Sunday, June 29, 2008

magazine_Junkie

It's true. I hoard magazines, much like my mother (that's gonna get me in trouble). However, I do TRY to be organized about it. While I go through magazines I tear out images and/or recipes that I want to keep. That way I can RECYCLE the rest. The images go into the blue file box (remember?) and the recipes/crafts go into a binder with plastic sleeves. Et Voila! inspiration at your fingertips.


But I do confess, I don't have the courage to do this with my Architectural Record and Interior Design mags just yet. Until then, they sit in mounds in my office, below my desk, until this "my_Precious" mental block releases it's hold.

Whitney's Blog

Yay! Whitney has joined the blogosphere!
Check it out!

Have I Mentioned

that I have an online business? I didn't think so. Check out Little Hello Cards. Let me know what you think!

Thanks goes to my FABULOUS sister Whitney who has done the website construction!

Friday, June 27, 2008

Snow Pea Pasta

Still eating pretty healthy, even though this was the first week of the summer quarter!
Corn Pasta with snow peas and a little cheese.
(it looks nice in my green fiestaware!)

I've also been adding protein powder to my morning smoothies.
It's actually really tasty:
Unsweetened soy milk
two over-ripe bananas
scoop protein powder
flax seeds
scoop oatmeal
ice to blend

I did this once when the bananas were still mostly yellow, and it just wasn't as good. It really is better when they are mostly brown!

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Stuffed Mushrooms!

Peppers, garlic, onions, feta... I spread the rest on some bread! Yum!

And when I need a little taste of sweet...I eat a piece of this...mmmmm

New Do

It's stacked in the back, but you can't tell from the photo...

Friday, June 13, 2008

Comfort Food

Crispy potatoes, cooked in vegetable oil (I would've used Olive, but I'm out!) with red onions.
Sprinkled with a little cheese.
Yummy.

This is also good with red and green peppers, but I'm out of those too. Someone needs to go to the grocery.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Arts & Crafts

This is what I do during school...



Veggie, Gluten-Free Pasta


Lunch Menu:
Corn Pasta (the only ingredient is Organic Corn Flour...really.)
Sauce:
Garlic
Tomato Puree
Basil
Spinach
Bella Mushrooms
Red Onions
Oregano

Almost an entire jar of leftovers! YUM.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Smoothies!

I was going to have pasta for dinner tonight...but it is a little toasty in my apt. (I've been minimizing by AC use to save both energy and money). So I thought a fruit smoothie sounded more refreshing! I used orange juice as my base and then added a frozen berry medley (it was packaged that way) with blueberries, blackberries, raspberries and strawberries. Very tasty! I don't use recipes for smoothies but here are a few tips...
Always use a juice instead of water for your liquid...it adds more flavor and nutrients.
Use frozen fruits instead of ice...the more ice you use, the less potent the fruit flavor.
Smoothies are a great way to use old bananas because they get sweeter (and mushier) as they age...and we all need ways to use old bananas!


And...smoothies, much like milkshakes, always GROW while trying to get the consistency right. So you can pour the leftovers into a jar and stick it in the freezer for later.

Confessions...

I did not buy ice cream...but I DID buy vanilla yogurt! And it is GREAT with the applesauce!
mmmmmmm.....

Sunday, June 08, 2008

If you can't tell...

I'm on break from school...and Hunter is in Japan for 5 weeks...which means I have A LOT of time on my hands. So, if anyone's interested...this is what I had for dinner:

A salsa made with tomatoes, artichokes, black beans, green peppers, red onions, feta, avocado...I think that's it. Basically, I took anything that sounded good, chopped it up, mixed it together and voila! A salsa to go with my organic corn chips.

And for dessert...I have made homemade applesauce with cinnamon. So easy! I saw a lady do it on a local cooking show. This would be great over some vanilla icecream, but I'll refrain and just eat it plain.

The Cat Files

Louie filed himself under mischievous.

Food for Thought...

In Kathy Freston's book, Quantum Wellness, she says that not eating meat for a year is equivalent to buying a hybrid car in terms of carbon emissions.



My salad for lunch used many of the same ingredients as the pizza:
Dandelion Greens
Tomatoes
Mushrooms
Feta
Red Onion
Pecans
Balsamic Vinaigrette

Tasty, Tasty!

Saturday, June 07, 2008

"Conscious Eating"

As some of you may know, these past two weeks I've been doing a "cleanse" which is basically a vegan diet, with no added sugars, no caffeine, no alcohol, and no gluten. Oprah talked about this on a recent show with Kathy Freston (her new book is Quantum Wellness). It is supposed to last 21 days, in order for your body to "heal" itself from years of abuse. I did it for 14 and I feel really great. My energy has been really constant and I lost 5 lbs. (which isn't why I did it, but a nice benefit!). I even managed to go without caffeine (although I did have tea on occasion) during finals week...a true miracle.

Anyway, now I'm allowing myself to eat a vegetarian diet, although I'm limiting my gluten and dairy products. Not wanting to sacrifice tastiness for healthiness, I've been forced to get creative with all of the fruits and veggies I've stocked up on. So, inspired by some of Abby's posts about food and going green...I thought I'd share my very tasty and easy vegetarian pizza that I had for dinner tonight.



I bought a pre-made organic pizza crust and lightly drizzled olive oil over it. (I opted not to do pizza sauce since this would just add calories, sugar and sodium...and it was still very flavorful) Then I added a layer of basil, sliced tomatoes, and baby bella mushrooms. I sprinkled feta cheese over it (just for taste...it doesn't take much) Then I popped it in the oven at 425 for about 8-10 minutes (or whatever the crust package directs)

Of course, you can alter this for your taste. Artichokes, red onions and green peppers would be great to use!

You'll also notice in the photo, a sugar substitute called Stevia. It is a natural sweetener with 0 calories and rates 0 on the glycemic index (which means it won't spike your blood sugar levels). I will warn that it is REALLY sweet. I put one packet in my tea and it was too much. Next time I'll try it with 1/2 of the packet.

And, of course, a cloth napkin that is reusable vs. a paper towel that will end up in a landfill. A very conscious meal, I'd say.

Friday, June 06, 2008

Baby Beaks

My first blog video...