I’m so pumped that YOU’RE so pumped about the 20 Day Holiday Workout Challenge!! :D

I made a couple buttons and posted them on the Challenge Page, and officially designated the hashtag #20DayChallenge for all related Twitter chatter over the next month. We totally got this!

Since I hadn’t run in nearly 2 weeks before yesterday, I was feeling all kinds of sore today (it’s crazy how much you can feel a run in your abs, right?) so I ran through this quick & dirty 30 Minute HIIT Routine after work.

Holy buckets, I sort of thought my legs were going to spin off, but running to a HIGHlarious episode of Friends helped make it, not me, fly by! :)

Afterwards I came home and popped Spicy Orange Baked Tofu in the oven for dinner. It has seriously been a hot minute since I had the luscious ‘fu in my life!


This dish was easy enough to prepare – just cubed tofu marinated in an exotic mix of flavors including soy sauce, orange juice, ginger and red chili pepper flakes, then baked ’til golden brown.

I started with Nasoya Sprouted Extra Firm Tofu.


“Nasoya organic sprouted tofu plus, made with sprouted soybeans, aids in the absorption of nutrients, is easy to digest, a good source of vitamin K, and is an excellent source of protein & calcium!”


Last night I cut the block into cubes, then layered them in a 9×13 baking dish.


This morning before I left for work I poured the sweet & spicy marinade over top to soak into the tofu all day.


This evening all I had to do was bake, mix with some roasted asparagus, and pour it over brown rice.

Ummm, it was not good. I know – so sad!


It was a little too sour, or something. I think there was too much rice vinegar in the recipe. That, and Ben said the oranges I got weren’t that great. Thanks for warning me ahead of time.

I WILL say that the tofu was great! Awesome texture, and with 12 grams of protein per serving, it’s bound to keep me full all night.


Yeah, although it didn’t taste the best,  I still ate it all. It was one of those recipes where you can’t decide if you really hate it or not, so you keep eating then decide at the end that yep, you definitely hated it. Oh well. You win some, you lose some!


IowaGirlEats.com Redesign

In other news, let’s talk about the big Tiffany-blue elephant in the room, shall we? The brand new look of IowaGirlEats.com! :D

First of all thank you so, so much for your kind comments regarding the re-design. It’s been a long and intense labor of love, and I’m so glad you like it.

Second of all, a million thank yous go out to the man who made it all possible, Michael Novotny. Michael custom developed the entire theme, and I couldn’t have asked for a smarter, more hard working or patient person/developer/friend to crank this beast out beside. Be sure to give him a call if you have any web development needs yourself.

Major props also go out to Justin at 8/7 Central for the calming, serene color palatte and design. I LOVE IT!

At any rate, let me show you around!


At the top of the header, in the green bar, you’ll find links to connect on Twitter and Facebook, or send me an email or subscribe to IGE via RSS feed (more on that in a minute!) On either side of the white logo in the middle of the header, you’ll find links to all the major pages on the site: Home, Recipes, Workouts, Travel, Top Posts, About & Contact.

Posts & Getting Around

On the left side of each post you’ll find a grey floating button (perhaps my FAVORITE part of the new design!) that let’s you jump to the top of the post by clicking the arrow, or jump down to the comments/sharing section by clicking the heart. Comment, share, tweet, stumble and pin here, if you so desire!

If you are on the homepage, vs being in an individual post, you can click on page 2, 3, 4, etc at the bottom of the page to get to older posts.

If you are in an individual blog post, rather than the homepage, you can navigate to previous blog posts by clicking on the green “Prev/Next” buttons either right below the comment/sharing section of each post, or at the very bottom underneath where you would submit a comment.


The sidebar of the site is packed with the usual suspects – a search field, quick links to the major pages of the site, Facebook, popular posts and something new: an email subscribe option. (To those of you that were concerned about the RSS excerpt, I shortened it so email subscribers wouldn’t get a huge long email, but I’ve switched it back.)

In addition to navigating to old posts by clicking on the page numbers at the bottom of the homepage, and on the green prev/next buttons inside posts, you can also find old posts by month and day with these widgets in the sidebar!

Still to Come…

1. A BRAND NEW RECIPE SECTION where you will be able to print, email and, most importantly, easily search for all the recipes I’ve ever posted. I am THIS excited for well, this, and hope to have it completed by Christmas.

2. Dropdowns on the main navigation, so I can bring back some oldie but goodie pages like Restaurants!

3. Better search results. Right now when you search for something only one page is returned, and you have to keep clicking “next page” at the bottom of the site to see all the posts that match your search query.

4. Plus more fun stuff! Stay tuned. ;)

I hope the site tour will help you navigate a little bit better, and again I do hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

Lots to do tonight including putting laundry away. The joy! ;)

Have a great night!


Have you had any recipe bombs in the kitchen lately?