Hey Bloggies! I know I have been a little absent the past few days but I am back in full force. This morning I was feeling something savory so I cooked up on of my favorites: Cheezy Grits!
At work I had a horrible K-Cup of Chai Tea which I shouldn’t be surprised as to how bad it was. I was being optimistic though but it was a huge FAIL.
For my lunch I brought some trail mix, a banana and a Vega Shake & Go…..which also turned out to be an epic fail. I really wanted to like the Vega Shake but it just was too sweet and had a funny taste. I just couldn’t get into it so I am thinking that it might go okay will unsweetened almond milk, spinach and banana but this defeats the purpose of shake & go.
After work I met my Momma for an iced tea and to pick up some camping chairs for our guest.
Since lunch was a pretty huge fail I was so hungry after my tea that I called the hubby and told him I’d be home in 40 minutes so he better the rice on and steam up a few sweet potatoes. When I got home I poured myself a nice glass of wine and prepared our Early Bird dinner. For dinner we had brown rice, sweet potato, garlic broccoli and cashews and caramelized onions topped with nama shoyu, gomasio and sriracha. Now we’ll be off to shuffle board and then it’s into bed by 7.
Actually I am working on finding the motivation to make cupcakes and pack for camping.
Tomorrow we are heading out to go camping with our friends from Toronto so I am spending the day working and trying to clean our house, prepare food for camping and locate all our camping gear. Last year our first camping trip was to Lafayette Campground at Franconia Notch in NH. Here is a recap:
Q: What is your favorite summer activity?
Good Morning! We have friends coming on Friday so I have tons to do this morning to get ready for this visit. I started off with a bagel with curry on top. I know sounds strange right but it’s delicious.
Alright sorry about the short post but this morning is going to pass by quickly and I have tons to do! I’ll check in with you all later.
This morning I felt great and jumped out of bed as soon as the alarm went of at 5:30am and headed directly to the kitchen. I had a bunch of root veggies calling my name and a recipe in my mind so I went right to work (look out for a post this evening with recipe included). I love cooking in the morning before I go to work because it means when I get home from work all I have to do is heat it up and cook up some grains and steam up veggies for sides.
This morning instead of starting with a cup of coffee I had .5L of water and then a mug of sencha tea from LeafSpa– it was really nice and made me feel calm and awake.
I was feeling like something fruity this morning so I went with a smoothie for breakfast.
- 1 banana
- 5 strawberries
- 1/2 cup frozen peaches
- 1 cup almond milk
- 2T vanilla hemp protein powder
Blend these all together and enjoy!
I also got my lunch together for the day which will be a green juice (romaine, cucumber, apple and carrot), passion mango coconut yogurt, and some Mountain Mambo train mix.
and an gala apple
Until work I am hanging out at the coffee shop working on some blog posts and enjoying a cup of organic English breakfast tea. I have decided that I really need to cut back on the coffee since I went from 1 cup a week to 1-3 cups a day lately- I blame it on this darn coffee shop! Oh well now I’m moving myself back to tea and I love it.
Q: Are you a coffee drinker or a tea? or neither?
Last night I got home from work and decided that I really needed a little yoga in my life since It has been so long since I have done it. I decided to start with Rodney Yee AM Yoga because it really has the right poses to get me ready for a more intense yoga. After that I did Beginner Yoga For Abs again with Rodney Yee. I felt that yesterday since I hadn’t practiced in so long that it was time to go back to the basics since my body is just not feeling as flexible as it once was.
After a wonderful yoga session I felt great and ready to make some dinner before my first meeting with my health counselor.
When I got home from work a package was waiting on my door step from Lodge Cast Iron Cookware. Inside was a 12″ cast iron pan and the best part is that it comes already seasoned so I don’t have to take the time to do it myself, and that meant I could make dinner in it!
For dinner I had planned to take my carrots, kohlrabi and celeriac and make root veggie pancakes with some sauteed garlic chard. Thins were going well, I shredded up the carrots, kohlrabi and celeriac mixed them with a little water, garlic powder, salt, pepper, nutritional yeast and chickpea flour. I heated up my pan with a little oil and scooped out the root veggie mix for pancakes. After about 4 minutes they had browned and I thought they were ready to flip, however these little guys didn’t want to flip for me and just crumbled every where. At this point my garlic chard was all done and I was in recovery mode. How was I going to make this all work for me without wasting any food?
I turned the oven on to 450F and I added all of the root veggies and the garlic chard to the cast iron pan and mixed them together eventually pressing it all down into an even layer. I decided that the mixture needed a little crunch so I topped it with a sprinkle of panko bread crumbs, chili powder and garlic gold. I then baked it for 10 minutes. Here was the test to see if this dish turned out to be something yummy or would it be a fail?
Topped with a little hot sauce and this was honestly the best thing I have eaten in a long time! The execution may have failed but in the end I created something delicious! Unfortunately I don’t have an exact recipe for you this time but don’t worry I will be recreating this VERY soon and will post a recipe for you.
Q: Have you ever made something that just didn’t turn out how you expected but were able to turn it into something great?
As you may have noticed Cooking For a Vegan Lover is taking on a number of changes; the appearance and features are slowing being updated and are in stage one of this process. However the most notable change that has occurred is the name change to Cook. Vegan. Lover.
My blog started out as a blog to document my experiences in the kitchen cooking for my vegan lover, my now husband. When we started dating I was a vegetarian and had been for many years. I did practice a vegan diet for a few months in high school but was not responsible or healthy in my approach so I went back to a vegetarian diet. When my husband and I got together I was in University still and money was tight; we also lived in New Brunswick where vegan options were limited so I cooked we cooked everything at home. This is where the name Cooking For a Vegan Lover came from- I cooked for my vegan lover. After about 2 months of dating I noticed how little I ate dairy, eggs, honey and products that included these as ingredients and finally decided a month later that I would take on a vegan diet myself.
For the next two years – can you believe I have been blogging since 2006?- I wrote mainly about what I cooked so Cooking For a Vegan Lover was still fitting. In the last 6 months my blog has evolved into a site that features vegan and eco friendly products, lifestyle posts, recipe post and more recently nutrition & wellness posts. The last addition to this blog is a result of my decision to go back to school to become a certified holistic health counselor. With all these changes it only seemed appropriate to update the blog title to Cook. Vegan. Lover., however for now the URL will stay http://cookingforaveganlover.com for now (I hope to be able to change this in the future as well). After reading this post the husband has created a domain for http://cookveganlover.com but don’t worry http://cookingforaveganlover.com still works!
Cook. Vegan. Lover. embodies what this blog is all about:
Cook: recipes, experiences in the kitchen, what I am eating
Vegan: products, lifestyle, travel, tips
Lover: this one isn’t just about my Hubz although he is included but it also is about loving life, yourself, and others. To love others you have to love yourself and part of this is being healthy, so this is where the healthy lifestyle and wellness comes in.
As part of my blog transformation I took a poll to see what readers would like to see more of. The top three items were: recipes, tips for health & well being, and summary of my days. I am in the process of incorporating more of this into my blog. The transformation in process and I hope to be into a more consistent routine by July. You can look forward to seeing more post throughout the day, new recipes and frequent nutrition and health posts. I will still have posts that include products, lifestyle and travel as well.
Thanks to everyone who reads my blog and for all your feed back on what you’d like to see more of. Please stay tuned for more improvements over the next few months.