Thursday, May 24, 2018

Some Foods

This was a delicious curry I made the other night. It had tofu and red and green lentils. I was out of potatoes so I subbed tofu. This is a curry for people who wonder how vegans get protein!
Last summer I made sushi and sushi burritos quite often, but all winter I've just been using the little seaweed snacks and having little wraps. So the other night when I made sushi burritos my wrapping skills were not what they once were! These barely held together as burritos, I would have been so frustrated if I would have tried to make rolls. They still tasted great though!
Last night after work all I could muster was some tots. I had them with sriracha just mayo. Sometimes tots are the answer to all life's problems. I had the kind of night where the old me would have drank nine million beers and smoked five hundred million cigarettes. Tots may not be the healthiest meal, but they're a million times healthier than my old choices!
I am a huge fan of Lantana's hummus. Every single flavor is better than the last. They use different beans and always have flavorful and interesting toppings. The carrot sriracha has been my favorite flavor up until now. The hatch chili just became my favorite ever. It's made with white beans and topped with green chili and just WOW. It's creamy and smooth with just a mild kick from the chili. Next time I shop I'm picking up white beans so I can try and recreate it at home because I want to eat it all the time on everything!!!

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Two Hauls One Post

Soy curls,nag champa, gluten free vegan clearance cookie,bath salts,natural deoderant, big booch,small booch,daiya yogurt
I went to Natural Grocers for two things, deoderant and a kombucha starter kit. All winter they had the kits and now they don't. This is why you don't wait! I've called Sprouts and the Bigger natural grocers and neither has them!! I don't want to order one through Amazon because I am choosing to not support that company so I don't know what I'm going to do. GRRRRRR!
This is the stand out. When my primal pit paste ran out, I found this crystal rock man's deoderant on clearance at work so I bought it. But it's THE WORST. I swear I stink five seconds after applying. And I've never considered myself a smelly person. So I decided to try this because it's three dollars less than primal. I'm happy to report I still smell fresh as a daisy after an eight hour shift and sleeping overnight. And the vanilla almond smell is really nice.
Spinach,bananas,garlic,potatoes,orange juice,onion, red lentils,red onion, gluten free flour and pasta,frozen strawberries and blueberries,raspberry and lime fruit bars, tofu,complete cookie,pasta sauce and coconut milk
Pretty basic haul. I needed a few pantry staples like pasta and coconut milk and no one can beat Trader Joe's prices for those two things. I got some gluten free flour because I'm craving pizza and I'm going to attempt to make my own gluten free crust. I have a fear of gluten free baking because I could barely bake with gluten, so I'm going to try to nudge myself in the brave direction! Pizza crust seems like a gentle first step. Dipping my toe in.
So I was hoping to hang my winter coat in the closet for the next few months, but the last time I wore it I flung it on the couch when I came home and it has become the new napping hot spot for Roxy and also Joan. I guess it stays!

Monday, May 21, 2018

Stuff I Ate on Sunday

Yesterday I started my day with lemon water and one cup of each of these teas. I'm enjoying my morning tea while I can. In another month or so it will be so stinking hot I won't want to look at anything warm!
This was my breakfast. Frozen strawberries and blackberries, banana, avocado, chia seeds, and spinach.
After my smoothie I had some orange, carrot and ginger juice. This juice always perks me up. It's an all natural energy drink!
I had one of these muffins with a tiny bit of coconut oil and some nooch. I forgot to take a picture of the actual muffin I ate. I know these aren't gluten free, but they were on sale at Sprouts and the gluten free breads are so expensive it offends me so I went for it. I'm keeping them in my freezer so I can just have one every once in awhile.
As I was cleaning I sipped on hibiscus iced tea and had a few bites of sriracha sauerkraut. Gotta balance that gluten with some good probiotics! I really need to get some tofu pups. When I eat sauerkraut, it just screams for veggie dogs and mustard!!!
It was a grey gloomy Sunday and I'm feeling kind of gloomy so comfort food seemed like an important part of my day. I made delicious horseradish mashed potatoes with Mayacama's chicken style gravy which is vegan and gluten free. If you like horseradish, I highly recommend trying it in mashed potatoes.
I had a pina colada popsicle for dessert. These are seriously my favorite thing ever. Thank you Sprouts for making such an amazing treat!
Here is Kiki doing what she does best, forcing cuddle time. Etta looks less than enthused, and like she's holding onto her spot for dear life!!

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Sunday Stuff

I got this lovely care package from England the other day. It was sent by Caroline and it had some tea and these delicious candies, and lots of lotions and serums. I love my lotions and potions! It also had this package of bath crystals with arnica! I take weekly Epsom salt baths to help my back so I was so excited to use this! It smelled wonderful and my body felt amazing after my soak. Thank you Caroline for the lovely package.
This was my simple lunch yesterday. Potato wedges seasoned with seasoned salt, onion powder and nooch and a spicy "chicken" burger from Sprouts. I made one of my favorite sauces of Just Mayo mixed with green dragon sauce.
I was craving quesadillas Friday night, and I talked myself out of getting flour tortillas because gluten. But last night work was so WRETCHED and I was still craving quesadillas so I broke down and allowed myself some old fashioned flour tortillas. I filled them with refried black beans and a little cheddar daiya. These were totally worth the cheat. I had them with my favorite smoky and spicy salsa.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

What I've Been Eating and Drinking

This is the watermelon I got at Trader Joe's last week. It was pretty good, although not quite as sweet as other watermelons I've had recently. I ate half of it and juiced the other half along with some spinach.
The color is a little strange. It looks like those brownish red tomatoes I see sometimes in the produce section. I think they're called kumatos? But it was incredibly sweet and delicious. For some reason if you juice a not so sweet watermelon the juice is very sweet. I just noticed little Kiki in the background having a nap.
This was my quick lazy meal the other night. Waffle fries and tofu nuggets dipped in Just mayo mixed with spicy mustard. If I had agave I would have added a little to the sauce to make a mock honey mustard.
I tried sharing my smoothie but Etta doesn't care for blackberry seeds getting in her teeth. It's super rare when I can get a great picture of Etta's gorgeous face. She is usually super camera shy.
This was my dinner last night. It looks kind of pathetic because my flash is acting weird and I'm not even close to tech-y enough to figure out how to fix it. It was doing this awhile ago and I restarted my phone which seemed to work, and now it's not working so that's frustrating. But this tasted way less pathetic than it looks. More waffle fries with one of the Sprouts vegan chicken patties. I really like the chicken patties, although they're more like a burger. It isn't the texture of the boca chicken or any vegan nugget I've had. They taste great, and I'm okay with it being different. I've reached the point where I don't want realistic faux meats. I have zero interest in trying the Impossible burger. I don't want my food to bleed even if it is from beets. Also these patties are pretty inexpensive, $2.99 a box for four patties.
Etta is camera shy, Kiki however is my little camera lover. I was taking a picture of something else and she started posing to get my attention. She loves to show off her belly to the world!

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Sprouts Haul

My grocery day has switched again due to my ever revolving schedule. I got some groceries yesterday and I decided to switch things up and get my weekly groceries at Sprouts. Sprouts has some great deals on produce, but they have a lot of specialty stuff that is expensive so I've never attempted to get all my groceries there. But I decided to challenge myself and I did really well. I even got a few treats and specialty things. I've posted Sprouts hauls on Instagram and had people comment that they always spend so much money there, they didn't know you could find deals! Ha!
Tofu, waffle fries,spinach,Ezekiel English muffins,nori wraps,turmeric matcha tea,green onion, yellow onion,carrots, oranges,lemons&limes,tofu, bulk oatmeal and rice,strawberries and blackberries,potatoes,kombucha,mangoes,watermelon,honeydew melon,bananas,pina colada bars, spicy "chicken" patties,basil, three avocados,lemongrass
I had a five dollar off a thirty dollar or more purchase so this was $44.00 with the coupon. I feel like I got a lot, and also some fun stuff that I don't have very often. I got a four pound watermelon for forty cents!! And the honeydew melon was only eighty eight cents. For the whole thing, not per pound. And the spinach was cheaper than Trader Joe's! If you live near a Sprouts I highly suggest checking them out!
I'm super excited about the spicy chicken patties because every vegan chicken style product I find is either vegetarian or made with gluten and Sprouts brand are vegan and gluten free! I hope these are similar to the Boca spicy chicken patties.
They had some fancier teas on sale and I was doing so well with my budgeting I allowed myself to splurge on this turmeric, chili and green tea. I had a cup this morning and it's nice and mellow. Not too spicy and not too turmeric-y.
These are the stand-out for me. I almost cried tears of joy when I tried this. Creamy, with little pieces of pineapple. They've kicked the fruit frenzy bars right out of the way for my number one favorite cold treat. Expect to see these a lot over the summer. I always liked Pina Coladas from the cheesiest bars and restaurants because they always made really weak drinks and they mostly just tasted like the pina colada mix. I've never like rum. Blech. These are for all of us virgin Colada lovers!
I didn't get any of these because I am trying to watch my girlish figure, plus for some reason I mainly like ice cream in the winter, in the summer I like fruity popsicles.But it's great to know Sprouts has all the new flavors and they are on sale. People seem to be the most excited about the peach! I want to try the banana Foster even though I've never had bananas Foster. But anything banana for me!
Meanwhile back at the home office lots of papers were filed. Someone has to keep track of the comings and goings of those birds and squirrels!

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

News and What I Ate

I know there are a lot of Miyokos Kitchen lovers out there, and I just watched a video from the Vegan Zombie where he was taste testing three new vegan cream cheese flavors that aren't out yet, but are supposed to be out by this summer! They tasted plain, cheddar and a vegan lox flavor. Here is the video if anyone would like to watch it. Vegan cheddar cheese cream cheese sounds pretty amazing!
This was a green smoothie believe it or not. I really packed in the spinach but the blueberries took over! This also had flax seed and banana. I've noticed that using flax regularly definitely helps with my depression. It doesn't take it away of course, I just find it easier to deal with. And it gives you that Omega glow!
I made lentil and rice burritos with the Ezekiel tortillas and potato queso. I just love that it feels like you're eating a super creamy decadent burrito but the sauce is made from veggies!! I used this Salsa Queen salsa in the queso and a little on top of my burrito. It's a local company started by a mother who wanted healthy snacks for her kids. The gourmet red chili is spicy and smoky, I love it!
I had one of these delicious goodpops for dessert. Although I've never had an actual mojito with rum, I've had mojito flavored things and I feel like mojito fans will love these!
Joan intensely watched a birds for cats video for forty five minutes yesterday! It was pretty funny because she would go from the laptop to the window and she would chirp at the birds and almost jump to the windowsill, but then get drawn back in to the video. It was pretty adorable!

Monday, May 14, 2018

My Best Curry Yet!

I was off yesterday and it was a cool grey day. Perfect weather for a curry! I struggled for years with making curries. I either added too much or too little curry powder or paste and after awhile I gave up. I lived in Seattle at the time so it was easy to pick up an inexpensive curry pretty much anywhere. I miss those days. I started getting better at making curries while living in Erie,PA. It was either learn or not have curry anything. I had some major fails but finally kind of figured it out. Where there'e a will there's a way right? Last night my curry was probably the best curry I've ever made. I think it's because I added a little tamari near the end of simmering. It gave the curry a deeper flavor. I feel kind of silly posting the recipe because it's so simple and I'm sure everyone has a favorite curry, and also I've posted simple curries before, but this just tasted so dang amazing and maybe there is someone reading this who also struggles with curry dishes.

                                                         Red Lentil and Potato Curry

  • 1 Onion Minced
  • 2 Cloves Garlic Minced
  • 3 Medium Russet Potatoes, Peeled and Diced
  • 3/4 C. Red Lentils
  • 1/2 Tsp. Salt
  • 1/2 Tsp. Crushed Red Pepper
  • 2 T. Curry Powder
  • 1/2 tsp. Pepper
  • 1/4 Tsp. Garlic Powder
  • 1 1/2 T. Tamari/ Soy Sauce/ Braggs Liquid Aminos or Coconut Aminos
  • 1 T. Sambal Oelek
  • 1 Can Coconut milk
  • 3/4 C. Water
Saute the minced onion and garlic with water or a little coconut oil on medium heat for three or four minutes. Add diced potatoes, salt, pepper, crushed red pepper, garlic and curry powder. Saute for about two more minutes and then add the lentils and water. Add the can of coconut milk and bring to a boil. Turn down heat, and add the Sambal Oelek. Simmer for about twenty minutes until the potatoes are tender and the lentils have softened. Add the tamari and let simmer for a few minutes.

I love making curries with red lentils because they kind of dissolve into the curry making it really thick and luscious. Also red lentils are super quick cooking so if you get a spontaneous craving for a curry this can be dinner in under thirty minutes. Since curries always taste better the next day, I like to make this earlier in the day, and then reheat it while I cook the rice. This would be great with some Naan bread to sop up every last bit of sauce!
There is just so much bird an squirrel activity going on and the girls have been loving it! There is activity going on outside of all three windows that are available so they all have ample space for watching!

Sunday, May 13, 2018

We've Come a Long Way Baby!

I saw a post on Instagram about the coconut kefir from GT's a while ago, and when I went to Natural Grocers I was surprised to see it on the shelves. It's definitely more expensive than kombucha so I don't know if I'll try it, but nice to know that it's available!
These Alive drinks are new to me. They are probiotic ciders made with medicinal mushrooms and apple cider vinegar. Again these are pricier than booch, but if I have a splurge day I might try one because I know medicinal mushrooms are really good for you, and they have a mate mint flavor and yerba mate is one of my favorite teas ever! Gt's also is making coconut yogurt! It's almost five dollars for a not very big jar so again this would be a splurge for me. But I do miss yogurt and these come in a glass jar that I could reuse so it would be worth the splurge. I saw a picture of a Yoplait yogurt container from the seventies that washed up on a beach and it was in perfect condition. I haven't bought a yogurt since. Anyway isn't it crazy how many probiotic related stuff keeps popping up? I remember when GT's was one of the only kombuchas you could find and if you did run across more than one option it was like the best day ever!
Sorry for the worse than usual picture! Last night I actually got off work at ten P.M. instead of midnight, so I celebrated with some lentil, jalapeno and daiya cheddar quesadillas on Ezekiel tortillas.
Just like probiotic beverages and foods vegan cheese has also come so far. Look at that melt!! These were ooey and gooey and so satisfying. I bet non vegans would even know the difference. I'm starting to see all these lactaid free dairy products like milk and several ice creams. They aren't dairy free, just lactaid free. I don't know, I don't get it. There are so many amazing vegan cheeses out there. And the plant milk options are pretty astounding. Vegans really will make milk out of anything. Ha!
I have today off and Roxy and Afro are lounging in bed with me.The birds and squirrels are really active today so the other girls are running back and forth between windows!

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Another Vegan Haul plus Cats!

I went to Natural Grocers and Trader Joe's yesterday. I did not want to be anywhere near Trader Joe's on the Saturday before Mother's Day!! I wish I could afford to get all my groceries at Natural Grocers. The aisles are big and wide and they're never super busy. They also play the best music. It's always very relaxing to shop there. But some of their prices really stress me out!
I got the pink Himalayan bath salts for my coworker who suffers from eczema. I'm trying to help her heal her little hands! The soy curls and Epsom salts are for me. Afro wouldn't stop circling these three things as you can see. They love the bags that the Epsom salts come in for some strange cat reason.
Frozen strawberries and blueberries,Ezekiel wraps,spinach,cauliflower gnocchi,red and green lentils, lemons,green onions,potatoes,tofu,fruit frenzy and fruit floe bars,bananas,coconut milk, avocado, kiwi,green dragon sauce, watermelon, complete cookie(chocolate chip)
I'm so mad at myself for grabbing the Ezekiel wraps. For some reason I compared them to the gluten free rice tortillas and they seemed more flexible. But the problem is Ezekiel wraps and bread are not gluten free so I am a total spazz. If I'm going to have gluten I would have preferred to go all the way with regular flour tortillas. Like I always say vegan is super easy, gluten free is a total pain in my arse!!
This was my treat for making it out alive! Last week I tried the lemon last week so I decided to try the blackberry. Delicious!
I had some soy curls for dinner last night. I marinated the curls in a mixture of hoisin, soyaki, sambal oelek, crushed red pepper and a little tamari. While the rice cooked I baked them in the same dish I used to marinate them. After tofu soy curls are my favorite soy product. They're so easy to work with and they have a great texture. And they are just like tofu in that they absorb all the flavors!
Sometimes yogi tea freaks me out. I always love the quotes on the bags but some days it's scary how much I needed to read what is on my tea bag!
It's been a really weird spring here in SLC. One day it's almost ninety, then two days later you see snow. Last night dipped down in the forties so I turned my heat on this morning to bring the temps up and Joan made sure the extra room got none of the heat!