What I Ate Wednesday #22

Breakfast: A gorgeously mauve smoothie of 1 frozen banana, 1 cup frozen cherries, 1 cup frozen shredded zucchini (stored from summer), 1 tsp lucuma, 1 tsp hemp seeds, 1 tbsp carob powder, a large handful of kale, and 1 cup almond kefir topped with 1 cup brown rice puffs and a couple chopped rings of dried pineapple, accompanied by two mini versions of the Coconut Lime Avocado Pies from Vegan Yack Attack.

Dried pineapple has fast become my new favorite dried fruit for its tendency to pleasently dissolve upon contact with the tongue and its tropical flavor. Yum!

As for the avocado pies, I followed the recipe almost exactly, only replacing the maple for date syrup and omitting the coconut oil. I also seem to have lost my regular-sized muffin tin, and ended up once again resorting to my favorite mini pan for elfish, though still absolutely delicious, versions of the pies. Who couldn’t love a dessert with kale in it?

Breakfast Checklist: Protein—almond kefir, pumpkin seeds in pies. Whole Grain—brown rice puffs. Fruit—banana, cherries, dried pineapple. Leafy Green—kale (in both the smoothie and the pies). “Super Food”—hemp seeds, lucuma, carob. Added Veggie Bonus!—zucchini.

Local Ingredients: Zucchini from my neighbor’s garden.

Morning Tea: Comforting Tea from Aveda. I feel like I’m being pampered in a spa every time I sip on it.

Lunch Box: Mixed greens, 1/2 cup black beans, and alfalfa sprouts topped with my take on the Red Cabbage Salad with Wakame, Marinated Mushrooms, and Sweet Miso Dressing from Sweet Potato Soul and two mashes: one of 1/2 cup black japonica rice and 3 tbsp Cannellini Bean Pesto from Oh She Glows; the other of 1/2 an avocado, 1/4 of a roasted sweet potato, and 1 tbsp dulse seaweed.

For the salad, I used 1/2 small head of red cabbage, two medium carrots, 1/2 head of fennel, and 2 stalks of celery. My marinade for the mushrooms consisted of 2 tbsp lime juice, 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar, and 2 tbsp coconut aminos. Finally, in the dressing, I omitted the mirin and soy sauce (since I already included a sodium-heavy condiment of coconut aminos in the mushroom marinade), substituted date paste for honey, and used 1 tbsp of tahini in place of the sesame oil.

As for thepesto, I followed the recipe exactly with lovely results! Fresh, summery basil tastes oh so wonderful as we enter springtime.

Meal Checklist: Protein—black beans, cannellini beans in pesto. Whole Grain—black japonica rice. Vegetables—alfalfa sprouts, basil, garlic, red cabbage, fennel, carrots, celery, mushrooms, ginger, sweet potato. Leafy Greens—mixed greens, dulse seaweed, wakame seaweed.

Local Ingredients: Alfalfa sprouts from Troy Gardens, carrots from Tipi Produce.

Afternoon Snack: A tall glass of NessAlla Kombucha in Peach Blush flavor.

Dinner: A big bowl of the Roasted Vegetable Chowder from Gluten-Free Goddess over 1/2 cup quinoa and a side of lightly steamed broccoli.

I would happily bathe in this chowder. Honestly, sprint to your kitchen immediately and start a pot of it. My veggie mix (the recipe is very flexible) consisted of 1/2 medium yellow onion, 5 large cloves of garlic, 1/2 a fennel bulb, 4 carrots, 4 parsnips, most of a small head of cauliflower, and 6 plum tomatoes (frozen and stored from the summer). I also omitted the wine, but the chowder ends up so deeply flavored anyway that I didn’t miss the extra taste layer at all.

Meal Checklist: Protein—chickpeas. Whole Grain—quinoa. Vegetables—onion, garlic, carrot, fennel, parsnips, cauliflower, tomatoes. Leafy Greens—broccoli.

Local Ingredients: Carrots from Tipi Produce, garlic from Brantmeier Family Farm, parsnips from Driftless Organics.

Comment Provoking Questions: What fruits and vegetables do you store in the freezer from the summer? What is your favorite type of dried fruit?

Happy WIAW!

Until next time, Ali.

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14 thoughts on “What I Ate Wednesday #22

  1. Looks like a delicious day! I always freeze bell peppers since they require no prep… and any assorted fresh herbs, as well. I love when I can pull out a container of pre-chopped bell pepper! :) Otherwise, leftovers usually get frozen.. it is fun to open up a container of roasted tomato soup from the summer in the middle of winter. :)

    • I definitely enjoy lucuma’s caramely flavor–it works very well in raw desserts and smoothies. As for its supposed “magical superfood powers,” I don’t necessarily believe that it, or any other food touted as such, will significantly improve anyone’s diet. If one eats a diet mainly of processed foods, lucuma itself obviously will not outweigh the rest of the crap one eats; on the opposite spectrum, lucuma can be a lovely addition to a wholesome vegan diet, but will not be any more nutritionally beneficial than the rest of the wonderful natural foods you consume.

  2. Looks like an awesome day! Question: do you find lucuma powder worth it? I, like Sarah, am curious about it. I’ve been debating over buying it for some time and I noticed you use it quite frequently. Recommend it?

    Thanks :)

    • Thanks, Gabby!
      Take a look at my response to Sarah’s comment for my views on lucuma. I bought it on a whim from the Raw Food World online just to experiment for fun and found that I verily enjoyed its flavor. I don’t think I’ll buy it on a regular basis once I finish the bag of it I have right now (it is fairly costly, after all), but I plan on testing out another powdered “superfood” like maca or mesquite, just because all those special raw food products fascinate me and I like to incorporate them in recipes to test out their flavors.

  3. another veggie packed day! i love how many veggies u get in a day! i feel like since i have been working in an office i eat smaller veggie and salad portions since my colleagues basically DONT EAT ANY VEGGIES and often rely on package soup, bread and sweets. awwww, can u be my work colleague? :)

    • As I often say, advanced preparation is key in enjoying loads of veggies all week! I usually take a couple hours every Sunday to make big batches of food for lunch boxes throughout the week, like roasted veggies, whole grains, grain and bean salads, pesto, hummus, etc. Throwing together a healthy lunch full of vegetables becomes so much simpler with a little foresight.
      And yes, I would love to be your work colleague. :D

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