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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!).
Lunch II – leftover purple potato salad with peas for extra green
All together now!
Night shift doesn’t require quite as large of a line up.
I’ve been craving lots and lots of fruit at night. Apples and cuties and mangoes, oh my!
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?
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.
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.
Vegan. Gluten free. Dairy free.
Strawberry and Avocado Poppy Seed salad
- clover sprouts
- 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.
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.
Oats, frozen blueberries and strawberries, dried cherries, coconut peanut butter.
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.
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).
Seitan Spinach salad
- clover sprouts
- 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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
Are you a packrat? Hoarder? Pantry supply collector?