Monthly Archive: April 2009

Wanted: juicer

I NEED A BREVILLE!!!

Literally, every day I wake up, sigh, and think of the fun Andrea and Jenna (and countless others in the food blog world) are having (that I’m missing out on)…

I even have ingredients planned out in my head.  I wish I could just win the lottery, I have so many plans for $$ in other peoples’ bank accounts.

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Instead of juice, I started out my day the way I always do…talk about withdrawal issues.

Thank goodness we braved the storm last night, fresh ground coffee is worth soaking wet hair any day of the week!

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I might as well have just dumped the Smart Balance light on this!  My english muffin was practically swimming in vegan butter!

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Today was a snack-y kind of day, rather than make myself actual meals, I pretty much just grazed through the day.  The peach flavored chobani yogurt is tied with strawberry for favorite flavor.

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Later I noshed on some nori rolls (aka the best vegan sushi), with textured protein, carrots, spinach, and brown rice.

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Some pre-gym energy (aka coconut date rolls).

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Some post-gym replenishing (aka frozen grapes).

My dinner was a salad from Vcon (aka The Bible).

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I made a few changes to the Creamy Asian Pear and Tempeh Salad with Wasabi Dressing…first of all, I used an apple instead of pear, and secondly, I omitted the wasabi powder because I couldn’t find one that didn’t contain 8 thousand chemicals.  Also I left the tempeh in chunks (rather than crumbling them like the recipe called for) because I like different textures in my salads.

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I used the second half of the LightLife three grain tempeh I had leftover, and steamed it with peas and then added in the dressing to get this…

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Which I added on top of the salad to create a perfect, crunchy, delish meal.  Mmmmm…

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(I don’t think I can give the recipes for the dressing or salad since it’s basically straight out of Vcon) but it was pretty simple and (as the rest of the recipes are) a total success!  DE-lish!

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SOOOOO good – and keep in mind this is from the girl who is still on the fence about tempeh   🙂

After chowing down my salad, I enjoyed last night’s tivo-ed Gossip Girl, followed by the best blog ever’s recap.  Does anyone else read the clever witty NY mag GG commentary?? …because I’m addicted!  It’s almost better than the show.

Deezer was a no-brainer, I filled my plate to the brim with coconut date rolls, carob raisins, and dates (because I can’t have just one).

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What did you expect?

Click here to  Win a doormat!  But be careful because if it’s too cute, it’ll get stolen like Dori’s!!

Also, before I forget, anyone and everyone please send me recipes with miso paste.  A few people (ahem, Courtney) mentioned they know recipes that include this salty crap miso paste, and since I have about 389 servings to use up, you all have the potential to be my savior…so step up to the plate, PLZZZ!!

ouch, SOOO sore

Monday = BLAH

It figures it would rain pour all day. 

After Saturday’s crazy long run and Sunday’s race, my leg muscles were struggling.  Let’s just say this week will be a serious taper week since next weekend is my HALF MARATHON!!! 

You would have thought this weekend’s race would have calmed my nerves, but I think I am even MORE jittery and anxious now. 

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Java love + a whole lotta froth + toast with snb  = good morning!

Since the weather was crap I couldn’t procrastinate any longer.  I was forced to put my dresser together…something I’ve been dreading ever since it arrived.

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WAHHHH…so many pieces.  Eventually I conquered my fears and tackled the drawers…leaving me with only 500 more pieces.  Great.

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Screwing and gluing nonstop was exhausting and definitely worked up my appetite for lunch.

I made “egg salad” from a Meatout Monday recipe that I adapted a bit.

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All mixed and mashed together…(plus a pinch of salt)

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TOFU (‘egg”) salad!!

I had a few spoonfuls plain and was pleasantly surprised at how flavorful it was despite the fact that I omitted the dill from the recipe. 

We have no dill, relish, or anything pickled in the apartment due to Kyle’s aversion to them from a childhood trauma. 

Also I added in the chopped veggies, to pump up the volume which was a great idea.  There was a nice crunch factor going on.

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I had another scoop on the side of some cukes, which are PERFECT natural spoons (almost as good as mushrooms with hummus).

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Orange, apple, and strawberry Chobz rounded out lunch, and then I was back to the dresser…

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HOURS later.  Woohoo. Now, let’s hope the thing stays together.

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Snack time: dried pineapples.

Gym time: 45 minutes of the slowest, least resistance elliptical-ing known to mankind…followed by another hour of stretching.

OUCH.  So SORE!!

For dinner I decided to incorporate the remaining portion of the tofu “egg” salad into a salad creation

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Chopped cukes, cauliflower, broccoli, shredded carrots, sprouts, and tofu salad, all on a bed of spinach.

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Mmmm…look at all that variety and deliciousness packed into each bite! 

At about 10 pm Kyle and I realized a horrible thing.

We were OUT OF COFFEE. 

So rather than wake up and face the day without a fresh brew, we braved the ridiculous storm to go to Starbucks…as we stepped out into the torrential downpour, layered in raincoats, galoshes, and umbrellas, I thought to myself: WHAT kind of ADDICT does this?!? At 10 pm?!? 

Once I got back home I was drenched and ready for dessert.

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I had a classic Elise dessert of dates stuffed with carob raisins, and a few extra carob raisins on the side.

sunny weekend

I LOVE warm weather.  And being that this was the first nice weekend we New Yorkers have had this season, I decided to take advantage.  Obviously, I wasn’t the only one with this brilliant idea…apparently the rest of New York was on the same wavelength.

I wish I had a photo of Central Park…the great lawn was PACKED like nothing I’ve ever seen.  Not an INCH to spare!

“Not an square to spare.” – anyone?

AM Montage: frothy java, chobz, & coconut date rolls

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I went on a supah long run in the Park before lunch time, and it was grrrreat.  Sun shining, endorphins flowing = love!

According to www.mapmyrun.com I ran just over 8 miles in 53 minutes (wha!?!?).  Ummmm, not to toot my own horn but isn’t that like a 6 min/mile pace!!!  I had no idea I was THAT pumped up!

When I got home I made a monster salad (aka a HUGH JASS bowl ‘o greens).

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Included in this challenger: spinach, broccoli, cauliflower, sprouts, tomato, shredded carrots, and CHICKPEAS

…and my latest purchase…

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Sweet white miso paste (and some balsamic) on top.

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For the record, I’m not a fan of this miso paste.  It was SO salty (and I freakin’ love salt!!), so I can hardly imagine how I’m going to use it up.  It was $12 so I don’t want to just throw it away, but at the same time, our fridge space is SO coveted, I’m torn…any suggestions?

Lunch dessert/PM snacks: apple, carob raisins, dried papaya

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After some afternoon errands, I arrived home to a fun package…thanks Foodbuzz!

Buitoni’s new flavor FLAAAAAVE.

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Since there is dairy in the Wild Mushroom Agnolotti, Kyle was the official taste-tester.  Look at him, chopping garlic like Chef Boyardi Emeril.

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We already had marinara sauce and pesto (also Buitoni), so the prep was minimal…

Review: Well, does the fact that there are no pictures of the finished product speak for itself?

He loved it, and he doesn’t even like mushrooms, so that should speak volumes.  Also, the quantity was perfect, since it didn’t feel heavy like some pasta dishes do, while still filling him up.  Well done, Buitoni, this will definitely be a repeat-er.

As for my (vegan) dinner, I went with simple.  I was lazy, and after my PM mega-nosh-fest, I wasn’t even that hungry.

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LightLife veggie burger with steamed brocc and hummus.

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The hummus love didn’t stop there though…I polished that container RIGHT off (obvi) – this time with a toasted english muffin.

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OK, I really should have stopped after this, I was full…but I had a race Sunday morning, so clearly I had to carbo load the night before, right? 

(and by carbo load, I mean, nut butter load)

Ummmm…sure?

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Soynut butter on a ww/flax tortilla. 

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But the bomb weekend eats didn’t stop there.  Sunday was even more fun – including a 4M race and a rooftop BBQ!

I woke up bright and early (7:45), threw on my running gear, and headed off to central park.  I jogged to the starting line (East 68th area)…which was a nice 2 mile warm up, and found that I was somehow placed in the 9:30 min/mile pacing group.  WTF?!? 

Saturday I did 8 miles at a 6+ minute/mile pace, so this was bad news bears.

I tried to inch up a bit, but we all know what a type A rule abiding girl I am, so I basically stayed in my group.  BIG MISTAKE.  HUGE.  I was dyyyyyying as the race started…even after we finally made our way to the starting line, I still couldn’t move for the first mile.  I actually considered just ditching the race it was so bad.  By the second mile I could finally swing my arms, so I slowly began passing people, which is what I continued for the rest of the race…I think my first mile took 14 minutes, and the rest were 6ers.  It was kinda annoying.

Next time (?) I will make sure I’m not in that pace group. 

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Kyle met me at the finish line and stole my bagel (just kidding, I got it for him).  And look what I saw on the way home!!!  ANOTHER sabra truck.  Ummmm, are they stalking me?!?  I made Kyle take a picture of me with the truck 🙂

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Shower.  Coffee.  Coffee.  Coffee.

I spent the rest of the day trying to fight off the zzzz’s.  SO tired.

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Smart Balance light on ww bread. 

Honestly, I think the main reason I like races is because they make me feel like I can re-fuel, guilt freeAnyone else with me on this one?

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Oranges x2 and dried pineapples x2

For lunch I went with another massive salad creation.  This is the kind of challenge I like!

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For the main protein, I heated up some Boca “chik’n” nuggets.

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Boca “chik’n” tenders, 1/2 avocado, sprouts, shredded carrots, broccoli slaw, and 1/2 tomato on a (hidden) bed of spinach.

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I really really really loved this one.  Avo and chopped chik’n nuggets are SO good together.  I am LOVING all my salad creations, and I owe it all to Leng for this wonderful challenge, which inspired me to be more creative with my salads.  I’m so excited I have another whole week left!!!

Laundry.  TV.  Snack.  TV.  Snack.

BBQ!!!

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Looks like everyone else wanted in on the action.  Our apartment has a rooftop with several communal BBQs, and it was THE happenin’ spot, without a doubt.

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The sunset view from our rooftop (and the Jerz/Hudson river).

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I haven’t had the most successful cooking experiments with tempeh…but I’m not one to give up so quickly (especially when the rest of the food blog world is so darn obsessed).  So I went with LightLife’s three grain flavor instead of the one I tried last time (soy), and marinated it with some good ‘ol Country Bob’s all purpose sauce.

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After the two BIG chunks soaked up the marinade…

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…we popped this baby open…and brought it up to enjoy while Kyle the ‘cue master did his thang on the grill.  The breasts were for the boys and my tempeh was in the tin foil.

The finished products:

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Chicken.

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Tempeh.

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Corn.

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My portion (corn on the cob x2, tempeh steaks x2, & squared slices of Alvarado street bread x2 with hummus)…NOM!!

This meal hit the spot…I LOVE BBQing, and I hope this is the first of one million summer bbqs to come.

Kyle and I enjoyed made sarcastic comments throughout the Miss USA pageant while sipping on wine. 

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After dessert, which was 2 apples sliced up (1 McIntosh and 1 Gala), we hit the sack. 

Sorry this post was so insanely long!!

TGIF, I love you, man

I spent most of today outside, so my food pictures will be fewer than usual.  But that’s a good thing.  It means SUNSHINE!

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I woke up crazy early (thanks for that 6:55 am text Jess) and enjoyed some frothy java before heading to the gym.  I like getting my workouts done early when the weather is awesome…plus Jess and I had an appointment at Jenny Yoo to get to. 

[insert 4 miles on the elliptical here]

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After the gym I showered, beautified, and chowed down the above brunch while trying not to get peanut butter in my hair.

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I’m all about signs, so as I passed this truck, I knew it was going to be a fabulous day!

Then I met up with Jess and we headed downtown to look at bridesmaid dresses (for each others’ weddings).  OBVI, I’ll be in her bridal party and she in mine.  It was so fun!  Normally I’d say we were so adult, but trust me, we nipped that in the bud upon entering the store…we have perfected the lesbian lovers routine.  Too bad Kyle had to show up and ruin all the fun (kidding)! 

Have I ever mentioned that she’s marrying a guy named Kyle, too?  We call him Kyle #2 since my Kyle came first (TWSS).  But seriously, even Jess refers to him as Kyle #2, haha.

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Anyways, somewhere in there I had an iced soy misto from the bucks (bberry photo).

Trying on gowns really worked up our appetites, so the three of us headed to Whole Foods in Columbus Circle…HOT/COLD BAR!!!

[no picture]  After in impromptu decision to see a movie (I Love You, Man) we had to race to get to 66th Street in time for the 2:30 showing.  We arrived at 2:45 and didn’t miss a thing!!  Phew.  Needless to say, we ate in pitch black, so no picture.

I’ll tell you what I had though (for the salad challenge’s sake).  Fancy lettuce, chickpea/bell pepper salad, baked tofu, and dried cranberries. 

Paul Rudd is HILARIOUS. 

Anyways, I headed up to the NYRR office to pick up my race info/bib for this weekend, and then Kyle and I walked back home through the park.  It was a BEAUTIFUL day…I couldn’t stop taking pictures!!

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View of the West side over the Jackie O lake.

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So pretty, it looks fake.

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With Kyle (just to prove it’s not fake).

By the time we got home it was almost 7 pm.  I love losing track of time because it’s so sunny and warm.  FINALLY! 

I basically wanted the exact same salad I had for lunch at WF, so I tried to recreate it (a la GlidingCalm). 

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It was HUGE, and contained the following: spinach (buried way down there), brocc slaw, shredded carrots, cauliflower, broccoli, green peas, chickpeas, and seitan.

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Look how big!

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Mmmm….I love hugh jass salads, because they last forever and ever and ever.

I know Bethenny doesn’t approve of the massive bowls of greens, but I can’t get enough of them.  Too many ingredients doesn’t seem like an actual problem to me.

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I also had an apple, but I def was ready for dessert in a few hours.

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Dates and carob raisins.  Holy Yum, indeed!

back on the bike

Ok.  I have been slacking FAR too much in the work out department.  I have a freakin’ half marathon in a week!  What am I doing to myself?  I should be training, not watching the View working and pretending that’s a good enough reason to skip the gym.

I woke up to sun, FINALLY.  Made some java.  Frothed some leche.

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Voila!

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Prepare to see an endless supply of bridal mags in the background of all my pics now…my future mother-in-law got me a year’s subscription 🙂

I was researching wedding locations all morning, and totally lost track of time.  For a late brunch/lunch I had home-made hummus on toasted english muffins.

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Oh man.  Hummus is like a drug.  Yeah K?

And don’t even get me started on english muffins!  Mmm…so amazing…like warm, fluffy magical carby heaven.  In the words of Carrie Bradshaw “me likey.”

I have been really craving seitan around the clock lately, so later on I made some “eggs” and seitan on the grill.  Protein, yes please.

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For those who asked Qs on my last post about the BBQ seitan, it’s definitely a must-try…just lather on the ‘cue sauce before cooking the seitan.  It’s hard to mess it up.

Anyways, the home-made hummus was calling my name (again) and we all know I cannot resist her charms…so I had a teensy bit more.

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Mmmm…

Coconut date rolls for lunch dessert.

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For dinner I decided to get in my daily greens. 

Challenge schmallenge.  Bring it.

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I threw a few fists of spinach in the skillet along with some broccoli, cauliflower, green peas, and some soy sauce. 

In another pot I threw together soy noodles, soy-tein (texturized protein) and spinach.

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I loved this meal SO much I took about 500 pictures…

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Check out all the goodness that is in this salad…I want this every night now for the rest of my life. 

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There is just so much variety, I couldn’t get enough.  Each bite had a new flavor because of all the different ingredients.  Eat your heart out salad challenge!

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Mmmmm.  Food porn.

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Think I liked it or something…here’s the second helping!  HA!!

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You would think I’d be full after all that food, but you’d be wrong!

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NEW PRODUCT ALERT!!!

I had no idea what to expect.  I guess these are the random kinds of things you come home with when you go grocery shopping while PMSing.  Naturally, like the experienced female that I am, I avoided the frozen dessert aisle like the plague…but, next thing I know I am face to face with chocolate IN THE TOFU SECTION and in a moment of weakness, I pounced

Lucky for me, it is relatively healthy.  Here are the stats (per 1/2 cup):

calories 120
total fat 1.5 g (2%)
saturated fat 0 g
cholesterol 0 mg
sodium 45 mg
total carbohydrates 23 g (8%)
fiber 1 g (4%)
sugar 18 g
protein 3 g

**not too shabby huh?

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Ok, it looks a little weird, I’ll admit.  BUT – holy freakin’ YUM!

It’s like the best pudding EVER.  I had 4/5 of the container plain…and could barely restrain myself from polishing the entire thing off.  Today’s meals are clearly sending me through the roof.  Try this immediately, you won’t regret it.  In fact, it could be your next obsession (it will likely be mine).

Before I go – HangryPants is giving away yumminess, so check it out!