Thursday, July 27, 2006
I also made the chocolate chip muffins from Vive, but I don't have a picture, the lighting wasn't right.
Wolffie's Fiesta salad from La Dolce Vegan:
I also made "chicken" seitan from LDV to make Jay-lo's fried chicken, hopefully I'll remember to take a picture when I make it.
Its been a week of leftovers, trying to eat any perishables before we leave. So yesterday I had whole wheat penne with walnut basil pesto from Vive:
And to use up the brown rice I made the brown rice pudding for breakfast from LDV this morning...yummers:
Have yourselves a great weekend. I know I will! I'll take as many pics as possible of all meals I assemble while away from home :P
I made Wolffie's peanut butter cookies from La Dolce Vegan as well. I didn't try either cookie, I got Billy to test them out...and he thoroughly approves of them both! I'm saving my cookie indulgence for the weekend. These cookies have the perfect chewiness of any decent pb cookie, with the goodness of whole wheat and flax.
To be continued...stupid blogger won't let me post anymore pictures.
Monday, July 24, 2006
Of course, I was teased, but it wasn't too bad, and my mom spoke up when she saw I was getting a bit annoyed while trying to eat. She said "You never have anything bad to say about what we eat, but no one leaves you alone, huh hun?" It was awesome. I even got some compliments on my gnocchi with pesto.
I also brought some leftover quinoa salad, but the vinaigrette had gone sour, and it wasn't as great anymore. Of course, that's when my cousin asked for a taste (go figure). He teased me later and it was actually really funny. He had never heard of quinoa...Anyways, my sis and I fell asleep relatively early (midnite) and my cousins came to sleep on the couch near us around 4 am. We woke up and we were all talking for a bit. For some reason, my cousin said that whenever he closed his eyes he saw a jungle scene with naked jungle women (he had been drinking :P)...two minutes later he yells: "It was that vegan salad!!" to which I replied: "See, go vegan, and you'll see naked women all the time!" haha.
Anyways, I gotta work soon, I'll have pictures in a bit.
Saturday, July 22, 2006
The roasted carrot coconut soup from LDV turned out alright. I didn't blend it enough, so there's too many little chunks. I'm not a huge fan of coconut milk in soups or entrees, but it was pretty good in this soup. I think next time I'll sub in soy milk, because I really enjoy the roasted carrot in the soup. Plus, then I'll be able to eat more at a time without fear of all that saturated fat.
I made Vive le Vegan's Banana Bliss pancakes on Thursday morning for Billy and me. You can't go wrong with banana pancakes. I halved the recipe so I wouldn't be tempted by leftovers and it made two medium pancakes. One for each of us. I topped mine with just a touch of maple syrup because the pancakes are naturally sweet from the banana. Yummers.
That's all I have for food pictures right now, so here's a random picture of our kitchen, just to show you what I have to work with.
I don't usually keep appliances on the counter, that skillet or whatever it is was used for the pancakes. There's not much counter space, but somehow I make it work. The key is continuously doing dishes ;)
I'm going to Deep River tomorrow for a family reunion/anniversary party so I don't know if I'll get any pictures. I'm bringing the last of the quinoa salad for lunch and I'm going to make the walnut basil pesto from Vive and toss it with gnocchi and brown rice for dinner.
I did a kick butt cardio kickboxing workout today...ouch!! But I feel amazing.
Thursday, July 20, 2006
Wednesday, July 19, 2006
Yesterday, I made the Quinoa Spring Salad from Vive le Vegan. I don't usually like salads that are eaten chilled or at room temperature, I usually don't like the flavours. But this is yummy! Organic quinoa, red pepper, cucumber, green onion, green peans, hemp seed nuts, pistachios, and simple cider vinaigrette. There's just a hint of the dressing in this salad and its a perfect balance. And of course, cilantro. It has beautiful colours too.
For dinner today, I made La Dolce Vegan's Aloo Mattar with chappati. I prefer this way more than the aloo gobi I made last week...this one wasn't too hot or spicy, it got its flavour from paprika and garam masala. Aloo mattar is a peas and potato curry. I really liked it...and I loved scooping it up with the flatbread, which was brushed with some olive oil and salt. Its a simple recipe with onion, ginger, garlic, organic tomato, potato, peas and veg stock...and it cooks quick too. Oh yes, and our friend, cilantro.
I also made LDV's roasted carrot coconut soup tonite, to eat tomorrow. Roasted carrots, onion, garlic, ginger, lemongrass with coriander and garam masala are simmered with veg stock and then coconut milk is added and the whole thing is blended. Lime juice, salt and pepper, and cilantro adds the finishing touch. The roasted carrot gave the soup a beautiful burnt orange colour, which is exactly why I love carrot soups. I 'll show a picture tomorrow after I eat some for lunch :P
So now I can breathe easy knowing there isn't a big bag of cilantro rotting in my fridge ;)
I did a step class today on demandfitness...I have never been so UNcoordinated in my life...hopefully next time I'll improve ;)
Monday, July 17, 2006
I've been eating really well for a while now and was looking for the inspiration to start exercising again, and this did it...I think I'm going to renew my subscription.
No new food to show you, I'm sick so I just whipped up some whole wheat penne and threw some of my frozen tofu balls into a tomato sauce with onion and garlic. Yum!
Saturday, July 15, 2006
We're leaving bright and early tomorrow because the boys want to be the first of 10 000 people to get to the game to get free hats (sigh), so for a quick breakfast, I got Glutino's Gluten Free Blueberry Breakfast Bars. I don't have anything against gluten, but these are yummy! I've had the apple ones before, I believe. They only have 1 gram of fat per bar too. I'll have to try and pick up some fruit today before work to go along with it.
And lastly, I bought some Orgran fruit filled bars. One is the fruit filled blueberry bar, which I probably won't eat tomorrow, and the fruit filled choc-cherry bar...which I just might eat...although I really don't want to eat some form of a bar for each meal. Hopefully the Roger's Centre sells fresh fruit and such...I'm not getting fried food no matter what. These bars are only 150-160 calories with only one gram of fat...sounds like a good snack to me :)
So that's my food for tomorrow...wish me luck and pray that I come back not in a boredom coma...at least there'll be another girl with me there ;)
I'm going to Toronto tomorrow with Billy, my brother Kevin and two of our friends to see a Blue Jays game. I'm not a huge baseball fan, but I have been to a game in the states before, and its better than being forced to watch it on TV ;). Plus, aside from the airport and nearby hotel, I've never been to the T dot. I was swamped with work and assignments this week, so I didn't get to do what I wanted to the most....bake and cook stuff for the road trip. I know that if I don't prepare for tomorrow, I'll end up eating crap and feel like I let my new eating habits down. I love eating well :) So yesterday I bought some rice cakes and dried fruit, and I just got back from the health store with some goodies...
First, Eden Organic Apple Cherry Sauce. I bought the individual serving size pack, which has 6 containers in it. I tried one today as a snack. Its similar to baby fruit puree food...but it grew on me. Plus it only has organic apples and organic cherries in it! No added sugar or anything. There's only 65 calories per container and 2 grams of fiber.
Next, I bought Organic Kiju Genuine Grape n' Apple juice. Again, there is no sugar added to this, and it provides 100% of your vitamin C for the day. Then again, what doesn't these days? I'm going to hope these are good, because I'm not wasting today's calories on a juice box...I'll have one tomorrow, since I won't be drinking any soymilk. A pack of three juiceboxes was 2.49...not bad, I'm willing to pay that for organic juice occasionally ;)
Thursday, July 13, 2006
Tuesday, July 11, 2006
They only have 5 grams of fat, with less than one gram of saturated fat. Plus, you'll get a whopping 19 grams of protein per sausage. And, of course, they're fortified too. While I don't buy prepared, packaged veggie food very often...its a great occasional treat, and you know you'll be getting all the nutrients but not the fat.
Monday, July 10, 2006
All in all, I had a fun time away from work and with my family...
My sister enjoys posing with my camera (Me on the left a little):
Our lovely campfire on which I cooked my yummy Bavarian sausages...those things are so much better than soy dogs:
And finally, my bro and me posing ;)
I'm doing my groceries tomorrow, so I'll be cooking lots this week. Ooo I did make the creamy hummus from Vive le Vegan...its quite good on sandwiches and with veggies.
Thursday, July 06, 2006
I'm really trying to plan my meals so that I keep eating healthy, so I made today's dinner last night when I had some time while Billy was doing laundry. I just wanted a quick recipe to use up my chickpeas, so I used vegweb.com to find one. "Mmmm chickpeas" has tahini, onion, potato, garam masala spice, fresh lemon juice and salt. I'm serving it with brown rice. I haven't tasted it yet, but I think it will be good.
I also had some tofutti cream cheese in the fridge, so I mixed it with some raspberry jam and spread it on an orange poppy seed muffin, from Vive le Vegan. The spread was yummy and so was the muffin...I love the crunchiness from the poppy seeds. I'll be taking these with me on my trip this weekend.
I spent two hundred dollars on clothes today...:S I haven't had a chance to go shopping since school ended in April and I had no summer clothes, so now I've got lots, haha.
And now, I'd like to talk a little about a favourite store of mine...Bulk Barn! Here, you can buy lots of things, in whatever amounts you want. This place can easily save you a trip to a health store. They've got grains (rice, amaranth, millet, pasta, etc), lots of different flours (barley, oat, whole wheat, spelt, etc), beans, peas and so much more! I buy my flour there in huge bags, and its still only a few dollars. Plus on Wednesdays, I get a ten percent student discount. If you have a store near you, you should really check it out...they've even got junk food!
Tuesday, July 04, 2006
I'm not sure if I'll be cooking anything new in the next few days. I'm going away this weekend so I don't want to go out and buy more food, I have to use up what's in the fridge. I'll probably make a few more of Catherine's recipes again...they're just so darn easy!
I made a trip to the farmer's market this weekend....oh..my...gawd...the strawberries are a gift from above...the asparagus on the other hand: I understand its fresh from the farm, but I don't like my produce smelling like manure :S
Saturday, July 01, 2006
I had the lasagna florentine I made for lunch yesterday. I would've eaten it for dinner too, but wanted a little variety, so I made the vegetable biryani from La Dolce Vegan with some fresh corn. It was so good and satisfying. I wondered how well cinnamon and ginger would fit into the equation, but they add such great taste without being completely obvious. This delectable dish has brown basmati rice, red lentils, organic chickpeas, organic tomato, carrot, peas, onion, garlic, fresh mint and spices. I can't wait to eat the leftovers today for lunch. I love that it has rice, lentils and chickpeas....healthy!