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Lunch #1

June 16, 2010

These titles are just getting more creative as we go along.

Here’s the first lunch. To be honest, I was kind of dreading making this and considered copping out. I was really tired from our 20 hours in the car this weekend, and just wanted to sit on the couch and relax. But this lunch took me a total of about 15 minutes to prepare, so it ended up not being that bad (I need to remind myself of this when I feel like waiting until the morning and throwing something not-so-great together).

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 So for my first lunch I have a wrap (recipe follows), Chobani strawberry banana yogurt (delicious!!), and celery and ranch dip/dressing. The ranch dressing is rather uninspired, but I have limited time and it was really the only thing I could find in my fridge.

 Vegan Wrap

  • 1 whole wheat tortilla
  • 1/4 of an avocado, mashed
  • Red pepper slices
  • 1 frozen vegan veggie burger, sliced
  • 1 tbsp hummus
  • 1 kale leaf

To make the wrap: mash the avocado in the middle of the tortilla:

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Put a dollop of hummus on top of that, and top it off with a kale leaf

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Fold wrap by folding in the two short sides, followed by the two long sides

Put in a preheated pan (leave it on after you finish cooking the veggie burger!), and cook on each side until browned.  

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There you have it, my first lunch this week! It was so delicious, and it kept me full for hours.

I’ll be back later with my lunch from today! 🙂

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Four Lunch Boxes

June 14, 2010

Lately my lunches have been a little lack-luster. I don’t know if it’s because I’ve been getting used to a new schedule or over the last year have gotten out of the habit of packing a lunch, but it’s been pb&j nearly every day since I’ve started working. Which is not an altogether terrible option, but it definitely lacks in the veggie department. This week that will change.

The Challenge: Plan and pre-prepare (is that even a word??) four healthy lunches for work this week.

It’s going to take a little work, but I’m hoping it pays off. Every day I’ll update the blog with my lunch for the day and everything that went into planning and preparing it. I’m hoping that by getting some things ready at the beginning of the week I’ll be able to have a lunch ready to put together the night before and grab as I run out the door in the morning.

Ready?? Go!!

This is not about food…

May 28, 2010

It is a series of rants as they go through my head. You’ve been warned.

I haven’t gotten much sleep as of late. I had myself convinced that when I was done with school I would be able to sleep and sleep to my little heart’s content. This is why I pushed through with very little sleep during finals week. It was the visions of eight hours of sleep a night that kept me going. This has not happened. Okay, to be more accurate it happened, but only for a week. And maybe I wouldn’t be whining so much if I hadn’t been forced to sit in a classroom and listen to people drone on about things that truly make no difference to me. All this to say I’m pretty sleep deprived. Which is completely my fault. I could go to bed earlier, but summer is beckoning. And it just screams, “stay up late, you have no responsibilities!” Which is, of course, completely untrue. But night after night I believe it. And here I am…a little loopy and consuming coffee like my life depends on it.

Our internet is out. This frustrates me. I don’t understand how I’m supposed to survive in a technological age without it. I’m used to being connected, people! I need to be able to see what random useless things my friends are posting on Facebook. I need to know if Kohl’s has e-mailed me about their lowest prices of the season. I need to do assignments for school. Okay, that last one is actually true. So for now, I’m at Caribou doing school work and work work. It’s a hassle, mostly because I can no longer get stuff done while still in my pajamas, with bed head, sans make up. Meh.

I am currently in love with Ryan Adams. I don’t think I’ll marry him because I don’t really see it working out. But I love a brooding man. I was thinking about this while I was driving and listening to Ryan sing (probably about something sad, and probably way too loud). I like guys like this in theory, but in reality it’s a bit annoying and rather frustrating. There’s some sort of disconnect there. The idea is more appealing than the reality. I guess that’s true for a lot of things in life. I think I just had an epiphany…

I should probably quit this post while I’m ahead. If you’re still reading, thanks for sticking it out. I promise my next post will be more coherent.

 

Quick Oatmeal Cookies

May 19, 2010

So, I can’t really take the credit for this one. Bonnie came last week and brought these really delicious cookies. True confession? I ate two for breakfast the morning of my CNA exam. Maybe I can credit them for passing…I’m sure they were at least a contributing factor.

So anyway, I ate two of these cookies, not knowing that they were relatively healthy. Bonnie is a grad student and needed something to munch on while she studied, but had limited ingredients on hand (except for healthy ones, apparently). So she took an oatmeal chocolate chip bag mix and substituted one banana for the butter and a flax egg for the egg. They were soft, chewy and delicious! I loved them, and I thought the technique was brilliant! These are perfect in a pinch. I keep a bag of cookie mix in the house because it’s really easy to make a batch when I’m pressed for time (i.e. Tuesday nights when our small group is coming over and I haven’t made anything). But just in case you don’t have a bag mix here’s a quick recipe for oatmeal chocolate chip cookie that are also relatively healthy.

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Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

(preheat oven to 350*)

In a small bowl whisk together:

  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 T cinnamon

In a large bowl mix:

  • 1 large smashed banana
  • 3/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 flax eggs (for each: 1 T ground flax, 3 T water; mix and allow to thicken)

Add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix just until combined, being careful not to overmix. 

Stir in:

  • 1 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 bag chocolate chips

Again mix just until all ingredients are incorporated.

Drop by spoonfuls onto lightly greased cookie sheets (I used cooking spray) and bake for 12-15 minutes then remove to cooling racks.

When I made these I made a couple really big ones and we topped them with ice cream. They were delicious!

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Next time you’re short on ingredients, try using this recipe. I promise it won’t disappoint.

Girls Gone Wild

May 11, 2010

Girls’ Night got a little out of control. It all started with a chocolate fountain and margaritas.

Sarah brought fruit….

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I  was rather excited by the strawberries….

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In my excitement, I put a hole in the middle of my strawberry….

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 It was then decided that we should do a video.

I bring you “Chocolate in a Strawberry.” Our newer, cleaner version of “[You know what] in a Box.”

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(bittenandbound.com)

If you don’t know what, it’s probably better….stay innocent.

Several things I love about this: the attitude I have when saying “cut a hole in that strawberry,” Amy in the background diligently making margaritas while the rest of us laugh hysterically, the hysterical laughter, and Jessica saying “that’s what she said, that is WHAT she SAID!!” If you missed any of this, I suggest going back and watching it again. 😉

I’m definitely keeping my fingers crossed for more girls’ nights like this one! 🙂

The Napkin that Inspired a Blog Post

May 7, 2010

That’s right, finals will make you do crazy things. Like list your favorite stuff on a napkin just so you can procrastinate studying for 15 more minutes. Or just block out the fact that it is Saturday morning and you have a final in 2 hours in a class that you never paid attention in.

The game: list your favorite roller coasters, songs, guilty pleasures, movie quotes. Challenge accepted.

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When I showed this to Laura her reaction was, “THIS is what you’ve been doing all morning??” She’s such a good study partner, always trying to keep me in line, as hard as that sometimes is.

I saved the napkin because I thought it would be an interesting blog post. So here it is, a bunch of random and useless information about me that you never needed wanted to know…

Favorite roller coasters:

  • The Raptor at Cedar Point. Dangling feet, high speeds, twists and turns. What’s not to love?
  • The Mantis at Cedar Point. The only roller coaster that I know of that you actually stand on. Pretty cool in my book!
  • The chocolate world ride at Hershey Park. Totally not a roller coaster, but you get to see how chocolate is made and you can smell chocolate the whole time which I think should be a part of every roller coaster!

Guilty pleasures:

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      • Justin Timberlake, enough said 🙂
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      • Gilmore Girls. Normally I would just say this is a pleasure and not have any guilt about it, but the more I tell people that I love this show, the more I’m ridiculed. I thoroughly enjoy it, though….guilty pleasure it is!
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      • Pancakes…did anyone really doubt this would make the list??
      • Stalking people on Facebook. C’mon…you know you do it too!!
  • Favorite quotes:
    • “That’s what she said.” Although after a recent convicting sermon by J.D., I’m trying not to say it anymore. Maybe this should go under guilty pleasures?
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    • (tbs.com)

    • Beef sauteed with peas and onions.” Best. Friends. episode. ever.
    • Abraham Lincoln once said, ‘If you are a racist, I will attack you with the north.’” Really, you could insert anything said by Michael Scott here and I would love it. I especially love that Corey busted this out one night when we were hanging out. It was unrelated to anything we were talking about, which made it even better. 🙂
  • So that’s it. Things I think about that you probably never even wished you knew. What are some of your favorites??

More pancakes

April 28, 2010

So pumpkin season is over. For me at least, pumpkin says fall and winter in the spring and summer I want something a little lighter-tasting without warm spices like cinnamon and nutmeg. Enter new pancake recipe. Speaking of, has anyone noticed a disproportionate number of pancake recipes on this blog? There are probably a disproportionate number of pancakes consumed in my life though, so it just might make perfect sense. 😉

On to the pancakes.

In a small bowl stir together:

  • 1 T ground flax seed
  • 3 T water

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Allow to sit and thicken. This will become egg-like…it’s a flax egg!

In a large(ish) bowl combine:

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour (I always use King Arthur’s White Whole Wheat flour. It’s 100% whole wheat, but it’s a lighter tasting than regular whole wheat and isn’t really heavy in baked goods like regular w/w does.)
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 T white sugar

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Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add:

  • 1 cup soy or almond milk
  • Flax egg
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 T melted Earth Balance vegan butter

Stir just until combined, being careful not to overmix.

Drop by 1/4 cups onto preheated griddle

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Cook until bubbly on top before flipping and cooking until lightly browned.

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Enjoy a pile with your favorite toppings.

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Or your favorite people:

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This week promises to be uber-stressful. Actually it kind of already has been. You know those weeks when you have finals but then all sorts of weird things start happening that require attention? Yeah, it’s one of those. I’ll try to update again, but no promises. There is also guaranteed not to be any interesting food, so bear with me. I will certainly make up for it with my relatively stress-free summer. 😉