Saturday, April 22, 2017

What I'm Eating

Hey everyone! As promised, I'm here today with some pictures of things I've been eating over the past week. I don't have as many pictures as I'd like because I ended up eating a lot of the same thing (you'll see) but I do have plans for more variety next week. The weather has gone back to being cold and gray so my plans for delicious smoothies are bumped again. I just can't do smoothies when it is cold… it takes so long for me to warm up again after!

Here's some yummy stuff I ate this week!

I finally made my udon noodle stir fry! I used two servings of udon, half a block of tofu and lots of veggies (broccoli, Chinese eggplant and green onion) and got three meals out of it. I freaking love the texture of udon noodles. This was so delicious. I used the Soyaki sauce from Trader Joe's as a quick stir  fry sauce. It was nice and garlicky but I think a bit salty for my liking. I'll finish the bottle but I'll probably go back to my soy sauce (or coconut amines)/hoisin/garlic combo.

For lunch the next day I had some leftover stir fry and some fresh fruit in my bento box. Seriously love this thing. The grapes were amazing by the way.

This is an old picture but we went to a Turkish Restaurant for my mom's birthday and I had Shepherd's salad and hummus with bread for dinner. It was really dark so I couldn't get great pictures so I just pulled this one up. It was the same thing. Sorry for the recycled pic but the salad was so good I wanted to show it.

For breakfast this morning I got a plain "Flagel" (bagel that has been flattened before it is baked - I like these once in a while) with plain Tofu cream cheese. Way too much cream cheese to be honest. I had to take some off. So good though.

So that's some of the stuff I've been eating this week. I hope that you have all been having a great week! I'll be back Tuesday with another grocery haul and hopefully a few more meals to show you as well. I hope that you enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

All the Hauls

Hey everyone! I hope that you are all well and that you enjoyed your weekend. It went by too quickly for me, as always and the grind starts again. I did hit up some grocery stores yesterday and I made sure to take a picture of everything so I could share it with you. Do you guys have to go to multiple stores to get everything you need? I do my main grocery shopping at Trader Joe's but there's just a few things that I can't get there. I went to three stores yesterday. It's exhausting, haha. I'm fully stocked though and I'm excited to make some fun things to share with you on Saturday.

First I have my Trader Joe's haul: Romaine hearts, tomatoes, cabbage, bananas and potatoes.

Also from Trader Joe's: The new Restaurant Style Tortilla Chips (you guys, these are amazing!), refried beans, pineapple, frozen corn and frozen broccoli.

You guys. I got some insider info from Trader Joe's. We'll probably not insider info but I got some exciting news! They are coming out with coconut aminos! They should be stocking it by the end of the month and it's perfect timing because I'm pretty much out of tamari.

I also went to H-Mart and grabbed a few things. I got 2 Chinese Eggplants, a bunch of scallions and some Black Bean Sauce. I don't know about you but I've been seeing jjajungmyeon noodle recipes EVERYWHERE lately and it looks so good. I think it's basically a Korean noodle with black bean sauce recipe and I finally gave in and said I have to make it! I can't wait to try!

I also got this soup spoon from H-Mart. I love this kind of spoon and I thought this one was so pretty so I picked it up.

Finally I went to Stop & Shop which is the regular grocery store because I wanted to try this Zevia ginger ale. If you've been reading for a while you'll know I tend to get nauseous a lot for whatever reason. Ginger ale helps but I just wanted to find a better option. I've tried Zevia before but not the ginger ale option so I figured it was worth a shot. I'll let you know when I give it a try.

So that's the haul! I have some fun meals planned for the week and am looking forward to sharing them with you. I hope that you are all having a good week!

Saturday, April 15, 2017

This Week

Hey everyone. Thank you all so much for your supportive comments on my last post. It really does mean a lot to me. I know I missed Tuesday's post but I just didn't have anything to share. I'm happy to say that I did feel better after my therapy session. I'm not feeling 100% but I'm slowly climbing out of this rut. I'm feeling a bit more agitated than sad nowadays which I guess isn't really great but it's a change I guess. I do feel better though.

I don't have a whole lot to share right now unfortunately. I will show you the little bit that I do have. It's partially because it is Passover and I'm eating really boring food and partially because I don't really have any groceries to make anything interesting. I'm going to go shopping this weekend so I'll have a haul and next week I'll be cooking some more interesting things.

Anyway, here's what I have for this week:

This was pre-Passover avocado toast. I think I've mentioned in the past that I'm not religious at all but I do observe holidays out of respect and to be somewhat traditional.

I've been eating lots of salads this week. This one was spring mix, cranberries, almonds and a vinaigrette. It was simple and delicious.

I told you a few weeks ago that I splurged on a gift to myself and I'd let you know what it was. I just received it about a week ago and I'm in love with it. I ordered a Labradorite silver ring from Anemone Unique on Etsy. I've been looking for a gemstone ring for years and I guess I'm very particular and I am also the kind of person that needs to be sure about something before I buy it. I'm really glad I waited because I really love this ring. It honestly wasn't even that expensive at all but buying jewelry feels like a splurge. Maybe that's weird, I don't know.

I heard about this shop in a High Carb Hannah video and decided to check her out. She is vegan and located in Israel. Her jewelry is absolutely stunning. I have my eye on several more pieces and maybe I'll build up a collection over time. I barely have any jewelry at all, especially now that I found out that I'm allergic to gold. I will definitely be purchasing from her again! Keep in mind that the pieces may differ from the picture because each gemstone is unique but equally beautiful. And nope, I'm not sponsored or anything, I just really think she is talented and love supporting vegans and their small businesses.

The weather was so gorgeous yesterday so I took a walk as a break during work. When the weather is nice out I like to do this to get out and move around a bit since I'm in front of a computer all day. We also keep the studio pretty dark because it is easier to edit the photos that way. It's nice to get out into the sunshine when I can. On my walk I came across this garden of adorable succulents! There were so many of them and I decided to stop and snap a picture. It was definitely a good find, I'm glad that I noticed them!

Have you guys ever heard of Activated Charcoal Toothpaste? I've been hearing about it a lot lately and have been looking for some better toothpaste. I really want something that will whiten my teeth without the chemicals because I have sensitive teeth and the chemicals make it so much worse. I decided to give it a try and I picked up My Magic Mud Charcoal Toothpaste in the Wintergreen flavor. It's definitely pricey but so far I like it! It's really weird to look in the mirror and your mouth is black and it doesn't foam but otherwise I really like it! No sensitivity and my teeth feel really clean after I use it. The only thing I'd warn you about is that it does make a mess and it tends to get black stuff everywhere but a quick wipe up will take care of it no problem. I've only used it twice so I can't speak to the whitening aspect of it but I'll let you know.

I also really like the box. They make it very clear that they are vegan and cruelty free so I really liked that.

I don't eat Lenny & Larry cookies ever but they had these three flavors that I can never find and have wanted to try so I decided to pick them up for after Passover. I'll let you know what I think about them when I try them.

So that's everything for today! I hope that you are all doing well and enjoying your weekend. I hope that it is warming up by you too. It's going to be 83 tomorrow. It's crazy how much the temperatures are fluctuating. See you Tuesday.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

This & That

Hey everyone! I hope that you are all doing well and that you are enjoying the start to your weekend. Mine can't come fast enough. If I'm going to be completely candid with you, I've had a pretty shitty last few weeks. My depression has kind of come back in full force and I've barely been able to hold it together at work the last few days. I'm just pretty miserable right now… my mind is racing and I'm just not in a great place. I cry a lot. I haven't been eating a ton and I wasn't going to do a post today but I didn't want to let myself fall into that hole where I disappear for a while. I guess I'm hoping that sticking to the routine will help me pull myself out of it.

Anyway, the food is completely uninspired this week. I took a few photos to show you but don't expect to be dazzled in any way. I guess some pics are better than no pics though.

Toasted plain bagel - one half with Tofutti cream cheese and the other half with crunchy peanut butter.

This was one of the better meals of the week… yummy salad I got on the way to work with lettuce tomato, cucumber, craisins and almonds with a balsamic dressing. Really good.

Lots of clementines.

I felt like having chocolate and this was on sale so I grabbed one.

So this was posted on Chloe Coscarelli's Instagram the other day:

"Thank you to everyone who has reached out regarding the recent news, which revealed that I have been pushed out of by CHLOE.—the restaurant I founded in 2015. I imagine this news has come as a surprise to many of you. Honestly, it’s quite surreal for me too.

I developed every single recipe for the restaurant over the course of several years in my tiny apartment kitchen. I slept on a couch in the living room with no bedroom of my own so that I could be close to my work in the kitchen and develop recipes 24/7, sleeping only 3 or 4 hours most nights, for years. I set my alarm to wake me up every half hour through the night to measure the progression of ice crystals in my ice cream recipes. I made 30 variations of beet ketchup and lined them up on my window sill to compare the difference in pink pigmentation. I turned my home into a vegan test kitchen and worked with my amazing vegan team from Natural Gourmet Institute to perfect every last detail. We tested every recipe literally hundreds of times. But it was a labor of love. 
From the day I began this journey, my goal was to create a fun, friendly restaurant that showcased how delicious vegan food can make a powerful and positive impact in the world —a belief that has never for a moment wavered. To me, veganism is so much more than a vehicle for business; it’s a vote for kindness, a dedication to sustainability, and a commitment to compassion. It’s a lifestyle I adopted more than a decade ago, and will forever be proud of, champion, and defend.

This year has been extremely painful—one that has challenged me to the core. But I will not let anyone deter my goals. I am committed to being strong and positive, and will continue to champion vegan cuisine and what it stands for. To budding entrepreneurs, I hope my journey inspires you to stand up for what’s right, even if it feels scary, and hope you never lose sight of your core mission. I haven’t. I won’t. I have some exciting new projects in the works and can’t wait to fill you in soon. Until then, I want to thank each and every one of you for your love and support. Community is everything, and I am eternally grateful to be a part of yours. Onward and upward! #vegan"
- Chloe Coscarelli (@chefchloe)

Have you guys heard about the Chloe Coscarelli drama?! If you haven't you can read a little bit about it here. Basically she was forced out of her own restaurant chain. I'm so disgusted by this I can't even begin to explain. I can't imagine working so hard to achieve something so great for a movement I believe so much in just to have it ripped away seemingly for reasons based on greed. I am so sad for her and I'm sad I never visited by CHLOE before this because I'm certainly not going to give them a penny of my money now. It sounds like she has a few projects that she is working on now and I can't wait to be able to support those ventures, whatever they may be.

So that's all I have for you today. Sorry to be a downer. I hope that my next post will find me in better spirits. I do have a therapy appointment between now and then and I usually leave them feeling better so hopefully this week will be the same.

I hope that you all have a great weekend and I'll see you next week.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Another Grocery Haul

Hey guys! I hope that all is well and that you enjoyed your weekend. I was so excited we actually had a gorgeous day on Sunday where it was 60 and sunny. It was so perfect so I made sure to get out for a bit and enjoy it. And then I came home and took a nap haha. I haven't been feeling great the past few weeks so I'm just trying to catch up on sleep and feed my body some good stuff.

I did some grocery shopping at Trader Joe's and then stopped into H-Mart to grab a few things. Check out what I got:

For the produce I got a bag of baby spinach, a HUGE bag of clementines, a bag of spring mix, some zucchini, 2 avocados and some shredded cabbage.

For groceries I got some tofu, some soyaki sauce, frozen peaches and cherries and some of the garlic and herb pizza dough.

Guys, I seriously love H-Mart. The prices there are insane. In the back of this picture is a package of 5 servings of udon noodles that I got for $2.99! I don't know if that is a good price but 5 servings of noodles for $3 sounds pretty good to me. I also got a Chinese eggplant and a bunch of scallions. This cost me about $5.

I'm thinking I'm going to make an udon noodle stir fry tonight and I'll make sure to take pictures of it to show you this weekend. I hope that you are all doing well and that your week goes quickly! It's supposed to warm up again later this week and I'm looking forward to it!

Saturday, April 1, 2017

What I Eat In A Day #4

Hey everyone! I hope that you are all doing well! Today's post is going to be pretty short. I decided to do another what I eat in a day post because sometimes it is just fun to show a full day of meals. I've been feeling kind of blah and sleepy today and incredibly cold. I think it's the weather since it has been rainy and dark and cold the last few days. Luckily tomorrow will be 60 and sunny and I can't wait to get out and enjoy it.

Anyway, check out the meals from today:

For breakfast I had this delicious plate of avocado toast topped with the Trader Joe's Everything bagel seasoning with a pear on the side.

For lunch I had some veggie rolls from the store. Delicious and fresh as always.

For dinner I had some mushroom ramen noodles and added in a frozen veggie medley to at least get a little bit of veggie goodness in there. This was really warming and comforting and just what I needed to finally get rid of the chill. 

So that's what I ate today. If I have anything else it will be some popcorn later but we'll see! I hope that you are all enjoying your weekend so far and I'll see you on Tuesday!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Grocery Haul

Hey guys! I hope that you are all well and that you enjoyed your weekend. My weekend was exhausting and I was totally drained yesterday but I was able to catch up on sleep a bit last night. I don't have a lot to share today but I did take photos of my grocery haul from this week.

I didn't buy this but did you guys know that Trader Joe's started carrying a├žai packets?! That is definitely good to know. I have some in my freezer from a really long time ago but now I know I don't have to go to Whole Foods to grab them.

For produce I got some romaine hearts, celery hearts (I rarely eat celery but I've been craving it with peanut butter lately), asparagus, HUGE honeycrisp apples, and some tomatoes.

Random stuff includes tortilla chips (restaurant style, yum!), some delicious sounding ancient grains and nuts granola, frozen mango and pineapple because it's almost smoothie time! And I'm sorry about the hideous tablecloth… this is one of the 5% of the time you'll have to see it!

Bianca posted about these maybe a week ago and they sounded so good! I didn't know where to get them and then I randomly walked in to a 7-11 and they were there staring at me! I don't know when 
7-11 starting carrying things like this but it's awesome! I haven't tried them yet but I'll let you know how they are.

So that's what I have for today. Nothing crazy interesting but a decent haul nonetheless. On a different note, I ended up facing my fears and going to the movies yesterday. I did see Beauty and the Beast and you guys… it was GOOD. I really loved it and I'm glad that I didn't give in to the intrusive thoughts. It was really difficult to sit there before it started and during the previews but once the movie started I was able to get lost in it for the most part. Anyway, I highly recommend seeing Beauty and the Beast!

I hope you all have a great week and I'll see you on Saturday!

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Stuff I Ate

Hey guys! Happy Saturday and happy weekend! As always, I'll be joining you there in a few hours. This weekend is a little bit more hectic as I'm pitching in to help take care of Delilah and the fur babies while my brother and sister in law are in Aruba. I got her ready for school yesterday and put her on the bus and it was a lot to get done while taking care of the animals and getting ready to go to work myself. We all survived and made it where we needed to go on time. I'll be with her again on Sunday to put her on the bus again on Monday. So much credit to all of you parents out there that do this every day.

Anyway, I have some delicious meals to share with you. I've been eating some good stuff lately and I've been pretty diligent about taking some pictures too :)

Sometimes all you need is a good bowl of cereal. This is a bowl of the Cinnamon Puffins that I got from Whole Foods with some unsweetened vanilla almond milk.

This is probably the best bento lunch I've made yet! On the left is a wrap with hummus, avocado, tofurkey, lettuce and tomato and a few of the Earth Balance Vegan Cheddar Crackers. On the right is a salad made with romaine, craisins, almonds and apples with a vinaigrette. Seriously so good you guys.

Popcorn as a snack. So freaking good. It's such a great, simple, satisfying snack.

I enjoyed that salad so much I made it for lunch again. Larger salad, just as delicious.

A unhealthy processed dinner of champions. I had some Gardein Crispy Tenders and some of the Alexia Rosemary Fries. Both were delicious.

You guys. Seriously. This breakfast was so simple but so insanely good. I haven't had avocado toast in a long time and I had a perfectly ripe avocado so I made some. Rather than topping it with the usual salt and pepper I decided to use the Everything Bagel Seasoning from Trader Joe's and you guys… do this ASAP!!! It's amazing! I had some strawberries on the side that were surprisingly sweet and delicious for this time of the year.

So there you have it! I'm not sure what I'll have for you on Tuesday since this weekend is a bit weird with scheduling and whatnot but I'll try my best to get something interesting together to you. I hope you all have a great weekend! <3

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Treat Yo Self

Hey everyone! Happy (?) Tuesday! I hope that you all enjoyed your weekend and that you are settling into your week. I've had a bit of a splurgey weekend and I'm totally ok with that. It's not a bad thing to splurge on yourself every once in a while and I definitely did that at Whole Foods. I also bought myself another little gift but I'll show you that when it arrives.

Anyway, I was pretty excited about my Whole Foods haul so I'll show you that now!

First up is the produce.  Some bosc pears, strawberries, butter lettuce, honeycrisp apples, carrots and a tomato.

Next we have random stuff, haha. Gardein crispy tenders, apple cider vinegar (I'm going to start drinking a tablespoon of this mixed with pineapple juice in the morning), some mushroom flavored ramen and a chocolate So Delicious yogurt.

This was pretty splurgey haha. This is my snack haul. Puffins Cinnamon cereal, dill pickle chips, my favorite Thai Peanut Primal Strips (!!!!! this is the first time I've seen these in my Whole Foods in years!), emmy's mint chip macaroons, Artisana pecan and walnut butter packets and Dandies to put in hot chocolate because it's still cold as f*** here.

Alexia Rosemary fries (they sounded so good!), almond milk, So Delicious Chocolate Cookies n Cream ice cream and some Tofutti.

Yesterday I did some more therapy homework and went to the mall. My goal was to go for an hour and I surpassed that by 15 minutes for a grand total of 75 minutes at the mall by myself. I was so incredibly proud of myself and decided to reward myself with Bubble Tea! I drank a lot of bubble tea when I lived in Seattle but have only had it twice in the 10 years since I've lived there (it's not easy to find here on Long Island). They opened a kiosk at the mall and I was so excited when I found out about it! 

This is what I ended up with and oh my goodness you guys! It was FREAKING AMAZING. I got the mango green tea with boba and it was so delicious and refreshing. This may have to be a tradition when I go to the mall from now on ;)

So that's what I have for you today! Lots of splurging and I can't wait to get into all of it. Luckily it should all last me a while so I can justify the price tag that way. What have you splurged on lately?

I hope that you all have a great week! I'll catch up with you this weekend!

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Stuff I'm Into Saturday

Hey guys! I hope that you all had a great week! It was my intention to take pictures of delicious food to show you today but sadly that didn't happen. I wasn't feeling great this week (oh migraines, you are the worst) and I just wasn't really into prepping anything interesting or eating anything interesting for that matter. I wasn't going to post because I didn't feel like I had anything to talk about but I thought it would be fun to bring back the old Fun Friday style post that I used to do. I did one a week or two ago and it was fun so I decided rather than skip this post, lets just have some fun!

I decided that I would talk about some things that I am into at the moment as well as things that I want to do. Check it out!

Something that has definitely not been on my radar in quite a few years is travel. Well that's not entirely true I guess. I've had places that I want to visit but there were never any real plans to go. As my bubble got smaller due to my OCD, things like travel completely left my radar. There was no way I would feel safe. I'm so excited to say that now that I have started treatment and have been able to see past the OCD my desire to travel has come back full force! A few of the places at the top of my list are Sedona, Iceland, Denmark, Montreal, Israel, Greece and Amsterdam. I'm really hoping to plan a trip for sometime in the next year but obviously finances will determine whether or not that is possible. I'm just really excited that the idea of travel is back on the table.

*Note: I know I have gone to Florida but I consider that more of a visit than an actual travel experience. I'm talking about going to new places :)

When I was younger photography was a passion of mine. It was something I truly enjoyed. I've worked in the field for 9 years now and I've pretty much completely stopped shooting on my own for fun. This is something that I want to remedy. For a long time I hated it. I couldn't imagine doing something in my free time that I did all week at work. Now I have what feels like a second wind. I want to create. I want to see what I am capable of. I have a list of places I want to visit this spring/summer and I want to see what I can capture there. I will make sure to share them with you.

You guys. I know you have to be with me on this. Don't you miss summer fruit?! I seriously can't wait for the weather to get warmer so I can enjoy more raw foods and so summer produce is back in season. All I've wanted lately is fresh summer produce. I'm also thinking about starting to juice again once it gets warmer. I remember how good I felt physically and I miss that. 

Is anyone else excited about the live action Beauty and the Beast movie?! I have a friend that saw it yesterday and she said it was really great. I haven't been to a movie theatre in 6 years (also OCD related) but I'm thinking about dealing with that fear and going to see this in the theatre. I'll let you know if I see it and if I do how I like it!

I know it's not a lot but that's what has been going on here. I'm thinking about taking a trip to Whole Foods tomorrow instead of to Trader Joe's. It's obviously a bit more splurgy to go there but there have been some things that I have wanted to check out and it looks like they have some decent sales going on. If I go I'll make sure to photograph my haul to show you on Tuesday.

That's all I have for today. I hope that you are all doing well and thank you so much for reading this :) I know it's an interruption in our regularly scheduled programming but sometimes it is fun to give an update on things that aren't food related. 

I hope you all have a great weekend! I'll see you on Tuesday!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Snow Day Life

Hey hey everyone! I hope that you are all doing well! As the title suggests, today was a snow day. Although it wasn't so much of a snow storm as it was an ice storm. It must have snowed overnight but when I woke up it was freezing rain. The streets were sheets of ice and we have a nice icy coating to the pretty white snow. Needless to say I did not want to drive on an ice skating rink so I took a snow day. I didn't waste it thought, I was actually fairly productive! I got some meal prep done for the rest of the week and also worked on a few other things :) Have you guys gotten any snow? If so I hope that you are remaining safe and warm!

I had to take this picture yesterday because of how ridiculous I thought it was. We finally had some signs of spring in our front yard the day before a snow storm was supposed to hit. Needless to say this beautiful start to spring is buried under ice and snow.

I forgot to photograph my haul from Trader Joe's this week but I did grab a picture of this! I found the much anticipated nooch at Trader Joe's and I picked it up because I needed some anyway.

This was the first thing I prepared for the week. I made another stir fry. This one has tofu, snow peas (snap peas? I always get confused between the two) and asparagus. I know it is a random mix of ingredients but it's just what struck me at Trader Joe's this week. I made the sauce out of hoisin, tamari and garlic powder. If I did a grocery haul the tofu and veggies would have been in it :)

I also made the Apple Pie Chia Jam from Oh She Glows! I really like this and I haven't made it in a while so I figured it was time to make a batch. I think it will be perfect for breakfast throughout the week in oatmeal and on waffles. I'll have to make sure to take pictures to show you how I used it.

I was going to have a burrito for dinner but I wasn't really feeling it when dinner time came. I decided to make a small flatbread pizza with mushrooms, Daiya and garlic powder. I was going to add broccoli to it too but my broccoli had seen better days. It was still really good though.

I also packed my lunch for tomorrow. As you can see I am having some of the stir fry I made earlier today. There is some Jasmine Rice under there somewhere. I am also going to bring a Lemon Larabar to snack on during the day.

So there you have it, this is what I did on my snow/ice day. I'm glad it was productive and that I am going to be saving myself time in my meal prep throughout the week. If you had a snow day today what did you end up doing? For those of you that didn't, is it warm where you are? Let me know so I can be jealous ;)