Saturday, November 1, 2008

Buzzing and Blending

So sorry for yet another delayed post today; Friday nights are not always conducive to posting for a college student's schedule. I celebrated Halloween by going out to dinner with friends (Elmo's again!), making a Target run (where I happened to run into a certain someone), and checking out some the Devil's Eve festivities on campus. I buzzed around in the cold as a bumble bee this year, although I ultimately ended up having an hours-long conversation with one of my dear friends. Alas, I have no crazy Halloween partying to report, but I wouldn't have spent my evening any other way:)

This morning was my sorority's philanthropy event, a mocktail blend-off to support Make-A-Wish Foundation. I contributed my beloved Bullet for the contestants' use--it seems to be no worse for the wear. In retrospect, I probably should have participated myself, considering how much I love all things blended!

Here's what I've been chowing on for the past few days:

To be honest, I don't really remember what went into this smoothie. I think it was soymilk, berry hemp protein, blackberries, and banana.
Just hours after receiving them, I seized the opportunity to use some of those sandwich thins. I toasted the wheat variety and spread them with a combination of almond butter and agave nectar. On the side I had some grapes and cottage cheese.
Thursday afternoon was packed with things to do and people to see: advising appointment, marketing the blend-off, working out, plus my weekly RUF meeting. As a result, lunch was a tad pathetic: black eyed pea spread (with cumin and hot sauce), zucchini, carrots, crackers, and an apple with PB. Snore.
For dinner, I made another quick hash, using crumbled tofu, spinach, bell peppers, and soy sauce. I also made a quick serving of mashed potatoes (instant--don't judge!), salad with dried cherries, and cranberry sauce with walnuts. YUM.
Again, I am not quite sure what I put in this smoothie (where has my memory gone?!), but I think it was a combination of berry hemp protein, soymilk, blackberries, and strawberries.
I look forward to Fridays every week, because it means I actually have the time to make a real breakfast. This week, I decided on the Imus Ranch Tofu-Banana French Toast again. I am seriously considering just making a batch of the batter one of these days and eating it straight--it's that good. Anyway, I topped my slices with banana, walnuts, and agave nectar.
After my usual Whole Foods run, I returned home to make another repeat recipe: a Better Bunny Sandwich from the Rudi's Bakery website. Carrots, pineapple, raisins, vegan mayo, and cinnamon make for quite the tasty combination (especially atop a sandwich thin!). On the side I had a "creative" salad: Romaine, mushrooms, wheat germ, and a dressing made up of blackberry preserves and lemon juice. This made for quite the sweet meal.
As I mentioned above, we went to Elmo's Diner for dinner again last night. I ordered the same spinach salad as last time (no mess-up this time), plus a hummus appetizer as my main entree. The menu doesn't lie when it says "spicy!" I love me some pita bread.
My smoothie last night consisted of a frozen banana, acai hemp protein, blueberries, and soymilk.
That's all for now, but before I go, check out my bumble bee get-up:
Enjoy your Saturday!


shelby said...

Your costume is adorable =)
I love your smoothies this week.

VeggieGirl said...

Make-A-Wish is such a fabulous organization - kudos to you for contributing the blender!!

I NEVER want to see you type in your blog posts that your food is a "snore" - your food ALWAYS looks exciting (and wide awake?? not snoring?? okay, I'm done with the terrible puns) to me!!

That costume is so fun!! I'm DEATHLY afraid of bees, but you don't look scary ;-)

Emma said...

Looking good as a bumble bee!

Yummy food as always!

Andrea said...

you are an adorable bumble bee! my friend was one too - but i like your costume better shh ;) i also agree with veggiegirl - your meals are NEVER pathetic. i love the platter-style lunch. lots of variety and textures!!

Nikki Douglas said...

Everything looks so yummy and so healthy! And you look like the sweetest little bee!. Did you ever see the skit on Saturday Night Life (the original) where they all dressed as bees? Well it is probably before your time (it is slightly before mine even!). So funny.

Erica said...

Haha- you look awesome in your costume! Aren't instant mash potatoes just so good sometimes? They taste so artificially wonderful!!

magpie said...

Instant potatoes are A-OK when you're busy! And even when you're not :)

I'm always forgetting what I put in my food. Sometimes I actually write it down right before I eat it, but that rarely happens so usually I'm guessing when I post.

Happy Saturday! Adorable costume :) said...

your costume is so cute!

Michelle said...

love the costume! so cute!

ChickPea said...

Shelby: Thanks!! I am loving my smoothies lately too.
VeggieGirl: I love Make-a-Wish--I am so happy that we chose to support that organization.
Thanks for the confidence boost--I am afraid that my meals are a bit ho-hum sometimes!
Emma: Thanks!
Andrea: Somehow including a lot of colors and textures always seems to make up for the fact that it takes 5 minutes to prepare!
Nikki: I know exactly which skit you're talking about! haha, I hadn't even considered that when I chose my costume!
Erica: Ya know, I actually looked at the ingredients list and it's pretty simple--something like dehydrated potato flakes and salt.
Magpie: It's nice to know that I am not the only one who forgets what she eats!
Love of oats and Michelle: Thanks!!