I hope everyone is having a relaxing weekend so far, I had a very relaxing evening with hubby last night after a busy, cold, wet and very windy day. Even though it was a nasty day yesterday, I still stayed raw for lunch with leftover coconut-pumpkin pate and salad.
I tried the pate in small romaine lettuce leaves for wraps and it didn’t work out so well, the leaves were no where near as flexible as nori wraps or collard green leaves and proceeded to crack and ooze pate, though the leaves worked okay as pate covered chips.
I had plans to do a lot of shopping for Easter today, but because it was quiet yesterday, we got to cut out of work a little early and I utilized the extra time to knock out my shopping making Target my first stop where I always have to scan the clothing clearance racks.
Addicting when you can find cute outfits for under $10! I refrained and only walked away with one top and pair of pants. :-) Then on to Whole Foods to load up for the holiday where I found these babies on sale.
My fridge is now stocked with three new flavors to try. I also browsed the raw section, but actually didn’t buy anything as I knew I’d be spending enough money.
I love all the raw snacks and goodies, but they’re pricey! $8 for a little package of cereal?! $12 for a vanilla bean?! $6 for a small package of kale chips?! Ugh, but I do occasionally impulse buy from this section if something is really tempting.
I also had to get some more Sunshine burgers for hubby.
BBQ flavor this time. I picked up a package last week planning to try at some point, but hubby discovered them and has been enjoying. I’m very glad, I feel much better about him enjoying then cheaper, additive-loaded burgers. He is quite the burger connoisseur and has not been overly impressed with vegan options I’ve tried in the past, but really likes Sunshine burgers, impressive since they have such a short ingredient list of whole foods. They’re not cheap for a 3 pack, but still cheaper than fast food and way better and easy to prepare at home.
As much as I love Whole Foods, think I need to stick to Trader Joe’s for the next few weeks to mix things up a bit and save money. Whole Foods is fabulous, but a bit pricey and I always end up pickingg over Trader Joe’s because they have a better produce selection and more room to navigate the store. Our local Trader Joe’s is pretty cramped and can be patience-testing insanity when trying to shop during busy hours. But I’ll just have to mentally prepare myself. :-)
After all the shopping, loading and unloading in rancid weather, then a bit of house cleaning when I got home, I was beat by the time hubby got home from work. We decided to try a new, local Mexican restaurant for dinner where I got the veggie fajitas that came with an impressive sizzling array of veggies.
Served with great, in-house made corn tortillas. But, like many Mexican places, it came with a huge “accessory” dish loaded with cheese (oops, didn’t see that on the menu and avoided it :-) ), rice, beans and guacamole – a ton of food that I couldn’t get through! Hubby got a sampler platter that came on a round plate larger than a medium pizza tray, it was an insane amount of fried, cheese loaded food that he couldn’t even get through half of. Just the thought of trying to consume that much food in one sitting, especially the amount of cheese, sour cream and beans mixed together, made me a bit queasy and scary that some people would do it. It must have been well over 2,000 calories and mostly bad calories. So while the vegan options were okay, like many Mexican restaurants, they overload dishes with not-healthy fillers and it made me want to go back to Gracias Madre – an amazing gluten-free vegan Mexican restaurant in San Francisco. We enjoyed dinner there so much and the portions were just right without all the gut-busting temptations.
When we got home, the weather was still cold and windy, so we relaxed and watched The Ugly Truth, which despite the bad rating, it was not horrible – corny and funny, perfect after a stressful week. I think I wasn’t expecting much of it and was pleasantly surprised.
Today I will be making my first raw “cheeze” cake for the Easter celebrations tomorrow, one that consists of macadamia and cashew nuts, so it can’t be bad. :-) I’m still debating on what other dessert to take, possibly a chocolate cake or carrot cake – we’ll see!