Very Orange Tofu Quinoa

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Our outdoor pool officially closed down this Sunday, so we made sure to go not once, but twice over the weekend.  It was so fun!  I’m definitely going to miss pool season…


And speaking of the pool, I went {fitness} swimming a grand total of three times last week. 

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Post-swim reward:  A few minutes of soaking up the sun!


Here are last week’s workouts – I’m really pleased, especially with those swims. I’m hoping to extend my swims to 1000 yards this week, and then I plan to stick to that distance for a while.  I actually felt pleasantly sore this morning from last night’s swim – hurts so good all over my legs and arms.


Workout 1 – Swim 800 yards

Workout 2 – 20 minutes on the bike

Workout 3 – Swim 800 yards

Workout 4 – 2.2 mile walk

Workout 5 – Swim 800 yards


Alright – on a foodie note…


THIS RECIPE IS AMAZING.  In fact, I am going to go back into my kitchen and make another double batch.  I bet it’s the type of dish that gets better with time and would be awesome for quick lunches throughout the work week.


The secret ingredient: CITRUS!  Orange juice or clementines are used in almost every step of this recipe, so that yummy citrus flavor really comes through in every bite.


Very Orange Tofu Quinoa


Ingredients (makes 2 – 3 servings):


  • 1 cup dry quinoa (I used tri-color)
  • 3 cups orange juice (separated into 1 + 1.5 + .5 cup)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup raw unsalted sunflower seeds
  • 1 block extra firm tofu
  • 2 tablespoons ginger
  • Sprinkle cayenne pepper
  • Sprinkle salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil.
  • 3 Clementines
  • 1/2 cup baby greens, sprouts, or chopped raw spinach
  • 1 scallion




  • – In a small pot, combine quinoa, 1 cup OJ, and 1 cup water.  Bring to boil, turn down to a simmer, and then cook until all liquid is removed (about 15 minutes).
  • – Meanwhile, in a small bowl, soak 1/2 cup sunflower seeds in .5 cup OJ.
  • – Meanwhile, marinate the tofu.  In a large bowl, combine 1.5 cup OJ, ginger, cayenne pepper, and salt.  Chop tofu into small squares or triangles (about 1/2 inch thick) and place into OJ mix.  Let stand for about 15 minutes.


  • – Peel three clementines and separate segments.  Set aside segments of 1 clementine.
  • – Grease a wok and turn heat to Medium High.  Add oil to wok.  Drain OJ from tofu, and carefully place tofu slices onto hot oil. Cook for 5 minutes on each side or until brown.  When tofu is almost done on the second side, hand-crush the segments from 1 clementine, letting the juices and crushed pieces fall on top of the tofu.
  • – Drain the sunflower seeds.  In a large bowl, combine sunflower seeds, cooked quinoa, remaining clementine pieces, tofu, and mixed greens.  Stir, place in fridge, and let chill for an hour or so.
  • – Plate and top with chopped scallions. 
  • – Enjoy!


Have an amazing Monday! <3

How were your workouts last week?  Hit your goals?  Do any cool races?



  • Keri @withlovefromcolorado September 8, 2014, 12:31 pm

    Seriously. How do you do it?! Your workouts with a toddler & while pregnant are pretty inspiring. I’ve kind of been scared to try for number two because it took me 6 months to get into a workout groove with one!!

    And thanks for the recipe. Looks amazing! I can’t do soy right now, I’m thinking blackbeans might be an okay substitution?

    • Caitlin September 8, 2014, 2:02 pm

      Oh I bet – or chickpeas! I would probably try it with chickpeas or white kidney beans since they are less flavorful than BB. 🙂

  • April September 8, 2014, 1:39 pm

    I saw the first pic on Instagram and just kept looking at how perfect it is! That really is what summer and being a kid is all about. 🙂

  • Jen September 8, 2014, 2:16 pm

    I did NOT do well with workouts last week. I live in Western NC, and as you know, it’s been HOT, HOT, HOT! Also, my husband was around a lot, and somehow I just couldn’t get my mojo going. However, I made a new spreadsheet for the fridge and already got my workout for today in!

  • Linda @ Fit Fed and Happy September 8, 2014, 4:29 pm

    I remember the first time I tried orange juice with my quinoa. It was surprisingly good!

  • Alan September 8, 2014, 5:37 pm

    Your legs look very relaxed and Henry looks like the Mexican jumping bean that all 2 year olds are!! How nice.

    Anyway, I am trying as much as possible for a “no-sugar-added” diet which means no additives like OJ. Fruit is not out, but I am trying to not add free or added sugar of which juices count (as do packets of sugar). Any suggestions for your quinoa recipe without the added juice? Looks and sounds delicious

    This no-sugar-added diet try is tough. I am not doing it to lose weight but more to try to balance and lower the risk for sugar related diseases going forward, like diabetes, obesity, metabolic abnormalities. Most items in the market are with added sugar/cane juice/beet juice/fructose corn syrup so it is challenging. I’m doing what I can without going too crazy. Just trying to control what I can, plain yogurt rather than flavored, etc.

  • Sagan September 8, 2014, 8:16 pm

    Tasty! I love how unique that recipe looks.

    Swimming is the BEST. I really need to get back into that…

  • Sara September 8, 2014, 9:00 pm

    I ran in my first 5k this weekend – it went pretty well!

  • Ashley September 8, 2014, 11:37 pm

    Great week Mama! Way to keep moving, I know it isn’t easy!

  • Julie September 9, 2014, 10:31 am

    I can’t tell you how much I love that pic of Henry jumping into the pool! So precious!

  • Kassidy September 9, 2014, 3:23 pm

    Definitely going to try that recipe! Sounds so good.

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