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Vegan Caprese Salad

Good evening!  Hope you’re all doing well tonight!

I had a pretty lazy evening around the house.  I did come up with a pretty darn good recipe, though, if I do say so myself.  I picked up some basil and tomatoes at the grocery store today, so I decided to put them to good use and veganize a caprese salad.  A typical version of the salad would include fresh mozzarella cheese, but I decided to use baked tofu instead.

Vegan Caprese Salad

Ingredients

1 block extra firm tofu
1 tomato
15 basil leaves
1/4 cup olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced

Directions

1.  Preheat oven to 400F.  Combine olive oil and minced garlic in a small container.  Slice the tofu into approximately 1/4 inch slices, and coat each slice in the oil and garlic.

2.  Place each slice in the baking pan, and cover the tofu in the remaining garlic from the mixture.  Baking for 35 minutes or until golden brown.

3.  While tofu is baking, cut the tomato into 1/4 inch slices.

4.  Once the tofu is golden brown, remove it from the oven.  On a plate, place two of the tofu slices.  Top them with a tomato slice.  Place three basil leaves on top of the tomato, and top them with another tomato slice.  Garnish with a sprig of basil. 

I ate two of these, and plan on saving the rest for my snack at work tomorrow evening.  It was amazing though.  One of my favorite things about summer is fresh, in-season tomatoes and basil.  Absolutely idyllic.  I love this vegan update of a classic dish.

Once dinner was complete, I sat back to chill out, watch a chick flick, paint my toenails, and sip on some Yogi Detox tea.

The movie was When in Rome, with Kristen Bell and Josh Duhamel.


 The nail polish color of the evening was Mod-ern Girl by OPI.

The mid-movie snack was toast with vegan cream cheese.

And leftover berries from earlier.

The movie was meh, but the rest was good.  I now remember why I’m not a big fan of chick flicks.  They’re just too cheesy and ridiculous.  However, I’m about to completely contradict myself and go watch Emma in bed.  Old-school Gwyneth, and quite good.  Plus I re-read the book this past winter.  I can’t help myself.

Have a great night!

❤ Lindsay

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Sleeping In

Good evening!  I can’t believe how late it is already!  I slept in until 1pm again, so I guess 5:45 just feels early.  After doing the Shred plus four miles yesterday, I’m sure my body needed plenty of extra rest.

After waking up I quickly ate an organic plum from our CSA box, and Keenan and I took Arlo on a walk to the library to return some movies that we had borrowed.

When we arrived home, I popped the top on a Zevia ginger root beer, while Keenan made me a snack.

My snack ended up being two slices of toasted David’s Killer powerseed bread with sunflower seed butter.

I am seriously addicted to sunflower seed butter.  After I picked some up at Trader Joe’s last weekend I have been eating it on everything.  The other night I even had some tortillas rolled up with sunflower seed butter.  Yum!

Once Keenan left for work, I took off on a nice three mile run.

As sore as I was from my workout yesterday, I was feeling pretty sluggish out there.  Even when I would feel like I was running really hard, I would look down at my Garmin and realize that I wasn’t going all that fast at all, by my standards.

After completing my run, I walked home and made myself a green smoothie for recovery.

This ugly, but tasty treat included frozen strawberries, a banana, raspberries, coconut milk, vanilla Sun Warrior, chia seeds, and beet greens.  Spinach may be the most popular green smoothie green choice, but it’s certainly not the only choice.  Kale, chard, and collards can all be used, plus less common greens, like those from beets.  It doesn’t really affect the flavor, but it changes up the nutrient profile, plus keeps me from throwing away a major portion of the beets that I received in my CSA box.

I have a feeling that I am going to have an evening of cooking, vegging, and movie watching.  If you have any other suggestions of things for me to do while my boyfriend is at work, please leave a comment!

❤ Lindsay

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