Tuesday, July 2, 2013


So during the happy herbivore 28 day challenge
I lost 3.2 pounds

Since I started eating McDougall style September 25, 2012, that brings my total to 30.2 pounds

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Leftover Yum

So last night I was tired so I just threw some rice and veggie broth in the rice cooker with some onion flakes and a whole container of sliced mushrooms.
Added pepper, some onion powder, and a little salt after it was done

Then this afternoon for lunch I had leftovers which I poured on top of corn and heated up
Oh, it was sooo good

Friday, June 28, 2013

The Grand Experiment

So yesterday I was trying to make lunch for work and didn't have bread for
sandwiches and didn't feel like going to Subway and didn't have any leftovers
So I started opening cans and bags of frozen veggies and throwing things in
Then I realized it would be good with rice or another grain, but didn't have time for
the rice cooker to go for 40 minutes, so I made oatmeal
1/2 cup old fashioned oats with 1 cup water 2 minutes in the microwave

The Grand Experiment

2/3 cup black beans
2/3 cup corn
1/2 cup dry oats, cooked
1 cup frozen veggies (stir fry blend)
1/2 cup frozen sliced squash
couple shakes onion flakes
couple shakes garlic flakes
couple shakes Mrs Dash Chipotle lime

I put it in tupperware and took it to work
I was sitting at my desk thinking "I'll try a little on break. If it tastes horrible, I'm going out to eat"
So at break I heated up a small bowl and it was sooo good
I've never had oatmeal in a main dish before. The oatmeal soaked in the flavors of the onion and garlic and
added a creamy alfredo like sauce over everything. I really liked it and will make it again sometime

I wanted to take a picture it was such a beautiful plate but I was at work and didn't want to look like a complete food nerd :)

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Slow Cooker Oats

So I decided to try slow cooker steel cut oats last night
I put 1 cup steel cut oats, 4 cups water, 2 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 cup raisins in the slow cooker at
11pm on low
At 6am this morning they were done
Very good with a nice cinnamon crust on top
Not as chewy as when I cook them on the stovetop, but still a very good meal

The slow cooker has some dried on stuff that will take a bit to clean off but I'm happy with it. I was a little worried my little 2 quart slow cooker would boil over but it didn't
I will definitely do it again, it was so easy and I have enough for 3 or 4 days now

Monday, June 24, 2013

Teriyaki Chick Peas

I made teriyaki chick peas from happy herbivore yesterday
I threw in a container of sliced mushrooms and some frozen veggies (stir fry mix, broccoli, water chestnuts, carrots, peppers) Also had crushed pineapple and salsa on it
Soooo goood
This pic is from last time I made it, with just the mushrooms, salsa and crushed pineapple. (Didn't take a pic of the one from last night with the stir fry veggies added in)

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Beer Bread

Finally made happy herbivore's beer bread
Just waiting for it to cool

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Mini vacation

So I went out of town for a long weekend
and wanted to stay as "whole foods" as I could
I baked breakfast bars and had them all done up in ziploc baggies ready for each morning
of the trip
I also had pre-made peanut butter sandwiches on really good whole wheat bread and
they were all bagged up for each day's lunches
And I had baked potatoes to snack on

For meals out I went to veg friendly restaurants and did pretty good
The first night I got sweet and sour tofu with veggies
The second night I went to a teriyaki restaurant and just ordered a bowl of steamed rice and a bowl
of stir fried veggies (no oil) and had a little teriyaki sauce to drizzle over them
The next night I got a vegan roasted veggie pesto pizza
Each night I got raspberries to snack on in my hotel room and got some bananas for in the car
on the ride home.
The last day I went out for "brunch" and got a tofu scramble
So, all in all, I think I did pretty good on the trip

and didn't gain weight while I was gone, so that's good!

Monday, June 10, 2013

Monday Day 8

Took leftover pasta for lunch today and one of my oatmeal breakfast bars for break
Breakfast was oatmeal and raisins
On the way home I stopped at pita pit and got a whole wheat pita filled with veggies and some hummus
Mowed the lawn then treated myself to another breakfast bar

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Day 7 Breakfast Bars

Found this recipe on the McDougall boards
I made them in an 8x8 pan. Baked for 30 minutes at 350


Breakfast Cookies

1.5 cups oatmeal
2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
2 bananas
1/2 cup apple sauce
1/2 cup raisins 
2 tsp vanilla extract 

In a medium bowl stir together the dry ingredients: oats, salt and cinnamon.In a separate, small bowl, mash the 2 bananas and stir in the apple sauce. Mix until combined evenly.Transfer the wet mixture to the bowl of oats. Add the raisins and stir until all is properly combined. Bake in 8x8 pan for 30 minutes at 350

Day 7 Sunday

So yesterday was one of those day when I was tired and stressed and hungry all day
I ate a lot of rice
I had rice and beans for lunch
rice and broccoli with soy sauce for supper
In the afternoon I was starving and had some off plan nature valley peanut butter granola bars and
some triscuits with hummus

This morning I tried making steel cuts on the stovetop
The package says it takes 20-30 minutes but it actually took 45-50 minutes

They are still very yummy, though!

For lunch I cooked some whole wheat rotini pasta and after it was done threw in 2 cans of chopped tomatoes, 1 can corn, a handful of sliced kalamata olives and some onion flakes, garlic flakes, pepper, and basil and oregano

To be honest, it's a little bland. Will add more seasonings next time

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Day Five, Friday

I have a lot more respect for those professional bloggers
It's a lot of work to log your food each day and take pictures of it and make it sound interesting
Yesterday I was too tired after working all day to even contemplate it

I had oatmeal and raisins and cinnamon for breakfast yesterday,
and then a small bowl of rice and beans and salsa for mid morning snack

Then for lunch I didn't feel like eating the rice and beans I had brought for lunch so
I went out and got Taco Time veggie burrito without cheese or sour cream and added guacamole instead
I also ordered their fries. Normally I don't order fries because of the oil but I was so tired and hungry
yesterday I treated myself.

For supper last night I had oatmeal with strawberries (again, super tired)

Later that night I had a handful of triscuit crackers with store-bought hummus

So all in all kind of a treat day a little off plan but still way better than I used to eat

No meat no dairy and (some) added oil

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Day 4

So I had bean cooking in the slow cooker on low all day while I was at work and I had
beans and rice with salsa

Yum... and so filling!

Then later had strawberries and oatmeal

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Day 3

So today was pretty boring food-wise

I was tired tonight so made some potatoes and serving some lentil soup over the top

My plans for the weekend are to make the maple cinnamon roasted chick peas from My Whole Food Life and the Beer Bread from Happy Herbivore

The pic below is directly from the Happy Herbivore website, not my own

I have beans soaking overnight in the fridge. Tomorrow I will leave them in the slow cooker while I'm at work and then when I get home I will have them with rice and salsa. YUM

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Day 2

So I don't have any pictures today

I ate the remains of my corn chowder from last night. There was plenty left and it was very good the second night

After mowing the lawn and walking the dog I wanted a treat and made something I found on the McDougall forums

Microwave about a cup or cup and a half of frozen berries until bubbly
Add 1/2 cup of old fashioned oats
Tastes like hot cobbler fresh out of the oven
I added a couple tsp of sugar and it was extra ooey gooey

There's no picture because I just gobbled it up!

I've done it with strawberries and with blueberries and it was good both ways
By the way I'm not going to log every single thing I eat.
I'm just going to use this blog to mention highlights of what I'm doing
Breakfast is almost always oatmeal with fruit
Lunch is almost always leftovers from supper the night before
So unless I say otherwise, just assume I am eating whole foods plant based all day even though I only
blog about one meal

Monday, June 3, 2013

Corn Chowder Monday

So I was really tired on the way home from work tonight
I don't feel like cooking anything special
so I am throwing together corn chowder
the pic below is from when I first put it in the pan and the mushrooms are not cooked down yet

I sauteed half of a large onion in water until soft and translucent
then added 2 cans corn, 3 chopped potatoes, one container of sliced mushrooms, 1.5 cups veggie broth and some pepper. Cook until potatoes are soft.
The pic below is from the finished product

This is my go to dish when I'm tired because it's so easy, not much prep work. If I'm really tired I just use frozen cubed hash browns instead of chopping up fresh potatoes.

It is very filling and will have lots left over for tomorrow!

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Steel Cut Oats!!!

Okay, I know the challenge doesn't start until Monday but I just had to write about steel cut oats.

I have ordered "steel cut" oats in restaurants before and I couldn't see what the big deal was. They were the same consistency as regular old fashioned oats that I make at home.

I was tired tonight and didn't feel like standing over the stove for 20 to 30 minutes stirring so I just put 1/2 cup steel cut oats in the rice cooker with 1.5 cups water. They did boil over just a teeny bit but not bad.

Wow, these are way different than what I was served in the restaurant. They are like a little chewy grains. Very tasty. I had a Tablespoonful of real maple syrup on mine.

I had a very light supper so this was kind of part of supper and dessert, too

Definitely making these again!

Happy Herbivore 28 day Challenge Starting June 3rd

Happy Herbivore is having a 28 day challenge to eat whole unprocessed foods for 28 days starting June 3rd.

Link to the challenge: http://happyherbivore.com/2013/06/blogger-herbie-challenge-28-whole-days-HH28/

Quote from her page:

The premise is simple: eat and drink only whole foods. The goal is get processed foods out of our diet and eat more healthfully. 
To clarify, I use the term "processed" to signify foods that have been made and prepared by companies or manufacturers to sit on a shelf. Faux meats and cheeses (i.e. Daiya and Boca burgers), TV dinners, that's what I'm talking about. Cookies, chips and pretzels. You know, "foods" you probably wouldn't find at a farmers' market or in the produce section of the grocery store. ;)

I know I will be making teriyaki chick peas from happy herbivore. I usually add a container of sliced mushrooms and some crushed pineapple and whatever else I feel like throwing in

I've already been eating plant based McDougall style foods since September and have lost 26 pounds. It has helped decrease my migraines/headaches/pressure in the head from a daily occurrence to twice a month and fatigue days from 2 to 3 days each week to maybe 2 days each month

So this challenge will be a good way for me to make sure I am sticking as close to unprocessed as possible for 28 days.

I'm not really that good at blogging but will log my food here and try to take pictures of some of my foods