Sunday, February 03, 2008

What I've been eating..

First of all, thank all of you for the wonderful support. I am thrilled that I can use this blog to help me on this journey!

I've been really into kumquats lately. I like to eat them as is. They deliver such a sweet and sour punch and I've found they are a delicious way to finish a meal. I will probably make a stevia sweetened marmalade if I have any left over.
I made a large batch of roasted red pepper hummus to keep around the house for the week. Just 2 T and some veggies makes a great little snack when you need a quick bite that is full of nutrition. I've been really into hummus again lately. I seem to go through phases. This hummus was made from dried beans cooked in the pressure cooker. Cooking the beans in a pressure cooker with kombu produces such a difference when it comes to the creaminess of the hummus. I am so grateful to my former co-worker for introducing me to the pressure cooker!
I had some leftover low fat veggie "cream cheez spread" that I needed to use immediately. I had some leftover roasted cauliflower, shallot and garlic so I boiled it up with the spread and some water, fresh rosemary and fresh thyme. Umeboshi vingegar and smoked paprika finished this off and 3 cups of the soup only 250 calories!
Help! I'm addicted to collard greens. I don't know why, but I have been craving these big time. These are so simple to prepare... and I did was wash and destem the greens and cook them in this pot with an onion, garlic and a spray of olive oil. I added half a veggie bouillon cube, nutmeg, umeboshi vinegar and lots of black pepper and put the top on. The water clinging to the leaves cooked them perfectly.
This was my breakfast today.. topped with bacon bits.
Today is the Superbowl and I'm going home to watch it with my kids.. there will be tons of junk and snacks and I really don't want the temptation, so I am bringing these babies. They are not super healthy, but they do provide much more nutrition than chips. I will probably eat the whole bag, but I have figured the calories into my daily allotment and I'll be OK. The bag has 4 servings. 480 calories, 12 grams of fiber, 4 grams of fat and 24 grams of protein. Not too shabby for the entire thing! As you can see, I've already opened the bag and taken a handful. I love these.
Would you believe this meal only had 560 calories? I used 2 oz of whole wheat rotini along with 2 c cauliflower and made a marinara with crushed tomatoes, crumbled lite tofu, garlic and spices. I topped it with 1.5 t olive oil and 1 T nutritional yeast. The salad dressing is nayonaise mixed with dijon, garlic, hickory smoke powder and soymilk. It also provided 29 grams protein 17 grams fat and 15 grams of fiber.
It was very satisfying.

As I said, today is the superbowl, so I took out 2 pieces of my homemade vegan pizza from my freezer. I will toast it in the toaster oven and eat it with a huge salad later on while the rest of my family eats their take out, non vegan pizza.

Go Pats!!! Woohoo!

I'm going to start swimming this week.
This morning I walked for 30 minutes then did 30 mins of weights. I'll walk my later in the day for at least another 30 minutes.


  1. everything looks pretty and colorful and, more importantly, you sound happy!! :)

  2. YUM!!!! Everything looks so good! You prove that you don't have to starve and sacrafice good food when you are trying to lose weight.

  3. oh hummus, the ultimate in vegan snacking! can never go wrong with hummus + veggies. you do sound very happy, good for you!

  4. Mel, I'm so glad to see that you are eating healthy and continuing to prepare delicious foods!! keep it up, for sure!! you can do it!! :0)

    I've never had kumquats before (that's about the only fruit I've never tried, haha)... they look quite intriguing!!

  5. I think collard greens are just about one of the healthiest things you could possibly be addicted to! Yum--everything looks great!


  6. i'm sure i've said it before-but, your food is always so colorful! that makes it so much more appealing, i think. i especially want those greens...i think i am gonna cook the kale i got from the farmer's market using your collard cooking method. thanks!

  7. Wow you look like you've been very busy cooking. Everything looks so great, keep up the good work, I know you an do it!

  8. Looks like you're off to a great start!! We have had lots of kumquats at the farmers market the past few months, I've always been a little scared of them (don't know why). Sounds like I should pick up a few!

    Hope you enjoyed your pizza and wasabi peas (yum) tonight ... too bad the Patriots lost :-(

  9. I've been into kumquats and lots of other "quats" lately too. They so refreshing and tangy in the winter.

  10. I've never heard of kumquats before - I wonder if the markets around here (Kansas City, MO) sell them.

  11. Wow, everything looks so amazing it's hard to believe the food is actually healthy! How inspiring!

  12. Ok, I too love collard greens and hummus. I can only dream for a pressure cooker at this time. It is on our to get list. DH keeps saying lets just go buy it. No way, not on a credit card. I want to save for it. Love your pizza! I am sad the Pat's didn't make it. DH was cheering for the other guys. lol

  13. Anonymous3:14 PM

    I really like the new food pics! Especially the tofu happy chicken soup. The only reservations I have about cooking some of these recipes are the amount of ingredients that seem to go in them. I more of a 7 or less ingredient type of person. :))