For some reason I keep thinking today is Thursday – wishful thinking! But at least the work week is halfway over. Typically I know better than to go to Whole Foods for lunch on a rainy day. But I decided to risk it today since I needed to pick up a few things. Our Whole Foods is near a trendy mall, has free wifi and a kids play area in seating area. So it’s always packed with strollers, screaming kids and people parked in front of laptops not actually eating. Not a problem on nice weather days, outdoor seating is plentiful. But since I didn’t feel like going back to work with a mushy, wet butt, I had to find what I could inside. Luck was on my side though, I spotted one free table in the corner to enjoy my feast while watching kids throw plastic groceries at each other. I started with a new Synergy flavor for me – Cosmic Cranberry.
The cranberry flavor was not very cosmic, it was hardly there. I was hoping for something like a tart, cranberry cocktail. But this was more of a sweet punch with a mild cranberry flavor. Not bad, but not what I was expecting.
And then there was my hurried creation for a salad, topped with balsamic vinegar and Chipotle Cayenne Parma.
It’s been awhile since I consumed that many beets at once, so I went into a bit of a panic before I remembered what they do to urine. Pretty! TMI?
Anyway, when I got home from work, I opted to cram in a run before dinner while the rain let up for awhile and it was a hard one. My legs are still tired from all the hills I ran on Sunday and the work stress this week was catching up to me. But I finished while cranking up tunes and enjoying the amazing Christmas decorations in our neighborhood. One neighbor even has all the lights on a phase-timer system making the entire house a flashing spectacle of color, it was wonderful.
By the time I was ready for dinner, I was not ready to put a lot of effort into it. I had a package of tempeh and plenty of leftover steamed broccoli and baked kabocha squash from last night.
And I was craving something curry.
So I placed about a cup of baked kabocha squash chunks, 1 cup of water, 1 tbsp. of shredded coconut and 1 tbsp. of curry powder into my Vita-Mix.
And turned it into a curry custard goodness.
Poured over the chopped broccoli and tempeh chunk mixture in a wok and tossed together over medium-high heat for about 5 minutes.
For a quick curried tempeh dish.
Baked kabocha squash makes a fabulous base for a curry sauce, the sweetness and the texture does wonderful things with curry. And the broccoli and tempeh added a fun, varying texture to the dish even if it’s not the most appealing to the eye. For last nights leftovers, it hardly looked or tasted like it. :-)
Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg says
Ooooh, I bet the mix of curry and kabocha IS to die for!!
Our store now ONLY carries that cran flavor, and I’m pissed– it’s one of my least favorites :-(
It’s one of my least favorite flavors too, that sucks!
Averie (LoveVeggiesandYoga) says
great job on the vita-action! And loved your facts/comments you shared with me on my 10 questions post :)
Curry. I have that same brand of spices, but not in curry, in cinnamon. Btw, did you know that sites like iherb are about 40% off retail for that brand or other similar organic brands, you buy in bulk. I am a saver$$ so always wanna pass along spice tips b/c they are pricey!
Thanks, I have so much fun throwing ingredients in the Vita for making random sauces.
Hahahahahaha! Oh my god it’s like you’re reading my mind.. That part about the beets is so welcome right now! I had beets for an afternoon snack today and pretty much freaked out when I had to pee (also.. probably TMI) but I was all panicky and thought it was blood..
That post kind of saved me.. I thought something was wrong. Haha.. I never noticed “you-know-what” ;) before.
Too funny, it freaked me out at first too. Then I remembered what happened when I drank a lot of raw beet juice – it seemed to last days!
KOMBUCHA :) I just had one today when I went to Whole Foods! I had the gingerade, which is my favorite!
Oh, Gingerade rocks! I’d have them more if I could afford it. :-P