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Monsters in Love

Happy Humpday!!!  Can you believe how quickly this week has flown by?!?!?!

This week I have been whipping up a vegan storm!  I’ve been trying various recipes from Eat, Drink and Be Vegan by Dreena Burton. 

On Monday, I made her Olive & Sun-Dried Tomato Hummus…  well, sort of.  I didn’t have any olives so I just made the Sun-Dried Tomato Hummus part. 

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This dip is far better than any I’ve ever bought in a store.  I can’t believe how easy it is to make your own hummus

Needless to say, it’s only Wednesday, and this is all the hummus I have left. 

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I am a hummus monster!

And I happen to be married to the cookie monster!!!

No, not this one.

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This one!

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Larry’s claim to fame may be that he can eat an entire batch of cookies in one night.  WITHOUT.GAINING.A.SINGLE.POUND!!!

However, I do not blame him for eating so many last night.  These cookies were irresistible.

Not exactly chocolate chip cookie irresistible. 

But close.

Lemon Poppy Seed Crackle Cookies

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These cookies are made with some unusual cookie ingredients: spelt flour, poppy seeds, fresh lemon juice and lemon zest, brown rice syrup, maple syrup, and canola oil to name just a few. 

Although I have used most of the above listed ingredients in one way or another before last night, Brown Rice Syrup is something I had never used. 

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It was thick and syrupy.  Sweet and gooey.  The perfect sweetener for a perfect cookie 🙂

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We got creative and put a scoop of vanilla Haagen-Dazs ice cream between two cookies to make delectable ice cream sandwiches!

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Kinda ruined the whole vegan aspect of the cookie, but hey, we can’t always be perfect!

Tonight I am going to try Dreena’s Orange Sesame Tofu (scallops for Larry) and Coconut-Lime Basmati Rice. 

Eat, Drink, and Be Vegan is a cookbook that I am definitely going to purchase.  The recipes are easy to follow, healthy and best of all, CLEAN! 

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I’ve also enjoyed reading Alicia Silverstone’s The Kind Diet; however, I’m not sure this is one I will buy.  While I love her philosophy, and I am flirting with a vegan diet right now, I don’t think I could be this restrictive.  I believe that life is all about balance.   

I am happy to say that tomorrow is my Friday!!!  Woot woot!!!

I took a personal day on Friday, so I could visit my alma mater with my second to youngest brother and mom.  I can’t wait!!!

Have a lovely evening!

~Jen

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Marvelous Monday

Happy Monday!  🙂

That’s something you probably never thought you’d hear me say, huh?!  But how can you not be happy on a three day weekend!?! 😉

Yesterday was an awesome day– complete with a vegan BLT sandwich and some serious pool time.

I’ll start with the vegan BLT.

While perusing Ellwood Thompson’s a few days ago, I discovered that they carried Fakin’ Bacon.  Fakin’ Bacon strips are smoky flavored tempeh. 

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In the past, I have not had much luck with tempeh.  To me it has always tasted like feet, and although I am not a picky eater, feet tasting food kind of crosses the line.

However, I thought I’d give it a chance since I have read so much about it in the past few months on other blogs and in several vegan/vegetarian cookbooks. 

I am so glad I did!

This tempeh did NOT taste like feet at all!  It was marinated (which must be the key to tasty tempeh), and it really almost tasted like real bacon!  Larry didn’t necessarily agree, but he loves his real pork bacon, so he is quite biased!

First, I toasted some Ezekiel bread and slathered on some Nayonaise Vegan Mayo.

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Then came the “bacon,” lettuce (spinach), and tomato.

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Pretty face rockin’ if you ask me!

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After stuffing our faces, we headed over to the pool, which was incredible!

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I have to admit I was a little nervous about joining this pool.  We paid a pretty hefty price for a membership before we ever even saw the pool set up and running.  But I must say this pool is very, very nice. 

They have a made to order snack bar, plenty of chairs, clean bathrooms, working grills, water coolers, horseshoe pits, ping pong tables, basketball courts, XM radio playing in the background, volleyball nets, and these totally awesome slides :)  They even had baskets in the bathroom of emergency supplies and toiletries.

I say it was money well spent!

Today I got my car washed and started some laundry.  When Larry gets home (he did not get a three day weekend 😦 ) we may head back to the pool for some more fun in the sun (slathered in sunscreen of course!).  I’m thinking tonight’s dinner will be something served from the grill!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend and don’t forget the sunscreen! 😉

~Jen

magnolia Remember, Be Happy, Be Healthy, Be You!!!

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Flirting with a Salad

Look at this beautiful salad!

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All of the beautiful colors and textures

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The lentil and white bean salads (Anyone have a good recipe for either?)

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The fruit

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Yum!

Whoever said salads are boring, clearly never had one 😉

And I have discovered a completely decadent, luxurious, and rich dessert.  I can not believe I have lived so long without it.

In my attempts to reduce the amount of dairy (more on this later), I researched vegan ice cream and came across rave reviews for Turtle Mountain’s Purely Decadent Made with Coconut Milk

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There are simply no words.

This dessert was so decadent I only ate one ice cream scoop and ate slow, small bites.  It was pure heaven.

My desire to reduce dairy has come from reading and reflecting on Alicia Silverstone’s The Kind Diet. She makes some really good points about how humans were not meant to drink milk other than our mother’s, how animal  milk is full of saturated fat, and how it has been linked to breast cancer since milking cows are pumped full of estrogen to keep them lactating.  One of the things that stood out to me most was when she pointed out the fact that cow’s milk is used to turn a baby calf into a 400 pound cow.  Since mothers produce just the right milk for their babies’ needs, it doesn’t make since that we would ingest milk made for baby cows!

In her book, she asks people to try flirting with a vegan diet.  To simply try it out for a month and see how you feel.  I’m willing to try anything for a month, but I think this is going to be way harder than going vegetarian.  Chocolate and cheese are two of my favorite things and they surround me constantly

Yesterday, I did pretty good at eating dairy free foods.  Today I did alright and only had a little feta in my pasta salad at lunch.  However, once lunch was over I had a HUGE craving for chocolate, so I ate a TLC Fruit & Grain Bar: Dark Chocolate Coconut.  Once I got home I was starving and the only snack food I could find in the fridge was cheese slices and crackers.  I broke

I’m thinking that if I truly want to dedicate myself to flirting with this diet, I am going to have to replace the dairy cheese and chocolate with nondairy cheese and chocolate. This flirting is going to take some serious planning.  And I’m not completely sure I want to cut it out of my diet completely.  Perhaps I will simply reduce the amount I eat and take note of how I feel when I eat it verses when I do not.

Anyone ever flirted with a vegan diet or read The Kind DietI would really love to hear your opinions on this matter 🙂

~Jen

magnolia Remember, Be Happy, Be Healthy, Be You!!!

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