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!
Chocolate Covered Pretzels
I’m a chocoholic. I drink it in my coffee every morning and I eat some form of chocolate every day. Its quite possible you’ll see chocolate pop up again in my final post tonight in this one day series.
We had lunch al fresco today on our back deck. A PB & J for my 3 years old and a Hummus Wrap w. Tomatoes, Kalamata Olives and Romaine for me. I love all the different colors in this meal! I rolled it up into a nice tight little wrap when I got outside. It was perfect.
For an after lunch snack I had some Salt and Pepper Pistachio Nuts. They are so addictive and it’s hard to stop eating them! After I finished the handful above I had at least another half of a handful.
Not Pictured: A second Iced Almond Milk Mocha. I only had a small about of cold french pressed coffee left over so I though why not. Now I just need to drink a lot of water for the rest of the day!
See you this evening!
Iced Almond Milk Mocha
I’m trying something different today. I’ve never done a What I Ate Wednesday Post but instead of doing it all in one shot I’m going to update 2-3 times through out today with what I ate. Its kinda like real-time blogging in a way.
I ALWAYS start my day with an Iced Mocha. ALWAYS! I make my own chocolate sauce and I keep already French Pressed coffee in my fridge. I’ll occasionally go to Starbucks but I find what I make for myself at home is so much better, and more affordable! The coffee I use is Fair Trade, Organic beans from a company in upstate NY called Catskill Mountain Coffee. Zanzibar bean. Its the best coffee. Plus organic and fair trade is awesome.
To froth the milk I bought a small battery powered, cheap frother from IKEA. I’m on my second one already since I use it everyday.
This is not my normal breakfast. The toast with EB would be normal. Last night I used only half a block of tofu for dinner and usually the other half would go to waste. I’m trying my hardest to use up all of the food I buy so I made a quick Tofu Scramble with some Upton’s Seitan Bacon and string beans thrown in along with onions, garlic and spices. It was fabulous and it gave me an idea for another Tofu Scramble to make on another day. I happily have leftovers of this breakfast for tomorrow.
See you later in the day with more food for What I Ate Wednesday!
August means a lot of birthday parties and celebrations in my family. The last week of August brings 3 family members birthdays! Its hectic but fun and we get to enjoy lots of cake and good food! The cake above was from Sweet Avenue Bakeshop in Rutherford, NJ for a surprise birthday party for me thrown by my family. I had absolutely no idea it was happening. It was a true surprise and I still don’t know how it happened without me knowing. I tend to know everything that is going on or will at least pick up some hints. 1 month later and I still find myself thinking “How?”.
BLT Kale Salad
I like to celebrate my birthday with food. In honesty I like to celebrate just general life with food but on birthday’s I’ll go the extra mile like heading up to the new Tuesday Farmers Market in Montclair, NJ where I visit Sally Owen’s SO Tasty Vegan stand where she sells some of the most delicious food including the BLT Kale Salad above. I savored every bite because I didn’t want it to ever end.
Roasted Cauliflower and Chickpea Tacos
Since my birthday fell on a Tuesday the only option for dinner were Tacos! This is one of those rare times where I actually made something I’ve pinned on Pinterest. This was the second time I’ve made this recipe by Two Peas and Their Pod. Its a recipe that made me angry that I didn’t come up with it myself! It is so easy to make. The first time I made it for friends of ours and they loved it so much they ended up making it for themselves a few time after. I like serving these with a side of sauteed kale. Some people like to add to the kale to the tacos.
Seitan Bacon and Arugula BLT
I have 2 favorite summer sandwiches. A BLT and a Tomato and Mayo Sandwich. Especially when they are made with Heirloom Tomatoes that I grow in my own garden. Unfortunately this year all 4 of our tomato plants failed miserably. In fact our whole garden failed miserably thanks to The Marx Brothers.
Its’s also taken us all summer to get to our local Farmers Market held each Saturday. When we finally did go I picked up the most beautiful tomatoes. They were so delicious. You can taste the sunshine that helped grown them. So perfect. After buying these tomatoes I promptly made my us some BLT’s subbing Seitan Bacon for the “B” and Arugula for the “L’. We usually enjoy my own Coconut Bacon on our BLT’s but this time the Seitan Bacon is from the Upton’s Naturals brand and the mayo I use is by Just Mayo. My love for Just Mayo might just be a whole other post.
Tomato and Just Mayo on Toast
I like my bread slightly toasted, I like my mayo to be on the bit of way too much mayo and my tomatoes need to be perfect. Plus lots of salt and fresh cracked pepper. I can easily eat 2-3 of these at a time, but I don’t, usually. We lucked out with some great store bought cherry tomatoes that I sliced in half for some Tomato and Mayo Sandwiches. Its one of the first times I’ve had store bought tomatoes be good enough for these sandwiches.
We are hopeful that next year our garden will work out so we can eat these with tomatoes straight from out backyard.