Sunday, November 06, 2011
Yesterdayís bowl was yummy!
Fresh spinach thinly sliced, really more like shredded.
All sautťed with liquid garlic (it comes is a spray bottle and its awesome good)
10 grain pilaf (Kashi 7 Grain Pilaf plus hull-less barley, Forbidden rice & Quinoa)
And I made enough to have a bowl of leftovers today. Actually thinking of having it for breakfast.
Saturday, October 15, 2011
Friday nightís bowl was a bit different, but also mostly the same!
Red and green peppers (fresh from the farmerís market and I was eating them raw as I was cutting them up, YUM)
Simply Organic All-Purpose Seasoning
I steam / sautťed the veggies until almost done then added the garbanzo beans, the quinoa and enough water to cook the quinoa. Turned it down, put the lid on and let it cook about 12 minutes to cook the quinoa. It was perfect.
Someone asked about the size bowl I use, hereís a link to my Buddha Bowl that I use most of the time.
Its 18 ounces, which is a good sized serving, especially for food that is so filling. I rarely go back for seconds and if Iím also having a big salad I sometimes donít finish it, or Iím totally stuffed if I do. Sometimes my leftover bowls are considerably smaller and just part of my meal. Or the leftovers sometimes get put back in the pan and more veggies, beans or grains added to them creating yet a different bowl. Iíve gotten better at cooking just enough for a bowl and not having any leftovers unless Iím purposely cooking for a couple days.
This weekend Iíll cook another big batch of my 10 Grain Pilaf and that will last most of the week. Kashi 7 Grain Pilaf to which I add hull-less barley, forbidden rice and quinoa. I cook it in some veggie broth with onions and garlic so it has a good flavor if I choose to eat it plain.
Iíve heard from some others that are creating, or going to create bowls. We could have a big bowl recipe exchange going here !!
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Thought I would share the one I made today. I use to be big on making large batches of things to eat all week, but with bowls I can eat something new everyday and it's almost as easy as leftovers.
Red, yellow and green peppers
Peas ( instead of beans )
Fire Roasted diced tomatoes
10 grain pilaf ( as described in earlier blog )
Cooked very much the same as the last one I posted.
I should mention a seasoning that I use A LOT! I use it on veggies, grains, in my bowls. Itís just good on anything. My non-vegan friends use it on scrambled eggs and all kinds of things. Itís made by Simply Organic, I buy it at Whole Foods Market, but I know you can get it other places. Itís Simply Organic all-purpose seasoning. It is really one of those seasoning that you can use on anything. It has onion powder, black pepper, garlic, parsley, celery seed, tomato powder, basil, thyme, oregano, sage, coriander. Iím not as diligent watching my salt as some people, but you donít need much salt, if any, when you use plenty of this. I am never without it on my spice rack and there are lots of spices I could get rid of now that I have found this one!
Anybody else been building bowls?
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Ever since reading the cookbook ďAppetite for ReductionĒ by Isa Chandra Moskowitz I have been making what she calls ďThe Bowl.Ē Itís any combination of grains, beans, greens, veggies, sauce, all vegan that you can put together in a bowl and eat. They are easy to build, no recipe really needed, which works great for me since I basically use recipes for ideas, rarely follow them to the letter. They are easy to carry with you, good at room temperature if thereís no microwave available and thereís just no downside. They are whatever you want them to be. You can make a lot and have leftovers or make just enough for what you want right now.
Iíve had a request from Team Members on the Eat To Live team to post a photo of one and whatís in it. This is what I used. I didnít measure anything, sorry rarely ever do. It was enough to make a good sized bowl, it was my whole lunch, I was full but not stuffed.
~~Mushrooms, fresh portabellas cut in quarters
~~Onions, sliced pretty thin
~~Garlic, usually I use fresh, today was the jarred, minced I buy in the produce section.
~~Fire Roasted diced tomatoes
~~10 grain pilaf (Kashi 7 Grain Pilaf + hull-less barley, forbidden rice & quinoa) I typically cook a big pot of the pilaf on the weekend to use as needed through the week.
~~Ground flax seeds
I sautťed the broccoli, mushrooms, garlic and onions with some veggie broth (no oil). When the veggies were just about done I added the tomatoes, garbanzo beans and pilaf and let everything get heated through. Once I got it all in the bowl I sprinkled the ground flax seeds over the top. Sometimes I also sprinkle with nutritional yeast for a cheesy kind of flavor.
They taste better than they look!! The great thing about them is that they are never the same, they are whatever you want them to be, they're portable, they're filled with superfoods and they're good for you!
You can use the list above and substitute kale or brussel sprouts or any green veggie you like for the brocolli. Mushrooms, garlic and onions are almost always in my bowl. You can use any kind of beans or tofu. For the pilaf you can use any grain, brown rice, quinoa or in my case, I have a fondness for pasta, so whole wheat elbow mac sometimes finds it's way into my bowl. Tomatoes can be replaced with any kind of sauce you want to use, or left out if you like.
Hope that helps some of you who have been curious about my bowls!
Sunday, April 24, 2011
I havenít been posting, but Iíve been sticking to the plan. Low Fat Healthy Vegan.
Not that I havenít had ANY deviations. I did go back to Orlando for another Vegan Reuben. Vegan but definitely NOT low fat. Thankfully I typically only go to Orlando once every 3 or 4 weeks. I am down 1 more pound, I could join the slowest loser club!
I have been better about my exercise. Spark Guy posted about the Spark Streak he was starting, 1000 days of 10 minutes a day. Well I decided to go for a streak of 1000 days of 20 minutes a day. So far, so good. In fact most days Iíve had 30+ and a couple days of 60+. Once I get started I really get going. Itís just getting off that couch!! Iíve been so busy lately that sitting at the computer is the main part of my day.
Daily Spark had a blog a while back about a GymBoss, so I checked it out and bought one. Iíve been reading about how bad it is to sit for long periods of time, which I absolutely do. I have it set to vibrate in 28 and 12 minute intervals. Every 28 minutes I get up for 12 minutes. Some of those twelve minutes are on the trampoline, some are walking around the block, it may be the time I unload the dishwasher or clean up the kitchen Ė whatever, just so Iím off my butt for 12 minutes. On the days Iím not working from home I just get up, go walking in the building, down the street, whatever. I rarely go to the office anymore, but I do have days where there are functions that this plan doesnít work, but for the biggest part of the day, most days, the longest I am on my butt is 28 minutes.
Iím really not that unhappy with my slow rate of loss. Iím down to the last 10-15 pounds to get rid of. Iím good in my clothes, I feel pretty good. Still have more belly than I would like, but the rest of me is looking ok. If I could get rid of 10 pounds Iíd be pretty content hanging out there for awhile, and then decide where I want to go from there.
Happy Sparking everybody !!
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