Wednesday, January 19, 2011

My day in food

Today was one of those where you glance down at the bottom right corner of your screen and think, WTF? How did it get to be 7:53? P.M.

Seriously. The entire world decided to need my attention TODAY. I know, I'm very important.

How does any of this relate to my post? Not at all. But hey. It's my blog, and if I feel like venting, I'm gonna vent.

At any rate. I've been wanting to do one of those "day in food" type posts for awhile now. I see them on lots of other peoples blogs. And while I don't really feel like I need to keep myself "accountable" or have some AMAZING recipes and step-by-step instructions to share, I still thought it'd be fun. If you think so too, comment!

If not, I'll know by your radio silence that no one really cares how delicious tempeh can be or how fast soup can be made when you're famished after Spin.

Without futher adieu, breakfast!

(whole wheat english muffin, tofutti cream "cheese" mixed w/ cinnamon, raisins, walnuts, a side of protein-yogurt w/ half a banana, and my favorite Chai green tea)

Seriously, SO delicious. Sadly, the english muffin did not tide me over to lunch. Fail. I guess I need more volume in my breakfasts...


(enormous salad. I eat some variation of this basically EVERY day for lunch and it NEVER gets old. In the mix: spinach, baby lettuce, shredded cabbage, carrots, brocolli, roasted kabocha squash, sugar snap peas, fat free feta, and some homemade miso dressing. With more of the crack tea. Who needs coffee!?)

So. This tempeh. (The stuff that kinda-sorta looks like taco meat.) It is AMAZING. I wish I could take credit for the recipe. And I CAN! (At least, for the modifications I made to the original.) Go see Mama Pea for the real deal.

What did I change? Left out the agave & lime. Added 1/2 cup salsa and 1 tsp smoked paprika. I like to call this version: Enchilada Tempeh. Tastes like it was marinated in a bottle of enchilada sauce. Way, way healthier enchilada sauce. Seriously so good - even the husband likes it this way!

Moving right along. I had my (hopefully) last PT appointment this afternoon and a date with a Spin bike (and running buddy Laura) afterwards, so I knew I'd need a snack to tide me over:

(fat free ricotta, greek yogurt, protein powder, Libby's pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice, blitzed in the mini prep. like puddin'. and yes, I ate it out of the blender bowl. why dirty a dish?!)

I saved half of this for dessert and it is CALLING to me from the fridge right now!

When I finally made it home from Spin, I was exhausted. And NOT in the mood to 'cook' anything. Enter - lazy girl's soup for one (husband is working late...):

Start to finish this soup definately took less than 30 minutes. What's that? You'd like the recipe? Of course!

1/4 C french (green) lentils, dry
2 C vegetable stock
1/4 C quinoa, dry
1/4 onion, diced
3-4 small carrots, diced
s & p to taste

1. Throw lentils & stock into pot over medium heat.
2. While lentils simmer, dice onion & carrot, and saute in a spritz of olive oil over medium heat, just until soft, about 5 minutes.
3. Add onion & carrot mixture, quinoa, to lentils. Reduce heat to medium low.
4. Set timer for 20 minutes and hop in the shower.
5. Check soup after 20 minutes. If your lentils are tender and carrots are almost (but not quite) mush, it's done.

Yours might end up looking a little dry like mine (above). You may also be STARVING as it is now going on 8:15. (I'm just saying) If this happens, add more (cold) veggie stock and/or water. For the added benefit of having some broth, and, you know, not searing your tongue. Hello, blisters.

(much better with broth)

Also consumed but not pictured: A Siggis yogurt w/ blueberries & flax, about 87 cups of herbal tea, 1/2 a pack of Orbit peach gum.

So there you have it! A whole day in food.

Now where is that pumpkin yogurt and my book....


  1. cute idea . . .day in the life. Are you vegan or vegetarian? I still remember you putting the note on Jeanie's turkey in HS "Don't eat me please" :)

  2. Hmm...I guess semi-vegetarian? I eat a little turkey and chicken, some fish, every now and again, maybe 1x per week?

    But I'd still always rather have my veggies!

    I had totally forgotten about the note on the turkey! You have an amazing memory!!

  3. Your "pudding" looks good! I have to admit, after you blogged about LIbby's I went and bought some, but never could quite figure out what to eat it with (except pie crust!)

  4. I love your quick single-serve soup! I think I only have regular lentils, though... Do they take longer? 20 minutes is already a stretch for me. Have you used the heart-shaped Le Creuset yet?
    Also, what's "protein-yogurt"? Is that protein powder mixed into yogurt?
    I love this blog post idea!

  5. @ Kiki: Yup, protein yogurt = 1/2 cup fat free greek yogurt stirred together with 1/2 scoop Designer Whey vanilla protein powder & 2 Splendas. Sometimes some sugar free Torani I probably eat this every single day!

    And the lentils take the same cooking time. If you want to speed things up you could use Red, they cook in about 10 minutes, but get mushy and lose their shape. They taste pretty much the same.

    @ Sheryl - we can experiment with it on Saturday :) and make some "dessert"!