skinny bitch in the kitch

Even after working 3 days in a row, I still couldn’t even sleep in! I woke up at 8 (but really just rolled over and turned the tv on). I actually got up an hour or so later, and got my coffee on.

SO frothy :)

A little later I decided to finish my dessert from last night. Yeah, vegan chocolate mousse is not exactly a typical breakfast food, but who’s to say I’m typical. Me? Normal? Not so much.

More AM snacking continues…vanilla soy yogurt (these babies are HARD to find in the store lately, so I have kinda been saving this one). Why does it seem like every time I discover a new healthy vegan treat, it suddenly disappears from the store? I can’t find soy “holly” nog for the life of me, and my fave hummus flavor has been out of stock for weeks! I’m really starting to get frustrated. If odwalla bars are the next to go, I’m going to cry, because those are now a MEGA staple in my diet.

Moving on. For lunch I had a breakfast-y type sandwich with whole wheat bread, ff Fage, egg beaters, and soy bacon (8 strips!!).

Side view…mmm

After lunch I started getting myself pumped up for some exercising. Yep, it was a big day – I FINALLY went to the gym after about a month off. It’s amazing how out of shape you can get in such a short amount of time. I warmed up on the elliptical for 15 minutes, starting at level 7 and escalating the intensity up to 12. Then I ran for 30 minutes on the tread mill going SO slow (4.5) on incline 1 (I hate flat running, but I’m not ready to really push myself yet). After that, I switched back to the elliptical for a 20 minute cool down, starting at level 10 and making my way down to 7, with both forward and backwards pedalling. Then I stretched for an eternity, although I think being sore tomorrow is unavoidable after such a long hiatus from the gym.

After I showered I had a glass of soy milk, an apple, and some dried edamame to tide me over until dinner.
Errands done.
Guess what I’m making for dinner….

Thanks to my amazing sister’s birthday present (Skinny Bitch in the Kitch), I am learning all sorts of creative ways to cook vegan-friendly meals. So, now that I have the time and energy, I am ready to take on a pasta dish from the “Italian Bitch” chapter.

I’ll be cooking with seitan for the first time (although I’ve eaten it several times before, I’ve never made anything myself with it).
Here’s the recipe for Green Goddess Pasta:
4 cloves garlic, minced
3 tablespoons refined coconut oil
(I used EVOO instead)
6 tablespoons vegan butter (I used earth balance)
3 quarts water
About 5 teaspoons fine sea salt
(I think I used WAY more)
1 1⁄2 pounds seitan
8 ounces whole wheat or brown rice elbow macaroni (I opted for Ezekiel penne instead)
2 zucchini, halved lengthwise and cut into 1⁄4-inch slices
1 broccoli crown, cut into bite-sized florets (about 2-1⁄2 cups)
1⁄2 bunch (about 4 ounces) kale, cut into 1⁄2-inch strips
1⁄2 teaspoon pepper
1⁄4 cup pine nuts
(I hate pine nuts, so clearly I omitted these)

And Voila!

It was a fairly simple recipe (I figured starting with pasta was best, though) and since it tasted excellent, I will consider it a success. So now that I graduated from the pasta realm, I can’t wait tackle more of the recipes in this book! Thanks Laura!!!!


Did I mention I boozed on the TJ reserve while I chef-ed it up? I’m not even hungry for dessert!!
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4 thoughts on “skinny bitch in the kitch

  1. Erin of Care to Eat

    I love your blog and your eating philosophy! I have that cookbook and I haven’t tried anything from it because of the coconut oil requirement. I should just buy some and get it over with! :)

  2. Lauren and Laura

    yay for the shout out!! (and im not even the first one to comment…)

    that pasta looked pretty delish

  3. Andrea of Care to Eat

    What soy bacon do you use? I had it for the first time at a restaurant in San Diego and have been wanting more ever since!
    Also, do you like the skinny bitch cookbook so far? I’ve been debating whether or not to get it – I have so many vegan cookbooks already!

  4. elise

    lightlife smart bacon is the best! here’s the website: http://www.lightlife.com/product_detail.jsp?p=smartbacon

    it’s kinda sodium loaded though, just so you know

    the skinny bitch cookbook is more a gimmick than anything else, some of the recipes are creative and great, but most are fairly common sense and basic. if you have other vegan cookbooks, you can prob skip this one.

    p.s. i heart care to eat, you guys are the best!

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