Wednesday, October 31, 2012

All Hallow's Eve

 As you can see in this morning outdoor shot, all of the snow has melted and it's 72 degrees.  It's Halloween, right?  Not spring?
 I took a Honeycrisp apple, and half of a Whole Foods Spicy Buffalo Chik'n wrap to work.
 Half portion seems to be about right.  Eating both halves in one setting is too much.

Dinner was a bowl of Tomato Coconut Curry soup. The recipe says to add whatever veggies you like, so I added carrots and celery.
There wasn't a Daiya grilled cheese tonight to accompany my soup, as I had too many Sweet Tarts in the afternoon. Felt a little sick afterwards.

Stay warm, safe, and don't eat too much candy! :)

Sunday, October 28, 2012

A Few Groceries + Bonus

 Carrots, celery, cauliflower, avocados, pears.
 Kale, Sunflower Whole Wheat (50 calories a slice and no crap in the ingredient list - great stuff!).
Impulse buy: popcorn ball.  It was good!
This week, I want to make Tomato Coconut Curry Soup - and serve it with grilled cheese:
 New purchase:
Here is your bonus for the day: my weekend house guest
She's huge in comparison to my little Remy, but really well behaved.  I know she's a mix of Border Collie and Australian Shepherd, but there's more in there - I don't know what.  I need a bigger house, and yard, before adding a second pooch permanently - that's for sure! Ha!

Saturday, October 27, 2012

From the Kitchen

 Pumpkin Banana Muffins, but made with Pancake & Waffle Mix - as I was out of flour.
I went to a baby shower (just like last weekend!) and ate plenty of crackers, hummus, carrots, chips, salsa - you get the idea.
The "Diaper Cake" was courtesy of the expectant mother's sister.  I gifted a set of onesies - in pink (obviously, for a girl).

Once home, I set to work on another batch of Cheesy Kale Chips.  I make sure to sample a couple from each tray when I rotate them. ;)
 I made way too much cashew cheese, and again added it to pasta for dinner.
I haven't been as good about cooking for the work week, and will make that a priority for tomorrow.  Also, I have a houseguest for the weekend - a friend's Border Collie Shepherd mix.  I will try to get a photo of her before I drop her off.  Remy is jealous, silently watching her every move (they've known each other for two years - but he's not had to share his house or owner), and pouting when I pet her.  Poor baby! Ha!

Good night!

Friday, October 26, 2012

Seasonal Confusion

I don't have many interesting food items to show as of late, so I thought I would snap a few photos to share.

 Yes, it's time for a haircut. 
 Leaves are still green - in the middle! (above)

Green grass, leaves various shades of green / gold / red, and melting snow (Wednesday and yesterday it snowed).  Colorado has a hard time picking which season to have at one time.

I'll be back tomorrow with edibles! Happy Weekend!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Taste This

Pinned Image
Followed by a peach (frozen this summer), frozen banana, spinach, and vanilla almond milk smoothie.
Lunch came from a small Whole Foods run on Monday night.

Beyond Meat in a spicy buffalo wing sauce, packed with crunchy veggies.  So full, so good.

This whole planetary tilt away from the sun thing, is really putting a cramp in my morning and evening photography. 
I hope your day has been tasty!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Snacky Sunday

Yesterday, I spent the day at the chiropractor, massage appointment, and a baby shower.  Luckily, I was able to also swing by my parents' house and pick up the dehydrator. This morning I put it to good use, making the cheesy kale chip recipe I like best.  Here's a shot of the trays prior to cooking:
Three hours later some finished, others were not.
A little over four hours from the start, and they were all finished! So good.  I snacked on the majority of them throughout the day.

While the kale chips were cooking, I went to a Farmer's Market hoping for inspiration for the week.
 Live bluegrass in the background.  In the foreground, two boys stand in front of a guy with a typewriter offering free poems.
 Squash and root vegetables dominated the scene, with a few tomatoes and greens here and there - but they were a little sad looking.
 Apparently, they were having a chili cook-off, but I didn't bother to see if they had any vegan friendly samples.  My only purchase was from the Green Giraffe Juice Truck.(above).

In addition to a mountain of kale chips, here's what else I ate today:
Pumpkin Raisin Crunch cereal with vanilla almond milk.
Green smoothie "Leanergizer" from the Green Giraffe.  I believe it was spinach, kale, lemon juice, green apple, and something else.  Way too expensive, but decent and just what I needed.
Lunch: Leftover sauce from the kale chips on tri-color pasta.
Dinner: oven roasted broccoli and potato.  Sprinkled with a little olive oil, garlic powder, sea salt, and black pepper.

Hoping you all had a fantastic weekend!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Answers Revealed & Vegan Van Revisited

Answers to Monday's Pop Quiz:
2. The vegetable combination with sauce was broccoli, green beans, onions, and mushrooms in this sauce:
3. Snack: apple with peanut butter.

4.  Avocado Pasta from Angela at Oh She Glows.

5.  Challenge: previously unseen tea. . .
I hope this was at least a little fun, if not different from my typical posts! I'll wait awhile before doing it again.  And maybe not so hard next time? :)  

This evening after work, I busted my way through rush hour traffic to make it to the Vegan Van before she closed.  I made it with less than 15 minutes to spare.
 Sometimes I don't know if I'm cool enough to buy from the van, because Amie is super cool.  And a little aloof.
 The van was parked in front of a new vegan market called "Nooch".  I'll visit it sometime and dedicate an entire post to it.
 The menu hasn't changed all that much from the spring, but today has been really windy - a strong, freezing cold wind - and so I was convinced to stray from my favorite (Planet Rock) and try the special.
I also ordered the Rock Steady salad because I LOVE it.  Big time.  
 The special was a bowl of thick chili and three polenta fries (which were delicious).

 The chili was full of vegetables, beans, and tempeh - but light on flavor.  I like my chili to be spicy, and this was like a mellow, thick tomato soup.  I ate about half, and more than half of the salad.
The greens mix is so tender, and the almond parmesan is fantastic - and she's light on the dressing; it's not soggy.

I'll go back to my regular meal next time, and I'll be sure to be cool.  Maybe dress like a hipster instead of a school teacher. Ha! Kidding.  I don't have anything fashionable in my closet. :)

Monday, October 15, 2012

Pop Quiz

Seeing as you know what I do for a living, this was bound to happen at some time.

1. What flavor of Go Raw bar do you suppose is shown below?
2.  Examine what is below the brown rice: it is a vegetable combination with sauce.  Use your best judgement to decipher which combination it is.
3.  Based on what you know about the author of this blog, what two items did she have for an afternoon snack?

4.  Think back onto previous posts.  Who was the original creator of Creamy Avocado Pasta?
Challenge: A cup of hot tea was also enjoyed.  The flavor has not been discussed here previously.  Which flavor was it?

Thanks for playing, and have a great night! :) 

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Random Eats & Treats

I've seen these kale chips on a couple of blogs, and decided to try them for myself
 Alive & Radiant's Quite Cheezy Kale Chips.  They were $6, on sale, and tasted fantastic.  However, they tasted identical to the recipe I've used in the past to make cheezy kale chips at home.  The main difference is consistency - those that I made were never quite dry enough.  I plan on borrowing my father's dehydrator and seeing if that doesn't fix the problem.  Bottom line: I don't have the income to support buying these, but they taste really good.

The Go Raw bars are still on sale, 5 for $5, so picked up a couple more pumpkin flavor bars as well as these:
I'll let you know how they taste!

Also new to my kitchen:
 Nature's Path Organic Pumpkin Raisin Crunch, on sale $3.
This morning, I hosted a few friends for brunch.  I didn't move fast enough to take pictures ahead of time, but there was plenty of what I made to show you afterwards anyway:
 I made vegan waffles, served with berries and maple syrup.  The ladies, who are not vegetarian or vegan, brought other items that they enjoyed as well.  One gal brought a vegan scone, which no one had - lucky me with the leftovers! Ha!
 We took care of one bottle of champagne for mimosas, and a bottle of prosecco was leftover - lucky me, again!
I suppose it's time to get ready for the week. . .*sigh*.  I love weekends! I hope your weekend has been fabulous.