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I love New Jersey!

My mom is a great cook. Last night she made a vegan stew. Tonight for dinner she made VeganYumYum’s Rustic Bread & Eggplant Lasagna.

 I love New Jersey!

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…

 I love New Jersey!

And one with cheese…

 I love New Jersey!

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.

Catch Up Post!

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).

 Catch Up Post!

Oat bran cooked with protein powder, cinnamon, vanilla, and a dash of salt. Topped with sesame seeds and maple syrup.

 Catch Up Post!

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

 Catch Up Post!

Ingredients (1 serving)

  • 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • a little bit of water

Directions

Get Fit at Whole Foods

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.

I’m lazy when I’m lovin’, I’m lazy when I play

I can only think of two things that were lazier than Bobby and I were today.

29 cats Im lazy when Im lovin, Im lazy when I play

Our two fats cats. (Cous and Bo = Couscous and Kabocha.) Oops, look at those dirty socks on the floor.

30 cats Im lazy when Im lovin, Im lazy when I play

I did actually manage to give Bobby a haircut, so maybe the day wasn’t so unproductive after all. He’s playing some xbox game here. It has something to do with Japan. Sometimes I “help” him play by watching out for the red dots (those are the enemies) and pointing excitedly. I think I did a good job on the hair; this was my second time cutting it for him.

 Im lazy when Im lovin, Im lazy when I play

I also did an easy walk on the treadmill tonight (1.8 miles, 3% incline) while Bobby ran and lifted. When we came back inside I did some nice stretching exercises inspired by Diane von Furstenberg (more on that later).

Shake it like a salt shaker

Bobby and I went out to Cheesecake Factory last night. I got what I always get – the Fresh Vegetable Salad – Asparagus, Green Beans, Tomato, Cucumber, Roasted Beets, Apple, Edamame, Radicchio, Romaine and White Cheddar. I actually switched out the cheddar for parmesan (duh) and I went with the sesame soy dressing.

 Shake it like a salt shaker

The salad is an appetizer salad, but it is huge. I would call it a full meal. Of course I also helped Bobby with this (Shrimp with Angel Hair: Large Shrimp Sautéed with Herbs, Lemon and Garlic Combined with Angel Hair Pasta, Tomato and Fresh Basil)…

 Shake it like a salt shaker

The shrimp were fantastic. The angel hair was just okay – I’m not really a pasta person. I nabbed some of his Small Salad (Chopped greens with shredded carrots, zucchini, and beets. Topped with croutons, tomato wedges and cucumber slices). Tossed in sesame soy dressing (my suggestion).

Crazy Love

My friend suggested this song for our wedding… Crazy Love by Michael Buble.

I love it. What do you guys think?

My own crazy love is helping me change up my diet. I’m trying to eat pretty much the same stuff he does. For breakfast we made grilled cheese on Nature’s Pride bread. I had the 2 heels from the white one and he had 2 slices of the brown one. Cheddar oozed out the middle as we grilled them on the waffle maker. The outsides are lightly buttered for extra flavor. Bobby’s is in front; mine is in back.

 Crazy Love

I had coffee with breakfast; I have finally forsaken tea for coffee. I’m not sure what took me so long.

 Crazy Love

Recipe: Goji Nut Biscotti

I made these on Saturday night, right before Bobby and I went out to dinner with the cousins. They are perfect for breakfast, dessert, or even a snack. They’re fairly healthy, but they are really flavorful and delicious. I had them for breakfast 2 days in a row. You could veganize them by using an egg substitute.

I say this about a lot of things, but you *must* make these. You will not be disappointed!

Goji Nut Biscotti

 Recipe: Goji Nut Biscotti

Ingredients (makes ~12 small biscotti)

  • 1 cup oat bran
  • 1/3 cup quick cooking oats (instant) (can sub with flour or oat bran)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 dashes of salt
  • 1 teaspoon spice (cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice)
  • 1 egg + 1 egg white
  • 1/3 cup sweetener (I used Trader Joe’s stevia)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/3 cup goji berries

Good bread & some workouts

The other day I got a lovely present from Foodbuzz‘s Tastemaker program…

 Good bread & some workouts

Thanks! These are two loaves of Nature’s Pride bread – 12 Grain and 100% Whole Wheat. Both breads had a decent ingredient list, but I was disappointed to see dairy products there. You really don’t need milk to made great bread. The ingredient list was long, but I didn’t see anything too scary, and the lack of high fructose corn syrup was a plus. I immediately ate a slice of the Whole Wheat and promptly tossed them in the freezer to stay fresh. The next day Bobby enjoyed 2 slices of the 12 Grain…

 Good bread & some workouts

This is a vegetarian breakfast of 2 scrambled eggs, 2 slices of toast (dry), 2 veggie sausages, and 3 veggie bacons. He loved it. He actually prefers veggie bacon and veggie sausage to the real deal, which I find very cute. I enjoy veggie bacon, but I don’t particularly care for veggie sausage (or real sausage, for that matter).

Sealeg Salad (imitation crab meat)

This is actually a dairy-free recipe! I used canola-oil vegan mayo from Whole Foods.

10 seafood salad 300x225 Sealeg Salad (imitation crab meat)

Ingredients

  • 1 package of imitation crab meat (2.5 servings)
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 stalks of celery, chopped
  • 2 small pickles, chopped (I used Chinese pickles)
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • other spices (chili powder, dried onion, whatever else you like)
  • salt & pepper, to taste
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise (vegan canola oil mayo)
  • 2 tablespoons mustard
  • 2-3 tablespoons rice vinegar

09 unmixed seafood salad 300x225 Sealeg Salad (imitation crab meat)

Directions

Break apart the crab meat. Mix everything well. EAT.

08 unmixed seafood salad 300x225 Sealeg Salad (imitation crab meat)

Bobby liked his on fresh toasty bread; I liked mine plain. I think I had this with some roasted squash on the side.

I’ve been roasting squash a la Clare: cut up in pieces at 425F for 25 minutes. Here was delicata:

Whirlwind day!

Yesterday I got to meet one of my favorite bloggers, Jenna (Eat, Live, Run):

33 me and jenna 250x300 Whirlwind day!

I need a haircut, ick. Jenna’s in the last stages of interviewing for A Really Goode Job for Murphy-Good Winery.  Good luck Jenna!  Bobby and I both went to her wine tasting and we walked away with a delicious bottle of white (which I normally don’t like) – The Fume (Sauvignon Blanc).  Here’s what they say about it: “The 2008 vintage boasts flavors and aromas of citrus and tropical fruits expressed over a bright, yet rich mouthfeel.”  It sure tasted good to me icon biggrin Whirlwind day!

the fume 116x300 Whirlwind day!

We tried a whole bunch of different wines, and while our favorite was actually a red (Terra a Lago – Cabernet Sauvignon), we couldn’t justify spending $45 on a bottle of wine.  The Fume was only $12.50, and really awesome. Bobby was tipsy by the end, so I got to drive home.

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