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Rain, Rain, Go Away!

Hello Ladies and Germs!

What happened to that gorgeous weather we were having this morning???  Dang it, Seattle!  How can you do this to me?

I planned for clear skies and sunshine!

Not cool!  Needless to say, my feet, pants and jacket are soaked.

I just need to remind myself that if it weren’t for the rain, we wouldn’t have all that gorgeous green that Washington is known for.

Plus lucky for me, little did I know, but I was preparing my body ahead of time with some warm soupy good-ness.

I started out with a cup of Yukon Gold potato soup from the hospital cafeteria.

Apparently this soup is special, because along with a sticker that says “vegan” on the label, it also says “wellness”.  I don’t know what I’m getting well from, but I’ll take it!

I had this along with the last of the Not-Chicken Salad in a pita with spinach.  Figured I wouldn’t bother showing it to you for the third time.

I also had my usual giant salad for lunch, but forgot to take a picture. No big.  Not like it looks that different from the salads that I eat every other day.  It contained spring mix, cucumber, sprouts, grape tomatoes, pumpkin seeds and Annie’s Goddess dressing.

My dinner was another soup.  This one was some Amy’s lentil soup with nutritional yeast.

Told you it was a soupy sort of day.

Okay, so this is totally weird, but after eating this soup, I kept having these little burps that tasted like lentil soup.  It was special.  And kind of gross.  I did get an adorable text from Keenan though, “I miss you. I wish you could have lentil burps here.”  Now that is love. 🙂

Just to prove how slow it was at work tonight, this is how dead the cafeteria at the hospital was.

I see one person.  The emptiness of the cafeteria is basically a direct correlation to the emptiness of the rest of the hospital, so obviously I was bored.  I guess I shouldn’t complain, though, since that means that I get paid to sit and read blogs all day. 😉

Well, kids, a little birdy just told me that there should be the beginnings of a new vegan mac and cheese recipe waiting for me when I get home.  Check in tomorrow to see how it turned out!

Have a lovely Saturday night!

❤ Lindsay

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A Chai Story

Morning sunshine!

It’s another beautiful sunny day here!  All you people who don’t have to go to work on this gorgeous Saturday are some lucky ducks!

As usual, I’m enjoying a liquid breakfast of H2O, green smoothie and Starbucks grande soy chai.

Have I told you how much I love chai??

It’s not just Starbucks chai, either.  I’ll take one anywhere, anytime.

I had my first chai when I was 16 years old.  I was attending the local community college via the Running Start program, and one of my classmates asked me to try his one day.  I had heard of it… they served it at the coffee stand at the student center at the college… but it kind of intimidated me a bit, since it was nothing like I had ever tried before.  After all, I was a die hard fan of caramel macchiatos, and don’t you dare try to take them from me.  However, I went along with my classmate and tried a sip of this strange chai tea stuff.  It was amazing.  It tasted like Christmas.  And so, a love was born.

Three years later, on summer vacation from university, I was hired at a chai stand at our local mall.  A chai stand?  Yeah, a chai stand.  It’s like a coffee stand, but instead, specializes in chai tea.  We had vanilla chai, chocolate chai, traditional spice chai, and tons of flavors to mix in to make a wild array of chai flavors.  My favorite was always a traditional spice chai with half the standard amount of sugar free caramel with soy.  It was so creamy and amazing, I can even imagine it sitting here now. 

Even before I was a vegan I have always enjoyed chai with soy milk, rather than cow’s milk.  Maybe it’s just the vanilla flavor, but I think that the sweetness of the soy milk adds to the flavor of the chai.  Even if you drink cow’s milk on a regular basis, I highly recommend trying a chai with soy.

So what’s so awesome about chai tea, you might ask?

  • It’s a black tea, which means that it is high in antioxidants.
  • The spices (cinnamon, ginger, cloves, black pepper, and fennel) in chai can help aid and support digestion.
  • Chai can be anti-inflammatory, mostly because of the ginger.  Can help relieve arthritis.
  • Contains less caffeine than coffee.
  • Chai is often used in Traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine, although in these cases the specific blend would be tailored to the individual.

I almost exclusively drink tea, instead of coffee, because coffee has such an acidic effect on your body.  Acidity in your body makes it a toxic environment, that is more inviting for disease and ailments.  To learn more about acid/base balance in the body, I highly recommend reading Crazy Sexy Diet by Kris Carr.  This book changed my life, and is actually what really convinced me, ultimately, to become vegan. 

Anywho… get outside and enjoy this amazing Saturday for me, maybe even with an iced chai!  I’m gonna get my booty to the office now, so I’ll ttyl!

What’s your favorite kind of tea?

When did you try chai for the first time?

❤ Lindsay

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Fajita Burritos

If you haven’t noticed by now, we have a bit of a thing for Mexican food in our house.  I think it’s a combination of the spice, the versatility, and the ease of veggie-fication that most Mexican recipes allow.

Every time that Keenan gets in the mood for Mexican food, I get more than a little excited.  Thanks to his Mexican grandmothers who either used to, or still do, cook all their traditional meals from the amazing-ness of scratch, Keenan has really picked up some mad Mexican cooking skills.

So what is it that can make me look like this?

That would be Keenan’s Fajita Burritos, of course.  (Please excuse the scrubby bedroom attire.)

My favorite part of the recipe, and probably the easiest, is the spicy bean spread that we use as a base on the tortillas.

First, combine a can each of black beans and kidney beans in a colander and rinse.

Once, well rinsed, transfer them to the blender, and begin preparing other ingredients.

Chop some tomatoes.

Add to the mix.

Add salsa to taste.

Keenan included about a 1/2 cup.

Add cayenne pepper to taste.

And, just because spicy isn’t spicy enough, add some hot sauce, such as Cholula.

Then, proceed to blend.

I was even given permission to taste test.

Once the bean spread was complete, the fajita veggies had to be prepared.

Keenan chopped up a bunch of red bell peppers, onion, jalapeno pepper, and tomato.

Some un-pictured Swiss chard also made it into the batch.

These were all sauteed in olive oil and cayenne pepper until cooked.

At some point during the cooking process we also decided to add some sun-dried tomatoes.  Cause, why not, right?

Then the burrito building began!

Tortilla + Bean Spread

+ Romaine Lettuce

+ Fajita Veggies + Extra Salsa

+ Daiya Cheddar

= An Awesome Fajita Burrito

You must try this now.  Your taste buds will thank you.

Have a good night!

❤ Lindsay

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Not-Chicken Salad

Hello!  I hope you’ve all been doing swell!

I’ve been keeping busy.

Friday, we visited Ocean Shores, Washington, for a nice overnight trip to the beach.  Because of the crazy amount of rain we were getting, I actually ended up staying inside watching the NBA finals (HUGE SURPRISE!) and working on a jigsaw puzzle.  I got some Chinese take-out for dinner that ended up sitting in my stomach to a load of bricks, so even our swimming pool plans got nixed.  To assist my stomach I ate almost an entire of package of Double Stuf Oreos.  Didn’t you know that a crap ton of sugar is the solution to everything? (NOT!!!!)  I still a great time, and it was nice to get out of town with my love, even for a day.

The giant shark is a gift shop named Sharky’s that we stopped at on our way out of town.  I found a sweet tie-dye mug with a peace sign on it that says Sharky’s Ocean Shores, Washington.

I also bought the matching shot glass.  They were just that cool.

We actually drove straight from the hotel at the ocean to drop me off at work (3 hours away) on Saturday.  This is what I got to deal with the entire car ride.

Arlo is seriously amazing with car rides.  He’ll usually just sleep or chill the whole time.

Yesterday, I had the day off, but all I really did was run my mom’s Mother’s Day present over to her, grocery shop, watch some basketball, and chill out.

I also got this fun little package in the mail.

My iHerb goodies came!

I ordered some vanilla Sun Warrior protein powder, chia seeds, and dulse powder.  The wonderful people at iHerb also sent me some little samples of preserves and cocoa that I’m excited to check out.

I tried the Sun Warrior in my smoothie this morning, because I was too excited to wait until my other protein powder runs out.  I’m not a food nerd or anything…

I also created this fun recipe that I used in my lunch for work today, that I like to refer to as Not-Chicken Salad.

Instead of using chicken, the base of this salad is actually chickpeas.

I combined them with some Vegenaise and dijon mustard.

Also thrown in the batch were some grated carrot and chopped red cabbage.

I, then, proceeded to mix everything together with a fork, attempting to mash the chickpeas as much as possible.

I also decided to add a couple pinches of cayenne pepper to the mix, just cause it’s my favorite.

You can see the mixed and mashed product in the background here.

This morning, all Keenan had to do was slice open a whole wheat pita, add the mixture, along with some chopped apple and sprouts that I requested.

And voila!  The final product!  This was so tasty! I really think that the apple chunks were the best part of the sandwich.  Only about half of the recipe went into my sandwich, so I’m pretty excited to have leftovers either tonight or tomorrow.

I had some of the leftover apple bits in my salad today, as well.

Also included were spring mix, sprouts, tomato, grated carrot and Annie’s Goddess dressing.  Yum!

My final meal at work today was a leftover veggie egg roll from a 4-pack that we bought at Safeway on Sunday, with some soy sauce that I nabbed from the cafeteria at work.

I prepared two of them to eat, but after using half of my 15 minute break to call and talk to Keenan, I only ended up munching on one of them.  No big.  That just means more for later!

Well, my ferry is pulling into Bremerton, so I will bid you adieu for the evening.  It’s my weekend again! (I love having 3 days off a week!)

Have you visited anywhere cool lately?  Planning a sweet vacay??

What’s your favorite sandwich filler?

❤ Lindsay

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Make-Shift Dijon Dressing

What do you do when you go to prepare lunch and realize that there is absolutely no salad dressing in the house?

Make something besides salad?  No way.  You should know me better than this.  Obviously my big ol’ salad is my staple work lunch, but today I awoke to find my cherished Annie’s Goddess dressing bottle empty.  With no time to really come up with a new lunch option, I decided to get creative.

Into the dressing cap went a big squirt of dijon mustard and some canola oil.  Of course, my boyfriend, the chef, stepped in and told me to add some sesame oil.  He’s so smart!  I absolutely adore sesame oil, and on salads it can really add to the flavor, so I’m definitely glad he talked me into that one.

When lunch-time came around,  I had a text from Keenan asking me how my salad had turned out. (Smart AND thoughtful! I think this one’s a keeper! ;))  I quickly mixed the dressing with the veggies, and gave it a try.

My response, “Not bad! If I did it again I’d add agave or honey to it though.”

At that moment, the light bulb went on.  Duhhhh!  I’m in a cafeteria!  I quickly ran across the room and came back with one of these babies.

I added almost the entire honey packet to my salad, re-tossed it, then re-sampled.  Perfect!

I would give you a recipe, but since I don’t use any exact amounts it would be pointless.  However, if you’re ever in a rush and need a quick and tasty dressing, just combine dijon mustard, canola oil, sesame oil, and honey, and you’re set!

My other eats for the day included leftover spaghetti marinara from last night, and a vegan quesadilla.

I was really excited to share the quesadilla with you, especially with it being Cinco de Mayo and all, but as soon as I sat down to eat, one of my coworkers came over and sat next to me to chat and eat.  Although a few of my coworkers have seen me reading food blogs in the office, and I’ve even told some that I have my own food blog, I’m still not ready to pose and photograph food while they’re watching me.

To sum it up though, just put some Daiya cheddar and mozzarella on a tortilla, along with some Tapatio hot sauce that I borrowed from the hospital cafeteria, folded the tortilla in half, and microwaved for 45 seconds.  It was everything I hoped it would be, and I am totally bummed that I couldn’t share it with you visually.  Guess you’re just gonna have to go try it, huh? 🙂

To make up for the missing Mexican food pictures, how about I post some Mexican dog pictures?  Seems like a good plan to me!  I am always down for any opportunity to exploit my dog’s cuteness.

This is the puppy-gasm face that Arlo makes whenever Keenan scratches his neck.  He just melts.

Another example of the puppy-gasm face.

Arlo also likes to chew on our fingers.  This earns him puppy-spankings, but it never stops him.

"I'm sowwy for nibbling your fingers, they just taste so nummy!"

It’s ok, Arlo, you’re too cute to hold a grudge against.

I guess at that point he was ready for bed.  Right between mommy and daddy, his favorite spot.

I think it’s nuts that my dog can curl up into a ball and practically fit in my hand.  Yeah.  That’s my tiny hand.  Not some giant man hand.  I guess his personality makes him seem a bit more Great Dane-esque.

Well, I believe the decision has been reached that I will be going out for “Cinco de Drinko”.  I don’t think I ever really had much choice in the matter.  If you’re lucky maybe I’ll send some fun tweets later on. 🙂

What did you do for Cinco de Mayo???

Whatever it was, I hope you had a blast doing it! 🙂

❤ Lindsay

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Spaghetti Marinara and Garlic Bread

Happy Cinco De Mayo!

Here’s a fun fact:  in the years since I’ve been 21, I’ve never been able to celebrate “Cinco de Drinko”!  I have always been busy with school or work, or some other activity that made celebrating impossible.  I honestly don’t know whether I’ll end up celebrating tonight or not.  I don’t work tomorrow, but I also won’t get home from work until after 10, so we’ll see.  Rumor has is that Keenan’s fajitas might be turning up again tonight. I’m keeping my fingers crossed!

Last night, Keenan decided to surprise me with spaghetti marinara and garlic bread when I got home from work.  When I was a kid, I’m pretty sure spaghetti was my absolute favorite dish.  I was a pretty picky kid too, so that’s saying something.  I think Keenan’s version turned out pretty darn well.

The garlic bread was made starting with a loaf of plain French bread.  Keenan prepared the garlic butter using about a 1/2 cup of Earth Balance, 4 cloves of garlic, some garlic powder, and some dried oregano and cilantro.  He sliced the bread in half and spread the garlic butter over the bottom slice of the bread.

We then baked the bread at about 425 degrees for about 10 minutes, or until the crust started to darken slightly.

Keenan then sliced the bread crosswise into slices.  Foodgasms ensued.  This stuff is seriously amazing.  Seriously. 🙂

For the spaghetti sauce, we simply sliced up some fresh tomato and onion, and added it to a jar of Muir Glen organic pasta sauce.

We let it simmer on med-low until warm.

We cooked some organic whole wheat spaghetti and added it all together.

I also added some nutritional yeast to mine, for some added punch.

Pretty sure I ate at least half of the loaf of garlic bread by myself.  Don’t judge me.

Oh, and more evidence that mason jars can be used for anything…

Check out this creative spaghetti storing solution.  Yup, they work for everything.

The spaghetti marinara is also making a guest appearance in my work dinner tonight, so that should be yummy.  I can’t believe that I used to be a child who abhorred leftovers, and now I honestly think that most things taste better as leftovers.  I think it’s because the flavors get to enrich a bit overnight.

Well, I hope you all have a lovely Cinco de Mayo!  Eat something Mexican or enjoy a margarita the size of your head.  Whatever helps you enjoy the holiday!

❤ Lindsay

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ABC Survey

What up, yo?

Work was pretty easy today.  Nice and slow.  Plus a random nurse told me I was really pretty.  If you want to brighten a girl’s day, tell her she’s pretty while she’s wearing a hairnet. 😉

Tonight, I figured I’d bring you a nice casual post, with some random facts about me, in the form of an ABC survey.  High school flashback, anyone?  Well, let’s get start started…

A. Age: 24.  Yup, I’m an old lady.

B. Bed size: Double.

C. Chore you dislike: Vacuuming.  I will clean the whole house, but neglect to vacuum, because its so annoying to haul out the vacuum cleaner, push it around, then wind up the cord and put it back away.  Aka, I’m lazy.

D. Dogs: Arlo!  Our ~8 month old dark brown chihuahua.

E. Essential start to your day:  Green smoothies!  I drink these almost every single day.

F. Favorite color:  Burgundy-ish.  Probably came from going to a university with the color’s crimson and gray, plus being in a sorority with the colors maroon and silver.

G. Gold or silver:  Generally silver.  I like gold, but silver really ends up being what I wear the most.  I love that the ring Keenan got me for Christmas has a combination of white and yellow gold though, which makes it easier to wear everyday.

H. Height:  5’5. Pretty average.

I. Instruments you play(ed):  I’ve taken piano lessons.  I played the clarinet in band for a year, then switched to the flute and the piccolo.  I quit band after eighth grade.  I still dream of teaching myself to play the guitar, and I have my mom’s old acoustic sitting in my living room.

J. Job title:  Nutrition Assistant/Diet Clerk.

K. Kids:  Eventually.

L. Live:  Bremerton, Washington.

M. Mom’s name:  Barbara.

N. Nicknames: Linds. Lindsay Beth.  My middle name is Elizabeth.  I’ve never really had much in the way of nicknames.

O. Overnight hospital stays:  I had a cyst the size of a baseball removed from my neck when I was 18.  I’ve got a sweet scar on my neck from my incision and 20 stitches.

P. Pet peeves:  People who walk really slow, but crowd the walkway so you can’t go around.  At work, when nurses call to order food without first asking the 90-something year old patient what they want to eat, so the phone call takes 10 minutes while the nurse goes over each item.

Q. Quote from a movie: “May the Fourth be with you!”  Oh wait, that’s not an actual movie quote… (Totally never heard that one before today, but I’m nerdy enough to think its cute.)

R. Righty or lefty:  Righty.

S. Siblings:  I’m an only child.  However, according the Facebook, my friend’s Molly and Jordan are my siblings.

T. Time you wake up: Between 8am and 1pm.  I loooooooove sleep.

U. Underwear:  Well, I worked at Victoria’s Secret for three years, prior to getting hired at the hospital, so I’ll just say that they were most likely purchased there.

V. Vegetables you dont’ like:  Radicchio. Ugh.

W. What makes you run late:  Having to depend on public transportation to get to and from work.

X. X-rays you’ve had:  Teeth, various limbs and fingers.  I was a pretty paranoid child, so every time I hurt myself I would make my parents take me to Urgent Care to get x-rays.

Y. Yummy food you make:  All the food I make is yummy. Duh…..

Z. Zoo animal favorites:  I love the big cats.  And the penguins.  They’re so cute in their little tuxedos. 😉

Well, I hope that was as entertaining for you as it was for me!  Leave your own answers for me in the comments!  I’d love to see some random facts about you guys!

See you tomorrow!

❤ Lindsay

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