I’m not thrilled Sunday is here already, I was just getting into this laid back weekend! Not sure I’m ready to get thrown into another 5-day work week, ugh. Ready or not, here it comes.
When I first started getting into a raw diet, I went hardcore shunning a lot of my old favorites which wasn’t easy. What made it doable was trying so many new raw recipes and flavors to distract me from the foods I missed. But, I’m a little more laid back now and happy to enjoy more cooked vegan dishes and some of my old favorites here and there – like sourdough bread.
My mom and I went to Panera Bread for lunch and I just couldn’t resist getting the vegan black bean soup in a sourdough bread bowl. And it was wonderful, sourdough saturated with black bean soup is delicious, warm, hearty and filling – perfect for another cold, overcast day here. A very satisfying lunch for about $6.
After I finally made it to Trader Joe’s for a much needed stock up and after dropping $130, I think I should be good for awhile! For that I got wine, two huge packages of grapes for freezing, two tempeh packages, tons of fresh fruits and veggies, a couple of Kind and Pure bars to try, more peanut flour, lots of hummus, almonds, etc. I also loaded up on frozen organic berries, pomegranate seeds, and spinach for smoothies which always adds up. But so helpful when out of fresh.
That’s a lot of hummus for $5!
After unloading and catching up on laundry and chores for the week, it was time to get creative for dinner. I had another beet to use up and decided it would be my theme ingredient tonight.
The tangerines, which were the last from the little tree in our backyard, got tossed into the Vita-Mix as a base for a citrus ginger sauce.
I poured the sauce over a stir fry mixture of tempeh cubes, chopped beet, cauliflower and carrot strings, then sauteed the mess together for about 10 minutes in the wok. The end result was very red, but not bad.
Orange just goes perfectly with beets and the ginger added a nice spice to the dish. Next time I might reduce the amount of oranges I toss in because there was a slight bitterness. But overall it was a success.