Friday, January 18, 2019

Quickie

Hey everyone, I hope that all is well. Today's post is going to be a quickie because I still have no appetite and am not eating a ton. I'm having a pretty bad mental health week so I'm just doing the best I can to get through it. For now, I'll just share what I have managed to eat and photograph and hopefully by Tuesday I'll have some for interesting meals to share with you.


I decided to pick up a pumpernickel bagel with tofutti. I took off a bunch of that cream cheese because it was a lot and ate half for breakfast and half for lunch.


This was a dinner one day. Avocado toast and an apple.

Sorry this post was short and boring. I do have a bunch of delicious food to make and hopefully I'll feel like making it soon. My goal is to have way more interesting and delicious food on Tuesday since the weekend is almost here.

Hope you all have a great weekend. 💜

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Aldi's Haul & Stuff I Ate

Hey everyone! I hope you are well. I'm excited to say that I was able to take a trip out to Aldi's on Sunday with the company of my mom and was able to get some fun stuff. Since we aren't there often I tried to stock up on things. Some things I took a gamble on since I've never tried it but I guess we'll see. Anyway, I have a haul to share (minus a few things that didn't make it into the picture) and a few meals that I ate. My appetite has been nonexistent so this is the best that I've been able to do. Hopefully things will turn around and I'll be able to share some more exciting meals.


So here is the Aldi's haul. I got some sweet butter lettuce, grapes ($.99/lb), 2 packages of Teriyaki baked tofu, some Seedtastic bread that reminded me of Dave's Killer Bread (at a way better price), two packages of the Mushroom Risotto Veggie Burgers and 2 bags of the Gluten Free Black Sesame Brown Rice Crisps. Unpictured is some black cherry sparkling water, potatoes and Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk. I'm excited to try the Mushroom Risotto burgers. They seem to have pretty god ingredients so I wasn't too concerned about them being "processed" and I think it'll be delicious! I got two of them because I knew I'd be mad if I only got one and loved it.


So my first sad meal was the last of my apple crisp. I ate this with almond milk instead of yogurt and it rehydrated the oats into an oatmeal like state and it was really delicious.


For dinner one night I had a piece of avocado toast and a giant carrot from Whole Foods.


For this breakfast I had the maple ladders cereal from Trader Joe's with banana and pecan chips on top.


Finally this is a delicious plate of chips and guac that I ate while I was out running errands all day yesterday. 

So this is what I have for you today. I hope you all have a great week and I'll see you here on Friday!

Friday, January 11, 2019

H-Mart Haul & What I Ate In A Day

Hey everyone! I hope that you are doing well! It's Friday again, yay! I'm really excited because I went back to the gym today! It has been a goal for such a long time but I was worried about it because the last time I tried to go back it triggered a lot of Fibro pain and it kind of scared me away. This time I'm just being more aware of the workouts that I do and I'm going to try to avoid anything that tends to trigger pain (the bike definitely was a trigger, for example). Anyway, I'm really glad that I went and I'm hoping to turn this into a consistent habit so I can start getting back into shape and improving my fitness. Supposedly exercise is one of the best ways to manage Fibro symptoms so I guess we'll see!

Anyway, for today I have a small haul from H-Mart and a What I Ate In A Day type of post in one. I meal prepped this week so I've been eating the same stuff for the most part so it didn't make sense to take pics of the same meals every day. So this is an example of how I've been eating!


So here is my small H-Mart haul! I got the rice cakes (!!!), some scallions (for $.89 a bunch), gochujang (you guys, I read SO MANY LABELS!! Every other brand had chemicals and high fructose corn syrup. This was the cleanest brand I could find), some chili garlic sauce, firm tofu (stir fry) and soft tofu (I'm going to crumble that in with the rice cakes). I'm going to make the rice cakes this weekend, I can't wait to try!


I decided to use my favorite Monbento bento box to pack up my breakfast and lunch. For breakfast I have more of my apple crisp and yogurt (go with vanilla yogurt if you are going to use it for something like this - it's SO MUCH BETTER that the plain). For lunch I had some delicious stir fry (sauce made from low sodium tamari, a tiny bit of agave, chili garlic sauce, rice wine vinegar and a little cornstarch to thicken it up) with tofu, mushrooms, broccoli and asparagus with some jasmine rice. When I know I won't get to my fresh veggies in time I put them all in a container in the freezer and use them for stir fries. This is the combination I happened to have now. It was so good.


For snack I had a pear.


For dinner I had this delicious Mediterranean type plate with dolmas, carrot, cucumber tomato salad with olive oil, red wine vinegar, salt and pepper and some hummus. Another awesome meal.

My final snack was some cashes from the Israeli market that I posted about in my last post. All in all I'd say a really delicious day of meals and I'm doing well with not consuming a ton of processed food and chemicals. I'm aware that a few things like sauces have some preservatives in them but I'm cut out most of the packaged food and I'm really glad that I have.

So that is all I have for you today! I am hoping to do my shopping at Aldi's this weekend so maybe hopefully I'll have a haul for you on Tuesday! It kind of depends on the weather though. Anyway, I hope you have a wonderful weekend and I'll see you next week!

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

So. Many. Hauls. (And Some Meals!)

Hey you guys! I hope that you are well and that you had a great weekend! Mine was good except I apparently can't get my shit together to just stop and relax. On Sunday I went out and ran so many errands which included FOUR grocery stores (WTF!?). I have hauls for three of them (one was just the Turkish market for my favorite hummus) and I am really excited to share them with you. I was not able to get to H-Mart because I just didn't have it in me at the end of that but I am hoping to go tomorrow after work. I figured three hauls is still good enough (😂) and I have a few meals and things to share at the end!


So up first we have Whole Foods. I rarely ever go there but there were a few things I wanted and knew I could only get there so I made the trek. Before I get into the haul I have to say I'm so proud of my restraint. I wanted EVERYTHING and only brought these few items home so yay! Anyway, I got a container of roasted mushrooms and eggplant to have with my hummus (sometimes you make concessions when you know you won't have the energy to cook), some Teeccino to try (maybe I can kick the coffee for good), some carrots because Whole Foods has THE BEST CARROTS, Earth Balance sticks to keep in the freezer if I need to bake at any point, Kite Hill yogurt (on sale 4/$5) and some Mother In Law's white kimchi. As you know I'm not a fan of most vegan yogurts and I actually find Kite Hill to be way too sweet but I really wanted yogurt so I got the plain to have with fruit and granola and the vanilla and key lime for other specific things 😉


Next I went to Trader Joe's and got just a few things. I got some honey crisp apples for the first recipe test for my e-book, some dolmas, coconut oil, pears, Mango Kombucha to try, cucumbers, tomatoes and frozen mango. Can you tell I've been craving mango lately?


Finally I have a small haul from the Israeli Market!! I go there for their amazing soup and their cashews and the other stuff was a bonus. I grabbed some vegetable barley soup (which I brought with me for lunch today), some potato leek soup (it was frozen but it is my favorite soup they make so I am giving it a try out of the freezer) some Date bars which just have dates and nuts and stuff, a point of the most delicious cashews and a big ass container of tahini.


This gorgeousness is my first recipe test for my e-book! I made a breakfast apple crisp which is essentially baked apples with a granola type topping.


I had some for breakfast and it was really good! There are a few tweaks I need to make but I love it and I'm excited! I drizzled some vanilla yogurt on top to mimic the creaminess of vanilla ice cream or vegan whipped cream on a traditional apple crisp and it was amazing.


Finally I thought I'd share a Mediterranean plate I made! It's been a long time since I've shared one and this one was really good. The roasted veggies are SO GOOD with the hummus, I highly recommend it.

So that's what I have for you today! I hope you enjoyed the post and that you have a great week! I'll see you back here on Friday! 💜

Friday, January 4, 2019

Stuff I'm Into

Hey guys! I hope that you are well and had a good week! I am getting back into my normal routine and trying to catch up on sleep. I should be back to regular food posts next week and I'm looking forward to it! For today, I thought it would be fun to share some of the things I've been loving lately. I would love to hear about the things you've been enjoying as well!

Netflix


It shouldn't be a surprise that I love The Great British Bake Off because I've mentioned it before in another favorites post. However, I took a break for a few season when Mary Berry and the two hosts left the show. Paul is entertaining but I tried watching with all the new people and I just wasn't able to get into it. I heard that there was an all vegan episode on the latest season to hit Netflix so I decided to give it another try. Naturally this leads to a 2 season binge and I can't get enough. I still miss Mel and Sue and Mary but the new crew has grown on me and the baking is as inspiring as always.


Do you guys have that movie that you keep checking for on Netflix? My movie was Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. I love this movie and I have been wanting to watch it for so long but I was never able to find it on Netflix. I decided to try searching for it a week or two ago and it was there! If you have never seen this movie I highly recommend watching it! It's really good and I thought Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet were amazing in it. It also made me hate Elijah Wood and I didn't think that was possible 😂

Disney/Pixar

Over New Year's there were Disney movie marathons all over the place. Thanks to this I was able to watch a movie that I hadn't seen yet. In addition, Netflix added another movie I hadn't seen and both of them were incredible so I wanted to share!


Tangled was a Disney movie that I had somehow never seen but always wanted to watch. It hasn't been on Netflix since I've had the service and it was never on TV during these marathons. FINALLY it was on and I caught it during a Disney movie marathon and I FREAKING LOVED IT. It quickly became one of my new favorite Disney movies. I love the story and I love Rapunzel and it was beautiful and I just loved it.


Over Christmas I was asked if I had watched Coco and I said no. I was told it was incredible and I would cry like a baby. Truthfully I didn't have high hopes because I felt it started out a little slow but OH. MY. GOODNESS. It lived up to the hype and it was so good you guys. Of course I cried like a baby and I'm so glad it was recommended to me. It just happened to be added to Netflix so it was perfect timing and I highly recommend checking it out if you can!

Cookbook


This book has also come up before on this blog when I mentioned some cookbooks that were on my radar. I was lucky enough to receive NYC Vegan for the holidays and I am SO EXCITED!!! I haven't made anything from it yet but all of the recipes look delicious and I can't wait to dive in. Of course some of them will be once in a while treats because they don't quite fit into my nutrition goals for chronic illness management but there are also plenty of recipes that do! I'm so excited to give it a try and I can't wait to do a proper review once I've tried a few recipes!

Food


I have been seeing Tteokbokki (Korean rice cakes) EVERYWHERE lately and they sound so freaking good. It is my intention to run over to H-Mart this weekend to pick up some rice cakes and gochujang so I can try making them myself. I found a recipe from The Viet Vegan (pictured above from her site) that I am going to try and I can't wait!


Technically this is a meme but it contains food and is hilarious so I had to share it with you. I can't stop laughing every time I look at it 😂

As you can see I've been catching up on my Netflix/movie watching a lot lately. I have not been feeling great (chronic illness acting up and not sleeping much makes you not want to do much) so I've been giving my body the rest it needs and relaxing and catching up on Netflix. I rarely ever watch TV and I don't really use my Netflix a ton so it was nice to just relax and catch up. What have you been watching on Netflix lately?

That's all I have for you today! I hope that you have a great weekend and I'll be back Tuesday hopefully with a ton of hauls to share with you!! 







Wednesday, January 2, 2019

End of the Year Meals

Hey everyone! Happy New Year! I hope that you are all doing well and had a great New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. I'm still pet sitting for my brother so things have been a little out of whack for me and my routine has been more hectic due to caring for all of the animals. I have barely been sleeping because the dogs decide that 4am is optimum time to play games with me so I'm exhausted. I love the snuggles but a girl needs some sleep 😂

I don't have a ton to share with you in this post just because I've been all out of sorts for the past week. I'm going to be home starting tomorrow night so things should normalize again soon. For now I just have a few pictures to share of meals I've eaten to get rid of my processed stuff and transition into my whole foods plant based living.


I had some tofutti cream cheese left that I wanted to finish so I toasted up a poppy bagel and schmeared on some Tofutti and it was freaking delicious. I am not going to give up gluten or bread but I'll make better choices by choosing whole grain bread products that are better for digestion.


Sometimes a girl just needs some chocolate if you know what I mean. I decided some Justin's peanut butter cups were my best option and they were delicious.


I'm sorry that this is a recycled pic but I just haven't been photographing my oatmeal. I've been eating a lot of oatmeal because it is one of my favorite winter breakfasts and this is a fairly typical bowl for me. I usually add raisins too and sometimes I'll use nuts instead of nut butter but you get the idea.


I've been trying to finish up my gyoza and spring rolls so I made this delicious dinner of Trader Joe's Miso Ginger broth with broccoli, seaweed and the Thai Veggie Gyoza with some of the Veggie Spring Rolls on the side. These spring rolls are freaking delicious and I know down the road I'll be eating these again as a treat because they are just really delicious.

That's all that I have for you today! I am hoping to get to H-Mart, Trader Joe's and Whole Foods at some point between now and next Tuesday so hopefully I'll have tons of hauls to share next week! I'll probably be back Saturday instead of Friday this week so I can get some more pictures to share as well.

I also wanted to say thanks for the feedback about the e-book. I think I'm going to go ahead and write it. I feel like the worst case scenario is that I just have an e-book written and no one buys it and if that's the case it's ok. It doesn't say anything about me or my worth or my abilities but I really want to write it because I do think there will be some value. I'll keep you posted on it and if you read here you'll definitely be getting sneak peeks of meals since I do post about my meals here too.

Happy New Year my friends and have a wonderful rest of your week! I'll see you Saturday!

Friday, December 28, 2018

This & That

Hey everyone! I hope that all is well! I don't have a ton of pictures to share with you today because I haven't been able to photograph much since Wednesday. As I mentioned I'm at my brother's house watching the pets so yesterday was a transition day for me and therefore hard to get anything photographed. I will share the meal that I do have and I also thought I would take some time to talk a little more about what I hope to achieve in 2019.


As I mentioned the other day, I woke up Wednesday feeling really exhausted. The holiday weekend really drained me of my energy (even though I thoroughly enjoyed it!) and I just wanted to stay in bed as long as I possibly could. I decided I would grab my sushi rolls because on Wednesday it is $5. I just expected the rolls to be a little smaller as that is what they normally do to compensate for the price reduction. Luckily they didn't do that! I got these regular sized fresh veggie rolls for $5! That was a great deal. I paired it with my favorite Blueberry Grape Kombucha from Target and it was a great meal.

So now I thought I'd talk a little bit about what I hope to achieve next year in regards to my health journey as well as my blogging journey. The two paths cross a lot so the goals are fairly similar. I am hoping to bring you guys along for the ride! The content should remain fairly close to what I post now (I'll continue to post meals and grocery hauls and things like that) but there will be minimal processed foods and more homemade meals. My homemade meals will be simple and fuss free as I don't typically have the energy to spend hours in the kitchen anymore.

For anyone joining us here for the first time or just recently I'll just give a little context. This year I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia which is a chronic illness characterized by widespread pain and chronic extreme fatigue. I've decided to minimize my processed foods intake and increase my activity to see if I can naturally manage my symptoms. This will cross over with my blogging as I will share my journey with you here along with the food I'm eating. 

I wasn't sure if I was going to share this because I tend to shy away from talking about projects that I am working on or plan to work on because my follow through isn't great. There are a whole lot of psychological reasons for that (fear of success and failure, fear of people HATING what I put out, etc.) but I decided that I need to change that in 2019. So I wanted to talk about how writing an E-Book has been a goal of mine for years. I never knew what to write and I always talked myself out of any ideas that I have had in the past. I had the idea of putting together everything I learn through this process and if it works and I can get my symptoms under control I would put together an E-Book about managing chronic illness and what I did. I will never mislead anyone by promising a "cure" (it makes me absolutely nuts when people promise cures for incurable diseases) but I can share my journey and what I did. It would be less of a recipe book (even though I would include recipes - but they will likely be so simple I'd hesitate to call it a recipe book) and more of a "What I Ate" guide. As I just mentioned, my recipes will be incredibly simple as people that suffer from chronic illness can lack energy and the idea of spending an hour in the kitchen can be daunting and quite frankly it can be a complete turn off. I know that most people will likely see my recipes as ridiculous and not see the point in having "recipes" for such simple meals but I look at complicated recipes and can't fathom spending my time using 20 ingredients to make a dressing to put on the main course that already took an hour to make. 

So I guess my question is are you interested in this kind of book? Do you think it would be a waste of money to buy an e-book of such simple recipes even though the concept is more about the process of healing rather than the specific recipes? Do you see value in simple recipes that take minimal effort or do you feel like you only get your money's worth from books with elaborate dishes in them? I'm having such a hard time gauging and I have a huge fear of people buying a book that I poured my heart into just to feel like they didn't get their money's worth. Any insight and opinions that you have would be so helpful and I'd love it if you shared them in the comments!

Anyway, if you read through this whole post I appreciate you sticking with me, it was definitely a long one! I'm going to do my best to get another post up on Tuesday and I should definitely be able to as I'll be settled in by then and I'll be on the tail end of a 4 day weekend that I gifted myself as a way to recharge after holiday madness! I'll see you then and I hope you have a great weekend!