Onward and upward!
I was all out of greens on Saturday morning, so my smoothie had banana, strawberries, chocolate hempshake, almond butter, chia seeds, almond milk. I also took a multi and b complex and had some coffee with almond milk. For lunch I had a repeat of the Polynesian salad, but without banana and cucumber. It was a fairly unsubstantial salad, but it was the weekend so I wasn’t too worried about getting hungry again quickly…until I went grocery shopping for an hour and a half and found myself starving at Whole Foods! I was hoping they would have a selection of juices at the coffee/smoothie/juice counter, but they only had two – wheatgrass, and a ginger refresher with honey. So I ended up getting a smoothie of banana, blueberries and pineapple coconut juice. It didn’t occur to me until after I ordered that the juice probably had sugar in it – I got a little buzz from the smoothie. Oops! When I got home I had another snack of zucchini slices and red bell pepper with black bean and orange hummus.
I had bbq sauce leftover in the fridge from my grilled Thursday dinner and had been trying to think of a way to use it other than just brushing it on something grilled. I also had a bunch of tomatoes that needed to be used before they went bad, and my mind went to bbq chili, which I served over brown rice. It’s really simple, and really tasty. Along with my chili I had a few beers. Ahhhh, the weekend.
1 Tbs canola oil
medium yellow or white onion, diced
green bell pepper, diced
jalapeno, seeded and minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 Tbs chili powder
1 tsp cumin
1 cup bbq sauce
2 cups veggie broth or water
3 cups diced fresh tomatoes or 2 cans diced tomatoes, drained
1 1/2 cups or 1 15 oz can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
1 1/2 cups or 1 15 oz can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 cup frozen corn kernels, thawed
optional toppings: shredded vegan cheese
chopped green onion
Heat oil in a large sauce pot over medium heat. Add onion and saute 5 minutes. Add green pepper and jalapeno and continue to cook for 5 minutes. Add garlic, chili powder and cumin and cook 1 minute, stirring constantly to make sure it doesn’t burn. Add all other ingredients except toppings, raise heat to high and bring to a boil. Lower heat to medium low and simmer at least 30 minutes. Ladle into bowls and top with toppings.
I didn’t have much time Sunday morning between waking up and rushing out the door to run some errands, so I just ate a peach and a banana, and took a barrage of supplements – multi, coQ10 and spirulina. I also had some coffee with almond milk.
Upon returning, I prepared this pretty salad.
It’s leaf lettuce, baby arugula and mustard greens, shredded carrot and squash, sliced radish and persian cucumber, Cheesy Roasted Chickpeas from Eat, Drink & Be Vegan and goddess dressing. I was going to make a homemade tahini dressing, but was again pressed for time. This salad came together really well! Of course, goddess dressing makes everything taste better. The shredded squash kind of looked like shredded cheese, which was fun, and it didn’t taste squash-y at all. I didn’t taste a chickpea on its own so I can’t attest to the cheesiness, but I can say that I really like their texture. They get kind of chewy, in a good way.
The reason I was in a rush was because we were heading off to Golden Gate Fields to watch the horse races. Not vegan, I know, but Dave has taken an interest in gambling on horse racing as a hobby, and none of his buddies could go so I said I would go to check it out and see how I felt about the whole thing. I actually ended up having a really good time and gambling a little, and we placed a large bet on the last race and made quite a bit of money! However, after doing some reasearch on how the horses are treated, especially the ones that don’t perform, I don’t think I’ll be going back. I’m a little torn on the issue because I really enjoyed going and it’s a nice time for me and Dave, and I’m sure that some of the horses are treated very well while they’re in racing condition, but I don’t think I can overlook some of the business practices that go on in the horse racing industry.
Oh, while we were at the track I snacked on some peanuts and had a few of their teeny dollar beers. When we got back I had more bbq chili and brown rice for dinner, and two glasses of red wine before bed.
All stocked up on smoothie supplies for the week, this one included baby spinach and red chard, banana, blackberries, amazon acai hempshake, udo’s oil, almond milk, agave nectar. It was impossible to get a good picture of it. I also took my multi and b complex.
My morning snack was some grapes and English breakfast tea, and lunch was an exact repeat of the salad from the day before, along with a probiotic supplement. The afternoon snack of the day was carrot sticks, bell pepper strips and cucumber slices with black bean and orange hummus.
Immediately after work we went to the Coliseum to meet our friend Tom and his sister who was visiting for an A’s game. Well, she wasn’t visiting FOR the game, she was visting and we happened to go to a game. A game where the A’s shut out the Yankees! There were some Obnoxious with a Capital O Yankees fans there, although I probably shouldn’t talk because the game last night went a different way and there’s still one more in the series. Anywho, I had some peanuts and pistachios at the game, as well as some bbq chili and brown rice that I packed, topped with avocado. I also had a Diet Dr. Pepper, which is against my cleanse rules. I was determined not to have any beer, and considering I almost always have at least one beer at every game we go to, I wanted to have a different beverage in my hand so the temptation was lessened. I also wanted the souvenier cup.
It was also impossible to get a good shot of this smoothie, which had baby spinach and red chard, banana, blueberries, a peach, vanilla rice protein, udo’s and almond milk. My smoothie-picture-taking-skills seem to be going downhill. I also took my multi and coQ10. For a morning snack I ate a pear, some figs and had darjeeling tea. I think I may have some issues with figs – I got some mad stomach pains after eating this snack, and have noticed headaches after eating a meal with figs before. I could be coincidence, but I’m kind of scared of figs now. It seems to be okay if I only have two or three at a time, so perhaps I’ll stick with that and see how it goes.
For lunch I had another exact repeat salad. Why mess with something so good? My afternoon snack was more carrot, bell pepper and cucumber with the last of the black bean and orange hummus.
My dinner was the last serving of bbq chili and brown rice, topped with avocado and green onions, which is how I had intended to eat it each time but didn’t. Avocado is always good, and the green onions really perked the chili up. Afterward while doing the dishes, I enjoyed some wild sweet orange tea.
I’m starting to have cravings for wheat, especially for a burrito or sandwich. Every time we pass a taqueria I want a burrito BADLY, but it’s nothing I can’t hold off on for another few weeks. I’m pretty sure I’m going to get a big burrito on September 1st though, maybe I just won’t eat the whole thing in one sitting!