Sunday, January 15, 2017

More Repeats

It's the time of year when baked oatmeal happens on the weekends: this version is with almond butter.
I met a friend at the Colorado History museum, and after touring around the exhibits we had lunch at the cafe. I was pleasantly surprised when I found Vegetable Green Chile! What are the odds that I had just talked about trying to make a vegan version...and it appears to inspire me?! This one was pretty spicy - all crackers were crumbled into it, so as to offset the heat.
 More of the Oh She Glow's Indian Lentil Cauliflower Soup:
More stir-fry veggies with soba noodles and Soyaki:

I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend! I'll see you on Wednesday!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Approaching Success

I'm on repeat - "I was supposed to post this yesterday."  Just like Sunday's post became Monday's - yesterday's is now up today. But this time, I threw in a bonus. Details ahead.

Whole Foods Plant-Based Protein Powder in Vanilla Caramel, frozen strawberries, frozen pineapple, almond milk.
 No Bake Oatmeal Nut Butter Balls
 Black Bean Quinoa Bake
 Stir fry veggies with soba noodles and Soyaki.
 Bonus: today's meals were the same, except for oat bran at breakfast, and then for dinner - a new recipe from Angela's Oh She Glows cookbook.
 Indian Lentil Cauliflower Soup

I'm thisclose to being on a regular working schedule. But good thing tomorrow is Friday. And it's MLK weekend. I PROMISE to see you on time - on Sunday! :)

Monday, January 9, 2017

Struggle is Real

I meant to post this yesterday, but I am still trying to find my way back to a working schedule. I'll get there, and still plan to post on Wednesday or Thursday.

Don't call it a comeback:
 Green Chile is a thing during the winter months in Colorado. Seeing as I've never made it (traditionally made with pork, and even in my omni days I wasn't a fan of meat in soups/stews/chiles), I bought a bottle of pre-made veg version and turned it into a Shen-worthy throwback. Rice flour tortilla with refried beans crisped under a broiler, then covered in green chile, avocado, and shredded lettuce.

Prep for the week: black bean quinoa skillet (cumin and chili powder are the spices).

I decided to make some No Bake Oatmeal Nut Butter Balls, so I purchased chia seeds and flax seeds (a first for me!). I used maple syrup instead of honey in the recipe.
 Final result, with the resident peanut butter spoon licker (who just had a haircut!)...

See you in a few days!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Not So New

Happy New Year, and cry with me as I bid "farewell" to my Winter Break. It's back to work tomorrow. I've enjoyed the spare time to attend my favorite 9am workout classes, catch up with several friends, and spend lots of time with family.  The meals haven't been anything different, but here are a few:
 Oat bran with maple syrup above, and Apple Butternut Squash soup served with a small onion bagel and Tofutti, below.

Right, so - there's no green vegetables (shredded iceberg does not count!).  I feel a healthy grocery haul coming on Saturday...stay tuned!

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Christmas Weekend

A very long overdue tofu & spinach scramble with grits for Christmas Eve morning:
 Remy and I then headed to my parents, along with my brother, settling in for the holiday:
 A tree my grandfather planted 40 years ago needed trimming at the farm, and so my aunt turned the limbs into decorative pieces:
 Same snacks but also with Christmas Eve minestrone:

Christmas Day, my family ate things I do not - so I made corn chowder with Seitan Bacon. It's so good, and I have lots left over.
 A gift to myself was a planner, and many thanks to Sarah for the stickers!
 I hope you had a wonderful holiday! See you in the New Year!

Thursday, December 22, 2016

It's Nearly Time

I tried to be cute and re-write a Christmas story for you, but it didn't happen. Ha ha! Anyway, it's the first day of winter break today, and I can hardly believe it.  Before the last few days of the semester began, I attended a cookie decorating party. I didn't bring any home, even though the icing was vegan - the cookies were not.
 The little guy is doing better. I'm still trying to discourage jumping and standing only on hind leg stances.
 I'm really feeling soups right now. I have two more on the horizon for the weekend, so I'll share those once they're prepared.  In the meantime, I made this recipe of Apple Butternut Squash Soup, just using some grapeseed oil instead of butter. It has a really nice heat to it from the cayenne and black pepper!
 I'm on my second to last serving of Tomato Coconut Curry soup. It looks like spaghetti sauce in this photo - but it's not, trust me. Ha!
This weekend is both Christmas and Hanukkah, so to all of you who celebrate one or the other or both - Happy Holidays to you and your loved ones! See you on Monday with a full weekend wrap up!

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Winter is Here

A very busy work week preparing for finals, so I prepped some meals on Sunday evening: a quinoa-garbanzo- spinach- cucumber- dried cranberry- sliced almond salad for lunches. Tomato Coconut Curry Soup (served with toast) for a few evenings.

 Wednesday, Remy let me know that his back was hurting (whimpering, only sitting) so we were able to be squeezed in for an emergency appointment.
 Some years ago a similar type of behavior and pain existed, and it was confirmed to be inflamed spinal discs - common in his breed, and especially for his age - so he's on Vetprofen and the occasional muscle relaxer.  By the next day he was feeling/acting like himself.  I asked Frankie's mommy to visit him while I was at work, just to make sure he wasn't too woozy from the relaxant.  She sent pictures to show he was up and wanting cuddles, but not too clingy.  The vet said: it's time for more puppy staircases and less jumping.  So, a friend from work who has a small dog said she had an extra staircase, and gave it to Remy:
 Now he has one in the living room, and one in the bedroom!  We're not doing too much activity just yet, but now the weather has prevented anything too strenuous:
Eight inches fell over night, and when I was shoveling the sidewalks and digging out my car - it was three below.  Winter has arrived, indeed! Some of my weekend plans have been canceled, but I'm not heartbroken about it - more time with my boy, and some indoor chores! Happy weekend, everyone!