OK, enough Debbie Downer talk. I have some awesome eats to share.
FridayApparently, I was a hungry beast on Friday evening because I ate two hefty snacks. First I had a pair of Vans whole grain waffles with Cinnamon Raisin PB.
Later, I had my usual smoothie/shake. Don't be alarmed by the unappetizing green color of this concoction--it was really tasty! I am guessing that the green color comes from the pea protein in the Alive! mix. I would buy this again, especially since I don't have to order it online--I found this at my local Whole Foods. Saturday
Before heading out the farmers' market (finally!), I made a quick tofu scramble with the usual components, plus salsa, all stuffed into an Ezekial pita. This dish was relatively tasty, but I don't think I would recommend the combination of tahini+salsa--not a good example of fusion cuisine.We made a quick day trip to the lake house on Saturday, and I didn't bring my camera, so no lunch pics. It wasn't anything innovative: PB&J on whole wheat with steamed veggies and natural applesauce. Everything came straight out of the pantry or freezer. Upon our return (at about 8:00), I needed something fast and veggie-full. Thus, I whipped up a batch of "E-Z Artichoke Dip" from the Chicago Diner Cookbook. I dipped carrots and crackers in it, and I had a dish of organic vanilla yogurt with farmers' market blackberries for dessert. BTW, the dip is vegan, in case you're curious. I tried yet another new protein powder (what is this? #3?). This time I sampled Living Harvest's Vanilla Spice Hemp Protein. The end result was mind-bogglingly delicious. I didn't taste the mango at all, but I enjoyed this shake, just the same. It reminded me of cake batter, with that distinctive hempy kick. Sunday
More waffles! Another pair of the Vans variety with sliced banana and a dollop of vanilla soy yogurt. So good.We had several errands to run yesterday, so I prepared (and consumed) my lunch in record time. I ended up with a green lunch: a quick sandwich with sliced tofu and fresh guacamole (leftover from Chipotle); I also had a sliced kiwi. Quite possibly the most delicious sandwich I've ever had, although it would have been even better if I had had the time to grill the tofu... Four months after purchasing Veganomicon, I had yet to try the much beloved Chickpea Cutlets. So I made some last night, and they were delicious! I just made two, but now I wish I had made more. I served it with some fresh salsa for dipping, farmers' market tomatoes with roasted yellow peppers, and steamed squash. For a sweet ending, I had some peaches with Nutty Topping from Ellie Krieger. Technically, the topping is supposed to accompany pancakes, but I figured it would taste just fine with fruit too.
The shake last night was a bit of a mess. In the middle of assembling my creation, I realized that the blender was leaking! I tried to blend it all together before it seeped out, but I ended up with a half blended mess. I transferred the mixture to the Bullet to complete the process. Let's just say I ended up with a messy kitchen and a not-so-tasty shake. Bummer.
Despite having a dysfunctional air conditioner, I decided to have a hot bowl of oat bran this morning. Stovetop oat bran is fast becoming one of my favorite breakfasts! Today's version had whipped banana and Sunbutter.Yet another green lunch today: tomato slices with more guacamole, green grapes, and Tofuna salad (chickpeas with Nayonaise, lemon, paprika) on Ak-Maks. So fresh (and clean).
OK, now I am off to obsess a bit more about my future. Ciao for now.