Monday, August 30, 2010

Places to eat in Omaha

Today's smoothie

1 cup blueberries
1 cup organic spinach
2 Tbsp tahini (way too much, cut down to 1 Tbsp)
1 Tbsp peanut butter
1 organic mango, chopped
2 Tbsp chia
1/2 cup acai juice

My husband took me to this little falafel shop. I had the falafel sandwich with the curry fries.

One of the falafels fell on the floor before this picture so it looks like less than it is. It was pretty yummy but honestly, nothing out of this world.

Next day, my husband brought me here to Mcfosters Natural Kind Cafe. I LOOOOOOVE this place!

They have tons of choices of things that can be juiced. I got the 12 oz make your own juice. I chose apple, beet, and celery. So yummy! I forced my husband to drink half and he actually liked it!
I can't remember what this was called but it was basically a pastry puff stuffed with different greens like beet greens and collards. On top of it they put some tofu scramble and eggless hollandaise sauce with some hash browns on the side. I could not stop telling my husband how much I loved this!
This was some garbanzo bean burgers I made with some dill tahini sauce topped with spinach and cilantro on a tortilla.
A lovely cup of green tea kombucha before bed.

Also, I forgot when I was doing my Happy Award to nominate 10 people! I will try to nominate people that have not got the award yet, but as you know, I love you all :o)
-Spooky Vegan
-Jessica-Veggie Cokie
-Dianne-Singer Eats
-Mangocheeks-Allotment 2 Kitchen
-Tiffany- Bread without Butter
-Cassie- Vegan Fox
-Jessica @Lima's Vegan Kitchen
-Kimberly- Happy.Little.Vegan.
-Stacy- Shorty can Burn
-Theresa- The Tropical Vegan

Friday, August 27, 2010

Cooking & baking, Oh how I have missed you

I am finally back to cooking and baking! You have no idea how happy that makes me! I love being in the kitchen and experimenting with new things to see what works together. I would have to say the hardest part is finding something that all of us can eat. Currently, I am living with my husbands old friend from college along with my husband and brother. We all
have...special diets, I guess you could say. First off, I have a confession. If you guys want to scream at me, I understand. Since coming to Nebraska, I have eaten cheese twice. I know, I know...It's impossible here to go out to a restaurant and find anything vegan
. So, just to put that out there, I have eaten cheese twice. Though I still am cooking vegan for myself at home. I still have my daiya cheese in the fridge in case I get a craving. Also, I would like to say, and I have no idea if this was a coincidence or not, but after I ate cheese the second time I got sick. Who knows. So that being said, back to what I was saying. We all have special diets. I am a veg, my husband is diabetic, my brother is very picky, an
d chad cannot eat salt. So as you can see, I am working with quite the list.

This was my smoothie yesterday, and for some reason it tasted kind of like fruity pebbles.

Fruity Pebbles

1 cup blueberries
1 cup fresh organic spinach
1 organic mango, chopped
1 package chocolate Vega protein powder
1 tsp spirulina
2 Tbsp chia seeds
enough coconut milk to incorporate
tiny bit agave
I had to share this because I wanted to show Ali. You inspired me! The last few days in Hawaii I was eating collard wraps! This one had mock egg salad in it :)

For dinner I made some creamy lemon pasta. Below is what I used to make it.

Lemon Pasta
Organic white rotini pasta (cooked)
1 broccoli stock (chopped and cooked)

While that is cooking, start your sause in a separate pan. Saute together:
2 Tbsp organic olive oil
3 garlic cloves, chopped
Then add:
2 cups coconut milk (I used this, but you can use plain, unsweetened soy or hemp as well)
Two lemons (zest them and juice them)
Salt (I used a little but add to your liking)
1-2 tsp pepper

Bring this all to a boil and then let it simmer and thicken. If using coconu
t milk it does not thicken up a whole lot. Now mix together pasta, broccoli, and cream mixture. I also added:
8 baby sweet roma tomatoes, cut in half
1/2 cup spinach
1/2 cup parmesan cheese (or the vegan parm)
So yummy!

Now on to dessert! For dessert I made some upside-down plum cake.

Upside-Down Plum Cake

10 fresh date plums, cut in half and pitted

Spray the bottom of a pie dish and line your pan with these plums. Put the middle of the plum face down.

In a pan, bring to boil

1 cup sugar
1/3 cup water

Let this boil for a little bit. It will get bubbly after a while, and then soon turn a light shade of brown. Once it is brown, that is what you want. Pour this over your plums. It will harden into a candy like form very fast. In a separate bowl, cream together

3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup Earth Balance

2 egg replacers

Beat in:
1 tsp fresh lemon zest
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/3 cup Tofutti Sour Supreme (or plain soy yogurt unsweetened would work)
1 cup and 2 Tbsp flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt

Do not overbeat once the flour is added. Pour this mixture over your plums and put it in the oven at 350 for 30-40 minutes. Once it is out of the oven, do not flip it for at least 15 minutes. Once flipped, dust with a little powdered sugar and vala!

Have a great day!

Monday, August 23, 2010

I arrived in Omaha, Nebraska

Snakes!!! We cannot have them in Hawaii but I love them! I got to hold on at PetCo yesterday.

Looky looky what I found! I've never heard of it before, but I am in LOVE with this brand! It is totally vegan! Yay! The only thing that could make it better is if they were organic. Oh, and white chocolate wonderful is definitely SO wonderful!
This was my lunch of organic strawberries with some white chocolate peanut butter and a sandwich with a sprouted bagel, avocado, veganese, and nutritional yeast. Very yummy!
I found this too. They have every type of butter you could ever want in Nebraska.

Another short post but I wanted you to know I am alive. I will post more once I start cooking, then I can post some recipes. The sunset in Nebraska is a little different but still beautiful.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Happy Award

Thank you Rose & all others for nominting me for the Happy Award! How sweet of you all:)

Ten things that make me happy:

I had to be sure to do this award before I forgot. As you all know, I have been so in and out lately.

1) The ocean or beach. Everything about it. I love the beautiful blues and greens, the smell, the sound of waves crashing, the sand underneath my feet, the creatures that live inside the ocean and on the beach (especially turtles), how beautiful the sun looks setting over it, just everything!

2) All my furry babies. I could not imagine my life without them. They bring me more joy than I could ever wish for. I love my Sonic, Koko, Nano, P
anther, and Rahjah.

3) Anything organic. Just seeing the word "organic" on a product makes me happy.

4) Coffeeeeeeeeeee or Tea. I love both of them pretty equal so I am categorizing them as one:)

5) Coconuts. Coconut trees, milk, meat, oil, lotion, it doesn't really matter so long as it's coconut.

6) Spending quality time with my husband. That is pretty much essential to any relationship.

7) Listening to my music. It can be in the shower, while driving, or working out. It always makes me happy.

8) Having my own garden.

9) Nature. Sunsets, trees, birds, wildlife, yup I am a hippy.

10) Laughing. I love to laugh. I laugh all the time at everything. Luckily I live with my brother and husband who make me laugh daily.

Last days in Oahu

Shouldn't every post start off with a nice glass of beer? This is some Primo beer. It's pretty good, not bad.
My friend Stephanie with her baby Kalea-Reign at the beach today.
Not the most flattering of pictures but whatever!
Lunch today was from Paradise Cafe. Stephanie's good friend owns this cafe and the health food store that it sits in which is called Celestial Foods.
I love this quote! I wish the sign was for sale, I would have bought it!
I have a small obsession with mermaids and this was painted on the post right next to where I was sitting.

An awesome acai bowl from Paradise Found with papaya and granola to top it off.
Falafels with tahini sauce, so good! Steph ate the salad because I do not eat olives nor cheese.
Today was a beautiful day with my good friend and brother. I am trying to go to some of the places I really love before I have to go. More to come. I will be in Omaha in 6 days!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Empty House

Cherries for breakfast at 2.99 a lb.
Lunch at Down to Earth- hot food bar, agave mate, and papaya.
My little brother drinking a Naked smoothie.
Dinner from Down to Earth- a red pepper hummus wrap. Super yummy!
...and my Nano. Sorry that my posts have been so short everyone. I don't have internet and when I do it's only for a short time. Thanks for your patience guys!

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