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I cooked meat for the first time in 5 years yesterday.
I even made it Facebook official.
Things are getting craaazy over here.
When I became a vegetarian 5 years ago I developed this total disgust for all things “meat”. I didn’t like the look of it, the smell of it and the thought of cooking it made me want to throw up in my mouth. I wouldn’t even read blogs that weren’t vegetarian/vegan. Funny how things change.
When Andrew and I moved in together I wouldn’t let him cook meat in our house (psycho much?). I really couldn’t just get the thought of those poor animals out of my head and I was in a way hoping that he would “see it my way” and quit eating meat, too.
Fast forward 5 years and Andrew still eats meat. So does everyone in my family actually. And I’m okay with that. I’m absolutely not going to start eating it again and maybe cooking with it isn’t so bad. Of course we buy all our meat from Pine View Farms where the animals are ethically raised, fed vegetarian diets and not pumped full of hormones. Andrew still eats a lot of meatless meals which makes me very happy but he also gets his barbecued burgers, too. Compromise <3
Soooo what did I make??
Well one of his favorite meals are those prepackaged chicken cordon bleus…
and when I saw Janetha’s chicken cordon bleu casserole I knew it would be a hit!
I substituted the thyme with fresh oregano because Andrew is not a thyme fan and left out the ham for the same reason (picky picky). We can’t get Laughing Cow swiss in Saskatoon yet so I just used regular. Oh, and I halved the recipe, too.
I actually liked the smell of the sauce so much while it was cooking that I decided to make some for myself. I poured it over cauliflower and broccoli, topped it with swiss cheese and spelt bread crumbs and baked them both for 30 minutes @ 350F.
I ate half of this with barbecued asparagus and a pasta salad.
Swiss cheese has totally moved up to be one of my favorite cheeses. Goat cheddar will always be my #1 but swiss is a close second
The pasta salad was just made with a sauce of greek yogurt, honey dijon mustard, fresh dill + parsley, 1/2 lemon and a splash of pickle juice.
Andrew and I just got back from taking Beasley for a roller blade and I can barely keep my eyes open!
I’m off to bed so I can get up bright and early and go to woooork for the long weekend! Jealous?? Ha ha
Favorite cheese? (Vegans-fave vegan cheese or substitute) I loove goat cheese + swiss, obvs. Nutritional yeast ranks pretty high too though.
Food you could eat unlimited amounts of? Besides nut butters and kale, I can’t control myself around pasta salad. Homemade with lots of pickles please.
I know I don’t usually post when I’m working because me + 12 hours of work = no time for anything but sleeeeeeeep but I got off a little early today so I found some time to join Jen’s What I Ate Wednesday party!!
1 egg + 2 whites scramble with mushrooms, tomatoes, spinach, laughing cow and ketchup, 1/2 english muffin with goat butter and 1/2 an orange.
So I stand alone with my orange peels, hey? Your loss!!
1/4 cup shot of aloe vera juice + spoonful of Essential Women Swirl
work snack of cherry tomatoes and 2 Ryvita crackers with hummus
kale salad, pasta salad, oriental salad, ambrosia salad, deviled egg, chocolate dipped strawbs, watermelon, pineapple
We had a salad + fruit day at work so you can multiply this plate by about 3
handful of pecans, cashews and raisins.
Pecans are my absolute favorite nut. Bold statement but very true.
Supper!! Salmon, yams and brusseys.
I baked the yam in the microwave first, sliced it, threw it in some tinfoil with chives, goat butter, salt + pepper and barbecued. Topped with bruschetta goat cheese.
Brussells were tossed in coconut oil with many shakes of Bragg Sprinkle and barbecued.
The salmon was just barbecued plain! I smothered it in honey mustard though of course.
vanilla greek yogurt with a crumbled oatmeal raisin cookie
That’s it lovelies! Beeeeeeed is calling my name! I just took Beas out for his last hoorah of the night and saw this beauty.
favorite nut? pecans for me!
favorite cookie? anything with oatmeal please!
Hope you all had a relaxing weekend. I worked a night shift and did some shopping. Just a regular weekend
We finally bought a dining room table! Only 3-4 more weeks of eating at the breakfast bar/floor.
We also got some new artwork.
Yeah yeah! The house is fiiinally coming together! I’m suuper sorry I haven’t given you guys a tour yet. We are still trying to get shaat together with the basement so we can rent it out. Obviously, we’re movin’ like molasses.
I had an orthodontist appointment this morning bright and early and I’m possibly only wearing my Invisalign braces for 6 more weeks! It’s almost been 4 looong years and I can’t wait! I’m not counting on it because I’ve been down this road twice before but maaaybe this time will be different! Damn snaggle tooth.
After my appointment I took Beasley for a walk down by the river. The water is SO HIGH. Half the province is flooded again this year and they have been evacuating tons of houses. Lame weather.
He is such a bossy walker
Brunch was a shiny plate of awesome.
Protein egg puff with sun sparkly maple syrup and white chocolate wonderful pb.
Maple and peanut butter go soo well together dontcha think?
Food for Life gluten free multi seed english muffin with a laughing cow and strawbs jam.
Confession time. I eat orange peels. All the time. And love them. Anyone else??
Have I told ya about my new bowl crush?
Meet The Loomm meal bowl.
I loooove them. I use it for the egg puff and I don’t burn my hands! It goes in the oven, the microwave and the freezer. Bomb.
Speaking of crushes, I totally have one on this girl.
White girl rap repressssssent.
I slaved away over a hot stove tonight to make supper for Andrew and me.
Leftovaaaaaaaaahs!! I’m such a good date
Steamed kale with vinegar, Truroots bean trio and red cabbage cooked in a mixture of water, pasta sauce, curry powder and onion powder and a fried egg on top. Who likes runny eggs??? I suuuuure do.
Udi’s whole grain bagel with bruschetta goat cheese
Yeah babes so that’s about sums up my day. I’ve been crushing this chocolate bar and watching Vegas Vacation [faaaaave <3] but I think it’s time for bed! I had a loong nap today so hopefully I can get some sleep cuz I have a miiiillion things to do tomorrow.
Oh and I have been trying to update/clean my google reader so I can be a better blog friend. If you haven’t noticed, organization isn’t one of my strong suits
Have a great sleep!
Big hugs <33
egg yolks: runny or cooked??
orange peels: PLEASE tell me I’m not alone.
crushes: spill yo guts.
Soo ten days without a post hey? I’ve had the WORST writer’s block lately. I start to blog but end up just staring at the blank screen for an hour. I love blogging but sometimes find it sooo hard to write what I’m thinking. Lots of times it feels like my posts don’t even sound like me. Do you know what I mean?
Anyway, we had such an awesome time in Calgary. Even though we were there for less than 24 hrs I spent way to much money at Crate & Barrel, found a dresser that wouldn’t fit in my car at Ikea, ate a lot of great food and spent some quality time with this guy.
We went back to Gratitude but I forgot to take a pic of my meal. I did remember to take another pic of the bathroom though.
And had Spoonme for dessert:
I got vanilla bean but the gummy worm was the best part. By faaaaaar.
We were going to go to The Coup for supper but I had read a lot of reviews saying that there can be a long wait on Saturday night and after a looong day of shopping I was staarving and didn’t want to risk it so we went to Cafe Koi instead. Baller idea.
I had the Koi Garden Salad with five spiced tofu sticks. Delicious.
Before we left they city we stopped at Planet Organic and loaded up on veggies and peanut butter puffins We also picked up salads for the 6 hour drive home, which I crushed in like 2 seconds. Best salad ever. Lucky for you I have the recipe!
Hail to the Kale Salad
slightly adapted from this recipe
- 1 large bunch dinosaur kale (curly kale works but isn’t half as good)
- 3 cups of broccoli/carrot slaw
- 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
- 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
- 1/4 cup oil (I used safflower but I’m sure any kind of light oil would work)
- 1/6 cup Braggs Liquid Aminos (soy sauce or tamari would be fine)
- 2 1/2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 1 tbsp dried oregano
Finely chop kale and mix well with broccoli slaw and seeds in a large bowl. Whisk together the remaining ingredients in a small bowl and pour over kale mixture. Massage dressing into the kale with your (clean) hands and chill for 2 hours before serving.
I’ve literally made this salad like 5 times since we’ve been home. I’ve eaten it almost everyday for the last 10 days. Seriously, if this is the only recipe you try from my blog I’ll die a happy girl. Andrew has been eating this every day, too. LEFTOVERS people. And he doesn’t ever touch leftovers.
That night I paired it with grilled tofu and grilled corn on the cob which was covered in goat butter.
I‘ve also had it with grilled salmon, veggies and rosemary bread with laughing cow and sundried tomatoes. And the same placemat and glass of water.
- 2 cups cooked wheatberries (I cheated and bought frozen)
- 3 radishes, diced
- 1/2 orange pepper, diced
- 1/2 yellow pepper, diced
- 6 cherry tomatoes, quartered
- 3 tbsp grated goat cheddar
- 1/2 lemon, juiced
- lots of fresh dill
- black pepper to taste
Mix everything together in a bowl. Donezo.
We also got our garden planted. Well half of it anyways. My mom showed up on Saturday with a new planter full of KALE!! Yes she is a total enabler. But only the best kind
Red curly kale (I think) and chives.
Peppers! Two red and two green.
The one on the end is a jalapeno pepper plant called Hot Stuff.
Julius red and yellow tomatoes.
It is officially past my bedtime. Yes it’s 9:30pm, the sun is still out and the birds are chirping but ya just gotta be responsible some times, mmmmkay?
<3 Nighty night,
Are you a fan of kale? Please say yes.
Favorite ice cream/froyo/yog topping? Gummy worms apparently do it for me
Hi! Happy Friday! And happy June too
Now that it’s spring/summer Andrew and I have been going to the Farmers Market every weekend, and sometimes on Wednesdays, too.
organic free range eggs, tomatoes, baby tomatoes, red, yellow and orange peppers, asparagus and dinosaur kale
Those baby tomatoes taste just like candy!!
I love going to the market and checking out all the little stalls. Saskatoon even has raw food now! I’ve tried the raw cheesecake, pizza and rice veggie rolls. No pics but they were all really good!
This morning’s omelette was made completely (minus the mushrooms) out of farmer’s market/my garden veggies.
I also tried a new drink. Drinkme.
This one was kale and orange juice green³ and it was delicious!
ingredients: organic orange juice, organic kale.
It’s been raining on and off all day so I’m been doing lots of cleaning/organizing and baking.
I made a batch of sour cream and onion kale chips
I made another batch of peanut butter nanaimo bars to be shipped off and also tried making a lemon tahini sauce, which I had with supper.
Lemon Tahini Sauce
based on this recipe
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- 1/4 cup sunflower oil
- 1 tbsp nutritional yeast
- 2 tbsp tahini
- 1 tsp tamari
- 1 garlic clove
- pinch of cayenne
- salt and pepper
I also had a bowl of
Now I am just munching on this Skinny Cow Caramel Truffle Bar and watching Dateline with Andrew
We are going to Calgary tomorrow morning for a “strictly business” shopping trip (aka ONLY shopping for house stuff). We reaally can’t afford to go clothes shopping right now but we’ll see what happens ;)
We will definitely be going here again!
Hope you all have an amazing weekend!
Do you have a farmer’s market near you? What veggie/fruit do you look forward to buying? I definitely look forward to the kale and those baby tomatoes! I swear I could eat hundreds lol.