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My Life in Food

Good morning lovlies! Sorry for the lack of posting lately – busy busy! I’ve been catching up with friends, work, and getting ready for school starting next week. Oh boy.

I’ve had a yummy past few days of meals. Let’s have a look Β πŸ™‚

A snacky snack. Isn't hummus the greatest?

Lunch a few days ago! Tons of raw veggies (I had a tummyache) and leftover Spaghetti Squash Primavera πŸ™‚ Oh, and VegNews for dessert.

Like my big girl lunchbox? Me too πŸ™‚

My other favorite tea mug πŸ™‚

Possibly the greatest heirloom tomater I've ever seen.

A friend of mine was coming for din din a couple of nights ago, so of course I had to make my famous Spinach Pie! I paired it with some Black Jimaca Rice from Lundberg Farms and Brussels Sprouts – my killer combo.

Mmmm πŸ™‚

And of course, there was a little left for lunch! I saved some for today, too. I know, I’m a sneakster.

Then for din din, I whipped up some Great Northern Beans with Mushrooms, some Parsnip Fries, sauteed daikon and carrots, and leftover black jimaca rice. It was a sweet night πŸ™‚ The poor parsnips got a little overdone (thank you, 3 things on the stove at once!), but they were delicious despite their charred appearance. Next time I’ll be paying more attention to the fries, and less to the stove!

Parsnip Fries

Ingredients:

  • Parsnips, amount depending on how many fries you want (I used about 3)
  • EVOO
  • Sea salt
  • Pepper to taste (I don’t like peppa, so I didn’t use any)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425F.
  2. Slice parsnips in half lengthwise, then slice into fry-like sticks about 1/4-1/2 inch wide.
  3. Place on a baking sheet and toss and coat with about 2 tbsp. EVOO and sprinkled with sea salt.
  4. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until golden brown, tossing halfway through and checking every 5 minutes or so for the last 15.

The fries were so good, and perfectly sweet. I may have snuck a few a few handfuls after dinner…

I will definitely be trying squash, sweet potato, and carrot fries in the near future (yes, carrot fries!). Ahh vegetables, so versatile πŸ™‚

Great Northern Beans with Mushrooms

Ingredients:

  • EVOO
  • 1/2 of a small red onion, diced
  • about 6 baby bella mushrooms, washed and sliced
  • 2 handfuls TVP
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1.5 cups great northern beans
  • a pinch of sea salt

Directions:

  1. In a medium saucepan, heat about 2 tbsp. EVOO over medium heat and then add diced onion. Sauté until transparent, and then add mushrooms and sauté until reduced.
  2. Add water and TVP and allow to cook for about 2 minutes, then add beans and a pinch of sea salt. Cook until thoroughly heated and flavors have been absorbed.
  3. Serve and enjoy! πŸ™‚

This dish was perfect for the cool night we were having, and filled me right up. This was my first time trying and cooking with TVP (textured vegetable protein), and I liked it – slightly meaty texture but without the meat! Vegans and non-vegans alike would enjoy this good source of protein. Plus, beans are unrivaled in the protein ring, and ‘shrooms are my favorite πŸ™‚

KATEBARS:

I also had some time to make some more Katebars…but this time, Apple Pie!

Apple Pie Katebars

Makes 5

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 + half of 1/3 cup almonds
  • half of 1/3 cup walnuts
  • 1 cup dates
  • 1/4 cup dried apple
  • 1/8 cup raisins
  • cinnamon

Directions:

  1. In a food processor, pulse nuts until no whole nuts are left.
  2. Add dates, dried apple, raisins, and a generous sprinkling of cinnamon (don’t be shy!). Pulse until no whole dates are left and it is beginning to form a ball.
  3. Place in a bowl and knead it with your hands (the fun part πŸ™‚ ) until it’s all totally combined. Place on a wax sheet of paper and flatten, then divide into 5 bars.
  4. Using your hands, make the bars look very bar-like and then wrap in saran wrap or wax paper.
  5. Refrigerate until ready to eat, and then eat alone, in your hot cereal, or crumbled on anything else. Enjoy! πŸ™‚

As usual, this morning the Katebar went straight into my favorite brekkie:

Mmmm, gooey cinnamon morning bliss πŸ™‚ With a new friend – a fresh papaya on the side! I’ve never had non-dried papaya before, so this was a treat. I love my tropical fruits!

That’s all for now, lovlies! I’m off to work. Today’s a rest day, so I’ll be reading some VegNews and indulging in some vegan desserts πŸ™‚

What’s your favorite part of rest days? Do you believe in “active” rest or just relaxing?

xoxox,

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On Facing Judgement

Good afternoon lovlies!

Today has been a very relaxing day. I slept in again (oopsie!), missing my morning run and waking up plenty hungry! So, I whipped up a variation of my favorite brekkie: an organic farmer’s market champagne strawberry apple (I’m not joking, that’s the name!) and my known favorite, Bob’s Red Mill Creamy Buckwheat cereal with half a chopped up Cinnamon Bun Katebar mixed in while it was still cooking πŸ™‚ Mmm, gooey cinnamon goodness! Of course, topped with some fresh bluebs:

Before becoming melty goodness πŸ™‚

Since I missed my morning run and immediately got a call to pick up my Driver’s Ed forms, I decided to have an active rest day and walk to the school and back. I ended up walking it about 4 times over! I chatted with some neighbors for a bit (love my neighbors. such sweet people! πŸ™‚ ), caught up with my school counselor (here’s a shout out to you Mrs. Bourne! love you!), and stopped at the library for a bit to pick up some mags since my VegNews has yet to arrive! I can’t wait for it to come πŸ™‚

On my walking journey today, I also ran into a couple girls from school that I haven’t seen all summer and one of them promptly exclaimed, “Wow, you’re looking skinny!”

Now, I get this comment all the time when I see people that I haven’t seen in awhile – aka, since before I went vegan. Usually they’re enthusiastic and supportive and want to know more, but instead I got a “Really, vegan? And you’re still a vegan…?” I responded with, “Yeah! It’s so great and not hard at all, all of the food is so good!” …no response.

Well! Now I have had my first encounter with an awfully judgy omnivore.

Mind you, this girl is super nice and we’ve always gotten along really well, so this is in no way attempting to make her look like a bad person.

The only part about these kinds of responses to veganism is that I always end up thinking to myself, “How can this person be so unaware?” And by unaware, I mean not only of the health benefits, but also the kindness it shows to animals and the Earth. I try to never judge anyone else’s choices in food, and I suppose I just expect the same in return.

Have you ever had an experience with having your eating habits being judged?

Also on my journey, I saw something that made me smile: a Smartcar with the license plate “ITSMYSUV“.

Haha πŸ™‚

You like the irony? Me too.

Time to go catch up on my summer reading and get ready for dinner-making! See you after dinner πŸ™‚

xoxox,

p.s. You may have noticed that I didn’t document any lunch today – never fear, lovlies! I don’t skip meals. Since I didn’t work out and had my breakfast around 11:30 (aka, Breakfast for Brunch), I am just getting hunger pangs now. Time for a snackypoo!

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