Yesterday morning I started off my week doing something that I really have not done in quite a while. I simply ran 3 miles on the treadmill as my workout.
I have to admit that I was a bit nervous since it has been such a long time since I have banged out some miles on the treadmill, but it actually felt pretty good! I made sure to listen to the newest release of Bodypump so that it really gets in my brain. This week, the gym I teach at is releasing the new launch and I am teaching it a total of three times so I really want to be prepared!
Once I got to work, I did my typical eat-breakfast-while-I-check-email-and-get-into-work-mode thing. Breakfast yesterday was a delicious bowl of plain, nonfat Greek yogurt with stevia, berries and cinnamon along with another bowl of scrambled egg whites with spinach and salsa. What can I say? I get hungry after the gym! And, breakfast is my favorite meal of the day.
When I arrived home from work last night, the house smelled of this delicious dish. Brian had the day off from school, so I had him toss a couple of ingredients in the crock pot so that we have meals to last us the entire week (hopefully! ).
I got the original idea from Julie over at Peanut Butter Fingers who loves using her crock pot and created a little challenge around it so that she had to try out some new recipes. I was really intrigued by the garam masala flavor in this dish, as I have never tried it before. I absolutely love the way spices and herbs at so much flavor to meals, and this one seemed like it was going to pack a big flavor punch. Well, this meal was a flavorful hit!!
Julie’s recipe features chicken as the source of protein and utilizes fresh cilantro as a flavor enhancer. My version is vegetarian-friendly, and I also chose not to use cilantro or Greek yogurt as topping options. I think it tastes great all on it’s own with a little side of quinoa.
Tofu Cauliflower Crock Pot Garam Masala
Adapted from Peanut Butter Finger’s Crock Pot Garam Masala Chicken & Chickpeas
- 2, 15 oz cans of chickpeas (drained and rinsed)
- 2, 15 oz cans of crushed tomatoes
- 1 head of cauliflower, chopped into florets
- 14 oz block of tofu, cubed and drained
- 2 1/2 tsp garam masala
Place all ingredients in crock pot. Turn heat onto low and allow to cook for about 6-8 hours.
Serve with a side of quinoa, or eat by itself.
I hope you all had a happy Monday, and that your Tuesday is off to a great start as well! Enjoy