Thursday, August 28, 2014

Deconstructed Meals

This post is brought to you by: my morning meal prep.  Whilst preparing my lunch to take to work, the idea to photograph it struck me.  Therefore, here is the whole day - deconstructed!
 Almond milk, half packet of Vega Vanilla, frozen banana, frozen pineapple.
 Tomato, avocado, spring mix, tempeh bacon on wheat.  Carrots.
 Potato (cut into wedges), TJ's Chickenless Crispy Strips ( 4 of them) Unpictured ketchup.
Vanilla Soy Ice Cream Sandwich.

Wasn't that fun? ;)  Woo hoo for a long weekend!!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Soggy Tuesday

Soggy as in the weather - not the food. Although, my peach was a little squishier than I like... Behold a different perspective of the yogurt and peach breakfast as of late:
 It rained overnight, and was cloudy all day - until I left school when it was a torrential downpour! Street flooding, lightning, etc! Crazy!  I made the greens, avocado, tomato, tempeh bacon sandwich for lunch.
 Post work snack (and it was sprinkling during this photo).
 Home yoga practice (crescent, warrior, and balance sequences).
I saw a break in the clouds, and took Remy for a walk.  Or rather, flower sniffing.
Picked up Tofu Salad Rolls for dinner:
I'm loving this cooler weather - hope it hangs around!! See you on Thursday...

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Preview

Laundry, cleaning, prep - it's just like a school year weekend! Yesterday, however, was pretty close to perfection.  I spent the entire day outside: in the morning, catching up with a friend on a Starbucks patio.  In the afternoon and early evening, visiting with co-worker friends (at non-book club, because most haven't read the book - self included. But I was in England during last month's gathering and book assignment, so I get to slide, right?!) in a backyard. Between 70-74 degrees, with a light breeze is my idea of perfection for outdoor gatherings!

With four weeks until the official start of fall, I feel like Saturday's weather was more of a sneak preview of the next season, than the reality of out usual blistery hot summer.  No complaints here.  Food however, has no fall produce in it....
 This pre-made Iced Coffee was on sale, and thus thought I'd give it a try. With vanilla almond milk, it is quite decadent.

 Soy yogurt and peach above, TJ's Chickenless Strips, potato wedges, balsamic greens - and ketchup - below.


The last bite of my Beet Box treats:
I have cooked a batch of the tempeh bacon, and will have it in my sandwiches this week.  You can expect to that in Tuesday's post! For those curious: no students until Thursday, when it is a half day - no full days until Tuesday after Labor Day.  (Again, no complaints. Ha!)  See you soon...

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Continual Adjustment

I'm fairly certain that by the end of next week, I'll have a routine again.  For now, it's all about trial and error! I will admit that I could really use a YogaCycle class right about now. *sigh*  My home practice continues, but it's not what I would push myself to do in a class!  Soon, though, very soon I'll have yoga classes alongside my everyday work schedule! Woo hoo!

Plain soy yogurt and a juice peach for breakfast:

I picked up an iced coffee with a splash of almond milk:
Lunch: leftovers from the last night of the retreat (when I didn't stay for dinner).  One of my vegan colleagues made baked pasta with mushrooms, tofu, and corn (another interesting combo) in a red sauce...
 Still working on this tub of melon, Remy helps with the watermelon.
Whole Foods Tofu Spring Rolls with Peanut Sauce for dinner:

I'll see you this weekend! I can't believe the last week of August is almost upon us!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Retreat Recovery

These views come at a price: 5:00am alarm clock on Monday. Little sleep while there.



And we were in meetings for the majority of it, but there was a little time for walking around the property at Snow Mountain Ranch (in Granby - about 1 hour 45 minutes from Denver).  About half of us left after our final meeting on Tuesday evening - the majority staying for dinner.  My carpool group decided we would be fine without - let's go home! Thus, I had one breakfast - which I didn't capture but there are two more vegans now at my school (I knew them from my previous workplace) so the options are increased.  I ate cereal with almond milk. Otherwise, we had the same meals.

Monday Lunch: Hummus, Daiya Cheddar, and Spinach (weird, I know) sandwich with salad and popcorn:

Monday Dinner: Veggie burger with lettuce, mustard and ketchup - corn on the cob.  (Same meal again for Tuesday lunch, but swap the corn for more popcorn.)

Last year, I was much more snacky but this year I was just tired. I'm still feeling it today! I set up my classroom and office for most of the day, and came home - promptly taking a nap. Ha ha!  

Bonus photo: last night, as I was brushing my teeth I noticed a meowing shadow outside my bathroom window...
(Another neighbor - opposite direction of Frankie, has recently acquired a cat.  I've seen it a few times, but it doesn't trust me yet. Shen, I'm working on it.)

Back tomorrow with a rested, hopefully delicious post...

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Transition

It's official. My summer break is over. I have to report in the (very early) morning, and sit in meetings for the following two days.  I always describe this transition as going from being unemployed to being the boss. Zero to 100 in under one second.  To soften the blow, I've been working the last two weeks a little each day and even this weekend (all finished writing my units for The Odyssey and Beowulf.  Next up: Hamlet.)

My plate is also in transition, with more and more late summer produce showing up.  Further, it occurred to me that I have to go back to Sunday meal prep for lunches.
 I am going to pack lunches with Tempeh Bacon, Avocado, and Spinach sandwiches.  Summer fruit on the side...
Meals from the weekend included mashed avocado and tomato toast with corn on the cob.
 Sweet & Spicy Cucumbers
 Cappellini with broccoli, mushroom, nooch and seasoning
As I'll be held hostage in meetings the entire time at the staff retreat, you probably won't see another post from me until Wednesday. Wish me luck!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Like a Dinosaur

I did no "work" work today.  I spent the morning attending to a few house tasks, running errands, and followed it up with a hike up the Hogback (that's a geologic expression - read what it is here).  It's called Dinosaur Ridge, and while I grew up 15 minutes away from it - I rarely appreciated its awesomeness.  
Although there is a road, it is closed to regular traffic (park at the bottom).  Bikers, walkers, and an occasional tour bus make up visitors.

Along the Hogback is evidence of an ancient Colorado that was once underwater during prehistoric times.  There are wave ripples on the rocks, volcanic ash, and.... dinosaur footprints.
(Above: shale - prehistoric mud and organic material on the sea floor. Below: water ripples.)


Top of the Hogback:

Down the other side: 

See the round rock in the middle? It's the underneath footprint of a Brontosaurus!

 Remysaurus.
 It's not a long hike (less than 2 miles), but it is quite the incline and it was a bit warm.  Even with water stops and rests in the shade - Remy was really panting!  

This site is "across the street" from Red Rocks, so if you're ever in the area - see both!

Now that I've promoted Colorado tourism (iPhone pictures! Imagine it in person...), the rest of my day included a 25 minute home yoga practice, and general laziness.  Here are the meals (taken with a real camera)...
 Almond Dream plain yogurt with blueberries and maple granola.

 Whole Food's Vegan Sonoma Chik'n Wrap

A trip to Beet Box
 Bhakti Chai with made-in-house Almond Milk, traditional Beet Brownie, and Turtle Brownie.

Close up my afternoon bite:
 It's like chocolate fudge with caramel and nuts frosting. A bit rich, and definitely made for prolonged consumption!

Restaurant style taco salad:
Mixed greens topped with fresh corn, tomatoes, green onions, soy crumbles (taco seasoning, green bell peppers), and avocado.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

All Good

Frozen banana, vanilla extract, almond milk

TJ's Super Spinach Salad (quinoa, edamame, cranberries, garbanzo beans, carrots, pumpkin seeds, and spinach.  Carrot Ginger Miso Dressing.) Very good! Will buy again!

  Cappellini with broccoli, mushrooms, and green onion tossed in the leftover cashew sauce from last week.

 Who is going to miss whom, when I go back to work next week?