Classic Sesame Sauce, Take Two

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Vegan MoFo 2013 – Post #7

Wondering what happened to the leftover Classic Sesame Sauce from the other day?

This did.

IMG_3664And it was amazing! Maybe even better than the sesame noodle dish the night before. Jem and I were raving about it all evening!

IMG_3658Quinoa. Roasted yams. Sautéed kale, with just a bit of rice wine vinegar. Classic sesame sauce. Sriracha. Yum!

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Can you tell I’m ready for fall?

 

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Also, the next day for lunch I turned all the leftovers into a big salad.

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Romaine lettuce, cucumber, and orange pepper. Warmed leftover quinoa, roasted yams, and kale. Sesame sauce thinned with a bit of water. More yums!

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What I Ate Wednesday #138

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Vegan MoFo 2013 #6 & What I Ate Wednesday #138

IMG_3558Falafel Salad – Green leaf lettuce, broccoli sprouts, yellow pepper, cucumber, lemon juice, Sriracha, falafel burger, and hummus.

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A baked potato with hummus, Sriracha, yellow pepper, broccoli sprouts, and Daiya cheddar. With a Field Roast Frankfurter.

IMG_3595Quinoa, lime juice, Vega Antioxidant Oil, pickled jalapeños, cucumber, and yellow pepper.

IMG_3596Part of a raspberry lime mini-loaf with almonds and walnuts.

IMG_3605Chocolate Blueberry Oats – I made these as overnight oats, but really didn’t like them cold, so I warmed them up a bit. Just oats, chia seeds, blueberries, cocoa powder, and unsweetened almond milk.

IMG_3607Toasted Silver Hills Squirelly Bread with avocado, lemon dill hummus, Sriracha, broccoli sprouts, and spinach.

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What I Ate Wednesday #137

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Vegan MoFo 2013 – Post #2

It’s time for What I Ate Wednesday #137! Enjoy!

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Quinoa, zucchini, avocado, and Cajun seasoning.

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Quinoa, green lentils, carrots, zucchini, and taco seasoning.

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A Spicy Vegan Chili Burger on a whole wheat bun with Daiya Jack Wedge, hummus, Sriracha, and green leaf lettuce. With my Basic No-Mayo Coleslaw.

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Green leaf lettuce, cucumber, red pepper, fresh ground pepper, balsamic vinaigrette, and a crumbled veggie burger.

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Toasted Silver Hills Squirelly Bread with avocado tossed in lemon juice, hummus, Sriracha, green leaf lettuce, and a crumbled mini Spicy Vegan Chili Burger. With a side of cucumber with fresh ground black pepper.

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Cooked short grain brown rice, defrosted frozen blueberries, coconut sugar, cinnamon, unsweetened almond milk. Warmed up.

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What I Ate Wednesday #129

It’s been quite a while since I’ve done a WIAW post actually chronicling my eats over the course of an entire day, but I got smart and took (some) photos yesterday. Here’s what I ate yesterday!

Good thing I had a pretty good supply of leftovers in the fridge, because as a result of recovering from some very recent dental work, not only was I in pain all day (and trying not to move around too much and make the pain worse), super tired, and not up for doing any actual cooking, I was also starving ALL DAY! Fun, fun

Breakfast:
2 pieces Silver Hills Little Big Bread, toasted with Crofter’s Superfruit Spread and Daiya Jack Wedge. Organic red grapes. Coffee with unsweetened almond milk.
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Snack:
An un-pictured home-made Tropical Creamsicle.

Lunch:
A whole wheat wrap with 1/2 an avocado, chickpeas mashed (with balsamic vinegar, italian seasoning, and black pepper), romaine lettuce, and Sriracha.
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Dinner #1
Jem and I were heading to a bridal show (first one!) at 4pm where I knew I wouldn’t be able to eat anything so I had a really early dinner right before we left.
Quinoa, falafel burger patty, cucumber, Sriracha, and lemon tahini sauce (just tahini, lemon juice, and water).
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Dinner #2
I normally try to only have bread once a day, but I was really hungry again when we got home from the bridal show, and this was the quickest and easiest thing I could think of.
2 pieces of Silver Hills Little Big Bread, toasted with almond butter, Crofter’s Superfruit Spread, and 1/2 an apple.
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Snack
Cinnamon Heart tea with unsweetened almond milk and a couple squares of Green & Black’s 70% Dark Chocolate.

I also drank a tonne of water and cold herbal iced tea throughout the day!

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What I Ate Wednesday #109: Salad Love

For today’s What I Ate Wednesday post I’m going to share with you some delicious salads I’ve eaten in January and February 2013. After a very long time without eating any salads, they are back in my life and I am loving them. I’ve basically just been making sure that I have salad greens of some sort on hand, and then I throw in most of what I have on hand to throw in.

For me, a main event salad (as opposed to a side-dish salad) needs a lot more than raw veggies. It needs hearty vegetables (cooked yam, roasted squash, sautéed mushrooms), grains (quinoa, whole wheat couscous), or vegan protein (lentils, nuts, tofu). And for me, the best way to assure that I’ll happily scarf down the whole big bowl of salad is to include something spicy, balanced with a tangy acidic dressing. As you’ll notice from the descriptions below, my favourite dressing lately has been just a combination of lime or lemon juice and Vega Antioxidant Omega Oil Blend (which I’m gonna write as ‘Vega Oil’ for the rest of this post). Also, when in doubt, avocado will make any and every salad better!

I hope this provides you with some salad-making inspiration! Enjoy!

Collage, Salad Love 1

Left to right:
1) Romaine, spinach, red pepper, and cucumber tossed with lime juice & Vega Oil. Mushrooms and Soyganic Smoked Tofu cooked with leftover marinade from Veganomicon’s Hot Sauce Glazed Tempeh. Plus avocado and black pepper. This was seriously the BEST salad ever! I actually made the exact same salad the next day!
2) Romaine, spinach, cucumber, pickled jalapeño, roasted butternut squash, whole wheat couscous, cranberry orange vinaigrette, and black pepper.
3) Romaine, spinach, orange pepper, and cucumber tossed with lime juice and Vega Oil. Soyganic Smoked Tofu sautéed with soy sauce and Sriracha. Avocado. I swear all that other stuff is under all that avocado and tofu!

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Left to right:
4) Lentil Taco Salad 1 – Romaine, cucumber, and red pepper tossed with lime juice and Vega Oil. Lentil Taco Filling*. This was so good I took the exact same salad to work 3 days in a row!
5) Lentil Taco Salad 2 – Romaine, cucumber, and red pepper tossed with lime juice and Vega Oil. Lentil Taco Filling and Daiya Jalapeño Garlic Havarti.
6) Cooked quinoa, red pepper, yellow pepper, a cut up Curried Chickpea Quinoa Burger* (a variation on this one), lime juice, Vega Oil, black pepper.

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7) Green leaf lettuce, fresh mint, cucumber, red pepper, a kiwi, lime juice, Vega Oil, 2  warm cut-up Gardein Chipotle Lime Crispy Fingers.
8) Cooked quinoa, cucumber, red pepper, fresh mint, 1 cut-up Gardein 7 Grain Crispy Tender, lemon juice, Vega Oil, black pepper.
9) Green leaf lettuce, spring mix, red pepper, lemon juice, Vega Oil, avocado, sliced almonds, Black Pepper Mushrooms*.

*Recipes coming soon.

Follow this link to check out the rest of What I Ate Wednesday #109.

This post has been linked up to Healthy Vegan Friday #31. Go check it out!

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What are your favourite salad toppings and/or your favourite salad dressing?

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Southwest Confetti Quinoa Salad with Chipotle Vinaigrette

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Look at all that good stuff! Can you tell why I call this a ‘confetti’ salad?

I am in love with this Southwest Confetti Quinoa Salad! In not much longer than it takes to cook a pot of quinoa (20 minutes) you can have a big beautiful bowl of hearty salad, stuffed full of beans, vegetables, and lots of flavour. And this includes the Chipotle Vinaigrette. And this recipe makes roughly five cups, so you have lots to share, or can enjoy it all week long, like I did.

Southwest Confetti Quinoa Salad
Salad:
1/2 cup dry quinoa
1 cup water
1/2 cup corn, cooked (I microwaved some frozen corn)
1 cup chopped cabbage
1/2 cup diced orange pepper
1/2 cup diced red pepper
1/4 cup roughly chopped black olives
1 jalapeño, finely diced (seeds and ribs removed if you don’t want your salad spicy)
1 398ml can (1 cup) pinto beans (or black beans), drained and rinsed
Zest of 1 lime
Optional topping: diced avocado

Chipotle Vinaigrette:
1/2 tsp minced garlic
Juice of 1 lime (2 – 2 1/2 tbsp)
2 tbsp red wine vinegar
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp prepared Dijon mustard
1/8 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/4-1/2 tsp chipotle pepper powder (depending on your preferred level of spiciness)

Place quinoa and water in a pot over medium-high heat and bring to a boil. Reduce to low heat, cover, and let simmer for 12 minutes. Remove lid and stir chopped cabbage into the quinoa. Cover, and let simmer a few more minutes, until the quinoa is fully cooked. Turn off heat and transfer quinoa to a large bowl or container (if you use one with a lid you won’t need to use another dish). Zest the lime over the bowl, and set quinoa aside.

While quinoa cools a bit, prepare the Chipotle Vinaigrette. Just place all ingredients in a jar with a tight fitting lid and shake until thoroughly combined.

Stir the corn, orange pepper, red pepper, jalapeño, olives, and beans into the quinoa. Pour the dressing over top and mix thoroughly. Cover salad, and place in fridge to cool. You can eat this right away, while its still warm, but the flavour will be better once its cooled and had a chance to sit for a while. Make sure you stir the salad again before serving. Enjoy!

This recipe was submitted to Healthy Vegan Fridays #11.

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What I Ate Wednesday #87 & Fitness Update

So, apparently I can no longer remember to take photos of my food for an entire day anymore. I totally missed last week’s WIAW and forgot to take photos for today’s. I do have some food for you though, it just comes in the form of random meals I’ve had over the past two weeks. Enjoy!

BBQ dinner with the (omnivore) family: a baked potato with Daiya Jalapeño Garlic Havarti, grilled Soyganic Smoked Tofu with some spicy BBQ sauce, corn on the cob (so good all it needed was a bit of pepper)

Spinach Salad: 1 1/2 cups baby spinach, 1/4 cup chopped cucumber, 1/4 cup chopped red pepper, 1/8 cup chopped carrot, 1 tbsp hemp hearts, crumbled Daiya Jalapeno Garlic Havarti, diced Soyganic Smoked Tofu (sautéed briefly in a pan then splashed with some balsamic vinegar), 1 tbsp cranberry orange vinaigrette. This was so good I ate almost the exact same thing two days in a row!

Amy’s California Burger on a whole wheat bun w/ red pepper hummus, Daiya Jalapeño Garlic Havarti, and romaine lettuce. With some baby dill pickles.

A Silver Hills Rappleberry Bagel with Plain Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese, fresh ground black pepper, and some mini carrots.

A Yves Veggie Chicken Burger sautéed with a few crimini mushrooms and fresh parsley with romaine lettuce and cucumber. All sprinkled with balsamic vinegar and crushed red pepper flakes.

Green Quinoa Bowl: Spinach Herb Quinoa*, half an avocado mashed with lemon juice,  zucchini cut with my new julienne peeler, black pepper, and crushed red pepper flakes.

Steamed edamame with sea salt, roasted red pepper hummus with Sriracha mixed in, Ryvita Sesame Crispbread.

Sautéed Asparagus Salad: green leaf lettuce, cucumber, black olives, dried cranberries, Tahini Sauce*, crushed red pepper flakes, and sautéed asparagus slices (just until green intensifies)

*Recipes, and more photos and info are coming soon for these!

The theme for this month’s WIAW is ‘Fall into Good Habits’ and two weeks ago in my WIAW #85 post I talked about how in an attempt to start exercising regularly again, eat better, and lose a bit of weight I’ve started using My Fitness Pal.

So far things are going pretty good. I have been consistently logging my food, water, and exercise in My Fitness Pal for over two weeks now and it is definitely helping me to be more aware of what I am eating and make some wiser choices (despite all the faux-cheese featuring meals pictured above). Also, I’m really loving the water counter in the program, as I can really easily keep track of how much water I am drinking. While I never really kept track of my water intake before, I know that in the two weeks since I started using this program, I am definitely drinking a lot more water than I used to.

As for exercise, in the past two weeks I’ve done three good 40-55 minute workouts on the Wii Fit, done the Level 1 Workout from the Jillian Michaels Yoga Meltdown DVD (its aerobics all based on yoga poses) three times, and walked to or from work (a 35-min brisk walk) about five times. Plus I’m back to 40 hour weeks at work, which means a 15 minute walk to and from (if I take the bus part way), and being on my feet and lightly active for 7 1/2 hours a day.

In the past 2 1/2 weeks I’ve lost 2.5 pounds and am still feeling motivated to stick with my goals!

Bye for now! I hope everyone has a lovely day!