Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Tempeh Taco Salad Bowl, Spin & Dog Sitting

House Guest & Spin Class
Last night was a little rough. For starters, it can be really hard for the AC to keep up with 100+ degree temps and our bedroom just happens to be upstairs. The only time I like it cold is when I go to bed. So this didn't work well for me.

We have a four-legged guest with us through Sunday as well. We're dog sitting for our friends' beagle, Bella.
The last time she stayed, the kennel wasn't an issue. Maybe she was just shell-shocked. This time...kennel is an issue. She whined for about 30 minutes before falling asleep, but then she woke up around 3-ish whining again (only winding herself up for that beagle bray).

I half considered making today a rest day. But I knew that spin would probably give me a good boost of energy. Plus, I prefer the Mon/Wed spin instructor and class overall. So, that's what I did. I spun and spun and sweated and sweated. And sweated even more walking to my car. Not sure why anyone is bothering showering right now. You begin to sweat immediately when you step outside, even non-sweaters are sweating.

Speaking of sweating, because of this heat with lows in the 80's, my next few runs are probably going to have to be shorter treadmill runs. I guess the only good thing is that I don't have to fight with myself about getting up early. But then I have to fight with myself to get in the gym and get that run done on the treadmills. Interval runs, here I come.

Taco Salad Fix
Since I didn't do Taco Tuesday, I went with Taco Salad Bowl Wednesday. I know, doesn't have the same ring at all. But these things happen right? Besides, I really really wanted this. It's been too long since I've made one.

I with with a Tempeh Taco Salad Bowl. Not really much of a recipe, but here's what I did for the filling
  • I simply sauteed onions, bell peppers (red and green), and a fresh jalapeno along with crumbled tempeh until the veggies began to soften. 
  • I added in some black beans, canned diced tomatoes that I had drained (didn't have fresh) and some corn. 
  • I seasoned with the typical Tex-Mex go-to spices: cumin, chili powder, cilantro, red pepper, and a splash of lemon juice. 
 

I topped with some (or a lot) Daiya Pepper Jack and more jalapenos (of course). This is just a fun dish and so easy to make - you can check out my how-to here.

Daily To-Enjoy List:
  • Spin class
  • Air conditioning
  • Easy dinner
  • Watching Big Brother or movie with Jason