Welcome to another week! I hope you had a good weekend and were able to find some new healthy things to fuel your body. If you tried something new, feel free to leave a comment at the bottom of this post.
If you’re new to my blog, hello. I think you’ll find that my style is pretty much an honest, stream of consciousness of how things are going in my life and a short rundown on my personal healthy vegan dietstyle. I don’t call it a “diet” because this is the way I plan on eating for the rest of my life. “Diet” implies that it is temporary. “Dietstyle” is for life.
On Mondays I usually post what types of things came from the Glaze Family Test Kitchen. Except today. Everything I made this weekend, except oatmeal and salad were failures. Oh, I guess my Sunday night dinner wasn’t a failure, but it was an old stand-by… a go-to meal, so to speak. Portobella fajitas never let us down! Nothing new there. So back to the drawing board I go with an attempt at polenta pizza crust (or any pizza crust for that matter) and a salad dressing that is similar in taste and consistency to a ceasar. The one I made from a cookbook was a true failure. It was water thin and pretty much flavorless. I triple checked the recipe and I followed the directions to a “T” which is a little unusual for me so I was surprised when it was a failure. I ended up doctoring up the stuff that I did make and turned it into a dressing for a massage kale salad. It will get me through. I think any dressing tastes fabulous on plain kale, but some people think I’m a little weird. I love kale!
I will not be defeated by my kitchen failures. I will persevere. I have the power of kale!
Because I was on a mission to try a couple of things from some new cookbooks I got, I didn’t do too much in terms of food prep. I sort of relaxed a little bit this weekend. Spent probably way too much time on Facebook and reading about the Healthy Vegan Challenge going on over there. I can tell you, though, one of the things that does help in my kitchen is to have vegetables already cut up. I like to chop veggies. I’m not sure why. I can kind of go brain dead while I chop, slice and grate. Plus it makes it easier for quick snacks. My hubby enjoys a big bowl of raw vegetables most days of the week for his lunch. And it makes sense to spend an hour or so once or twice a week rather than every day. The chopped vegetables also take up less room in the refrigerator.
Since this was my second week belonging to the vegetable co-op Bountiful Baskets, I really had to do some serious chopping. Look at all the stuff I got this week. Not too bad for $23. Add that to my weekly grocery shopping and I think I was a little under budget. Oh, it might have helped that Alex has gone camping for most of the week, so I didn’t need to meet his dietary requests! I’d forgotten how expensive chicken and cheese are. But that’s okay. I am cherishing every day we spend with him as it won’t be long and he’ll be gone to Army Basic Training. Oh, Lord, help this momma!
I told you last week about my wireless activity tracker that I’ve been using. It’s called the FitBit ZIP. Well, like I said it was sort of a lazy weekend for me. Not much leg movement going on; i.e. walking, so my little fitbit zip wasn’t happy. So Sunday after I ate a rather large dinner, I looked at how many steps I had on my little tracker and it was at about one-sixth the recommended number of steps for the entire day. <gasp!> I quickly got on my running shoes and set out. The sun was shining, and in the Pacific Northwest when the sun shines, you take advantage of it. Oh, was I sorry! I took off straight away out of the driveway at a full run. No warm up, no nothing. I needed steps, after all! This was my first run of the season outside. At a brisk 51°, I failed to breathe through my nose and it was instant lung pain! I won’t even discuss the old “wait 30 minutes after eating before you exercise” wives’ tale. I think there may be some truth to those words. Needless to say, I ran probably three-quarters of my route and came home feeling much better. Not quite so sluggish. I normally don’t do too much of a serious workout on the weekends, but I think I may reconsider that. It may help me to not overeat so much. I know I snack less if I feel better. Weird how that works. I snack when I’m sluggish which makes me more sluggish which leads to more snacking. Hmmmm… Note to Self: Must work on less snacking.
What does Wednesday bring?
Wednesday is soup day. Check back for a new recipe. I’ve already got one picked out. How about a simple, creamy vegetable variety using canned tomato soup? I’ll give it a shot & let you know.