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almond sauce stir fry

Hi!  I had the best dinner tonight!  I was actually going to talk about my green monster from this morning first, but I’m so happy about how dinner turned out that I just can’t wait.

After work today, I headed straight to the gym to do some lifting.  When I got back, I was already starving, but Jon had to head back to work for about 30 minutes for a meeting, and I wanted to wait on him to eat.  So, I threw a great combo of cucumber, carrot, apple and lemon into the juicer – it turned out pretty good.  I’ve only used my juicer a handful of times since I got it at Christmas (review to come!), and I still haven’t figured out my favorite combination yet.  Any fun suggestions?

Anyway, so I sipped on my juice and started chopping up some veggies while I waited.  I seriously was craving a huge plate of vegetables….but, I’ve been really focusing on getting more protein into each meal, so I decided to try something new by incorporating protein and healthy fat into my “sauce.”  I tossed cauliflower, carrots, asparagus, onions and mushrooms in my big skillet and began sautéing them in just a bit of EVOO.  Using Thai peanut sauce as my inspiration, I put in a tablespoon of almond butter and a splash of tamari and mixed and heated it through.  I did have to add just a touch more EVOO as well to eliminate dryness.  When it was all done, and hubby was home of course, I laid the vegetable mixture on a bed of quinoa (more protein!) and tadaa!  It was time to eat!

Let me tell you, this meal was so good.  It had a bit of an Asian flavor with just the right amount of AB and tamari…and a sprinkle of seeds of course!  I could seriously have this meal every night…but I won’t.  Gotta keep things interesting!

Before I go, let me tell you really quickly the best thing that happened this morning.  I’ve been drinking green monster, thanks to Angela, for about a year now.  My sweet hubby gets up to make it for me before I leave at 6am.  Ever since school started back up, there has just been something…off…about the texture.  I couldn’t figure it out.  I had switched from soy to almond milk in an effort to limit my soy consumption a bit, so I thought that may be the problem, but we switched back and saw no improvement!  So, I suggested that this morning he should try adding a little more milk and leaving out the flaxseed…and it worked!  You have no idea what a happy girl I am to have my beloved monster back to normal…it’s my livelihood at 6am!  Yea!!

That’s it for now.  I am so looking forward to the weekend already, and it’s only Tuesday!  Have a great night☺

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spaghetti squash

Hi all!  How’s your Monday night going?  Jon and I are feeling a little more tired than usual, probably just because it’s the first day of the week.  I did, however, muster up enough energy to try a new food out tonight – one that I’ve been wanting to try forever – spaghetti squash!

I stumbled upon Abby’s blog the other night, and took it as an opportunity to get some fun and fresh meal ideas for the week.  And that I did!  One meal she mentioned having was spaghetti squash.  That was all the motivation I needed to go track one down and give it a try.

I was initially a bit worried about the one hour cook time, but  I somehow managed to work it into my schedule so that it turned out perfect!  I had to stay late at school today, so the second I left I raced home, threw on some gym clothes, tossed the squash in the oven and headed to the gym.

About an hour later, I came home just in time to take it out…and it was perfectly cooked!  I let it cool per Abby’s recommendation, then sliced it in half, scooping out all the insides.  It seriously has to be one of the coolest foods I’ve ever seen!  The only problem I ran into was trying to get all the seeds out.  Any ideas? It seems like there has to be an easier way.

Anyway, I had Jon pick up some “veggie crumbles” at Walmart, and I had an organic marinara sauce waiting in the fridge.  I cooked the crumbles and added it all together, then sprinkled some cubes of avocado on top (gotta have that healthy fat!).

This meal was fantastic.  I will probably have it at least once a week.  Although, there is a downside.  Seeing as how I’m still new at this whole vegan thing, I never considered that there might be dairy products in the soy crumbles.  So, this meal was not as vegan as I thought it was going to be, and while I’ll finish off this batch of crumbles, I won’t buy them again.  Any ideas on how to add protein to this meal?

I’m off to make a new seating chart for my hoodlums, seeing as how I promised it to them a week ago.  Hope you all have a great start to the week!

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