I’m a big fan of Tempeh, especially when compared to its common faux-meat partner, Tofu. The texture is nutty, and the flavor varies with your preferred marinading and cooking methods. This post explains the fermented soy protein in more detail. I’ve ordered it once or twice at Vegetarian restaurants, but my first dinner attempt was definitely unsuccessful. Dry, crispy, and tasteless – I couldn’t even drown it in Marinara to salvage it.
I don’t like to give up on foods; Tempeh and I had another date tonight!
I picked the Organic Flax Tempeh this time, and chose to sauté instead of bake. I also chose colorful vegetables to star with our guest of honor.
*Pantry item that needed to be used! I prefer fresh, but work with what you have, right? Right.
With the oven at 400*, drain asparagus stems and season with garlic powder/salt/pepper. Bake for ~12 minutes. Stove: heat oil on medium in a nonstick skillet, add Tempeh and seasonings of choice. Sauté for 4-6 minutes on each side, until brown and/or heated through. In the meantime, microwave the sweet potato (wash it first!) for 7-8 minutes.
Voila! A relatively quick dinner that will definitely fill you up. This provides 2 servings. If you look at the Tempeh alone, you’ll find 20g of protein and 11g of fiber per serving (1/2 package)! That’s a recipe for satiety, right there.
Carbs: Tempeh (whole grains), Sweet Potato (nature’s starch!)
Fat: Oil, Tempeh (from added Flaxseed)
In running and further HR-experimentation news, I hit a “new” Max Heart Rate (MHR) this morning. It was not intentional, and I hope I never see that number again!
With an afternoon forecast calling for 90*, a morning run sounded much more appealing. K met me at 5:30 a.m., and we set off through Rock Creek Park.
I made it a point to keep my HR around 150 during my warm-up mile to meet her – feels good and easy, perfect warm-up! Then, we ran together; her pace is faster, but it’s always manageable for me. We usually talk, which adds to the workout in a good way. We don’t usually include a long uphill climb through the Zoo.
As we progressed on our route, I knew that my HR was getting up there. I checked it – yup, hello 180. When we passed the Zoo, it just made since to go through – it would round out a loop for me that got me home in time. I always forget how difficult this mile can be…
Halfway up, I was hurting. I was breathing hard, my stomach started to talk, and my energy levels quickly walked out on me. What did the watch say? 2-0-5. Ouch! Yes, I’m fully aware that this little gadget may not be 100% accurate. However, either way, that is at least 5 beats per minute higher than I’ve ever seen. And, either way, I met the puke-threshold today.
I wanted to stop (more than once), but didn’t. I will take it easy tomorrow, letting my legs and heart know that I appreciate their efforts.
My run ended with 5.2 miles in 45:32 minutes. Tough, but great, way to start the day.