Ahead Of The Game

September 22, 2008

Call me a nerd, but I always aim to get ahead of my school work 1-2 weeks in advance of when things are due – or more when I can! This week I was finally able to catch up from the first day of classes, which started with a bang and a huge pile of busy work in my lap. I finished 2 short papers due in November this afternoon, started studying for Thursday’s test, and did what I could of my Chapter 4 Organic homework that’s not due until next Monday. I did enough that I felt good breaking for a walk and a glass of wine at 5:30!

This spring and in years past I used to go on walks ALL the time, but somehow they escaped me this summer. I guess it had something to do with my night school that got me out of the habit, but I decided to take a walk with Everyday Rachel Ray and had so much fun. I just love walking in our neighborhood on pretty days.

I had a handful of the last bit of trail mix before I left – lunch held me over well.

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Once back, I poured a little of Saturday night’s leftover wine. It wasn’t that great to begin with and it was feeling its age already. Some heavier wines get better with a few days of air, but this one was not on that list.

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I waited and waited to get hungry for dinner, but I guess my stomach thought I was having wine for dinner! I had NO idea what I was in the mood for. I thought about pasta dishes, smoked salmon creations, a big salad with beans on top, a bowl of cereal (!) – nothing was that appealing. The husband finally arrived home at 8pm and I just started cooking what we needed to use up with no recipe in mind. The end result was quite good!!

BBQ Tempeh with Eggplant, Tomato, and Goat Cheese

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I started with a package of tempeh I got at Trader Joe’s. Made with soybeans, millet, brown rice and barley, this 3 grain tempeh is kind of like wheatberries meet tofu. It comes in a thick compacted slab that you cut into pieces and do whatever you like with (since it’s basically already cooked).

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I put some in a pan with some canola oil, a chopped CSA eggplant, and about 5 CSA green tomatoes.

On the side I had a quick craving for BBQ sauce (probably after reading Rachel’s article on it) and put in a pot:

  • 1 can tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 3-4 tbsp cider vinegar
  • 4 glugs wocestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • S+P

The BBQ sauce went on top of the stir-fry and it was all topped with some goat cheese. Yum-O!

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On the side I had 2 small slices of baguette that the husband brought home plus a spread of broccoli pesto

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And for dessert – chocolate chips, which always remind me of Carrots ‘n Cake! (Check out Tina’s new site design! I realized she was missing from my Google Reader and had to go hunt her down. I like it!)

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I am off to get a good night’s sleep before another early workout day and a full day of class.

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1 VeggieGirl September 22, 2008 at 8:27 pm

Since my schedule is über-busy, I too get waaaaay far ahead in my schoolwork; so you and I are both nerds, haha ;-)

Looove Everyday with Rachel Ray magazine!!

Mmm, BBQ sauce & broccoli pesto are AMAZING condiments!!

Have a great evening!

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2 Biz319 September 22, 2008 at 8:32 pm

Anything with goat cheese is awesome!

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3 Laura September 22, 2008 at 8:35 pm

There’s something about the fall air that just draws you outside. I’ve been wanting to take my dog on much longer walks these past few days.

What a great last minute dinner! Tempeh is one of those things I often buy and then don’t know what to do with.

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4 Meghann September 22, 2008 at 8:45 pm

SOme of the best creations are when you just rhow things in a pan. I’ve heard misec reviews on Tempah, but I guess the only way I’m going to find out if its good or not is just tro try it myself.

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5 Megan September 22, 2008 at 8:47 pm

Way to go with your school work! Your dinner looks delicious. Broccoli pesto!! I must try it!

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6 daphna September 22, 2008 at 8:49 pm

OMG, I’m taking o-chem too and I really need to follow your lead with the advance studying. Any tips would be MUCH appreciated. :)

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7 CHristie September 22, 2008 at 8:54 pm

I cant call you a nerd because I am the same way.. althougth this semester I cant seem to work that far ahead since most of what I have to do is large papers and projects, but i love checking the stuff off the sylabbus!

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8 Jessica September 22, 2008 at 8:55 pm

I always did the exact same thing Kath and worked atleast a couple weeks ahead, I have never been a procrastinator. Youget a big pay off at the end of the semester when you’ve completed it all ahead of time and it allows flexibility for busy weekends.

I bought that same tempeh the other day, glad you had success with it, that makes me feel more confident to try mine. I’ve NEVER made a dish with it before :o)

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9 lexi September 22, 2008 at 9:02 pm

i was wondering if anyone wanted to support me on my blog!? i really need some (or a bunch) support with the recovery process!

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10 Eliza September 22, 2008 at 9:03 pm

wow you guys are lucky you aren’t in law school. actually impossible to get ahead and barely possible to even keep up. i’m jealous :)

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11 kwaze September 22, 2008 at 9:09 pm

I have been reading this blog for a while now…and I am hooked! Kath’s meals always look so good…and fairly simple to make. However, I am so stuck in my stupid diet mind set that I am afraid to eat “normal” meals like these. I end up picking on little bits of food all day…including a good amount of caffeine and candy…gross I know……and the evenings are generally no better. I rarely eat any normal meals throughout the day(except breakfast isn’t too bad). My workout routine is pretty good…no problems with that…and my weight is fine, I guess?? Sorry to ramble on…but I wish that I could eat like this…..fear is stopping me. Has anyone out there gone from eating skimpy little meals to actually enjoying a NORMAL healthy diet? I am sick of how I eat but feel stuck. Any suggestions would be appreciated!!!! Thanks:)

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12 mh September 22, 2008 at 9:25 pm

Eliza, I’m in law school and I’m lucky to finish my nightly work! haha! it’s one thing after the next (or more like 5 things all at the same time!!) what year are you? I’m a 1 L !
Mel

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13 Cassidy September 22, 2008 at 9:34 pm

I am the same way. I do assignments as I get them. I have to stay on top of them or I get stressed. I have no Friday classes and I wake up and work all day on homework untill I have all my weekend work done. So I guess Im a nerd too but it definitely pays off!

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14 Amber September 22, 2008 at 9:47 pm

Wow I have never seen tempeh at my (CA) Trader Joes. I know sometimes they carry different thing regionally but I must ask my local one about this!
Oh and I start school tomorrow and I plan to use you as my motivation to get my papers done as soon as they are assigned. ;)

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15 emmy September 22, 2008 at 10:37 pm

That looks yummy. Has anyone hear tried cooking with seitan? I’ve only had it in Thai restaurants (and I adored it) but I’m not sure where to find it or how to approach it. Which give me an idea to suggest: Kath, it might be fun to do a foodie take on the human guinea pig (http://www.slate.com/id/2103509/), people could send in idea they want to try and you could try them out. I’m sure you’re too busy, but that might be a fun feature someday!

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16 emmy September 22, 2008 at 10:38 pm

holy moly I’m tired. My long day as an English teacher has left me leaving posts I want to take my red pen too!

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17 Andrea September 22, 2008 at 10:48 pm

that’s my FAV brand of Tempeh. SO GOOD! i cook it on my george forman with some Soyaki sauce. PERFECTION!!!!

so jealous you finished work due in NOVEMBER. i’m still working on something due tomorrow… in 9 hours! eeek

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18 MKM September 22, 2008 at 11:13 pm

Finished with an assignment due in NoVeMbEr?!?!?
WOW! That’s awesome!
My professors haven’t even told me what is due in November yet!!

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19 Meghan September 22, 2008 at 11:45 pm

Kwaze (#12), I used to be the exact same way, and came to realize by picking at random small things all day and eating miniature “meals” for breakfast, lunch and dinner, I was eating the exact same amount as if I had eaten 3 regular meals and a snack. It took some courage but I now enjoy good size meals 3 times a day with a few snacks depending on how hungry I am. It’s difficult to begin but after you’ve made yourself stick to it for a couple of days it’s hard to go back. I actually ended up losing weight after I upped my meals and snacks. Now when I see food I ask myself: “Do I really want that? Like….really?” and if I do, I have a small serving, and if I don’t, then I don’t even pick at it! Why taste it if you already know that you don’t want it?? Hope I helped!

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20 madison (follow my weigh) September 23, 2008 at 1:04 am

i want to be a nerd!

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21 M September 23, 2008 at 4:20 am

Eliza, mh, it only gets worse after school!

You plan what you’re going to work on each day, but “emergencies” pop up and you end up not being able to get a single thing from your list accomplished, so those things become emergencies, too.

It’s really difficult for people (like me) who wrote their papers a month in advance for college. Blech. It’s like you never have a handle on anything.

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22 sarah September 23, 2008 at 4:26 am

i wish i could have done that work-ahead strategy but i was much more the ‘motivated by deadlines!’ type. i wonder if i’d be the same way now — who knows!

kath i got my race for the cure shirt in the mail! it’s cute :) i am getting excited!

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23 EllCee September 23, 2008 at 5:45 am

Emmy,

Capitalization, incorrect spacing, and misuse of “too.”

I weep for our children. :) Hehe.

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24 Katie September 23, 2008 at 6:21 am

Looks like a great dinner! i’ve been craving eggplant lately!

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25 Christie i. September 23, 2008 at 6:42 am

Creative dinner!

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26 Sonia September 23, 2008 at 6:52 am

thanks so much for the help kath! :)
i’ll make sure to fuel myself better.
it’s just I’m trying to lose weight at the same time. i guess I wasn’t consuming enough calories. sigh. haha.

your food looks amazing as always!
& i also like to get ahead of work. it’s a lot better than doing things last minute. i hate feeling rushed. which i often do @_@

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27 SmA033 September 23, 2008 at 7:07 am

kwaze, i used to be the same way. I battled obesity as a child. A couple of years ago, i lost the bulk of my weight (approx. 30 lbs) and was a “normal” size. However, i always felt (& still sometimes feel) that i could afford to lose another 10 lbs or so. And for that reason, i was always dieting. it became even worse when i went to college– i survived all four years on salads (which were not as creative as kath’s) and cereal (b/c i thought it was a low-caloric option). Needless to say, i not only wasn’t losing any weight but i was feeding myself food that wasn’t necessarily nutritional. And i definitely wasn’t happy. After college, i slowwwwwly began eating “normal” meals. It started with making myself eat a sandwich for lunch vs. cereal. Soon enough, i found i WANTED to incorporate more healthy options which would suffice more as a “meal” rather than nimbles. It takes a while, but it is sooo worth it! i’m much happier now and i love planning out my meals in advance, just so i don’t have the temptation to eat “junk.”
I hope that helps!

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28 Kristie September 23, 2008 at 7:20 am

Wow, I have to admit I am pretty darn jealous of your work-ahead studying habits. I’m currently not nearly caught up on my readings. But now I’m feeling pretty inspired. Thanks. Hopefully I can get down to it and work a little bit harder today instead of being such a darn slacker. :P

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29 Kath September 23, 2008 at 7:30 am

kwaze ,
Don’t be scared – I am proof, along with millions of other people, that you can live a healthy life and maintain your weight eating large, filling meals. You’d be surprised at how satisfied they will make you feel. Perhaps you could switch to 6 structured mini meals as a first step?

emmy ,
I would like to try seitan too – if you send me a handful of recipes by email (KathEats@gmail) then I’ll see if I can try it out.

sarah ,
I’m excited too!!

Kath

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30 mh September 23, 2008 at 8:03 am

wow M, thanks for the warning! haha!What kind of law do you practice? Well i’m off to take my first midterm (shoot me! haha)

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31 runjess September 23, 2008 at 10:21 am

That looks good. I have not tried tempeh. I think I should try to finally cook tofu correctly before I move on to tempeh.

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32 CourtneyS September 23, 2008 at 10:28 am

Lexi, I wish you well with your recovery, but frankly I find your blog rather disturbing. I think the time you spend blogging would be better spent working with a qualified recovery team to really deal with your eating disorder head-on. Accountability and honesty with your eating habits is important and I applaud you effort, but it seems like you need more structured help than the Internet can provide. Again, I wish you well and hope for your recovery.

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33 ppp September 23, 2008 at 3:57 pm

cool to see all the lawyers/law students representing on Kath’s blog! I just graduated law school in May and started working 3 weeks ago – i thought law school was stressful? Hah! now i wish i could go back!

For you 1Ls, though – I PROMISE it gets easier!! :)

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34 M September 23, 2008 at 6:55 pm

mh, I’m not sure whether you’ll check back here, but:

I am a civil litigator. (“Daddy’s a litigator. Those are the scariest kind of lawyer.”)

Heh.

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35 zestycook September 24, 2008 at 8:17 pm

WOW – great pictures. I can’t wait to try the broccoli pesto and that bbq sauce looks yummy too… Great work.

Good luck with your school work!

Zesty

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