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Archive for January 15th, 2009

Dinner with CEimB

The ingredients

The ingredients

Tonight was my first time following along with CEimB. It was fun because I pulled Ted in to help since he is the meat eater.¬† He couldn’t wait…so excited for REAL meat! You see I always try to sneak my vegetarian meat substitutes past him. Never works. ūüė¶¬†¬†¬†¬† If you don’t want to read the entire procedure, the review for this recipe, from Ted of course because he ate the meat, was “very good“. From my point of view,¬†it was an easy recipe to prepare. ¬†

For my part in this recipe, I substituted Tempeh for the beef.¬† I’m sure there was a better vegetarian sub out there, but I think I used up all my imagination efforts on an up coming cake order.¬† Anyway.. job at hand….our preparation went something like this:

  • Began the sauce at 5 PM.¬† Dinner was on the table by 6:15 PM.
  • The ingredient substitutions were Vegetable Broth for Beef Broth and most of the wine. I only had about 1/2 cup of Red Wine available. As you can see, I used pre-minced garlic (time saver).
  • Chopped shallots, carrots, celery and cooked in my infused olive oil (sundried tomato + crushed garlic clove + dill).
  • The sauce took the exact time indicated in the recipe – 40 minutes.¬†
  • After the sauce was on, I pan seared my Tempeh, which I left as a whole 8 oz¬†slab,¬†2 minutes per side (not 5 per side as we did for the beef)¬†. Set it aside and got Ted to work with the beef. He seared it in the infused EVOO 5 min. per side and popped it in the oven with the temp. indicater stuck in.¬† It was only a 1lb piece so we needed to watch the temperature carefully. The meat cooked at 425. The Tempeh cooked at 400.
  • For the vegetable, I followed along with the picture and cooked green beans with sliced baby bellas. I added 2 TBS of the cooking sauce to the bottom of the vegetable baking dish. Added the beans and ‘shrooms. Added 4 more TBS of sauce on top, covered with foil and cooked at 400 in the same oven with¬†the Tempeh.
  • Cooking time to a temperature (for the beef) of 140 degrees (med-rare) was about 25 minutes for 1lb. After the meat was done, we removed it, covered with foil while I finished the sauce with rosemary and cocoa.

The comments:¬† Ted:¬† “Mmmmm…. good.” “Is this the first time you cooked sauce like this?”¬† Joanne: “I don’t do sauce. So.. Yeah.”¬† Ted: “The sauce is lite so the flavor of the meat isn’t masked.”¬† Joanne: “I wish¬† I had had more Red Wine it would have given it¬†more flavor also the beef broth may have made the sauce¬†more robust in flavor“.¬† I don’t buy chicken or beef broth any more so that won’t happen in any recipe. But we usually do have more wine than I did tonight. What happened there?! Whose been nipping at the wine bottle?

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Joanne's substitute for meat

The last comment of the night while cleaning up, which tells you something about any¬†sauce I have tried was… Ted: “Hey! The sauce didn’t even stick to the pan!”¬†

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Ted preparing the meat

  

The Tempeh with Rosemary and Chocolate

Tempeh with Rosemary and Chocolate

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My alarm went off and, again, I was in the middle of a good dream. I got up. Decided, since we were going out tonight and would be later to bed, I should skip the workout and catch an hour or two more z’s.¬† Went back to bed. Sleep wasn’t happening. My mind was so alert you’d think I’d just done 10 laps.¬† Ended up getting up and knocking off 4 + miles on the treadmill.

Shoulder workout as follows:

  • Using cables, Shoulder presses 4 x 12
  • Using cables, Bent Over Side Lateral Raises, 4 x 12
  • Using dumb bells, Standing Side Lateral Raises, 4 x 12
  • Using a curl bar, pull ups for 4 x 12
  • Using dumb bells, front raises, 4 x 12

Shane and I were out and walking fast for 2.4 miles.¬† Can you believe the temps. are STILL above zero – at least at our house?¬† We’re getting our walking in because the weather report insists the negative numbers will arrive by tonight. The wind chill is going to make it unbearable.¬† We shall see.

Breakfast

  • Began with 1 scoop of Smooth Banana¬†pre workout
  • Post workout shake was 1 scoop VPX¬†mixed with 1/4 cup frozen blueberries and FUZE
  • Cereal was 1/3 cup dry Cream of Rye, 1 TBS Buckwheat Groats, 1 TBS dried fruits, 1/2 banana and apple pie spice.

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See the little buckwheat groats in there?¬† They’re just ok.¬† I add them for a texture variation.¬† I still felt a little hungry so grabbed a handful of fruit and nut mix while preparing the Namaste Sugar Free Pizza Crust¬†.¬†

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Tonight is “Craving Ellie in My Belly” but Ted wanted a homemade pizza at some point. I complied.

Looking forward to tonights blog. It will be my first experience with the CEimB group…cooking along.¬† Check back and have a great day.

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