Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Archive for the ‘dried mixed fruit’ Category

I’m not an overly dramatic person (must be the residual effects of my tomboy youth…) but I have to say, the lack of candied ginger in ALL the local Whole Foods stores has me freaking out.  I am officially out.  Like Kyle’s chapstick stash, I had back-ups upon back-ups, but they are all depleted now.  Yikes.  Hoarding fail.

IMG_7001 

It gets worse!  The above photo is the last of my carob chip stash too.  Folks, this is a state of national emergency. 

IMG_9106

My pre-packed work eats will just have to do without my beloved ginge. 

More leftover Surprisingly Vegan waffles with frozen bloobs (they thaw by the time I eat/heat it the next day). 

IMG_9107

Plus, some Artisana raw cacao bliss nut butter.  For the record, this flavor needs mega kneading before it’s ready to squeeze, but it’s worth the hand exercise.  Mmmmm…

IMG_9111IMG_9112 

Cherries, apple, dried fruit, yadda yadda. 

Not the best snacks for eating on the go, but the weekends are generally slower paced on the weekends so I pack fewer bars and more fresh fare.

IMG_9109

I did have one of my favorite desserts though…easy enough to eat whenever and/or wherever.  Nana’s Oatmeal Raisin cookies are a gift to vegans. 

IMG_9110 

My salad is admittedly hideous, so for the record, please ignore it’s appearance.  It has huge amounts of avocado and leftover tofu stir-fry on mixed greens

IMG_9108 

Happy weekend all!  Who else is working?  Who is lounging in the sun for me?

Read Full Post »

Oh night shift, how you disrupt my sleep cycle.

IMG_8904

How’s that for a cluttered night stand?!  The ear plugs are the latest addition to help with my daytime snoozing sitch. 

Ugh.  Again, I slept minimally after noche dos of nursing. 

Side note: I’m always hesitant to use that word when talking about night shift because I get weird google search terms…sorry to all the moms nursing their newborns all night long searching the internet for nursing related advice…only to click on my blog and not find anything helpful. 

IMG_8933 

My packed food was perfection.  I’m completely obsessed with this saladCaprese Caesar pasta salad has made up approximately 87.4% of my recent diet.  Yesterday Kyle had it for back to back meals.  After having it for lunch, he said he couldn’t stop thinking about it all day and knew there was no way he was having anything else for dinner.  That’s how I know it’s a winner.  It’s already gone now and I’m considering making it again in this very moment.

IMG_8934 

The rest of my packed up food was typical late night snack fare: apples, nuts, & dried fruit.

When I got home, Kyle wasn’t there…I managed to track him down and decided to meet up with him for a decaf coffee before heading back home to snooze.

IMG_8949

Like I mentioned above, I wasn’t able to get much rest.  Around 11 am I got up to make breakfast. 

Two things I’m in love with at the moment: organic light soymilk and fresh apricots in my cereal

IMG_8951IMG_8950

The first part of the raisin bran has a disproportionate(ly low) amount of raisins.  I find I have to dig to get them because they are all at the bottom.  Annoying, but worth it.  And like any cereal addict, I didn’t stop after my first bowl…but I did manage to limit myself to two of the above servings. 

Because breakfast was (a) more of a brunch, (b) rather generous, and (c) not followed by any activity whatsoever, I wasn’t hungry until way later in the afternoon.  I literally sat in my PJs on the couch for hours on end.  Marathon TV time.  Mega internet action.  I wasn’t even trying to fight it.  Eventually I am going to have to start some kind of training plan for this triathlon in July…and I’m still waiting for the motivation to start that plan.  Until then, pajama-rama!

Around five I started craving food again, so I tried to brainstorm some dinner possibilities.  What I really wanted was sushi, but I had zero interest in leaving the apartment, so I tried to see if anything on hand could mimic the flavors and satisfy my hankering. 

IMG_8828

Let’s break it down now.  Sushi rolls are made of rice, veggies, and avocado.  Ditch the roll and you have this masterpiece…

IMG_8829

Rice –> Quinoa

Fish –> Seitan

Avocado –> Extra avocado

Soy Sauce –> Bragg’s liquid aminos

I also threw in chopped carrots & cucumber and edamame and then drowned the whole thing in more Bragg’s. 

IMG_8830 

In other words, I made a deconstructed sushi plate…with some vegan alterations.  It was amazing.  Avocado was most certainly the star of the meal.  But the Bragg’s, seitan, and quinoa combo was a veryclose runner-up.  I’m going to have to make sushi out of the roll more often. 

And in the spirit of deconstructed things…

Old table.

IMG_8939

Broken down.

IMG_8941 

New table.

IMG_8942

Now we can have dinner parties…for four?

IMG_8943

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to honor my inner chocolate monster.

IMG_8903

My salt tooth has rebounded in a major way and I am in the middle of intense sweet tooth marathon. 

IMG_8859IMG_8902

Dark chocolate plus candied ginger are a hard-to-beat combo, but if there’s one thing that can trump the dynamic duo, it’s Annie’s chocolate grahams

IMG_8958

Annie’s Bunny Grahams are superb on their own, but once you start dipping them in almond butter…

IMG_8959IMG_8960

My friends, it’s indescribable. 

Mmmm…choooooocolate.

Read Full Post »

One of the perks of being a food blogger is you get to try new things that you may not ordinarily try.  For free. 

While I was in Europe, I received a Tasting Box by Foodzie

IMG_8783 

It had all kinds of goodies including:

Dried Pineapple from Peeled Snacks – Brooklyn, NY
Traditional Alfajores from Sabores del Sur – San Francisco, CA
Lemon Poppyseed & Almond Biscotti from Biscotti Bari – Petaluma, CA
Pure Southern Iced Tea from Pluff Iced Tea – Bluffton, SC
Assorted Fresh Herb Sea Salts from Woody’s Gourmet – Campbell, CA
Classic Seaweed Snack from Sea Snax – Los Angeles, CA

IMG_8798

The peeled snacks were the first to go.  For 12 hour shifts I’m always looking for easy on-the-go eats that are healthy and practical (meaning portable and not messy).  These caught my eye because they were both organic and pure.

IMG_8799

See that ingredient list?  Just one thing, organic pineapple.

You see, when it comes to dried fruit, there’s often some additives involved (sulphur dioxide) and occasionally extra sugar sneaks in, too.  Dried pineapple rings used to be my favorite snack, but the out of control sugar content actually got to be too much for me.  In my opinion, fruit doesn’t need help in the sweetness department, it’s naturally perfect on it’s own.  And as far as preserving the fruit’s color (which is why other companies use sulpher dioxide), I actually prefer eating food that don’t look like it has been plucked from the Land of Oz.  No offense to the Lollipop Guild.

IMG_8796

I was nervous the pineapple chunks were going to be a bit tougher, given the natural state of the fruit, but I’m happy to report they were soft and flavorful.  I could easily see myself snacking on them all day (and night) long without breaking my jaw from chewing. 

Peeled snacks also offers mango, apricot, apple, banana, fig (!!!), and cherry flavors, which I’m pretty excited to try as well.

IMG_8797IMG_8800

As for the rest of my work food…I was on night shift, so it was more snack heavy than my day shift eats are.  I had roasted almonds, candied ginger, Hersey’s special extra dark chocolate, dried apricots, two apples, and a big salad.

My salad was bit of a beast actually.  It had spring greens, roasted butternut squash, bell peppers, edamame, carrots, and those crazy addictive sesame sticks.  I’m 100% certain I could put those sesame sticks in every meal and I’d love it.  Why is salt so good?

After I got home from my 12 hours, I failed at falling asleep right away, so instead I made oats.

IMG_8876 

I kept adding more and more ingredients to the oats…

IMG_8872 

Unmeasured amounts of:

  • almonds
  • shredded coconut
  • carob chips
  • diced apple
  • mashed banana
  • raisins
  • cinnamon
  • Sunbutter

IMG_8874

Just throw it in the bag…uh-huh, uh-huh, uh-huh.  [Son I’m from Brooklyn, what it look like!?]

Anyone else thinks of Fabolous when adding multiple ingredients to a pot?  No?  Just me?

IMG_8877 

FYI, I don’t cut corners when it comes to nutbutters. 

IMG_8875 

Normally I’m not an advocate of food induced comas, but after all-nighters, you gotta do what you gotta do.  And this girl needed to zonk out. 

This bowl (followed by a second one) helped me get into the very necessary sleep state. 

IMG_8879    

Because you can’t do a second night shift when you’ve only slept two hours.  Oh wait.  Yes you can.  [It sucks, but it’s doable]

Sadly, I woke back up before noon and had no success napping the rest of the day.  And then back to night shift I went…

IMG_8785

I’m not even sure what meal I’d call this since timing is irrelevant in zombie-night-shift-land.  This combo is a staple for me – carrots, seitan, quinoa, and Bragg’s liquid aminos.  I rarely take pics of it anymore because it’s such a basic meal, but I love it immensely. 

IMG_8880 

I also love these caramel dark chocolate almond clusters immensely.  And since they cost FAR too much for the rate I’m downing them (is a box not a single serving?), I’m going to have to learn to make them myself.

IMG_8881 

I don’t think it’s overly complicated.  I don’t know if you can mess up chocolate and nuts.  And even if you do, the “mess up” will probably be delicious too. 

Super random question: When you buy a new product, what do you think is the most important thing that determines if you purchase it or not?  Does the cute package catch your eye?  Do you put the nutritional info first?  Are you more likely to buy from recognizable brands (that you’ve gotten other items from) before other lesser known ones?

I used to think that the cuter the package, the more likely I was to buy something.  But nowadays it’s an item’s price and ingredients that dictate what goes in my cart.

Read Full Post »

The art of packing food is my specialty.  Much like making my daily work eats (tutorials here), packing food for traveling is a bit of a craft.  Some may find it easier to buy meals at the airport rather than go through the hassle of taking extra baggage through security.  Personally, I’m not one of those people.  I don’t care if it adds 25 pounds of dead weight that I have to schlep by plane, train, and automobile, for me it’s SO worth the energy.  The cost to benefit analysis probably differs depending on your diet and distance, but knowing I won’t have to pay exorbitant prices for crappy food (with limited vegan options) is worth it.  Peace of mind for a peaceful stomach. 

Tips:

  • BYOB (tea bags and empty water bottles) – The way I get around the liquid law is filling up my klean kanteen at the fountain (for free) once I’ve made it through airport security.  Also most places will give you free hot water (some charge 25-50 cents).
  • Skip the salt – Flying causes bloating and there’s no reason to add to that.  I don’t know about everyone else, but I already feel gross within a second of boarding a flight.  So I generally try and ditch the pretzels and salted nuts and drink plenty of fluids.  And get an aisle seat 😉
  • Pack way more than you think you’ll need – This is the same as how I pack for work.  If I have too much stuff, fine, it’s not like I have to eat it all in transit.  Having extra bars and snacks is hardly a disaster.  Being hungry and unprepared, on the other hand, is totally miserable and leads to bad choices due to less than stellar options. 
  • Produce produce produce – Is there anything more portable than fruit?  No.  Apples, bananas, etc. are all naturally ready to bring on the go. 
  • Nibble mindfully – Because of time changes, my body never really knows what’s going on and I end up doing more snacking than eating full meals.  Rather than snack the whole trip long, I make sure I am truly hungry and not just bored.  [In other words, bring lots of magazines, books, movies, crosswords, etc. to keep your mind preoccupied so you aren’t using your mouth instead]

IMG_7764 

Veggies, hummus, bread, nuts, dried fruit, cereal, apples, orange, oat bakes, dark chocolate squares.

IMG_7770IMG_7765 

Snack central.  Seriously, I have no editing skills.  Just wait ‘til you see everything hidden in that bag:

IMG_7773 

Probars, Corazona’s, Larabars, Clif bars, Luna bar, KIND bar, Artisana cashew squeeze pack, Attune bar, Love Grown granola, Udi’s granola, dried fruit

And my latest raw obsession too…

IMG_7774 

kaia foods makes really yummy raw foods including sweet things like granolas, as well as savory things like these sprouted pumpkin seeds

IMG_7775

The good news is that I will have plenty of bars leftover to throw in my bag.  So when I’m struggling in Paris, I will have backup options and then some. 

IMG_7766IMG_7768 

Hummus and dip-ables (carrots, celery, bread).

IMG_7772IMG_7780 

Produce in zoom.  The salad is pretty much just romaine, carrots, corn, and avocado…with Trader Joe’s faux chicken on top. 

IMG_7776 

I’ve had these before and they are pretty good.  They remind me of the same “chik’n” that The Veggie Grill makes. 

IMG_7777IMG_7779 

It’s soy based with vital wheat gluten too.  It comes with some seasoning on it, which lends itself to a Mexican flavored meal.  Hence the Chipotle-salad-esque meal.  

IMG_7781 

I only kept the soy meat separate for commute purposes…it will be added on top once it’s time to dig into the greens. 

Now about those “oat bakes”…

IMG_7769 

I decided microwaved “bakes” were a smart portable option instead of oatmeal.  So I turned to Ashley, the queen of breakfast bakes.

The first one I made was a spin on her ba-nilla bake

IMG_7751IMG_7752

I have to say, almond extract is quite an interesting ingredient!  I’m going to have to get some of my own soon (my mom shocked me by having it in her cupboard, but I should have known she’d have it).

IMG_7753 

Where my recipe differs from hers is my grain and milk choices.  I opted for oats instead of buckwheat.  I also skipped the almonds and replaced the almond milk with soy.  Since there was almond extract in the bake already, I decided on soy milk.  I also threw in golden raisins and dried cherries because I think tart dried fruit goes so well with vanilla.  Otherwise, it was pretty much the same recipe.

IMG_7754

Mixity mix. 

Ba-nilla Oat Breakfast Bake [serves 1]

*adapted from this recipe

  • 1/4 cup whole rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup quick oats
  • 1T chia seeds or 1 flax egg [1T ground flax meal + 2.5T warm water, whisked] or 1 egg white
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1/4 cup soymilk
  • 1T maple syrup
  • 1 t cinnamon
  • 1.5 t vanilla extract
  • 1/4 t almond extract
  • 1/4 t baking powder

IMG_7755

Here it is after just 2 minutes in the microwave.

IMG_7756

This photo steamed up the camera lens, but you can still see how it’s like a baked good as opposed to a bowl of oats. 

IMG_7757

The ease of this is so mind blowing.  Now, I haven’t tasted it yet, but I did lick the spoon, so I am pretty sure it’s going to rock. 

The second “oat bake” I made was my own recipe using up the second half of the banana and whatever I could find in my parents’ kitchen.

IMG_7759

Frozen blackberries?  Sure, why not! 

IMG_7760 

Nuts & Berries Breakfast Oat Bake [serves 1]

  • 1/4 cup whole rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup instant oats
  • 1/4 cup soymilk
  • 1T chia seeds or 1 flax egg [1T ground flax meal + 2.5T warm water, whisked] or 1 egg white
  • 1/2 banana
  • 2 T crunchy peanut butter
  • 1 t cinnamon
  • 1.5 t vanilla extract
  • 1/4 t baking powder

IMG_7762 

Once they had cooled I packed them up in tinfoil. 

I’m pretty sure I’m covered in the food department.  Now, hopefully I won’t get to Spain and realize I am missing my toothbrush or something. 

IMG_7763

Adios amigos! 

Read Full Post »

You probably do this too – make odd food pairings when your fridge is depleted beyond hope. 

Since I’m heading to Nor Cal this morning, it’s no wonder the last few days have been extremely random in the meal department.  I’m trying desperately to use up all the fresh produce, which means I’m throwing blueberries in my salads (not as bad as you’d think) and pounding asparagus by the second (stinky urine much).

IMG_7711

My friend dropped off this crate two days ago and since Kyle hates asparagus, I’m single handedly attempting to not waste the beauts.  It’s been quite the ex-spear-ience.  Get it?  Ha.

IMG_7719

They are really fat guys…forcing me to steam them in small sessions.

IMG_7723

And then add them to every random meal.  I still have 3 bunches to go…any readers in Santa Monica want extra asparagus?

IMG_7721

In case you were wondering, the flavors of blueberries and green bell peppers don’t marry quite as well as I’d hoped they would.  My fruit obsession had to end somewhere right?

IMG_7722

The dried cherries actually rescued the entire salad, but the next night I still opted to nix the blueberries. 

IMG_7731

Of course there was still asparagus, though. 

IMG_7732

Whoever suggested I store my tropical fruit powerballs in the freezer was brilliant by the way.  They are insanely good this way – almost like cookie dough. 

IMG_7729

Plus they require slower consumption due to the temperature (helps keep me in tune with what I’m really craving). 

IMG_7730

Now.  What would you say if I told you I made a breakfast yogurt bowl but used quinoa instead of a more traditional grain (ie oats or cereal). 

IMG_7724

Blueberries, strawberries, Stonyfield Oikos greek yogurt, quinoa and almond milk. 

IMG_7726

How cool is it that there’s a note from Gary (Stonyfield’s CE-Yo) on the inside of the yogurt lid and that I’ve met him?

IMG_7725 

Basically it’s like oatmeal with quinoa instead of oats.  We all know I love quinoa and adore greek yogurt, so the combination was a huge success.  Delish. 

How would you like to try it yourself?  Stonyfield is offering to give one lucky HHH reader a nice little package, including:

-        2 free coupons for Oikos Organic Super Fruits Greek Yogurt
-        Weleda All Natural Pomegranate Firming Day Cream and Pomegranate Firming Serum
-        2 free coupons for Crofters Organic Fruit Spreads
-        Organic Pomegranate lip balm, made by Eco Lips
-        2 samples of Numi Organic Berry Black Tea (featuring organic raspberry and raspberry leaf)
-        Simply Be Well Organic Pomegranate Moisturizing Body Bar
-        RW Knudsen Family 32oz. Organic Just Pomegranate juice and coupons (will be sent to winner directly from RW Knudsen Family)

IMG_7728

Pretty sweet huh?  To enter simply leave a comment telling me your favorite (but also most unique) greek yogurt combinations. 

I will announce the random winner this Sunday (5/8/11) evening.  Ready set go!

Read Full Post »

…until I leave for Spain!  My family is already there…and reading everything they are up to is absolutely killing me.  I know that sounds lame since I’ll be joining them in no time at all, but it’s hard to keep my jealousy in check as they make their way through the White Hill towns of Spain.  I’ll manage…

In the meantime, I keep meaning to share my sister’s blog with you all.  She has been abroad since March (in case you forgot here’s her travel schedule) and she’s been able to blog fairly consistently as she makes her way from continent to continent.  It’s awesome to read. 

*Warning: her posts will make you want to quit your job and take up traveling as your full time occupation.  Seriously.  Read with caution.

So, now that I’m in last minute prep mode, I’m getting pretty boring with my meals.  Instead of yesterday’s numerous bowls of cereal (boring), I’ll share a recent recipe that I created. 

IMG_7584

Inspired by the raw ingredients of Larabars and the portability of Mama Pea’s balls, I created a kind of hybrid tropical fruit powerball thing.  Now if that’s not the catchiest name ever…

IMG_7550

Maybe I’ll leave the naming process up to you guys?  For now I’ll call them continue to call them tropical fruit power balls.

Here’s what was in them:

  • 1 cup Tropical Traditions shredded coconut
  • 1 cup assorted dried fruit (whatever you want works – I used dried mango, blueberries, apricots, pears, and strawberries)
  • 1/2 cup raw cashews
  • 1/2 cup almonds (I used 1/4 cup raw + 1/4 cup salted, dry roasted)
  • 1 tbsp Nuts Online cacao nibs
  • 1 tsp stevia
  • 1 tbsp Trader Joe’s (now sold out) peanut flour (similar product can be purchased online here)
  • 2 tbsp water

IMG_7551IMG_7552 

Add everything except the water to the food processor and pulse away. 

IMG_7553 

You may have to pulse a long time. 

IMG_7556IMG_7555

IMG_7558 

Eventually the coconut and dried fruit will create a sticky enough texture and it will start to hold together more. 

IMG_7562

Side note: at this point (prior to adding the water) this recipe would make the perfect crust for a raw (or not raw) pie/cheesecake/dessert/whatever. 

IMG_7567 

Instead, I added water which immediately changed the texture of the ingredients from a course but loosely ground consistency to a thick and cohesive one. 

IMG_7580IMG_7575

Thus began the process of balling…

IMG_7569

Scoop and roll.  Scoop and roll.

IMG_7582

I used a 2 tbsp scooper which yielded 15 balls.  And thanks to sparkpeople I even managed to figure out the nutritional stats for the recipe.

Nutrition Facts for Hungry Hungry Hippie Tropical Fruit Powerballs (15 Servings)

Amount Per Serving (1 ball)

  •   Calories    107.1
  •   Total Fat    5.9 g
    • Saturated Fat    2.2 g
    • Polyunsaturated Fat    0.8 g
    • Monounsaturated Fat    2.4 g
  •   Cholesterol    0.0 mg
  •   Sodium    3.7 mg
  •   Potassium    211.0 mg
  •   Total Carbohydrate    13.4 g
    • Dietary Fiber    2.5 g
    • Sugars    7.5 g
  •   Protein    2.2 g
  •   Vitamin A    4.9%
  •   Vitamin B-12    0.0%
  •   Vitamin B-6    2.5%
  •   Vitamin C    2.7%
  •   Vitamin D    0.0%
  •   Vitamin E    5.6%
  •   Calcium    1.9%
  •   Copper    11.2%
  •   Folate    1.9%
  •   Iron    4.4%
  •   Magnesium    7.4%
  •   Manganese    12.7%
  •   Niacin    2.8%
  •   Pantothenic Acid        1.6%
  •   Phosphorus        5.7%
  •   Riboflavin    3.6%
  •   Selenium    1.9%
  •   Thiamin    2.0%
  •   Zinc    3.3%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

IMG_7583 

Good luck eating one at a time.

IMG_7589

Don’t they just call to you? 

Even with the stevia and dried fruit they weren’t really that sweet.  The cacao nibs had a good crunch factor and combined with the coconut, it was quite the flavor punch. 

IMG_7587

Get in ma belly.  😀

Read Full Post »

Before I get into the latest and greatest from the hippie kitchen, I wanted to say thank you to everyone who took the time to offer their thoughts on yesterday’s post.  The discussion certainly got more heated than I anticipated (and some comments were a bit harsh), but it was great to read how others felt about sharing your views with your family/friends.  Being brave enough to stand up for your beliefs while not pressuring others to feel guilty about having differing opinions is definitely a fine line…and it seems that many feel there’s a time and place for being outspoken (as well as a time and place for simply shutting your lid).  I’m very grateful for everyone who commented in a thoughtful and respectful way.  I tried to respond to as many of the comments as I could.

In the meantime, however, I was at the hospital doing my thang.  As a result, I have compiled quite a collection of work eats on my computer…

IMG_7391

Breakfast #1 – granola by Big Sky Bread (an Alabama based company with cute home-made wholesome products).  It’s actually a granola plank not granola since it’s one big crispy crunchy granola block.  They also make bread products (as you’d guess from the company name), all of which feature their stone ground whole wheat flour that they make in the bakery every morning.

IMG_7389

So how did I discover this adorable company?  Well, Big Sky Bread was at Expo West and they were kind enough to hook me up with this sample.  For some reason I have been saving it and saving it, waiting for the perfect time to try it.  Well, I’m not sure when I thought that time would be, but the other day I spotted it in the pantry and it was exactly what I wanted at that exact moment.  So I guess that makes it the perfect time.

IMG_7390

You can (kinda) see the nutritional stats above.  At two servings a package it rounds out to 400 kcals a pop.  The granola planks are basically a lightly sweetened oatmeal base with whole almonds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, and sesame seeds.  It was crispy and crunchy like granola, not chewy like a granola bar so I had to break it into bite sized pieces in the bag so the crumbs wouldn’t get all over me (thus enabling me to sprinkle them atop yogurt later).  The flavor reminded me EXACTLY of these bars I used to get at the Union Square WF in NYC.  I haven’t seen them since moving to CA and now I realize how much I miss them.  I think it’s the sesame and pumpkin seeds that makes the taste so unique.

IMG_7385

Breakfast #2 – oats with cinnamon, dried cherries, and Tropical Traditions coconut peanut butter

Dried cherries are a really good way to bring a new twist to an old simple morning routine.

IMG_7387IMG_7388

Lunch part I – Boca vegan burger (lazy much?) and apple x2, orange x1, Bakery on Main Cinnamon Apple Granola Bar

Bakery on Main is another Expo West discovery.  They make both granola and granola bars and I got a big ‘ol shipment of their goodies to try out.  🙂  The granola bar kinda reminded me of those Nutri-Grain bars (by Kellogg’s).  The texture and flavor seem nearly identical (I think?), but the ingredients are way better in terms of being whole foods without preservatives or additives.

[NO GMOs • NO Dairy • NO Casein • NO Wheat • NO Trans Fat • NO Cholesterol]

I liked the flavor, but the bar was really small and therefore didn’t have as much staying power as I typically like in my on-the-go options.  It did taste just like a bite of the top of an apple pie, though.  So there’s definitely a yummy factor going on.  As an FYI, the soft & chewy bars are gluten free (made with certified gluten free oats, amaranth and quinoa).  They also have flax and chia seeds (hello healthy omegas!).

IMG_7386

Lunch II – leftover purple potato salad with peas for extra green

IMG_7384

All together now!

Night shift doesn’t require quite as large of a line up.

IMG_7439

I’ve been craving lots and lots of fruit at night.  Apples and cuties and mangoes, oh my!

IMG_7430

I know for a fact I looked like a primitive cave(wo)man as I ate this.  I had juice dripping from my chin to my elbows.  Not attractive.  Maybe I’ll cut it up first next time, huh?  😉

IMG_7434

This salad was a twist on one of my favorite recipes of my mom’s.  Growing up she made a bomb a$$ poppyseed salad with avocado, butter lettuce and cantaloupe.  It is seriously fantastic.  Unfortunately, my dairy-free life now makes the dressing she used a no-go.

IMG_7437

Enter Follow Your Heart!  They make oil-free salad dressings that are vegan and this Citrus Poppy Seed flavor is a new one!  However, unlike the other oil-free salad dressing on the market, this one doesn’t compensate for the fat with excessive amounts of sugar.  Have you ever noticed that?  So many fat-free dressings are jam packed with other sh!t to make your taste buds forget that you are missing out on the oil.  Not this one.  It’s got the same pure and wholesome ingredients that you’d find in any home-made dressing, minus the oil.

IMG_7438

Vegan.  Gluten free.  Dairy free.

IMG_7435

Strawberry and Avocado Poppy Seed salad

  • spinach
  • clover sprouts
  • carrots
  • strawberries
  • avocado
  • dried cherries
  • Follow Your Heart Citrus Poppy Seed salad dressing

I have to be honest, normally I don’t use salad dressings, aside from basics like extra virgin olive oil and/or balsamic vinegar (or Bragg’s liquid aminos).  But ever since I received Follow Your Heart’s line of vegan dressings, I’ve been experimenting more and more.   And loving them more and more.

IMG_7436

This salad is a winner.

And when I got home from a loooong 12 hours, I had overnight oats waiting for me in the fridge.

IMG_7440

Oats, frozen blueberries and strawberries, dried cherries, coconut peanut butter.

IMG_7441

Maybe it’s the change in the weather, or maybe it’s just a random phase, but I’m really into chilled oats lately.  After I cook them, I put them in the freezer and then eat them so they are thick like cookie dough.  Thick thickity thick.

IMG_7442

Night shift numero dos was less fruity, more hummus-y.  There was still a big bad salad (because me and fiber are more of a dynamic duo than Gary and Ace).

IMG_7443

Seitan Spinach salad

  • spinach
  • clover sprouts
  • carrots
  • bell peppers
  • log seitan (this version with bell peppers)
  • Bragg’s liquid aminos

This salad was great, but the seitan was definitely the star of the show.

IMG_7421

Lots of people have been making my log seitan – a true testament to how simple and delicious it really is.  I swear, you’ll be blown away by it, and then you’ll make it again and again and again (just like me!).  C’mon, what are you waiting for?  Give it a shot!

IMG_7444

Pita pieces and Haig’s roasted red pepper hummus rounded out the meal, along with the (lone) apple and a lot lot lot of candied ginger.

IMG_7428

Once again I had chilled oats waiting for me when I got home…with blueberries dried cherries and TJ’s peanut flour all mixed in.

IMG_7427

Oh, did I forget to mention my latest stock pile?  Yeahhhhhh.  Once I found out peanut flour was getting the axe from Trader Joe’s I quickly jumped into action (aka called my mom and begged her to hit up the local TJ’s before we came upon hard times).  Hoarding mode much?  She did me proud.  🙂 I better make these last!

And as if things weren’t good enough already, I received another package in the mail.  My pantry is officially stocked!

IMG_7208

Are you a packrat?  Hoarder?  Pantry supply collector? 

Read Full Post »

Older Posts »