Dessert/ Dinner/ Exercise/ Fitness

Not As Planned

Dinner tonight revolved around this:


Except the big plans I had for it rather failed due to lack of fresh produce and cornstarch. 🙁 Hate it when that happens! I had originally planned to make the Broccoli, Cashew Teriyaki Tofu Stir Fry out of Eat, Drink and Be Vegan (I’ve made it once before, see here) and sub tempeh for tofu. I had everything ready and had even started to make the teriyaki sauce before realizing that we didn’t have any cornstarch….the key element that thickens the sauce! Then, I checked again, and we were out of broccoli!!!! .Alas, I did not give up hope and instead made the way too runny sauce into a thin (yet flavorful!) dipping sauce for crispy tempeh.

I used about 1/3 block of tempeh, cut it up into small pieces and marinated it for 30 minutes in a mixture of rice wine vinegar and tamari


And then I heated up a little bit of coconut oil in a skillet over medium high heat and cooked the tempeh for only about a minute on each side, until golden and crispy. This is a great way to prepare tempeh because it helps to cut down on the tempeh’s natural bitterness and gives it a little flavor and crust.


I served the little tempeh bites with the dipping sauce (a yummy combo of minced garlic, tamari, toasted sesame oil, ginger and water) and had a large baked garnet yam on the side

As well as some romaine on its last leg with a drizzle of light blue cheese dressing


I’m going to get cornstarch and broccoli for real so I can actually prepare the dish the way it is meant to be, but this was a not-so-bad alternative!

As for dessert……… brownie sundae anyone?


A warm VitaBrownie sandwiched with a big spoonful of light vanilla frozen yogurt (I also had a few more spoonfuls straight out of the carton). Reminded me of the trashy, yet oh-so-good, hot fudge brownie sundaes from McDonalds when I was in high school.

My run this afternoon was so-so. In total, I did 2.62 miles but something happened right at the halfway point that has never happened to me before! I got a cramp! It felt like someone just socked me in the stomach and I had to stop, stretch and walk it off. I think I exercised a little too quickly after downing my large pita at lunch! When I got home I downed a glass of coconut water, which I CRAVE now. Seriously, I was thinking about coconut water all during my run. I am almost out and need to get some more asap!

Shin status: Meh. Sore but runnable. When I got home I immediately stretched, iced, stretched again then took a bath.

Time: 28 minutes. I should have cut my time right when I got the cramp and had to stop, breath, stretch and walk but I kept it going. I wasn’t really going for time today but I think that little detour definitely caused me to lose a solid 6 minutes.


It’s funny…I was thinking about this while running today—-my shin splints SUCK and I really don’t even like training runs all that much, but there’s just something about crossing that finish line at a race that make it all worth it. That feeling you get right as you cross it and you know you are done and you know you gave it your all.

Goodnight, Wednesday!

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  • Courtney (The Hungry Yogini)
    March 4, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    Dinner still looks yummy despite the lack of ingredients!!

    Sorry your shin’s are hurting!! But you are right, it will be quite an accomplishment after you run your race!

  • Natalie
    March 4, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    I hate when I realize I don’t have all the ingredients midcooking! Looks like a tasty alternative though. 🙂

    And the sundae looks delish!

  • Emily
    March 4, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    vitabrownie sundae looks amazing!
    I’ve honestly never eaten tempeh before…looks great, though!

  • joyful
    March 4, 2009 at 4:56 pm

    Your dinner turned out delicious looking, even if it wasn’t as planned. I would have given up and just eaten dessert 🙂

  • Marissa
    March 4, 2009 at 5:13 pm

    That dessert looks great!

  • K
    March 4, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    Congrats on making it through the run! Give your shins some TLC tonight 🙂

    Sorry dinner wasn’t exactly what you wanted but it still looks great and that dessert has left me speechless!!

  • Mel
    March 4, 2009 at 5:32 pm

    I do that all the time, not checking for ingredients! At least you got a tasty meal regardless! But that dessert looks amazing!

  • Erin
    March 4, 2009 at 5:34 pm

    Dinner looks really good! But I hate when I’m out of very key ingredients. I get cramps a lot when I run and I HATE them. Good luck training!

  • Sarah (lovINmytummy)
    March 4, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    I think its so funny that you work in a store and don’t have any groceries! My parents both work in the grocery industry, and my mom’s always complaining about how her fridge is empty. I always say, “YOU WORK IN A STORE! You have no excuse!” 😉

  • Shelby
    March 4, 2009 at 5:42 pm

    Oh I hate it when that happens!!! I don’t check for ingredients so that frequently happens to me haha =)

    Sorry about the nasty cramp, I hope you feel better!

  • VeggieGirl
    March 4, 2009 at 5:43 pm


  • Adi (
    March 4, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    You’re right, running on soft ground is brutal. I think it’s because the ground absorbs your effort more, so you don’t get the push off the same way you do with a hard surface. Does that even make sense??…
    Supper looks yummy!

  • the Clean Veggie
    March 4, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    love the vita brownie sandwich 🙂

  • Bec
    March 4, 2009 at 6:00 pm

    That brownie Sunday looks delicious!

  • Red Head, Yellow Dog
    March 4, 2009 at 6:07 pm

    oh my gosh that dessert looks HEAVENLY! It reminds me of the brownie obsession I used to get at TGI Fridays in highschool. My best friend and I would go and each have on and that would be our dinner!! haha oh memories

  • Sarah (Tales of Expansion)
    March 4, 2009 at 6:31 pm

    way to improvise! dinner still turned out deliciously. and so did dessert!!! i’m so sad to be out of vitatops — maybe i’ll try making some this weekend. and i agree that running in grass is SO hard!! it’s like running on sand or snow. but definitely an excellent workout.

  • FoodsThatFit
    March 4, 2009 at 6:44 pm

    Jenna, I just made tempeh meatless balls last night! It was a really good and fun way to use it! I am loving this month challenge. It has really motivated me to try new recipes! I love it!

  • Meg
    March 4, 2009 at 7:01 pm

    I’ll take some hot brownie sundae!

    Yummy dinner!

  • Jaclyn
    March 4, 2009 at 7:09 pm

    Hey the tempeh looks tasty 😀 can’t wait to try that!
    Where do you find the vita brownies? I can’t seem to find them in my stores!!

  • Marilyn
    March 4, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    In the new edition of Runner’s World there is an article entitled “No More Shin Splints.” Also on the Runner’s World website you can find answers to injury questions (What Hurts). I hope this helps.

  • Run Saraaah
    March 4, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    That tempeh looks so good,
    I might have to try it out with the package I have in my fridge.

  • brandi
    March 4, 2009 at 7:40 pm

    sorry the run wasn’t great, but at least you went! 🙂

    that dessert looks great. I need to find some vitamuffins!

  • Organic Girl aka AshleyH
    March 4, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    you seriously need to try BellaEats pan glazed tofu. It is amazing. It has totally taken my stirfrys to a whole new level and you dont need cornstarch the sauce thickens in the pan. Check it out!

  • Sharon
    March 4, 2009 at 8:57 pm

    WHOA, dessert looks yum!

  • Megan
    March 4, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    I was in a college dining hall the other day and had NO idea what the stuff next to the tofu was!! Now I know that it’s tempeh and it’s DELICIOUS. I need to try experimenting with cooking it different ways! Your dinner looked delicious (especially the brownie and ice cream sandwich!!)

  • Michelle Hisae
    March 4, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    Yum, coconut water. I love ’em – a little pricey – where can we find it for cheap?! Anyone?! heh.

  • Raechelle
    March 4, 2009 at 10:50 pm

    I love your site! And this crispy tempeh looks yum-I’m going to try it out! I’m glad I found your site-I think I saw it on Kelly O’s Aim High a while back-and I’ve been lurking-but just really enjoy all the food pics-(who doesn’t like pics of yummy food?!)
    Great work!

  • Caroline
    March 4, 2009 at 11:23 pm

    I *love* that recipe from ED&BV. What you came up with instead looks equally delicious though!

  • Leah
    March 5, 2009 at 2:32 am

    That brownie sundae looks AMAZING!

  • skinnyrunner
    March 5, 2009 at 8:38 am

    the sundae looks good enough to make me run for it. your right, sometimes running just plain sucks and isnt fun at all until you finish and the sense of accomplishment somehow makes it worth it!

  • Danielle
    March 5, 2009 at 8:49 am

    Even though your dinner wasn’t exactly what you wanted it still looks great!

  • Sarah
    March 5, 2009 at 9:07 am

    Your dessert looks delicious! I have a block of tempeh in the fridge, and I’m still trying to decide what to do with it. Thanks for the idea ; )

  • Jess
    March 5, 2009 at 9:55 am

    You’ve got the right idea with stretching and icing after your run. Pay a lot of attention to stretching your calves. I know the elliptical is pure boredom, but it’s a good way to cross-train for races and won’t bother your shins at all.

  • Kelly
    March 5, 2009 at 12:10 pm

    I hate when that happens. I think that’s why I always have multiple thickeners on hand (I currently have a new bottle of arrowroot as well as cornstarch). I’m a little less up on arrowroot but I’ve noticed ED&BV often calls for it so I got some from Penzeys and now I really like it.