Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Ch-ch-changes

I am loving all of your valuable feedback! I haven't made any final decisions on how I will change the blog once I get to school, so please keep on comin' with the suggestions and comments. I want to make this blog intriguing and enjoyable--for you and me.

Anyway, I have been making the most of my last few days at home. My mom and I made a few last minute shopping trips, and I've been doing my favorite running route this week. I made my current favorite recipe last night (Cashew Ginger Tofu), plus I also did a little experimenting of my own in the kitchen. A nice way to relax before the storm of academia enters my life...


Monday
I discovered a great combination--cherries and strawberries. To be honest, I got the idea from the HempShake package, which pictures cherries, strawberries, and raspberries, among other things. I switched up my topping too--I used Clifford Crunch instead of granola.

Tuesday
I tried a new component for my parfait yesterday morning--Annie's Bunny Love cereal. Frankly, I chose the cereal 1) because it was on sale and 2) well, because it's bunny-shaped! It turned out to be a pretty good purchase; it reminds me of slightly sweeter, more porous Cheerios. Anyway, it went into the parfait glass with plain organic yogurt,
Enjoy Life's Mountain Mambo, and a mix of strawberries and blueberries.
After several hours of packing (and going up and down stairs), I needed to refuel. With a can of refried beans I need to use up, I made mini Mexican pizzas. I topped 4 corn tortillas with the beans, salsa, and sliced avocado. Spinach salad and peaches with wheat germ and cinnamon also made an appearance.
As mentioned earlier, I made my fave dish of the moment, Cashew Ginger Tofu. I really am addicted to that sauce--maybe I should just make a huge batch of sauce and put it on...broccoli?
It's been a while since I had whipped up a chocolate-y shake (and by a while I mean a few days). I decided to bust out my artistic skills with the chocolate syrup.
Wednesday
I had another doctor's appointment this morning, so I needed a quick and portable breakfast. Smoothie and cereal to the rescue! The slurpable component was a combination of strawberries, blackberries, and soymilk; the crunchy component was Clifford Crunch, honey-roasted peanuts, and
Nature's Path Oaty Bites.
A workout and a few errands later, I was famished. I experimented with a new way to make mock-tuna--I combined chickpeas, Nayonaise, a touch of dijon mustard, lemon juice, olives, and dill. This dish presented a host of new flavor pairings for me, and I really enjoyed it. I plopped the mixture on a bed of spinach and served it with an Ezekiel pita and an organic nectarine.
Tonight is my dad's first night of classes for the semester, so my mom took the time to make meatloaf for dinner before he darted off to teach. I wanted to follow suit, so I had planned on making a tofu loaf (something I have never tried), but I nixed the idea when I read that the recipe required pureeing the tofu. Call me crazy, but I think the best part about tofu is its texture, you know, being able to bite into it. Plan B turned out pretty well--I made tofu cutlets instead. I dredged the tofu slices in sage, dry mustard, garlic, salt, pepper, and dried parsley; I also threw baby bella mushrooms and diced onion into the pan. Add a zigzag of organic ketchup, and you've got a tasty dish. In an effort to continue the "meat and potatoes" theme, I also had a baked sweet potato, brussels sprouts, and salad. Completely satisfying.
With that, I bid you farewell until my next post--from Durham! Remember, keep contributing your thoughts and suggestions for future blog changes. Thanks in advance!

13 comments:

VeggieGirl said...

Cherries & strawberries = divine combination. I've been using frozen strawberries in my hemp protein shakes lately, and it's quite delicious :0)

Parfait + mini Mexican pizzas + sweet potato = YUM!! Gotta give shout-outs to my favorites ;0)

Best of luck with the new school year - all will work out, I know it!! :0)

Andrea said...

Mmmm cashew giner broccoli would be fabulous! i love how balanced your lunches are - you usually get in fruit, veggies, and lean protein! incredible!

my only suggestion for the blog would be to maybe add info on your workouts.

VeggieGirl said...

P.S. - your chocolate syrup swirl is a work of art!

Nikki Douglas said...

Such wonderful and healthy meals - enjoy going back to school!

sportsnutritionliving said...

I would love to hear more about your thought process to combining foods... you always have such balanced meals.... maybe even highlight some of your fav products

runroamrecycle said...

Well.. I just like you.. so I'm pretty much OK with whatever you decide to do. How's THAT for constructive criticism? =]

Heading back to school myself though.. it's always nice to see how other students (and especially other athletes) fit everything into a busy class schedule!

And I agree - pureeing is a waste of delicious tofu!

Danielle said...

Yum. Yum. And yum. Don't change a thing my dear :) haha, but seriously, whatever you do your blog will always be a nearly guilty pleasure of mine. Keep up the great work!

Lindsey said...

I love your blog and can totally relate to having less time as a student. Since most of us seem to be students I would love to see more about snacks. Maybe just a list of what you ate each day? I find food timing in school with classes and cafeterias so far apart makes it difficult to eat anything other than carb products.

Would you mind telling us a typical day of college last year. I am in desperate need of portable meals/snacks that aren't all carbs. Thanks!

ChickPea said...

VeggieGirl: Glad you found some faves in this post. Good luck to you as well!
Andrea: I aim to make my lunches balanced and vegan! Since I am not a total vegan (I still eat yogurt and cottage cheese), I try to make at least one meal per day animal product-free. I will try to include more info about my workouts.
Nikki: Thanks!
SportsNutritionLiving: I would be happy to talk about my thought process behind my meals...thanks for the suggestion!
RunRoamRecycle: I appreciate your kind words. I, too, am always looking to other bloggers my age for inspiration.
Danielle: Thanks so much! I am thinking that maybe I shouldn't change my blog too much--if it ain't broke, don't fix it, right?
Lindsey: Sure, I will incorporate more snack details!

eatingbender said...

I'm excited to see what changes you end up making to the blog!

That cashew ginger sauce does look pretty darn amazing. I definitely think whipping up a huge batch of the sauce is a good idea - I could pretty much put sauce on anything.

I love the parfait and smoothies, as always. I agree with VeggieGirl - that chocolate swirl is like food porn or something, haha. Except not that extreme because then I would just sound like a creeper!

Good luck with your move back to campus and enjoy the next school year!!

ChickPea said...

EatingBender: Glad you liked my haphazard attempt at food art. Thanks for the well wishes!

Vegan On Stage said...

your mini mexican pizzas look sososo delish!!!
Good luck with your move to school!!! Its hard to balance blogging when your so busy with real life (ive been MIA latley because of jobs and such) but just blog as much as you can and do what makes you happy :)

ChickPea said...

Vegan on Stage: Thanks! Yes, blogging does get more difficult when life gets busy. I'll just do the best I can!