Hi everyone, how’s your Saturday going so far? I am so happy it’s the weekend to catch up on chores, shop and do a little exploring and nature enjoying. A couple of nights ago, I whipped up at batch of Gena’s Pumpkin Seed Mylk using NuNaturals Stevia.
Mine came out more green than brown due to the green pumpkin seeds and lack of dates, but it still tasted wonderful. I strained it through a mylk bag which was much easier than almond mylk because there was less pulp that was more fine. My dog was however disappointed with it, she usually circles my feet like a kitchen shark while I’m making almond mylk hoping I might drop a chunk of almond pulp. But she had no interest in pumpkin seed pulp, so I won’t be using that in raw dog food! The seeds only take an hour to soak instead of 8 hours for almonds, much easier to plan. Since pumpkin seeds are a better source of iron and protein and I can order about a 6-month supply cheaply from Amazon, I think I’ll stick to pumpkin seed mylk for a bit while marathon training. Also, I know it’s totally not raw, but it makes great coffee creamer too. :-)
Yesterday I made a huge smoothie for breakfast that included the fresh apricots I got from the farmer’s market, frozen blueberries, kale, carrots, chia seeds and hemp protein powder with a little stevia and vanilla extract.
It was a very filling breakfast that kept me satisfied until lunch about 5 hours later and it tasted wonderful, sweet, fresh and a smooth texture that didn’t bloat.
It turns out the mystery beans I picked up at the farmer’s market earlier this week were fava beans and they’re a great source of protein, but not the easiest to cook. I stir fried them with carrots, olive oil and Italian seasonings for lunch yesterday to serve with a loaded kale salad.
Even after cooking, they were still a bit crunchy and hard, but tasty with a nutty flavor as well as filling. I can’t really see eating them raw because they’re so tough unless they’re marinated for awhile which I’ll try when I pick them up again.
After work yesterday, I did a little splurge shopping/browsing first at Sur La Table for a great sale to replace some of our aging kitchen utensils.
They also had a huge, goofy scoop tool (center) on sale that was just for scooping out avocado meat. Uh, really? It’s not that hard with a large spoon – maybe that’s why it was on sale. :-P
Then I moved on to DSW Shoes to find replacements for my worn out summer flip flops.
Rocket Dog Sunset flip flops in black won for being comfortable, leather-free and having a laid-back, casual and sporty look. The toe divider bugs me on many flips and require a break in period, but these were comfortable to boot and priced right.
After it was on to Whole Foods to load up for the week. I had every intention of going to Trader Joe’s, but changed my mind last minute which has been happening a lot lately. I really like Trader Joe’s, but they never have quite the produce selection. Next week I’ll go. :-)
Tempeh and Daiya Vegan cheese on sale, that seemed like a sign that I should finally try Daiya cheese, so I picked some up along with my usual tons of produce.
And since I was at Whole Foods and it was close to dinner time, why not grab that too?
A loaded salad with a red rice side that was new at the salad bar, very filling and completed my vegetable-filled day nicely. :-)