Month: October 2011

Daily Bread

Buuuummmmer. I was really hoping to post every single day, but my stupid job ruined me on day three. Sigh. After working almost three hours late, I just could not find the motivation to put up a post yesterday.

But that’s what today is for, right?

Unfortunately, aside from not having time to blog/sleep/enjoy my free time, I haven’t had time to cook. The boyfriend should be making a curry tonight, in which case I will post pictures, but the weeks for me are about surviving on the leftovers from the weekend. So yay beer bread and black bean soup!

One thing I should mention is that I’m participating in a weight-loss challenge at work. During Vegan MoFo. I know, I’m insane, but I figure saying no to extra beers and exercising more couldn’t hurt. To be honest, I doubt I’ll be changing up my daily diet much, just trying to treat myself less.

Well...maybe one or two treats now and again...

I wonder if took all vegans as long as it took me to come to a smart daily diet. I currently eat 6-7 times each day and try to have a steady balance of nutrients. It’s not always easy (namely on weekends), but I love at least having a plan that I can start with – however, it took me about two years to find a good rhythm, one that worked with my daily life:

  • Early Morning Snack – Energy Bar (Raw if I can afford it or have the time to make it at home, Luna Bars if I’m tight on cash), Yerba Mate, and a multivitamin
  • Mid-Morning Snack – Oatmeal w/ Almonds and Dried Fruit (if I’m actively exercising every day, I will also add 1-2 Tbsp. of hemp protein powder)
  • Lunch – Leftovers (casserole, soup, pasta, etc.), one piece of fruit, and, if there aren’t many veggies in the main dish, a small spinach salad
  • Mid-Afternoon Snack – Plain yogurt mixed with frozen berries (I’ve been using Wildwood’s Probiotic Plain yogurt and adding a small squeeze of agave)
  • DinnerĀ  – casserole, soup, pasta, “chicken burger”, etc. Same concept as lunch but usually a different meal – and what I eat for dinner often becomes lunch another day later that week. Also, I most often have a salad, generally mixed greens, with more fresh veggies.
  • After-Dinner Snack – Popcorn/peanut butter toast/small piece of chocolate/applesauce, etc.

It’s not a perfect list (I sometimes find myself super hungry around 5pm so I eat way too much dinner), but for the most part it works for me. How do you eat your way through the day?


Day of Rest

When we went to bed last night, we talked about how we would spend all today putting the house together and cooking.

And then we joined some friends for brunch and vegan french toast at Wild Abandon.

And then some of us broke off for mimosas and pumpkin beer at Sweet Hereafter.

And then a couple friends came to check out our new place where the boyfriend whipped together some pasta and homemade pesto.

And then it was 7pm.

Whoops. We’re both great at making big plans and finding ourselves exhausted before we’ve even began. But after all this moving and prepping and running around, it was really nice to have a day where we just went at our own place and played.

But we didn’t totally hide from the kitchen. In fact, after we finally took care of our weekly grocery shopping (yep, that’s how we roll), we both had a second wind and took to the kitchen. I put together a new appliance cart (MORE ROOM FOR POTS & PANS IN THE CABINETS!) and the boyfriend made a creamy black bean soup. When he was almost done, I put together a beer bread – we ended up eating leftovers tonight, but now we’ll have soup and bread for our lunches during this week. For the beer bread I just modify my mom’s old recipe, but it basically follows this:

More Room!!

Black Bean Soup & Ladybug Timer

Whole Wheat Beer Bread

It was a good night, a productive weekend, and still a lovely restful day.

The Day Isn’t Over!

10pm, October 1st – Still plenty of time for my first Vegan MoFo post!

However, in true fashion of my life, today hardly revolved at all around food. The boyfriend and I spent most of the day at Target buying high-quality furniture, a blender (aint no Vita Mix, but will do for now), and all sorts of other gadgets for the house. Between that epic shopping trip and snagging a GIANT dining room table off Craigslist (three leaves – looks like it could easily seat 12 people!!!), we’re both pretty beat.

The great thing about being too tired to cook is that it means we have no problem agreeing to eat out. And just like we did when we were at apartment, we found a Thai place within walking distance.

While I used to love my old Thai place for its friendly staff and free mango sticky rice, the actual meals left much to be desired. In fact, I’ve grown so used to my local joint having hardly edible food that I was shocked tonight when we visited New Thai Blues and had perfectly cooked Pad Thai and FLAVORFUL Yellow Curry. The service was great, the beers-on-tap list was local and kindly priced, and they even have a full bar. We both ate a huge amount of delicious food and still came home with leftovers. I love my new neighborhood.

Now that's what I call Pad Thai...

Tomorrow should involve setting up the house further but the boyfriend has been talking about taking on some cooking projects as well – a black bean soup and a butternut squash curry for lunches/dinners for the week. Not a bad way to spend a rainy Sunday.