Hi friends! How’s your morning going? Thank you so much to those of you have entered the giveaway. Keep ‘em coming!
Bella has been itching to do something fun -I can tell when she gets cabin fever- so Livi and I took her to the dog park. It was absolutely beautiful -mid 60s!- and there were so many cute and friendly little dogs there. The fellow dog owners got the biggest kick out of Livi- the dogs were cracking her up, so she belly-laughed the whole time we were there.
Caro is not quite ready for the dog park yet.
Something random that Livi and I have done a few times lately: Costco. I kind of have an obsession. It makes no sense because Costco is not really a place one should have to visit often -that’s kind of the point of Costco haha- but it’s fun to walk around. Ok, the samples are fun, too.
I picked out my snowman of the year and texted a picture to the Pilot.
In my dream world our entire front yard is illuminated with multiple LED snowmen.
We never get many things -thank goodness- but usually someone will need something from Coscto and meet us there. It’s like a family pizza meeting spot
(Not pictured: Little Mermaid DVD. Livi was holding it and very excited to watch)
It’s funny because some weeks are so challenging, and others feel much easier. Last week was kind of a rough one -lots of things going on- and this week has been so much fun. Some weeks are on, some are off.
Last week, I didn’t get a chance to do much cooking, and this week I’ve been all over it.
Like with this warm tempeh salad:
I had a block of tempeh in the fridge and I knew if I didn’t turn it into bacon, nothing would happen with it.
But instead, I decided to use it as the star of a warm salad, flavored with my current favorite salad dressing. It was really quick to put together and came out extremely well.
The Pilot was watching a movie while I was cooking, and said, “What are you making in there? It smells amazing.” He even ate a huge bowl of it, which says a lot since he isn’t the biggest tempeh fan.
I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!
- 1 block of tempeh, cut into strips
- 1 red bell pepper, julienned
- 2 small zucchini, julienned
- 1 bunch of swiss or rainbow chard (or 2 cups of spinach), ribs removed and leaves pulled into bite-sized pieces
- Olive oil (or butter), salt, pepper and smoked paprika
- Olive oil, salt, pepper and smoked paprika
- 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 cup canola oil
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 2 cloves minced garlic
- 1 tablespoon Dijon
- Splash of hot sauce
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon pepper
- 1. In a large skillet set to medium heat, add some olive oil or butter and the tempeh. Sprinkle the tempeh slices with salt, pepper and smoked paprika. Cook until browned, at least 3 minutes each side.
- 2. While the tempeh is cooking, prepare your vinaigrette by whisking all ingredients in a small bowl.
- 3. After the tempeh is browned, push it aside and add a little more oil and the remaining veggies. Cook until the greens have wilted.
- 4. While the veggies are sautéing -remember the keep them slightly crisp and not mushy- use your wooden spoon or spatula to break the tempeh into smaller pieces.
- 5. Drizzle the vinaigrette on top -I use about 1/2 the mixture and save the rest for salads- and lightly toss.
- 6. Quickly transfer to plates and enjoy!