Thank goodness for the weekend! I know I’m feeling quite a bit better now that the standoff in Boston is over. It’s been a crazy week for news and I’ve been glued to the coverage.
Rewind to this morning, when I woke up at 7 a.m. and got filled in on everything I missed overnight, which was actually quite a lot. I called my dad and he caught me up to speed, and I kept the news on all morning waiting for an update. Savannah Guthrie was poised on the air for 7 straight hours!
Breakfast was tasty:
Oranges have been SO GOOD lately. I’m a little obsessed.
And toast with chocolate coconut peanut butter:
Yum yum yum! And coffee to drink:
After breakfast, I spent my morning watching the news and working a paper that was due at 5 p.m. I went to class and came back and finished my paper. Lunch was a peanut butter and banana sandwich.
Allen got off work at 5 so we met up at the grocery store because I had dinner plans from a new cookbook:
I have flipped through this book and I’ve found quite a few recipes I really want to try. Tonight I made “Sweet and Spicy Tempeh.”
Tempeh is a relatively new ingredient to me: I’ve known about it for a while but I’ve only cooked with it one other time. I really liked the flavor and texture, so I was excited to try a new method!
This recipe was super simple: first, steam the tempeh for 10-15 minutes to mellow the flavor. I didn’t have a steamer basket, so I improvised by placing a plate in a pan with some water (not quite to the plate):
I brought the water to a simmer and placed the tempeh on the plate and covered it. Worked great!
I sautéed the tempeh for about 5 minutes and then added the green peppers:
Then I added some garlic, crushed pineapple and scallions for about 30 seconds, and then added the sauce I had put together.
The sauce was a mixture of canned tomatoes, hoisin sauce, soy sauce, rice vinegar, orange juice, brown sugar and sriracha sauce.
I let the mixture sit just a little bit and then served it up on top of some fluffy brown rice:
This was really good! It was quite filling and just felt wholesome.
I also had some steamed frozen broccoli on the side.
Tonight we are watching the news and just hanging out. Allen made me a pretty tasty smoothie that I’m about to start working on. Happy Friday!