Thursday, June 9, 2011

tempeh. tempted?

first, let me apologize (only a little) for maybe coming off a bit preachy in my last post. i want to inform, not preach, but sometimes being a little righteous is just so in my nature.
right, now let me spread the gospel.


if you've had a day/week of poor eating or your diet is generally lacking in vegetables, this is a meal that'll turn your frown (the one in your stomach, because it's sad...), upside down! this meal is vegan friendly. happy tummy!


1! (yes, i'm planning on exclaiming each point). pierce a whole spaghetti squash and place in the oven for around 45 minutes at 350C! *i like to do this while i'm baking something else in there...energy efficient, yes?
2! let the squash cool, then cut in half, remove seeds and scrape out "spaghetti" with a large spoon! *spaghetti squash is called so because of its noodle-like insides. cool!
3! make pesto! or buy it..i make mine pretty healthy, with no cheese and very little oil. *wash basil leaves and flat leaf parsley, peel a few cloves of garlic, and roast pine nuts. place in a food processor with some olive oil, raw walnuts, and sea salt, i added a chili pepper too (jeez, when do i not!?) and blend the life out of it.
4! finely chop a portabello mushroom, red pepper, and sun-dried tomato (also good would be zucchini, olives, artichoke, asparagus..veggies, basically) and throw them in a hot pan with a little cooking oil!
5! cube tempeh (a fermented soy product you can find at most grocery and health food stores) and throw it in the pan too!
*if you want to keep it clean and looking good, once those veggies and tempeh are cooked to your liking, remove them and move to the next step. if you're a little pressed for time, or lazy, then throw the squash in there with everything else, and proceed.
6! cook spaghetti squash with a couple of tablespoons of pesto until it's amalgamated and good looking. *not a long time.
7! plate and eat!


like i mentioned, i cooked it all together, so unfortunately the photo representation of this dinner will not be so appealing, nor its ingredients easily deciphered. but with a little faith, you will try this at home, taste it for yourselves, and agree that it's a pretty yummy meal even if not so easy on the eyes.

use your imagination, okay?


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