My Lunch Box

February 15, 2010

Hi friends!!

Guess how long my commute was this morning ……9 minutes!!!!!!!!!! It won’t be that short everyday because i’ll be at different locations, but I arrived 15 minutes early with a smile on my face today :)

I spent the morning (which went by FAST!) in orientations and training modules.

Now I’m eating my lunch in the break room here before I head over to the other health dept location for the afternoon.

In the lunch box:

Great Harvest bread with tempeh and pumpkin butter.

Yes I eat the tempeh raw. Yes it’s safe. And yes it does taste good (although probably an acquired taste because it is a little smelly like ……fermented bread?)

Easiest sandwich ever!

I also packed leftover sauteed cabbage and an organic gala apple :)

See y’all tonight!

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1 Amelia February 15, 2010 at 12:18 pm

Yum! That bread looks fantastic. I’m sure it just makes the sandwiches!
Enjoy your afternoon! :)

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2 Jessica @ The Process of Healing February 15, 2010 at 12:19 pm

Yum! tempeh and pumpkin butter sounds so good together!!! Never tried that.

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3 Christie @ Honoring Health February 15, 2010 at 12:20 pm

I keep trying to like tempeh but I just can’t get past the smell and that weird looking black stuff that is on it. I do like it cooked in saucy creations like sloppy joes or BBQ, though.

Enjoy your afternoon!

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4 Sara February 15, 2010 at 12:23 pm

That bread looks great! Enjoy your day!

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5 Sam (Merit to the Carrot) February 15, 2010 at 12:23 pm

I prefer my tempeh raw, dipped in teryaki sauce or jelly. I spose I’ll be trying it with my TJ’s pumpkin butter soon!

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6 Biz February 15, 2010 at 12:30 pm

That bread looks amazing – I actually made whole wheat bread for the first time – it came out great! Do you have the Healthy Bread in Five book?

http://biz319.wordpress.com/2010/02/15/whos-got-today-off/

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7 Cristina February 15, 2010 at 12:32 pm

I agree, the bread looks delicious!

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8 Monica February 15, 2010 at 12:39 pm

Mmmm that lunch looks great! I love Gala apples (the best in my opinion)

I’m going to be posting a french press tutorial this week, I’d love it if you’d take a look and let me know what you think!!

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9 Mama Pea February 15, 2010 at 12:40 pm

You are so much more hardcore than I am with that raw tempeh. I have to boil it and douse it in sauce, and even then I’m not too thrilled with it.

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10 Freya @ foodfitnessandfreya.wordpress.com February 15, 2010 at 12:40 pm

I’ve never had tempah, I don’t even know what it is! I think me and Google have a date…

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11 Freya @ foodfitnessandfreya.wordpress.com February 15, 2010 at 12:41 pm

*tempEh even..you can tell I’m not familiar with that food!!

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12 Kristen February 15, 2010 at 12:42 pm

I love the nutty flavor of tempeh, even raw! It always fills me up so well, too. [Insert famous Michael Scott line here.]

:-D Yay for shorter commutes!!

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13 Ally (Exercise and Pies) February 15, 2010 at 12:45 pm

tempeh raw is the bomb… I used to slightly pan fry but it’s just so good out of the package!

awesome commute :)

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14 Tara February 15, 2010 at 12:46 pm

Love fast commutes! Might have to try that tempeh

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15 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) February 15, 2010 at 12:47 pm

I haven’t tried pumpkin butter with tempeh. Did you eat the tempeh straight out of the package? I always find it tastes a little funkay without something masking the flavor.

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16 Kristen @ Change of Pace February 15, 2010 at 12:53 pm

I think you are right that tempeh has an acquired taste… I’m not sure if I like it or not yet… What is your favorite Great Harvest bread?

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17 Kath February 15, 2010 at 5:25 pm

Flax Oat Bran!! Followed by High Fiver Fiber and Cinnamon Raisin Walnut.

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18 Jil February 15, 2010 at 12:56 pm

That bread looks phenomenal, and wow!! what a speedy commute!! :)

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19 Stef February 15, 2010 at 12:59 pm

i’ve only tried tempeh twice and just couldn’t get past the smell! i’m hoping i can figure out a way to cook it and like it better

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20 Emily Malone February 15, 2010 at 1:05 pm

LOVE the quick commute! I am jealous!! And yay for packing lunches :) Tempeh sounds delicious right now…

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21 Karla February 15, 2010 at 1:07 pm

I haven’t really tried raw tempeh. I’ve had it cooked and have liked it but for some reason I have a mental block on it. I think the look it weirds me out, which is super strange because I’m NOT a picky eater at all!

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22 Jenn @ Livewellfit February 15, 2010 at 1:07 pm

That bread looks so good. I think I may have to go get some fresh bread today.
My smoothie simply isn’t going to cut it today! :)

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23 Simply Life February 15, 2010 at 1:10 pm

Haven’t tried tempeh yet but it looks good!

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24 Heather (Heather's Dish) February 15, 2010 at 1:17 pm

so glad you’re so much closer this time around! even though I don’t know if i’d like tempeh or not, the sandwich LOOKS really good!

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25 Alyson February 15, 2010 at 1:19 pm

Just tried Tempeh for the first time recently and really like. Wouldn’t have thought to combine with Pumpkin Butter. Thanks for the tasty idea!

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26 GurlOnA"Diet" February 15, 2010 at 1:23 pm

tempeh and pumpkin butter!??! i thought tempeh was like tofu…that sounds odd but can’t say anything i like saltines and green grapes together rofl

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27 Paula February 15, 2010 at 1:45 pm

I have fallen in love with tempeh lately! I haven’t even tried it sweet yet. You rock! I even have pumpkin butter, I’m trying it tonight!

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28 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg February 15, 2010 at 2:00 pm

I had raw tempeh for lunch too! Love it!

Don’t you just love short commutes? Mine is five minutes, tops!

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29 Paula February 15, 2010 at 2:03 pm

p.s. It does not look disgusting to ME at all! :)

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30 Cole February 15, 2010 at 2:14 pm

Again with the delicious bread. And it must be so nice to have an easier morning commute!

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31 Jessica @ How Sweet February 15, 2010 at 2:18 pm

Short commutes are the best – one of the reasons I just can’t quit my job!

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32 Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope February 15, 2010 at 2:37 pm

What a nice change with the commute! I’m sure that will give you so much more time in your day! Enjoy your afternoon!

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33 Megan February 15, 2010 at 2:45 pm

Hi Kath! I love your blog so much! I just wanted to let you know that Whole Foods is selling the Artisana coconut butter, 16oz., for $11.99-just bought one yesterday. I’m not sure who prices the items in your Open Sky store, but you might want to refigure that one!

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34 Kath February 15, 2010 at 5:26 pm

I don’t control the pricing :(

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35 Hannah February 15, 2010 at 3:16 pm

What on earth made you first try tempeh and pumpkin butter together? It’s such an inspired combination but I’ve never heard anything like it before. Where does your genius come from, Kath? :)

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36 Kath February 15, 2010 at 5:26 pm

I just put things I like individually together!

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37 Leena February 15, 2010 at 4:28 pm

I’ve never tried tempeh raw… but it’s something that i’d like to try! i really love tempeh, but i am never really sure how to use it. how else do you use it? have you ever marinated it or baked it before? i’m looking for some new recipes to try :)

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38 Stacey February 15, 2010 at 4:31 pm

I eat tempeh raw too, Jas thinks I’m crazy! He can hardly stand the stuff..unless it’s chopped up in a sloppy joe mix! Have fun at the Health Dept. My experience there last semester was one that I will NEVER forget….all kinds of people come in there :D

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39 Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) February 15, 2010 at 4:55 pm

Mmhmm…I think you nailed it on the head, Kath. Fermented bread and tempeh do have a similair smell. :D But it’s so tasty. I like it raw *and* cooked.

Love how you added pumpkin butter to the combo too. Such a fun mix of flavors! :D

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40 Jenn (www. j3nn.net ) February 15, 2010 at 5:10 pm

I tried raw, cold tempeh on a sandwich and didn’t care for it. :? It must be a REALLY acquired taste lol.

Jenn

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41 Gabriela February 15, 2010 at 5:19 pm

So cool!
Raw tempeh must be tasty ;)
Brazilian XOXO´s
Gabriela

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42 Nicole, RD February 15, 2010 at 5:43 pm

Tempeh and PB…huh! I’d never thought of that!

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43 Jo @ SeekingHealthyBalance February 15, 2010 at 5:51 pm

Thats a great commute – must be great to get a couple of hours of your day back!

Never tried tempeh but have seen it on lots of blogs. Didn’t know you could eat it raw though

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44 Paige (Running Around Normal) February 15, 2010 at 5:59 pm

That’s awesome that your commute is only 9 minutes! Heck yeah :)
I’ve never tried tempeh before. I should just bite the bullet and pick some up!

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45 Jessica February 15, 2010 at 6:28 pm

totally came home from work and made this for tomorrow complete with GRANDMAS homemade pumpkin butter…cant wait.

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46 lynn (The Actors Diet) February 15, 2010 at 6:52 pm

i do love tempeh raw. especially the flavored kinds!

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47 Twyla February 15, 2010 at 7:34 pm

I love tempeh in curry. It’s great toasted and sprinkled on top.

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48 Ashley February 16, 2010 at 1:32 am

I really like tempeh, but there was one brand I hated. The one I really like with no funny/bitter taste is West Soy and I get the 5 grain. It’s $1.99..yummm Chris likes it too!

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49 Heather @ Side of Sneakers February 16, 2010 at 9:06 am

What an amazing commute time- such a difference from the previous weeks!

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