Clean Tempeh + Coconut Milk Hot Chocolate

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Early Day Eats

Since I didnt get my coconut milk oatmeal yesterday, I decided to have it today.

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Coconut milk is so good in oatmeal. So good!

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I also added in more dried fruit goodness: black currants and dates.

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Beautiful sunny morning!

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Oatmeal with a Morningstar “sausage” and my Larry’s Beans coffee. Love this coffee – and the company.

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Coconut Date Currant Oatmeal

Add to a pot:

  • 1/3 light coconut milk
  • 1/3 water
  • 1/3 Quaker rolled oats
  • 1/2 tsp chia seed

Cooked stove top till thickened. Stirred in 4 chopped dried dates and a handful of currants at end of cooking to warm through (I don’t add my dried fruit early on because I like the chewy texture of dried fruit, which I think is lost when it’s added early because it soaks up the liquid and plumps up).

Toppings: simply chopped walnuts

Coconut milk in oatmeal is amazing. It totally adds another dimension to the flavor.

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Hot black tea with cream and sugar to help me wake up at work.

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I had a frozen meal to eat for lunch, but I got the craving for a burrito, chips, and dip. Though I used to eat out the majority of the week days for lunch, lately I’ve been doing really good about eating in. I like to still go out once in awhile – especially when I have the opportunity to take a quick walk break to get food.

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While I’ve had a really easy time going meatless for Lent, there are some situations where I miss meat. Today was one of them. I always get chicken of beef burritos. I really wanted to order a meat-burrito, but I went veggie. Today I got rice and beans with guacamole, salsa, and tomatoes.

Surprisingly, I didn’t miss the meat terribly when I was eating my burrito.

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I also got some chips and queso. I know the cheese is terrible, but I haven’t been able to curb the urge for hot, gooey cheese. (this is my before shot)

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I did fill up on the burrito first, so I didn’t quite finish the chips or queso. (this is my after)

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Impromptu Zumba

I made an impromptu trip to take a zumba class about 40 minutes away. Since the class was so far away, I was a bit late and only got a 45 minute workout in, but it was totally worth it. I was feeling really tired after work, but I felt so energized after class! I love how zumba really livens me up. :)

I did some minor stretching and had an Aria protein shake after class.

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Clean Tempeh

Pizza was sounding good after my workout. I get lazier and lazier about cooking the later it gets. It wasn’t till about 8:30pm that I got home. I’ve had a lot of food dates “out” this week, though, and it really helped that I planned what I’d make tonight yesterday. And, I purchased the groceries for tonight’s dinner yesterday. Yay for planning!

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I’ve started unpacking more stuff from our basement, including some cooking books. I pulled out my Clean Food cookbook recently since I remembered it has lots of good vegetarian recipes (perfect for a meatless Lent).

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I decided to make Clean Food – Spicy Thai Tempeh with Cashews.

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I finally got to use the tempeh I’ve had in my fridge for forever. (it was set to expire next week, so that helped me select a recipe)

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I chopped the tempeh into large pieces and steamed it.

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Once it was done cooking, I let it rest on a plate to cool

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Aren’t red onions pretty?

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I caramelized the onions before…

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Crumbling the cooked tempeh into the pan. The cooked tempeh crumbled very easily. I love the idea of cooking tempeh this way and already have some ideas for more ways to use it in this fashion.

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Roasted red pepper and organic cashews – to cook with the tempeh.

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Sauce – ready to add to finish.

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Spicy Thai Tempeh with Cashews – served with steamed broccoli, drizzled with a bit of melted organic butter.

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I LOVED this! The flavors were perfect. I didn’t think it was spicy at all, but it was tasty.

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I even got some seconds.

Total winner!

Coconut Milk Hot Chocolate

Since I had an entire can of coconut milk open from this morning, I decided to try out some coconut milk hot chocolate.

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Organic sugar and unsweetened cocoa powder.

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Mixed up with hot water.

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Into my oatmeal pot, which I used to heat my coconut milk stovetop.

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So rich, so tasty. I need to work on the recipe before I post it here on TCL though. ;)

Tidbits

Check out MyRecipes.com for 10 Mexican recipes under 300 calories (click). And yes, I did say yesterday that society may be too number-crazy when it comes to diet, but I do think calorie counting can be useful. I used calorie counting, personally, in the past to work on portioning and make sure I ate enough food. Also, I scanned some of the recipes and they look to be based on whole foods AND low calorie! :mrgreen:

I’d love for people to weigh in on my poll and add to the discussion via comments on my question – Do you think our society has gotten too caught up in figures when it comes to their diet? Click here to weigh in.

Have you seen the twitter tag “#everydayiwakeup” – click to view – there are lots of positive ones (if you can look past the normal vulgar, random, and obscure ones, of course). Some are really inspiring.

Reader Question: What’s your favorite type of hot chocolate? Regular? White? Soy milk based?

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