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More Pineapple and Grilled Tempeh on Monday

Monday Meant Makeup
Funny thing I realized this morning as I was putting on my makeup (other than the fact that I really need to clean the toothpaste splatters off the mirror), I had not put on makeup or done my hair all weekend. Love it when that gets to happen. The only time I left the house was to go on the run and picnic on Sunday. No makeup required on that one. Don't get me wrong, I do enjoy dressing up.  Gotta show off my clothing collection somehow right? But every once in a while, it's nice to just stay home donning comfy clothes, and the natural look. 

Do you enjoy weekends when you don't have to get dressed up, fixed up, decked out?

Monday Workouts
Today was Week 2 Day 2 of my 8-week rotation. On tap was upper body only followed by plyo legs. It was the same set up as last week doing 3 sets of 8 reps only supersetting the exercises and increasing the weights from the previous week.

Shoulders - Upright rows
Biceps - Alternating curls

Chest - Incline DB chest press
Back - Pullovers

Biceps - Preacher curls
Triceps - Overhead extension

I went home at lunch to do the weight workout and did not have enough time to do the plyo legs until after work. For the plyo legs, I chose Cathe's Shock Cardio HIIT Pyramid workout.

Monday Brings More Pineapple

I bought a pineapple the other day and have been wanting pineapple salsa. So tonight I did a Grilled Citrus Tempeh topped with Pineapple Salsa with Zesty Veggie Black Beans and Green Barley on the side.

Grilled Citrus Tempeh
1 package tempeh
orange juice
extra-virgin olive oil
ginger, grated
garlic, minced
soy sauce
salt and pepper to taste


Combine all ingredients except tempeh. Cut tempeh in half lengthwise then in half to make 4 "steaks". Place tempeh in shallow dish and cover with marinade. Allow to marinate at least 1 hour before grilling.

Zesty Veggie Black Beans
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
2 tbsp minced garlic
1 can no-salt diced tomatoes, drained
1/2 red bell pepper, diced
1/2 green bell pepper, diced
1/4 red onion, diced
2 green onions, diced
To taste: salt, pepper, chili powder, cumin, cilantro, lime juice

Cook barley per package directions.

Meanwhile, saute bell peppers, onions, and garlic in small amount of olive oil in a a sauce pan. Add in the beans, tomatoes, chiles, and spices. Cook approximately 5 minutes until everything is heated through.

I served the tempeh over barley that I cooked with vegetable broth and seasoned with green onions, green chiles, salt, pepper, cumin, cilantro and lemon juice. Top off with Pineapple Salsa and side of Zesty Black Beans.
 I think one of the keys to making tempeh is a wetter sauce or marinade. Otherwise, to me, it can be fairly dry. How do you feel about tempeh?


  1. I definitely enjoy weekends like that. But you're right-- getting dressed up and dolled up is fun too! It's nice to have a mix :-)

    Hope you had a great weekend, girl!

  2. That meal looks perfect! A great balance!! I so love me some pineapple! And good for you for having such a laid back, make-up free weekend! Those are the best kind!

  3. Hey Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg since most weekends are not like this one, it's definitely a nice change of pace. Hope your week is starting off well - now that you're back to reality and all ;-)

    Lauren @ A Fit Foodie Pineapple has to be one of the best things ever LOL! I love that it can also be savory.

  4. I prefer going without makeup because it feels cleaner. However it is not practical to go without it everyday, darn it. ;-)

    Tempeh is something I rarely cook. No reason why other than I don't think to buy it. I should add it to our protein rotation. Thanks for the reminder.

    I love pineapple salsa, it is one of my favorites. It is also good over lightly cooked asparagus.

    talk to you later,

  5. Alicia @ Vegan Epicurean It is such a cleaner feeling isn't it!! I've only recently started buying tempeh on a regular basis. It's one of those things that I too typically don't think to buy. But it's been great for grilling and for fajitas. Oh, I just happen to have some asparagus - great idea.

  6. Funnily enough, the weekend is usually the only time I do my hair and put on makeup and get cutesy. I actually look forward to it. LOL

  7. Tina @ Tina Bit of Faith Fitness and Fun how funny that it's the opposite for us!! I do enjoy getting dolled up, don't get me wrong. definitely a girly girl ;-)

  8. Ever since I went soy free which is now soy very light, I dont do tempeh. Before that, I really didnt do much of it. So honestly yes it can be dry and with all foods like that, for me, the SAUCE makes it :)

    love the citrus action you added..and the workout info. first time ever, well the past week or two, that all this jargon on your blog and others, actually means something...and i created my own tab LOL

  9. Oh those veggie black beans are making my mouth water! Oh and I totally relate to the not doing your hair and makeup all weekend...sometimes that is me all week haha.

  10. I LOVE UR BLOG! and girl ur ripped :P major inspiration <3

    great posts :)

  11. LOL Averie @ Loves Veggies and Yoga ! Too funny on the workout jargon. I really need to take the time to create tabs for workouts and for my recipes. Just been too lazy.

    Robyn @ Girl On Raw Thanks so much for the compliment - especially after seeing the food you've been making!!

    Hi Kelsey @ Snacking Squirrel ! Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment. I appreciate your kind words!! And that gluten-free muffin looks fantastic. YUM

  12. Ha, I LOVE when I can go all comfy on the weekend, yoga pants, no makeup, hair down and loose. A nice change of pace sometimes. Totally agree! And PS. I LOVE pineapple salsa or pineapple mango salsa too. SO GOOD!

  13. Ooh, your Zesty Black Beans sound so good!!

    What's funny is I'm the opposite of you with makeup. I LOVE makeup, but my workplace is very casual (most people wear shorts & flip-flops in the summer) & I don't really care to dress up/put makeup on unless I'm meeting with a client - so when the weekend rolls around, I look forward to wearing makeup! That's when I get to hang out with my friends & go fun places, so it's more fun to look nice for that stuff. :)

  14. Ok I am totally trying this marinade! Citrus and ginger sound like the perfect combination for tempeh. It's funny, I never thought about it, but my most successful tempeh endeavors have involved wetter sauces, so I totally think you are right there. I always have a package or two in (what used to be) the cheese drawer, but they so often go neglected. I hope to finally get the grill out this weekend and this will be on the menu!

  15. I love love love is my favorite soy product!

  16. You have so many great workouts and recipes - have you thought about making pages for them?

    (note - this is from a girl with no time to have her own blog, asking you to spend more time on yours.. the nerve!)

  17. That salsa look amazing! I love pineapple!
    I love to get dressed up, but once in a while it is nice to have no makeup and not do my hair. Usually Wednesdays (since I am off), is my day to makeupless. Love it!

  18. Your food pics are so pretty. The actual food helps too, of course! I'm going to try that black bean recipe, I eat so many beans that it's nice to have some variety.

    Any day that I can stay in my pajamas is a good day!

  19. oh i love weekends where i live in my sweats and no makeup etc....the best :)
    geat tempeh dinner!

  20. Jessica @ EatDrinkBreatheSweat It's such a great luxury from time-to-time. I feel like my hair and skin thank me actually. A peach salsa is also good too!

    Hey Jess @ The Domestic Vegan I'm totally with you on dressing up to go out with the hubs or friends. I have to dress nice for work, so I look forward to Jeans Friday like it's the greatest thing in the world. LOL. Let me know if you try the beans by the way.

    Sarah @ The Ordinary Vegetarian it only recently dawned on me about the wetter sauces for tempeh. Duh. I let mine marinate for about 4 hours. It was so much less dry. I also had plenty of extra marinade to brush down the tempeh with when I flipped on the grill.

    Kelly @ Healthy Living with Kelly I like tempeh too b/c it just seems more hearty. I'd love to see some of your recipes.

    Hey Kelly with no blog LOL! I totally need to get 2 separate tabs going. I think I mention this to my husband at least once a week. Sad.

    Kristen @ The Swanky Dietitian I'm a pineapple fan too (if you haven't noticed)!! I think it's great to have a day to not worry about appearances. It also gives you more time to do what you want not messing with hair and makeup!

    Thanks so much for stopping by Rainbwsnkittns ! Let me know how the beans turn out for you. I always enjoy feedback.

  21. Fit and Forty Something I think weekends are meant for being totally comfortable anyway. Just relax and enjoy!


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