First the hubby and I started with a lovely salad from I am Grateful:
The dressing for this salad was Peppery Avocado Caesar Dressing from I am Grateful, capers and gomasio. It was nice light and yummy. There is a caesar salad recipe in I am Grateful which also includes their almond bread. I would have loved to make this but didn’t have the ingredients for the bread but hope to make it next time.
To go with this salad we had quinoa with peas, corn, Braggs and hot chili sesame oil. We also had these amazing fries:
Baked Parsnip and Sweet Potato Flax Fries
Tina of Carrots ‘N’ Cake inspired this recipe
- 2 sweet potatoes, cut into fries
- 4 parsnips, cut into fries
- 1T olive oil
- 3T flax meal
- 1/2t garlic salt
- 1/2t chili powder
Preheat the oven to 425F. Place the parsnip and sweet potato fries in a large plastic bag and toss with olive oil. Add in the flax meal, garlic salt and chili powder and toss with the fries to evenly coat. Pour out onto a baking sheet to form a single layer. Place in the oven and bake for 30-35 minutes or until soft, flipping after 25.
Neil and I got our workouts in this morning so we could relax tonight. As I said yesterday I found some Daiya cheese and so I have been thinking of different ways to use it so tonight on some nice open faced sandwiches. To make the sandwiches I turned the broiler on to high and let it heat up while I put the toppings on. I topped local Red Hen bread with a drizzle of olive oil, balsamic, thinly sliced tomatoes, basil, Daiya and a sprinkle of garlic salt and pepper. I placed under the broiler for about three minutes until the cheese had melted and the bread browned.
We have been having miserable weather this week in Vermont so I started my morning off with some light, refreshing and uplifting, a green smoothie! This smoothie had unsweetened vanilla milk, vanilla hemp protein powder, half a banana and 2 huge handfuls of spinach.
After a busy and stressful day I was ready to come and make some comfort food. I found daiya at Healthy Living and decided that I had to purchase some since everyone has been raving about it. I also picked up some of my favorite low-carb tortillas that only have 45 calories each so they make tex-mex food guilt free. I stuffed the tortillas with roasted sweet potatoes, sauteed mushrooms, onions and spinach. I then topped with salsa and daiya and baked until bubbly. I then topped these yummy things with avocado-tomato salsa that I had made- HOLY YUM!
Q: What’s your favorite vegan cheese? What is your favorite way to eat it?
This morning to my surprise I wasn’t as sore after our hike yesterday as I thought I would be. I was however hungry for a big bowl of southwest style cheezy grits which I enjoyed and forgot to photograph. Hubby had a bunch of work to do this morning before we head out for the night so we went to our local coffee shop for some chai lattes and ended up splitting a bagel with hummus during our 4 hours there. Feeling a little hungry and knowing that we would be hungry soon we decided to save some money and eat at home before we headed out. Since our fridge is practically empty except for hot sauce and other condiments I decided to make some Patel’s Organic Chickpea Curry Meal aka cheater Indian Food. I steamed up some frozen brussels sprouts to go with it.
Hubby and I are headed to Costco and then we’re off to a concert. So I will leave you with this great giveaway from Maggie’s Organics. Maggie’s Organics is a great company here is a little blurb about them:
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They recently sent me a great pack of their sport socks which come in fun colors and are super comfy. I love these socks and wear them all the time now. Maggie’s is giving TWO of you the opportunity to win a three pack of their sport socks.
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Hubby and I woke up this morning and headed out for a hike. Hubby has been begging me to go on a hike since the snow disappeared but the weather hasn’t been great so when we woke up to a bright sunny day it seemed perfect. We stopped in at Onion River and picked up some shot blocks and Gu.
We started on our hike and at first it was pretty hard especially since I have been nursing a cold. We hiked for awhile and then decided to share a piece of XoBiotic chocolate which unfortunately was a little stale but we ate it anyway.
One of the fun things about our hike is that the trail we picked was a historical trail with little things to stop at each way. Below is me pretending to tumble into a 27 foot well from the 1800s.
So our hike started out pretty well and then we decided to go to the top of this summit and went down the otherside. About 40 minutes later we decided that we were going the wrong direction so we turned around and went the other direction for about an hour and 20 minutes. Then again we decided that we were probably going to wrong direction. Finally I spotted a trail that might get us back to where we started. To my delight we found a headed up the trail and at the end of it were 2 Bud Light cans that we had seen earlier in the day and I yelped with joy.
Neil was pretty excited too. We were no longer lost.
After our 5+ hour hike that should have taken ohhhhh 2.5 hours, if we hadn’t have gotten lost, we headed to The Alchemist for some beers and delicious food. When we got there they weren’t serving a full menu so we started with Genius Waters, beers and pretzels with spicy mustard.
Then we got a second beer, sweet potato fries to share and each ordered a tempeh sandwich. Our eyes were bigger than our tummies though so we only ended up eating half of our sandwiches.
Now we are hanging out at home relaxing our bodies and drinking tea.
Q: What did you do today?
I’m so glad it’s finally Friday and the weekend is here! I am finally feeling better so this weekend will be great. I also started a cleanse which is making my body feel wonderful. The good people at Garden of Life sent me their Raw Cleanse kit to try out as well as their raw prenatals; no we are not pregnant but I am preparing my body for the future how ever far that might be.
Anyways I am on Day 2 of my 7 day cleanse and it feels great already. Basically there are three steps that you take each day for 7 days and it helps cleanse the body and aid in digestion. Now powders are the most appetizing but if you over look that and consider how your body feels it’s worth it, so far. I will update you again in a few days and once I have completed my 7 days.
Also news that I am so excited for we ARE going to go on a vacation this year but it just isn’t going to be down south we have traded the beach for the city. You are probably asking….well What city then?
WASHINGTON DC! Now I haven’t been there in like 10+ years and it will be hubby’s first time so I would love suggestions of places to eat, shop, see, drink, ect. So please send any suggestions my way. Thank you in advance.
Q: Are you a city person or a beach person?