My weekend through food and flowers…no humans were involved.
Mushroom Melts revamped with caramelized onions and roasted brussels
Loaf #3 a little brown, but I used real yeast this time and had a pretty good rise!
Tulips from Momma Beans! They remind of the ones in our front house when I was a kid.
Almond butters. I’ll take a large regular and a small COCONUT almond butter! Yep! Slap that stuff on dark chocolate and call me an Almond Joy!
Roasted red pepper hummus made from bulk-bin dry chickpeas
I was able to run for 10min today without feeling like someone was stabbing me in the knee…it was a good day!
Before I get into this lovely dinner I wanted to mention one idea I am reading about in Eating Animals (I am planning on doing a full review, but this book is really deep). I am in the section of the book where there are letters from PETA, organic farmers and factory farmers. The factory farmer’s letter is what got me the most.
He explains that when he grew up his family’s turkey farm was the small typical turkey farm and the only reason they changed was because America demanded it. We demanded the cheap meat and we continue to push farmers to reduce cost even more. We created factory farms and we can take them away. It is our choice! Vote with your fork!
Off my soap box now.
Salmon Melt with roasted parsnips and brussels.
- 1 can of Sockeye Wild Salmon – Ruggs I know, I had it before our fish talk!
- 1 tbsp brown mustard
- 1 tbsp plain yogurt
- two shakes of garlic powder
- 2 stalks of celery finely chopped
- 1 sprig of oregano chopped
- small bunch of parsley
- S&P to taste
- 2 slices of your favorite cheese – I went with REAL cheddar
Yep, that’s cheesy.
One last thought on EA; if you don’t respect the life of the animal you are eating, you shouldn’t be eating the animal at all. Those Native Americans were onto something
Tonight I got really inspired to cook an actual meal. I have been seriously slacking in the divided meals lately and I tend to just throw a bunch of stuff in a pot and mix it up.
Well that changed tonight!
Welcome to a Pescatarian Thanksgiving!
- Wild Alaskan Sockeye Salmon
- Long Grain Brown Rice
- Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Yellow Cauliflower
- Leek and Cranberry Dressing
First thing get your rice started with 1/2 cup rice and 1 cup water + salt. (I made extra to use at a later date). Once that is going get to chopping brussels and c-flower. Place the veggies two baking sheets and cover in preferred oil, S&P(I went with coconut). Throw them in over at 350 and bake for 30-45 depending if you like them to get crispy or not/have patients for. The rice will take about 45min so you might as well cook them that long as well. Once the rice was going and the oven was baking, I hit the shower. I love doing this because I feel like I am killing two birds with one stone.
Once out of the water I started in on the leek and cranberry dressing. In a pot bring together 1/2 cup apple juice, 1 cup fresh cranberries, 1 tbs mustard, 4 sprigs of thyme, 1/2 of one leek, S&P, 1 tsp apple cider vinegar. Let this simmer for about 15min until it thickens. It will be a bit tart and spicy so if you are looking for a sweet cranberry dressing add about a tablespoon of sugar.
After you get the cranberries going cook your salmon your favorite way. I do not have a grill so I did mine on the stove stop with coconut oil and S&P.
Deliciousness and a real meal!
Cheese! Told you I just got out of the shower!
What kind of Thanksgiving are you having? Fish? Turkey? Veg?
I saw Turkeys on their way to slaughter on the news this morning and it was really depressing…
Did you eat your black eyed peas???? There are supposed to be good luck for the new year an I know exactly where I want my luck to go, straight to my knee! It is actually feeling a little better this morning so I am hoping this is a good sign.
I mixed mine into a bowl of a dish.
Roasted brussels, Quinoa, satueed mushrooms with black eyed peas. I topped it all with a Thai pesto sauce. I also had a 1/2 and avocado with balsamic and S&P. This was good, but I used a little too much salt and the pesto was vegan and I could tell they subbed the parm for something.
We took it easy last night with a rousing game of Trivial Pursuit, which I am not very good at.
This morning I wanted something on a plate and not in a bowl. Pancakes? Waffles?
Oat Bran Pancake!
- 1/3 cup oat bran
- 1/2 cup egg whites
- 1 tsp chia seeds
- 1 tbs flax seed
- splash almond extract
- 1/2 mashed banana
I have a few errands to run and then we are heading up to Nick’s mom’s house for dinner and a sleepover with Digger boy!
I better get moving!!!!!
I survived the the meeting with the Governor and I got a picture of his pretty Christmas tree.
Which I did not bring…
So I headed downstairs to the one healthy option and ended up with soup and a salad!
Black bean soup that wasn’t too salty with carrots and a hint of cilantro and the prettiest little side salad every. The salad was even MTO! green leaf lettuce, onions (these were removed), yellow pepper, tomatoes, carrots, sprouts and hidden cheddar cheese. Perfect light lunch before my afternoon snack attack in the section’s app and dessert day.
I hit the tables late in the day, but I managed 2 pieces of chocolate chip mandel bread (not pictured, but homemade and so good! Not too sweet but the perfect combo of chocolate and cinnamon) and a piece of cinnamon crunch cake. At things like this I only go for the homemade desserts because they are always made with better ingredients and most of the time taste better. Every thing tastes better when it is made with love ❤
Showered and flew into the kitchen to make dinner!
I had tofu, brussels and sweet potatoes on the menu. A simple roasting was in order!
I really liked the sweet honey with the nutty almond, but I wish I had stuck better like it did on Nick’s chicken.
I think I had enough dessert today, and tomorrow there is more (!), so I think I will give sugar cookie sleigh ride another shot.
Nick is at his dad’s for Thursday night football so I am going to catch up on The Hills…yes I still love this show.
Yay tomorrow is Friday!
Sorry for not posting last night. Nick and I were so pooped from the cold and rain at the Ravens game that we just came home, changed into dry clothes, curled up on the couch with Sissy and watched the rest of the Ravens WIN and movies.
I was able to get some pictures under a tent at the tailgate, but there was no way I was taking out the camera in the stadium.
The spread…I had some issues with some glazed doughnut holes on the other end. I also had a few mimosas during the day. I think I drank more because it was so gosh darn cold and wet!
Our gas can got a little frosty…
After my doughnut stuffing I wasn’t really hungry until about 6pm when I just wanted veggies.
I heated up a can of stewed tomatoes and roasted some brussel sprouts and fennel bulb.
I also had a few of Nick’s S&V chips and lots of tea.
This morning I wanted simple…cereal.
All mixed up…Uncle Sam, TJs fruit and nut medley, shredded wheat, kashi H2H, Go Lean Crunch and banana. I heated up the milk to make it a little bit different 🙂
OK ladies and gents it is time for me to get a move on.
1 week and 1 day until Sissy and I are in CT!
Have a great Monday y’all!