New Year and Pizza


Today was a clean out the fridge kind of day. Pizza with tomato, olive and soy mozzarella. New Years Day was Blackeyed peas and greens. I didn’t make any food related resolutions but if any readers did they may find the links below helpful.



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Rest Day Snacking


Last night I took a yoga class for the first time since spring and rode my bike about 10 miles. So I’m a bit sore. Today I’m stretching, resting and eating mindfully.

Breakfast was stirfried tofu with kale and onions along with toasted french bread with hummus and cashew butter.  Lunch was more bread and hummus and a bowl of pomegranate seeds with banana and coconut yogurt. Dinner will likely be whatever needs to be used up out of the fridge.

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Kabab Corner


The other day my sister and I met up with a friend in West Sac for lunch and went to Kebab Corner on Jefferson Blvd. It’s kind of a no frills buffet restaurant with decent and reasonably priced food. I haven’t had Indian food in a while so I kind of gorged myself on dahl and garlic naan. It also got me on an Indian kick so right now I have a pound of lentils boiling so I have tomato lentil curry for the weekend 🙂


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No Bake Pie Recipes

Last week I tried a recipe from onegreenplanet for a coconut milk pie. Turned into more of a coconut blueberry goop, still tasty but not very pie like. So this week I just used the extra graham cracker pie shell for a tofu “cheesecake” recipe that I modified from How It All Vegan. I substituted coconut oil for vegan butter.

Modified Recipe:

3 cups (about 1 package) extra firm tofu

1 cup melted coconut oil

3/4 cup cocoa powder

1 to 1 1/2 cups sugar or equivalent sweetener

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup soy milk

I ran all the ingredients through a food processor, stirring with a spoon every once in a while to help it mix, then poured it into the pie crust and stuck it in the fridge until it solidified, which was pretty fast compared to the original recipe.

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Overall, a fantastic and first of its kind to address the many myths and false promises of a vegan diet…. but from pro vegan authors who are well known in their fields. They call out the ableism, illness shaming, the fat shaming, and denial of death that thousands of vegans proselytize. I love how they…

via Even Vegans Die: A Quick Review from the Sistah Vegan Project —

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99 Cent Store Shopping and thoughts on bone broth.

This morning we didn’t have any food so I rode my trike over to the 99 Cent Only store by our complex. It’s kind of hit or miss with food quality but today was a good day. What I got for under $15:

Loaf of organic whole grain wheat bread

Whole wheat tortillas

3 packages soy chorizo

Red Bell Pepper (2 for $1)

10.5 oz package fresh grape tomatoes

15 oz can organic black beans

1 large avocado

5 bananas

4 pack of bagels

1/2 gallon almond milk ($2.50 still cheaper than grocery store)

16 pack of Pop Tarts

One major reason I don’t do much shopping at the Natural Foods Co-Op is simply because I don’t make a lot of money and frequently have $20 or less to buy food needs to last several days. One of my neighbors works at the Co-Op and buys their produce at the same discount stores I do. A paycheck or EBT balance simply stretches farther there.

Over that past year or two I keep hearing people recommend bone broth as a cure all for everything. The clerk at the  Co-Op recommended it when I was buying stuff to make my cold more tolerable. She seemed to not know what to recommend when I told her I was vegan. Still I went over to compare labels on bone/regular broths. Aside from higher price and salt content the nutritional information was essentially the same. I certainly don’t feel the need to start drinking cow tendon water.

Links to Info on Bone Broth

NPR article on overblown health claims

Mic The Vegan Video on Bone Broth with citations

Mother Jones article


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New Year

On a Facebook vegan group I saw someone posted about New Years Resolutions, declaring that they were going to be a “better Vegan” by giving up soy, gluten and blueberries for some reason. They didn’t seem to have any allergy or ethical reason to do so. It seems to be an attempt at “purity” that I usually discourage. Being vegan is difficult enough for some people. I’m not in favor of cutting things out without good reason because most “ex-vegan” stories I’ve heard from people usually involve “I went (semi, glutenfree, Raw) vegan and didn’t feel good/my health suffered so I need meat now”.

My resolutions for 2017 are Read More and Spend Less. The way I’m working veganism into that is to read and review vegan related books and to bring my lunch to work. I work near Nugget Market and have found it’s too easy to cheat when I’m exausted and there’s four different kinds of chicken and the only vegan protein in the buffet is one kind of tofu. Even though I still stick with the vegan option that still ends up being over $10 a meal. That can buy me food for a few days at another grocery store.

I plan to read and do reviews of books from the Library to save money and there are some anti vegan authors I really do not want to give money to. So my basic plan is to not get too complicated and try to be consistent.

Bright Blessings for 2017 everyone 🙂

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