Well hello, friends! It’s been a while. I probably don’t need to tell you that I’ve been in a blogging funk lately. While I miss the writing and hearing from you, I haven’t regretted taking a step away for a bit. Work has been pretty busy and somewhat stressful. And, as usual, I’ve been running around like the mad woman I am in my free time. I’ve been focusing a lot on trying to relax when I’m home (lots of computer-free reading and yoga going on). And in the name of keeping things simple, I’ve been eating pretty simply. Lots of salads, sandwiches, omelets, quick stir fries and veggie burgers. All healthy and satisfying. Just not special.
What I’ve realized, fairly recently, is that making special and delicious meals that are to be crafted and enjoyed slowly is extremely relaxing and fulfilling for me. It is a part of being calm and balanced. So, I’m going to work on creating at least one pseudo involved (dare I say, “fancy”?) meal each week whether it’s just for me or for some lucky guests (holler at me if you want in!).
This past week, I had a block of tempeh to use up. I happen to really like the taste and texture of tempeh but wanted to do something different with it than the normal stir fry. I decided to make tempeh nuggets using bbq sauce and panko breadcrumbs. They were really easy and really delicious.
½ block tempeh cut into 6-7 strips
¼ cup bbq sauce, with extra for dippin’ (I used Bulls Eye which is free of corn syrup and contains natural ingredients)
¼ cup panko breadcrumbs
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Dip tempeh slices into bbq sauce until evenly coated. Roll in panko breadcrumbs until all sides are gloriously covered. Place onto greased pan and place into oven for 25-30 minutes or until crispy. I flipped the tempeh nuggets halfway through which I recommend doing. The breadcrumbs get all nice and toasty.
With my nuggets, I had roasted asparagus (just drizzled with olive oil and salt and pepper) and half an avocado with salt and pepper. It was a delicious and satisfying meal that I savored slowly. As most meals should (but never are!).
Do you guys take the time to make nice meals for yourself throughout the week? How do you make sure to slow down?
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