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I work in a restaurant, which means I eat at weird hours. I usually have a break in the afternoon so I can come home, let the dog out, touch up my makeup, and eat before rushing out the door to start my evening shift. Because my time is limited, I have developed some strategies to get a healthy meal into my body instead of stopping for fast food on my way to or from work.

When I buy tofu, I don’t just leave it in the fridge. I cut it into cubes, make a marinade, and let it sit overnight, that way it is ready to use when I need to throw a quick meal together. My tofu marinade usually consists of the following, with no particular measurements.

  • soy sauce
  • sesame oil
  • lime or lemon juice
  • red pepper flakes
  • fish sauce

To make this tofu and greens dish, gather the following:

  • 1/2 – 1 cup of marinated tofu
  • 2 cups of greens
  • shallot or onion, thinly sliced
  • sesame oil
  • olive oil
  • sesame seeds
  • salt and pepper

Start by adding a few tablespoons of olive oil and a tablespoon of sesame oil to a medium sized pan over medium-high heat. Once it’s hot, add the onion or shallots. How much you use is entirely up to you, but since you are cooking for one, it really shouldn’t be very much. Imagine the amount that it would take to cover the palm of your hand, and that would be the amount I would suggest. When the onions are soft, add the tofu and cook for about three minutes. Then add the greens and cover. I used spinach when I made this last because it’s one of my favorite greens and it’s readily available.  After about a minute, uncover and stir, and then remove it from the heat. Put the tofu and greens in a bowl, sprinkle with sesame seeds, and enjoy. Simple, right? And the clean-up is easy too, just one pan and a bowl.

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