Well happy Monday! I’m looking at a chaotic week of work, dental work, cleaning, packing, traveling … then maybe a little relax time. During such a stressful time and when everyone around me is sick, maintaining my diet and exercise is very important, yet time to cook is limited with so much else going on and I had to make a few improvises for this week.
I had my usual smoothie this morning packing fresh cranberries, mixed berries, spinach, walnuts and a little carob powder :-)
For lunch, left over salad from last night with Brazil nut dressing and 3 mandarin oranges grabbed from a local grower. Mandarin season is in full bloom here, they’re so sweet and easy to peel, great in salads or as is, I usually eat 3 in a sitting. There are a few orchards a short distance from my house that sell them directly.
Dinner was not exactly raw, but healthy. I know we’d be stressed and tired packing and cleaning and messing up the kitchen making the usual production out of dinner that I like to is just not realistic this week. So I ventured to Trader Joe’s over the weekend for healthy, inexpensive, crutch foods.
I’ve never tried this vegan product before, but was happy with the ingredient list, price and ease of cooking and I knew hubby would be happy with the meat-like texture. I pulled inspiration from this recipe and threw a couple of peeled mandarins into the Vita-Mix with peel zest, soy sauce, garlic clove and ginger for the sauce and poured onto the simmering mixture in the wok, it came out great. The beef-less strips had a lot of flavor, but no where near as chewy as I remember actual stir-fried beef strips. And check the protein packed in – nice! I like the selection of vegan meat substitute products at Trader Joe’s, the Tofurky tomato basil sausage is great and they’re nice to have around to vegan-ize recipes calling for meat.