Happy Monday! I hope you had a great weekend. I was off work Friday, so I made the best of my 3 day weekend. I did have full intentions of blogging over the weekend, but that didn't happen. Here's a few good things that I had over the weekend. Thursday night we had baked ziti. I had planned on making Sarah's Baked Ziti, but I didn't want to pull the tofu thing on Tony yet. I ended up leaving out the tofu ricotta and broccoli...this time. :o) Her recipe can be found here. We love pasta, so I knew this would go over well, and it did. I can only imagine how good it would be with the tofu ricotta. Sorry for the dark picture....not too sure why it turned out so dark.
Saturday night we had leftover baked ziti and some fried green tomatoes. Yum..yum..yum! I picked some green tomatoes up at the farmers market, since we don't have any in our garden. I was hoping for a large crop of green Romas like we had last year, but no such luck this time. Maybe next year!
Saturday afternoon I made some juice with my juicer, which I hardly ever use. I'm really trying to change that. Here's what's in it - 2 carrots, 1 apple, 1 pear, 1 kale leaf, 1 tbs lemon juice or 1/2 peeled lemon. This was sooo good!
Sunday morning I had a Peanut Butter Chocolate Coffee smoothie for breakfast. This tasted so much like a milk shake that I almost felt bad about drinking it for breakfast. If I had a blender at work, I'd be having one of these every afternoon. Here's the recipe:
1/2 cup cold brewed coffee
1/2 cup soy milk
1 heaping tbs peanut butter
1 tbs maple syrup
1 scoop Chocolate Amazing Grass
1 to 2 frozen bananas (I used about one and a half)
3 tbs hemp seeds
dash of cinnamon.
Blend all the ingredients in the blender until smooth and creamy. If you don't have any of the Chocolate Amazing Grass, you can always use cocoa in it's place.
This morning I made a similar smoothie, but left out the coffee and used a full cup of soy milk. I also threw in some frozen cherries....delish!
I had to be at work an hour early today, so I didn't have the chance to really fix anything for lunch. I grabbed this bowl of Annie Chun's Miso soup. This is actually the first Miso anything that I've ever had, and I totally loved it. I can't find Miso where I live, but you can bet that I'll be on the hunt for it at Whole Foods the next time I go.
Here's a quick update on Tony's progress at giving veganism a try. He went one full week as a vegan...YAY. We had a dinner at church last night, and he did have some chicken with his meal. I asked him what his take on the whole vegan thing was, and he said that he was sure that he would still eat meat to some extent, but he wasn't sure how often. For now I'll just keep cooking vegan meals for both of us until he tells me otherwise. And, as of Saturday he had lost 4 pounds. I am so proud of him for giving it a try. At least he is more open to trying new and healthier meals now.