Hey everyone! Hope your Monday has been bueno 😀 Mine definitely has been! The pilot was off work, so I got to chill with him before I had to train. I promised to post the grocery goodies for ya’ll but also wanted to post the rest of my Orlando foodie. Before we left yesterday, I got to feast two of my favorite places: Panera and Whole Foods!
At Panera I had lunch for bfast:
1/2 Mediterranean veggie on whole wheat with no feta, and 1/2 Greek salad with no feta and dressing on the side
I love how Panera uses real silverware. Fancy schmancy, eh? 😉
Later on, I had a lovely green juice while meandering around heaven on earth (aka Whole Foods)
This little baby had lemon, parsley, kale and green apple
I got some groceries (and actually didn’t buy nearly as much as usual) and also got some hot bar to munch on the way home
Miso slaw (my favorite!), roasted veggies, and salad topped with artichokes, hearts of palm, kalamata olives and baba ganoush.
Here’s what I picked up:
Thai coconuts, raw goat cheddar and Ezekiel tortillas for enchilada purposes
Nama shoyu, apricot spread, raw organic apple cider vinegar, Annie’s ketchup, lemon, Larabars
Mixed fruit, flax seeds, hot salsa, enchilada sauce
Produce! Avocados, cucumber, bell peppers, kale, juicy plum tomatoes, green apples, beets and carrots.
That’s it! Wow. I’m thinking the reason I didn’t go buck wild is because the health food store here actually has a lot of the items I love to buy. Thai coconuts and raw goat cheese are the things I need to travel for right now.
This morning, I started the day with a banana:
And a green juice:
It had 1/2 cucumber, 2 kale leaves, 1 green apple, 1 pear, handful of parsley and 1/2 lemon. I think I’ve finally gotten more juice hardcore because now I crave sour green juices more than sweet juices. The lemon and green apple really do the trick! I’m thinking it’s tied with the “Cullen juice” for first place 😉
I was kind of putzing around the casa for the first half of the day. We had a lot of fun this weekend but didn’t have very much down time, so we were moving a little on the slower side.
I made some cookies (oatmeal chocolate chip from Eat, Drink and Be Vegan):
Of course I tested one for quality purposes 😉
When it was time for lunch, I was way excited to try to make something new.
I took my favorite raw goat cheddar (same nutritionals and ingredients as the Alta Dena brand but around a dollar cheaper and has a better texture IMO):
And added strips of the raw goat cheddar with bell pepper, carrot, tomato, cilantro, sea salt and pepper into collard leaf wrappers:
After the roll up:
With an amazing dipping sauce…..
Check out that cheesy, creamy decadence 😉
To make the sauce, I soaked 2 tbs chia seeds in 1/2 cup water for 10 mins:
I was afraid of working with chia seeds (even though I’ve had a huge bag of them for a few months and haven’t touched them!) but since I know my good friend Heather is a fan, I figured I’d give it a whirl.
The chia seeds gelatinized and made an awesome base for the sauce!
Into the Vitamix went the gelled chia seeds and water, 1/2 yellow bell pepper, 1/2 ts chili powder, 2 tbs nutritional yeast, hefty sprinkle of sea salt, 1 clove garlic, pinch of pepper, and a diced dried chipotle chili (which can be omitted if you’re not a spicy fanatic like yours truly).
And here’s what I got:
It was soooooo good and would be even better with some raw chips dipped in there. Time for me to get some into the dehydrator 😉
The pilot and I went to the gym, where my friend Jeni and I chatted on the elliptical for 45 minutes. Classes at the base gym were canceled today because it was a “family day”. When we got back, we checked the mail and I was beyond stoked to see that Sarma’s new cookbook had arrived!
Since I pre-ordered, she signed my copy:
And included a free fig bar, which went directly into my mouth:
I already have some meals planned for this week from the new cookbook and I can’t wait to try them out!
Well it’s time for this girl to get into wind down mode (by catching up on your lovely blogs) and hit the hay.
Have a great night and I’ll see you in the morning!
What’s your all-time favorite cookbook?? My top three are definitely “Eat, Drink and Be Vegan”, “Raw Food, Real World” and “Everyday Raw”. We’ll have to see how Sarma’s new book fits in there, but I can already tell I’m going to love it!