Monday, April 28, 2008

Good News, Cubed

I have so much good news to share!

1) I finished my hardest exam this morning. I can officially bid farewell to Shakespeare (for now). Now I just have two (easy) exams left before summer: one on Thursday, one on Friday.

2) The professor returned our research papers after the exam this morning--and I got an A! The professor wrote, "Bravo, Caroline!" Hallelujah, is all I can say. I was expecting a B+.

3) I can officially run again! I ran 4.17 miles in 30 minutes today, so I am pretty pumped. I still wear my ankle brace though, just in case.

Alright, now that I shared all of my happy announcements, I can backtrack to my weekend. Saturday morning, I made another strawberry-banana smoothie. That flavor combo has always been a favorite of mine--I used to eat only strawberry-banana flavored yogurts. Obviously, I grew out of that phase, but I still love the unique flavor of the fruits together. I didn't get a chance to take a pic until I was almost done with the smoothie, so I apologize for the half-full glass. Check out that condensation! It's hot around here.
As long as I had my camera out, I decided to give you a food tour of my dorm room. Check out these pics of my "pantry," my snack drawer, and my fridge. I would say 99% of the stuff in the fridge is mine, save the Diet Mountain Dew and the bottled Shirley Temple--those are my roommate's goodies. I won't bother listing everything in these pictures, but if you have any questions about what something is, feel free to drop me a line. I apologize for the disorganization you see here--normally (read: not during exams) I am much more orderly.

For snackage on Saturday night, I decided to plunge into the depths of my snack drawer--after all, I should use this stuff up by next Monday! I emerged from the wreckage with another Clif Nectar bar, this time in the cinnamon pecan flavor. Not bad, not bad at all. I like the fact that it provides 2 servings of fruit, and it's so much better than my snacking on chocolate Tootsie Pops (like I did last night...). I picked up something similar to these today at Whole Foods, Dr. Weil's Pure Fruit & Nut bars. I tried a free sample of the Banana Manna flavor at the store from my favorite employee (yes, I go there that often), and it was so tasty--very similar to the Banana Walnut Gnu bar. I also picked up some Larabars for the first time. I was in a "pie" kind of mood today I suppose, because I chose the apple pie and cherry pie flavors. What are your favorite flavors?
Another snack time included the last bit of plain soy yogurt with the remainder of my pumpkin. This turned out to be a great combination. I took a pic before and after mixing it all up, but I couldn't decide which one I liked better. Thus, you get both:)
For dinner on Saturday, I made whole wheat couscous with lentil bolognese sauce. I know Boca crumbles and TVP make good ground beef substitutes, but you should give lentils a try sometime--I love the texture they lend to the tomato sauce. I also steamed up some organic zucchini (with a sprinkling of S+P), and I picked up a side salad and fruit from a place on campus. Pretty darn good, if I do say so myself.
I returned to my old favorite Sunday breakfast yesterday--Cheerios with almond milk and sliced banana. 'Nuff said.

Today's lunch was so good, I can't wait to make it again. I used an Ezekiel tortilla, to make a refried black bean burrito. I added some spinach and salsa for some color. I highly recommend the Whole Foods brand of refried black beans...I hope they're vegetarian. A big salad and a pile of quite succulent melon accompanied my burrito.

I bought two blocks of tofu at Whole Foods today--my favorite brand was on sale for $1.99 (Nasoya Organic is the brand, in case you're curious). So, I'll need to use it up this week...What's your favorite way to prepare tofu?

I will leave you to ponder that. I must go watch Jon and Kate Plus Eight now. Good night!


romina said...

Congrats on getting an A! It's such a nice feeling to get higher than you expected. Way to go!

I don't eat tofu anymore but when I did, I loved frying it with BBQ sauce and sticking it in a sandwich, or making eggless egg salad sandwiches, mmm!

Anonymous said...

congrats on all your great grade, and YAYYY for running again!!

My favorite way to do tofu is the "egg salad".. but you've already got that mastered! My other favorite way is now BAKING it!! See Leng for instructions :D

Jill said...

Nice job on the A! I hope I do that well!

Your dorm is nice, can I live there for you?

I enjoy scrambled tofu, but then again, tofu any way but fried is good to me!

Alice (in Veganland) said...

lentil bolognese sauce! great idea! I normally do it with mushrooms instead of meat.
Congratulations on your A!

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Anonymous said...

i can't believe next week is the finale of jon + kate :(

great job on your awesome grade!!!

i love the apple pie larabars, but i think cinnamon roll & cashew cookie may be my favorites...

VeggieGirl said...

Good news + good food = GREAT day for you :0)

As I've mentioned around the blogging world, I eat Larabars EVERY SINGLE DAY, so here's my list of favorite flavors (in no particular order): Apple Pie, Banana Cookie, Cashew Cookie, Pecan Pie, Pistachio, and Gingersnap.

Jennifer said...

Congrats on the paper well done! And wahoo for classes almost being done!

It all looks so good, I'm torn as to whether I'd rather have your lentil and zucchini dish or the burrito! Can I have both? :-)

ChickPea said...

Romina: BBQ tofu sounds great! Did you make the sauce yourself or did you buy it? I really shouldn't buy any more food before my parents come on Monday...
Runroamrecycle: Yes, after seeing your lovely baked tofu on your blog, I have already added that to my culinary to-do list when I get home!
Jill: Sure, you can live with me. It might be kinda cramped, but we could spend most of our time at Whole Foods anyway...Do you have a recipe or method for scrambled tofu? I have never made it.
Alice: Maybe you could do mushrooms AND lentils? Mushrooms are pretty much my favorite vegetable, so I might try using both next time--thanks for the idea!
loveofoats: I know! I have missed practically the entire season due to schoolwork, so I am hoping that they will do a Jon and Kate marathon sometime soon...
VeggieGirl: Do you eat your Larabars as an afternoon snack or part of a meal? I am just curious, since you said you eat them everyday. I can't wait to try all the flavors you mentioned.
Jennifer: I'll be sure to express mail both dishes to you ASAP.

Happy Herbivore! said...


2. we have many of the same items in our kitchens... like quaker oats, sprouted tortialls and those amazing refried beans!

3. You're almost free of school for the summer!!

ChocolateCoveredVegan said...

Usually I am not the biggest fan of math equations, but your good news equation sounds terrific! Congrats on the good grade-- Shakespeare is one tough cookie!

My favorite way to eat tofu (besides tofu cheezecake!) is pureed into tofu quiche dip. In fact, I had some tonight :o).

Ruby Red Vegan said...

Yay for A's! They're just not as common in college as they are in high school.

I love seeing how other foodies organize all their goodies in their dorm rooms. I have a little three-tiered cart full of baking & cooking stuff, plus half of my bookshelf is now dedicated to food rather than books...oops.

You reminded me that I need to try Lara Bars too - thanks! (I tried a Ginger Snap one last summer and didn't like it, though.)

My favorite way to eat tofu is pressed and glazed on the stove for 30 seconds-1 minute in a mixture of one teaspoon tamari and two teaspoons pure maple syrup. So good and easy. (See Maple-Soy Glazed Tofu recipe for the fancier version.)

Emmy said...

I love your blog, I just started one, I'm also a college student, I'm a sophmore and an english major, I enjoy reading your posts as it gave me some ideas of what kind of meals I can make in my dorm, as I'm a vegetarian and currently campus food is just not doing it. I have yet to try Lara Bars, but I do enjoy Luna though Chai is my favorite

ChickPea said...

HH: Thanks for your kind words. I guess great minds think alike when it comes to stocking amazing vegan pantries!
CCV: Do you have a recipe for tofu cheezecake? I'd love to try it sometime. The quiche dip sounds great too!
Ruby: I know what you mean--my food supply keeps expanding and taking over my tiny room! Now I just have to use everything up my Monday...eek!
I haven't tried the Larabars yet...I figure I should save those for the long car ride home.
Your glazed tofu sounds so delicious! I love sweet/savory combos, and that recipe sounds easy enough. Thanks for the tip!
Emmy: It's nice to "meet" you. Sounds like we have a lot in common. Veggie English majors unite! Luna bars are pretty tasty, but I have never tried the Chai flavor. I might just have to pick one up for a study snack later today..

Sophia said...

Hey, I'm starting my own blog and was wondering if I could add you to my blog roll?

Mine is:

I will make my first post tonight.

ChickPea said...

Sophia: Sure, you can add me! I look forward to reading your blog:)