Happy Sunday! I just finished our last bit of gift wrapping and planning to venture out on a run in the overcast and cold weather shortly. I had a productive day yesterday of wrapping, finishing up holiday donations, and shopping at Trader Joe’s. Not enjoying the holiday traffic and sharing the roads with so many stressed out and angry drivers! I drove by our mall and the lines to even get into the parking lots were stopped on the roads and the parking lot was not moving. Insane, who would do that to themselves?
Last weekend we got a lot of rain and I shot this cool pic from our back yard.
And tons of frost the next few mornings! Isn’t it pretty?
Maybe not so much for the neighbors trying to scrap it off their cars, thank goodness for garages!
Leela is not thrilled about the cold and refusing to leave her snugly blanket for trips to the backyard.
Smokey would like the fireplace to be on all the time so she can watch her favorite show.
Last week we had our department potluck holiday party and the vegan options were weak – pretty much the salad I brought, a potato dish, salsa and chips, and fruit – that’s it.
I heard a lot from co-workers, “Oh sorry, the dish I brought would have been vegan, except…” they used chicken broth, milk chocolate chips. etc. Truthfully I was a little disappointed at the massive amount of meat dishes brought as I watched co-workers load up their plates with no room for salad. At the same time, I was okay with not having the temptation of any of the dessert dishes because there were tons of those too!
I made use of the salad leftovers for the rest of the week like this simple lunch of baked acorn squash and salad.
And another with steamed spaghetti squash.
I knew I’d be spending a lot on groceries for Christmas, so I avoided shopping this week to use up what we had and came up with this interesting tofu oil free stir fry with frozen peas, celery that needed to be used up, onion, and carrots.
And a colorful kale and shaved Brussells sprouts saute with broccoli.
Friday night we headed to a local sushi place that has vegan items on the menu, but no vegan sushi rolls. Usually when we go, I get udon noodle soup, seaweed salad, edamame, veggie tempura, etc. I decided to be daring and show there is a demand for vegan sushi rolls and requested three vegan rolls for hubby and I to share. What we got was a unique and awesome creation!
Broccoli seaweed roll, tempura carrot roll, and a tasty and slightly messy roll stuffed with greens and topped with avocado, a tangy ginger sauce, and green onions. And it wasn’t expensive at all compared to the elaborate non-vegan rolls on the menu. I’m excited to know we can get these kind of unique vegan rolls from them now and looking forward to the next visit.
On to the list!
The Vegan Zombie recently posted the video of Miyoko’s Meet and Greet Speech from the Vegan Vacation at Sea and it’s great!
It’s easy and getting easier to be an unhealthy vegetarian or vegan with the growing number of processed junk food options. This inspirational woman found her processed vegetarian diet wasn’t working and did something about it switching to a simpler, whole foods, plant based diet and helping her family.
I need to try this VeganEgg product and can hopefully track it down for Christmas morning.
The holidays are loaded with stress! Here are some tips for dealing with it.