt’s parents brought us back from their trip to Italy.
I chopped the tofu up into smaller pieces as it cooked and waited until it was golden brown. I didn’t bother pressing it before cooking and it came out just fine.
Then I popped the tofu into my soup! I used about half of the package of tofu.
In other news, I received a fun package from Walgreens earlier this week! A few weeks ago I received a gift card to Walgreens Photo Center as part of the Foodbuzz Tastemaker program. I’ve been meaning to get prints made for ages (I have a photo frame collage thingy that’s been sad and empty way too long), so I got a bunch of pictures printed out:
And I used the rest of the gift card to make a canvas print photo collage using a bunch of my favorite UNC grad school girlfriend pictures! I didn’t have any photos of us all printed out and I loved the ones we nerdily took at our spring photo shoot. It was time for them to be properly displayed. :)
Didn’t this come out cute?
Yay! That will make me happy every time I look at it. :) I’m loving this photo wrapped canvas trend lately — so cute. The Walgreens site was super easy to use while creating this, too. I haven’t seen the collage option on other canvas print sites and I loved the idea. Now I just have to figure out where to hang it!
In other exciting news — I leave for Vegas tomorrow afternoon!!! As you guys know, I’m running the Vegas Half Marathon on Sunday. I’m SUPER excited — both because I’ve never been to Vegas AND because the race is a Rock and Roll series and I’ve never done one of those before! This is my third half marathon — check out my running page to see recaps from my other half marathons. :)
The other thing that’s new about this race for me is that it’s a night race! I’ve never done a night race before. It’s all along the Vegas strip — so cool! I did my last run before the race this morning (4.4 miles) and felt great. Bring it on, Vegas!
Oh, what’s that? Don’t I have final exams next week? Ummm… yes. Going to Vegas the weekend before final exams (classes end Wednesday and exams start on Friday) was probably not the brightest idea, but when one gets the opportunity to go to Vegas and run a race for free… they take it. Life waits for no one! :) A BIG thank you to Attune Foods for sponsoring myself and fellow brand ambassador and friend Meghann for the race, even though they ended up cancelling the running blogger conference we were originally going out there for! It’s a good thing I’ve gotten good at studying on planes and in airports. :) I’ll definitely be hitting the books hard on my flights! Stay tuned — I have a giveaway lined up for you guys tomorrow in my absence. It’s a good one!
Will any of you guys be in Vegas this year too? Also, for those of you that have been to Vegas before — any recommendations for things to do/places to eat in Vegas? We have zero clue!