Saturday, February 7, 2015

Smoky Green Onion Tofu Scramble and Facing Fear

As a creature of habit with the propensity for avoidance, facing the fear is a new approach I practice presently. This fear may be as minimal as signing up for a gym membership and as extreme as visiting a medical specialist. These are just examples which help to illustrate my message clearly.

For me, the escalation of fears, which I will keep to myself, is a combination of both environmental and perhaps genetic factors. It can take years to figure out what is causing a person to have certain fears, following avoidance, following disturbances in emotional and physical well being. Luckily, we all have the ability to rev up the courage to decide it is time to make things better. Some people may do it on their own while others may need additional supports. It is not important how you get there, what matters is that you showed up. Facing the fear will feel like %*#@ at first, but the longer you practice, the better you will feel.

My recent example of facing the fear is joining a gym two weeks ago. I have been thinking about joining a gym for a long time now. However, thinking is not the same as doing. Some of the fears which prevented me from joining included the following thoughts:

I don't know how to use any of the work out machines... 
I will look stupid excercising. 
I don't know anyone there. 
People will stare.
I don't have any work out clothes. 
I am not a sneaker person. 
What? I have to wear tights!!!

You get the idea. I have grown tired of thinking and I went for it. Going to the gym multiple times a week is relatively new to me. I still don't really know anyone there and I don't know how to use all of the work out machines. Right now what matters is that I have made some strides towards facing this particular fear. Now, I am one of those girls who wears tights to the gym and I don't really care who sees me or who knows about it. Check out my new sneakers....
I am a sneaker girl! 
Now, onto the recipe.
Smoky Green Onion Tofu Scramble 
1 tablespoon sunflower or canola oil
1 (15-oz package) organic extra firm or firm tofu, padded dry and crumbled
3/4 cup green onions, chopped
2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
1 teaspoon onion powder
3/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
1/4 cup nutritional yeast flakes
1 tablespoon liquid smoke
1 to 2 tablespoons water
1/2 teaspoon sea salt, optional
It's a bird! 
Preheat a large skillet over a a medium heat. Now add oil, tofu, soy sauce, onion powder, turmeric powder, nutritional yeast flakes and liquid smoke. Stir and cook for about 5-6 minutes. Mix often. Add green onions and continue cooking for another 5 minutes or so until the green onions are no longer raw. At this point, you can add 1 to 2 tablespoons of water to the tofu scramble to prevent it from drying out while the onions are continuing to cook. Turn off the heat and taste for salt. Store in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.
Peace out!