Friday, August 27, 2010

Tempeh Oatmeal Loaf Recipe and weekly meal plan

TGIF! It has been a crazy week! It's already Friday and I haven't even shared my Absolute Organics box and meal plan for the week yet! So here goes possibly a very long post...starting with the Tempeh-Oatmeal Loaf recipe I promised.

Ok, so I should preface this with it wasn't quite my favorite. The flavor was spot-on, the texture needed a little more work. But I'm going to keep working with this recipe because I loved the flavor, and I love meatloaf. So check my notes at the bottom and hopefully in a few weeks I will have an update on a new adaptation.

Tempeh Oatmeal Loaf
Adapted from Vegetarian Times

Ingredients

2 cups Old Fashioned Oats
2 cloves garlic minced
1 bay leaf
1 small onion chopped
2 celery stalks chopped
1 tomato chopped
1 8oz. package tempeh
3/4 tsp. vinegar
3/4 tsp. sugar
3/4 tsp. baking powder
1 1/2 cups tomato-tahini sauce (just mix 1 tbsp tahini with tomato sauce and italian spices)

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat large loaf pan with olive oil cooking spray. Bring 1/2 cup oats, 1 clove garlic, bay leaf, and 1 cup water to a boil in saucepan. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and cook 10 minutes, or until oatmeal is thick, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat, remove bay leaf, and set aside.
2. In a large skillet saute onion and celery in water 3 to 5 minutes, or until translucent. Add your choice seasonings (I used basil and oregano) and remaining clove garlic, and sauté 1 minute more. Add diced tomatoes. Crumble tempeh into mixture, and stir in vinegar and sugar. Season with salt and pepper, if desired.
3. Transfer tempeh mixture to food processor, add cooked oatmeal, and blend until combined. Add remaining 1 1/2 cups oats and baking powder, and pulse until combined.
4. Spread oat mixture in prepared loaf pan. Spray top with olive oil cooking spray, and pour marinara sauce over top. Bake 50 minutes to 1 hour, or until top begins to brown and marinara sauce is hot and bubbly.






























































Notes: We added more sauce on top after it cooked. Maybe next time I won't cook part of the oatmeal...the texture of the loaf was very soft, I will also process the mixture less to leave bigger pieces so it isn't mush like. I will also omit the sugar. Why does everyone have to put sugar in everything?

This morning's breakfast was D-E-licious! I haven't had banana soft serve and vegan overnight oats parfait in a while. I added a little peanut butter to the soft serve and topped with a little peanut butter, frozen grapes and cinnamon. This was a great start to my day!

































Wednesday we received another box from Absolute Organics. The cool thing about this company is they send you a list of produce on Monday and you can choose if there is anything you don't want. I try to limit the fruit we get, and stick with the veggies...so this week I eliminated the kiwi and apples and pluots and here is what we got.

6 ears of corn (amazingly, awesome, delicious organic sweet corn! oh yeah!)
green leaf lettuce
2 bunches celery
2 bunches carrots
2 bunches bananas (1 bunch is already frozen in the freezer waiting to be made into soft serve!)
2 bunches broccoli
a whole bunch of potatoes

We did lower the box to $40 this time, because some of our produce went bad before we could eat it last time. The only criticism I have of the service is that it isn't really a creative group of veggies. No kale, no daikon, no beets, no fennel, no turnips. Those are the veggies I would love to get and have the opportunity to experiment with. I'm going to give it a few more weeks before I make up my mind about the service.

Well I took inventory of our cabinets and freezer, and tried to find recipes to use what we had in house. I am only planning this time for about a week and a half because Mr. Kummerow and I will be going out of town soon. So here is the meal plan and shopping list:

Wednesday (past): out to dinner- it was Mr. Kummerow's first day back to school and opening day for GOTR registration so we decided to treat ourselves. Unfortunately we didn't enjoy our meal out as much as we thought we would...which just solidifies my efforts to eat at home more often!
Thursday (past): lentil and rice casserole borrowed from Oh She Glows (recipe coming soon)
Friday (today): Ginger Baked Tofu with roasted veggies (delicious...I just ate that!)
Saturday: Chickpea burgers (I didn't get to make this one last week, so I am moving it forward to this week) with corn on the cob and steak fries
Sunday: Chorizo tacos (again, I didn't get to make the chorizo stuffed zucchini last week, so we are using the chorizo here)
Monday: leftovers (I have dinner out with my ladies! I'm so excited, we haven't gotten together in so long!)
Tuesday: potato soup (if I have any potatoes left)
Wednesday: Dolma (from the Kind Diet)
Thursday: leftovers

My grocery list was short and sweet:
Vegetable Broth
Almond Milk
Taco shells
cabbage
tomato
coconut oil
cereal
(I skipped the cashews, garlic and salsa)

I only spent $20 at the store...go me!

So today was my rest day from working out...and oh thank goodness. It felt so good! And then this afternoon I realized my training plan calls for 6 miles tomorrow and not 9. AWESOME! So I'm having a really good day! Now off to the football game with Mr. Kummerow. Have a great weekend!

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