Monday, March 17, 2008

Back in the Saddle

Well, I have returned to school, the land of less exciting eats. Don't worry I have some pictures to share with you, nonetheless. I don't have any classes on Mondays, so I have some time today to gather myself for the days ahead and make my weekly trip to Whole Foods :)

First up are some Sloppy Joes that I made last Saturday. I used the Snobby Joes recipe from Veganomicon as my starting point, but as always, I didn't really stick to the recipe. I used the lentils, tomato sauce, mustard, and garlic suggested in the recipe, but then I substituted the ubiquitous broccoli slaw for the chopped veggies. Oh, and I was a bit heavy-handed with the mustard too--my tastebuds just can't get enough Grey Poupon. I enjoyed these Snobby Joes atop a whole wheat hamburger bun with salad and green beans.


OK, so maybe it doesn't look very appetizing (you should have seen the look on my dad's face when he saw it!), but it was TASTY. I scraped the pot clean for every last bit of that sauce. Anyway, the next morning for breakfast I made a quick smoothie with Spiru-tein (I highly recommend it!), almond milk, and frozen strawberries. To go along with it, I made some bran muffin tops with TJ's high fiber cereal. I used a recipe from the All Bran website, I reduced the sugar content by half, used brown sugar instead of white, used flax + water for the egg, and almond milk for the skim milk. Like I said, I hardly ever follow a recipe. Call me a rebel.

Here is picture when they were fresh out of the oven. I made a half recipe to produce just 6 muffin tops (minus one, because I scarfed one down before I took the picture!).

They were quite moist for not having any oil in them! I let them cool on a plate before wrapping them up and putting them in the freezer for the next time I am home. Now that I look at them, they kind of look like hamburger patties. Oh, well!


I have now returned to the dorm life, so here are a few pictures of my meals since I have been back. My breakfast this morning was a "parfait" but I don't really have any pretty glasses to make it a true parfait, so it's really several layers of flavor in a bowl. Today's had Fiber One, pumpkin, plain Stonyfield Farms yogurt with cinnamon, and wheat germ.

I just finished up lunch. I went to a place on campus called The Refectory (it's in the Divinity School), and they specialize in local, organic, and vegan food. I love it because I know that everything I eat there is natural, no trans fats or mystery ingredients here. Anyway, I got what I get every time I visit: their famous vegan chili, side salad, a carton of vanilla Silk, and a big honkin' apple.

And with that, I have successfully eaten another vegan lunch! Now I am off to Whole Foods...enjoy the rest of your Monday!


Jennifer said...

Going back to class sucks! I remember that! You get so used to relaxing and then...BAM..time to go back. I had a three day weekend from work so I am feeling the 'back to work blues' myself right now....

Mmmm, those sloppy joes look tasty!

Your meal from a place on campus looks great, I wish we had had stuff like that to eat at the tiny college I went to.

Romina said...

Ooh.. broccoli in your snobby joes sounds delicious, I will try this for sure!

VeggieGirl said...

oooh I like your variation on the Snobby Joes recipe - yum! best of luck with school!

Mel said...

haha you're not alone on the rebellious banking thing! recipes are more like guidelines, right?
also, what was the flax/water ratio you used to replace the egg? i'm always looking for good egg replacers!

ChickPea said...

Mel--sorry it took me so long to get back to you! Your comment must have gotten lost among my emails. The flax/water ratio I used was 1 tablespoon flax for every 1.5 tablespoons of water. My method is not very scientific--to replace one egg, I usually start out with a tablespoon of flax and add water until it resembles egg consistency (i.e. a little "goopy/runny"). Hope that helps!