Oh Hey, Tempeh

Worth mentioning

I actually ate this tempeh/quinoa bowl Friday (a million years ago in blog land) in about 60 seconds flat when I was running out the door to my volunteer outpost at the Charlotte Mecklenburg Health Department. I’m working with the Fruit & Vegetable Coalition, which is aimed at increasing the percentage of the Char/Meck population that consumes 5 servings of fruit/veg a day from 20% to 25%. Pretty dismal numbers, right?

Their initiatives center around community and school gardens, farmers markets and eating locally/seasonally. I can get behind all of that and am primarily helping out with marketing materials, social media, etc. right now.

So the lunch? On Fridays, I only have about 45 minutes in between lab and leaving to volunteer during which time I need to eat. Too bad I spent most of those minutes rambling on to Stew about what I think about Walmart’s Michelle Obama-backed healthy food initiative. But that’s another post for another day when I wake up at 6:30am for no reason. Don’t even get me started on how one study found that having a Walmart nearby actually made people fatter over a nine-year research period…

Anyway, in about 15 minutes flat I:

  • Chopped celery, shredded carrot
  • Sauteed those veggies in olive oil
  • Threw in already-rinsed black beans and chopped tempeh
  • Added liquid aminos for flava and a generous pile of quinoa for carbs

Top it off with an avocado and you’ve got a delightful, albeit rushed, lunch.

Fast food?

4 thoughts on “Oh Hey, Tempeh

  1. I’m not fan of Walmart either, but do you think it’s proximity and obesity have a correlation, but not necessarily one causing the other? There’s a link between poverty and obesity because of the cheapness of calorie dense foods (fast foods, processed foods). So is it possible that Walmart isn’t actually causing the problem (although I believe they are contributing in their own way), they’re just typically located in areas where there is more poverty. You wouldn’t see a Walmart planted down in the middle of Myers Park, but note the areas where Walmarts are located around Charlotte for an example. I guess it’s a question of which came first, the chicken or the egg.

    • yes! i definitely don’t think walmart is solely to blame for obesity in low-income areas because of course there are many other factors in play. but selling cheaper packaged foods (no matter how much sodium or trans fat you take out) isn’t going to solve anyone’s weight problems, and i think walmart’s new initiative is suggesting otherwise. there’s also concern that they’ll be making their produce cheaper by ultimately screwing over the farmers that are growing it. beyond that, reports have said that people in impoverished inner-city areas claim they would eat healthier if they had a walmart, so walmart is now targeting those demographics for store locations. but if they aren’t helping the cause in suburban/rural america, what good will they do in the cities? (again, even if they make their suppliers lower sugar, sodium, etc.)

      i equate it to the low-fat craze of the 90s. research found that a lower fat diet was better for weight loss so the food industry started taking fat out of everything. the population at large was then led to believe that anything fat-free (no matter how processed and generally crappy)–including cookies, ice cream, etc.– would help them lose weight. it didn’t, and things continue to get worse. my concern is that people will look at walmart-supplied food this way and eat whatever they want so long as the retail giant says it’s “healthy.” picking apart highly processed foods to identify and eliminate the bad guys in them–first fat, then trans fat, then sugar and now sodium–isn’t going to solve the problem. eliminating highly processed foods themselves, however, would be a start.

      guess i don’t have to make a ranty post about my thoughts on this anymore. thanks, kelly! ;)

  2. If that’s fast food, then sign me up!

    Interesting studies on Wal-Mart, too! I used to shop there for my groceries because of how cheap they were but their produce, while they have an OK selection, what IS there is so GROSS! Nothing looks very fresh and a lot of times I’ve found moldy produce. So yeah, it’s unfortunate.

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