Sunday, May 16, 2021

Stuff I Ate This week

 Hey everyone! Hope you are all well. I'm still planning on writing up a post on our adventure last weekend but this week got away from me. I don't have a ton of food to share with you but figured I'd pop in and say hello and show you the stuff I did get pictures of.

Photos may look a little different from now on because I finally got a new phone. My poor iPhone SE that I've had for like 3-4 years finally decided it had enough and basically decided it's no longer going to hold a charge or really even stay in one piece. I got another affordable phone (Samsung) and while I like the camera it is going to take some time to get used to.

Anyway, here is some stuff I ate this week:

Can you tell we like breakfast sandwiches? πŸ˜‚ This was another delicious one with spicy beyond breakfast sausage, just egg, chao cheese, green onion (OMG add this to your next breakfast sandwich!) and ketchup on an onion roll. OMG so good.

I have been wanting lots of fruit lately so this was a quick working breakfast during the week.

You guys. Matt made these INCREDIBLE carrot cake pancakes with cream cheese frosting. I can't even describe to you how good they were. The nuts on top were perfect and added a nice crunch. Matt took a beautiful photo (as he does with a lot of his AMAZING meals) and if you want to see his delicious creations and beautiful photos definitely check him out on Instagram @i_said_vegan_not_healthy

We have both been craving nachos for a few weeks now and decided that we were going to make them this weekend (last night). These consist of tortilla chips, a Gardein beefless crumbles/black bean mixture, homemade nacho sauce that Matt made, Tofutti Sour Cream, salsa and green onion. They were DELICIOUS. We have some of the "meat" mixture left over for tonight and we are going to make tacos (NOMS).

A cute little heart that bubbled up after Matt blended the nacho cheese sauce. It was so cute and a really nice little surprise when he opened the lid.

I thought I'd share a pic of myself with Matt. This was from our hike/walk last weekend. Sorry for the weird halo thing, this was right before my phone died its sad death. We couldn't get McFly to look into the camera so you just get to see his back lol.

So that's all I have for you today. I'll try to take more pics next week of stuff I'm eating. We try to eat healthier during the week and eat what we want over the weekends so I'll try and show you more of the full range haha. Anyway, I hope you are all well and I'll check back in with you soon!

Sunday, May 9, 2021

Stuff I've Eaten and Big Tesuque!

Hey everyone! I hope you've all had a great week :) It seems like Sunday may be the day that I will be posting each week. Kind of makes sense and is the perfect time to wrap up the weekly noms and adventures! I may have a bonus post for you next week since our outing today was so stunning I took a TON of pictures and it kind of needs its own post. Anyway, I'm back today to share some of the more delicious food I've eaten this week and also a few photos of one of the two places we checked out this weekend.

This was one of the healthier meals we ate this week. I made a really delicious "Unfried Rice" with tons of veggies and tofu. It was super delicious and a meal I'll definitely make again soon.

We were going to make chick'n nugget pizza but literally could not find vegan pizza dough or crust in any of the 4 stores we went to. I'm sure I could have gotten some in Trader Joe's but I was just over grocery shopping so I grabbed a french bread and figured we could just make french bread pizzas. We both realized that we could just do chick'n parm sandwiches and here was the result! Oh and how do you make chick'n parm sandwiches even better? Put it on garlic breadπŸ˜‰

Another photo because it just looked so good!

We had some Beyond Burgers so we made those for dinner one night as well. Mine had caramelized onions, chao, some greens and lots of ketchup. We had some chips and salsa on the side as well.

This was my breakfast from this morning. I am not a mom but decided that I needed some chocolate in my breakfast anyway πŸ˜‚ Peanut butter and banana toast with chocolate chips... yummm.

Here is a very sleepty boy.

And the same sleepiest boy.

Yesterday (Saturday), we took lunch up to a spot called Big Tesuque. We wandered around a bit and checked out the area then had a quick lunch. It is seriously so beautiful in this area it's like every place we go to is even better than the one before it!

Seriously, look at these skies! The weather has been absolutely perfect 95% of the time we've been here!

Just so stunning and picturesque.

I hope that you've all had a wonderful week! I hope that you are all having a happy Mother's Day with all your human and fur babies! Have a great week ahead and I'll see you real soon with some photos from our little trip we took today!

Sunday, May 2, 2021

Santa Fe Vegan!

 Hey everyone! I hope that you have all been doing well. As I'm sure you can tell by the header change, there have been some pretty big changes in my life that have kept me away from the blogosphere for a bit. Now that I'm finally a bit settled I wanted to come back and share a bit of what has been going on in my life. It's been a lot of change and it came on pretty quickly but I'm super happy and excited to start this next chapter of my life.

As I'm sure you can tell, the first big change has been in location. I'm no longer on Long Island, I've moved to Santa Fe, NM. I know the first question most people will ask is "why Santa Fe?" Trust me, I've been asked that question a lot. Santa Fe is GORGEOUS and you have tons of access to the mountains, amazing hiking and biking (I'll hopefully be getting a bike soon), really beautiful nature, pretty perfect, temperate weather and just a completely different pace. It's way more mellow here and it's a really nice change of pace and scenery. I had been wanting to live a more active lifestyle and really wanted to get outside a lot more and being here definitely will make that so much easier. 

I've definitely gone on some great hikes and great walks since I've been here. Here's just a bit of what I've seen:

Pretty stunning, don't you think? I swear everywhere we look it is just one amazing scene after another. I'm so excited to continue exploring this gorgeous area and seeing what we can find.

As I mention "we" above, that is the next update. I'm really happy to say I met a really amazing man who is here with me and an adorable, sweet pupper who is currently snoring next to me as I type this. I feel really lucky and grateful to have met these two and that they are a part of my life. Matt is vegan and cooks amazing vegan food and you will definitely be seeing a lot of it here. McFly is a sweet little Puggle and he is my new best bud.


As for the boring details, I moved here about 3 weeks ago. Matt and I drove across the country hitting 12 states in 7 days. For work, I've kept my current job and will be working remotely full time. It's been a lot of change in a small time but it was something that needed to happen for a while and I couldn't be more thrilled.

We were without a kitchen for a few weeks and it was pretty terrible. Matt has a pretty amazing machine that will literally do ANYTHING (air fry, pressure cook, sous vide, etc.) and it was definitely helpful in the hotels but it was not the same as cooking in your own kitchen. We've made some pretty delicious meals since moving into the apartment. I've only remembered to photograph a few of them but here they are:

It had been over a decade since I had pancakes before this glorious breakfast made its way into my face. I had seen photos of Matt's beautiful pancakes before and asked him to make some for breakfast one of the first weekends we were here. We went all out with toppings. He made this amazing peanut butter topping and we added banana, pecans and chocolate chips. OMG these were the best pancakes I've ever had.

I mean... doesn't get more beautiful than that/

We decided to do breakfast for dinner one night and made these amazing sandwiches on Trader Joe's everything ciabatta rolls with some perfectly cooked tofu, chao cheese and spicy beyond breakfast sausage. Of course it needed a generous helping of ketchup.

That cross section though.

Finally, today I had this Chick'n Ranch wrap with all the veggies. It was super delicious and definitely something I want to make again for a quick meal.

So I guess that's all the updates from me. I'm really hoping to get back on here semi regularly to share what I'm seeing and eating here in Santa Fe. What is the update with you? How have you all been? Definitely let me know, I miss you all!

Sunday, December 20, 2020

Tasty Meals and Some Whole Foods Treats

 Hey everyone! I hope that you are all doing well. I'm thinking that I may try to stick to posting once a week. It feels manageable and I definitely think I'll have some better content after the craziness of the holidays passes. I had taken off this past Friday and tomorrow (Monday) to give myself a little break and a long weekend to set me up to some short weeks and long weekends to close out the year. This year has been very stressful, I've taken minimal time off (two days the entire year I've been working there so far) and the new year is the busiest time of year for me. It has been really nice to have some time to breathe before it gets really busy. 

On Friday I decided to head over to That Pizza Place in Levittown, NY to grab some vegan pizza slices. I have been there a few times since the plague started and would typically get there at night when options were limited. This time I got there for lunch and had lots of options to choose from! Above you'll see a fresh tomato and garlic slice and a broccoli rabe and sausage (!!!) slice. OMG they were both DELICIOUS. I was so stuffed after I ate them I couldn't eat for the rest of the day but it was so worth it. I also got a mac n cheese slice and a grandma slice tucked away in the freezer for a lazy night when I need a quick meal. In the few instances I have ordered food I always do takeout, always change packaging from the original and always reheat. I know that places are being careful but it gives me some peace of mind.

This is just some random sushi I had at some point last week. The rolls were super fresh and delicious. 

Today I decided to have a treat yo self moment on my self care weekend and headed over to Whole Foods. I decided not to photograph my whole haul but wanted to share some of the more exciting stuff that you haven't seen a million times on this blog. I did get some veggies for stir fry, some Just Egg (on sale for $3.99 so I decided it's finally time to try it!) and some Chao slices and Violife Mozzarella shreds.

OMG you guys. I have not had a chocolate chip muffin in YEARS and I loved chocolate chip muffins in my pre-vegan days. Obviously I had to try these when I saw them. Clearly I couldn't wait and ate one before I remembered I wanted to take a photo πŸ˜‚ They are DELICIOUS. They are not super sweet but they are very yummy and were definitely worth every penny.

YOU. GUYS. This right here is the biggest win of my shopping trip. Inari rolls are my favorite sushi ever and for whatever reason I can not find them anywhere! I have looked at every sushi menu in my area and they just aren't offered. The one place I found there I ordered it and I got one piece and it was literally a tablespoon of rice in a tofu skin for $3. It was so disappointing. As you can see these are properly stuffed Inari rolls and I can't wait to eat them!

I haven't had vegan chick'n nuggets in a little while and decided to try the 365 brand since it is less expensive than the Gardein ones. Hopefully they are good! I will definitely let you know.

You guys. Ice cream! I LOVE mochi and I have not really found vegan mochi outside of Trader Joe's (and I haven't been to TJ's since the plague started because it's just too crowded and I'm not waiting 2 hours to get in). I had tried these mochi the last time I went to WFs and loved them. The chocolate flavor is delicious and the mochi texture is so nice. I highly recommend them. They are very pricey but for a treat they are worth it. I also found these vegan cookie ice cream sandwiches! I definitely had to try one too. I'll let you know how that is as well!

I love popcorn and this looked so good on the shelf. It is just popcorn, some oil, salt and nooch if I remember correctly. I'm sure it'll be delicious for a snack!

Finally, some chocolate! This was on sale 2/$5 so I grabbed 2. I love dark chocolate with espresso beans and I thought the crispy rice bar would  be nostalgic and fun to try. Definitely looking forward to these as well.

All in all, this was definitely a splurge and will be a rare treat. It's nice to treat yourself to some fun stuff and try new things sometimes though. 

I hope that you are all well! I can't believe Christmas is this week again. I hope that you are all staying warm and safe. We had our first snow storm and I'm already over it, ha! What are some fun new things you've tried lately?

Saturday, December 12, 2020

Saying Hi and What I've Been Up To!

Hey everyone! Long time no see (again). Has this pandemic been hitting everyone especially hard? It's been so hard for me to climb out of this stress filled hole I've been in, hence the disappearance for months at a time. I've been missing everyone so much though and I really wanted to touch base and see how you are all doing. It's hard for me to commit to making regular posts or even reading blogs regularly (when I get home from work I just can't bring myself to be on the computer) but it's just been way too long.

Before I share some of the stuff that I've eaten and done in the last few months I figured I'd post a brief update. I've been back in the office since my last post and it's just as stressful as you would imagine it would be. It's not necessary for me to be in the office when I worked from home successfully for months but it's not my call to make unfortunately. It's exhausting and it just makes it very difficult for me to want to do anything outside of work. I was also potentially exposed so I've had to deal with that stress (which is infuriating when you spend 9 months doing the right thing - I don't even eat lunch because I'm so afraid to take off my mask) and getting tested. On top of that I've been in a pretty deep depression for at least two months so it's just been a lot. I'm finally starting to climb out and working really hard to make some life changes that I'm excited about and I would love to bring you on that journey with me when it happens! 

Now that we have all of that out of the way, I'll show you a bit of what I've been up to the last few months.

This meal was super delicious and created from leftovers. I had some roasted veggies that I needed to use up so I just boiled up the last bits of some pasta (you'll notice different shapes haha) and added it all together and enjoyed a really tasty meal. It's amazing how some of the best meals come from scraps in your fridge.

I really love making breakfast sandwiches and this one is a pretty typical one. It is a toasted bagel with some vegan cheese, beyond breakfast sausage and ketchup. Super delicious and a really filling weekend brunch.

This salad was incredible. It was some lettuce, cranberries, almonds, violife feta, apple, balsamic vinaigrette and one of the chicken substitutes (I think this may have been Alpha brand, I was loving that over the summer), This was so refreshing.

A really easy and amazing summer breakfast - juicy peach, strawberries and cherries.

Another salad, this time caesar. I'm almost positive that was Alpha brand grilled chick'n.

At one point during the summer I decided to get up super early on the weekend and get outside. I had been stuck inside for so long I really needed to be by the water. I drove out to the marina in Northport, NY and took a walk around (masked, of course). It was really nice to be outside.

A few weeks later a friend and I went walking in a preserve in Freeport (also masked) and it was such a beautiful day and a much needed day out for both of us. It was a really great day and I'm glad that we were able to do that.

Clearly I'm into panoramic photos.

I haven't really created much art at all but I had ordered some new stamps and wanted to try them out so I made these two little cards. I'm really happy with how they came out!

My birthday also passed while I was on hiatus and one of my friends from work was so incredibly kind and thoughtful and grabbed some vegan donuts at Dunwell Donuts in Brooklyn (she lives in Brooklyn). I thought it was so thoughtful because its' very rare that I can enjoy anything that is brought in for us or for anyone else's birthday and she made sure I had something I could eat.

My mom and I ventured out to the Copiague Bakery where there are some vegan options and I grabbed my birthday treats. This was half of an enormous slice of chocolate cream cake and I also grabbed some chocolate crumb cake and both were INCREDIBLE. It's always nice to find some more vegan options.

This is a much more recent meal and the photo is terrible and doesn't do it justice. I love a chick'n caesar wrap and haven't had one in forever so I decided to make one. My go to caesar dressing is the Follow Your Heart Caesar. I love it and this wrap was delicious.

Finally, a terrible photo of a delicious meal I had yesterday. This is a Caesar salad with sun dried tomatoes and tofu "croutons." I've been obsessed with making tofu croutons in the air fryer and will never go back to regular croutons. Seriously so delicious.

So that's been a peek into some of what's been going on. I haven't photographed much at all (I've enjoyed food that isn't salad, a lot of it haha) but I'm trying to get back into the groove of life. It's overwhelming but I really did miss you all so much. Please please update me in the comments, I want to know how you are! I'm sorry for always disappearing, just trying to get through all of this.

Love and hugs to you all πŸ’œ