Monday, June 14, 2010

Leg Day & New BBQ Sauce Recipe

Legs & Boxing
Today was my last day off. I got up and made myself some steel cut oats with peanut butter and cinnamon apples. Then I had to hit the grocery store so I could have something to eat for lunch. I should have gone to Target and Whole Foods too, but that just wasn't going to happen.

When I got home and the food unloaded, I headed up to my little gym for legs. I did 3 sets of 8 reps using the same slow 2:6 rep count that I used yesterday (with the exception of step ups and calves).

Calves (did 3 sets of 15 reps)
Step ups
Plie squats
Static lunges
Donkey kicks (with weight)

I followed this up with Shock Cardio MMA Boxing and a stretch. I had planned on doing abs too, but sort of ran out of steam.

My Kind Bars Arrived
After my workout and lunch, I decided to lounge in the pool for a bit. It was HOT out, so I didn't stay out long. Plus, I really did need to finish up with chores. Jason was great and vacuumed the area rugs for me. I had some more clothes to put away; I really take my time unpacking! I did get a super great package today. I love getting goodies in the mail. This package came from Jill @ My So Called Health Life. It was a box of KIND bars! I won them from her recent giveaway and can't wait to dig in to one. I'll be sure to post my review on them. Check out the site for nutritional information.

BBQ Meets Quesadilla
I really wanted to grill out, but I also wanted to honor my Mexican Monday ritual. I decided to try a Grilled Chipotle BBQ Tofu Quesadilla. In the end, I also had to try my hand at making my own BBQ sauce for the first time. Once I got going, I realized I didn't have enough BBQ sauce on hand. Ooops. Note to self: always check the ingredients on hand before starting a meal. I searched online through many BBQ sauce recipes. In the end, I took bits and pieces and made my own: Heather's Chipotle BBQ Sauce.

Heather's Chipotle BBQ Sauce
1 6 oz can tomato paste
1 8 oz can tomato sauce (no salt)
2 chipotle peppers in adobe, minced (also use some of the sauce)
1/4 white onion, minced
1 tbsp garlic minced
Agave nectar (to taste)
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar (approximate)
1/8 tsp stevia (optional)
Salt and pepper to taste

In small sauce pan, saute onions and garlic until onions are completely soft. Add in remaining ingredients and let cook down until flavors begin to meld. Re-season if needed.

Grilled Chipotle BBQ Tofu Quesadillas
1 package of extra-firm tofu (frozen, thawed, squeezed).
1/2 green bell pepper, diced
1/2 red bell pepper, diced
1/4 red onion diced
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
Whole-wheat tortillas
Shredded cheese (I used a 2% Mexican blend. Daiya Cheddar would be perfect though)
Heather's Chipotle BBQ Sauce (or your favorite BBQ sauce)

Cut tofu into slabs and marinated with BBQ sauce for approximately 2 hours. Grill tofu until crisp then dice.

In sauce pan saute onions, bell peppers, and garlic until soft. Then stir in the beans and spices. Let cook until beans soften. Lightly mash.

Place tortilla on grill and lightly grill one side then flip. Spread BBQ sauce on tortilla, top with cheese (optional). On one half top with tofu and bean mixture. Fold over the other half and grill both sides until crisp.

These turned out really well. We topped them with more BBQ sauce. I think I may also try this with a BBQ sauce marinated seitan and top with a cabbage and carrot slaw.