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WIAW week #8

16 Mar

 

Breakfast.

OIAJ! The best invention ever. My favorite part of OIAJ is NO CLEAN UP. Aww yeah.

 

Post-Zumba Snackage.

Green monsta! Spinach, strawberries, kiwi, pineapple, banana.

Lunch.

Roasted asparagus soup from The Vegan Table cook book:

AKA spring-time in a bowl! :)

 

More Snackage.

 Holy cow I cannot get enough of these! And to think I have some left after 4 days, woo.

 

Dinner.

 This stuff ^ <3  mixed with chickpeas, roasted zucc and eggplant! Yum!

 

Looky I’m growing something!

I think it’s either spinach or basil! I’m so excited, everything I plant usually dies!!!

I planted mint, basil, spinach, tomatoes, and strawberries.

Any tips on gardening?

 

Oh AND I’m super excited for Michigan’s VegFest on the 27th! It’s going to be epic.

Also coming soon:

A few reviews! Sneak peak:

Spring Fever

18 Feb

When I got out of bed today I was extremely happy. I just felt really cheery and joyful! I heard the birds chirping away and I felt the morning sun peaking through my window, I could have sworn it was spring.

But no, it’s still February in Michigan and we were blessed to have sunshine and above freezing weather the last few days.

& It was awesome.

I am a strong believer in the ways seasons can affect a person’s mood. For as long as I can remember, my mood has always changed with the seasons. For example, my best season is early fall. I am always happy and I seem to  have so much energy that time of year. I eat better, I work out like a mad dog (for fun!), I am organized, and I just feel great. However, when late winter comes around, I am the complete opposite. I “give up”, I get stressed out, I feel under pressure, I don’t have any energy, and I just don’t feel like myself. Will I be like this forever? Probably. Is it really going to effect my life? Not so much. I guess I’m just used to it. I know I’m not the only one who gets these feelings. I’m not sure if it’s considered seasonal depression because I’m never really depressed… just different. Know what I mean? I hope this mini spring break helps me get back in my groove!

I was so in the mood to start a mini garden or go to the Farmer’s Market and buy fresh spring produce BUT, like I said… It’s still February!

And February did not stop me from making a delicious spring-time-wanna-be lunch:

Three slices of vegan cheese*, hummus, grape tomatoes, grilled onions, grilled asparagus and sprouts all wrapped up and grilled on a Flat Out wrap

*At first I was attempting to make a grilled cheese with veggies but, this hummus wrap idea really would not leave my head! So if you want to make this you don’t really need the cheese.

On the side:

A kiwi and a plum.

I’ve noticed that most of you bloggers eat your kiwi with the skin on. That’s awesome! I don’t know why I ever even cut the fuzzy skin off, it taste really good plus you save a lot more kiwi. Usually when I peel my kiwi I end up losing half the dang fruit just from trying to remove the skin! So don’t be afraid of the fuzzy! I will diffidently be eating more kiwi because of this. :)

Some interesting facts on KIWI:

  • Contains more vitamin C than an orange
  • High in fiber (eat the skin!)
  • One kiwi contains almost 10% of your daily potassium
  • Rich in minerals

I was loving this kiwi so much that I even packed some with my din-din at work:

This went very well with some homemade strawberry yogurt :)

Are you a kiwi skin-eater?

 

You Know.

31 Jan

Hello :)

How is everybody doing today?

I am doing just fine. This weekend was weird. On Saturday I had to work a lame 10 hour shift, then when it was almost over, I felt really sick and achy as if I was catching a cold. Although I was not surprised because everyone around me is sick, I swear. If you’re sick, stay home! Please do not go out of your house and infect all of us innocent people, that’s mean. :(

Well, I didn’t end up getting sick but, I did stay in bed the majority of my Sunday which was much-needed. Today I woke up bright and early (6AM to be exact) ready for some Zumba! I love it. ;)

I don’t really have a post prepared but this is…

  M y   w e e k e n d   i n   p h o t o s  !

Like you didn’t see that one coming ;)

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Some mock chicken curry with saffron rice,

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Some PB oatmeal cookies (recipe to come),

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New protein cookies that come in a variety of shapes including AFRICA (recipe to come),

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Wonderful oatmeal with freeze-dried bluebs, apples, cinnamon, and brown sugar,

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And last, but certainly not least, Katie’s Good Girl Fudge. Seriously Katie, do the world a favor and write a book already. I’m so thinking you’re ready for it! Everyone else, go make this right now and eat as much as you want because it’s healthy, dammit.

Interesting things to come!

 

W H I T N E Y

I love me some Chick’n!

26 Oct

Hello everyone :)

I’m glad to see that more people are turning orange from my last post!

I’ve been so busy all weekend with helping my boyfriend move I haven’t been do much posting. To make up for it I present with you this simple and cheap recipe:

Serves two

You’ll need:

  • Pasta of choice (I used angel hair)
  • Frozen veggies of choice (I only had mexican style)
  • Pasta sauce
  • Nutritional Yeast
  • Gardein crispy tenders

  1. Boil Pasta

  2. Cook tenders

  3. Cook veggies

  4. Measure out one cup of pasta sauce and place in mircowavable bowl.

  5. Add 2 T Nutritional yeast to sauce and mircowave for 30 seconds.

  6. Mix together and eat.

Seriously, it’s that easy. I may or may not have devoured this entire plate.

I am absolutely in love with these crispy tenders!

And check out these ingredients:

gardein™ chick’n: water, soy protein, vital wheat gluten, ancient grains (quinoa, amaranth, millet and kamut®), natural flavors (from plant sources), potato starch, expeller pressed canola oil and/or safflower oil, pea protein, modified vegetable gum, carrot fiber, organic beet root fiber, organic evaporated cane juice, yeast extract, sea salt. seven grain breading: water, modified cornstarch, toasted wheat crumbs, wheat flour, onion powder, soy lecithin, spice, corn flour, baking powder, guar gum, rice flour, oat bran, oats, quinoa flour, amaranth flour, millet flour, kamut®.
 
And how about the nutritional facts?
 

These are not only the best tasting chick’n I’ve ever had but they are also the most nutritious by far.

Do you eat chick’n? What brand do you prefer?

Apple Picking, Attempt 3

5 Oct

Success!!!

Finally an orchard that actually allows apple-picking. With acres and acres of fresh apples, what’s a vegan gunna do? Pick the hell outta them! I was so excited to pick apples I could not control myself…

Did I just pick one apple?

Not a chance…

A fair amount of apples?

Not hardly…

17 pounds of apples?

You guessed it! 17 mu fckin’ pounds of apples.

Ida red, jonathan, red delicious, I was in heaven. So what to do with 17 pounds of apples?

I could start out by making baked cinnamon apple oatmeal.

  • 1 1/2 cups oatmeal (instant works fine)
  • 1 3/4 cups almond milk
  • 3 apples of your choice, diced
  • 1/2 cup dried fruit (I used dates)
  • 2 tbs cinnamon

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Preheat over to 340 degrees. Spray a medium casserole dish and pour in mixture. Cook for 45 minutes.

& Bam!…that’s it. Baked Oats:

Lately I have been hearing a lot about Sweet n Sara’s smore’s and I really wanted to try them. Finally I came across a store that sells them!

You’ll have to excuse the poor quality cell phone photo but this little guy was so tasty I had to eat him ASAP!

This would have been 10x better in the oven, yum! It still taste great though. It was very creamy and crunchy. However, at $4 a smore, this may have to just be a special treat on occasion.

My nose is all stuffy so I may be coming down with a cold. Nooo! Usually I can feel when I am getting sick the day before (isn’t it great to be in touch with your body that you can just feel these things come on?) and I don’t really feel like that kind of sick. I have a ton of energy and a regular body temperature but we’ll see what happens. I guess I should stay home from the gym today because nobody probably wants to see me blowing my nose every 5 second while I’m using the gym equipment, gross! Hopefully I can make it to yoga!

Apple Picking, Attempt 1

13 Sep

Hey guys!

Have I ever told you how much I love September? :)

The weather is perfect; 76 degrees F and sunny. 

Second day of college was pretty good, although I was starving! I had a larabar during my break but that was not enough to hold me over. I think I may have to break out the laptop lunch box for college! I’m so excited. Anyway, after class I made a big plate of rice, broccoli, and edamame.

Since it was such a beautiful day, my friend and I decided to go to the apple orchard to pick some apples! I was so excited to go because this is something I always wanted to do. The orchard has 15 varieties of apples including my favorite; honeycrisp. After driving 20 minutes to get there, bad news… the cold weather we had last week (frost apparently?) killed all the apples and the orchard will not have apples for the whole year. How disappointing! But, on the other hand I did get to see all the farm animals!

Aww, I love them.

It was worth the trip. I also bought some real apple sauce too. Can’t wait to try it!

For dinner I made this new salad I randomly threw together:

Corny Chick Salad

Chickpeas, raw corn, tomatoes & cucumbers in Annie’s Goddess dressing. This is a great way to use up the last of the season’s produce and it’s pretty filling as well. I remember when I used to hate this dressing! I think it is best used on this salad.

Well, time to go practice my speech and get ready for tomorrow! Wish me luck on my speech Wednesday, I’ll need it.

Any tips on public speaking?

$21 Challenge (days 1 & 2)

16 Aug

$21 Challenge: Day one.

Today I got off to a good start on my challenge. This meal cost me 34 cents.

At least it does they way I count it. I count per servings for my meals so the instant oatmeal cost 2.69 for 30 servings. One serving of oats cost 9 cents. The bananas were 44 cents a pound so I figured one small one would be around 15 cents. The amount of brown sugar I used cost pretty much nothing but we’ll go with 5 cents. And that’s breakfast!

After I went shopping with my mom for two hours I needed something quick so I grabbed a carrot cake Clif bar $1. My favorite flavor btw! I left one of these in my hot car the other day and it was all warm and gooey, so delicious! I never noticed the little packets of frosting they have in them until it was warm.

For lunch, scott made me some falafel and I ate half a box because I was starving. Hummus + Falafel =2.22. Does this really count if somebody makes you a meal? :)

After running around all day again, I needed something fast. Like I said, I don’t do this often but I made a quick taco bell run. Bean burrito $0.89.

Sunday’s Grand Total…$4.40

Today was really not a good day for this! I felt like I spent a lot but I did not eat enough. But hey, what do you do when you’re not home all day? I think I am going to do the challenge differently for the next few weeks, the way I intended to do it this week. That is to not spend more than $21 a week. You can use all the food you already have but just be very creative with it! You have no idea how much rice I have in my house right now, it’s ridiculous. Although this is a good idea for a challenge, I feel it would get quite annoying trying to remember how much you paid for all the food. If you are a coupon cutter like my mom, sometimes the food is pretty much free! Today she ended up paying about a quarter for each box of cereal.

Day Two:

Breakfast- Cheerios and almond milk (both on sale!) like I said, Mom bought Cheerios for about a quarter each so one serving is 5 cents. I had a coupon for one dollar off almond milk so one tiny cereal serving is 25 cents.

Lunch and dinner- okay so I cheated. I went out to eat, it was another busy day but I got a lot of food (two meals) for 6.99. Say hello to my Mongolian bbq one vegetarian bowl feast:

Mmm. This was amazing! One of my favorite places to go out to eat is Mongolian Barbecue. Incase you are not familiar with this restaurant, let me explain. You can either order a vegetarian bowl or a meat bowl (for once vegan eating is cheaper at a restaurant) you then go fill your bowl up with whatever you want in your little stir fry, they even offer tofu! I like to get every single veggie they have available. Next, you make your own sauce. Today I mixed peanut, lemon, soy sauce, and fresh garlic. Last, you bring your bowl up to they big grill and they grill your food. Be sure to tell them you are vegetarian so they clean your grill area really well and use separate tools that haven’t touched meat. Pretty cool!

Monday’s Total: $7.29

I can’t believe I already spent half of my week’s money in two days. Will I be able to finish the challenge? You’ll have to stay tuned to find out.

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