My mom is a great cook. Last night she made a vegan stew. Tonight for dinner she made VeganYumYum’s Rustic Bread & Eggplant Lasagna.
This was the best meal I’ve had in a while. It was fantastic. The flavors blended perfectly; the tomatoes were sweet and delicious; the bread crumbs were crispy; the eggplant was superb. The whole family loved it. She made one completely vegan…
And one with cheese…
My dad, brother, and sister have all raved about this lasagna to me. Now I know what they’re talking about. These disappeared in about 20 minutes.
My mom requested that I make my massaged kale salad (kale, olive oil, sea salt, lemon juice) and I topped it with some thinly sliced onions. Everyone loved this too! I was really happy. They were kind of doubtful about the kale but now I’ve converted them to be kale lovers.
I had a very yummy homey breakfast today. It was huge!
- 1/4 cup (a little more) quick cooking oats (to use them up)
- 1/4 cup farina (suggested serving size is 3 tablespoons)
- <1 cup water
- <1 cup almond milk (sweetened)
- orange extract
- dash of salt
- toppings: whole milk, honey, agave nectar
I’ve been really into simple big bowls of oats with minimal toppings. I love my breakfast grains. I got into the habit of simple bowls while driving across the country. Almost every morning I had this at Denny’s (minus the fruit; that was Bobby’s):
A big bowl of oats topped with brown sugar, milk, and sometimes a little bit of butter.
Today and yesterday for exercise Bobby, Julia, and I walked to Kunkel Park and played on the swings.
It’s about 3 miles roundtrip. Swinging is also a great ab workout. No wonder (many) kids stay fit so easily.
What did you do for fun when you were little? I loved climbing things and I was always scaring my parents. I (almost) never got hurt though.
Coco is here! And I have a big wrap-up of recipes and food to show.
First up: here are two breakfasts. Cheesy grits topped with leftover chicken (1/4 cup grits, cooked in water; cheese added at the end). There was a little bit of avocado on there too (avocado came with the chicken salad that this is leftover from).
Oat bran cooked with protein powder, cinnamon, vanilla, and a dash of salt. Topped with sesame seeds and maple syrup.
Have you tried Averie’s raw vegan cookie dough balls yet? Okay, mine are not balls (the first batch was), nor do they have chocolate chips. They are so simple to make.
Averie-inspired Raw Vegan Cookie Dough Yum
Ingredients (1 serving)
- 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- a little bit of water
Mix syrup and flour together. Add a few drops of water at a time until you get your desired consistency. I like mine a little bit too wet for balls (TWSS?).
- part wheat germ, part flour (my favorite)
- part wheat bran, part flour
- ground nuts for flour (Averie‘s original recipe)
- part oatmeal or oat bran, part flour
- grind oatmeal/oat bran in the blender and sub for flour
I also made bread the other day. I just took my Easy Peasy Pizza Dough recipe and subbed in a few things for the flour. Instead of 3.5 cups of flour, I used the dregs of a cornbread mix (maybe 1/4 cup – Jiffy brand), some Heart Smart Bisquick, and whole wheat flour. It came out well. It was a little dense, but yummy with soft butter.
I have 3 more pictures of healthy yums, but I’ll save them for when I’m on the road and lacking in delicious food.
I can’t wait to pick up Sophia tonight and go to the Foodbuzz Festival.
What are you doing this weekend? You know what I’m doing.
Tuesday‘s exercise: the Get Fit with Catra workout (went with Jill) consisted of…
- 10 standing lunges
- 10 walking lungues
- 10 pushups
- 1 lap around the park (< quarter mile?)
Repeat 3 times.
We also walked to and from the park, so I’d add at least another quarter mile to that. It took about 40 minutes total. I think my time for the 3 cycles was about 10 minutes, but we did stretching before and I’m also counting the walking time. During the day I walked a lot (shopping) and I think I did some of the DVF exercises in the morning.
Wednesday I did the Diane von Furstenburg exercises again. I love these. They are so simple. I did most of them while watching “Faces of Culture“, a video series that I have to watch for one of my anthropology classes. I also walked 2 miles – 1 mile each way to and from the grocery store.
Here are some foods I’ve been meaning to share. Kabocha with goat cheese (why not? It works with parm).
A “grilled” (waffle iron grill) sandwich with a chicken burger from Trader Joe’s, alfalfa sprouts (alfa-alfa is what Bobby calls these), and some cheddar. Lightly buttered on the outside for crispiness.
A classic bowl of oat bran. Oat bran, ground flax, coconut flakes, protein powder, cinnamon, vanilla, salt (always). Topped (post-picture) with real maple syrup. Real maple syrup appears on all of my oat bran bowls now. It is a staple. This bowl was put in the freezer for 10+ minutes after cooking.
Do you have a “staple” food? Mine is certainly kabocha, all the darn time. Others that make frequent appearances include oat bran, homemade ketchup, and stir-frys. Nut butters go in and out, depending on how I feel. Recently I have been rather obsessed with burdock as well.