Saturday, October 14, 2006

Taking a break..

Hi everyone, sorry I haven't posted in forever..

I am taking a break from blogging. I had been spending entirely too much time at the computer and it is not healthy for me. I need to use that time to exercise!

My main focus right now is on losing weight and exercising... my food is very plain.. but good. I'm trying to use food for fuel more than food for comfort. I WILL be back when I have found a better balance.


Thursday, October 05, 2006

Been a while

Sorry I've been MIA... I was really sick last week.. and my mom was here from California to see my niecee..

I still haven't seen her though... as I mentioned, I was sick last week, then, over the weekend, she stopped breathing and ended up in the hospital. Fortunately, she is back home.. and doing well. They never found out why she was having breathing trouble. Right now, I'm waiting for my brother and SIL to decompress and invite me down to see her. I'm going nuts! I want to hold her so much.

I've been cooking a lot, but have only taken pics of 1 meal.. I'm not sure why... I think I've been just to distracted due to worrying about my niece.

This was brunch, freshly ground wheat, made into pancakes, apples and maple syrup, pina colada smoothies and a mexican tofu scramble. All vegan. I love that everyone enjoyed the food and didn't miss the dairy.

I made an quick dinner the other night that turned out to be one of the favorite dinners ever.. according to my kids..
Mashed Yukon Golds with Frozen Spinach
Punk Rock Chickpea Gravy from VwaV
"Fried" Tofu (in the cast iron with cooking spray and soy sauce)

My kids LOVED it, even my youngest who has always hated chickpeas. I was amazed that he liked it.

Last night, I made Seitan and Mushroom Stroganoff and Peas over Ziti and served it with steamed green beans and cauliflower tossed with vegan "honey" mustard. Again, my family loved it. I am very surprised that they love most of the vegan food I make.
Both of my kids have asked me to use more tofu in their dinners.. they say they miss tofu and please, let them eat a pound each for dinner.. oy.. that is mighty expensive, as tofu is around 2.49 per 15oz in my neck of the woods.. but how can I say no, when they want tofu sandwiches for lunch?

Speaking of expensive... I am trying again to get my food budget down. My goal this month is $500. I have been spending between 800-1000 per month lately. So far, this week, I've spent $100 and still have enough staples so I don't have to shop until Tuesday.. I pack my kids lunches... so I need bottled water and individual sized chips for that. I have tons of staples.. so, basically it is lunch stuff and produce that I need to buy....oh, and tofu.. lots and lots of tofu. I haven't made my own yet.. maybe one day... and I still need to master Tempeh. So far, all of my batches have failed. I need to create a decent incubator for it... and I'm sure it will work well.