Let me tell, ya! There is nothing like going to the grocery store in the south on the Thursday before a big snow storm and the Super Bowl! I think I stood in line at checkout for 35 minutes! I really needed groceries, not because of a snow storm, but because I was seriously out of food!
However grueling the trip may have been, I am excited about my veggie purchases. Any you don’t recognize?
There’s radicchio, daikon sprouts, ginger root, shitake mushrooms, and regular ol’ veggies, like Brussels sprouts, red peppers, cilantro, green onions, etc.
(Total ADD moment here, but who is Brussel and why does he get sprouts named after him??? Anyone know???)
Look for these bad babies to be used this week in some super yum-o-licious recipes!
Before going vegetarian, I ate the usual veggies like carrots, broccoli, potatoes, bell peppers, sliced mushrooms, and lettuce, but when almost your entire diet consists of plant products, you learn about a whole new world of veggie deliciousness! Don’t you just love all of the colors!?
Speaking of recipes, here are some that I promised you 2 days ago!
For dinner Wednesday night, I had leftover orange ginger baked tofu, roasted red potatoes, garlic greens, and a big ol’ square of cornbread.
I baked the tofu at 350 degrees in a marinade of 1 cup orange juice, 1/4 cup brown rice vinegar, 1/4 cup tamari, 2 tbsp toasted sesame oil, 2 tbsp maple syrup, 2 tbsp graded fresh ginger, 3 cloves of minced garlic, and 3 tbsp minced red onion. Yum! This marinade would also be great on fish or chicken.
Roasted red potatoes are one of my favorite foods! I simply clean and quarter the potatoes. Toss them in a bowl, drizzle olive oil and seasoning on them. Stir to evenly coat. Then roast in the oven on 425 until cooked through, turning occasionally. Double yum!
And get this! One red potato has a whopping 7 grams of protein, 5 grams of fiber, 12% of your daily nutrition value of iron, and 63% of DNV of vitamin C.
The garlic greens are a new fav of mine! They are so easy to make, and so incredibly good for you. Greens are full of calcium, iron, and vitamins C and E. Simply take 2 bunches of dark leafy greens (these were spinach greens) and sauté them with 3 cloves of garlic in about 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil.
And the corn bread… well, t’was not so “clean,” but it sure was yummy! It was just a plain box of Jiffy mix that I cleaned up juuuust a bit by using only egg whites and soy milk. Hey, what can I say? It served as dessert, too!
Today I am going to rest up! I went to the gym super early this morning, because I could not fall back to sleep after the announcement that school was cancelled once again. This workout was a doozie, and my muscles are aching. Man, I love being able to work out again!
I’m off to put on some comfy clothes, and to curl up on the couch with The Lightening Thief. (Thanks, Meg!)