Tempeh and Abs!

Monday Workout: Cassey @ BlogilatesInner Thigh Gap Workout and Abominable Abdominals

Tuesday Workout: 4 mile run from my half-marathon plan

This thing is insane. Seriously try it. Right now. Your abs will cry.

I did pilates all the time in high school and college and I am trying to bring it back into my workouts. I tried Cassey’s Inner Thigh Gap Workout first and I was familiar with most of the moves. This ab workout video was seriously crazy hard and introduced me to a bunch of new moves. It was awesome.

So I picked up a few new items to try last week after reading Mama Pea’s new cookbook.  I was eager to try tempeh after reading about it on so many blogs.  I really don’t like the taste/texture of meat very much, so I am always looking for something to give me more protein since I don’t eat yogurt/milk.

I prepared my tempeh like Gina @ The Fitnessista a few days ago and let it marinate for a few hours before I attempted to cook it in olive oil on the stove.  The result? Pretty good for my first try! I was out of maple syrup so I used honey instead and I’m sure there is a bunch of different ways to marinate it! I really liked that the texture reminded me of a black bean burger and it wasn’t smooth like tofu. It was SO filling too! I tried to eat 1/2 the pack because it was 1 serving, but it was a lot!

My first tempeh try… a vegan BLT! I LOVED it! I toasted my bread, cut up a fresh tomato, added spinach and Vegenaise and it was great. I really like Vegenaise and think it tastes better than real mayo. It has such a clean taste to it!

YUM!

My second meal with tempeh was an omelette. (not vegan- I used egg and a little cheese) I added left over tomato, mushrooms, tempeh, broccoli and kalamata olives. I left the unused 1/2 of tempeh in the bag marinating for a day before I used it in the omlette. I’m not sure how tempeh tastes after it has been cooked on the stove and then put back into the refrigerator?

Have you tried any new foods lately? Any new workouts? Did you try that Abominable Abdominals video?!

What do you think of my new header?? A friend of my family designed it for me and I love it!!! If you are on Google Reader, make sure to click and see what it looks like :)

12 thoughts on “Tempeh and Abs!

  1. I just bought my first package on Tempeh on Friday at Whole Foods, but I have not had a chance to cook it yet. I was thinking of using one of Mama Pea’s recipes (I think it was a veggie stir-fry over brown rice). I am trying to include some meat-free meals in our weekly meal plan but still keep them high in protein.
    Love the new header, I need to have one designed soon.

  2. I love the new header, it’s awesome! I have never tried Tempeh and still pretty scared of it. I went to a college where we had vegan day once a week and they prepared all the meat subsitutes so poorly that I think it made me not like them. Your vegan BLT looks awesome though

    • I know what you mean. My boyfriend had tofu at his college that was horrible and now he always thinks of it like that. I think they don’t realize they need to drain and press it to get all the liquid out so it’s not so gross! The tempeh is nice because it isn’t watery at all.

  3. LOVE the new header! So freakin’ cute! I will have to try that ab workout tonight – I always like a new challenge :)

    No new food adventures lately, which means its time to shake things up.

  4. mmm mmm mmmm…I went to this Turkish restaurant right down the street from me yesterday(Daphne Cafe – if anyone finds themselves in pittsburgh and wants some great authentic food) and I got the Ezme Salatasi and it was AMAZING! Absolutely delicious! Also tried Turkish Coffee for the first time – it was small but mighty!

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