Some Like it Roasted

Pardon the Some Like it Hot pun. It just came to me. Maybe because I recently watched the movie. Anyways. This post has nothing to do with Marilyn Monroe, or a movie for that matter. It has to do with food. Because food is far more interesting, clearly. Or maybe because I like talking about food. You pick. Either way…

I wanted to tell you about an awesomely delicious homemade main dish salad that I’ve been loving lately. I think I first got the idea from another blog, but I forget where, so here it is.

Roasted & Raw Vegetables With Tempeh (Salad)

makes 2

Step 1: Chop up your favorite roasting vegetables and half a block of tempeh, season as desired, and roast on 375˚F for 30 minutes:

Brussel Sprouts, Sweet Potato, Onion, Garlic, & Tempeh

Brussel Sprouts, Carrot, Sweet Potato, Red Bell Pepper, Garlic, & Tempeh

Sample Roasting Spices

Sometimes I use this instead of olive oil for extra flavor while roasting

Other spice options: Basil, Thyme, Rosemary, etc.

Step 2: Combine your raw ingredients on your plate/bowl. (Can be done while roasting your veggies for ultra-efficiency)

Spinach, Broccoli Slaw, Baby Bella Mushroom, Alfalfa Sprouts, Cucumber, & Grape Tomatoes

Step 3: Add the roasted veggies to your raw veggies and top with desired toppings.

Favorites:

a tablespoon of a flavorful cheese

Mango Salsa

Salad dressing. Yes I already posted it in this entry. Yes, it's that good.

The Final Product:

yummmmm

As I mentioned above- I make enough for 2 salads –> one for dinner and one for lunch the next day. Quick, easy, and delicious!

I’m going to leave you with what I’m listening to right now:

So. Good.


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The day finally came.

I can now call myself a proud owner of Apple’s iPhone!

I received this beautiful baby from my parents for my birthday! I had been holding off on buying the iPhone since it’s not compatible with Verizon’s 4G network but then I found out that we don’t even have 4G access in Richmond so I concluded that the waiting should end. And boy am I happy that I did! This is an awesome phone. But then again I’ve used apple products my whole life so it’s like a puzzle piece falling right into the correct slot for me.
Since I’m trying to go to bed early (pre-10pm) I’m just going to leave you all with a few new things I’ve tried out lately:
1) Barley in Overnight Oats
mmmm
I whipped up these babies just like I would overnight oats except I used 1/2 cooked barley and 1/2 quick cooking steel cut oats. (the cooked part is important!) I ended up making these sort of by accident in a way perhaps. I was cooking barley to make something for dinner when I changed my mind and started making something better (more on that later). So I found myself with a whole batch of barley and thought to myself: “What am I to do?” And then it popped into my head! I had gotten the idea for a hot breakfast cereal with barley from a few blogs in the past and I thought – why not put barley in my overnight oats?
HUGE success! I loved the chewy texture of the barley in the mix.
2) New Roasted Vegetables with Tempeh Sauce
I roasted the vegetables and tempeh in a baking dish on 400˚F for about 20-30 minutes in 1/2 tbsp sesame oil and 1/2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil.
Sauce: 2 tsp tahini, 2 tbsp peanut flour, 1 1/2 tbsp soy sauce, 1 1/2 tbsp dry sherry, 1/2 tbsp chili garlic sauce, minced garlic, ginger
After roasting the veggies, I simply poured the sauce on top, mixed around, and returned everything to the oven for about 5 minutes.
This turned out to be quite delicious! It was a quick and easy meal when I didn’t really feel like standing at the stove for a long time.
3) New “Pasta” Sauce Recipe
I cooked up a spaghetti squash last week and made a delectable Lentil-Tomato Sauce to go with it. That recipe was a bit more involved, so I’ll have to post it later, but suffice it to say that my boyfriend informed me that it was probably his favorite thing that I’ve ever made.

Alright bed is calling me.

O-M-G This is so good.

I have had the pleasure of saying this twice (and more extremely than usual) in the past week.
The First:

Overnight Oats in a very-nearly-finished Almond Butter Jar:
1/4 cup multigrain hot cereal
1/4 cup oat bran
1 1/2 tbsp flaxseed meal
stir
1/2 cup skim milk
1/4 cup 0% greek yogurt
diced mango
stir
refrigerate overnight
The Next morning…
Jar Alternative: If you don’t have an almost-done-jar of almond butter, simply combine all the ingredients in a bowl or an empty jar and add some nut butter yourself. 
This jar was. so. good. I orgasmed in my mouth. True success. Mango is delicious. It is on my grocery list to buy again.
The Second:
Peanut Soy-Lime Tempeh Vegetable “Stir-fry” 
I say “stir fry” because I roasted the tempeh, garlic, and onion and steamed the rest of the ingredients.
Step 1: Cube 8 oz. package of tempeh, chop onion and garlic, and toss in a mix of sesame and extra virgin olive oils. Roast on 400˚F for ~20 minutes, mixing half-way through
the finished product

Step 2: While tempeh is roasting, chop vegetables of choice (I used broccoli, snap peas, carrot, asparagus, and halved kumquats) and steam for about 7 minutes.

     Note: I used a steamer basket and a large pot. Fill pot with about 1/2-1 inch of water, dump vegetables in basket, bring to boil, and reduce to medium for 7 minutes.
Step 3: Combine 2 tbsp reduced sodium tamari or soy sauce, 2 tbsp peanut flour, 2 tbsp rice vinegar, ~1/2 tbsp chili garlic sauce, ~1tsp ginger, 1 tsp honey, 1 packet true lime (or fresh lime juice). Mix well
Step 4: Add steamed vegetables to roasted tempeh mixture and cover with sauce. Mix well and serve!
I swear it tastes better if you use chopsticks.

This. was. so. good! The flavors blended together really nicely and it made me go mmmmm. I took it to work for lunch as well, but I have to say that it was definitely best served hot (or warm) the night that I made it.

In other news…

Job/Life Update: Clearly (from lack of posting), life has been prettty busy for me. I’ve been finishing up school for the semester, going to job orientation, working out, cooking, and trying to get to bed at a decent hour to repeat the cycle.
As I just mentioned, I had orientation this week, and it went great! I adjusted well to the team and am looking forward to plunging into my day-to-day work next week. One other awesome discovery is that my gym is only 18 minutes from my work (closer than my last placement and closer to work than my apartment), so I’m hoping to begin going to the gym in the morning. 5:30am wake-up here I come!
So again, like I mentioned, I’m finishing up classes this coming week and hoping to be able to post more often because I know you’re dying to hear what I’m doing! (sarcasm intended)