The goodies included 2 microplanes:
Rachel’s new self sharpening knife:
Look at the cool criss cross action of the sharpener:
Love everything about this knife-perfect weight, size, and sharp!
Today I moved from cleaning out the refrigerator to the cabinets. As a result I came up with a pretty simple but yummy dinner.
Originally I was going to make cornbread to go with this dish but opted to try out cornmeal pancakes. I went with a vegan recipe but left out the sugar since I was making it for a savory dish and the end product was more of a crepe (very thin).
But it worked out okay and still tasted pretty good.
I ended up throwing in a handful of spinach into my serving and allowed it to wilt:
Also topped with salsa after taking this photo:
Off to watch speed skating!
Since I had my Valentine’s date last night, Amanda and I decided to get together and whip up waffles for brunch.
While out this morning I picked up some Pom juice so we could make Pom mocktails:
We also had tea from a tea bulb, they grow so beautifully:
And of course the main star, the waffles:
Topped with lots of fresh fruit, a dollop of plain yogurt, and a drizzle of agave:
Afterwards we headed to Qi Asian Eatery. I had read several good reviews on the place raving about their vegetarian/vegan options so I decided to try it out. The prices were very reasonable and the food was so yummy…plus the place was decked out! I mean this figure was in the bathroom:
For dinner I ordered the Lemongrass Tom Yum soup with tofu:
Then this huge boy came out!
I ended up eating a little more than half. It actually was quite reasonable once I realized it was basically a salad inside-fresh spinach, asparagus, and avocado.
My friend had the spicy thai basal with a side of heart shaped rice:
More bathroom decorations:
Sunday seems like my most exciting day in terms of new eats. Amanda and I went to Sacred Chow yesterday for lunch.
Amanda created her own bowl with tempeh, greens, and rice:
Mmm chocolate peanut butter 🙂
I’m also getting back into the habit of cooking parts, at least, of my weekly meals on Sunday so I can try to eat balanced meals during the week while also fitting in enough lab hours, the gym, and relaxation.
Then I planned on roasting a bunch of veggies…but I only got to the brussels sprouts.
Because it was Super bowl time! Actually that exclamation point was not necessary because I didn’t even know who was playing this year. Usually I follow football rather closely, but with Eagles out so early in the season, my interest quickly began to wane.
I forgot to photograph this after it came out, but on my pizza I included peppers, mushrooms, onions, and a bit of mozzarella.
So, I’m going to be honest for a minute, the make it sweat challenge was a bit of a bust. Only in the sense that I took 1 day off last week and am doing the same this week. I’m not going to sweat it though, lab work has picked up and I need to work a few extra hours some days which makes it hard to get to gym classes.
Actually the smoothie drinking comes at the same time that I try to get back into a better gym routine. While I always workout to some degree 5-6 x a week, whether it’s a long walk, yoga, weights, cardio, etc., they were being pushed back later and later in the evening, like starting at 8 or 9 at night. As I result I wouldn’t get to sleep until 1am, but would still turn around and be in lab by 9 am, hence not get enough rest.
And ended with some homemade lentil soup tonight. After the below freezing temperatures this weekend, warm soup was all I was craving!
For tonight’s bowl I added spinach which wilted from the warm broth. I divided the rest for meals later in the week and also froze a few servings.
And Momo’s (tibetan dumpling):
For entrees there was a lamb dish, I believe it was the szechuan:Zeeshan eyeing the szechuan vegetable fried rice:
Vegetable ball manchurian:Chinese eggplant in garlic sauce:
Everything was delicious and spicy, but a good spice, perfect food to warm you in the cold!
I ordered the Vegan “Denver Style” scramble, which included a tofu veggie scramble, tempeh, roasted veggies, and an english muffin. Tempeh is really growing on me and I thoroughly enjoyed it with my breakfast, however, I wasn’t a fan of the tofu scramble. I ended up eating the veggies from the scramble but left most of the actual tofu. Thankfully the veggies were there, but a good scramble should be able to stand on its own.