Happy Halloween! Even if it feels more like January where I am. Maybe we should all just postpone Halloween until next week when the whether isn’t stinky? I think yes.
I have an easy fall recipe for you guys, but first it’s Wednesday and that means it’s What I Ate Wednesday time! Thanks Jenn for putting this together week after week!
Since classes were cancelled due to the snow, I got to sleep in (until 9 am, I can’t even tell you the last time I slept that late! Yes, I’m not a normal college student) and enjoy a leisurely breakfast while drinking coffee and watching Food Network. Snow day perfection.
Oatmeal with plain greek yogurt, peanut butter, flax meal, cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice. I ran out of protein powder last week so I’ve been adding Greek yogurt to my oatmeal for a little protein boost, it’s been a nice change but I miss my protein powder a little. If you’re interested I use Now Foods Pea Protein Powder, it’s pretty good, cheap and vegan!
I had an apple a little later too.
For lunch I got a weird craving for a smoothie. Craving a smoothie when it’s 30 degrees outside and snowing? I don’t get it either. But I went with it anyway. Then I bundled up in 2 pairs of pants, a long sleeve shirt, a hoodie and fuzzy socks, even though we had the heat on. I’m such a cold weather wimp.
Green smoothies make a great Halloween-ish meal because they look like swamp water. Almond milk, plain greek yogurt, peanut butter, honey, cocoa powder, cinnamon and spinach. I probably used a little too much plain greek yogurt but it still hit the spot! And yes I have Minnie Mouse glasses, I know you’re jealous.
Snacks consisted of too much halloween candy (Snickers, why are you so dang tasty?), two fried eggs, a slice of Health-ified Pumpkin Pie
And this little treasure I found at the grocery store over the weekend:
THEY’RE FINALLY BACK! Dear Clif, if you made these year round it would make me one very happy girl, thanks. I’m already sad it’s gone. Luckily I also picked up a Gingerbread bar too. I love holiday flavors!
Dinner was leftover Mixed Bean and Sweet Potato Chili from Saturday’s Halloween party. Yay leftovers!
I also had some cottage cheese and peanut butter before bed, but it didn’t look too pretty.
Now time for that recipe, I don’t know if it’s so much a recipe as a these-things-taste-really-good-together situation. I whipped this up for dinner tonight it was a really tasty combination.
Pumpkin Curry Stir Fry
- 1/4 block Lightlife Organic Flax Tempeh, cut into cubes
- ~1 cup broccoli, chopped
- ~1/2 cup spinach
- 1/4 onion, diced
- 1/2 tomato, diced
- 1/3 cup Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Soup
- 2 tbsp Trader Joe’s Curry Simmer Sauce
- 1 tsp Olive oil
- Combine tempeh, onions and olive oil in a pan over medium heat, cooking until tempeh is browned and onions are translucent
- While cooking the tempeh, steam the broccoli and spinach (I did this by combining them in a bowl with a little water and microwaving for 90 seconds)
- Add the broccoli, spinach, tomatoes, pumpkin soup and curry sauce to the tempeh and onions, stirring until sauce is warmed and coating the mixture.
- Enjoy after a long and snowy day of class (or any day!)
I used Lightlife’s Organice Flax Tempeh for this recipe. Last month (I’m such a slacker!) I was contacted by Lightlife asking if I would be interested in mentioning their products on my blog. After reading up on the company’s history and philosophy I agreed. Lightlife is really dedicated to providing cruelty-free meat alternatives and they donate 5% of their profits to organizations that protect children, the environment and human rights. Basically they’re a really awesome company and I’m a fan.
I remember living off Lightlife’s Smart Dogs and Ham Slices when I first went vegetarian. Nowadays I’m not so into faux-meats but I was glad to see they offer several types of tempeh. I’ve only ever bought Trader Joe’s brand tempeh in the past, but I picked up Lightlife’s a couple of weeks ago at the grocery store and I really loved it. I also loved that it was gluten-free (Trader Joe’s isn’t) and the flax seeds made a fun addition. It’s definitely going to become a staple in diet!
They also sent me this fun little video:
Animals made from vegetables are definitely tastier!
FYI, Lightlife didn’t pay me to say nice things about them, I just think they’re awesome.
What are your Halloween plans?
Holiday flavor showdown, Pumpkin or Gingerbread? I pick both. Yes that’s a cop out
Do you like Tempeh? I know a lot of people don’t, but I’m a huge fan!