Total VegFace

11Jun09

Hello gorgeous people! As I sit down to type a post, I always think about my day as a whole, hoping it helps me come up with a title. I could easily label everyday as follows: Marvelous Monday, Terrific Tuesday, Wonderful Wednesday… but that’s vanilla and would get old right quick. But lame titles aside, I think I ate completely (and deliciously) vegan today. This is not hard. This is how I’d love to eat, every single day.

I woke up to my alarm at 5:45 a.m., dressed, pottied and headed out for a run. I know, I know! I don’t have the right shoes yet, but I just needed to get out there! Little did I know it was raining. It was an odd, sexy, misty rain. Well, it may have been sexy had I not been wearing a gigantic Ohio sweatshirt with day’s old mascara residue smearing my face. And maybe if there was a muscular stud jogging as well. Not so. Just friendly senior citizens.

It was invogorating, really. After 4.2 miles, I stretched, showered, robed and immediately made a fast breakfast:

Signature mix: High fiber O's, half naner, unsweetened shredded coconut, pumpkin pie spice, almond milk, almond butter

Signature mix: High fiber O's, half naner, unsweetened shredded coconut, pumpkin pie spice, almond milk, almond butter

The running definitely revs up my metabolism. My body reacts so differently after runΒ intervals than it does elliptical intervals, as I was hungry–legitimate stomach growling hungry– a couple hours after breakfast, and pretty much all day. Luckily, I brought some snacks for the day:

Green snacks

Green snacks

I had half that bar at 10:30ish and let me tell you, I was shocked at how good it was. I don’t even know what all is in there, but it tasted very chocolate-covered-bing-cherry-ey. The stranger in Whole Foods who recommended this bar to me knew what he was talking about. I suppose that’s why he bought a whole box…

After writing and such, it was lunch time! So freaking amazing:

Tofu scramble with beans, salad, garlicky taters!

Tofu scramble with beans, salad, garlicky taters!

You know I love my sweet taters, but I really just love taters period. This includes the good ol’ white kind. I don’t understand why they get such a bad rap. I don’t curr if they’re starchy:

Garlic, potato deliciousness

Garlic, potato deliciousness

I’m not so sure my gastrointestinal track loved the tofu and bean combo, though. Actually, I know it didn’t love it. SBD status, furreal.

From 2p.m. to 6p.m. is now a blur of fact-checking, label-examining and writing. I had my apple at 4ish, and I was simply ravenous by the time I left work. I came home and immediately tore into carrots and mushrooms with TJ’s Tomato Basil (or Basil and Tomato?) Hummus dip. Mmmm. No picture, I’m sorry.

The roomie and I went on a walk and adventure that led us to Walgreens, a produce shop and an Asian supermarket. The last stop led me to greatness…

We came home and I fixed a usual SnackFace green monster:

Big ol' salad and a Masala burger

Big ol' salad and a Masala burger

Gosh, I wish those Masala burgers had protein in them because they really are delicious. I just don’t see the nutritional value in it. Oh, did I just say people shouldn’t bash white potatoes above? Do I eat non-superfood snack foods all the time? Whatever, my “burgers” need to have protein in them.

I had really wanted a pita, but I went to take out my just-purchased TJ’s pitas, and every single one of them had mold on it! WHAT! I guess those must go in the fridge the next time I buy them. I almost wanted to cry because it was $3ish down the drain. Big bummer. I moved on.

While I ate the salad and burger, I had something I’ve been dying to try baking in the oven. It wasn’t long before it was ready:

Kabocha with almond butter!

Kabocha with almond butter!

Greatness! Kabocha, to me, is a combination of pumpkin, sweet potato and butternut squash. DOES IT GET ANY BETTER? Only if you add almond butter, but it doesn’t need a damn thing. I really just cut it into odd quarters and baked it at 450*F until it was soft when stabbed with a knife. Not only was it incredibly, wildly fluffy, sweet and divine, but it was also affordable. My kabocha was only $1.16! I had two pieces of what is pictured, and then experienced a brilliantly happy Buddha belly. Just the fullness my body’s been wanting allll day. And then I had a few bites of a Sticky Fingers brownie…because I wanted it. Changing into elastic-waisted jammies now.

Next week I officially have to cook. But here’s the fun twist. We’re making brunch dishes out of Isa Chandra Moskowitz’s latest book, Vegan Brunch! This is fun, but I have no practice with this cookbook, obviously. I chose two dishes, one that should be easy and one that should be a tad more challenging. I also take forever to slice and dice, so we’ll see how that goes. Next week, though, next week.

Well pudding pops, I’m going to get cozy and read blogs and go to sleep early so I can get up early again! Woohoo! I actually love this schedule. For now.

Ciao for now,

Kailey

QUESTION: Have you bought the July+August issue of VegNews yet? Kidding! Kinda. What is your all-time favorite cookbook and why?
I’m going to go with Veganomicon because it’s the first cookbook I really, really wanted, it’s vegan and everything I’ve made from it has been delicious. I’d also say I’ve had some bangin’ things out of Food & Wine magazine, although that’s not a cookbook.

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29 Responses to “Total VegFace”

  1. 1 Lyss

    Gosh, I’m SO jealous of you KaileyBaileyBoBailey. You are living a foodie’s dream!!!! AND UM, BUSINESS CARDS?! WHAAAAAAAAA? JealFace right here.

    Where can I buy this magazine? I looked for it at the news stand this morning but to no avail! Hope you have the Tastiest Thursday imagineable! Can’t wait to see what you cook next week!

    Ps. LOVE the term “pottied”. Stealing it.

    XXX

  2. 2 The Novice Berker

    Awww, sorry about the pitas. I’ve learned to keep all of my breads in the fridge, no matter what. 😦 But if you’d like, you can take your pitas back to TJ’s to get a refund. Their refund policy is pretty darn liberal, so you might be able to get your money back (or get a replacement) even if you already threw away the bag of pitas (which I’m sure you did, because why would you keep moldy pitas right? haha).

  3. 3 Sarah

    Freakin’ weird. I had kabocha, tofu scramble and a big ol’ salad today too. Wowsa!

    I didn’t buy those masala patties for that very reason. Would it kill ’em to throw some estrogen infused soy in there for a sistah?

  4. 4 rediscoveringlauren

    love the big salad, always a good way to go! and lunch looks amazing as always…i love taters…i dont know why they get such a bad rep…i blame the atkins diet!
    next week sounds like itll be a fun week in work indeedys πŸ™‚
    have a nice night girlie
    xxxx

  5. 5 Tina

    I hear you on the shoe-biz. My shoes are SO worn out and I really need to get a new pair. They’ve been with me for almost two years (which might not sound like a lot since I think you said you’ve had yours for three, or was it four years?) but they’ve been with me around the world – to the US and back at least twice and to Prague too plus I’ve just used them so much that they’re really worn down and I can feel that they’re not doing my legs, back, feet or body any good! I’ve had it on my “to do”-list for a looong time to go and get new shoes but just like you I’m finding it challenging to actually DO IT. As much as I love new shoes and exciting and fun as a fresh pair of running shoes are I just hate having to spend so much money on them. I get mine at the Adidas Concept store and the ones I got there two years ago have held up so wonderfully and treated my feet and I so well!

    My favorite cookbook is probably Vegan Cupcakes Take Over The World! I’m a sweet-tooth kind of girl and that’s the cookbook I’ve probably used the most out of my constantly growing collection. I have V’con too and a bunch of others but I’m sad to say I have yet to even use them, eehh… I’m so bad at actually using my cookbooks. I stock up on them and want them aaallll but then I never get around to using them. You said you’ve used V’Con quite a bit, what recipes have you tried? Which one is your favorite? And which recipe do you suggest I give a go?

    (Gosh, why are my comments always SO long?)

    • 6 snackface

      Tina- Hey! I actually asked my boss yesterday about people who want to work for VegNews, and you definitely need to check out our website! So anyway, V’Con…I’ve tried the black bean burgers, chickpea cutlets, chili-lime cornmeal encrusted tofu, a corn casserole thing that was crazy good, uhhh, OH! My favorite was a pumpkin coffee cake with pecan crumble topping. It is out of this world. I think I ate 3/4 of it all by myself! Mmm! Make that one, especially for the sweet tooth!

  6. I tried that Green bar yesterday too and it was suprisingly delish! As far as cook books go, I like the Whole Foods cookbook but also like Bon Appetit recipes as well.

  7. 8 Brooke

    I am writing this off of my iPhone because I am sitting in my room like a loner waiting until the last second to grab breakfast because everyones parents are here and I need a) cynth or b) momma Kailey! Shoooooot!

    There are shitloads of hippies and I need reassurance on my life decisions aka: going to college

    But!! I wanna try a kombucha!!! Can we make and eat a meal this weekend? Before we begin the official messup of your perfect schedule? Aka: Saturday night and aka: Irish night at giants game? Woooooo I think so!

    And I need to get my TJ face on soon and grab
    Me some tomato basil hummus and Frenchtoast stick burgers..I need to try even though lack of protein.

    K well I am off to wander awkwardly by myself in hopes of a friend! Ooooh yes.!!! Cynthia got me on a flight tom night so I don’t have to stay by myself! Yaaaayyyy! Good nights sleep for a good night out!

    I love and miss you and Brittany too.

  8. Boooo, I hate when bread gets moldy, i put mine in the freezer now- I can’t take the pressure of eating 3 pita’s a day!

  9. I love the Enchanted Broccoli Forest–can’t beat delicious recipes and hand-drawn pictures. : )

  10. Running always makes me SO hungry too!!

    And I hear almond butter is also good on sweet potatoes, definitely something worth trying apparently πŸ˜‰

    I’ve seen lots of good recipes from that cookbook, even though I’m not vegan or veg I’d love to try it out!

  11. I need to try nut butter on squash, that looks so dreamy!! Honestly, the best recipes I’ve ever made came from Men’s/Women’s Health. They’re all really simple, nutritious and I’ve yet to make one that came out crappy.

  12. I should be getting my VegNews in the mail soon =)

    I can’t wait to see what you make from Vegan Brunch. I need that cookbook!

  13. Glad you’re not a potato racist! I’m an equal opportunity potato eater as well πŸ™‚ HAH – SBD!

    Glad you like the masala burgs! They may not be very nutritious but they are darn tasty. DAMN TJs and it’s mold!

    I like websites like myrecipes and allrecipes. I have cookbooks but they just sit on my shelf gathering dust (because holmes doesn’t cook that much). I have to say – I miss you not being in my timezone!! Hope you’re LOVING San Fran (sounds like it πŸ™‚ )!

  14. 15 april

    I need to find that squash! Kailey! If you turn vegan what are you going to do about your yogurt porn???

  15. I can’t wait to try those Amazing Grass bars out! Sounds yummy! πŸ˜€

    I’ve been seeing Kabocha’s pop up all over the world of food blogs, but haven’t seen them in the supermarket yet. I’m dying to try those out! πŸ˜€

  16. I’m a tater hound too, of all of the tater sorts. Potatoes just rule!

    I love apples but seriously, worst snack ever when eaten alone. They ALWAYS make me hungrier than I was before I ate them. Um hello apples, smarten up!

    HECK YEAH for KABOCHA! Seriously, best food of life. I’m a little jealous of the price you pay though, mine always seem to cost upwards of $4! Then again, maybe they’re a lot bigger? Or maybe I need to try buying them at an asian market instead of the grocery store. Oh and amazingly enough I have NOT yet tried them with nut butter. WHAT? Ridiculous. I need to do that with the next one fo sho!

    I don’t use cookbooks enough! Dangit. I’m too simple with my eats, I need to start being all kitchen savvy and making schmancy cookbook-inspired dishes more often.

  17. 18 avalpone

    I love those Amazing Grass Chocolate Bars…Amazing Grass sent me a wonderful package last month and I absolutely loved those bars….Great post.

    Have a good day.

    Best,

    Amie
    The Healthy Apple
    http://www.thehealthyapple.wordpress.com

  18. yay for TJ tomato basil hummus!!!!! im so glad u got some, that schizz is my dream! it’s pretty good on just about everything πŸ™‚

  19. Oh wow, all that vegan goodness looks amazing!

  20. I don’t really have a favorite cook book, but I do like Rachel Ray’s stuff! She’s so witty! Bummer about the pitas…I get so upset when it comes to money wasted on food!! SO glad you’re enjoying your internship; you’re very lucky you got one that you adore!! πŸ™‚

  21. 22 Emily (Healthy Fit Mama)

    That bar sounds really yummy! I’ll have to pick some up.

    I’m a big fan of Cooking Light. I credit that magazine with getting me started on my healthy eating habits!

  22. Kailey! That kabocha squash is looking ahhhh-mazing. I’m officially on the lookout and will be slathering it in almond butta immediately!! But is it like a sweet p? Could I eat the whole thing as a side to a meal?!?!

    I’m so glad you had ANOTHER amazing day at vegnews!! That lunch may be my possible favorite! I just love, love, loveee tofu (of course), and anything garlic-y (not good for the breath though) ! So everything about that meal sounds great!

    And ohh, I know! Those dang marsala burgers have like 2, 3 grams of protein!? What da?! SInce you’re vegan now and all….find those amy’s california bugers (i THINK their vegan), or the boca vegan ones! All the others one are usually made with egg whitesss!

    Hope you’re having another great day! xo

  23. oh how I wish I could get up at that hour and run like you!! It would be such a great start to the day! I guess I should be happy I go later in the day!

    Your meals look so good! Too bad that combo didn’t sit in the tum!

    I can’t choose just one cookbook! It’s too hard! Actually, last night when a couple was looking at my condo to rent the lady commented that I must “love to cook” based on all of my cookbooks! haha

  24. yeahhh I LOOOVE Asian super markets!!! I get tonnes of stuff there..like Kabocha! My favorite way to eat it is steamed for SURE. Nothing on top, just like that. HOWEVER, your almond butter with kabocha sounds like a fantastic idea…gosh…i gotta try it next. πŸ™‚

    Sorry to hear bout your TJ’s pita. The same thing happened to my Rudi’s bakery burger buns. DAMN i was so sad….those things are freakin’ expensive and i hadn’t had ONE yet!! 😦

    Errr my all time favorite cook book has gotta be one of my Asian recipe books that teaches you how to make gourmet dishes in the microwave. hahahahah πŸ˜€ yay Asian people!

  25. 26 toliveortodiet33

    I think I need to pick up some of this hummus, YUM

  26. 27 broccolihut

    Eat, Drink, & Be Vegan by Dreena Burton. Try the Cashew Ginger Tofu and you’ll know why.

  27. you always have the best meals at your office! too bad i dont work there. ive never had kabocha but i see it all the freak over the place. it must be the jam! and what else i have seen a shiii load of is that green superfood business. my to-buy list is getting longer and longer.

    im a day late and a dollar short so i am going to go read your other new post now. mmmmk!

  28. 29 Anna

    V-con is the SHIZ! Seriously, everything I’ve made out of that Bible of a cookbook has been to. die. for.


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