Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Pomegranate Crime Scene

After about 2 weeks of hiding behind my wheat germ jar, the pomegranate I purchased was finally put to good use today. I have absolutely zero experience with pomegranates or their seeds, so preparing this mystery fruit made for quite the adventure. After carefully cutting off the top, I began separating the seeds from the membrane...then the chaos began. Those seeds are slippery little suckers! Let's just say that the preparation session concluded with stained counters, a purple-dotted microwave, a speckled T-shirt, and "freckles" all over my body. In short, it looked like a pomegranate homicide had taken place.

Anyway, the hummus-soynut monotony has gladly come to a close. Check out my most recent eats:

After a failed smoothie attempt using the Vega vanilla chai protein (*gasp* I actually poured it down the drain!), I settled on another strawberry cream shake: strawberries, soymilk, vanilla soy ice cream, and Nutribody protein.
I decided to get creative with yesterday's parfait. I combined plain yogurt (with cinnamon), sliced pear, bran flakes, currants, and almonds. Out of the ordinary and delicious.
In an effort to use up my eggplant, I made a ratatouille with tomato sauce and onions. I served it with couscous, a salad with wheat germ and sweet dill dressing, and a banana with melty PB for dessert.
For dinner, I was craving comfort food, so I heated up some of Amy's baked beans and served them alongside mac & cheeze (based off of this recipe), broccoli, and green beans.
The smoothie last night was a berry bonanza: blueberries, strawberries, soymilk, and Nutribody protein. I am in dire need of frozen fruit! Eek!
Another week, another Banana Bread Blender. This time, I used spelt flakes instead of bran and honey-roasted peanuts for the nut component. Banana with liquid form.
Lunch today was inspired by a recipe for Baked Bean Stew from Nubella. I omitted the chicken and made a few other adjustments. Toast points and an apple with glorious almond butter rounded everything out.
I just finished a delicious dinner: I made wagon wheel pasta with broccoli and TVP "meat sauce," and I made a killer salad out of greens, sweet dill dressing, pomegranate seeds, and pecans. Whoa.
I promised you pictures of my semi formal outfit for this Saturday:
This is my first time wearing the dress; I hope it will be right for the occasion. PS Anyone have any suggestions on how to do my hair for the evening?

Alright, I am off to do some sorority activities. Ta-ta for now.


shelby said...

Gorgeous dress! I think you should do your hair in like a soft, wavy up-do. That would look gorgeous and it would attract attention up to the features on the dress.

Great eats of course, I love the bean stew =P

Erica said...

That dress is super cute! You're going to look awesome! You best post a picture of you and your date ;)

I love your discussion about the pomegranate- totally cracked me up!

VeggieGirl said...

"It looked like a pomegranate homicide had taken place."

HAHA!!! :-D

Amazing eeeeats!! Especially the parfait - yum!!

LOOOOOVE that dress!!! You'll be a knock-out :-D Wear your hair up for the occasion, for sure!! said...

awww pretty dress!

pom's are a total mess but so worth it ;)

eatingbender said...

GREAT dress!! I hope you have a lot of fun this weekend!

I laughed out loud at your comments about pomegranate and the "freckles" :o)

Lyss said...

that berry smoothie looks sooo good! and beautiful dress, too. Love the blog!!

ksgoodeats said...

Pomegranate homicide - HAH that made me laugh out loud!

Lovely dress - I'm sure you'll look great!

Seriously though, would you be willing to move to the great white north and cook for me? ;) Delicious food as always!

Barbara said...

sweet dill dressing? Did you make it? or is it a brand out there that I need to know about?!

Lauren said...

A few questions. I vote updo and posting pictures of formal :) You are going to look so pretty...that dress is gorgeous.

A few questions:

That is the cutest purse ever. Where do you buy it?

Also, what type hummus (brand) do you buy?

Lastly, I was about to buy annie's mac n cheese but there weren't any microwave instructions- you mentioned microwaving it. How did you do it? Do you have to cook the whole box. Sorry for all the q's.

Pearl said...

wow your dress is gorgeous! the pictures are lovely :)

ChickPea said...

Shelby: I wish I could put my hair in an up-do, but after playing with it for a while yesterday, I think it is just too short. Soft waves are still in the plan though.
Erica: I will def post some pictures of the evening!
VeggieGirl: Haha, glad you enjoyed my shenanigans. The pear-currant combo was pretty awesome...maybe try it in a baked good?
LoveofOats: Thanks!
EatingBender: Haha...I was a total mess!
Lyss: Thanks for commenting! I just discovered your blog--I am now a subscriber:)
ksgoodeats: Hmm perhaps we can arrange an exchange. I'll come cook for you for a week, then you come here!
Barbara: The sweet dill dressing is homemade. I just combine: vegan mayo, lemon juice, agave nectar, dill, and a little water to make a delish dressing.
Lauren: I found the purse on eBay for like $20. I think the seller was echomerx.
I buy Wild Garden hummus as well as Cedarlane.
The mac& cheese I used is specifically for microwaving. It comes in individual packets, and you just have to add water. It should be sold near the boxed kind.
Pearl: Thanks!! I appreciate your commenting:)

Teenage Veg head said...

i love the name of your blog! broccoli is one of my favorite veggies :)

good eats too!