Friday, November 21, 2014

Odds and Ends

I am thankful for Basil.  As the weeks go by without Bodhi, I am comforted by getting to know our little Bazie.  It's pretty amazing what companion animals can do for your spirit, and Josh and I are lucky to have her.  For the past two days, she has not been eating.  She's at the vet right now, and they're running tests, so please keep our little Bazie in your thoughts.  I'll keep you posted.

Even though... sometimes... she's a little mental.

So, what have I been eating lately?  Toast.  So much toast.  I've also been eating a lot of salads and stir fry.  We had a dinner party last weekend with some friends, and somehow, I did not photograph a single thing.  I can tell you that I made home made stir fry sauce and tons of spring rolls.  I had plenty of spring roll filling left over, so I decided to make salads with it for lunch.

I added some tofu to it after posting my first salad to instagram and getting some good feedback.

I busted out the spring roll ingredients again for dinner, but I packed them so full that they exploded.  Whoops!  I guess I need to get better at rolling spring rolls.

They are still tasty!

I told you I have been loving toast lately, so what better with toast than tofu scramble?  We had breakfast for dinner one night, and it was delicious!

You can make an easy tofu scramble very fast, because you don't need to press the tofu.  I usually pan fry some veggies, then crumble in the tofu, then I add the spices.  I learned long ago, from Vegan with a Vengeance, that the holy trinity of tofu scramble is tumeric, thyme and cumin.  Add a little salt and pepper on top, and you're good to go.

I served the scramble with toast + Earth Balance and some oven roasted potatoes.  It was a fantastic dinner.

Oh look, more toast!  For breakfast, I used some leftover tofu and wilted spinach to make this fantastic breakfast sandwich.  This kept me full until dinner!

I went to lunch a few times as well.  This salad is the Thai Crunch Salad (minus chicken) from Market Place Grill.  They just opened one out by our office, so my coworkers have been going a lot.  This salad is pretty tasty, with lots of peanuts and crunchy veggies.  I think next time, I'll leave off the fried wontons, because the salad ended up being kind of greasy.

I had a lovely lunch at Izzy's.  The jasmine pearl tea and black bean soup was perfect for a cold day.  I will be going back often for hearty, vegan soup.

Josh and I went back to Cilantro's for a second try, and this time, I ordered the veggie fajitas.  They were fantastic.  The seasoning was on point, and they weren't too greasy.  I had a lot to take home, too, which was great.  Last time, I had the spinach enchiladas, which were also good.  Josh and I both decided that we need to keep this restaurant in our rotation.

I have been making an amazingly tasty hot chocolate at my desk at work.  It's super simple and energizing.

Pumpkin Hot Chocolate

  • 1 cup Pumpkin Coconut Milk or 1 cup coconut milk + 1 tbs pureed pumpkin
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 heaping tbs of cacao powder

  1. Heat the coconut milk (+ pumpkin puree if using) in the microwave for 2 minutes or on the stove top until warm.
  2. Add coconut milk, cinnamon and cacao powder to a blender.  I use a nutribullet at work.
  3. Serve in a mug.

I woke up early enough on Saturday to hit up the Hillcrest Farmer's Market before my 8 am yoga class.  I found some great produce, and I'll be sharing the things I made with you next week.

I have been working on self acceptance this week.  I have so much to be thankful for, and I'm really trying to work on being content with myself.  

Fitness Recap

Josh and I are heading to Mountain Home for the White River Half Marathon this weekend.  Only, neither of us are running the half.  We both bumped down to the 5k, because we did not train adequately for the race.  We'll still have a good time, though.  I look forward to seeing friends and enjoying the fall colors.

I'm going strong with yoga as well.  It's keeping me happy and centered as the days get shorter and the temperatures drop.  I have been doing to my studio for 2 years fairly consistently now, and I don't know what I would do without it.

Thanksgiving is coming up, which means traveling and big meals for most people.  Make sure you pack healthy snacks, and drink plenty of water!


  1. What kind of bread do you buy?

    1. Usually some type of wheat or nut bread. I really love sprouted wheat bread, but we don't always have it in the house. I should get into baking my own, because I've been eating more toast this winter, but I haven't made it there yet.

  2. I love making soup in best outdoor deep fryers. It taste not that great, but i still eat it.


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