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Salad Prep

Good afternoon from the Washington State Ferry system! 

Overheard from the ten (literally) small children sitting in the seat across from me, “This is only your first time on the ferry??  This is my one billionth time!”  Kids say the darndest things, right?  About five minutes later, I heard one of them talking about having Wi-Fi on the ferry, and I realized that when I was their age Wi-Fi didn’t even exist!  I’m old.

I’m currently munching on the other half of my Subway footlong from yesterday afternoon.

It held up surprisingly well in the fridge overnight!

I’ve also got a green smoothie to drink once I finish the sandwich.  Not sure of the combo, but I know it has frozen strawberries, so good enough for me!

Pretty good lunch, if you ask me!

One of the things that I’m having to adapt to now that Keenan is working full-time again, is that he is generally too tired in the mornings to get up and prepare all of my work food for me.  I’ve been so spoiled for the last few months, that letting go of it is a bit hard for me.  However, last night I was playing around in the kitchen, and I decided to try out a tip that many bloggers have given in the past. 

Salads are probably the most time-consuming part of the lunch-making process, so why not just prepare a large batch of salad ahead of time, then dole it out into a smaller container as it is needed?  It was the perfect idea.  It would save both Keenan and myself extra stress in the morning, and keep me eating healthy.

I threw a bunch of my spring mix and some garbanzos into a large plastic bowl with a lid.  Then, I proceeded to chop red and orange bell peppers, Roma tomatoes, and cucumbers and tossed them in as well.

This morning, all I had to do was grab a few handfuls of the mixture, throw them in my handy dandy salad container, and toss a couple tablespoons of sunflower seeds on top. 

That, plus filling the cap with dressing, and I was set!

I have a feeling that I’ll be using this tip quite a bit in the future to make our lives a bit less stressful. 

How do you save time with meal prep?

Have a terrific day!

❤ Lindsay

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Tortilla Soup and Jalapeno Cornbread Muffins

Happy Friday!  Hope you all had a swell day!

I started my day out nicely by sleeping in until almost 11am.  Keenan getting in so late every night has really taken a toll on my sleep schedule.  Either way though, I love to sleep in, other than the fact that I feel as if I’ve lost most of my day after I do. 

Once we were moving, we took off to do wash a load of our work clothes at the laundromat, and I took my car in to get the tire fixed.  I’ve been car-less the last few days because of a flat, so it was really great to get that taken care of.  For free nonetheless.  Gotta love Les Schwab! 

While we waited for our laundry to finish we grabbed some Subway from down the street.

 

Notice my little buddy chillin with me?

Yes, Arlo’s wearing a shoelace as a leash.  We forgot the leash and the shoelace was in the car.  I don’t mind looking weird once in a while.

After Keenan went to work I went off on a grocery shopping expedition for the meal I was planning for this evening.  I headed to Silverdale, where our brand new Trader Joe’s was having it’s grand opening!  The crowd made it impossible to check out everything as thoroughly as I would have liked, but I’m sure it will die down by the next time I go shopping.  After swinging by Safeway to buy the rest of the ingredients that I couldn’t find or access at TJ’s, I headed home to get busy in the kitchen.

I started out with jalapeno cornbread muffins.  They were actually originally intended to be regular cornbread, but I didn’t realize until I went to prepare them that I didn’t have an 8 inch baking pan.  However, I did have a muffin pan, so I decided to make an easy switch.

Jalapeno Cornbread Muffins (adapted from Fired-Up Jalapeno Cornbread in 1000 Vegan Recipes)

Ingredients

1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup yellow cornmeal
2t baking powder
1t salt
1 cup almond milk
3T pure maple syrup
1 cup frozen corn kernels
1/4 cup olive oil
1 fresh jalapeno, chopped
cooking spray

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 375F, lightly coat a muffin pan with cooking spray, and set aside.

2. In a large mixing bowl, mix flour, cornmeal, baking powder, and salt, and set aside.

3.  In another mixing bowl, combine the almond milk, maple syrup, corn kernels, oil and jalapenos.

4.  Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, and mix well with a few quick strokes.

5.  Spoon the batter into the muffin pan, and bake for about 30 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.

6.  Enjoy!!

After my muffins were out of the oven, I decided to finally take off on the run I had been dressed for since before I went grocery shopping. 

Garmin Stats:

I did four laps around the park  at a pretty steady pace, though I tried to make sure I wasn’t slacking.  By the time I was done I was exhausted, especially seeing as 3.4 is about a mile further than what I have been used to running recently.  It’s gonna be so awesome getting back into shape for this race!

When I got back, I gulped down a big glass of water and got to work on the tortilla soup.  I may or may not have devoured one of the muffins as well.  About an hour later the soup was complete and ready for me to eat.  Be sure to check back tomorrow for that recipe.  It’s a great one!

Finally my dinner was ready!

Now I just can’t wait for Keenan to get home and enjoy some as well!  This is a great Southwest-style meal that I would highly recommend.  However, it is not for the weak of tastebuds.  All the hot peppers included in this definitely give it a kick.  Totally my style. 🙂

I’m about to spend the rest of the evening hanging out with Arlo and probably cleaning the apartment.  Such fun!

Have a great night!

❤ Lindsay

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Pike IPA

What’s up?  Did you have a good day?  Cause I did. 🙂

Actually, the beginning of my work day wasn’t so awesome.  I got on the bus to go to work, and the bus driver seriously missed the turn to go up the hill to the hospital.  He couldn’t figure out how to turn around so we ended up driving down through Pioneer Square and down 1st Street all the way back to Belltown, on the other side of town, before he finally got back up to 3rd Street and drove back across town to get back to the original bus route.  I was late for work, but luckily I was able to call ahead and let them know what was going on, so I didn’t get in any trouble.  Still, kind of a crazy start to the day!

On my first break I chowed down a kale salad that I made this morning.

It included kale, a few grape tomatoes, red bell peppers, Vegenaise (I would normally use avocado, but we were out), cayenne pepper, lemon juice, and sunflower seeds.  It was actually really good.  Would have been better with avocado though.

On that same break, I discovered that I had a voice mail about a job that I had applied for a couple months ago at a different hospital, wanting to ask me a few questions, and possibly set up an interview.  Unfortunately, by the time I received the message, she was already gone for the evening, but I should be getting a call back on Friday.  I’m pretty stoked.  It’s a full-time position (currently, I’m only working 26 hours a week), and the hospital is quite a bit closer to home than where I’m at now.  I’m definitely keeping my fingers crossed on this one! 🙂

My second break, I finished the rest of the Subway sandwich that I bought earlier in the day.

Again, yummy!

I also discovered that the Heat beat the Bulls, and that my boyfriend had decided to come meet me in Seattle after I got off work!  I got off at work at 9, but the ferry wasn’t until 10:30, so he wanted to hang out.

When I was off, I met him down by Pike Place Market, we grabbed a six pack, and we went to his friend Kristina’s apartment to chill for a moment.

It was our first time trying the Pike IPA, and I must say it was really good.  Nice and smooth.  Even cooler because we were drinking it just a few blocks away from where it was brewed. 🙂

Anyhoo, I’m gonna say goodnight, and enjoy the rest of my ferry ride with my wonderful boyfriend.  You have a fabulous night and I will see you on the flip side.

What’s your favorite micro brew?

Mine would have to be the Ridgetop Red from Silver City Brewery in my hometown of Silverdale, Washington.

❤ Lindsay

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Too Busy to Cook?

Hello!

The sun is back today and it actually feels like May, finally!!!  I’m heading to work, but I definitely won’t let that deter me from enjoying this beautiful day while I’m on my way there!

This week has started off well for me.  Monday I mostly just hung out with Keenan and Arlo, and went to go shoot pool with a couple friends in the evening (which, of course, included a basket of fries with ketchup).  We also got No Strings Attached from the Red Box.  Keenan loves Natalie, so he enjoyed it.  It was a bit too much of a RomCom for our taste though.  I definitely prefer my movies to be a bit more comedy and less romance.  You definitely know it’s a girly movie when they start making period jokes. Ew.

We also managed to teach Arlo to play fetch with a ping pong ball.  He is sooo darn proud of himself for being able to actually fit the ball in his mouth.  He can keep me entertained for hours.  I tried to grab some pics, but he won’t stay still long enough for me to get a good angle.

Yesterday was my grandma’s 80th birthday party at my aunt and uncles.  I’m lucky (in a way) that a few members of my extended family are lactose intolerant, so almost all of the food at the party was dairy-free.  The rest of the party had NY steaks, but I brought some Dr. Praegers veggie burgers with me for an entree, that my cousin, Rochelle, enjoyed as well.  I had a veggie burger, a huge serving of my mom’s Asian-style coleslaw, fruit salad, some sauteed onions, and a breadstick.  I actually had my plate full.  Definitely not something I was expecting to be able to do as a vegan at a non-vegan gathering.  🙂  It was a lovely time for all involved, and also gave Keenan a chance to meet some of my family members that I don’t see too often.

We went home and watched The Green Hornet, with Seth Rogan.  Definitely more our type of movie.  I’m pretty sure I’ve seen every (non-cartoon) movie that Seth Rogan is in.  And yes, I looked it up on IMDB to make sure. 😉 It was definitely comedy mixed with a superhero movie, and written by the same guys that did Superbad, so you know you’re gonna be laughing your booty off.

Today, Keenan is staying at home getting paid to pressure wash the parking lot at our apartment complex.  He definitely picked the right day to do it!  I am so jealous that he gets to hang out in the sunshine all day and make money off of it!

This morning, we ran around trying to get the pressure washing equipment from Keenan’s dad, and dropped Arlo off with his mom so she could puppy-sit for the afternoon.

While we were out I indulged in one of my very infrequent (formerly VERY frequent) loves, a sugar-free Red Bull.

I swear, with the small amount of caffeine that I typically consume, a Red Bull makes me feel like the Energizer bunny!  I definitely prefer the feeling that tea gives me, but I still enjoy energy drinks on occasion, despite the fact that I know how bad they are for me.

When we got back home, I didn’t have much of a chance to get a legit work dinner put together. I threw together a quick kale salad, but realized that there wasn’t much else in the house to pack.

I grabbed a Fuji apple on my way out the door to go to the ferry, but after finishing it, decided that I needed something a bit more substantial before work, so I stopped at Subway.

I figure I can eat half now, and half for my dinner at work.  $5 footlongs are awesome.  My standard Subway order is a footlong veggie delight on 9-grain wheat, with spinach, lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber, banana peppers, avocado, mustard, salt, oil and vinegar.  Fresh veggies, quick and easy.

Yummy!  Being too busy to cook never tasted so good!

What’s your favorite quick and easy healthy food option?

Now, get off your computer, quit reading blogs, and get out and enjoy that sunshine!!! 🙂

❤ Lindsay

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Smoothie Alternative

Happy Thursday!

It’s another lovely, sunny, but cold day up here!

But, horror of all horrors, we were completely out of smoothie ingredients this morning!  How can I live??? The smoothie from yesterday was pretty much undrinkable.  The bf and I confessed to each other that neither of us were actually able to finish our smoothies yesterday, and dumped them out about halfway.  Just too thick (pulpy??) , and not enough flavor to go along with the orange and mango.

Since I wasn’t able to make myself a smoothie at home, I decided to do the next best thing and grab some of the good ol’ Starbucks.  It’s easy enough, since there are three directly in my path between my apartment and work. (One at our ferry terminal, one on my walk up to the bus, and one inside the hospital.)

I went with my usual grande soy chai, and decided to try the Naked Green Machine smoothie.

I’ve tried the Odwalla Superfood before, but this one is new to me.

Pretty good line-up if you ask me.  The only thing I could ask for would be the enzymes that were pasteurized out of it.  Enzymes are one of the best parts about eating raw foods; the enzymes from the food help the enzymes in your body break down the food, so that your body doesn’t have to work as hard.  Kinda cool, huh?  However, these enzymes are destroyed once they have been heated about 115 degrees.

This stuff tastes pretty darn delicious though.  Plus, the combo of algae provides 50% of your vitamin B12 per bottle!

Last night after work, the bf was sweet enough to take the ferry over to Seattle and meet me!  He even brought Arlo!  We all walked around downtown for a while, then headed back to the ferry.  Usually on nights, like last night, that I get off at 9pm, I have to sit around for almost an hour and a half in the ferry terminal by myself, so I was quite grateful for the excellent company. 🙂

We also bother decided to get one of my favorite decently healthy vegan fast food options.

Subway!

Since they added avocado to their options, I am obsessed.  Such an easy on-the-go vegan meal.  I get these way too often.  Again, the locations are so convenient for me, as well.

What are your favorite on-the-go vegan foods?

❤ Lindsay

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