Friday, August 13, 2010

Tempeh, Baseball & If You Really Knew Me (Fun Facts Friday)

Dinner & Baseball
I thought dinner was going to be fairly simple. However, in true Heather fashion the plan for a simple wrap with a garlic hummus turned into Poached Tempeh Sandwiches with baked sweet potato "fries." So much for fast, easy, simple huh?

I threw together a super fast, simple garlic hummus and decided to try poaching tempeh in 1 cup of water with 1 low-sodium vegetable bouillon cube for flavor. I was hoping that this method would add more flavor to the tempeh. I poached on one side for about 10 minutes and then flipped and continued to cook until liquid was gone (another 8-10 minutes). I then placed the tempeh slices on a cookie sheet and baked for 10 minutes on each side at 425 degrees (with the potatoes).

I smeared sandwich thins with the garlic hummus and stacked the tempeh with spinach, roasted red bell peppers, and Follow Your Heart Vegan Monterey Jack. I put the sandwiches back in the oven just to melt the "cheese."

The poaching didn't add as much flavor as I had hoped, but I will try again with a stronger flavored broth. Other than that, the sandwiches were really good. I must make a note, however, that we did not care for this vegan cheese nearly as much as we have liked the Soy Kaas brand. It got super crumbly after it melted then started to cool.

The game last night was, well, hot. It was hot, sticky, sweaty and the team was getting their butts served to them on a platter. It was oddly packed though. But then we realized it was Clunker Car Night. Funny how people show up in the heat to try to win a POS car. It did clear out fairly early though. In fact we did the same. We stayed until the bottom of the 6th inning then called it quits. I think we may have each lost a couple of pounds from sweating ;-)

Sorry for not taking any cute pics of me and the hubs, but I didn't think you'd need to see sweaty faces. I do promise to take pictures tonight though.

Fun Facts Friday - If You Really Knew Me
Today is my rest day. My legs are thanking me. For some reason they have been super sore lately. Guess those 2-a-week leg days are getting to me. Hopefully that means they're working too!

So moving right along to Fun Facts Friday. A few weeks ago Lisa @ I'm an Okie did a post that I really enjoyed. It was called "If You Really Knew Me." While these won't all be "fun" in terms of LOL, I think it will still be fun to do and I hope to learn something new about you too.

If you really knew me, you'd know...
  • That I am fiercely loyal and protective of family and friends.
  • That I have been hit by a baseball twice at 2 different games - one line drive into arm and one bounced first before hitting my leg.
  • That I have a cherry birthmark on my left wrist. It has faded but still gets bright red when I'm hot or cold.
  • That I am very sensitive, thus often very emotional. Yet I can still be oddly stoic. You will rarely see me jumping up and down with joy or excitement though I feel it.
  • That I am stubborn and head strong.
  • That I miss ballet terribly but it simply doesn't fit into life for me right now.
  • That even as happy as I might be, I sometimes can get suddenly, teary-eyed, sad and blue for no reason at all.
  • That I cannot imagine my life without my husband.
  • That no matter how insane my dogs may be, I wouldn't trade them for the world.

So, if I really knew YOU, what would I know?