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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?


  1. These are awesome! I get teary eyed when I get really happy. When my kids are in a play or in a band concert...whatever it is, I get huge tears in my eyes. I too could not imagine my life without my husband (or kids)! I am the worst is a sickness. I am sure the list could go on and on. Have a great time tonight! Try not to get too hot!

  2. Every week I love your fun facts and the tidbits you share about yourself. :) It's fun getting to know someone better.

    I can see the stoic but passionate thing in you. I really like that about you too. And what you have with baseballs I have with basketballs. I've been hit by one too many at games. I'm sure a baseball would hurt much worse though!

  3. I loved the tempeh idea. Needless to say I can't make a simple dinner either. There is definitely a mentally block on that for me.

    Hmmm.... don't you know about me? That is really tough since you know a lot. We share many of the same traits. I am stubborn, fiercely loyal, sensitive (but don't show it), and can't imagine life without my hubby or fur babies. Also I am definitely a perfectionist (to a fault) and I always expect life to be fair and people to be good even though that doesn't usually pan out.

    Enjoy time tonight with your friends!

  4. Sean is the same way as you--he is stoic and even if he is so excited, he doesnt show it!

    im the exact opposite--whatever emotion I have is right on my face.

  5. Your last "if you really knew me" definitely applies to me too :-)

    Poached tempeh-- interesting!

  6. The stoic but passionate thing about you - THAT is one thing I didn't "get" until I met you and even in the midst of our RT fun together, I still didn't really "get" what that thing was about you until you just explained it here and NOW it makes total sense!! one thing about me that you'd know if you really knew me? That I may appear pretty confident but I hide an inner self-doubt about things sometimes...goes with the "fake it until you make it" saying...

  7. Sarena @ The Non-Dairy Queen Hope you have a great weekend! I can see that you would be super emotional regarding your children. I can feel it in your posts!

    Tina @ Faith Fitness and Fun Thanks girl - glad to know that it's not getting terribly old. I love learning more about my readers.

    Alicia @ Vegan Epicurean Thanks - plan on enjoying for sure! I kind of knew the perfectionist part by the way ;-)

    Lisa @ I'm an Okie I wish I could be more open about being excited about things. It's odd.

    Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg I knew you would feel the same way about the dogs!

    Jessica @ EatDrinkBreatheSweat I sure hope you don't think I'm a weirdo now????!!!! Makes you really wonder how you're perceived doesn't it?

  8. Gorgeous dinner! And now I know more about you. :D

  9. I love the "If you really knew me" idea. I think I might do one in my blog. I also get blue and depressed at random times.

  10. Stubborn and head strong..yep, it comes with the red hair :)

    Hmmm...I'm the boss of my mom, dad and sister. For real, they are afraid of me.

  11. Tiffany @ Spartanette Training Thanks - and hope now that you know more you'll still come back ;-)

    Krystina @ Organically Me I look forward to reading it!!

    Alyson @ Nourished Fitness Thanks girl!

    April @ The Weigh I Am What is it about red heads huh? We're an awful lot ;-)

  12. great question,
    that I'm thankful and thoughtful

  13. well, so much for ball park hot dogs!! :) that looks amazing... :)

    I love your list! :) so great... I've also been thinking of doing this since seeing Lisa's list... now yours... I love this idea :)

  14. i am extremely sensitive...omg i have an outer shell but my inner core is like mushy and soft..totally :)

    have a great weekend heather!

  15. Hmmm....I care about my body, but sometimes, I dont give a you know what.....I sometimes want to cry when I see hurt animals, but not hurt humans......Sometimes, I really dont feel like doing yoga even though I'm an instructor....I want to write a book.....even though I had an eating disorder (and I guess still mildly have one) sometimes I just want shove sandwiches down too skinny girls' throats (but I'm not violent, I swear).

  16. Tanya @ Tanya's Daily Product Reviews Thanks for sharing - I appreciate that!

    Kristina @ SpaBettie I loved it when Lisa did this so much I knew I wanted to as well. It was so thoughtful.

    Averie @ Loves Veggies and Yoga You have a good one too dear!

    Eden's Eats Shoving sandwiches down throats is totally not violent - it's being helpful ;-) Have a great one!!!

  17. I always love getting to know more about people! I hiccup really loudly a couple times a day and I have for about 4 years now. I've been to the doctor for it and as far as they can tell, nothing is wrong! I just get to be really embarrassed a couple times a day...

  18. The sandwich looks delicious!

  19. I love reading "getting to know me" lists! I enjoyed yours. I'll try to do one on my blog one of these days.


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