Friday, February 27, 2009

Another Denim Tragedy

Today I had to say farewell to another pair of well-loved jeans. This particular pair has been with me for while--my mom bought them for me just before I entered my junior year of high school. They fast became the "favorite" pair because of their perfect length and fit, as well as their wardrobe versatility. Indeed, they introduced me to the wonderful world of designer jeans, and I soon realized that Sevens were just made my body. Do you have a favorite pair of pants? How about a favorite brand of jeans?

Anyway, I realized after last wearing these jeans, that they had become paper thin on the left butt cheek, exactly where my last pair jeans wore out...weird. It will be rough, but I'll have to part with my beloved denim somehow...

Aside from busting my pants, I have done some eating too.

Ever since I picked up these blue corn chips last week, I've been itching to make a taco I did. Black beans, lettuce, tomato, avocado, and salsa went into the bowl, with plenty of corn chips to soak up the goodness. I had a combo of grapes and blueberries on the side.

I had an unexpected assignment to complete that night, so I had mucho work to do and not much time. Hence, dinner was pretty simple: Jamaican Jerk Tofu using this recipe (which is also in my new cookbook), sweet potato with walnuts and cinnamon, and an apple.
The smoothie was a repeat combination that might seem odd but tastes delicious: cherries and peaches. I mixed it with the usual Nutribody and soymilk.
When I spotted this Apple Pie Yogurt at Whole Foods, I knew I must try it. After all, I've made several parfaits in hopes of simulating the apple pie taste experience. Clearly, it went into the basket, and clearly, I had to make a breakfast parfait. I used Honey Nut Os, chopped apple, said yogurt, and ground flax. Honestly, Stonyfield, I was a tad disappointed by your rendition of apple pie. I think Cascade Fresh makes a better version--if only it were organic! If you're interested, I reviewed Cascade Fresh here.
For lunch yesterday, I was craving more of that yummy bok choy and adzuki bean combination. This time I just steamed the bok choy and asparagus, then added the beans and topped with peanut sauce. Supah-delish. On the side, I had rice crackers, a nectarine, and a side salad.
I bought a cucumber last week for one reason only: so I could make tzatziki. I combined a few spoonfuls of Greek yogurt with grated cukes, lemon juice, garlic, salt, and dill. Voila! I fabulous sauce for pita! I also cooked up some cubed tofu with Bragg's and oregano and stuffed it into the pita with a handful of spinach. Along with it, I had some squash, more Greek yogurt with sliced banana, and spinach with Woodstock dressing.
The shake last night was a combination of chocolate-covered cherries and chocolate-covered strawberries. Yeah, it was pretty amazing. Cherries, strawberries, chocolate rice protein, special dark cocoa, and soymilk made for a tasty treat.
I found myself with a rather empty schedule today, so I whipped up some vegan banana pancakes. I topped them with that maple agave blend, and a few almonds. I washed it all down with rice milk (in a frog cup).
Whole Foods loot:
Sadly, nothing exciting this week (except for the new issue of VT).

In an effort to find another use for the Jamaican jerk seasoning I bought for the tofu (see above), I made some Jamaican jerk black beans for lunch. I combined the seasoning with black beans, bell peppers, and onion. Pita was there to sop up the goodness; dessert was an apple with white chocolate PB.
I received a suggestion from my girl over at GlidingCalm today for a post devoted to protein powders. I would be more than happy to do a protein powder post in the future, but it got me thinking...what topics would like to see in my Sunday feature posts? I am always open to new ideas!

Enjoy your weekend!


VeggieGirl said...

R.I.P. to your denim!! I LIVE in my Bebe Sport yoga pants and my Delia*s skinny jeans.

SWEET POTATO!!!!! Holy yum love. Never thought of eating them with walnuts though - intriguing!!

I'm with Miss GC - do a protein powder post!! Especially featuring my beloved Living Harvest hemp protein, please ;-)

Anonymous said...

I love my Delia*s skinny jeans-recommended by VeggieGirl! haha

Whoa, delicious parfait, sweet potato, tofu, and pancakes!

*Andrea* said...

my favorite pants are my Bebe jeans I bought in like 8th grade and my Hardtails (yoga-type pants).. sweet potato with walnuts sounds soooo delish! great idea

Sarah (lovINmytummy) said...

I'm a nut, I'm not a big jeans fan. I just don't think they are comfy. Maybe I just haven't found the right pair. I've created a monster, though, and my little Gracie likes to wear yoga pants 24-7 too.

You always have the most well rounded, delicious looking meals. I love it!

I also love the froggy cup...we have ladybug, kitty and cow from that same collection.

Anonymous said...

Maybe when you cross your legs, you put most of your weight on one side, so that's why it gets worn?
I like casual Fossils, Urban Outfitters, random ones I find at Ross & TJMaxx & Levi's. I like skinny, boot le & casual, as well as black jeans. Oh, jeans.
I think maybe you could include what YOU look for in a healthy meal. When you sit down to make something to eat, what goes thru your head? Why do you put fruit there, but not there? How much do you know to cook for just one? That could be cool...
Anything you do decide on, would be spectacular to me! Have a great weekend!

Jen said...

Seven jeans do have a nice cut!! Time for a NEW pair to break in girlie!!
Yummo eats as always! mmmm

CeciLiA said...

My fave pair of pants would be my cottony shorts that I wear arnd the house the WHOLE time <3 ... as for jeans, I love skinny jeans!! I don't have a fav brand ... I look for a good fit instead ;)

I love that u add peanut sauce to your veg! Oh man, I love stirring peanut satay sauce into steamed broccoli .... *drool* broccoli is awesome at sucking up saucy goodness, don't u think so?!! :D

As for Sunday feature post, you can choose whateva you like! Oh yea, I wouldn't mind knowing more about YOU ... coz you are so AWESOME!!

Have a great day Caroline!!

Anonymous said...

Jeans are SO hard to part with. Good thing one pair seems to last forever! I don't really have favourite jeans but Guess jeans seem to be my best fits.

Yummy eats. I like all of the fresh grocery loot, especially the frozen fruit! Love it.

Marianne said...

I have yet to find the perfect jeans for me. One day though, I'm sure they will find me. And be insanely expensive, which will make me sad.

Love the parfait, per usual. The froggy glass is super cute as well.

Vegan On Stage said...

AHHHH that is a seriously sad day hahaha im sorry girlie!!!

My favorite jeans right now are my citizens of humanity jeans.. i just feel like they fit my body great.

I love that new issue of vegnews!!!!

and i do say i love me some guiltless chips!!!

Lauren said...

I totally agree with you about the Stoneyfield Apple Pie yogurt... I was psyched when I saw it, but disappointed when I tried it.

The sweet potato with walnuts and cinnamon looks awesome!

Agnesss =) said...

Hey heyyyoo Caroline!!

Ohhh it's been a pretty long time since last visiting your blog... I'm SOOOO HAPPY to read your posts again,Girlie!!!!! =DD HOW ARE YOU??? =))

JEANS =D Ohhh I've got two favourite ones...!! =D one from LEVI's and one from H & M =DD

Your eats.... look so interesting and YUMMY-licious!! =DDD

Well,'d be cool to read bout YOUR FAVOURITE FOODS!!! =DDD

Caroline,dear!! I'd be SOOOO HAPPY to see your comments on my blog again...!! I appreciate it so much!! =D


ChickPea said...

VeggieGirl: Ya know, I really should get some yoga pants. I just recently discovered the wonders of the skinny jean.
I tend to like to play up the "sweet" part of SPs...imagine that.
Will def do a protein powder post...with LH!
Shelby: I need to look into these Delia's skinny jeans...Thanks!
Andrea: Whoa! You still have pants from 8th grade?! That's a good lifetime for a pair of pants!
Sarah: Yep, some people are jeans people, some are not. I personally don't have any yoga pants, but I'm thinking I should...
Yes, I have the entire set of those cups...yeah, World Market!
OrangePop: Yeah, I was thinking the same my left leg is slightly fatter than the right. Maybe that has something to due with the distribution of stretch or something.
LOVE TJ Maxx--I've gotten great deals on jeans there.
Thanks for the post rec--I'll add it to the list.
Jen: Yay a Seven fan! I was majorly hinting to my mom on the phone that I deserve a new pair. Based on my calculations, my old ones were 13.3 cents per wearing...totally worth it.
Cecilia: Totally agree-broccoli is awesome at sucking up sauce. Cauliflower's not bad either.
Aww you're so sweet to want to know more about me!
LighterPortions: I like Guess as well...I think that's what I am wearing right now actually.
I always load up on frozen fruit for all my smoothies--gotta have variety:)
Marianne: Yes, that's how it always is--the most expensive ones fit the best. Boo.
Lauren: Good to know I am not the only one--I thought maybe I got a bad yogurt or something.
Agnes: How are you? It's great to hear from you. I'll be sure to stop by your blog ASAP!

Anonymous said...

Hey chickie - hope you don't mind this is a wee bit late ;)

I have to say, now that I've conquered the art of tofu, all of your meals look EVEN MORE delicious!

Sorry your jeans went to the big closet in the sky :( I might have to have a funeral when my skinnies kick the bucket!

As for future posts - I know you don't post your snacks but maybe you could do a post highlight your personal faves?!

ChickPea said...

K: Hey, no worries about being late--I always like hearing from ya;)
Yay for conquering tofu--there's a whole new world of soy waiting for you...
I actually have already done a post about my snacking habits. If you'd like to read it, here's the link: