You know, I really enjoy my manly breakfasts, but sometimes all a girl wants is some sweet cherries, creamy yogurt, and peanut butter. Loooots of peanut butter.
In this case, loooots of PB2. Yep, I still order PB2 – I try not to use it too often as it’s expensive, but I pull it out at least a few times a week. I’m still plugging away at the shipment I got over a year ago (16 jars, I think).
This breakfast bowl consists of:
- Fage 2% Greek yogurt (almost a cup?)
- ~1/2 cup of chopped cherries (I keep typing “cheeries“)
- 2 tablespoons of PB2, mixed with 1 tablespoon water
- a few drops of vanilla stevia
I’ve had it every morning this week for breakfast! I wonder when I will get tired of it.
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Do you remember this “Indian rice” recipe I made a few months ago? I almost forgot about it until this week. Then I made a variation of it and now I’m obsessed again. It is just so good. Eating rice (spiced rice!) just makes me happy.
Here is my new variation, and the new ways I’ve been enjoying it:
Obsession-Inducing Spiced Rice
- 1 cup rice of choice (this week: brown basmati (1x) and short grain white (1x))
- water (1:1 ratio for white rice; 2 cups water to 1 cup rice for brown)
- 2 heaping tablespoons of ghee (butter works too) (or if you are vegan use peanut/sesame oil)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2+ teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2+ teaspoon dill
- 1/4 cup raisins
- Soak raisins in hot water until plump. Chop in small pieces.
- Put all ingredients in rice cooker, mix, press start.
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This post is full of random.
Last night after work I headed home and found my brother waiting in the cafe under my apartment. I like being with family; I’m glad that I get to see him a couple times a month. I miss the rest of my family and Bobby’s family too. Luckily we will be hosting Bobby’s parents later this month, which we are both excited for. We want to take them out to all of our favorite places. These are my siblings now (left to right: sis, bro, me, bobby, sis-in-law):
The cafe downstairs was having $1 off salad day yesterday so that is what I had for the first course of my dinner. I said “tofu” but the guy heard “tuna“, so that was my main ingredient. I should accidentally order tuna more often; this was delicious. It also had: egg whites, portobello mushrooms, mandarin oranges, olives, grapes, apples, broccoli, sprouts, roasted peppers, regular peppers, beets, tomatoes, and I can’t even remember what else. It has unlimited toppings so I get pretty much everything. I get the chipotle ranch dressing on the side (but I use the whole thing).
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That’s one very long title. But I think it works. I’ve been digging the sandwiches lately. Nature’s Pride (I keep wanting to call them Nature’s Path, but that is a different company that was kind enough to send me goodies!) sent me a bunch of bread the other week and I’ve been dutifully eating it up. (I say “dutifully” as though it’s a chore; it is not! I love this bread.)
I discovered this fantastic lunch sandwich that is filling and probably the most delicious sandwich I have ever eaten. It is so simple and yum:
- whole wheat bun (ideally from Nature’s Pride)
- 1 laughing cow spreadable swiss cheese
- tomato slices
- lots of lettuce
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The other day I got a package from Maranatha – 2 jars of nut butter. They sent me one jar of no-stir peanut butter and one jar of no-stir almond butter.
Let me tell you – I thought I didn’t really like almond butter… I was so wrong. This almond butter is great. Both the almond butter and the peanut butter are slightly sweetened with organic cane sugar.
Thanks, Maranatha! I can’t wait to experiment with these. So far I’ve just had them plain, in oatmeal, and on rice cakes.
I work long hours so recently I have been going to Gourmet Park for dinner. My favorite thing to get is the unlimited topping salad for $6.95. You pick a base (I get romaine), one “meat’” (I get either bacon or shrimp, depending on my mood), and unlimited gourmet toppings.
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Last week on Tuesday night I met up with one of my favorite bloggers… Dori! She took us to a great vegan place on the upper west side called Peace Food Cafe. It’s completely vegan and they also have a lot of raw options.
Unfortunately neither of us had working cameras so I don’t have a picture of us together… but I did manage to take (crappy) pictures of the food with Bobby’s Droid. Bobby and I split 2 dishes – the kabocha sandwich ($9) and the mushroom duxelle pizza ($9.95). Dori got the kabocha sandwich too.
Did you really think I wouldn’t get the kabocha sandwich? It’s actually listed as roasted japanese pumpkin sandwich on the menu. It came with some kind of pickled veggie and sprouts. It was really good, but the bread was a little bit dense for my tastes. I loved the caramelized onions and mashed squash in the sandwich. The vegan cheese and walnuts didn’t sit too well in my stomach either.
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Do you like chunky peanut butter or smooth and creamy? Every time I get chunky, I end up with this…
I don’t know how it happens, but I unconsciously avoid the chunks and am left with a jar of peanut bits and a little bit of creamy peanut butter. Just one of my quirks, I suppose. I don’t know what to do with the bits besides eat them plain; I’m not complaining though. But I really should only buy creamy.
When I’m not desiccating (= removing moisture from) nut butters, I like to make raw salads.
- kale (1/2 bunch or so, maybe a little more) – massaged with 1/2 avocado and my own version of liquid gold elixir (olive oil, rice vinegar, bragg’s liquid aminos)
- 1 tomato, chopped
- white onion, chopped
- 1/2 ear of raw corn
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I bought two jars of PB2 last week, and they are nearly gone. The first was gone in 2.5 days. I’m being a bit more conservative with the second jar because this stuff is expensive. I got my PB2 at a small specialty food store called Lite for Life in Santa Clara, CA. The damage: $6.49 per jar.
Oops – I ate this on my macrobiotic experiment even though it had sugar in it. Justification – the sugar content was very minimal, and PB2 has no preservatives.
PB2 is powdered peanut butter. You add water and mix before eating. You can also add the powder to other recipes – like oatmeal, pad thai, or salad dressing. I used it in my Vegan Mac and Cheeze instead of nutritional yeast. PB2 has some very cool nutritionals, and a stellar ingredient list.
Ingredients: Roasted peanuts, salt, sugar.
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