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This is going to be a self awareness blog consisting of recipes, talk about workout, and inspirational ideas. I am leaving it open to the public because I hope it will become useful tool for others, and I really hope to meet like minded people to talk about this stuff with! Jump right in reading, or start at the introduction.  Again, welcome. 


Monday, February 15, 2010

Savory Oatmeal, and v-day adventure results!

Oatmeal there have been so many times when I talk to someone about my love for oatmeal and they look at me like I am crazy. What with SALT?! You go to the store and its maple syrup this, apples and cinnamon that, and plain. Why not a sun-dried tomato corn option? Anyway- I also love how it thickens soups! Today I discovered a new favorite for lunch: 90% kale, cauliflower, a scallion, 2 tsp minced garlic, salt & pepper, 2 tbs oatmeal= a.m.a.z.i.n.g.n.e.s.s! Garlic and oatmeal. Go ahead look at me like I'm crazy ;)

V-day adventures
Vegan chili pizza, we made our own crust- made all the difference!
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Chocolate peanut butter pillows (from the PPK advertised book) The boy toy likes crunchy peanut butter, which I didnt have, but I had peanuts, so I adorably put one whole peanut in the center of each! too cute :) whoever commented on the PPK to freeze the centers before attempting to roll in the chocolate was so right! I even had to take a break from rolling the chocolate part bc my hands got too warm!
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snow hiking last- but not least, the dog and I had to go hiking bc I couldnt find the ski boots, but the trails are super gorgeous and the workout is great with all the snow! Its just that she's figured out now, that since the water is frozen, she can run across the creek .. and onto the road! Doh!
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Saturday, February 13, 2010

Valentine's!

Yay Valentine's Day! He sent me edible arrangements :) He is so adorable he listened! I was talking about how cool they are, and that I wanted to send my friend one. He got me "sugar free" chocolate dipping sauce since I have been talking about eating healthy. He is so cute, and it was SO gorgeous. <3 love love love <3

I had to take it apart to get it home, but I took TONS of pictures. Lets see if Blogger works this time. Well, its not letting me upload pictures...I'll try photobucket...grumble I am proud of me, only 5 chocolate covered strawberries! (thats where 10% of my non-vegan diet comes from I am pretty sure)


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On another note, PT guy says I have to stop running so much. I only ran a little over an hour total last week. *sigh* back to the yoga drawing board. He has me incorporating some awesome moves though. I might try cross country skiing with the dog this weekend, there is a part of the ice age trail we hike, but hiking apparently is very similar to running :-\ Maybe if it isnt swollen next visit he will let me run! *Goal!*


I am still in love with PPK. They have this new book out with vegan cookies? I might try the chocolate peanut butter pillows (link) this weekend. I love my sexy man, and he has been putting up with a lot, so I was thinking to "thank" him with an envelope of baked goods. Besides, I can't keep them around when they look so good! 
 

Sunday, February 7, 2010

80 percent

 Long time no talk. I have been doing pretty well considering certain outside circumstances. I need to get back into working out, but I need to let my body heal. Stupid body. haha. I have definitely noticed a difference in how I feel. Despite emotional binge eating and disrupted sleep patterns, I think that my food choices have been better and therefore I have come out of this a little better that I would have. I am proud of me for that! I wonder if there is any literature out there about PMS/PMDD and vegan vegetarian diets? I cant google anything up that looks serious.... 

Food wise, I think that the macro thing is interesting, but it is going to be too difficult to tackle at this point. I managed to stay vegan 90% of the time this past week and I think thats pretty awesome and a good goal to maintain, vegan 80-90% of the time. Not too much pressure, its ok to slip up. Try new recipes.

Things I have learned:

Tofu! man did you know about the pressing thing? I had no idea you needed to drain it. That would explain why things haven't worked out between me and tofu before. I tried a spinach lasagna bake with tofu. Turned out super well, really easy. Just layered tomatoe sauce, some aldente noodles, spinach DRAINED that I mixed my seasonings into (typical italian blend + onion and GARLIC!) and I crumbled the tofu into this layer. A little bit more sauce, then adorably arranged some mushrooms on top. TADA! I ate it all week :)

Today I plan on using my left over tofu. A curry green beans with barely. I will take pictures and update this post because what is a post without pictures?!

Also I an im love with theppk.com! I found these jam drop cookies, super easy, super delicious! I made strawberry, raspberry, and apricot types. The recipe said it makes 16, I ended up with about 40 baby adorable cookies. It is right that you should be careful about over filling, it will boil over and burn! You also have to make sure there is enough jam for sweetness purposes so I think that takes practice. I used what I had on hand so I did:
1/2 c. almonds
1/2 c. hazlenuts
1 c. old fashioned oats
1 c. all purpose flour
1/2 c. sugar free maple syrup
1/4 c. unsweetened applesauce
1/4 c. olive oil

super easy to remember!

I did take pictures of my "Accidentally Vegan" moment. Where I took my kashi meal (I stock up my fridge) and added some broccoli's at mid-microwave cook time- to feel better about the pre-fab. And voila! SUPER good filling lunch. Nevermind, blogspot is having issues siiiigh. I'll update :)