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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Fruits of my Labor

A pretty morning moon, before the repetitiveness of the week, and every week pretty much:

Breakfast and snack:

I baked two loaves of spiced pumpkin bread using the recipe in Joni Marie Newman's Vegan Food Gifts, which ended up having a lot of substitutions including for the ummm...pumpkin.

                         Alternate breakfast - GF toast, avocado, black salt, cayenne pepper.

Lunch - spinach, roasted squash, parsnip, raw sunflower seeds with tahini, black pepper, and Braggs.

Alternate lunch: Isa's marinated kale salad with roasted butternut squash and lentils. Love it. The kale marinade has garlic and ginger alongside the usual suspects. I've topped it with cayenne or nooch.

Dinner: Lemon-rice soup, with spinach added, as well as a spoonful of tahini to thicken. Fresh black pepper on top.
What more could anyone want? Variety, maybe. Tomorrow night I should be cooking up some more things.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Prep ---> Soup

Monday was a super productive prep day. Actually, a pretty productive day in general - laundry, cleaning, mucho prep, reading, finished a movie (The Master - have you guys seen it? I know I'm years late.)

                                  DO YOU KNOW WHAT TIME IT IS? It's satsuma time!!!!

Second breakfast, my favorite leisurely meal. GF toast with cashew butter, banana and cinnamon. Coffee.
Ventured into the rain for groceries.

                            parsnips, carrots, butternut squash, lentils, lemons, Justin's cups

                                  2 bunches of kale, beets, avocado, olive oil. Total: $25.35

                                                              Rainy day pants-splash

Prep center. On the left is Great Gluten-Free Vegan Eats from Around the World by Allyson Kramer. The right is Isa Does It. At one point, I had three cookbooks open.

I'll show you the Isa meal later. That night, that cold rainy night, was all about Lemon-Rice Soup from Allyson Kramer.

I've been obsessed with trying this Greek(ish) avgolemono(ish) soup since seeing Gena's adaptation two years ago. I like that Gena's includes tahini but this version was thickened with chickpea flour! Like magic.
Talk to yehs soon.

Sunday, November 16, 2014


Here's some more random meals from the last week.

                           Avocado toast on GF bread, with black salt and cayenne pepper

                                            carrot, avocado, rice rolls with sriracha

                                    raw collard, sweet potato, chickpea salad with nooch

 miso soup a lot this week - mushroom, carrot, rice, seaweed, onion, ginger, red pepper flakes

                            raw collards, spaghetti squash, chickpeas, chimmichurri sauce

sesame bagel with tofu cream cheese and coffee from Think for when I'm feeling lazy in the mornings.
Hopefully I'll get into some good cooking projects this weekend. Hope you all had a good week. See you soon.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Punk Prep Party

Yesterday was another Monday prep day, with high hopes for the week.

Breakfast first - overnight oats with pumpkin, mulberries, maca, protein powder. While cooking rice. Finally finished a 5? 10? lb. bag from last year.
Then I went out and bought groceries:

      broccoli, collard greens, spaghetti squash, 2 persimmons, 2 avocados, a Justin's pack.

                                        yams, bananas, lemons, a lime, and mushrooms.

                                    Finally made raw collard salad again! I love it so much!
I like to prep to music, usually it's punk, just because that's almost all I listen to, but it also gets me in a productive zone. This week it was the Ramones and I got caught up in it and started playing air guitar on a collard leaf while making the salad. Typical vegan punks, right? I took a photo of the collard guitar and realized I was even wearing a Ramones shirt (Joey Ramone, as drawn by Derf Backderf.)

Other prep was cooking the spaghetti squash and the yams. Also set out some chickpeas to soak.

Here is today's lunch: raw collards, baked yam, rice, and pepitas. Topped off with nooch.
This (or something similar) will probably happen a lot this week. Here's some Ramones for you, too, unless you prefer to cook to something else?

Saturday, November 8, 2014

All Kinds

Here's some, like, food n stuff from the last week.

overnight oatmeal breakfast - oats, golden (grey) mulberries, protein powder, maca, almond milk

roasted cauliflower, soba noodles, chard - topped off post-photo with a miso-tahini sauce. Really filling and delicious, if slightly overcooked noodles. Had leftovers the next day for lunch, and the wind kept blowing my chard off the fork and the cauliflower dropped everywhere and it was cold and I was angry.

Lemony baby kale, quinoa with golden raisins, harissa chickpeas. Perfection from Paradis.

A co-worker made vegan chocolate chip cookies, even though she's not vegan, just nice. When she wants to be.

 I was a responsible person and finished my green juice first before eating the cookie though.

                  Sorta sad looking chard wrap as a quick dinner one night. It's been forevarrr.

Stuffed with Treeline cashew cheese, pumpkin puree, chili sauce, and carrot ribbons. I'm low on everything.

One or two more days left of the sweet potato curry. Yea yo.
Hope you guys are doing well. Talk to yahs soon.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Weekend Eats

Leisurely breakfast:

                                  pumpkin pancakes with cashew butter and maple syrup

 Another Isa Does It recipe: Sweet potato and Red Curry Soup. Thickened by a mashed sweet potato and coconut milk base, with red bell pepper, cauliflower, green beans, and adzuki beans.

                                                                  doled out, bowled up

                                                                       apple snack

stir fry with cabbage, carrot, onions, garlic, ginger, and red pepper flakes over soba noodles with a tahini and soy sauce dressing.
Not nearly enough greens for my liking, but I'm working on that. See you later.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Spoooooky Sick

Those antibiotics made me sick :( I have been drinking lots of tea and chewing raw garlic (before I go to bed so as not to breathe it on everyone.)

                                        Roasted dandelion root tea with a ghost emerging

                                            Hot lemon water with ginger in the mornings

                                  Echinacea and throat comfort teas during the day at work

I made Kathy's pumpkin pie pillow cookies. I don't have a great blender so these were still sort of chunky, but they're filling and slightly sweet. You know what that means: breakfast cookie.

Lunch and snack from most of the week: steamed kale, adzuki beans, squash slices, chimichurri sauce. Farmer's market apples.
On Halloween, the store bought pizza for its employees. They do that occasionally to thank us for all our work, or something, rather than giving us better benefits or a living wage. Or even buying food that everyone can partake of. The one other vegan (that I know of) at work and I made faces at each other while everyone else scarfed pizza. Later in the day, he bought me a Justin's PB cup package because HE IS A SWEETHEART.

Vegan solidarity, yo. That's what I'm talking about. I tried to give him a cookie, but he declined. I'll get him back when he least expects it.
So, I ate the candy (who am I to turn down a gift?) and did other things maybe not so conducive to healing a slight cold, like go up to the roof to do magic in the rain under cloud cover.

And stay up too late drinking spiced gin and taking selfies.
But today I make soup and drink more tea. Already got an extra hour of sleep in, so I should be good soon....