Posts tagged ‘Tempeh’

August 4th, 2010

Dealing With Out Of Control Situations

Has anyone else discovered iGoogle?!?! I just happened to stumble across it today and I think it’s changed my life! I normally have up to three different browser windows open at the same time with two of my email accounts and iGoogle allows for not just Gmail but also Yahoo and even Hotmail if you have it so I’ve managed to reduce my browsers down to one! It also allows you to sync up to Twitter AND Facebook! It’s like a quadrupple social media whammy!

Isn’t Google awesome!?* I’ve been finding myself more and more lately turning to Google for things like their documents programs, Google Reader and others. I have a feeling I’ll be slowly moving EVERYTHING to Google just out of convenience sake. It’s just so convenient to have all of my information so easily accessible (not that I put anything personal on there and anything important I back up)!

I also have a countdown on my page to the Scotiabank Half Marathon (the half I’m doing in September).

Breakfast was equally as astounding as my iGoogle discovery!

Coconut and Dark Chocolate Oatmeal

My good friend Kristina shared with me her brilliance at adding coconut milk to her overnight oats the other day and as I was out of yogurt but was really craving oats I actually made up some hot oatmeal for the first time in months! This time, however, I used coconut milk instead of soya milk!

This bowl of yumminess contained:

  • 1/3c oats
  • 3/4c coconut milk
  • 1/4c water
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp ground flaxseed
  • blob of Dark Chocolate Dreams peanut butter
  • handful of Fibre 1 Honey Oats

No fruit, I know! We need to get groceries! This was pretty darned tasty, I must say! Is there anything coconut can’t do?!

I’m a single gal for the evening (Alan’s working) and as I just said, we need groceries, so dinner was light! I had some Sesame Garlic Tempeh that’s been sitting in the freezer for a while! This stuff is AWESOME! Just a hint of flavour (that comes out when you grilled it) and pretty low in calories, six of these strips are 100 calories!

I had four strips on a thin bun with greens, onion and white wine mustard with a side of carrot sticks and Green Goddess Dressing.

I was talking to Alan the other day about someone in my life and he thought I should share what I told him to you as you might get something from it.

Normally I’m a pretty easy-going person but when someone bugs me, I can really let it get to me. Sometimes I let it get to me so badly that it clouds my judgment and I become snippy towards that person. This specific individual, I’ve always said, isn’t a bad person, they just have a very different way of doing things than I do to the point that I can feel suffocated at times. The problem is that I can’t do anything about it for reasons I won’t get into on this blog. For three years I’ve let this person get to me, I started taking things personally and they are one of the only people that I can get short with. But at the end of May I started really thinking about it and I knew that I didn’t like being that snippy person, it made me feel ugly. So I implemented some steps and now, two months later, my relationship with this person is much better. Here’s what I did:

  • I stopped taking what they did and said to me personally. Nothing they did had anything to do with how they felt about me or how did my work. When they said things using words that I would normally take personally I would stop, breathe, and remind myself that it’s just they way they talk and not a judgment against me. Some people just use the wrong words to get their point across or to get you to do something!
  • I started to understand this person. I may not like the way they did things but I made myself understand where they were coming from and why they acted the way they did. Although I may not agree with it, it helped me to calm down and respond accordingly.
  • I realized that I cannot change this person, all I can do is change the way I approach the situation. You can’t change others but you CAN change yourself to make the situation more bearable.

The last two are huge keys in handling situations/people that bother you. If you honestly cannot change the situation (and you absolutely cannot change people), recognize it and then equally as important, recognize that all you can do is change the way you approach it. When it comes to another person, try to take yourself out of the situation and see the two of you from the view of a spectator. Try to understand the other person and why they do/say things that they do/say and then to take a hard look at yourself. What are you doing to provoke the situation? In my case, I provoked the declining relationship by being hard-nosed, snippy and admittedly, I stopped paying attention to this person altogether (I know, immature and ugly…). Noticing that I did that and how it was not conducive to a healthy environment, I started to change my own attitude. The result has been two months of a LOT less stress and better co-operation between the both of us.

What are your tips for handling situations and people that you can’t change?

*I was in no way paid to say that. I just speak the truth!

June 16th, 2010

Just Another Boring Studying Day!

So please remind me NOT to have anything fried, even if it’s pan-fried, again in the future. I was up all night thinking I was going to be sick. My stomach just can’t seem to handle fried things at all anymore, I can’t even have tempura anymore!

My apologies for a very boring post, studying for this exam has made my days very unexciting!

I wasn’t too hungry when I woke up so I ate a little later in the morning and decided that, since it was such a rainy, miserable morning, I’d go for oats.

  • 1/3c rolled oats
  • 3/4c vanilla soy milk
  • 1/4c water
  • 1/2tbsp ground flaxseed (stirred in)
  • 1/2tbsp chia seeds (stirred in)
  • 1tbsp peanut butter
  • 1/2tbsp ground pecans
  • 1/2 a gigantic banana
  • sprinkle of unsweetened coconut

Oh yes, much love was had at breakfast!

Then I proceeded to study, study, study for several hours until lunch. 46pgs of review notes I’ve been going through! Around 1 I was in dire need of lunch!

I threw some tempeh on the stove and covered it in some leftover korma sauce. I also cut up some broccoli and had it with some hummus and a piece of bread! I decided to add some stinky blue cheese to the tempeh. Yum!

I washed it down with a Green Monster that, other than the usual suspects, included blueberries, lavender and coconut water. Sadly, I put too much liquid in it and it was a bit too watery for me. But it was still tasty!

More studying ensued. My brain is starting to turn into mush! I ended up forcing myself to stop studying for the night as I know I needed the break. I did a few bloggy things and then started to prepare dinner. Tonight I decided on roasted veggies over whole wheat pasta.

I cut up some zucchini, eggplant and sweet potatoes, tossed them in a little EVOO, salt and pepper and threw them in the oven at 400*F for 25 minutes.

Then I tossed it in a wok with some freshly chopped rosemary and some bought sun dried tomato pesto for about five minutes. I put a hearty serving of it atop the cooked pasta and sprinkled a bit of parmesan cheese. It turned out AWESOME!!! When Alan gets home he’s going to be so impressed! :)

So I’ve found myself with several hours to myself this evening. I’ve tried to laze on the couch and watch mindless movies but I’m constantly finding things to do!!! What happened to the old, lazy Therese who would spend all DAY doing nothing?! I’d like her back for just two hours. I’m currently giving True Blood a try as everyone’s squawking about it. I’m not a vampire fan, and, sadly, I’m not really into this one either. Too much drama and shock for drama and shock’s sake.

I also don’t really watch TV as is. I watched Lost obviously up until it ended but that was about it. I’m more of a movie person. I find TV boring these days. There are a few shows that I have fun with but none that make me excited to watch every week.

Are you a TV or a movie person? What are your favourite shows? Any recommendations on shows with intriguing plot lines I should check out?