I think it goes without saying, these past few weeks have been a little difficult. Honestly, I thought I had at least double to triple this amount of meals to show. I mean, I obviously ate… everyday… three square meals (sometimes two, but that was mostly over this past weekend). I had lists of meals in my head that I didn’t photograph, I can only think of one right now. Often times my breakfast would be a bowl (or three) of cereal or a toasted bagel with (vegan) cream cheese, sliced cucumber, tomato, and green onion. My lunch would often times just be leftovers from the previous nights dinner. Or at least one item from the previous meal with something added to it. I’m not scared of leftovers— being that I am the only one in my home with a 7 month old baby 98% of the time, I often depend on them. There are days where if I hadn’t prepared a large enough meal to re-heat later, I wont get a chance to eat lunch at all. Anyway here are some photos of some of the prepared meals from my shopping trip two weeks ago.
chick pea patty
on a bun topped with tzatziki, tomato, and onion. strawberry spinach salad with a balsamic reduction. baked sweet potato.
Tzatziki: grate, press, or finely dice two cloves of garlic. grate, or finely dice peeled and seeded cucumber. chop fresh herbs– usually dill, I used cilantro. Mix with plain yogurt (I used soy yogurt). Cover and let sit for at least an hour refrigerated.
black bean burger (made by michelle). Similiar to the the chickpea patty, but everything is finely processed/diced together with no pre-cooking. Topped with salsa and guacamole. (this was a snack, not dinner)
Garlic mashed potatoes. Agave roasted carrots. Marinated baked tofu.
Mashed potatoes: Boil potatoes with 3 cloves or peeled garlic until soft, drain, mash with milk (almond milk) and butter (earth balance). Salt and pepper to taste. I add nutritional yeast too.
Carrots: slice, coat in one one to two tablespoons agave and one table spoon olive oil. salt and pepper. Roast at 425 for about 40 minutes. Tossing every 20 minutes or so.
Tofu: Marinaded similar to this fried tofu recipe
, but with agave and balsamic and tomato paste added, more fresh herbs, less garlic. Baked for 30 minutes in over at 425. Remove. Lightly pan fry in leftover juices.
Indian dinner. potato, red lentil, pea, over basmati rice.
Chop one onion. Lots of garlic. Cube potatoes saute all in generous amount of oil. Add spices— a lot of them (chili, cumin, coriander, garam masala, cayenne— whatever you’ve got). Add fresh grated ginger. Add 1/3 cup red lentils. Add water to cover ingredients. Let simmer until lentils are cooked, potato is soft. Turn off heat. Add in spinach, cilantro, frozen peas, and cover to steam. Serve over rice.
rice and beans. served with guacamole.
Chop 3/4 onion. 1/2 pepper. Lots of garlic. Saute in generous amounts of oil. Add 1 cup rice. Add salt, pepper, spices (chili, paprika, cumin). Add a can of drained and rinsed black beans. Add 2 cups water and cook rice as directed.
pasta with red sauce with veggies. steamed artichoke with lemon garlic butter dipping sauce.
Sauce: Chop veggies, saute in olive oil. Add canned tomatoes and fresh herbs. Reduce down.
Artichoke: Prepare artichoke, add to pot with lemon juice and about one to two inches of water. Bring to boil and let steam until leaves pull off easily (about 45-50 minutes).
Butter sauce: mash garlic (about one clove), basil, oregano, salt, pepper, fold in butter (earth balance). add in lemon juice and blend. dip artichoke in and enjoy.
Other than the meals shown I made: mac and cheese
….. and… well, I have no idea. All mental lists of food have gone out the window. This past weekend Alex made pasta and rice and beans (cause that seems to be the only two meals we eat together, other than pizza). The sunday before was Easter so meals were out at family homes. Other than that… in the past two week I only ate once at Pizzeria for Fabian’s goodbye.
Again, forgive me for this lacking food post. I plan to do this again in the future: shopping lists of food and all meals prepared. I hope to be much more focused with actually taking photos and making lists… next time next time next time.
But until then… here are some pictures of food: HERE.
In regards to my last two posts…
1. Mediation: Thank you so much for all your comments and emails. I’m doing better, not great, but better. Sometimes I’m sad, today I am angry, but like everything else, things will get better. If I haven’t yet responded to your email, I will. I plan to get back to each and every one of them very soon– they seriously meant so much to me. Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts and experiences with me.
2. The Open Letter: Wow. Thank you. Honestly, I didn’t expect quite a response— or any response. I didn’t know what to expect… I didn’t know if people would be angry or if I would just hear crickets. I always have my comments moderated, I’ve never needed to not allow a comment (well… once, otherwise it’s only been because of spam)… I should knock on wood… I’ve been quite lucky, but seriously, wow, thank you. I’ve known I’m doing everything I possibly can to be the best person I can be, and more importantly, the best mother I can be… I am secure in my actions and I’ve been content in knowing that I haven’t needed extra reassurance, but to not expect it, and to find so much of it, has been really and truly amazing. Thank you.
I’l be around, just taking a little time to myself ( and Marlowe) <3 thanks for all the happy thoughts.