QUEEN-EYDIE's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=QUEEN%2DEYDIE QUEEN-EYDIE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ I need a new project! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5927619 Today I've been thinking about how much I enjoyed my pizza project from a couple of years ago---that was when I created 54 original vegan pizzas in a year's time. That was so much fun! <BR> <BR> Now I'm "hungry" for a new creative cooking project like that. ["Hungry", see what I did there? heehee!] <BR> <BR> So I'm going to do it and here's my brilliant idea: SANDWICHES! What's more humble and friendly than a sandwich? Everybody loves them and there's so many possibilities. So that's the pl... Wed, 13 May 2015 16:53:57 EST Sunday's food blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5889439 Breakfast was veg-tofu scramble, baked sweet potato fries, and a 1/2 Tofurkey sausage, and one slice Ezekiel bread with avocado and hemp hearts. And coffee! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/0/l704082627.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Lunch was a big salad with lemon-tahini dressing and an Ezekiel wrap with barbecued jackfruit, and sweet potato fries. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1967164423.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 2 blood oranges for dessert <BR> <img src="http://p... Sun, 8 Mar 2015 20:02:50 EST Saturday's Food Photo Journal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5888889 It's been a long winter and I'm ready to shed my winter weight [just 4 pounds] and longing to eat lighter fare. What is about the cold months that has me eating heavier, saltier food, not to mention more of it. I sailed gracefully thru the holidays without gaining weight, but then January came and it was on! <BR> <BR> Here's what I ate today: <BR> <BR> Breakfast was a slice of dense German rye with avocado, tempeh bacon and a sprinkle of hemp seeds, some berries, and a blood orange. And c... Sat, 7 Mar 2015 20:27:29 EST Food photo blog for Saturday and Sunday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5845948 SATURDAY, January 3, 2015 <BR> <BR> Breakfast was an Ezekiel English muffin [these are delicious!] topped with tumeric-baked tofu [to sub for egg], a vegan sausage patty, and a slice of my homemade vegan pepper jack cheese. Garry and I were feeling nostalgic for an old-school breakfast sandwich! And we had coffee and an orange for dessert. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1657352086.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Lunch was a HUGE salad [we like volume!] of spring mix and spinach, o... Sun, 4 Jan 2015 19:24:06 EST January 1, 2015---food photo blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5845931 Started the new year with a breakfast of a sprouted wheat bagel with cashew cheese, avocado, onions. red peppers, carrots, purple cabbage, cucumber, and spring mix. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1156848814.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Lunch was my version of Hoppin' John with lots of vegetables over polenta with chopped avocado. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l208421850.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Dinner was a big dish of banana "ice cream" with spinach added and ... Sun, 4 Jan 2015 19:00:49 EST FOOD PHOTO BLOG FOR SATURDAY http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5813235 Breakfast was a serving of black bean pasta with vegetable-tofu scramble and 1/4 chopped Tofurkey sausage. And I had a 2 cups of coffee too! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/2/l522488395.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Lunch was a salad with balsamic vinegar and a bowl of Greek bean soup. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2064953219.jpg"> <BR> <BR> A bit later I had my first baked apple ever. I stuffed them with walnuts, dates, oats, goji berries, coconut, and dr... Sat, 8 Nov 2014 18:57:04 EST Time to make the donuts. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5800495 I found the idea for these online, created by some clever person, and a shower of blessings on their head, I say. <BR> <BR> The idea is to core an apple and to cut it into thick slices, so it looks like a donut, spread the slices with nut butter, and the fun part is adding the toppings. I used chopped dates, coconut, jam, walnuts, chocolate chips, dried cranberries and pistachios---so many choices. <BR> <BR> And so much better than some gross fried sugary dough ring---these were fun to ma... Sat, 18 Oct 2014 19:02:50 EST Food photo blog----Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5728554 Started the day with a little work in the garden and a kickboxing DVD. Here's today's harvest from the garden: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1331628581.jpg"> <BR> <BR> First meal of the day was a breakfast pizza; just toasted an Ezekiel tortilla and topped it with vegetable-tofu-chickpea scramble [heavy on the vegetables!], topped with even more broccoli, a little vegan cheese, and tomatoes. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/9/l892832314.jpg"> <... Sun, 29 Jun 2014 19:35:22 EST Food Photo Blog for June 15, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5718634 Breakfast was a vegan chickpea omelette stuffed with asparagus, onions, mushrooms, peppers, and homemade cashew chevre. Had some roasted potatoes on the side with ketchup, of course! And coffee. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1950360840.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Lunch was black bean/sweet potato burgers in big lettuce leaves with vegetables, cucumbers and sugar snap peas on the side. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1814885007.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Dessert ... Sun, 15 Jun 2014 19:24:24 EST Saturday's Food/Photo Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5697226 Today I woke up with great energy and HUNGRY! I wanted to try something new and I'd just recently bought a jar of walnut butter. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1438321184.jpg"> <BR> Really good stuff! <BR> Breakfast was 2 big romaine lettuce leaves, some walnut butter, a banana and berries. Sounds odd but it was delicious! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/8/l382873554.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Lunch was a big salad of spring mix, spinach, chopped onion, ... Sat, 17 May 2014 19:56:57 EST What I Ate Wednesday.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5684282 Breakfast was coffee with Silk creamer, a whole wheat wrap with veg/chickpea/tofu scramble, spinach and 1/2 a Tofurkey "sausage", and some strawberries. I've been buying a flat of strawberries every week for the last few weeks because they're so perfect this time of year! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/2/l326928981.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Lunch was 2 homemade black bean/sweet potato patties with salsa, soy sour cream, and avocado, over a thick bed of spinach. <BR> <img src="h... Wed, 30 Apr 2014 19:31:32 EST Sunday Food Journal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5676553 Breakfast was a chickpea flour omelette with broccoli, onions, tomato and a tbsp. of cashew cheese, with sweet potatoes and a lot of asparagus on the side. And coffee with Silk creamer. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/1/l713722434.jpg"> <BR> <BR> A couple of hours later I had 2 little clementines. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1020318516.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Lunch was a big salad of spring mix, broccoli sprouts, onion, red pepper, grated carrots, ... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 19:34:50 EST Breakfast All Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5665919 We planned for it, a day of 3 breakfasts. It was a beautiful thing... <BR> <BR> First breakfast was 2 big cups of coffee with soy creamer, 4 little sweet potato/oat pancakes with maple syrup, berries and kiwi, and some tempeh "bacon". <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1036805683.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Lunch [or second breakfast] was a vegan chickpea flour omelette with mushrooms, onions, peppers, tomatoes, spinach, avocado, and cashew cheese. And we had lots of roasted asparagus. ... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 19:23:40 EST Celebrating Milestones http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5638001 Garry's birthday was Friday and we feasted on, what else, pizza! I made 3 different pizzas, and I've learned that it's so worth it to drag out the baking stone and wooden peel to make a great homemade pizza. Here they are, the vegan beauties: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/0/l400976337.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/8/l886584506.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/6/l260322520.jpg"> <BR> <BR> and here's Garry's cake-... Sun, 2 Mar 2014 20:27:30 EST Saturday's Food Journal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5618901 2/8/14 <BR> <BR> EXERCISE: 40 min. Pilates <BR> <BR> Breakfast was a vegetable hash made with potatoes, broccoli, mushrooms, tomatoes, onions, peppers, and 1/2 a chopped Tofurkey "sausage". And of course coffee with soy creamer! And a clementine for dessert. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1864111500.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Lunch was a lovely homemade Thai tofu/bean patty on a bed of quinoa, broccoli and cauliflower and topped with sweet Thai chili sauce. And blueberries a... Sat, 8 Feb 2014 19:24:04 EST Making My Own Veggie Burgers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5618892 This is another entry where I try out recipes from my vast collection of cookbooks. Today I made 3 recipes from: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/3/l235906393.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The first one I made is called "Log Cabin Burgers", it was in the breakfast chapter, made with tempeh, flour, maple syrup, and seasonings. I made them smaller than the recipe reccommends sp they're more like sausage patties. They taste great-- a nice combination of sweet and savory. <BR> <img src=... Sat, 8 Feb 2014 19:11:50 EST APPLE NACHOS! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5606433 I ran across this idea online somewhere and all I want to know is where have I been, that i haven't tried this before? <BR> <BR> Super simple idea: Slice an apple thinly and then just load it up with whatever you have. The possibilitied are endless; jams, chopped dried fruit, nut butters, nuts and seeds, melted chocolate, chopped fresh fruit, etc. etc. <BR> <BR> My first attempt was beyond delicious! I heated some peanut butter for easy drizzling, melted some chocolate chips, crumbled up so... Sun, 26 Jan 2014 18:30:30 EST Tuesday, January 21, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5601588 Exercise: 75 squats <BR> 50 kettlebell throws <BR> 50 burpees <BR> 100 weighted crunches <BR> 45 min. Pilates <BR> <BR> Breakfast was polenta with added kale, and 1/2 cup of vegetable-tofu scramble with a little cashew cheese added, and my usual coffee. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2001675526.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Later I had 2 grapefruits: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/n... Tue, 21 Jan 2014 19:21:34 EST Food/Exercise photo journal [1/19/14] http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5601573 EXERCISE: 50 squats <BR> 30 min. Pilates <BR> <BR> Breakfast was 1 slice dense German rye with cashew 'cheese', avocado, tempeh 'bacon' and chopped apple, kiwi orange and dates. And coffee with Silk. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/4/l642626758.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Lunch was a toasted whole grain tortilla w/ humuus, some Daiya mozzarella, and herbed raw zucchini, tomatoes, red onion. Is it pizza, bruschetta, or an openfaced sandwich, maybe some sort of... Tue, 21 Jan 2014 19:00:17 EST Day of Salads http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5598361 This morning I had a salad for breakfast and it was great--very satisfying. It was leaf lettuce, a chopped apple, clementines, chopped dates and walnuts, grated carrots and a drizzle of blackberry balsamic vinegar. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/0/l806368446.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Lunch was a salad with lemon-basil vinaigrette, and a toasted black rice tortilla with humuus with chopped garlic-y. herb-y mix of raw zucchini, onions and tomatoes. YUM! <BR> <img src="http://phot... Sat, 18 Jan 2014 20:12:14 EST Slow Cooking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5583413 I bought myself a great new slow cooker; one big unit with 3 small vessels [1.5 quart] and each has it's own controls. Time to try out my new cookbook! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1158558894.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I filled one crock with ingredients for a marinara that I'll be able to use all week long, one with the ingredients for a chickpea-veg. stew, and one with grits. [Or polenta if you want to be fancy!] <BR> I set it all to cook all day while I was away at work a... Sun, 5 Jan 2014 19:33:12 EST And now let the feasting cease, PLEASE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5574958 This has been my most indulgent Chritmas in many years and now I'm so done with the feasting, and the biggest Christmas miracle of all is that I maintained my weight and kept up with my daily workouts. <BR> <BR> I made the mushroom-barley soup from the old Moosewood Cookbook. [I bought my first copy of this b <BR> ook when I was 16--I'm 50 now!] <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1466081567.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l203207898.jpg"> <BR> I... Sun, 29 Dec 2013 20:01:32 EST Christmas With A Dragon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5564452 I've always loved the dragon archetype--so protective and strong and definitely worth befriending, or else! Many's the time I've invoked dragon imagery during my weight loss journey. There's just something about this image that really tugs at my heart and inspires me to stay strong! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1426543393.jpg"> Sat, 14 Dec 2013 19:35:29 EST Cheese/Bacon Scones and they're vegan! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5549281 At my last job I used to cook and I loved to make all types of scones, sweet and savory. People are always impressed by them. Must be that teatime panache they have? I've seen recipes for vegan scones and have tried a few, but it's not one of those things I make very often. Hey, I'd just eat them, right? <BR> <BR> Then I saw this recipe for "Cheddar-Bacon" scones and the author was so seductive with her description that I had to try them, and oh, baby! <BR> Here's the book: <BR> <img src="h... Sun, 24 Nov 2013 18:29:54 EST I have this shameful cookbook collection.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5549270 Over the years I've accumulated soooo many cookbooks, I read them like novels, and I really do use them, but I'm a bit of a rebel and never ever follow the recipes to the letter. So as I've said, this is my newest food blogging project, sharing what I make and reccommending some fine cookbooks! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1006075573.jpg"> <BR> This is a good one. I love raw desserts and the unique thing about this book is it also tells you how to make the r... Sun, 24 Nov 2013 18:07:57 EST Rethinking how I work out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5537593 When I first started my weight loss journey many years ago, it didn't take long for me to fall in love with working out. For that first year, on most days I'd exercise 2-3 hours a day and I'm grateful that initial passion [or maybe it was an obsession?] and I learned all sorts of new things: yoga, bellydancing, Pilates, weights, step aerobics, kickboxing, walking, and I even ran for a while, and I finally developed some body confidence. <BR> I'd noticed for the last year or so that my pass... Sun, 10 Nov 2013 19:40:32 EST A New Food Project? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5527696 For a year ending last May I created a new vegan pizza every week and it was a lot of fun. I think I ended up making 54 original pizzas. I think that some people thought I ate nothing but pizza, but no, it's definitely a feast food, not an everyday food for me. <BR> <BR> I was thinking that my next project would be all about the foods I eat every day, and that I'd use my extensive cookbook collection. Honestly, I'd love to show people how easy this can be. Very rarely do I make anything rea... Wed, 30 Oct 2013 19:42:26 EST checking out the ladies... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5527525 Yes, it's true. I've been checking out women, older women in particular. No, I haven't "switched teams" (not that there's anything wrong with that), no, just feeling very hopeful and happy about being a woman of a certain age. I look around and see so many in their 60's, 70's, 80's, who are still hip, healthy and vibrant. Getting older doesn't look like it used to, like it used to look in those old classic movies, when a woman was a matronly dowager by the time she was 40----who needs that n... Wed, 30 Oct 2013 14:50:56 EST Pizza and a Salad [photo blog] http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5476024 I haven't done a pizza blog in a long time, having completed my mission of creating a new vegan pizza every week for a year. One of the pizza places that I visit occasionally offers a pear-gorgonzola pie, so I thought I'd use that basic idea, since I'd just made some tofu gorgonzola and it tastes just like I remember. <BR> <BR> I toasted a whole grain tortilla to use as the crust, spread some homemade vegan brie on it, a few strands of caramelized onion, pear slices, toasted walnuts, and cr... Wed, 4 Sep 2013 19:05:26 EST Sunday Food/Exercise Journal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5452087 Garry and I have been working out together first thing in the morning with a DVD for a while now. Right now we're still doing Jillian Michael's 30-Day Shred [level 3!]. <BR> <BR> Breakfast was a big breakfast burrito: a whole wheat wrap w/ veg-tofu scramble, Mexican-style soy crumbles and brown rice, topped with enchilada sauce, almond "cheese" sauce, and cashew "sour cream"----and as always coffee w/ Silk creamer. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1492268190.jpg"> <BR... Sun, 11 Aug 2013 20:19:59 EST Making Vegan Cheese at Home! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5444505 I have a new passion: making vegan cheese! There's a great book out titled "The Non-Dairy Formulary" and I've gotten all my recipes from it. Very clear instructions and all have been very successful. <BR> <BR> I started out making some soft cashew cheeses that were cultured with a probiotic liquid called rejuvelac--you have to make that first with sprouts. I made a cultured cream cheese and a cultured cheddar-style spread. The other two cheeses pictured were made with tofu: an incredible 'fe... Sun, 4 Aug 2013 20:39:39 EST My First Try at Grilling! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5436600 I'd been toying with the idea of buying a grill for a few years and finally took the plunge, and I'm glad I did. It's so much fun! <BR> <BR> Just getting started here: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1403860130.jpg"> <BR> It didn't take me long to learn that I can't use my fingers to rearrange things on the grill. Those things are beyond hot. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1795077264.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeopl... Sun, 28 Jul 2013 20:25:16 EST Pizza Madness! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5418255 Vegan Pizza Day [yes, that's really a thing] was June 29 and I intended to make just one simple pizza but we really got into it. I made spelt dough and broke out the pizza stone and peel and went old school with it! Garry and I had a really good time and we ate pizza for days... <BR> <BR> The first one was very simple---just a little sauce, Daiya mozzarella, fresh tomatoes, garlic and basil. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1837085838.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The second one w... Thu, 11 Jul 2013 21:12:54 EST My Little Vegetable Garden http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5387159 I'd posted a photo blog a month ago and I can't believe how it's grown in just 30 days time. I'm having so much fun with the garden this year. After almost a decade of not having a productive garden because of it's location [now we know!] and legions of mutant weeds, we're back to loving it again. We walk thru first thing in the morning and last thing at night, to water and pluck out the occasional weed. <BR> <BR> Here's the long view of it. It's in a long strip like this because we had ... Wed, 12 Jun 2013 16:39:38 EST Vegan Pizzas #52 and #53 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5386817 Well, I've done my year of pizzas. A new pizza every week for a year, but I'm not done yet. the ideas keep on coming, so there' s more to come! <BR> <BR> Last week I made 2 pizzas. This one is a 4-mushroom pizza. It's made with portobellas, those Asian mushrooms whose name Spark won't let me post, but it starts with 'sh", oyster mushrooms and white button mushroons. I sauteed them a little Earth Balance "butter" with some minced garlic, then piled it all on a whole wheat crust topped with D... Wed, 12 Jun 2013 10:37:06 EST Food/Exercise journal~~Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5371865 Today's exercise was an early morning walk up and down our long driveway a few times. Then a strength training marathon in the afternoon: 20 minutes abs, 40 minutes lower body, and 60 minutes upper body weights. <BR> <BR> Breakfast was nice and simple. I started out with this locally-made rye/sunflower bread. It's so dense you almost need a saw to cut it and it's crazy with sunflower seeds. Look how pretty it is. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/6/l369607763.jpg"> <BR> ... Wed, 29 May 2013 20:22:31 EST Pizza #51 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5371841 I know I haven't posted many pizza blogs lately--this one was from a couple of weeks ago and it was really one of those "clean out the fridge, gather up the fragments" kind of pies. <BR> <BR> This one was made with a whole wheat crust, tomato sauce, broccoli, onions, peppers, tomatoes, some giant limas. Daiya mozzarella and sunflower seeds----really good! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1086833713.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l... Wed, 29 May 2013 20:00:01 EST WEDNESDAY Food/Exercise photo blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5357792 I had the day off and stayed home. I love Wednesdays.... <BR> <BR> I had a huge breakfast: coffee w/ Silk, roasted sweet potato and a big whole grain wrap w/ veg-tofu scramble, 1/2 of a Tofurkey 'sausage', and avocado. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1213210923.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Then my daily green smoothie; today's was pineapple, mango, orange juice, dates and spinach. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1912718346.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Felt a little ... Wed, 15 May 2013 19:25:15 EST Our Little Garden http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5357451 We'd gotten so discouraged with gardening. We haven't had a productive garden in a few years--all that work with no payoff and all those weeds. For all my good intentions it was chaos and if I'm completely honest with myself, I admit I'm a lazy gardener. <BR> <BR> So we weren't going to have a garden at all this year, but everyone that lives in the country gardens, right? So we resolved to come up with something we could handle, something very low maintenance and with very few weeds! <BR> <... Wed, 15 May 2013 12:59:04 EST Healthy Dashboard Dining! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5353437 Whenever we go on holiday, the time that I always get into trouble is on the drive home. Maybe I think of it as a last hurrah before we get back to real life? Anyway, we walked for over two hours on the beach so definitely got in our exercise for the day. <BR> <BR> Breakfast was coffee w/ Silk, clementines, a hemp bagel w/ Tofutti cream cheese, avocado, Daiya "swiss", tempeh bacon and some blood orange juice. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1505498525.jpg"> <BR> T... Sat, 11 May 2013 21:03:32 EST Food/Exercise journal~~at the beach! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5353413 I was at the beach with Garry, but still stayed on track. Lots of long walks on the boardwalk and the beach, walked for well over 3 hours today! <BR> <BR> We had breakfast in our hotel, and we always stay at the same place--because it has a kitchen! <BR> Coffee w/ Silk, 1/2 hemp bagel w/ vegan provolone, avocado and cucumber, some blood orange juice, a bowl of strawberries and mango, and a small homemade cinnamon roll that I'd brought from home. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.... Sat, 11 May 2013 20:30:56 EST Nettles Pizza!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5344771 Here it is--pizza #50! I'm really proud of this one. I work at a health food store with a nice produce selection and a local person brought in fresh nettles to sell. I was thinking of making green smoothies [and still am!], and I was already thinking of making a green pizza, and believe me, nothing's greener than nettles! Honestly, eating nettles is like eating feral spinach; like feasting on some mystical superfood of nature spirits, I mean this stuff is RICH, folks! Did I mention that it... Fri, 3 May 2013 21:31:07 EST Food/Exercise photo blog~~FRIDAY http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5344741 I was awake at 4:30 this morning, with good energy, so got up and worked out for over an hour: 30 minutes of Wii YourShape and 40 minutes of upper body strength training. It felt great! And all before going to work. <BR> <BR> Breakfast was coffee w/ Silk creamer, 1/2 cup of veg-tofu scramble, homemade tempeh bacon, and a serving of tater tots. Yep, tots are vegan. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1005499573.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I made a green smoothie to take to work. ... Fri, 3 May 2013 20:55:39 EST Exercise/Food Photo Blog~~Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5342398 This morning I worked in my little vegetable garden for a while, and then came in and did 45 min. of Wii Your Shape. Great workout! <BR> <BR> Breakfast was coffee w/ Silk creamer and this fabulous wrap: a sprouted wheat wrap w/ veg-tofu scramble, 1/2 Tofurkey "sausage", 2 slices of tempeh bacon, avocado, kale, and a sprinkle of Daiya cheddar. This satiated me until 1:30! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/9/l899134650.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This murky potion doesn't look all tha... Wed, 1 May 2013 19:44:11 EST Sunday Food/Exercise Journal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5338616 EXERCISE: 35 min. lower body strength training <BR> 15 min. Pilates <BR> <BR> Breakfast was coffee w/ Silk, 2 clementines, and lentils and quinoa with vegetable-tofu scramble and a sprinkle of Daiya cheddar. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1853637645.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I'm loving my daily green smoothie. This one was made with almond milk, maca, dates, cocoa, peanut butter, and lots of romaine. A little fancier than my usual, but it's the weekend!... Sun, 28 Apr 2013 20:06:27 EST Vegan Pizza #49 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5338593 We were at a Middle Eastern bakery and picked up some fresh pitas and found a large oval focaccia that I knew would be perfect for pizza. I had some homemade tomato sauce and some lovely organic arugula, so the wheels started turning.... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1808675983.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1925727241.jpg"> <BR> This was a very bready, crusty pizza and I served it with some humuus. This one was really nice---t... Sun, 28 Apr 2013 19:46:46 EST Tuesday's Food/Exercise Journal w/ pics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5325643 Exercise today was an hour of working out with the Wii. I did 45 minutes of YourShape and 15 minutes of EA Personal Trainer. Love it! <BR> <BR> Breakfast was coffee and this great sandwich made with sprouted grain bread, tofu "egg", Tofutti cream cheese, tempeh 'bacon', and kale, grilled up on the panini press. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1718989971.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Made this green smoothie to take to work. A blend of mangoes, banana, orange juice and kale. Delic... Tue, 16 Apr 2013 20:35:15 EST Sunday Food/Exercise Journal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5325625 It was a beautiful day for a walk so we went on the on the the rail trails around here, the unfortunately named Dick and Willie Trail, to be exact. Beautiful walk and Spring was busting out all over. I wish I'd taken a picture of those violets and unidentified little yellow flowers growing together. Stunning. Well done, Nature!! <BR> <BR> Sunday was a feast day of sorts. I was bemoaning the sad fact that as a vegan, there's really no great place to go out for breakfast, and even if we find a... Tue, 16 Apr 2013 20:20:34 EST Pizzas #47 and #48 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5323135 I made 2 pizzas today, plenty for leftovers to take to work and possibly share--maybe! <BR> <BR> I started with these crusts--I love that they're organic. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l195249243.jpg"> <BR> <BR> One was a pizza primavera of sorts, made with tender spring vegetables: asparagus, onions, red peppers, crimini mushrooms, baby zucchini on top of Daiya mozzarella. Very simple, only seasoned with salt. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/... Sun, 14 Apr 2013 19:50:30 EST Food/Exercise Journal~~Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5323127 Today's exercise was 35 minutes of Pilates. <BR> <BR> Breakfast was one of those lovely hemp bagels from French Meadow with 1 tbsp. of Tofutti cream cheese, avocado and tempeh bacon. And coffee. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/5/l952612023.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I went to work mid-day and packed up my provisions for the rest of the day. I made a huge green smoothie to sip thru the day, a whole quart of it. It was made with coconut water, pineapple, clementines, banana, lots ... Sun, 14 Apr 2013 19:36:05 EST