Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Olive Bar Splurge, The Tudors

Today was more than half raw. Not too shabby.

Breakfast: 1 very small baked potato
Lunch: Spinach salad w/ marinated mushrooms and balsamic onions
Snack: Mashed banana w/ cinnamon and oats
Dinner: Broccoli and mushroom stir-fry, carrot puree

My breakfast potato was flavored with garlic and onion seasoning and nutritional yeast. I bought this garlic and onion powder a few days ago and it's really tasty.

And the ingredients aren't too freaky, either. I was pretty weirded out by the ingredient labels on lots of the spice mixes at Ralph's. I settled on this one because it seemed tasty and wasn't full of chemical crap.

I've talked about nutritional yeast before in my B12 post, but I didn't show a picture. My Whole Foods used to only carry it in tubs in the vitamins and protein powder section, so I bought this tub. Now the bulk section carries nooch, though, so I can refill from there.

I had regretted buying things from the Whole Foods olive bar when I found out I spent about 8 bucks on it, but I have to admit I've really enjoyed eating salads with my olive bar ingredients. Here's the remainder of my olive bar stash and one bowl of my lunch salad (I had a couple bowls).

I watched the 1969 movie Midnight Cowboy while I made a broccoli and mushroom stir-fry as well as two kinds of eggplant, which I'll discuss tomorrow. Midnight Cowboy was definitely a good movie, and different than I thought it would be. In case you haven't heard of it, it stars Jon Voight in a breakout role and Dustin Hoffman, who truly looks like shit (he's supposed to). It's kind of sad, because I hate movies where people's dreams get broken. Even when they're stupid dreams, like Voight's character's dream of being a "kept man."

For dinner I whipped up a version of Michal's carrot puree (her blog, Lil Earth Muffin, is on my blogroll). I just used three carrots, about 1/3 of a banana, a couple splashes of almond milk, and a bunch of cinnamon and a little bit of cloves. This is a very flexible recipe, though, and you could put in pretty much anything you like.

This keeps until at least the next day, no problem. I didn't eat it all.

Can you believe I didn't eat any brussels sprouts today? I know, it's ridiculous. It's because I ran out and I'll buy more tomorrow!

Last night I had a dream that I had to go back to work at the movie theater where I worked when I was 15-16. That's already FIVE years ago and yet I still have those dreams rather frequently. I think they're stress dreams. It's always that I get really poor and I have to go back to the craphole that was the movie theater job. Boo.

I finished watching The Tudors season two yesterday. Wow, it was stressful! So many people died. That show does a great job of not making anyone really good or bad -- all of the characters are mixed. Even Saint Thomas More torched a few heretics. Anne Boleyn is such an unsympathetic character through much of the show that you can't wait until she gets her comeuppance and yet when that time comes, you feel sorry for her. One theme I noticed that may or may not have been intentional was how people throw away their romantic partners as soon as it's not as fun anymore. Anne Boleyn was fun and sexy and exciting when they were dating, but after they got married she had responsibilities and pregnancies and she wasn't as fun anymore. So Henry VIII wanted to move on. It's really sad. But there was also a good message not to treat people poorly just because you think they can't hurt you. The Boleyn family was very mean to people they perceived to be powerless, but who eventually orchestrated their downfall.

I'm getting The Tudors season three in the mail tomorrow, and I'm looking forward to continuing the saga. It's just so gripping!

Monday, June 28, 2010

Kelp Noodle Stir-Fry, Why Brussels Sprouts are AWESOME, and Skype Time

So! It's been a few days since I blogged, mostly because I've been a very boring eater. Brussels sprouts, potatoes mashed with kale, and broccoli/mushroom/okra stir-fries. You get the picture.

Here's something I made the other day:

It's a kelp noodle stir-fry!

So, what are kelp noodles and why are they so great? Well, I'm glad you asked. Kelp noodles are just made out of kelp, so they're a whole plant food and they're raw. They're a good raw and low-calorie version of pasta - they are ridiculously low in calories, like 7 calories a cup or something. But the weird thing is that they have a strange crunchy texture that can be rather off-putting. The way to get rid of this texture and make soft noodles is to soak the noodles in something acidy. I tried this before with lemon water, but I hate it when my food tastes like lemons. So this time I tried something different - I put them in a jar with tomato sauce and let the sauce soften up the noodles. They were soft after about an hour but I happened to leave them there overnight and used them the next day.

So for this stir-fry, I cooked up some crimini mushrooms with broccoli stems and florettes. Don't get rid of your broccoli stems -- just peel them so they're soft and edible. Then they're yummy! Then I added the sauce and noodles just in order to heat up the sauce. And then I ate the whole pan!

Next item of business, brussels sprouts. Let's look at my picture from last week:

They always look the same.

Reasons why brussels sprouts are the world's greatest snack food:
1) They're really low in calories -- about 10 calories a sprout. I always cut them in half, and then they're chewy so they take a while to eat up.
2) They're freakin' delicious if you cook them right. So roast those babies up and do not boil them.
3) They're bite-sized, so they're perfect when you just want a little snack, and you don't want to take the time to make a salad or something.
4) They're just as good cold as they are hot.
5) They're really filling. You could grab a few nuts and choke down a bunch of calories and fat, or you could eat a few brussels sprouts and do your body some favors.
6) They're good for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Or maybe that's just me...

Today I dressed up and went to run errands. Sometimes it's good to wear heels for no reason. I saw Teri Hatcher at Trader Joe's. She was very inconspicuous and normal, so I tried really hard not to look. Heheh. It's funny seeing famous people, because you don't say "Hey, that kind of looks like so and so," you just know that it's them, like they stepped out of the TV.

After my TJ's run (made for cheap brussels sprouts, of course), I Skyped with my mom! And I took a picture.

See? It's just like we're hanging out in real life.

And then the Junior Birdman appeared.

And then... the EVIL Junior Birdman appeared.

Definitely not the same person.
Though we may or may not have been singing the Junior Birdman song.

Up in the aaaaiir, Junior Birdman. Up in the aair and upside doowwwn...

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Two Recipes! Everything Kale Pesto and Sizzlin' Skillet Salad

So, today I worked out twice, cleaned my bathroom, wrote a letter to my friend in Tonga (she's in the Peace Corps), and came up with two recipes that I will be nice enough to share with you.

Breakfast: Small sweet potato
Lunch: 1 c. brussels sprouts, 1/2 cup black beans, 1 zucchini of pasta w/ my new Everything Kale Pesto
Snack: 1 c. brussels sprouts
Dinner: Sizzlin' Skillet Salad
Dessert: 1 small sweet potato

I thought I invented kale pesto, but I googled it and it turns out it already exists. But not in the delicious form that I have created it. My pesto has lots of flavors in it, which is why I dubbed it "everything" pesto.

There's the pesto in an old (clean) garlic jar. I'm obviously not very disciplined about getting the labels off. So here's how you make it:

In a food processor, grind up:
2 cups kale, de-stemmed and ripped up
1 cup basil
5 pcs. sun-dried tomatoes
a couple slices red bell pepper
4 tbsp nutritional yeast
1 tsp mustard
2 tsp garlic
1/2 tbsp miso
1/2 tsp turmeric
a little squirt sriracha
a little splash red wine vinegar
And add 1-2 tbsp non-dairy milk to make desired texture.

Now the good thing here is you can delete any of those ingredients or add different ones to taste. And there's no oil or fatty stuff. You could use pumpkin seeds if you wanted, though, and I think it would go really well. So in this recipe, you have tons of nutrients, including vitamin B12, and lots of protein from the nutritional yeast. I also considered calling this "Weight Loss Pesto." Because it's about a million times better for you than traditional pesto.

I like finding new ways to eat raw kale. =)

Now, on to my second recipe, in which I use these:


The Sizzlin' Skillet Salad (serves 2)

1 potato, diced (I used red)
1 tomato, diced
1 tomatillo, diced
1/4 c. frozen okra
1/4 c. frozen corn
cumin and chili powder to taste
squirt of ketchup
1 c. kale
4 basil leaves, torn up

Start cooking your potato in a couple spoonfuls of water. Cover to cook without burning. Add tomato and tomatillo, then okra, corn, and seasonings. When fully cooked, add ketchup and mix. Then add kale and basil leaves and cover for 30 seconds-1 minute just to soften up the kale. Scoop onto a big bowl of lettuce. I also added raw red pepper slices. Mix it up and eat it.

I say this makes two because I ate half of it and saved the other half for later. You could also totally add some of my instant bbq beans and it would taste delish.

And before I go, I have one more thing to share. Check out the trailer for my new movie, I'm in it! I'm the one trash-talking, if you couldn't tell. =)

"Bloomington" trailer from Fernanda Cardoso on Vimeo.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Big Whole Foods Shopping Trip

Today's food intake was a little weird, mostly because I just wanted to eat brussels sprouts.
Breakfast: approx. 1.5 cups brussels sprouts, .25 cups black beans
Lunch: 1 cup brussels sprouts, exactly the same salad I had for dinner last night (spinach, black beans, pineapple, red pepper)
Dinner: 1 cup brussels sprouts, .25 cups black beans, 1 small sweet potato w/ nutritional yeast

So all those brussels sprouts from yesterday's photo are gone.

I had a pretty busy day - I woke up at 7 (I went to bed at 10:30 last night) and started my day off with a workout while watching an episode of Jillian Michaels' new show, Losing It with Jillian. I've never watched The Biggest Loser, but I'd heard good things about Losing It. I watched the pilot episode, and it really did seem like she made an impact on that family's life and helped them turn their health around. For my workout I did leg lifts, squats, and that kind of thing, jumping jacks, some yoga moves, and weights targeting my back muscles. I focused on arm muscles yesterday and they are pretty sore.

Also today I read lots of news and tried to catch up on blog reading and worked on this blog a little - I went through all my old posts and added tags so it would be more helpful for reference purposes.

But the most time-consuming part of my day was washing my clothes. I like to hand-wash my clothes and air-dry them outside. Air drying is #1 for me - it's so easy and saves all that energy and money that would be sucked up by the dryer. And hand washing is a little more annoying and a lot more time consuming, but I like to do it when I have the time. It saves me money and saves the environment energy, and it is an active thing to do to get me moving and working. If you do it right, it's a lot of work!

In the "olden days," people expended a lot more energy in their daily lives than we do now. They walked more, and they used energy preparing food, washing their clothes, and fixing up their houses by hand. Now we tend to drive everywhere, eat packaged foods, and let machines do all of our hard work. So I like to do things by hand sometimes and regain some of that.

Speaking of walking places, today I walked to Whole Foods for a nice big shopping trip. The walk is about 20 minutes in each direction, so I usually walk. I had very little food in my kitchen, so I really stocked up:

In that picture you see cremini mushrooms, an eggplant, frozen okra, tomatillos, dried cranberries, zucchini, brussels sprouts, carrots, roma tomatoes, red bell peppers, kale, lettuce, a couple heads of broccoli, pasta sauce, Granny Smith apples, fresh basil, coffee, and bathtub and tile cleaner. All of the produce was organic except for the eggplant and tomatillos. And in case you're wondering, the grand total was $57. I think it all looks delicious and I'm psyched to eat all those nutrients this week. =)

Alright, I'm off to google recipes in which to use tomatillos!

My Weird Salad; Things I Probably Shouldn't Do But Will Do Anyway

Yesterday for dinner I made this great salad:

There was a bed of spinach, topped with sliced red bell pepper, canned pineapple, black beans, and Rawmesan. It sounds like a strange combo, but it was really delicious. I also like to put so many tasty things on my salad that I don't need to use dressing.

Here's my recipe for 30-second awesome beans:

1 can black beans
Barbecue sauce

Rinse your beans really well in a colander, so that they're clean. Put into your Tupperware (I used a repurposed glass jar) and add in some crushed garlic and barbecue sauce. Mix it up really well.

That's it! It's so delicious and really good for topping your salads and making them more filling.

In addition to my salad, I had some of these:
I love brussels sprouts! I didn't use any oil, and seasoned them with Chinese Five Spice powder and Garam Masala. Then I stuck them in the oven for half an hour on 450. I often do the last ten minutes on 500 but for some reason I didn't feel like it yesterday.

Now, onto things that I probably shouldn't do but will anyway.
When I started this blog, I was eating 100% raw. I noticed that it really didn't make me feel any different, and I think as long as I am eating mostly plants, no refined carbohydrates, and few processed foods, I feel pretty much the same. But I always want to be better and eat healthier. I realized recently that sometimes trying to stick to my self-imposed "rules" really stresses me out. So here are a few "naughty" things that I'm going to do and forgive myself for in advance.

1) Not buying 100% organic.
I totally believe in organic food - I think it's better for you, the environment, and the people who grow your food. And I will still try and do my best. But I realized recently that trying to buy all organic was making me miss out on a lot of foods that simply became too expensive for me to afford. I wasn't buying bell peppers anymore, because organic was about 3x as expensive.

2) Drinking Crystal Light.
I gave up Crystal Light for a while and I really found it hard to drink enough water. I just hate water, I'm sorry. I tried flavoring it a million different ways, and it never made me want to drink more of it. I also notice that I eat more when I'm not drinking Crystal Light, because when I drink the CL it makes me full. So, even though CL is full of chemicals and artificial sweeteners, I'm drinking it ANYWAY.

3) Using the microwave.
I try not to use the microwave very much, because it does remain to be seen exactly what it does to our food and our bodies. But I also realized that I would rather eat something healthy that I microwaved rather than not eat it at all.

4) Not cutting out caffeine.
The health community is pretty mixed on caffeine, and a lot of people think we need to dump it completely. I have done this many times in the past, and I've written about my thoughts on coffee. So I'll just reiterate that caffeine doesn't really affect me, and my body seems to feel the same whether I ingest it or not. And I like coffee and find the ritual relaxing, so I'm going to keep drinking it.

5) Eating canned and frozen foods.
This goes along with #1 - sometimes I'd rather eat foods in canned or frozen form than not be able to afford to eat them at all. Hence, the canned pineapple. Fresh pineapple is too freaking expensive. When I was really staying 100% raw I was stressed out about eating foods that were "dead" and enzyme-less. But you know what? I like pineapple, and I like it out of a can. So for now, I'm OK with that.

I've been really sick and I'm still trying to get better so what I need to focus on right now is eating lots of vegetables, getting daily exercise, and not stressing the crap out of myself. But here are some things that I know I do not want to do:

1) Eat refined carbohydrates and flour products.
I try and keep these to a minimum but I wasn't doing as well when I was sick. I have noticed that refined carbos make me gain weight almost instantaneously, and they don't fill me up very much. So I am re-affirming my decision to eat them only on very rare occasions.

2) Eat added fats and oils.
I do think I feel better on a low-fat diet, and I do believe that we get all the fats we need from our plant foods. So I'll be sticking with McDougall on this one.

I'll probably think of some more of these and post more later. But that's where I stand at the moment.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Florida Eats, Pickled Watermelon Rind, Travel Food, and Brothers

I'm back from Florida! I got to see my family, including my brother, who I hadn't seen since I moved in January. And we celebrated my grandpa's 70th birthday!

There actually are some other vegans in my family - my grandpa's girlfriend's daughter and her husband and son are all vegan, and my aunt is a vegetarian. So I wasn't all alone in finding meatless dishes and we actually had some pretty good food!

On day 1 we made homemade veggie burgers for lunch. Here's a picture of my plate with a homemade veggie burger, a couple chips covered in salsa, and a little homemade guac. The burgers were made out of chopped veggies, sunflower seeds, chickpea flour for thickening, and chickpeas, plus some other things. They were good!

For dinner one of the vegans made a veggie casserole, which was really an assortment of chopped veggies, covered in vegan broccoli soup and baked. It was good, and I wanted to take a picture but I couldn't find my phone.

My grandpa's birthday dinner was at a fancy restaurant (the Beachcomber in Clearwater, FL, if you're interested) with no vegan food on the menu. So we called ahead and asked if they could prepare us a veggie platter, and I was quite pleased with what they came up with!

That picture's what I ate from the appetizer relish tray -- apple butter, horseradish beets, and pickled watermelon rind. I was a little creeped out by the watermelon rind at first, because it sounds and looks very unappetizing, but it turned out to be very tasty. It tasted exactly like a sweet pickle, with a softer texture.

There's our steamed veggie plate. It was delicious, and so filling that I took home all this:

I ate it on the plane the next day. It was good cold, too.

My other food in the airport was a dry McDougall's minestrone soup. I had to pay 37 cents at the coffee shop for hot water, which I poured in the soup and then let it cook for as long as I could patiently wait. I forgot to take a picture, but it was a good travel option.

And here's a picture of my two brothers, just because it's cute.

Since this blog is also about happiness, I'll tell you what makes me happy -- brothers. I have the best brothers in the whole world. =)

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Chipotle vs. Qdoba: The Showdown

Last night I had Chipotle for dinner again:

And today for lunch, we went to Qdoba:

So let's compare the two. As everyone but the owners of these two restaurants will admit, they are very similar. But which one is more awesome, i.e. vegan-friendly?

On the Chipotle side:
1) They gave me more lettuce. I still had to ask for extra, but just check out that picture -- there's a lot of lettuce. At Qdoba, I asked for extra lettuce and I still only got about a half a cup. Very super lame.
2) Their guacamole is tastier. That's what my stepmom said, and I agree.
3) Their ingredients taste a little fresher all-around.
4) This is a big one -- Chipotle is introducing Gardein vegan meats at many of their locations in big cities, including LA, and my local Chipotle on Ventura Blvd. I have yet to try said Gardein, but it sounds pretty cool. Check out for more infos.

On the Qdoba side:
1) Their pinto beans are vegan. This is a big strike against Chipotle, which has bacon in their pinto beans. WTF!
2) Their grilled veggies are awesome. They have a squash medley that is super yum and not oily. They also have traditional fajita veggies - onions and green peppers. Chipotle only has the fajita veggies.
3) They have soup! As you can see in the above photo, I got a nice spicy cup of their (vegan) tortilla soup. It's tasty, full of veggies, spicy, and low-calorie.
4) They have mango salsa. I haven't tried any, but in general mango salsa is super tasty.

So there you have the main points. If I want lettuce, guacamole, or Gardein, I need to head to Chipotle. If I want pinto beans, grilled veggies, or soup, Qdoba is my choice. I'm not going to declare an overall winner, because I honestly like both restaurants. It's nice to have a fast-food type restaurant with healthy vegan options. It's almost unheard of. So yay! Go forth and flourish, Chipotle and Qdoba. Learn from each other and continue to expand your vegan food and make me happy.

Which is your favorite?

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Salina River Festival; Beans, Rice, and Veggies Galore; Vegan Swahili phrases

So I went to the Salina River Festival this weekend. It was really hot, humid, and full of junk food. I didn't even try and find anything to eat there - I'd rather just bring my own food and not stress out. So I pretty much lived off of Luna bars and apples during the day and then on Friday night Dad took me to get a salad at the Dillons salad bar. Dillons is the same as Kroger or Ralphs depending on what part of the country you live in. My Ralphs is not very vegan friendly, so I was surprised to see that the Salina Dillons has a great salad bar with plenty of vegan-friendly items.

I took a picture of one especially crazy-looking art piece at the River Festival to share with you all.

Today I ate:
Breakfast: 2 bananas mashed w/ oats
Lunch and Dinner: Brown rice, black beans, artichokes, spinach, and broccoli

I cooked up a small box of brown pecan rice - about four cups - and after it was done cooking I mixed in half a bag of raw broccoli, half a can of artichoke hearts, and an entire box of spinach. Yum! And no, I did not eat all of it today. I just happened to eat it for both lunch and dinner.

Here's a picture of it all smashed into the tupperware.

And my lunch, so you can see just how many greens I squeezed in there. I LOVE spinach. Yumyumyum.

I've also been studying a lot of Swahili lately and I saw one sample sentence in my book that I liked - Usile nyama. You shouldn't eat meat.

Here's a few other helpful Swahili phrases for you:
Sili nyama au kuku au samaki au maziwa. I don't eat meat or chicken or fish or dairy.

Ninapenda wali na maharagwe na mboga. I like rice and beans and vegetables.

Ninapenda Kiswahili. I like Swahili. It's always good to ingratiate yourself with the locals. =)

Thursday, June 10, 2010

What About B12?

Most people think that there's something in the "food groups" of meat and dairy that cannot be found in plant foods. Often they're not sure what it is, but they're pretty sure you'll whither away without it. And it's probably protein. Well, I'll get to protein later. For now, I want to talk about B12. And I'll urge you to do your own homework - that's how I got my information. I just read a lot from many different sources because I want to be as informed about my diet as possible.

I always tell people that there's nothing in meat and dairy that you can't find in plants, because everything starts in plants anyways. Where do you think fish get those Omega 3's or cows get their calcium? That's right, from the plants they eat.

B12 is the one exception. But the thing is, it's not the fault of veganism, it doesn't show that veganism is inherently flawed, and meat-eaters aren't necessarily safe. I'll tell you why.

B12 is a bacteria, and it grows on things. You can find it on meat because meat is dead, and bacteria like to grow on dead things. But it's unreliable -- you can't count on your meat having B12 growing on it, and studies have been conducted testing meat and finding no B12 whatsoever.

We used to get B12 from dirt, but nowadays our dirt is nutrient-depleted and our vegetables are so well-washed, so we just don't have any reliable dietary sources of B12 anymore. But there are some places you can get B12 fortified foods -- you can often find it in foods like veggie burgers, and of course that vegan superfood, nutritional yeast. I had never heard of nooch before going vegan but now I looove it! It tastes great in mashed potatoes, in vegan mac 'n cheese, on popcorn, on salads, or what have you. And it's a great source of both protein and B vitamins, including B12 (be sure your nooch is Vegetarian Support formula, it'll be fortified).

But an easy way to make sure you're getting your B12, for vegans and omnis alike, is to just take a supplement. I do not like taking pills, but sometimes it's just worth it.

Personally, I don't always do a perfect job - sometimes I take a multivitamin with B12, and I try to include nutritional yeast in my diet. I got some blood tests during my sickness and guess what? My B12 levels are great!

Here's a picture of me on my 21st birthday with super nutritional yeast-y vegan mac 'n cheese.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Mu Shu Vegetables and American vs. Chinese Chinese Food

Breakfast: Brussels sprouts, 3 sweet potato fries
Lunch: Oatmeal
Dinner: Mu Shu Vegetables (about half, no pancakes)

I love Mu Shu Vegetables. Before I went vegan, I loved Mu Shu Pork - I ate it on my birthday and whenever it was available at Chinese restaurants, and I wondered how I would ever replace it. And then I got Mu Shu Vegetables, and realized that it was the same lovely experience! Just remember to order it without eggs or you will get a nasty surprise.

Mu Shu Vegetables are mostly cabbage, mushrooms, carrots, bamboo shoots, and green onions in a light sauce, served with pancakes (more like thin tortillas) and plum sauce. Mu Shu Vegetables are one of the least oily dishes at Chinese restaurants and if you forego the pancakes, you can get the calories even lower. And if you've never eaten a bowl full of cabbage, let me tell you - it is very filling.

Now, that brings me to the topic of Chinese food in America vs. Chinese food in China. As you might imagine, Americans have found a way to make Chinese food more homogenous and less healthy. Chinese food in China is still very oily, but there are more vegetables and far less deep-fried food. You might have one deep-fried option on a menu, while in America, often half the menu is deep-fried. There is also more tofu on menus in China (and once again, not just the deep-fried Ma Po Tofu variety).

I wasn't vegan when I lived in China but I do plan to go back and I know it would be doable. The trickiest part would be knowing what is in your food, as pork is snuck into dishes where you wouldn't expect it. Meat and tofu might be found in the same dish in China, whereas in America they pretty much remain separate. And while there isn't a big vegan/vegetarian movement in China, it does exist, and it does have precedent. Many Buddhist monks are vegan, because of their philosophy of non-violence. So we actually went to a vegan restaurant (though we didn't call it that) run by monks and ate a meal full of meat analogues. And I found a picture!

As you can see, there was plenty of food. This also shows traditional Chinese eating style (and how it's still almost always done) - you get several main dishes for the table, and everyone shares. It's so much more fun that way!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Whoa, Dinner for Breakfast and Breakfast for Dinner!

We had pretty standard dinners growing up -- pasta night, and umm... pasta night... and do-it-yourself night, but the most special was always breakfast for dinner night. What?! Breakfast for dinner? But there are rules about these things!

Now that I've lived in China, I find American breakfast foods kind of funny. We're so particular about what we eat for breakfast - usually something carby, sugary, and devoid of nutrition, though for some reason, eggs and bacon are also acceptable to many. In China you pretty much eat for breakfast what you might eat for any other meal -- rice, vegetables, etc. There's a porridge called zhou (also called congee), but you can eat that for dinner, too, and it comes in sweet and savory varieties. So today, without really planning it, I switched my breakfast and dinner foods.

Breakfast: 1/2 can Amy's Tuscan Bean and Rice Soup
Lunch: 1 baked potato, 1/2 cup brussels sprouts
Dinner: 1 cup brussels sprouts, 2/3 sweet potato (cut into fries), and oatmeal.

I don't know why, I just didn't feel like eating oatmeal for breakfast, but it sounded good at dinner.

Anyone else a breakfast for dinner fan? Or even better, a dinner for breakfast eater?

Here's a picture of me in China with my favorite date zhou.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Amy's Tuscan Bean and Rice Soup; Lettuce Scrooges at Chipotle

Breakfast: Oatmeal w/ blueberries, almond milk, and cinnamon
10 Cherries
Lunch: Nectarine
1/2 can Amy's Tuscan Bean and Rice soup -- I talked about this before and erroneously called it Spanish Bean and Rice. It's a good and quite hearty soup.

Dinner: Chipotle Burrito Bol with black beans (no rice), fajita veggies, pico de gallo, a little corn salsa, and lots of lettuce.

For some reason, whenever I ask for lots of lettuce at Chipotle they always give me exactly the same amount of lettuce as normal. So then I always have to ask again, and sometimes two more times until they will actually give me a satisfactory amount of lettuce. Why is this? Lettuce is certainly one of the cheapest ingredients they serve! I want lettuce!

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Mexican Restaurant Fail

A cold front blew in so it was only about 85 degrees today. Brr!

Today I ate:
Black beans and quinoa
Some grapes
Broccoli with hummus
1/2 can no salt added Mushroom and Barley soup
1 banana

We went to a Mexican restaurant for dinner but they said they couldn't make me any oil-free vegetables so I just drank water and ate when I got home. If I had really wanted to eat something I could have found something, but it wasn't worth it to me. Unfortunately, eating in restaurants is often more stressful than it's worth when trying to eat healthily and watch caloric intake. But my parents were cool and didn't make me feel like a weirdo or not eating with them. I know I've hung out with people before who can't stand if you go to a restaurant and don't eat.

Tomorrow I'm on babysitting duty watching my little brother while my stepmom's at work. I'm excited because I looove him!

Saturday, June 5, 2010

TJ's Rice Biryani

Today I ate:
Black beans and quinoa

Some grapes and cherries
1 Amy's Bistro burger
A couple bites of rice
Spinach and strawberry salad
1/2 banana

I also was looking through the pictures on my phone and realized I had one from a couple weeks ago that I forgot to post. When I was feeling really sick and not really craving vegetables, I bought a bag of frozen Rice Biryani from Trader Joe's with rice, veggies, and spices. A very simple and healthy ingredient list. Here's the picture:

Today's Eats

It was almost 100 degrees in Lawrence, Kansas today! I have to admit, though, I love hot weather. I would rather be sweltering than chilly.

Today's eats:
Oatmeal w/ blueberries
Quinoa w/ black beans
1/2 can Amy's Garden Vegetable soup
Spinach salad
Green beans
1 small red potato
1 Amy's Bistro Burger
1/2 banana
About 10 grapes

'Twas good!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Amy's Bistro Burger

Oatmeal with blueberries
Spinach and green beans with hummus
3 small red potatoes
1/2 can No Salt Added Mushroom and Barley soup
1 Amy's Bistro Burger
1 banana

The no salt added soup was a little bland/icky so (I'm sorry!) I added a little tamari to make it taste better. A little garlic powder and kaboom! It was tasty.

The Amy's Bistro Burger was a first for me and I have to say, I really like it. The first ingredient is mushrooms, and it has a nice mushroomy taste. Besides that it has brown rice, many vegetables, and tofu, and that's it. No isolated soy protein or anything crazy, and it's gluten-free. I recommend it!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

I'm Going Bananas

Food Diary:
Oatmeal with blueberries and a banana
a few rice crackers and broccoli florets w/ hummus
1/2 can Amy's Spanish Red Rice and Beans soup
1 small red potato
Green beans and broccoli
2 bananas mashed w/ oats and cinnamon

What Did I Eat Today?

Oatmeal with blueberries and cinnamon
Spinach salad with cherry tomatoes, craisins, walnuts, and mustard
1/2 can Amy's Spanish Red Beans and Rice soup
2 small red potatoes, baked, with garlic powder and seasoned salt
2 bananas mashed with cinnamon