Wednesday, December 31, 2008
The recipe is originally as follows:
1 lb. asparagus
2 t olive oil
1/4 t salt
1/4 t pepper
1/4 c Parmesan cheese
Preheat oven to 425. Place asparagus on a nonstick baking sheet. Drizzle with oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Toss to coat. Bake ten minutes, then toss again. Sprinkle with cheese and bake about five minutes longer.
Soooo..here's what I did instead, which was awfully easy and yummy.
1 can of asparagus
1 T vegan butter
1 T lemon juice
1 T nutritional yeast
8-9 black olives, sliced
salt & pepper
In a small pan, heat the butter, lemon juice, nooch, s & p. Whisk or stir together till smooth. Add the asparagus and olives. Heat till nice and warm. Eat. Be happy!
P.S. You could be all fancy and use real asparagus and some version of these ingredients in the oven like the real recipe too :)
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
There was a little Merry-Go-Round-ing!
And even when the cupboard got a little bare from holiday chaos, we managed to have to super dooper Hello Kitty bread sammiches. Yay!!
Monday, December 29, 2008
A while back, the Cake Maker To The Stars and I shared a delicious salad at Slim Goodies Diner. Check out the menu. We ate this magical salad of spinach, walnuts, strawberries, purple onions, and fairy dust I think! It was so delicious! I tried to throw together a moderate recreation at home the other day. It was yum! I added a side of vegan broccoli slaw I had whipped up too. It was a very happy lunch!
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Nine days into my decision to experiment with cutting consumption...and I feel a little silly! Turns out I was really good at going about consumption in alternative way already! I avoid the mall and shopping places like the plague. I check the Goodwill or Ebay for stuff I need, and I either make or buy local/handmade gifts for special occasions. I recycle and reuse as much as possible. I feel pretty good about my habits, and so far not buying stuff has truly been a non-issue. The wild and crazy purchases a little over a week into the experiment have consisted of some Dr. Bronners, groceries, and a few clearance shirts to be socked away for next winter, paid for with a Christmas gift card. I also stocked up on my pets' flea stuffs, which was certainly a different type pf transaction than the rest lately. $212!!! This was for three pets for six months, so not too bad. It reminded me that there are some costs that I will continue to incur, because I choose to do so. It's ok with me though, because my pets are happy and healthy. It's all about learning a balance I think.
Friday, December 26, 2008
Black Eyed Pea Salsa:
Spinach Dip (made with Tofutti sour cream):
Betty's Salsa (a Sarah Kramer recipe):
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
Antioxidants are plentiful in plant foods, particularly those that have bright colours. As of May, 2005, the most comprehensive study of the antioxidant content of common foods that I know of was published in the June 2004 edition of the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.
The highest ranked foods in four major categories are as follows:
Fruits: blueberries, cranberries, and blackberries.
Vegetables: beans, artichoke hearts, and surprisingly, russet potatoes.
Nuts: pecans, walnuts, and hazelnuts.
Spices: cinnamon, oregano, and ground cloves.
Here are a few points to keep in mind when choosing antioxidant-rich foods:
Because there are many different types of antioxidants that can protect your tissues from different types of damage, it is best to eat a wide range of antioxidant-rich foods. How much you benefit from the antioxidants found in the foods you eat depends on how well you breakdown and absorb these foods. One of the best ways of making sure that you are getting plenty of antioxidants in your diet is to strive to eat lots of fresh vegetables. If you just don't have the time to eat a large green salad every day, consider buying a good juicer and drinking a fresh vegetable juice on a daily basis. Another more convenient option is to use a high quality super green food product. When washing and preparing vegetables and fruits, be sure to wash non-organic varieties with extra care to help remove pesticide residues. This is especially important for vegetables and fruits that are known to be heavily contaminated with pesticides. Raw chocolate and goji berries are two foods that are extremely rich in antioxidants but were not evaluated for the study cited above."
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
I have been reading up on blogs like The Compact and Non-Consumer Girl. You may have noticed from my previous posts on holiday nuttiness and Buy Nothing Day, I am kinda jonesing to try something new, consumption speaking.
With all the big changes in my world these days, I'm not ready to commit to a year of The Compact, but I do want to try a month, much like people do when giving vegetarianism or veganism a shot. Here is my paraphrased version of the the guidelines of the compact, from the SF Compact website.
1) to go beyond recycling in trying to counteract the negative global environmental and socioeconomic impacts of U.S. consumer culture, to resist global corporatism, and to support local businesses, farms, etc.
2) to reduce clutter and waste in our homes
3) to simplify our lives
First principle - don't buy new products of any kind (from stores, web sites, etc.)
Second principle - borrow or buy used
A few exceptions - using the "fair and reasonable person" standard -- i.e., you'll know in your heart when you're rationalizing a violation:
food, drink, and necessary medicine
necessary cleaning products
socks and underwear
Utilitarian services (plumbers, electricians, auto mechanics, veterinarians, dog/house-sitters, fire/paramedics, dry cleaners, house cleaners, etc.) -- Support local and encourage used parts (rebuilt transmission, salvaged headlight unit, etc.)
Recreational services (massage, etc.) & local artisanal items - Good sources for gifts, but should not be over-indulged
Charitable contributions (Seva, Heifer, and the like) - an even better source for gifts
Plants and cut flowers - Whenever possible, cultivate from free cuttings or seeds. Ok in extreme moderation.
Art supplies - First line of attack: SCRAP. When absolutely necessary (for the professionals and talented amateurs in the group), from local businesses
Magazines, newspapers, Netflix - renewals only, no new subscriptions. Even better to consume online
Video rentals and downloadable music files (non-material) -- freely shared and legal, please
So here we go...these are a few of the pitfalls I see myself dealing with:
*my Etsy addiction
*feeling the need to buy shiny new things for gifts (although I usually wish I had taken the time to make something instead)
*stuff for the kidlets
*serious troublesome one here (teehee!) : zines and papery treats (i.e. Sarah Kramer's new calender, everything in the Microcosm catalog)
And here are a few holiday loopholes: (I guess I will use these as needed, but probably save them for a rainy day)
*just received a shopping mall gift card good for 1 year
*just received a gift certificate to a local bakery/juice bar
And just for giggles, go check out this link. It's a really neat holiday giveaway full of awesome gadgets for home, kids, etc. Have fun!
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Thanks again, Damaris, for the giveaway!
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
On Sunday, I made postcards to send to all the family and close friends sharing the big news. If you are family or a close friend, check the mailbox! Here's what they look like, except way pinker!! (this is a picture snapped of it on my desk) :
P.S. The lady who made the ring is super nice and has been wonderful working with Brad on the whole thing! Email or comment if you want more info on her work.
Friday, December 12, 2008
These are the nice people who share the peanut butter with me.
This kind is my favorite so far. I'm draining it dry!! I even chew it up with my little vampire teeth on some delicious Ezekiel bread. Ah ha ha ha!!
In other prickly, red news...here is the Christmas cactus cuddling up with the African violets, busily working on blooming for December 25th!
Thursday, December 11, 2008
My goal list (yay for resolutions early and often!) includes:
I got the following recipe from Naturemoms.com.
- Wash and condition your hair.
- Comb out all the tangles. Your hair should be wet.
- Bend over and comb all of your hair into a ponytail in front of your head, not the top.
- Put a ponytail holder in it.
- Twist your ponytail to the right and cut off the length you want.
- Let hair go and brush the ponytail.
- Pull up and twist to the left.
- Cut off the same length.
- Undo the ponytail. The hair falls in graduated layers from the top to the bottom.
- You now have perfect layers. You hair is still long, but you have layers!
-Cut your hair a little at a time - inch by inch until you create desired layers and length.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
I got this color, called Paint Me Stunning, cuz I have a date this weekend.*** So while I was frolicking with snacks and cosmetics, the owner of Fiesta, Angie, surprised me with a new Fiesta t-shirt. They are black with green writing and really cool. I love the back. it says "Healthy?"
The front is a cute logo. I'll be sporting this one often, as I am big on buying local and this store makes my cooking and lifestyle way more fun.
Monday, December 8, 2008
2 cups cashew pieces
1 tablespoon salt
1 cup nutritional yeast flakes
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon dill weed
1/2 cup pimentos
7 cups water
8 cups chopped broccoli
In a blender, add the first seven ingredients (cashew pieces through pimentos) and half of the water. Blend on high until creamy, 2 to 3 minutes. Pour the mixture into a saucepan and add the rest of water and the chopped broccoli. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring constantly until slightly thickened and broccoli is tender.