Tuesday, January 4, 2011

We've Been Hit

We've been hit!  

Toly has become the poor victim of a viscous stomach virus.  I knew it had been going around since Christmas and somehow, he picked it up along the way. 

The poor guy has been throwing up for 15 hours straight.  I feel so bad but I don't know what to do to help him.  I guess it's just one of those rest/fluid and wait it out kind of things.  

As bad as I feel, I'm also quite paranoid at this point.  The lysol has come out hard core in a last chance effort to disinfect any thing I can possibly think of.  I think I may be sleeping on the couch tonight. 

Even though Toly was not going to work, I still had to. 

Breakfast of choice: Yogurt and Fruit

 So funny thing about the yogurt, it was NOT my usual Greek Yogurt rather a regular/lite variety.  What I was really in search for was Chobani Pineapple Yogurt to satisfy a major craving that I've had for this flavor for weeks but when I got to the store, the shelves were completely bare from Chobani.  Totally annoyed, I didn't want to loose all hope.  I spotted the Dannon Pineapple Coconut flavor next and thought, well this has to be the next best thing.  WRONG!!  It tasted like aspirin.  I used to eat dannon lite n' fit yogurt almost every day and now I can't stand the stuff.  It's true what they say, once you go Greek you never go back!

The rest of breakfast was 1/2 a Whole Wheat English Muffin with Almond Butter and 1/2 a mashed banana.

The strawberries just made the plate look prettier.  But of course, I ate them too. ;)

After a dentist appointment, some meetings and a few phone calls, lunch was finally eaten around 1pm.

Lunch: Leftover Butternut Squash and Black Bean Salad

When I got home, I knew I would be on my own for dinner tonight.  Perfect occasion to pull out my block of tempeh.
I really do love tempeh.  Probably even more than I love tofu.  This TJ's brand is top on my list.

For the tempeh I was feeling a sweet/savory sauce.  Somehow I came up with this one on my own:

Cranberry Orange Chipotle Sauce

  •  2 TBL Cranberry Orange Relish
  • 1 TBL Chipotle Sauce (Tastefully Simple) 
  • 2 TBL Orange Juice
  • 1 tsp Garlic
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 1 TBL Fig Balsamic
Place all ingredients into a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about 10 min.

Place your cubed tempeh into the sauce to coat….

Spread onto a baking sheet and bake at 400 for 20 min…..

Oh wow!  Finger licking good!

For the rest of my meal, I made a Pecan Garlic Rice Pilaf and added dried cranberries and spinach.  I also roasted some Brussels sprouts and asparagus and added a touch of goat cheese to the finished bowl.

This meal was phenomenal!  I've almost forgotten how good I was at coming up with these things on a whim. 

This probably would have been enough, but I've been looking for reasons to try this new product. 

I toasted 1/2 a slice of bread and added a smear of laughing cow and the fig butter. 

If you have seen this Fig and Walnut Butter before but have not tried it, do yourself a favor.  It's exceptional! Seriously good stuff.

The whole dinner was a hit.  Oh how I've missed my cooking creations. :)

And now I must tend to my sick one.  Hope you all are enjoying the week! 



  1. all that food looks awesome!!!!

  2. oh no! there's a stomach bug traveling around here too.

    feel better! in the mean time, share the tempeh :) hah

  3. I hope the boy is back to better soon! So sorry you still had to work amidst everything - hopefully you don't get sick, yourself!!!

  4. I hope TOly feels better soon! The bug has been going around here too! Almost my entire family got it around Christmas!

  5. Get well wishes to Toly and Stay Healthy Wishes to you!

  6. I've been looking for a good Tempeh recipe and this one looks delish! I'll have to try it! :)

  7. Oh man your food looks so delectable.

    Hope Toly feels better! :-) I remember in college almost all of my roommates got this nasty virus and one of my roommates and I Lysol'ed the crap out of our stuff and thankfully we never caught it.

  8. awww...sending get well wishes to your husband! ive been sick too, but luckily not that bad!!

  9. Dang girl! EVERYTHING YOU EAT looks amazing! Can I come live with you!
    Your tempeh looks amazing! I have yet to try tempeh!

  10. Poor Toly! I hope he feels better. Ughhh tummy bugs are the worst! I bet you're an awesome nurse though :) I agree- light n fit makes me ill now. I either get Greek or Publix brand. I wish I was a tempeh fan...I just can't do the texture. But Fig and Walnut butter? That sounds amazing

  11. Oh no! Poor Toly! I hope he feels better soon. I hate the stomach flu it's the worst. Your breakfast with the english muffin and mashed banana with some almond butter is definitely something I need to try ASAP


  12. Hope Toly feels better! Stomach viruses are just worst. I must try this fig and walnut butter. Figs are seriously mother nature's candy.

  13. Sorry you couldn't find any Pineapple! Doesn't your store know you're our #1 fan? The nerve! ;)

  14. Ahh I hope Toly feels better and that you get lucky and evade the bug!! I've been feeling cold-ish for awhile now and JUST got my sneezes and sniffles...my dad and BF were sick one right after the other and I don't think my immune system could handle the double wammy. Drink lots of water, get lots of sleep, and keep up the usual fruits and veggies!!

  15. aaaah! that fig spread has my name all over it!!!

    hope toly is doing better now!