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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Beet Smoothie and the Rest of the Orange

Breakfast: Choosing Raw's Beet n' Berry Smoothie!

I had wanted to make this since Gena posted it last week. Is it not a gorgeous color?? I love beets and usually have them on hand but mylk and oranges only make sporadic appearances. Everything finally aligned today and I'm so happy I made this - it's amazing! It was surprisingly sweet and didn't taste too earthy, like beets can (I like that aspect but some people don't.) It was also amazingly thick, for not including a banana!
I eat bananas almost everyday so it's nice to have a smoothie that doesn't depend on them - that way I can just eat them as a snack. I added some protein powder to the smoothie and maybe that made it thicker but I really loved the staying power and the texture of the drink.
Since the recipe only called for 1/2 cup of orange - about 1/2 the fruit, I saved the other half (minus two sections that I ate) to put on salad for dinner.

This is spinach, parsley, cherry tomatoes, red onion, avocado, cucumber slices and orange pieces. Dressed in lemon juice, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper. You usually see grapefruit in salads with avocado, I didn't think oranges would be much different. It made the salad a little sweet but it was nice with the onion and balsamic vinegar.

Giveaway Winner

Using the Random Number Generator, the winner is #4, Abby Bean! Congratulations, ms. Bean. Send me your mailing address and I'll have some fun shopping for this one, I think.
Sorry there's nothing else to show today but I didn't want to wait.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

LI Brunch etc

Today G and I got up early to catch the train to Long Island for his cousin's engagement party.
Started out on coffee and raw overnight oats with half a banana, coconut, golden mulberries, and sunflower seeds.

I wasn't sure about the vegan options at the brunch buffet so I packed a container of grapes and a carrot, just in case. I ate a couple grapes in the car but there was a fair selection of fruit at the restaurant his cousin had rented out. My plate:

Balsamic grilled squash and eggplant, pineapple, melon, pretzel stick and a strawberry. I went back for a second plate later and got half a mini bagel with a grilled red pepper. We were also very freely supplied with mimosas and coffee, so that was nice. It was a good time and pretty chill. G and I walked out to get some air for a bit and saw this guy, and his boat:

Apparently this Hercules was the figurehead from the USS Ohio, built right here in the Brooklyn Navy Yards in 1820. Kind of cool, also kind of creepy and horribly draped in a lion skin but uhhh yeah.
When we got back I had a banana and an Amazing Grass bar.

Dinner: miso soup with mushrooms, wakame, rice noodles, spinach. No picture, though. Same as it always looks.
And dessert I've been enjoying lately: vanilla soyogurt with frozen berries, coconut flakes, and walnuts.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Spread the Word

Hey all. I didn't mean to disappear for so long but I've been sort of busy. I've mentioned this before, but my mother works for a local councilwoman and she signed me up to table at a health fair they were hosting today.
The fair was at a senior center in a pretty traditional old part of Queens, so I wasn't sure what to expect but I drew up some literature - the vegan food pyramid, some mini recipe zines, and a flyer with recommended vegan nutrition and lifestyle books and websites (including this ole here blog - totally a reputable source.) Ha, I also snagged some extra copies of PETA's 25 Reasons to Try Vegetarian from a local food store. Obviously I'm not affiliated with them and I don't agree with everything they do but I thought it would be good to include some animal rights info along with the more nutrition and food-geared stuff I already had. And if that didn't win 'em over, hell, I'd bake some brownies.

This is actually from a couple days ago baking something else. G was apparently in a "steal into the kitchen and take photos of maud in her sleepwear, covered in flour" mood. But anyway, I'm sure this is how focused I looked while baking the brownies too.
Fueled by this (banana, spinach, protein powder, frozen cranberry) smoothie, I headed out with my materials.

The cookbooks were a mix of ones that had good nutritional information along with pretty pictures. "Healthy and tasty!" was kind of the motto of the spread, including the brownies with no oil (from The Joy of Vegan Baking.) The sourcebook has some really good information about health issues and dietary needs for vegans. And while the brownies disappeared, not much literature did. Very few people actually showed up, although one woman who did was already a vegan so we talked for a while. Other than that, I was mostly approached by student volunteers and other tablers. But either way, it was a cool experience and maybe somebody will walk away a little bit more knowledgeable about veganism.
And more vegan food of late:

                     collard wrap with chickpea/cashew cheeze mash, sprouts, tomato, carrot

                                              brown rice with kimchee, avocado, sprouts

                          raw nori roll with raw no-tuna, spinach, carrot, and tons of sriracha

                            kale salad with cucumber, cherry tomatoes, hemp seeds, and nooch

                           carrot, parsley, romaine, celery, lemon juice fresh from the juicer

marinated collard salad with carrot, tomato, onion, hemp seeds, nooch, and black pepper. This was really good. Better than the last collard salad I made.

Itty Bitty Carrot Cake cookies from Oh She Glows. I was going to bake these to bring in along with the brownies but I didn't have enough time. Therefore, all for me. These are awesome, if a bit heavy on the raisins. I'm not a raisin hater like some people are but I'm kind of picky about them, especially in baked goods.
Tomorrow G and I are going out to Long Island for his cousin's engagement brunch. I wonder if there will be anything we can eat. I wonder if I will be able to walk in the shoes I found.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Branding, Giveaway

Hey guys! Not much to show today; I ate sort of quick, random meals today, cleaned, collaged, and met a friend for some drinks. Hence I am feeling slightly giddy, slightly talky, and very give-y.
First the ramble: I consider myself very much an anti-consumerist so I find it pretty ironic when I find myself name dropping brands here and there on the blog. As much as I try to DIY, we live in a culture that makes it pretty hard to get away from products and, honestly, I find it hard to not get swept up in the enthusiasm I see on other blogs for certain products sometimes. Trying new things can be fun, although it can get pretty dangerous with someone as OCD as I am who has to try every flavor of every brand, checking each off the list. But anyway, I don't feel bad sharing the brands of food I honestly enjoy and hope other people will too, especially when it supports an independent, vegan company.
Anyway, I'm also (obviously?) not trying to make it big time with this blog but I do pay attention to followers and stats and the like AND recently, I hit 100 followers, which is pretty damn cool (especially since, like I said: OCD), so thanks! I figured it would be fun to do a giveaway to show some love. I'll pick some of my favorite products and maybe a couple I haven't tried myself, box em up and send em to ya. If you win and have any dietary restrictions, obviously I'll respect that too.
Potential Inclusions!:

Haha, okay, maybe those things don't look yr style. I'll discuss the contents of the box with the winner if you want to point me in a specific direction or if there's something specific you'd like that you can't find by you.
So! Giveaway details:
-Leave a comment with yr favorite vegan brand or product (edible or otherwise.) That's all! You don't have to be a follower of the blog. Feel free to share about the giveaway, obviously, but one entry each per person because after that it gets overwhelming.
-I'll leave the giveaway open until Monday, March 26.
-US and Canada only (sorry!)
-Please have a way for me to contact you. If the winner doesn't respond within three days, I'll pick a second name.
Thanks for reading, guys. Have a good night.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Green Day

Haha, did anyone else used to listen to Green Day? Ho boy. I have a lot of memories having lyric-reciting contests on the bus home from high school. But it wasn't that kind of green day...
Breakfast: Rising Sun Smoothie. Have you made this yet, Shen?? What if I've been way off all this time?

Lunch was originally intended to be a snack but they were so delicious I made more:
nori rolls with brown rice, kimchee, and spinach.

The second round was rice, kimchee, avocado, and sprouts.

So tasty! The kimchee has ginger in it (and cabbage, carrots, and leeks among the usual spices) so it was a nice stand-in since I don't have pickled ginger.
Then I made these gorgeous, raw coconut lime pies from Jackie at Vegan Yack Attack.

It's funny because when I posted the mint chocolate pudding yesterday, Rachel mentioned avocados being used as a raw pudding and here they are! I halved the recipe and used spinach instead of kale, which may have resulted in them a little less creamy than intended but they're still really nice - light and bright with the lime/vanilla flavor.
And dinner, which is much more than what it looks.

steamed broccoli and bok choy, mushrooms, rice noodles, wakame, and scallion in a tamari/sriracha sauce.
Happy St. Patrick's day to you, and the luck of the Irish.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Lunch Feast

I don't know that I've been eating all that differently than usual but my body has really been asking for fresh, raw food lately. (Maybe the mushroom hot pot got to be too much? I finished up the last of it yesterday for lunch, finally.) It's also not that I've been depressed per se - just bloated and sluggish and bored with this vacation and the grey, rainy days we've recently had. Who am I to deny a craving for air and healthy foods?
So I got up earlyish, stretched and exercised, drank some apple cider vinegar water, washed my face well (with baking soda followed by a splash of diluted apple cider vinegar - I bought the stuff to use as a natural toner. Really, is there anything that stuff can't do?) and headed out to stock up with fresh vegetables at the local natural foods store. I seriously considered buying a fresh juice while out, but lucky me - there aren't any very nearby. If I had bought one, I would never have conquered the inexplicable fear of and aversion to the juicer G and I have! After getting home, I pulled a chair over and took down the dusty but perfectly good juicer we stashed on top of the cupboards. And made this!

It's not a lot but I wasn't following a real recipe and didn't know how the juice would taste so I started small. This is 1 beet, 1 carrot, 1 stalk of celery, a nub of ginger, half a lemon, and a handful of spinach. It was really good and totally energizing, even this small amount. I am already hooked. Greg, remember when we were going to juice feast?! Let's do it.
After a bit I prepared a raw collard wrap. Yes, they're back!

This has the plain raw cashew cheese I made, alfalfa and clover sprouts, shredded carrot, red bell pepper, cucumber, mushrooms and a bit of sriracha. So good.
And to follow that, not raw and slightly less healthy but still relatively virtuous:

The filling for Chocolate Covered Katie's mint fudge pie. Like I said the other day - I don't care about crust much; just give me the good stuff inside! And this is good stuff. It's similar to Soundly Vegan's spiced chocolate tofu pudding I made during MoFo but even thicker, which I really enjoy, due to actual melted chocolate chips. I set a hand towel on fire and almost burned my hand trying to melt those things but WORTH IT. (I'm a klutz, though - you probably won't have that problem if you make it.) It's even worth the hour chill time. I would most definitely serve this to try to impress omnis - and check out the nutritional stats on it - not bad. I definitely had more than one spoonful of this.
So, I'm totally reinvigorated and definitely anticipate more raw foods in the future - it's getting to spring! Hope you all are having a good day.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

So Far Today

Raw Revolution Spirulina and Cashew bar and a banana for breakfast.

I stopped eating these bars a while back because they were kind of too sweet for my tastes and not the greatest nutrition-wise (high in calories and fats) but I had one around - and didn't have anything else to eat for breakfast so.
Snacked on an apple:

Ate the onion flavored Mary's Gone Crackers later in the day.
Lunch: huge bowl of spinach, shredded carrot, tomato, cucumber in the last of the creamy dill dressing. This was good but to be honest, I just wanted to use up the dressing to get the blender back so I could make smoothies again.


PPK mushroom hot pot with added rice noodles, shredded bok choy, and parsley. Zipadee doo dah.
Dassit! Happy Pi Day. I don't really like pie so I'm going to go rummage around for chocolate. How do you feel about pie? Anyone care to change my mind with an especially alluring recipe?

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Food and Books

Ugh, I am all confuseldly. This weather, the time, the sunlight, uggh. I've had a headache for the last two days straight and I'm really thrown for a loop. Some things to get my head on straight:
PPK mushroom hot pot!

                                          coconut milk edging its way across the terrain....

Yes, even though it was 60 degrees today. I added steamed broccoli, rice noodles, and chickpeas to my bowl after the basic broth was finished. It's delicious. Spicy and very flavorful - and I got to use the homemade broth! It was my first time using lemongrass and star anise, both of which made the broth smell fantastic. I also don't use coconut milk very often, even light coconut milk, and always forget how lovely it makes everything.

Also, Bakery Style Double Chocolate Chip Cookies from The Vegan Cookie Connoisseur by Kelly Peloza. I love that she uses regular ingredients that I almost always have on hand but the recipes are so not healthy. I know cookies aren't supposed to be and I should just deal with it but I can't help it! I subbed half applesauce for the oil and only used 1/2 c of sugar instead of 1 1/3 cups! That is a LOT of sugar, especially considering there are so many chips in the cookies. Sugar makes me bug out anyway.

They were a little cake-y but still good.

That was my day. The biggest accomplishment is that I finished The Sexual Politics of Meat by Carol J. Adams, are you guys proud of me? Have any of you read it? It was on my "to-read" list for a long time and I'm so happy to have finished it! It's definitely a critical theory book but I'm nerdy and totally get into that. It is very enlightening even to someone who already identifies as a feminist and a vegan. Adams makes some moving points about oppression, silence, and self-hating.
One of my favorite quotations from the book: "Vegetarianism is an act of the imagination. It reflects an ability to imagine alternatives to the texts of meat." That is, vegetarianism is not an idealist, lost cause. It is practical and practicable. It is so easy and at the same time, so powerful!
I'm deeply influenced by the ethos of Riot Grrrl and I find a lot of similarities between that feminist-punk movement and the vegan community. Riot Grrrls really demonstrated the classic feminist phrase, "the personal is political." As a movement of mostly younger females who had a small sphere of influence, they reacted however they could manage on limited agency, funds, and visibility. The power we have over what we choose to put into (and onto) our bodies is our right. If we choose to reject eating meat and the violent culture it epitomizes, that is a statement no less important than voting or going to a political rally or march. It is a form of protest and for many of us, leads to deeper involvement in political movements or our actual communities. And if it doesn't, that's fine too.
Anyway. I had finished Girls to the Front: The True Story of the Riot Grrrl Revolution by Sara Marcus before Sexual Politics of Meat, so there's a lot of thinking and conflation going on in my head right now. So what are YOU reading?