Sunday, June 3, 2018

Stuff I Ate

Here's a fun round-up of some meals I've been eating since Engine 2 has been over. I'm really trying to continue eating very healthily at home, but I'm definitely allowing some treats — especially when they're free (more on that in a few) or when I'm eating out. It's all about balance!

Of course, holidays are all about indulgence though. And on Memorial Day, my friends Pam, Megan, and Susan came over for a girls' night grill-out/full moon session. We made the new Beyond Meat Sausages (OMG SO GOOD), Grilled Corn on the Cob, and Tater Tots (prepared in the air fryer!). Plus, we also had plenty of chips and dip and beer. This was my second day off Engine 2, so I went all out.

I've been doing a ton of breakfast bowls lately. My current fave is Savory Spinach Oats with Tofu Egg. I add baby spinach, other veggies (this one has summer squash) nooch, sriracha, and turmeric to oats while they cook, and I pan-fry (no oil) slabs of tofu rubbed with Vegg egg yolk. So good!

Here's another Tofu Egg Breakfast Bowl with tofu eggs (prepared the same way), brown rice, kale, and tahini sauce.

On Friday, I made Cherry Oats with chopped, fresh cherries and Wild Friends Sugar Cookie Peanut Butter. Mmmmmmm.

When I'm sad, I like to eat. Okay, okay, I like to eat all the time — no matter what emotions I'm feeling. But when I'm sad, I feel like food fixes things, at least temporarily. On Tuesday, when we said goodbye to Akasha, I stayed home from work and cried all day. And I ate whatever sounded the most comforting. Lunch was a Black Bean & Quinoa Burger (made by my friend Kelvin — he made a bunch and brought me some!) with Daiya, Kraut, & Dijon on Sprouted Grain, plus Air-Fried Potatoes with Korean BBQ Sauce.

Dinner that night was super comforting — Amy's No Chicken Noodle Soup (from a can) and a Vegan Grilled Cheese (with both mozzarella and cheddar Daiya). It doesn't get much better than that when you're sad.

Remember those free treats? Yea! We had our monthly staff meeting at work on Friday. We always use these meetings to celebrate birthdays and cover any new news. Plus, there is always free lunch! This time, we had Impossible Burgers (!!!!) from Farm Burger. I didn't get a good pic of mine because I only used one half of a bun, and it looked weird with the lettuce top bun. Ha! But I did get pics of the vegan desserts we had. They brought in Vegan Cupcakes from Muddy's Bake Shop. I had the Chocolate Prozac cake.

And Maria, who works in Crosstown Arts' soon-to-open plant-based cafe, also baked some Vegan Double Chocolate Chip Cookies. These were still warm out of the oven! SO GOOD! Here's a shot of what was left after we all decimated them. :-) Yay for free vegan dessert at work!


Unknown said...

Using the Vegg egg on your tofu is totally GENIUS! I’ve never been into egg substitutes to have just like scrambled or whatever but this sounds like such a great solve!
I’m glad you took the day off of work to take care of yourself, and such a great friend to bring you a burger. There’s absolutely something restorative about soup and grilled cheese.
Free delicious vegan treats at work are like the best workplace benefit maybe ever! And even more awesome that your work is helping support the local businesses.
Do the omnis in your office also eat the vegan lunch? Or they order from somewhere else..?

Bianca said...

Hey Ttrockwood! They usually order lunches with vegan options and meat options, but many omnis opt for the vegan thing. This past time, we had Impossible burgers for the vegans and vegetarian quinoa burger sliders for everyone else (all the meat eaters ate vegetarian that day!).

Hillary said...

I hope you're hanging in there. Sometimes food really is that warm comfort when nothing else helps. Thinking of you all.
Also, how awesome that your whole office ate vegetarian that day!!!

Unknown said...

That’s great the omnis are open to eating the veg*n options :)) and i have a hard time imagining any of them would say no to one of those cupcakes....!
Ttrockwood said...

I love using The Vegg on tofu like that! I usually have it on toast or English muffins or on top of bowls, it's the best!