Good morning and happy Sunday! It’s been a busy, but productive weekend here so far. We spent a couple of hours sterilizing the house and catching up on chores after a busy week and poor hubby being sick. But feels great to have that under control and I have a huge load in the garage now to drop off for donations. I cleaned up and minimized the pet bed situation in front of the fireplace because it was getting a little crazy with blankets and the chihuahuas are starting to use their cozy cave beds finally!
Leela is still off and on pouting at me for not having a chaotic pile of blankets to burrow into, but I hope they’ll get used to this since the weather is warming up.
Sweet Miko has been a little lap buddy with hubby this week.
Chilling with him while playing games and relaxing.
And I’m back to morning smoothies this week after splurging on vegan french toast for Easter and getting creative with how much good stuff I can add in to start the day. I’ve been enjoying adding Spiral Spring’s Choco Spring powder with spirulina, it adds a nice protein and nutrient boast with a fun chocolate flavor.
The powder has a slightly sweet chocolaty flavor and helps thicken smoothies too.
I’ve also been saving raw broccoli stalk in a veggie scrap container in the fridge to add to smoothies, it’s loaded with fiber and nutrients too and undetectable when blended with frozen banana and flavored plant-based protein powder.
Of course kale! What smoothie is complete without kale? And these cute little leaves came from our AeroGarden in the kitchen.
After adding all that green stuff to the smoothie, one quarter of a small, raw red beet turned it a vibrant pink color. So pretty!
We had an office lunch party this week that Round Table pizza was ordered for, a horrible choice for vegans or anyone with dairy allergies since they put milk in all their dough making getting a vegan pizza impossible. I was told the day before they could order a salad for me and visioned a pile of iceberg lettuce with flavorless, over chilled GMO tomatoes and decided to pack my own lunch for the party.
I was a little annoyed and insulted by this because there are so many great local pizza places that offer quality vegan options – why this horrible choice? Well because it’s cheap and the limited quality of the food shows it! I wasn’t the only one burned, a couple of gluten-free co-workers also had to pack their own lunch too because Round Table does not offer a gluten free option either! And the pizza that was delivered looked awful, too much greasy crust, cheese, and meat – I don’t think I saw green on any of the pizzas. I kept thinking of Dr. Greger’s analogy if hitting your health with a hammer at every meal as I watched co-workers load up multiple plates of it. I decided to not be insulted knowing that’s a free lunch that will cost more down the road.
We also played board games for a team building break from work and I got into an engaging game of Redneck Life.
Basically like the game of Life with a redneck theme that lands you with missing teeth, too many kids, multiple divorces, and massive dept at the end. The player with the most teeth left at the end wins and it wasn’t me.
It was a crazy week at work and being on call for work, so my eats were a little interesting. Like this veggie miso soup using Explore Asian Protein Soybean Spaghetti and broccoli and carrots hurried chopped in the simple pull chopper.
I used leftovers from that dish poured over simple steamed broccoli for dinner another night.
Simple salad with avocado ginger apple cider vinegar dressing whipped up in the Vitamix.
Another simple salad dressed with balsamic vinegar and nutritional yeast.
Thai tofu green curry with eggplant from our favorite local Thai restaurant.
And finally this lentil quinoa dish I simmered in a wok with chopped cabbage, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, and broccoli seasoned with miso paste, curry powder, cilantro, and a dash of cayenne.
The weather is perfect today and I’m looking forward to a scenic and hilly tapered long run on a pretty trail to decompress from the crazy week and maybe some more yard work. But first the list!
I would like to see someone ask this couple where they get their protein.
Texas Rangers concessions serving up vegan options.
Here are 9 fun vegan mac n’ cheese recipes.
Inspiration for high protein satisfying vegan smoothies.