For months now a package of 3-grain tempeh has been sitting anxiously in my refrigerator. I had been saving it to make this recipe from 101 Cookbooks but I keep neglecting to purchase all of the ingredients. Luckily, today I concocted a new recipe for tempeh this afternoon that calls for less ingredients. Despite the horrible rainy and cold weather outside in Baltimore today, I put together a summer salad to lift my spirits. Last night, I made a much needed errand to the grocery store to pick up a Redbox along with ingredients for a fruit and Cool Whip pudding. My mind as been centered around warm weather, so I made an evening dessert with the strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, sugar-free vanilla pudding, light Cool Whip, and semi-sweet chocolate chips I set out for at the store. I know these fruits are not quite in season, but this girl needed some antioxidants. :)
Because I had these berries in the refrigerator this afternoon, I decided to marinate the tempeh with maple syrup, cinnamon, and agave nectar. I mixed the ingredients together and let the tempeh soak in the marinade while I went to the gym and got ready for classes. Before class all I had to do was cook the tempeh in the skillet, toast the walnuts and throw together the spinach, berries, and feta.
Ingredients for Sweet Tempeh and Berry Salad
2 tbsp organic grade B maple syrup
2 tbsp organic blue agave nectar
¼ cup water
¼ tsp cinnamon
Feta Crumbles (vegetarian)
2 tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
This salad was exactly what I needed to lift my spirits and turn my thoughts to sunny weather. Although I burnt the tempeh a little on the skillet (whoops!) it tasted incredible! Even better than the soy sauce bases marinades I usually resort to. Definitely a keeper recipe, and so simple! Tonight’s dinner is looking like leftover eggplant and polenta, but the star of the evening will be this baby…
This past Sunday, my roommate and I adventured to Georgetown Cupcakes in Bethesda and luckily I still have 2 cupcakes I froze (wishful thinking they would last in the freezer very long..). If you don’t know about DC Cupcakes on TLC, you should join in Friday night at 10 pm! These cupcakes are so cute and taste equally delicious. Last month my roomies and I made the trip to Georgetown and went to the original cupcake store. We are now HOOKED.
Both Bethesda and Georgetown are cute towns that incorporate all of my favorite things.. shopping, eating, and cupcakes! Before the school year ends, we will be back to visit either town and score some more cupcakes before graduation!