VeganMoFo: What I Ate Wednesday (Post 2)

Lunch

One thing I always regret at the end of summer is the lack of salads I’ve eaten. I love salads. I just don’t eat them. I buy the greens and my husband eats the greens sans anything else besides oil and balsamic vinegar. I want/need my salads to be more then just oil and vinegar. I need veggies, nuts, proteins, etc. I want it to be a full meal. So I made myself one today.

This is a 3 Greens Caesar Salad. I have mixed baby greens, raw kale and romaine lettuce in there. For the veggies I shredded 1/2 a carrot, snapped some string beans in half, sliced some scallions and quartered a small tomato. Other additions included capers and kalamata olives. I mixed it all together with a quickly thrown together Caesar type of dressing. Eating a salad with a mayo based dressing isn’t the healthiest option but I had a terrible day and evening yesterday with a bad allergy attack and a migraine. I needed the creamy comfort! 

If I had more forethought into making this salad I would have loved to have added homemade tempeh croutons to it as well as some slightly toasted sunflower seeds. I’m looking forward to making this salad again with other options. I’m eating it as I’m typing this post out and it’s fabulous! 

See you later with my final post of the day!

VeganMoFo: What I Ate Wednesday (Post 1)

Breakfast: toasted bagel, EB, Nooch, Upton's Seitan Bacon, tomato. #vegan #veganmofo #veganmofo2014 #veganfoodshare  www.good-good-things.com

Breakfast

Last Wednesday I posted 3 times throughout the day for What I Ate (That) Wednesday. It was fun and a bit challenging. I’ll admit to eating better that day then I do most days. :) I’ll be doing the same today with 2-3 posts. 

I of course tried to start my day off with my Cold Brew Coffee. Unfortunately I bought a new container of Almond Milk yesterday and found it open this morning. No one remembers opening it! I felt like I might have so I used it anyway in my Iced Coffee but the first small sip tasted so weird I had to dump the whole thing. So I’ll be off to Starbucks in a bit. I have a free drink waiting there for me on my gold card. 

We had a midweek treat for breakfast today. I picked us up some bagels at Fairway yesterday. My 3 family members ate theirs with EB and Nooch. I had mine with EB, Nooch, Upton’s Naturals Seitan Bacon and Sliced Tomato. It was delicious and I’m ready for the rest of the day now. 

Now I’m off to get that coffee! 

See you later this afternoon!

VeganMoFo: Cold Brew Coffee {Recipe}

This post is kind of out of season depending on what type of coffee drinker you are. Like I’ve mentioned in the past week or so I drink my coffee iced almost exclusively. I never buy a Hot Coffee at a coffee shop. The only time I drink it hot is the occasional time at home that I don’t have cold coffee waiting for me in the fridge. 

My favorite way to make coffee is the Cold Brew Method. You need to think ahead with this method because it needs to brew for at least 12 hours. I like to start it in the early evening so by the time I wake up in the morning it’s ready to go after it’s been strained. 

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I make cold brew a few different ways using either a large French Press, Mason Jar or a large pitcher. My favorite way is the Mason Jar. It makes a smaller amount but I find it’s easier to deal with and I like to give the coffee a shake once in awhile while it’s brewing. The mason jar also takes up less room in my fridge which tends to be stocked with food at all times!

Its really easy. I pour water into the jar, freshly grind up my favorite coffee bean, add it to the jar, screw on the lid and shake like crazy. Then it sits on the counter for 12 hours and I shake it up once in awhile before I go to bed. 

When I wake up in the morning I strain it through a fine mesh strainer either lined with cheesecloth, a coffee filter or if I’m out of both of those some paper towels. Try to leave the coffee grinds in the jar until the end or they will stop up the straining process and it can take a long time if that happens. I really find the paper towel in a fine mesh strainer to be the best and easiest way to go about this. Experiment with the 3 choices. I then rinse out the mason jar and pour the coffee back in for safe keeping.

Once strained it’s ready to go. Either serve immediately over ice with your favorite non dairy milk or store in the fridge for later. This method of brewing makes the coffee last for days if not weeks at a time. 

Cold Brew Coffee
I use a 1 Quart Mason Jar when making this recipe. You can use any size container you please just keeping in mind that for every 1 cup of water you grind up 1/4 cup of beans. Feel free to use more or less beans. I happen to like a very strong coffee.
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Ingredients
  1. 3 cups cold filtered water
  2. 3/4 cups whole coffee beans, coarsely ground
Instructions
  1. Fill your mason jar with cold water and ground coffee beans.
  2. Securely attach the lid and shake.
  3. Leave on your counter for at least 12 hours.
  4. Strain into another jar, bowl or large measuring cup with a fine mesh sieve and either cheese cloth, coffee filter or paper towels.
  5. Rinse out the mason jar the coffee was brewed in and pour the coffee concentrate back in securing with the lid and place in the fridge until ready to be used.
Notes
  1. This is a coffee concentrate so it will be very strong! You can dilute the coffee with water if you prefer a weaker coffee or if you are like me I just dilute it with almond milk.
  2. The coffee concentrate can last up to 2 weeks in the fridge.
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VeganMoFo: BYOEB & Nooch

Breakfast date with the boys while the girl is in school. Yes I bring my own vegan butter and nooch with me!

Starbucks

I had a breakfast date with my husband and son today while my poor daughter is slaving away at a 2nd grade education. I like when we can take these little outings with just one of the kids. Its nice to pay all of your attention to one instead of two. We did miss her though.

My husband took the morning off of work so he and our son could get haircuts. It might sound like a weird things to take off of work for but when your barber goes to Italy for 3 weeks there are A LOT of people who are in need of a cut! We waited an hour this morning and left with 6 people waiting their turn. 

Before we went to the barber we headed to Starbucks for breakfast. This is an example of me eating vegan in a very non vegan place. Yes they have soy milk. But that’s it. Besides some bags of nuts or a raw granola bar there isn’t much for a vegan to eat. Luckily the bagels our local Starbucks carries are vegan, except for the cheese one obviously. I alway’s bring along some Earth Balance and my trusty bottle of Nooch (Nutritional Yeast). Its our favorite way to eat our bagels around here! 

VeganMoFo: What I Ate Wednesday (Post 3)

Dinner: Chickpea Nuggets, BBQ Sauce, Braised Broccoli, Caesar Salad w. Olives & Tomatoes www.good-good-things.com #vegan #veganfoodshare #veganmofo #veganmofo2014

Dinner

Tonights dinner was an old favorite that I haven’t made in a very long time. I make Chickpea Nuggets out of a bastardized version of the Chickpea Cutlet recipe from Veganomicon. Braise the broccoli in a chickenless broth. Whip up a quick Ceasar Salad Dressing for a equally quick salad of Romaine, Tomatoes and Kalamata Olives. We top the nuggets with some store bought BBQ Sauce. Its a very comforting and filling meal. I was happy to have made it to the gym today to make up for the amount of food I just ate!

Yum!

Dessert

Dessert is as I mentioned in an earlier post today…chocolate. My husband and I have a secret stash of different types of chocolate bars that we share with each other after the kids are in bed and asleep. Once in awhile we share with them, but, not often! 

Thank you for following along with my What I Ate Wednesday 1 Day Series. I had a lot of fun doing this and can’t believe I blogged 3 times in 1 day! If I’m around next Wednesday I might do this again. 

See you tomorrow! 

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