Friday, June 20, 2008

Major Spill

...and no, I am not talking about a cooking accident. I wiped out on the sidewalk yesterday while on my run. These crazy old sidewalks are pretty cracked and uneven. I got scraped up badly on my hands, knees, and my shoulder, of all places. When it happened, two things went through my mind: 1) Is my iPod OK? (sick, I know), and 2) Did anyone see me? Needless to say, I am fine, just a little bruised and bandaged.

Later in the day, I had my anatomy quiz. It was not fun. Nuff said.

As a result of my no good, very bad day, I was looking for a little comfort these past few days. As per usual, I turned to my food!

Immediately after my clumsy run, I enjoyed a breakfast of overnight oatmeal. I used instant oats, plain soymilk, and cinnamon; I had a sliced banana with almond butter on the side. As my grandfather would say, "hits the spot!"

Lunch was pretty hurried--I lost track of time while I was reviewing my notes before lab. I whipped up something quick--curried tofu salad (or pseudo-chicken salad). This version consisted of extra-firm tofu, Nayonaise, Grey Poupon mustard, curry powder, raisins, and walnuts. I also gobbled up some
Ak-maks and crudites.
For dinner, I dug up one of my favorite cookbooks: The Imus Ranch Cookbook by Deirdre Imus. My uncle gave me this way back in my earlier days of vegetarianism, and I never really appreciated how great it is until now. I decided to make the Mesa Meatballs, which include soy sausage, thyme, fresh oregano, and a few other flavorings. These were stuffed into an oat bran pita and smothered with tomato sauce. Delicious! I need to use this cookbook more often. I also had some some salad, steamed squash, and a blueberry soy yogurt.
The smoothie of the evening was peaches 'n cream: peach Spirutein, plain soymilk, frozen peaches, and Nature's Path pumpkin granola.
No fancy breakfast dish this morning: just a whole wheat mini bagel with
Sunbutter and a strawberry-soymilk smoothie.
After running some errands with my mom and sister, I made a quick lunch out of some freezer staples. I decided to make V-con's ever-popular corn and edamame salad--so simple and tasty! I also had a salad of Romaine, roasted red peppers, rice vinegar, and sliced almonds. Mango cubes balanced it all out.
Back by popular demand, some snack pics. Today I had some of Enjoy Life's trail mix and a small dish of plain soy yogurt.
While we were running errands today, my mom and sister stopped at McDonald's for lunch. Although I'm not a fan of the Golden Arches, being there did spark a craving for a cheeseburger. Truthfully, I've never had a real cheeseburger, even in my meat-eating days. Anyway, this craving inspired my dinner: Boca burger on whole wheat with ketchup, vegan cheddar, and Romaine. I also had some a squash-turnip greens saute and a salad with perfectly ripe avocado. Words cannot describe how much I enjoyed this meal:)
Quick question for you all: would you be interested in a list of my favorite cookbooks? I could add a sidebar listing the contents of my cookbook shelf. Let me know what you think!

Now I'm off to watch an episode of What Not to Wear. Have a good weekend!


VeggieGirl said...

Ahh, be careful!!

Sure, I'd love to see a list of your favorite cookbooks :0)

Anonymous said...

oh no! sorry to hear about your spill :(

love to see your fave cookbooks!

Alice (in Veganland) said...

Sorry about your running accident, but I'm sure oatmeal solved everything because oatmeal always solves everything!
It's a good idea to add your cookbooks. Why not?

Amanda said...

What brand and type of bread do you uses?

Sure, I would love to see your fav cookbooks!

Amanda said...

Om mi gosh! For some reason, I missed the first part of your post-ouch! Hope your not bruised!
I think I am the only person who rarely uses my ipod- but then again, I am not an exercise person.

I am also curious what brand pita you use? I would love to try an oatbrand pita.

What is overnight oatmeal? How much oats do you use? Sounds like it could be a timesaver.

Lacey N said...

i was wondering what you thought about the soy issue? i eat all forms of soy-- milk (loooove soy milk), yogurt, tofu, edamame, veggie burgers, etc. but i've been hearing from more people about the unknown-ness of consistently eating a lot of soy-- both possible relation to cancer and also it's effects on digestion. hmm,... not sure what to make of it, but was wondering if you had any thoughts on that? :) thanks! do you like your class(es)???

Jenn said...

Ouch! Sorry about your spill - don't worry, I've had plenty of falls in front of several people in my lifetime :) And I totally get the concern for your iPod!

I would love to see the cookbooks :)

Allison said...

Oh gosh I know exactly how you feel about Anatomy...I took 1 & 2 last summer~I did a lot of photocopying- whiting out the names of muscles/bones for little practice tests haha...You'll definitely be glad you took it during the summer to get it over with! You can do it!

I would love to see the cookbooks too! As always, your meals look delicious! :)

Anonymous said...

o0o, sorry to hear about the spill! :/

I love your blog, all the food that you have on here is amazing! I might have to steal some of your ideas for lunch. haha.

romina said...

Sorry to hear about your stumble! Hope you are well.

Mmm, the peaches n' cream looks delicious! Especially with granola on top!

ChocolateCoveredVegan said...

Ugh, I've done that twice before. Luckily, no one was around either time, or I would've been super-embarrassed!

Katy said...

All your food looks so good!

And don't worry about the fall - we've all been least, I've been there. :)

ChickPea said...

VeggieGirl and Love of oats: Thanks for the feedback!
Alice: Oatmeal did make me feel always.
Amanda: I like Nature's Own 100% Whole Wheat and Ezekiel bread. Ezekiel is quite expensive and takes up room in the fridge though, so I alternate between the two brands. For pitas I use Toufayan.
Overnight oatmeal is just when I soak oats in soy milk, cinnamon, and dried fruit/nuts overnight. I usually use 1/2 cup oats and 3/4 cup soy milk.
Lacey: I've heard that soy can have detrimental effects too, but as far as I can tell the evidence is inconclusive. There are also many advantages to consuming soy. I choose not to limit it too much because consuming enough kcalories and getting enough variety might be difficult. Plus, I enjoy soy foods, so for now I am happy to continue eating them with an eye on recent research results.
Jenn: Yep, this wasn't my first spill, by any stretch of the imagination...
Allison: These muscles are killing me! But you're right, at least I'm getting it over with.
cliginkosucu: You're welcome to steal any of my meals!
Romina: Nothin' like peaches in summertime!
CCV: Yes, I was definitely thankful no one saw my accident...
Katy: We've all been there, some more than others (like me!)

Danielle said...

So sorry to hear about your fall... and then a test! Poor thing, I hope you're feeling better, that food looks like it could brighten any day. By the way, if you can I would love for you to send me some in Ecuador... I'm missing American Vegan/Vegetarian food :(

Danielle said...

Oh and I vote for favorite cookbooks as well!

ChickPea said...

Danielle: It's so great to hear from you! I just finished reading your most recent blog post, and it looks like you're having a great time. Keep taking lots of pics:)

Anonymous said...

Ouch, sorry to hear about your 'spill'! Glad you survied okay though :)

That 'meatball' pita sounds delish! As does basically everything else featured in this post.

I'd love to see a list of your favourite cookbooks! I'm always wondering which are good ones to try out.

ChickPea said...

Lighter Portions: Thanks for the food compliments! I have just added a list of the cookbooks on the right panel.

Erin said...

Oh no! I hope you're all healed up by now. Whenever I trip or almost fall I actually think it's funny if other people see me cause then they can have a little laugh at my expense. Maybe not if it was a total wipe out though!

The curry tofu mix sounds like a perfect last minute meal. And the veggie burger! Yum. I love to put a patty on toast with all the fixings, it definitely fulfills that craving.

And I say go for a cookbook listing, it's always interesting to see what other people have and could be a good resource for any new veggies that come accross your site.

ChickPea said...

Erin: I am pretty much healed now...just a few bruises left. I had to laugh at myself at the time of the accident though. It felt like something off of SNL.
Thanks for the feedback on the cookbook listing. I ended up adding one...I think I covered everything on there. Enjoy!