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The Recreation

3 Apr

Remember my post about my love for Mexican food?

Well, if you still don’t believe me, here is some more proof!

I was craving Don Pablo’s mushroom/veggie fajita so I decided to make my own.

I made mine with sauteed portobello mushrooms, green and red peppers, spinach and corn topped with avocado slices and mild salsa. Some where underneath this massive pile of veggies is a nice scoop of refried beans.

Sorry Mr. Pablo, you ain’t got nothing on these. 😉

Have you ever recreated a favorite restaurant dish?

Whenever I try to, I usually end up disappointed. I was pretty impressed this time though! You know me, I cannot cook! So if I can make this, you can too, I promise. This goes under “easy vegan meals” for sure. 🙂

Hmmm what else did I eat today….

I planned on making pancakes for breakfast this morning but, when I saw a big bag of spinach in the fridge I changed my mind!

GREEN MONSTER TIME

 

Today’s GM contained…

  • Banana (speaking of which…)
  • Spinach
  • Pear
  • Apple
  • Strawberries
  • Coconut Milk
  • Spirulina powder

Topped with fiber twigs, dried apple, fresh apple, strawberries and almonds.

What is your favorite S u n d a y  b r e a k f a s t ?

ILOVEBREAKFAST. Tofu Scramble is probably my all-time fave. Next, PANCAKES, chocolate chip, peanut butter chocolate, blueberry, strawberry banana, pumpkin, pumpkin with CHOCOLATE, okay… I’ll stop. 😉 I won’t EVEN get started on oatmeal.

Gettin’ BAKED up in here!

24 Mar

Oat style!

I’m talking BAKED OATMEAL

Warm, crispy yet ooey-gooey, baked goodness.

Can you believe that I haven’t made baked oatmeal all winter? What is wrong with me?!?!?!

Remember that time I had 17 pounds of apples and made this awesome cinnamon apple baked oatmeal? Well, I was going to make that same recipe but then I got a little creative.

The new and improved:

Apple Pie Oatmeal:

Serves about four

  • 2 apples, diced
  • 1 1/2 cup instant oats
  • 2 T cinnamon (I did use this much, I love cinnamon…)
  • 2 cups non dairy milk
  • 1 scoop protein powder (optional)
  • 1/4 cup almonds, chopped
  • 1 t vanilla

Mix all ingredients in a bowl, transfer to lightly greased baking pan (I used 8×8) and bake for 45-55 minutes at 345 degrees.

It’s that easy.

So many thoughts were going through my head while I was making this, it was crazy. “Oh I should add PEANUT BUTTER…” “Maybe a little chocolate wouldn’t hurt…” & “I WISH I HAD MAPLE SYRUP!”

But I’m going to save these ideas for next time because I am diffidently going to experiment with this. I also want to learn how to make this more crunchy, that’d be cool. My baked oatmeal always turn out more like an oatmeal casserole. Is this normal?

More baking with oats…

Quick Cinnamon Granola:

  • 3 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 1/4 – 1/2 sugar (your choice, I used regular unbleached white but I’m sure Stevia or other sugar-free options would work)
  • 1/4 cup wheat germ
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil (safflower works too)
  • 1/4 cup agave/real maple syrup/brown rice syrup
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 1-2 T cinnamon (again, loving the cinnamon…)
  • 1/2 cup nuts/dried fruit of choice (I used roasted peanuts)
Preheat the oven to 350. Spread the oats on a rimmed baking pan, and bake for 10 minutes. Transfer the oats to a large mixing bowl, and add the sugar, wheat germ, and nuts or fruit. Stir to mix well, then add oil, syrup, and vanilla. Mix until everything is moistened. Place mixture back on tray and bake for 8-10 minutes. Stir after 4 minutes to brown evenly. Let the baked granola cool on the pan, then transfer it to a bowl and stir until crumbly. Store in an airtight container cause this stuff lasts for weeks.

This granola is really good used as cereal or on a SIAB 🙂

That’s all for today, I’m pooped! A few reviews coming up this weekend plus, VegFest on Sunday! Can’t wait to share it with you guys! 😀

Broke as a Joke

30 Oct
Long time no post, huh? It seems like with all of this free-time off work I would be posting everyday! I usually go on here and then get caught up in everybody else’s blogs that I no longer have the time to post on my own blog! How funny.

Food and random event recap:

Wednesday’s Lunch:

My lovely boyfriend made me the best sweet and sour tofu!

Thursday’s Breakfast:

Raspberry almond oats sprinkled with dark chocolate

Then I made… Trail Mix!!!

&Holycraplookatthisapple:

It’s huge! All the honey crisp apples with this big! Yes, this is apparently organic.

Yesterday, I went to Border’s…TWICE.

I went during my break at school with no money. I saw this workout journal I really wanted so I went back later with my friend to get it.

This journal is so cool. I hope that it will motivate me to work out more plus, it’s fun keeping track of things; that’s like my #1 hobby. Do you have anything you like to keep a journal of?

Broke as a joke:

Lately I have been doing a lot of bargain grocery shopping because well…. I’m freakin broke. My hours got cut at work (by like… an entire week) but I don’t feel like focusing on that right now. The point is, vegan food can be cheap. I’m sure you remember the whole $21 challenge, right? I’m not going that extreme this time but I need to start budgeting my food somehow. What better way to do it then to search for coupons? Seriously, google coupons for *enter your favorite vegan brand here* and see what comes up. Or even better, go to their website and they usually will have a coupon somewhere on the site. So forget giving up veggie burgers or vegan ice-cream for good (Or if not it’s usually a lot cheaper when you make your own veggies burgers, just sayin’…)

Ex: My new favorite; Gardein.

Gardein’s site offers a $1 dollar off coupon that you can print off twice then take that shit to Kroger.
originally $4.99 a bag, on sale at Kroger for $3.99, Kroger doubles coupons up to $1… one bag of crispy tenders for .99 cents!

 

What do you do to save money on groceries?

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!

Somebody’s lookin’ goood…

2 Oct

Bill Clinton went vegan!

Yes, this is national news.

This is wonderful, keep it up Bill!

Longer post to come!

  • Apple picking attempt 3

  • Apple recipes

  • Sweet and Sara & larabar reveiw as promised!

Apple Picking, Attempt 2

19 Sep

 Hello everyone 🙂

Like the new layout? I think I’m going to stick with this one for a while.

Today was a very eventful day… well, compared to the last few anyway. Scott and I went to Yate’s Cider Mill because I was under the impression that they had an orchard. The orchard was not a U-Pick orchard so if you wanted apples you had to buy them over-priced out of cardboard boxes. What kind of fun is that?

We did enjoy some delicious apple cider that tasted like it was made the day of. Probably the best cider I’ve ever had anyway.

We spent no longer than 20 minutes at the mill until we decided to move on. We stopped at a large produce stand on the way to getting lost lunch. They had lots of different types of squash including acorn, spaghetti,  and butternut. I never tried spaghetti squash but it looks yummy and nothing like spaghetti, oh well. They also had a bunch of pumpkins at the stand that I was excited to see. I love pumpkins! I can’t wait to make some pumpkin seeds and eat them when they are fresh and warm right out of the oven with a little pumpkin goo still stuck to them. I love sticking my hand into the pumpkin and playing with all the “pumpkin guts” and making a huge mess. So what if I’m 19-years-old… I’m going to play in “pumpkin guts” till I’m 62. Admit it, you do the same thing! I’m not a huge fan of carving pumpkin though, it’s too dangerous for me. I used to always draw a face on my pumpkin when I was a kid and then have my dad carve it out because nobody trust me with knives! I can’t blame them though I guess, nobody should trust a kid with a knife, look what happened to Chuckie! Dangerous stuff. I also remember how the day after Halloween we would throw our pumpkins in the yard and wait for the deer to come eat them, that was my favorite. What are some of your childhood experiences with pumpkin carving?

Don’t worry, I still will go apple picking one of these days. I want to pick me some big, juicy, honey crisps! I want to have so many apples that I wont know what to do with them all. Until then, here is a little apple trivia just to keep the excitement alive.

 

About Them Apples:

  • Michigan is the top 3rd state for apple producing.

  • The number one best-selling apple is the Red Delicious (Pssh, the grosses one..)

  • Planting an apple seed from a particular apple will not produce a tree of that same variety. The seed is a cross of the tree the fruit was grown on and the variety that was the cross pollinator.

  • There are over 7,500 different verities of apples grown in the world and 2,500 in the US alone.

  • Apples are a great source of fiber. (about 5 grams per apple)

  • 2/3 of the fiber from that apples is in the skin of the apple.

  • Americans eat about 65 apples a year on average.

But wait, that’s not all! Stay tuned for the rest of my adventure! I went to a new place for lunch and then I did a little Whole Foods/Trader Joe’s adventuring! 

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?