Sunday, March 29, 2009
We are eating at our friends' house tonight. Hope you enjoy the last few hours of your weekend!
Friday, March 27, 2009
He placed a bag of Morningstar crumbles in a pan with some water and a package of vegetarian taco seasoning from Whole Foods and cooked it until the seasonings were absorbed. He then took a whole grain pizza crust from Trader Joe's and put a layer of vegetarian cheese on the crust then the seasoned crumbles, followed by another small layer of cheese. He then baked it in the oven until the crust was crispy and the cheese melted. After he took the pizza from the oven, he topped it with shredded lettuce and tomatoes.
Here is my piece with some Fage mixed with salsa on the side.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
I really enjoyed every bite of this meal!
I need to make homemade falaffel, I love it so much, but have never tried to make it myself.
If you haven't heard, Tina is having a Pure Bar giveaway!!
It is pouring down rain here in Pittsburgh, so I hope you are enjoying better weather where you are!
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
In addition to using 2 larabars in these blondies, I also used some unsweetened coconut. My milk of choice was unsweetened vanilla almond milk. Also I didn't have any nondairy yogurt so I used Fage, but I promised to bake these again using a nondairy yogurt, so they are vegan.
Thanks Veggie Girl for sharing your wonderful recipes with us. These were super moist and very flavorful. My husband really enjoyed them too!
Based on my lack of certain kitchen essentials (the 8x8 pan), I thought it would be a good time to post this article from Cookware.com that suggests great kitchen gifts.
Kitchen Gifts for Your Favorite Foodie
Shopping for the friends and family members that seem to have it all can be a challenge which is why it’s important to really hone in on their hobbies or passions in life before choosing a gift. Whether the person on your gift list has little experience in the kitchen but loves trying all different kinds of food or has grown up cooking all of their lives, buying a unique kitchen tool may just be the answer to your shopping challenge. Giving an interesting kitchen accessory will allow your favorite foodie to experiment in the kitchen and enjoy a fun, new addition to their dinnerware and cookware collections.
Luckily the culinary industry is always coming out with something creative that any food enthusiast will enjoy. One example of this would be a pizza stone, a terra cotta platform used to distribute heat evenly while cooking your favorite pizzas, baking bread, or reheating leftover meals. Adding a pizza stone to your foodie’s kitchen provides a versatile tool that can be taken from the oven inside to the grill on their back porch. Another great kitchen addition to consider is a wine or bar accessory kit to complement your friend’s next dinner party. Anyone would truly appreciate a wine opener kit that includes a decorative wine stopper, pourer, or decanter.
If the food enthusiast in your life has a knack for baking anything from breakfast muffins to delicious desserts, look into unique storage containers that will hold all of their basic ingredients and complement their kitchen’s style. Perhaps they have a few baking appliances and tools hanging around their pantry but are in serious need of an accessory upgrade. For this case, check out a silicone rolling pin and pie plate package that will inspire the foodie in your life to get their delicious baked recipes started! Any addition to your friend’s kitchen not only will look wonderful but it will get them excited to start on a new recipe to cook for their friends or family.
Enter to win some great Newman's Own products from Erin Bee.
Get another chance to score some Annie's Bunnies at Danica's Daily.
You also have until 3pm to enter to win some Barney Butter from the Hungry Yogini.
Enjoy your day!
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
See you later, and have a happy Tuesday!
Sunday, March 22, 2009
I may try to go on a longer run today. Yesterday I ran 6 miles, when I should have ran 10 miles. I really don't feel like running today, but I am running a 1/2 marathon next Saturday. Before I head outside though, I'm going to apply for some jobs.
I hope you enjoy your Sunday and that the sun is shining where you live!
Saturday, March 21, 2009
I already emailed a few well respected female lawyers in town to schedule a meeting with them. I'm hoping to discuss the profession with them and how they were able to find success. I also found a company that needs contract attorneys, and the pay is more than unemployment, so I may apply for that. The contract work would be the most dreaded work any attorney can do - document review, which means all day you just sit in a room and read through old documents.
I was upset that I didn't go network and sad that I have no idea what to do with my life (and college and law school degrees), so I decided baking would make me cheer up!!
I decided to try and make up a recipe for Almond Cherry Oatmeal Cookies.
1/3 cup apple butter (although apple sauce should work too)
1/3 cup agave nectar
1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 tbsp canola oil
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp almond extract
2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup rolled or instant oats
Sliced or slivered almonds
Mix the first 7 ingredients together in a large bowl. Mix the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt in a smaller bowl. Add the flour mixture to the larger bowl with the liquids. Once mixed, fold in the oats, cherries and almonds. I didn't measure the cherries and the almonds, I just poured some in until it looked good.
Next time, I think I'm going to add some white chocolate chips to this recipe.
Sophie makes me want to take a nap, and I just woke up :)
Steve and I are planning a long run today (inside), because next Saturday we are scheduled to run a 1/2 marathon. Then at 11:30 I am going to my nephew's 1st birthday party. I hope your Saturday is a great one!
Thursday, March 19, 2009
This was really good, and I loved how by using the strawberries I was enjoying natural sugar unlike when I use strawberry jam which has added sugar. I have a ton of strawberries to use up, so you may see this again this week!
Yesterday it was in the 70s in Pittsburgh, today it is in the 40s! I think I may run inside today. After my run, I need to get to applying for some jobs and do some networking.
Talk to you all later today!
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Last night I made some banana bread, that I finally tried this morning. I made peanut butter -banana bread with chocolate chips from the Vegetarian Times, that I saw on Danielle's blog. Husband was happy that it had chocolate chips in it. I had this slice at about 7am with some tea.
Monday, March 16, 2009
On to my afternoon eats...
Around 3pm I had a Luna Bar (sorry about the light ruining the picture). Then I took my puppy on a 2 mile walk.
For dinner I had stir fry vegetables (carrots, celery, broccoli, cauliflower, and chickpeas) mixed with cous cous. I also had an Amy's All American Burger on the side.
Head over to Jenn's website to wish her a happy 1 year of blogging and to enter her giveaway.
Around 11am I had a small snack of 1/2 serving of Genisoy Tortilla Chips and a few nuts.
With my snack I had some sparkling water and a few ounces of POM juice.
Here is the filling all ready before the dough was rolled over. The left side is already filled and rolled.
On my bagel I had some Trader Joe's Almond Butter and Polaner fruit spread.
Saturday, March 14, 2009
We are going to dinner at our friends and I'm taking some No Pudge brownies (which some chocolate chips mixed in)! I hope you all are enjoying your Saturday.
Also sometime tonight I have to get together 5 recipes for the blogger cookbook, because tomorrow is the deadline!
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Sunday, March 8, 2009
Jillian is very amazing, so if you haven't tried one of her DVDs yet, you should. Now on to some eats.
Before I get to the new recipes I tried, I wanted to thank my husband for making pancakes. He is the pancake maker in our house, and today he really decorated them nice with all my favorites. There is some fat free cool whip on there, I haven't bought it for months, because it is full of crappy ingredients, but I really love it, so I picked some up this weekend.
Also this weekend, we tried, for the first time, to make Indian food. First, I knew that the recipe called for chick peas, and being previously inspired by Heather making beans from dried beans, I made the chick peas instead of using them from a can. I soaked the chick peas overnight, and then just cooked them in boiling water for 20 minutes when I needed them. This was so easy, I can't believe I was buying canned chick peas for this long and never tried this.
Time to get ready for bed. I'm so sad the weekend is over!
Saturday, March 7, 2009
Even my husband, who usually doesn't like the meatless chicken, because he loves real chicken so much, loved this meal!! On the side I had some raw Kohlrabi with a little salt. I love this vegetable. My mom always loved it in the summer time when I was growing up, and I love to eat it because it reminds me of good times when I was younger. Kohlrobi is full of nutrients, so if you have never tried it or heard of it, check out information on this great vegetable.
Last night I finally got around to spending a $50 gift card to a fun kitchen store in the mall: Le Gourmet Chef. My younger brother knows about my blog, so he thought this would be a great gift for me. Thanks Cliff, this gift card worked perfect!
I bought a lot of ingredients that I needed for a meal I am planning to make tonight. I also bought some chocolate jimmies that I hope to use for healthy donuts this weekend, a zester/grater that I can use for fresh ginger, nutmeg, or lemon, and two small snack bowls.
These two cute bowls are made of bamboo and are biodegradable. They are a perfect size for a little after dinner dessert of puffins and chocolate chips :)I am going to have an attempt at making Indian food for dinner tonight, so I needed so many spices. I was able to find most of the spices I needed at Le Gourmet Chef. The spices containers are more than I really needed, because for some of the recipes I only need 1/2 teaspoon. Even my husband said as I was buying these that it looks like we will be eating a lot of Indian in the future.