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Countdown to Cabo

Woo hoo! Only 2 days ‘til I’m relaxing in warm and sunny Cabo San Lucas (well, technically only one day, since I leave tomorrow).  Vacay here I come!  Not that I’m living the rough life right now…vacation is vacation.  So even if I am holed up in my shoe box of an apartment (East coast weather…grrrrrrrr) at least I’m not at work, and at least I’m not having to brave the 30 degree weather at 5 am to get there, either.  Phew!  But, after putting in ALL those hours in December, I think I deserve it. 


AM coffee with silk, ah, the joy of soy 🙂


Plus, a toasted Ezekiel English muffin…which I lathered with 2 different types of jam.   One was a home-made plum, and the other was a home-made strawberry.  Kyle’s family has access to the freshest fruit, we are talking fields and fields of berries.  Lucky for me, I get the yummy yields – which just happens to be THE best jam.  It really tastes like you are eating pure fruit mashed up into each bite.  Oh, and the delish Ezek muffins help, too  🙂


I also had an egg/tofu scramble with the toasted muffin.


First I chopped up GC tofu that I baked the day before…


Then I threw it in the pan with some egg beaters…to make a delish plate of protein (this should keep me going for a while).


After breakfast, I finished my first book of 2009 (at least I’m sticking to part of my Jan goals).  I read The Myth of You and Me by Leah Stewart, which was so-so.  I liked it, but wasn’t thrilled.  Not something I’d pass on to a friend.  If you are in need of a good book, check out goodreads for some quality recs…I’ve had great success thanks to that site.  I wonder what I’ll start next…maybe Water for Elephants.  I’m open to suggestions, though (since I’ll need a few while relaxing on the beach in Cabo).

Off to the gym.  But first, this snack.


Gym sesh, not so hot.  I’m in a RUT.  I wanted to go to a spinning class, but the closest one is not close at ALL, and the times weren’t the most convenient (add in the snow factor, and it’s a miracle I even left the apt at all)!  I ended up doing 30 mins on the tread mill, 30 mins on the elliptical, and then 15 mins on the bike.  Don’t be deceived by the work out I just described, on paper it looks intense, but my feet were dragging the entire time, and I did everything on the lowest possible setting.  Blah.  I stretched, too, but no abs or arms.  I was pooped.

Anyways, errands abound, I needed a pick-me-up…good thing I had popped these babies in the oven earlier today.


Sweet potatoes!!  Mmmm…I snacked on a few before heading out 🙂

Later on, I was still dragging, so it was time to pull out the big guns.  You know it – coffee, my true love.  Latte time!


Still brainstorming for dinner ideas…stay tuned!

peace, love, and happiness

Are you a hippie, too? 

Looks like green living is making a comeback!

Side note:  Earlier today I was enjoying my AM dose of mindless television, when a news brief interrupted the program.  Now ordinarily I’d be delighted to hear Obama’s economic words of wisdom, but when they interrupt The View’s green tips…well it takes a bit of the edge off (sorry Mr. President).  Since youtube couldn’t fill in the gaps, I decided to post a few myself (these are kitchen specific).  As I’ve said before, do what you can, even a tiny change can make a BIG impact, peeps!!!

1. Cut down greenhouse gas emissions:  There are lots of small ways to reduce energy use in the kitchen. An electric kettle uses less energy than a stove-top model. Cover the pot when heating water—it will boil faster. Replace old refrigerators and dishwashers with ENERGY STAR rated models. Composting fights global warming by helping keep organic waste out of landfills where it produces methane, a powerful greenhouse gas.

2. Cut down toxics: From plastic wrap to oven cleaners, kitchens are a hotbed of toxic chemicals. Avoid these plastics: Polyvinyl chloride plastic (#3), Polycarbonate plastic (#7), and Polystyrene (#6).  As for green cleaning alternatives, avoid products containing harsh chemicals and synthetic scents, and instead try baking soda and vinegar to clean (they work)!

3. Avoid over-packaged products. Choose nature-friendly cleaning products in bulk or concentrated form.

4. Choose washable, reusable towels or cloths over disposable tissue products like paper towels.

5. If you are going to use toxic substances, make sure you dispose of them separately from household garbage since these products should not be land-filled.

**courtesy of Greenpeace

A tofu kind of day

Okay, what I really should have called this post was a Gliding Calm kind of day…you’ll see why soon enough!  Hint: squash fries, tofu

And now for some complaining…

Yesterday evening the flurries started, but the temperature didn’t stay below freezing, so overnight it turned into rain.  Lemme tell ya, today was gross!  All day long it was POURING outside.  I can’t WAIT to get away from this snow/rain slush and laze about in the sunshine.  I can’t stand this nasty sleet for much longer.  Thank goodness it’s only 3 days until Cabo!!!!  Okay, whining over, I promise. 

Since I was cooped up in the apartment, I had another day filled with cooking.  To start, I gulped down some frothy coffee.  IMG_0151

Since a few peeps have been asking, no, I’m not 100% vegan.  I have only a few allowances, one of which I photographed below.IMG_0156

It is lactose free (since I’m intolerant) and has no antibiotics, no hormones, etc.  Furthermore, I only have it in my coffee, since I actually LOVE (and prefer) soy milk, but know that there has been a lot of research which suggests soy milk can be linked to high levels of estrogen…the moral of the story, everything in moderation.  Also, on a side note, milk froths WAY better than soy milk, not sure why, but it does.  So there you have it.  I’m 95% vegan (fyi my only other exceptions include egg beaters and Greek yogurt).

On to breakfast 🙂


I had this really creative idea to make (soy) bacon-tofu bites, so I wrapped soy bacon around slices of plain pressed tofu.


Popped them in the oven…and voila!


I  barely got them on the plate before I devoured them!!!  HOLY YUM! 


Crispy, salty, bacon-y…DE-lish!!!! 


Could anything look better than that mini bite of heaven!  I’m not joking everyone should try this.  It’s so easy, and so good.  The tofu absorbs the bacon flavor, and when you bite into it, the soy bacon is crispy, while the tofu is more spongy, so the different textures complement each other perfectly.  SO GOOD.


Later on my sweet tooth got the best of me and I had a raspberry o’soy yogurt.  Num num.  Next, I decided to brave the nasty weather and hit up the gym.  Blah.  I tried my hardest to get motivated, but I just wasn’t into it.  Here’s a brief recap:

Elliptical: 15 mins

Tread mill: 5 mins

Stair climber: 30 mins

Tread mill: 10 mins

Stretching/abs: 15 mins

I’m thinking I may do some arms later at home (now that I have discovered exercise TV) – thanks Quinn!

In the meantime, back to the oven…


More butternut squash!  


Mmmm…Plate #1


Plate #2


Then, for my fave experiment of the day…drum roll please…Gliding Calm tofu!

The marinade can be found on her blog, but I made only a few adjustments.  I used honey as the sweetening agent and nixed the chili sauce (since I didn’t have any)…other than that, just follow her rub and you’ll end up with these lovelies.


Yep, the results were AWESOME.  I’ve been meaning to try this recipe forever, so naturally I was thrilled when it came out so well.  Everyone should seriously try this recipe.


No words…it’s just too tasty to be described.

After that I was pretty full, so I knew dinner would be small.  I ended up having another plate of squash fries and a GN veggie burger.


(I may have dipped a few bites in Sabra hummus…I can’t help it!!)

For dessert I had a big perfect apple and a cup of blueberry green tea. 



If anyone is looking for some tips on how to live GREEN, this is a great website.  The “food” section has lots of good ideas for shopping, cooking, and storage – all economical and environmentally friendly.

Part of the cool kids club

Today was quite the experimental cooking day.  Lately, I’ve been salivating reading all my fellow bloggers’ delish recipes, not to mention jealous that I haven’t had time to sample the popular dishes on my own!  Desperate to join in on the action and give my own reviews, I grabbed my chef hat and decided to seize the day…  I don’t have Veganomicon, but if all goes well today, I may have to make a trip to Barnes & Noble. 

I started cooking in the AM, pretty much right after I woke up.  Okay, actually I had this first.


Since my stomach was grrrrrowling, I made it a latte (with lactaid, obvi).  And, yup, I busted out the froth machine.  Foam just gives my AM coffee that little extra something something, ya know?  I had 2 big cups of joe while my goodies were in the oven. 


Yeah, I know, Brussels sprouts are kinda atypical morning eats.  But you can’t help what you crave, right? 


Pre-oven: salt and no stick spray


Post-oven: baked and browned to perfection

For the rest of my brunch, I decided on eggs with sautéed greens (a pseudo scramble). 


I threw some fresh spinach in a pan, then once it was nice and wilted, I added in some broccoli slaw.


Eggs + sautéed greens +  Brussels = the perfect brunch 🙂


I was nice and full after brunch, so I had a cup of tea and continued cooking, while watching last night’s eps of Gossip Girl and the City. 


Butternut squash fries!!!  YUM x a million!!!!


I microwaved this fatty for a few mins before trying to cut into it (thanks Erin)!  Such a great trick – and my knife remained in one piece (always a plus). 


Chop, Chop, Chop


Can I even tell you how excited I am to try these!!!  Everyone has been making them lately, so I HAD to join in the fun! 


Salty AND healthy!  What’s not to love.  Mmmm…I def had 2 FULL plates.  So so good.

Later on I was craving something sweet, so I had a few strawberries and mango slices.


Followed by a couple of dried pineapple rings.


That got me going…


Elliptical (level 10-12): 30 mins

Tread Mill (level 5.5-6.5): 30 mins

Stretching, arms, abs: 15 mins

For dinner I was SUPER excited to try out a delish vegan twist on an old classic…

Snobby Joe’s recipe

1 cup uncooked lentils
4 cups water
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium yellow onion, diced small
1 green pepper, diced small
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 tablespoons chili powder (maybe not quite this much)
2 teaspoons oregano
1 teaspoon salt
8 oz can tomato sauce
1/4 cup tomato paste
3 tablespoons maple syrup
1 tablespoon yellow mustard
4 to 6 Kaiser rolls or sesame buns  (or Ezekiel English muffins, DUH!)

**I altered the recipe a bit, using WAY less chili powder, and instead adding some cumin and cayenne pepper, also I nixed the EVOO for PAM instead when sautéing the onion (healthier fo sho)

Boil lentils in a small sauce pot with 4 cups of water until lentils are soft, then drain and set aside.
Sauté onion and pepper in oil (I used PAM) until soft, then add garlic, cooked lentils, chili powder, oregano and salt and mix. Add the tomato sauce and tomato paste. Cook for about 10 minutes. Add the maple syrup and mustard and heat through.
Turn the heat off and let sit for about 10 minutes, so that the flavors can mix…or go ahead and eat immediately if you can’t wait.

Here’s some shots of the cooking process.





The results….FABULOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 


O-M-G.  No words can describe how good these were.  I burnt the crap out of my tongue and still the flavor was great!  It was spicy, but not too spicy, and it had lots of different textures too…with the peppers, onions, and lentils.  I wanted to eat the entire thing straight out of the pot!!! (no wonder I burnt my tongue, right?)  I had the first round with the Ezekiel muffin, the second plain on the plate (no photo), the third plain on the plate, again (see photo), and the fourth with a side of Brussels (gotta get my greens in right?).



Note to self:  make this recipe again (but double it)!! 

Of course as full as I was, I still had room for dessert :)  I tried my new tea (blueberry green tea) with a handful of dates (oops, I ate them way too fast to catch on film). 


FYI: Compete in a race or sporting event and write to Toyota and they will plant a tree in a US National Forest that has been damaged by fire, insects, or disease! A green way to give back AND get in some exercise!