Meatless Monday: Teriyaki Tofu and Pineapple Kebabs + Weekly Menu

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One of my patients is currently trying to eat meat-free once a week.

While he isn’t able to verbalize his reasons for doing so, his nephrologist questions his motive every month during rounds. The patient gives the same, very vague answer every month. Together, the patient and I review the best vegetarian options given his lab work and we move on. Clearly, the physician challenges the patient’s decision…for whatever reason. I would hope a physician would support a diet with more antioxidants, fiber, and nutrients!

Per the usual, my co-workers gawked over my leftovers when I pulled out these skewers one day for lunch.

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I was asked, “If you’re not vegetarian, why do you eat tofu?”

The simple and quick answer is that I actually like tofu. A lot. Plus, a pound of tofu runs me about $2, whereas chicken costs closer to $4/lb. Cost aside, vegetarians have lower cholesterol levels, healthier weight statuses, lower rates of cancer, lower blood pressure, and they live longer than their omnivore counterparts.

But I figured that was a bit too preachy and intense for the casual lunch time chat.

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In retrospect, I regret not sharing those facts in some capacity. While I fully realize that a “teaching moment” has to be done in the right way and at the right time, I do think I could’ve worked in some basic facts on the benefit of eating meat-free. Though, I’m not likely to part ways with meat entirely.

While the blogosphere is saturated with nutrition and healthy eating bloggers, we have to remember it is still a small group of the population that goes to such lengths to educate themselves about health and wellness in terms of food…or even care, for that matter. Helping others learn from our choices is one great way to educate on the powers of food and nutrition.

The next time my coworkers interrogate my lunch…I have answers! ;)

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Weekly Menu: May 6th – 10th

Another week…here we go!

Be well,

Comments

  1. You know Summer is near when people start grilling! These kebobs look so yummy – grilled pineapple is the best!

  2. Those kebobs look wonderful! I hope you enjoy the rolled omelet!

  3. I am looking away from all the onions! I actually like tofu too – and at my store? It routinely sells for .99 cents a package – score! And don’t be jealous, but boneless, skinless chicken breasts were on sale for $1.39 a pound this weekend :D

    Off to check out that spicy basil chicken recipe . . . happy Monday!

  4. So glad you liked these!!
    The sauce was just amazing too!!
    I definitely like tofu also for a cheap and easy protein. :)

  5. I’m not a huge tofu lover, but the kebobs look good, we grilled some kebobs this weekend too! So fun! I know what you mean about not always being open about food choices … I try not to talk about my food too much at work, everyone thinks I eat weird stuff anyways :) But being at a job where I sit for 10-12 hours a day, I am probably one of the healthiest people , so take that! I guess I try to judge interest and why people are interested before being totally open about what I am eating.

  6. I’ve never had a problem with tofu. It’s not my all time favorite thing, but I think when its cooked right, it’s delicious. Never in my life would I have thought to make kebabs with tofu though. That’s a fantastic idea – kebabs are just so much fun to eat. :)

  7. I eat tofu just because I like it too. This sounds like a great way to prepare it. I love pre-baking tofu, it means you don’t have to press it!

  8. I have never tried tofu. But I know you would never steer me wrong! So I’ll give it a whirl. It looks amazing this way!

  9. Bookmarking this. I don’t have a grill at the moment, so kebabs that can be made it the oven are ideal. And I loveee savory dishes with pineapple!

  10. I’m not a vegetarian, but I do love tofu!

  11. Don’t ya just hate when those teaching moments pass by and you miss them? It happens to me all the time. These kabobs are beautiful!

  12. I love tofu but hardly ever see any recipes for it. My daughter is vegetarian and when we BBQ she usually scrounges around the kitchen for something else to eat. These kabobs will be perfect for the next BBQ. Thanks!

  13. I really love your blog and this recipe!

  14. You are the reason I got brave enough to try tofu for the 1st time! I made your tofu parmigiana. My family thought I was nuts, but I thought it was good! I actually just bought some more tofu….and this sounds delish!

  15. We can’t find how much ginger to put in there! We did 1 Tbs fresh, and it was delish! Great meal.

    • Nicole, RD says:

      Oops! I didn’t use any…missed that edit in the directions. Now fixed – thanks! I’m glad they were a hit! :)

  16. I hadn’t purchased sriracha before. I knew it was hot, but I guess not this hot. I wasn’t clear from the recipe when to add the sriracha sauce and ending up adding in to the main sauce…which, of course, made it really spicy. The recipe was still good, but my eyes were watering and my mouth on fire. :-) Looked back at one of the recipes it was adapted from and discovered not to mix it in. This recipe is definitely a keeper, though. We have leftover tofu, pineapple and veggies, so I’ll make it again tomorrow for lunch and not add the sriracha this time. Also added green pepper to the skewers. Great vegan recipe!

    • Nicole, RD says:

      Hi Hemey! I actually used chili garlic sauce/paste, not sriracha. I wonder if that caused all the heat? Don’t get me wrong though, they are spicy! Thank you for mentioning that the chili sauce was overlooked in the recipe directions. I will change that! I did add it to the sauce with the soy sauce, etc. Thanks for the feedback and glad you enjoyed :)

      • Oh…I see. I’ll have to sweeten it up a bit with more pineapple or honey and/or add less of the sauce I bought. I thought they were the same thing, because I googled “garlic chili sauce” and it retrieved the sriracha sauces. The sriracha I purchased is the “Tuong ot sriracha” or Huy Fong Foods, Inc (The one with the rooster on the front of the bottle and the green cap) brand and it had garlic in the ingredients list. Regardless, I appreciate the great recipe. Thank you!

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