Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Happy Hump Day

 Some funny memories of teaching... made me laugh on this rainy day!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Saturday, June 18, 2011

I'm Baaaack

Sorry for the long break. Working for an UES all girls school can be exhausting plus I have been making pretty lame dinners. Today's post is short...

Today while shopping at Whole Foods and the Union Square Farmers Market I was struck with a simple sandwich inspiration. I picked up some whole wheat bread, peanut butter, strawberry jam, and some  raspberries....

Here's what I came up with...

The fresh raspberries were pretty great. I plan to try making peanut butter sandwiches with all kinds of fresh fruit this summer... peaches, strawberries, etc. I think this is a fabulous way to cut down on the processed sugar in fruit spreads. 

In other news I am growing a little garden on my balcony. I have three types of tomatoes (all have little green tomatoes!), basil, oregano, mint, thyme, and rosemary. It's pretty great not to have to buy herbs anymore... MONEY SAVER!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Vegan For a Week: Day 1

Today's post is going to be a little different... I am going to write my meal plan in the morning and then fill in the pictures and comments at the end of the day.

Breakfast: Iced Latte made with Almond Milk and a banana
Snack: Almond Butter

Lunch: Sandwich with avocado, tomato, basil and an orange
Snack: Edamame

Dinner: Vegan tortellini with vegan pesto (bought from Whole Foods) and possibly a salad or a small bowl of my vegan veggie chili.
Dessert: Chocolate chip cookie pre-made unbaked (Whole Foods)

Friday, February 4, 2011

Revised Vegetarian Chili

Vegetarian Chili

1/2 a jalapeno, 2 peppers (red, yellow or orange), a spoon of crushed garlic and 1/2 a large onion. Chopped and sauteed in a large pot for 5-8 minutes with olive oil. 

Add a teaspoon of cumin and 2-3 tablespoons of chili power. Stir for 1-2 minutes. 

Add 1 1/2 zucchini, a package of organic frozen corn, and a can of diced tomatoes with juice. Cover pot and simmer until zucchini is semi-soft. 

Add can of rinsed organic kidney beans and a small handful of dark chocolate. Stir until chocolate is melted. Cover and simmer for a few more minutes. 


Joining Morgan's Vegan Challenge

I am joining Morgan in her 7 Day Vegan Challenge. So... I started doing a little research. Since I am already a vegetarian all I have to do is make some minor tweaks to my diet. The two things I know I am going have trouble with is... cheese (cheddar and parm) and my morning latte. I talked to Charrow who is an amazing barista and artist at Joe Coffee and she said I can bring my own almond milk...

I learned that sugar is normally filtered using charred cow bones... not vegan. I found vegan marshmallows... by Dandies. I also will have to start really looking closely at labels for hidden animal products.

Any vegan recipes you wanna share?

Monday, January 31, 2011

The Oprah Vegan Challenge

Ok... I normally don't watch Oprah. BUT tomorrow she and all her staffers are going vegan for one week. She is having Michael Pollan as a guest! So I will DVR Oprah and I might try to go vegan for a week. This shouldn't be a stretch since I am already a vegetarian... how will I give up my morning latte?

Grapefruit for breakfast... vegan