I Need A Broomstick

May 4, 2011

Because I’m flying from one meeting to another!!

How much more efficient [and fun!] would that be!

Got home from a late meeting at 1:30 ready for lunch. I decided to whip up a quick stir-fry.

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In general I crave cold lunches – sandwiches, salads, fruit, snack plates – but sometimes a hot lunch sounds good. I knew I had enough veggies to throw together a dish.

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I’ve been on a big tempeh kick lately. I had forgotten about it and picked up a package recently and have been loving it for lunches – on sandwiches, salads, stir-fry. I made Matt a lunch today that I took to the bakery this morning and put some crumbled onto a salad for him.

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My stir fry was broccoli, pineapple, 1/3 a block of Lightlife’s 3 grain tempeh, steamed in a pan with a few tbsp of water and then tossed with teriyaki sauce. I added coconut butter on top (GOOD CHOICE!) and some chips on the side for crunchy carbs

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As soon as I can change clothes and bike over, I’m headed back to the bakery.

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1 Cait @ Beyond Bananas May 4, 2011 at 1:51 pm

Love how you are ALWAYS able to get in a healthy lunch – homemade – with wholesome, healthy foods.. no matter how busy you are. You really put your health first, which is hard to do. BUT AWESOME!

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2 Lisa Fine May 4, 2011 at 1:53 pm

I agree! I’m always really impressed by how many veggies you eat.

I have all the time in the world to make a healthy lunch, but still sometimes stick to lots of carbs and dairy, cause it’s easy.

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3 Jess May 4, 2011 at 2:34 pm

I wish I had the time! Sometimes its not only the cooking time, but the clean up time- or the coming home to dishes that I dread ;)

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4 Julie @ Lettuce Choose Healthy May 4, 2011 at 8:09 pm

i agree! They are also always so colorful! :-)

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5 Colleen (What's Baking in the Barbershop) May 4, 2011 at 1:52 pm

YUM! That stir-fry looks awesome. I already had my lunch, but your lunch is making me think about this as a dinner option tonight :)

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6 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) May 4, 2011 at 1:53 pm

I am the same way with lunches! However, during the cooker months, I like to put hot stuff on my cold greens! I like the hot/cold mix. Your lunch looks delicious! Have a great afternoon Kath!

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7 Kim @ Spoonful of Sass May 4, 2011 at 1:53 pm

Three grain tempeh and pineapple sound like a perfect combo.

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8 Freya (Brit Chick Runs) May 4, 2011 at 1:53 pm

THAT is my kinda lunch! Bar the coconut butter..never had any!
I hope your broomstick wish comes true soon :)

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9 suki May 4, 2011 at 1:56 pm

I’m waiting for the day that we have those flying skateboards from Back to the Future. ;) I’ll settle for a flying car though.

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10 Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope May 4, 2011 at 1:57 pm

I agree – tempeh is really good, and totally versatile! And it’s been a while since I had a hot lunch, but they’re always nice to switch things up with. Good luck at the bakery this afternoon!

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11 Holly @ The Runny Egg May 4, 2011 at 1:59 pm

I’m with you — usually I have a cold lunch and then a warm dinner!

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12 Estela @ Weekly Bite May 4, 2011 at 2:02 pm

Yummy looking lunch! Enjoy the rest of your day :)

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13 Michelle (The Runner's Plate) May 4, 2011 at 2:03 pm

I have yet to find a way I really enjoy tempeh, so maybe I’ll have to try this! I didn’t love tofu the first few times I tried it, but now that I know how to prepare it, I have it often!

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14 Christine May 4, 2011 at 2:05 pm

That *would* be a fun way to get around. …then you could sweep up the bakery when you get there too!

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15 KathEats May 4, 2011 at 7:16 pm

Ha!!

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16 Grace May 4, 2011 at 2:07 pm

Love these pictures! Looks delicious :)

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17 Nachol Lindsay May 4, 2011 at 2:14 pm

Almost like tempeh nachos!

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18 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife May 4, 2011 at 2:15 pm

BUSY BUsy!! Good luck with that. Tempeh sounds amazing! Your salad looks great

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19 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat May 4, 2011 at 2:16 pm

Sounds tasty! I haven’t had tempeh in a while but I love its interesting texture. I’ve also been eating more cold lunches than hot ones lately now that the weather is warming up, but sometimes hot ones just taste better!! Have a good afternoon at the bakery!

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20 kaila @ healthy helper! May 4, 2011 at 2:18 pm

Hmmm tempeh on salads is delicious! I love that you paired it with pineapple. I love it with sweet stuff….especially jam on sandwiches! Just like you :)

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21 Thealogian May 4, 2011 at 2:24 pm

Yummiest tempeh dish I had recently: crumbled tempeh, adobe rice cooked in veggie broth–mix two in wok and add a bit of white truffle infused olive oil. SOOOO GOOOOOOD. Also, since it was a vegetarian/vegan pot-luck, there was a side of grated extra sharp white cheddar cheese if you wanted to put that on top.

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22 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey May 4, 2011 at 2:39 pm

I love hot lunches and cold dinners for some reason! I love a huge salad at dinner time!

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23 RunEatRepeat May 4, 2011 at 2:41 pm

Blue chips make me happier than yellow ones :)

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24 Emma (Namaste Everyday) May 4, 2011 at 2:42 pm

that tempeh looks great! I am just realizing I’ve never cooked with it, only purchased it already prepared. I think I need to get me some!

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25 Natalia - a side of simple May 4, 2011 at 2:42 pm

I’ve been meaning to try tempeh. Could you describe the texture/flavor at all for me? Happy “flying!”

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26 KathEats May 4, 2011 at 7:17 pm

The texture is kind of like rice packed into a patty. The flavor is neutral like tofu, with an ever-so-slight earthiness to it

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27 Namaste Gurl May 4, 2011 at 2:56 pm

Yum- looks delicious! Have fun on your broomstick ;)

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28 Caroline @ French Ponytail May 4, 2011 at 3:13 pm

I have to admit I’m still kind of weirded out by tempeh (I was just getting used to tofu!). I think it’s got a pretty good texture though. Speaking of weird meat substitutes though, I remember when I was living in England as a kid, they had something called Quorn? (Actually, I just looked at Wikipedia and apparently it still exists and is actually extracted from an exotic fungus…hmm). Anyway, we ate a ton of it because my sister’s a vegetarian and it was pretty good.

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29 Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) May 4, 2011 at 3:21 pm

stir fry of broccoli, pineapple, and tempeh….mmmm, good!

I need a broomstick too. Is there one available that could fly me over to a spa for the day or the week where I could pretend I dont have 17 things to do…all at once? haha! :)

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30 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table May 4, 2011 at 3:28 pm

Tempeh has been in heavy rotation at my house too. have you tried tempeh bacon? Delish! I also made tempeh “crab”cakes recently – I don’t eat seafood, but was told by friends that do they were pretty good! :)

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31 Katie May 4, 2011 at 3:31 pm

I’ve been big on the tempeh lately too! And boy does your lunch look delicious. I have a trip to the grocery store in my future and I think I need to pick up ingredients for a stir fry…mmmm. :)

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32 lynn @ the actor's diet May 4, 2011 at 3:47 pm

i just had a hot lunch – it felt so decadent!

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33 Angel7 May 4, 2011 at 3:54 pm

What a hearty salad! Looks filling.

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34 Lauri May 4, 2011 at 4:13 pm

I wish I had a broomstick. Or a teleportation system!!

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35 Justeen @ Blissful Baking May 4, 2011 at 4:43 pm

Pineapple is such an awesome addition to stir fry! Looks delicious!

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36 Jil @ Big City, Lil Kitchen May 4, 2011 at 5:00 pm

That looks fantastic – so filling!

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37 Lisa (bakebikeblog) May 4, 2011 at 5:06 pm

oooh yes – I think a broomstick would be lots of fun ;)

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38 Molly May 4, 2011 at 5:18 pm

So with your broomstick statement, is it ok for me to admit that I wish I attended Hogwarts rather than grad school?

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39 Jordan Wandfluh May 4, 2011 at 5:19 pm

So I bought some Tempeh at the story recently and it is just sitting in my fridge. I am nervous to try it and I don’t really know what to do with it. What is your favorite simple easy way to eat it?

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40 KathEats May 4, 2011 at 7:18 pm

On a sandwich with jam!!

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41 Jordan Wandfluh May 4, 2011 at 5:19 pm

Store*

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42 staceyhealthylife May 4, 2011 at 5:49 pm

Even though you are busy must be nice that you can bike home real quick for a nice homemade lunch. And that way you don’t have to pack one either.

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43 Kat @ Cupcake Kat May 4, 2011 at 6:19 pm

A broomstick would be great. It would be much more fun to get anywhere!
This lunch looks delicious

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44 Christine May 4, 2011 at 6:31 pm

At least the one nice thing about your meetings is that they aren’t all in one building. I hate meeting, but being able to move around in between would be nice.

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45 KathEats May 4, 2011 at 7:18 pm

Agreed!

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46 Cait's Plate May 4, 2011 at 7:19 pm

I’m with ya on the cold lunches. I’m definitely a cold lunch person myself but today I had a veggie burger on a whim and it was SO delicious. It pays to mix things up every once in a while I guess!

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47 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin May 4, 2011 at 7:25 pm

I mostly prefer cold lunches too, but sometimes hot lunches just totally hit the spot. Pineapple and tempeh sound like an awesome combination!

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48 Katie @ running4cupcakes May 4, 2011 at 7:35 pm

Coconut butter on a stir fry with pineapple = genius! Thanks for the great idea. :)

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49 Miranda @ Working Mom Works Out May 4, 2011 at 8:15 pm

Busy girl and time to cook lunch?! My hats off to you, as always :)

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50 Hannah May 4, 2011 at 11:01 pm

Change clothes into a black cape and pointy hat to acoompany the broomstick look? :P

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51 Khushboo May 4, 2011 at 11:41 pm

I really want to try tempeh- it’s not avail in Mumbai but it will definitely one of my first purchases when I’m back in London over the summer!

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52 Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count May 5, 2011 at 7:43 am

I do stir fries for dinner a lot but never really thought of them for lunch. As big as mine usually are, if I had one for lunch, I’d only need a snac for dinner. Sounds like a plan…I’ll try it. Yours looked really yummy. Can’t find tempeh around here (southern NJ). I’ll have to look harder.

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