Friday, August 1, 2014
Whoa! I was inspired! A few nights ago I had a rough night of slumber- or rather lack of it. About 9 AM I went in to “Shut my eyes for a bit” and as soon as my head hit the pillow my mind shifted in to high gear and wanted to try the food presented here.
First, I had a few sweet potatoes around. My daughter bought them for one of her projects, and then she never used them, so they are on their way out. I rode with her on her way to buy new running shoes and our topics of discussions were great food and what we had in the house, the sweet potatoes were the topic.
Maybe that was on my mind when I tried to nap- but anyway, I was inspired. I raced to the kitchen and started boiling the spuds. Here is what I did:
Two medium sized sweet potatoes, diced small and boiled with:
2 ½ cups water (just enough to cover the potatoes) 1/3 cup of Frank’s Hot Sauce in the water.
My theory was is to flavor the potatoes so they come into the recipe a little different. It WORKED! After they were cooked, they tasted spicy, but not overwhelming. I cooked them until they were starting to get soft, but not too soft. A little crunchy on the inside.
While the potatoes cooked I diced a half a package of celery hearts. A lot! But hear me out.
I mixed ½ cup Veganaise with 2 tablespoons of organic yellow mustard. To that I added ½ tablespoon of parsley, ½ tablespoon of oregano, and ½ cup cilantro. Then I folded in the potatoes and celery.
The result was crunchy, and delish!
I wanted black bean burgers, but was out of black beans. I used a can of white Cannelli beans.
I shredded some sweet baby carrots, about 2 cups worth. Added that to the Cannelli beans and mashed away. To that I added 1/3 cup potato starch and 1/3 Bob’s gluten free pancake mix, and ¼ cup Frank’s Hot ketchup. I mixed together and it came out thick. I fried the “burgers” in coconut oil.
So that’s my lunch! It was GOOOOOOODDDDDD!!!!
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Saturday, July 5, 2014
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Shirt: Will Travel For Vegan Food
Okay so I experimented. I wanted potato salad. I wanted sweet potato salad. No sweet potato. So-- I boiled about 5 small red potatoes. I added about 1/2 cup rice pasta. Then came the weird part. I mashed two bananas, one avocado and about 1/2 cup of veganaise together, and then added 1/2 small red onion, 3 tablespoons of Frank's Red Hot sauce. Added 1/2 teaspoon paprika, salt and pepper. Then I added all those potatoes and pasta. Then I tasted...
It is incredible for something thrown together. I admit there needs to be less veganaise, it came out a little mushy. And I overcooked the potatoes so they lost their crunch- very important for a good potato salad. I never, ever would have though bananas would taste incredible in a potato salad... but it did. Make this!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Monday, June 30, 2014
Friday, June 27, 2014
Thursday, June 26, 2014
Shirt: Galpin Auto Sports.
The tofu scramble today is one I've made before- but loaded with onions and potatoes. First I cooked the extra firm drained tofu in starch, salt and pepper. Then cooked with baby potatoes, onions, mushrooms and tomatoes. A little smoke and liquid aminos for taste. Yum. The french toast is a Ener~G ciabatta roll baked per package instructions and fried with coconut oil after being soaked in brown rice flower, coconut sugar and hemp milk. All in all a filling lunch!
This is the second Galpin Auto sports shirt I own. I have a brown one and this gray one. Cool!
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Monday, June 23, 2014
Sunday, June 22, 2014
Shirt: Hawaiian shirt!
I have to admit I'm getting lazy in the kitchen. Maybe it's all the stuff on my mind, but my culinary creativity has taken a back seat. Today though, it became a backseat driver and steering me into this great lunch idea.
The sliders started life as one Amy's gluten free vegan Sonoma burger. I did a ying-yang slice to it:
After "bunning" them on two Ener~G Ciabatta rolls, I added the strawberries to round out both the flavor and space. The "secret sauce" was 1/4 avocado, 2 tablespoons of grape seed Veganaise, and 1/4 teaspoon of Frank's Hot Sauce. Add spinach, sprinkle with Hawaiian black salt and the sandwiches are done.
In the middle one whole box of frozen Amy's vegan gluten free mac and cheez sprinkled with paprika.
The whole plate should serve two- although I wanted to see if I could eat the whole thing and I did. I figured out roughly the whole plate was about 800 calories, if someone in counting. Considering one Big Mac is 550, this meal shared with your favorite lovely, is only 400 calories. Add one of my nut butter/pumpkin fudge bars at 65 calories, you and your special someone can have a healthy filling, tasty lunch!
The drink is my favorite to have with lunch- a mix of 1/2 coconut water and 1/2 freshly squeezed grapefruit/orange juice.
The shirt is one of my favorite Hawaiian shirts from my vast collection of Island wear. The palm trees are more subtle than the wild colorful trees on the usual tops of this nature.
Have a fun filled day!
Saturday, June 21, 2014
Friday, June 20, 2014
Today is the first day in--- what? like 70 days that I wore a repeat. I felt weird- I saw the shirt- I put it on. I'm down to my last ten or so shirts, so I thought I'd stretch this project out until the end of June.
Thursday, June 19, 2014
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Shirt: Plain black polo.
I combined a tofu scramble, peppers, potatoes, and tofu. But the tofu I used the chicken wing recipe from earlier last month. I added nooch, and a few tomatoes at the end so they wouldn't burn. It came out GREAT! I made tons..... so c'mon over!
One of the few plain shirts I own. A nice light black shirt for a hot day.
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Shirt: TJMaxx impulse buy.
Love this salad- kale-spinach-romaine bed with toppings of strawberries, blueberries, peaches, and tomato. A pinch of Hawaiian black salt made it great!
Like I needed another shirt. I was at TJMaxx yesterday and this shirt screamed at me to buy it. On sale at closeout price made it an easy decision.
Monday, June 16, 2014
Sunday, June 15, 2014
Saturday, June 14, 2014
Shirt: Vegan Fitness & Bodybuilding
I LOVE pancakes @ noon!
I have two of these shirts, so no- I'm not repeating. I have a black on and a blue one. :)
So- after mopping the floors, doing the laundry including bedsheets, washing the dishes, I was ready for lunch and maybe a nap!
Have a great day!
Friday, June 13, 2014
Thursday, June 12, 2014
Shirt: River Cities Corvette Club.
Big salad day! Lettuce (romaine always) and spinach topped with chick peas, sun dried tomatoes, strawberries, radishes and a little Purely Elizabeth blueberry hemp cereal. And as always, for dressing just a spritz of lemon and lime juice.
Ebay purchase on the shirt. Needed smaller shirts when I lost weight and this one was cheap. I love the checkered flag collar- it matches my past.
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Shirt: Writer's Guild West gift shirt.
Yep I fixed my internet issues. I bought a new modem, reconfigured my wi-fi, jumped up and touched the sky! Ha ha! So being busy, I relied on a frozen vegan dinner, Amy's vegan loaf. After eating "clean" for a while now, I feel like crap when I eat one of these boxed meals. I guess they aren't that bad for you- and maybe it's more in my head than my stomach.
In other news I fixed the gas door on my car so I don't have to open the truck to pop the gas door whenever I need to feed my beast. That is a job well done...
Someone gave me this writer's shirt, in exchange for some editing I did. Lucky me.
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
I've had internet problems. Yesterday I had to buy a new modem and today configuring a system. Sort of what the Beatles sung about in "Fixing a Hole!" Yes I ate lunch, just can't post until tomorrow. So for now, here is a picture of my silly pancake dude to help you (and me) to smile!
Sunday, June 8, 2014
Shirt: Fixie bike on the brain.
I thought I'd try a new mix and it went horribly wrong. The egg substitution wasn't correct, I tried halving the recipe. So the batter's chemistry was off A LOT! The best thing I could do was to smother with almond butter and fruit. They tasted good- but cooking- what a pain!
Saturday, June 7, 2014
Friday, June 6, 2014
Shirt: Classic cars, and you can see my foot!
I like shout outs- so I'm shouting out to people on Twitter. I do five a day. So congrats if you get shouted on. I'm running out of shirts for a different shirt a day- I think I have less than ten left. So this is the new "thing" for me to keep myself occupied with. #shoutoutfriday is today!
Thursday, June 5, 2014
Shirt: Funky WMC shirt. The pasta is self explanatory, but there is more to the salad than meets the eye. It's got greens, white and red beans, Purely Elizabeth granola sprinkled on top and some of the black beans I just sprouted. YUM!
Is the past tense of defunct funky? The car shop is defunct, so did it used to be funky? I know it was run by a really cool funky guy- who just happens to be my brother!
Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Shirt: Plum Vinyl
Today I tried something. I sauteed some red potatoes with yellow peppers in olive oil/liquid smoke and liquid aminos. THEN! In another pan I sauteed tempah slices coated in nutritional yeast. When done, I combined the two with fresh pineapples chunks. I had no idea where I was going with this recipe- but it came out tasty. The tempah was crispy, and the pineapple made the potato/pepper mix really pop. So I WILL make it again! As a side, I made a green salad- topped with blueberries and strawberries!
I think I got this shirt at Old Navy?!?!?!?!?!?!?!
'Appy Tuesday to ya!
Monday, June 2, 2014
Lunch: Amy's Organic tofu scramble
Shirt: Old Navy record disc.
Always on the lookout to help "noobs" become full fledged vegans, I am always interested when I find a shortcut to eating healthy. I've tried the Amy's gluten free lasagna, mac n' cheese, but I was excited to try the tofu scramble I found on Saturday night.
I realize that with everyone's busy lives, it may not always be possible to cook- or if someone thinks ahead and cooks on weekends, maybe by Friday they are out of freshly cooked foods. So---- enter quick dishes such as this Amy's one. Vegan, gluten free, and 320 calories. The caloric content is most likely on par with a homemade version.
My opinion? It was okay, and prefer homemade. But I will buy this one gain, and have it on hand for those days that totally get away from me and am searching for something to eat quickly!
I was in Old Navy and saw this shirt. I like records and DJing. End of story.
Sunday, June 1, 2014
Shirt: Dominos Pizza
I took yesterday's leftover pizza and modified it a little. I added red and white beans and a splash of mustard on the top. I stared at it, with much trepidation. I was thinking that I went too far, but I took a bite..... it tasted good! Sort of like a beans with bread kind of meal. The pizza sauce complimented the tang of the mustard- or if you're from the south, twang of the mustard. Ha! I'm definitly thinking of going this way when making my next pie- Hmmmmm how about using salsa instead of pizza sauce.... Hmmmmmm
Shirt: Shout out to my old company. I worked for Dominos for years in the distribution part. I bought this store shirt so I can work in a store for a day and see if I liked it. I bought the shirt, worked my butt off for free and loved every minute. I should have bought a store when I had the chance.
I hope that these major pizza chains, especially Dominos, mainly because I have a history there, engineer a gluten free crust- so us gluten free vegans. C'mon
Dominos- can't you guys see the millions you can make expanding your menu in that veganistic direction!
Saturday, May 31, 2014
Shirt: Brazil gift T
No I didn't pick it out of the garbage. I cleaned my fridge today and I needed to get rid of some veggies before they went bad. So out came the leftover pizza dough, and I piled it with peppers, onions and tomatoes.
Friday, May 30, 2014
Shirt: Vegan Bodybuilding & Fitness
Friday and the last of the Mac n Cheez I made on Sunday- I don't think it was going to last much longer. That's the trouble with cooking for one. Too many leftovers! I read Erica House's blog last night and she kind of says the same thing about leftovers.
Friday in the Northeast! Is it still May?????
Thursday, May 29, 2014
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Shirt: Burger Chef
Today is National Hamburger Day so I can celebrate with a vegan version. I have an old Burger Chef shirt- anyone remember the burger chain from the 60s though the 70s? I like nostalgia, I wish there was a nostalgic vegan burger joint near me.
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Monday, May 26, 2014
Shirt: Fixie bikes are the only way, man.....
The pie might not look like much- it needs color. But I used the tofu chicken wing recipe and added those to the pie for a Buffalo Hot wing Pie. I fried tomatoes and broccoli and added that to teh pie with a few peppers.Not much to look at but tastes great! I'll bet with a little conventional vegan cheese, and with the right shape on the "chicken" you could fool a carnivore into thinking this was a regular "normal" pie. I like using the Bob's Red Mill GF crust and cooking it on coconut oil. It gives the crust a real crunch.
Happy Memorial Day here in the States!
Sunday, May 25, 2014
Saturday, May 24, 2014
Shirt: Writer's Gild strike shirt.
Couldn't get much easier than today's lunch. I'm in the middle of projects- making cashew milk- watermelon juice- lemon lime juice- and making some Mac n' Cheez. So when the tummy rumbled, I fed it easily!
Friday, May 23, 2014
Shirt: Maui Writer's Conference 2003.
After eating fruit and greens for a few days, these "boxed" meals seem heavy. It tastes great, don't get me wrong, and very healthy, but it just seems very filling.
The Maui Writer's conference was a schmaltzy, glitzy affair where aspiring writers would go pitch a story and try to become well known. Sadly, the last year for this event was 2010, I got this shirt in 2008 or so. It might be collectable? And I never went!
Thursday, May 22, 2014
Lunch: Another green, green salad! This time topped with Purelyelizabeth blueberry hemp cereal!
Shirt: National Corvette Museum vintage drive - in shirt.
Yep another green salad! Made with mostly dandelion greens freshly picked this morning from my yard.
I started taking my Shirt Of The Day pics on my kitchen counter, off of my bod. I like the look and I'm not looking like some 14 year old taking a selfie.
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Monday, May 19, 2014
Sunday, May 18, 2014
Saturday, May 17, 2014
Shirt: Galpin Auto Sports
As a vegan I'm always looking for way to get people to follow my path, and not veganism, but eating healthy. My thoughts are that veganism is THE healthiest way to live, but I understand that for some people it's really hard giving up "conventional" Wesstern style food. So I was in the grocery store last night and noticed that Amys added a gluten free vegan loaf to their vast array of organic.
So I was eagar to try it. I usually don't eat this way- I am weening myself away from quick packaged foods, but thought I'd give it a try to tell people who aren't vegan these types of dinners are a good jumping in point if they would want to go vegan.
The meal wasn't bad. It DID taste like meatloaf, one of my favorite foods when I was a carnivore. The potatoes were good as was the veggies. So I would recommend this to anyone! Vegan or not!
I like the Galpin dealers for their name. Someday I'll make it out to check out my namesake.
Today I went around my yard picking dandelion greens to eat later on with some spinach. Can't wait!