April 1, 2010

Here comes the sun

After many days of rain, Massachusetts finally got a day of sun. Beautiful, warm 70 degree sun. The kind of day where people are lounging outside around campus, smoking hookah, feeding the ducks or throwing a frisbee. It's also the kind of day where I don't want to spend a long time cooking and want something that reminds me of summer. I had every intention of cooking risotto tonight, but I just wasn't in the mood. So, after my 2 mile(!!) run, I whipped this together:

Grilled bbq tempeh, baked potato topped with S&P, Earth Balance and nooch, and steamed snow peas.
(If only I could find corn on the cob)

The key to the tempeh (for me) is steaming it in simmering water for 5-10 minutes. It plumps up and becomes tender and juicy. The other key is the 'dry rub', which is simple. I just rub the outside with paprika, cayenne, S&P, garlic powder and onion powder. I didn't measure, just felt it out. Then I grilled it for 2-3 minutes on each side and tossed it in a simmering mixture of Annie's sweet & spicy bbq sauce and 2 tbsp soy sauce. Simple and super tender.

I do the same thing with thawed frozen tofu and it tastes amazing.

I continued the summery fare into the night. Even though I still have many cocoa peanut butter rice krispie treats left, I wanted ice cream. So, I threw this together:

Purely Decadent cherry amaretto, berries and a handful of puffed rice cereal. To be honest, I would have preferred it on a cone, but you can't always get what you want! Now if only someone found a way to make ice cream more fulfilling, that'd be great.

So, the day wasn't filled with very exciting eats, but sometimes a nice day is more important.


  1. The tempeh, baked potato and snow peas look yummy! Go vegan!

  2. Thanks! Vegan is the way to be. :)

  3. By the way, James Taylor lives up the street from me, haha.

  4. I agree...vegan is the way to be. It's good for the planet, the animals and of course, for us...both physically and emotionally with compassion, love and kindness.

    JT lives near you? Wow, small world!

  5. I wish I had a grill! (And I wish it was nice enough outside here to do some grilling.) Dry-rubbing the tempeh is a great idea! And Purely Decadent coconut milk ice cream is about as divine as it gets! I am madly in love with the Turtle Trails flavor. It just doesn't get any more decadent than that!

  6. I whole heartedly agree, MindfulGuitar.

    Yep! I've seen him both at Tanglewood and the grocery store, haha. It's interesting.

  7. That's why I invest in an indoor grill! Even though it doesn't have the 'grill' flavor, I just love that it creates beautiful grill marks and a nice crust.

    That kind sounds yum. I actually prefer Tempt hemp ice cream - I love the creamy texture and flavor. I definitely recommend it if you haven't tried it yet.