Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Stuff We Ate This Weekend

Hey everyone! Long time no speak! I've been really busy with caring for the herd and also spending some quality time with my friend last weekend. We had a really fun weekend but as always, it went way too quickly. We made sure to savor every moment and most importantly we appreciated the time together as we do not get it often.

I do not have fur baby pictures yet (maybe a fun friday post?) but I did take a few pictures of meals I made for us last weekend that I thought I'd share today!

The first night she was here I made this Vegan Chick'n Caesar Pasta Salad! I don't know why I thought it would be fun to add pasta to a chick'n caesar salad but I did and it was indeed fun. Basically all I did was cook 1/3 box of pasta (this is Gemelli shaped, how fun are they?!), cut one romaine heart, cook a package of Gardein Teriyaki Chick'n Strips (save the teriyaki for a stir fry later, just cook the strips with no sauce) and mixed it all with Just Caesar dressing. It was so easy and delicious. I'm sure it would also be delicious with tomatoes too!

For breakfast I attempted to make french toast but that was an epic fail so we ended up with macerated strawberries and granola and some toast. My toast had Earth Balance.

We also went out for bubble tea. I had my favorite Peach Pulp tea and it was delicious of course. She was not a huge fan of it (she tried the almond one) and I totally get that. A lot of people find it to be a strange experience.

This dinner was SO GOOD. We each had a salad (romaine, cashews, cranberries, granny smith apple and Asian Vinaigrette) and I made up some cheesy rosemary toasts that we dipped in pizza sauce for a fun deconstructed pizza type of thing. We shared this plate. I had some left over but it just didn't reheat well so just make what you need if you are making this :)

Here is a closeup of the salad.

And this gorgeousness is the cheesy toast and pizza sauce.

So all in all it was a really fun weekend and we ate really well :) I miss her already but luckily I have all of the puppy cuddles I could ever ask for.

I hope that you are all well and I will see you on Friday!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Stuff I Ate

Hey everyone! I hope that you are all doing well and that you enjoyed your weekend! I don't have to much to report, I just have a few pictures of yummy food for you!

Toasted pumpernickel bagel, half with Earth Balance and half with Tofutti and a cup of coffee with Silk Soy Creamer.

This is a delicious sandwich on Dave's Killer Bread with hummus, tofurkey, pickles, tomato and lettuce. So yum.

I've been into the salads this week! This is a faux chick'n Caesar Salad. It's a little weird how real it looks! I used the Morningstar Vegan Chick'n Strips and the Just Caesar dressing.

Another salad with romaine, almonds, cranberries and more faux chick'n. This one has the Asian Vinaigrette from Panera that I love.

These are just some pretty hibiscus flowers I saw and wanted to capture. These are my favorite flowers, so beautiful!

That's all I have for today. Starting on Friday I will be house/pet sitting for a little under two weeks. This weekend my friend is also visiting so it's going to be very hectic. I will *try* to get a Friday post up but I'm not 100% sure I will. I know Sunday won't happen because I just won't have time. At the very latest I'll be back Tuesday, but hopefully I can squeeze in a Fun Friday post!

I hope you all enjoy your week <3

Friday, August 4, 2017

Fun Friday: Self Care!

Hey everyone! I hope that you are all doing well! Happy Friday :) I'm sure all of you that work a regular schedule are excited for your upcoming weekend. I'm ready for mine but I have a little longer to wait.

So I'm going to be honest I was a bit stumped as to what I should post for today's Fun Friday. It finally came to me last night (talk about timing!) and I have decided to talk a little bit about self care. Self care is so important for your mental health and we all deserve to take care of ourselves and pamper ourselves a little bit. It's become increasingly more important for me lately as some of my mental health issues have been causing me some problems but I've been trying hard to make sure that I take care of myself. I figured I'd share some of my favorite forms of self care with you.

Sorry for the crappy picture, it is storming here so it is super dark. Anyway, my first and my personal most important form of self care that I practice is journaling. I started to journal at the request of my therapist but it has turned into a completely different beast from the original write down your current mood and what you are thinking. It has become a place for me to confide my deepest secrets, a place for me to get my thoughts out when my mind is racing, a place to write down ideas and words of encouragement to myself and a place for me exercise my creativity. To me, this is huge and a way for me to have a few minutes with my thoughts a few times a day. If I could recommend one thing to you it would be journaling.

The second thing I do for self care is get out of my house. I am the kind of person that withdraws and retreats as soon as I start to feel any sort of negative feelings. I want to be alone, locked in my room. This is when it is most important for me to get out and to connect with (at the very least) nature and ideally with people. Withdrawing does not help me overcome those feelings and feeling some sort of connection to something helps me by increasing positive feelings and emotions. There is a specific place (by Sands Point, which I've written about before) that I will drive to just to have some quiet and enjoy a beautiful view.

The next thing would be to TREAT YO SELF!!! Whether it is that new lipstick you've been wanting, a new cookbook to help you eat more interesting, healthy foods or just a weekly bubble tea it is important to treat yourself to something no matter how small it may seem. We all work hard and deserve a little treat every now and then. 

This next one is something that I'm looking to get into a little bit more. That would be aromatherapy. Right now I currently only have candles which I'm looking to move away from because lighting candles just tweaks my OCD (for those of you that didn't read this post, yes I have been diagnosed with OCD) way too much. I am looking to get into diffusing oils for so many different reasons. I've heard that it is so great and actually really helps and I know it is much cleaner than burning candles and also safer I'd guess. I get a lot of migraines too so I'm hoping that peppermint oils will actually help with those so I can stop popping pills for that.

If anyone has any diffuser and oil recommendations I would LOVE to hear them!!

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I've used this picture before because I love it haha. The next form of self care that I'm going to be getting back into is working out! Working out may suck at the time but after you finish there is definitely a little bit of an endorphins high that you feel that will instantly make you feel better. In addition, you are doing something for your health and your body will thank you. I used to be a workout fiend but fell off the wagon for a while but I'm planning to get into an at home routine of Youtube workouts mixed with yoga practice. 

These are just a few forms of self care that I currently practice or that I'm looking to start. Do you have any self care ideas to share? What do you do to keep your head in the game and to take care of yourself? This is of course the very tip of the iceberg and there are so many other things you can do but I figured I'd start here :)

I hope that you all enjoy your weekend! Unfortunately I don't think I'll be able to post this Sunday and I know I won't be posting next Sunday (I have a friend coming to stay with me for the weekend) but I will still be posting twice until the following week. Just wanted to give you the heads up :)

Have a great weekend! I'll see you most likely on Tuesday <3

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Stuff I Ate

Hey everyone! I hope you all enjoyed your weekend. I enjoyed mine and of course it went by too quickly. It was a healthy combination of relaxation and productivity and I would say that's a pretty successful weekend, at least for me. I am lucky enough to have neighbors across the street that are pretty awesome and sadly they are getting ready to move. Sunday evening I got a text from one of them asking if I wanted to have a glass of wine on the patio (aka an adirondack chair in the side yard under the tree - so awesome) and I accepted and ended up sitting outside for about 3.5 hours. It was really nice and I'm glad that I decided to go rather than sit by myself which tends to be my inclination.

Anyway, I'm here today with some meals I ate last week! Keep in mind I tend to eat the same meals repeatedly through the week so it's not a ton but here's what I have!

My beautiful veggie soup looking all awesome and hearty. This one came out great you guys!

Still enjoying my new favorite rice bowl with seasoned seaweed and tofu. I am out of seaweed so I'll have to head back to H-Mart at some point to re-stock.

Breakfast on the go was a plain flagel (flat bagel) with scallion tofutti (!!!). So freaking delicious.

This is rice with broccoli and some yucca. The yucca wasn't eaten because it wasn't cooked as much as I like it and was a bit tough but the broccoli and rice were delicious.

My weekly bubble tea!!! It is so good. I stuck to my favorite peach pulp green tea with boba. I feel like I should try a new flavor but this is just too good.

Finally this is my "fancy" aka not really fancy dinner of faux chick'n parm and some noodles with Earth Balance. The "Chick'n" is the Gardein Turkey Cutlets with some sauce and daiya shredded mozzarella. Super good and way too filling, only had one cutlet. The other will probably show up on a chick'n parm sandwich :)

So that's what I have for you today! What have you been eating lately? I need some inspiration for next week! Also, just a week and a half until I get to fur baby sit my furry nieces and nephews and I'm so excited. It's like a mini staycation for me and my friend is coming to visit for a few days which is really exciting! I haven't seen her in a few years so I'm really looking forward to it. She is looking forward to eating vegan food too which is really nice! She asked for cooking lessons so I'm trying to figure out what we should make!

I hope you all have a great week and I'm looking forward to another Fun Friday post! I'm thinking of doing a Q&A post if I can get together enough questions so leave me some questions in the comments below and if I get enough I'll do that on Friday!

Have a great week! <3

Sunday, July 30, 2017

TJs Haul and Some Prep

Hey everyone! Happy weekend! Is it just me or has this been the longest week ever? It was driving me nuts. The days just wouldn't end. Anyway, I guess that doesn't matter now because the weekend is here and I finally feel some freedom. It is almost 11:00 am here and I feel like I've already had a full day's work! I was at Trader Joe's at opening (if I'm not there at 8 I'm not going, it's awful!!), planned for the week, did some meal prep and vacuumed the house. I'm exhausted, ha! After I post this I see some bubble tea in my future then hopefully some mellow relaxation time!

Anyway, enough of my rambling. I know the reason we are here is to see a grocery haul and what I've prepped for the week!

The very limited grocery items I got! Some diced tomatoes, cherry chocolate soy ice cream, veggie broth and some cannellini beans.

The first half of the produce was some snow peas, cabbage, spinach, green onions and zucchini.

I also got some mirepoix, cauliflower, asparagus and shredded carrots.

I promptly dumped about 60-70% of my groceries into a pot and made a giant pot of hearty veggie soup. This was the before picture when everything was just added to the pot.

This is how it turned out! I added the spinach and the beans in at the end and it looks gorgeous. I know soup isn't typically known to be a summer dish but to be honest this screams summer in a bowl to me! The gorgeous veggies are so fresh and delicious and I'm glad that I decided not to be lazy and get it done. I'll get a lot of meals out of it this week too!

So that's what I have for you today! I'll be back on Tuesday to show you some meals I've been eating lately! I hope you all enjoy the rest of your weekend <3

Friday, July 28, 2017

Fun Friday! New Cookbooks

Happy Friday everyone!! I hope your week has treated you well! So far I'm liking this new posting schedule and I'm really excited about my Fun Friday post for this week! I've been feeling a bit crappy mood wise over the past few weeks and decided to do some retail therapy. And of course even though I've been downsizing my cookbook collection there are a few that I still have my heart set on. I decided to go for it and I'm really excited to be the proud owner of two new GORGEOUS cookbooks and I'm going to share them with you today!

Just as a note before I get into it, I haven't had a chance to actually make anything yet but I am going to share a few pics and some things I'm looking forward to :)

How stunning is this book?! The Elements of Pizza is written by the same author as Flour Water Salt Yeast, another gorgeous cookbook I have about the art of making bread. This one is all about pizza. It has tons of different crusts and different styles. The idea of making my own pizza crust has always been appealing but I never knew how and I'm quite picky. This book is large and hardcover and seriously beautiful. I will probably be saving this more for the fall since it is still too hot to be using the oven a lot but I'm really excited to give it a try!

This book, Zahav: A World of Israeli Cooking is fucking stunning. It is HUGE. And it is packed with gorgeous photos, amazing recipes and beautiful stories. This book was obviously appealing to me because it contains a lot of recipes for some of my favorite things and also a lot of new and easily veganizable recipes. The first section is devoted to Tehina (tahini) and the second is devoted to hummus!! You definitely can't go wrong with that! 

These amazing flaky pillows of deliciousness are called Borekas. They are basically a puff pastry stuffed with all kinds of amazing savory fillings. I know they are a popular breakfast food in Israel and I haven't had them in a long time but I know that they are amazing. They can be stuffed with feta (which was of course the best but I will be making a vegan feta for it!), potato, mushrooms, spinach… anything you want! I've never made them myself but I'm really excited to give it a try!

There is a huge section of salads in the book as well. Israelis are big on salads. They eat salads with every meal. I need to get on that train because my veggie consumption has been weak. Luckily this is offering up some major inspiration!

This gorgeous salad is Green Beans and Mushrooms with Tehina, Lentils and Garlic Chips. Um, yes. Please. 

Something to note about these books is that they are obviously not vegan cookbooks. The great thing is that most of these recipes are easy to veganize. There are some hardcore meat recipes in the Israeli book but honestly it's not a lot. I haven't really looked at those because they are not my priority but maybe I can make some great tofu or seitan dishes from them. It is very easy to be a vegan in Israel though which is why I knew that this book would be really great. The pizza book is VERY easy to veganize as well. Obviously I'll be using vegan cheese and I don't really like "meat" pizza anyway so mine will be packed with veggies.

You can definitely look forward to future Fun Friday posts where I'll share what I made from the books! have you picked up any cool cookbooks lately? I have one more on my list of "Must Haves" and it is the NYC Vegan cookbook. One day it will be mine! :)

What are your plans for the weekend?! I don't know what's going on here yet because I still have 2 more days of work to get through but I know I'll be babysitting on Monday. Inspire me with your plans!


Tuesday, July 25, 2017

What I Eat In A Day #7: A Lazy Sunday

Hey everyone. I didn't really do any grocery shopping last week so instead I decided to do a What I Eat In A Day post today. I photographed my meals on Sunday which I made a VERY lazy Sunday and was very happy about it. I left my house once for about an hour and you'll see why in a minute. Otherwise I just relaxed, binge watched YouTube videos and that's just about it. And it was damn glorious.

So my first meal was later on Sunday because I just didn't feel like eating until then. I have two meals and a "snack" to show you. Sometimes on the weekends I just eat two meals and it's fine. I figured I'd put it out there though.

For breakfast I finally had a banana to make peanut butter and banana toast!! I used Dave's Killer Bread and the slices are big and hearty. I ate it late and was pretty set.

My "snack" if you will was a big ass bubble tea. I've turned it into a weekly treat and it's one that I look forward to. I got a large peach pulp green tea with boba (of course) and 50% sweetness. I'm so glad I cut the sweetness a little because this was perfect. And really filling.

For dinner I had a delicious Boca Burger with some tots on the side. Seriously good and a perfect summer dinner. 

So that's what I ate on Sunday. It was a pretty good food day, I definitely enjoyed all of my meals. 

I will continue to photograph meals throughout the week to post for you on Sunday and I'll be back on Friday with a Fun Friday post! I hope you all have a great week <3