Happy Sunday! Hope you’re having a great weekend! I think we’re gonna get more stuff done on the house today and catch up on laundry. And I’m hoping things will settle down a bit at work next week and grateful I’m not on call because it’s been interesting this week. Some simple eats from this week include this Tofurky Italian Sausage and marinara stir fry with hemp seed “parm” topping.
Miso tofu oil free stir fry.
Explore Asian Soybean Spaghetti soup with carrots and broccoli.
Friday night we stepped out for Thai food and parked next to a car with this worn sticker.
I love it, but not sure I’m gutsy enough to put anything like that on my car yet!
Spicy Thai tofu with brown rice – yum.
I’ve been trying to get more adventurous rotating a variety of fruits and veggies into our diet, so I grabbed a papaya at Trader Joe’s for our smoothies. It has a mild flavor, but smooth texture that blended nice with protein powder, broccoli, carrots, banana, hemp seeds, chia seeds, and fennel seeds this this hearty smoothie!
The dogs weren’t impressed, they were content to have a lazy weekend morning in the office with me frustrated by the strong winds outside.
After the gym yesterday, we had to stop by Grocery Outlet for vegan deals and didn’t get into too much trouble, but I found more cheap peanut powder for smoothies.
Then I made an odd lunch of Mexican seasoned stir fry stew to use up a container of slow cooked black beans in the fridge. I simmered black beans, tomatoes, and carrots with water, miso paste, cumin, chili powder, hot sauce, and nutritional yeast.
It looks funky, but it was actually good!
And last night we got to have fun being big kids at my nephew’s birthday party at a laser tag place. Trying to get a picture in a dark, black lit smokey course is not easy!
I wasn’t sure if I’d enjoy laser tag, but it was fun! Like an active live action video game where you run around this huge, multi-level indoor course shooting at the opposing teams targets and players. It was also hot! Most of the adults had sweat stains from wearing the laser vests – ick! The not-so-fun part was the food! Not only was it not vegan friendly, it was not health friendly! Basically they only served pizza, soda, and birthday cake to kids. And the only topping options for the pizza was cheese, pepperoni, and sausage – no veggies at all or even pineapple. And very strict rules that you can’t bring in your own food for the parties ousting anyone with a dairy or gluten allergy, on a plant based diet, or on any type of healthier diet! Parents can’t even bring salad, fruit, or a healthy side to counter the crap served to kids. I get a place like that might have limited food options, but jeez – let people bring healthier options for their kids and adults attending the party if they want! It’s not easy watching kids build negative eating habits that will be tough to overcome when they’re older.
Hubby and I had a snack before arriving and left a little early to grab a healthy dinner from Whole Foods!
It was fun trying something new and hanging with my sisters, but having better food options or just being able to bring our own food would have been nice! Anyway, to the list!
Dr. Greger discusses the importance of dietary diversity here and this is an area that I’m trying to improve in more specifically alternating the grains, fruits, and veggies I buy each week and always looking for something new to try in the produce department.
The high cost of cheap food … like the crap from the laser tag place.