Category Archives: eating clean

Food Favorites: Eat Drink Smile

I found my new favorite food resource – Eat. Drink. Smile.  She has a meatless section and so far everything I have made has been delicious!  I have had to make some mods due to ingredients and availability…but in general love them.  I find that people that make vegan/vegetarian meals that are not vegan/vegetarian tend to make more filling meals.  Granted, it’s only been a few months of me even living in this world so maybe I should shut up 🙂  But I find her meatless section is full of stuff that I just love.  So far:

Black Bean Jambalaya – AMAZING.  Like seriously.  I didn’t use the hot sauce and instead added a few drops of liquid smoke.  Served it with bob’s red mill gluten free cornbread and it tasted way too delicious to be full of healthy ingredients.  This recipe is vegan but nobody will complain…trust me.

Eggplant, Mozzarella, and Rice Bake – Really really filling…more than I thought it would be.  I didn’t use the saffron – I balked at the cost of it (it’s like $20 for 5 pinches).  But it was fine without it.  Just remember if you use brown rice to cook it in the pan longer (about 2x as long) to make sure your rice isn’t crunchy.

Giant White Beans with Goat Cheese and Pesto – I don’t really live close to Trader Joe’s so I used regular old white beans.  To make it more like what she did, I chopped up 2 medium tomatoes and added them to the layers.  I then added more goat cheese…because who doesn’t love goat cheese???

I am thinking of the list below for the next few weeks:

Cabbage Au Gratin – comments mention adding zucchini to it…which sounds yum

Butternut Squash with Blue Cheese and Spinach

Roasted Asparagus Lasagna – because the 3 most delicious words in the English language are in the title

One of the things I have learned most about being a mostly vegetarian is that hearty meals are not so hard to find.  The main thing to do is to use hearty veggies and beans to beef up a meal.  An extra side of roasted veggies does wonders and don’t be afraid of grains in moderation 🙂  Also – fruit is the BEST dessert!

Bend but Don’t Break November

This month has been a really rough one and I really wish I knew exactly why so I could change it and make it a little easier.  Seriously…I just feel somewhat out of sorts.  Maybe because there was so much going on –

The superstorm and worrying about my sister who was out of power and couldn’t stay in her building in lower Mahnattan for a week.
The election and staying up for the returns because I’m just a political nerd like that and I could NOT get to bed not knowing the outcome and seeing all the speeches.
My hubby’s contract job ending 2.5 months early and us having to re-think our entire life plan and come up with a decision for what he was going to do in about 72 hours while we were in different states…so not even able to have a face to face to sit down and talk.
My team leader at work taking a new position and a new team leader coming in during a time where we have a million things going on and I’m the second in command and now wondering what my job will be with a new leader.

So yeah…just a few things going on that pretty much hit every aspect of my life in just the last 2 weeks and it has left me pretty run down and a little worn out.  So the past few days I pretty much have done just the basics – eat, sleep, exercise, work – and relaxed the rest of the time – read, sleep, relax.

But – I have my priorities in tact.  Seriously.  I have stuck to eating clean, even though Halloween was stressful and I have noticed as I get more tired that I’m more susceptible to the pull of the crap food.  I have not missed an INSANITY work out, oh hell no.  That’s important right there.  Still cooking clean at home. Still focusing on the light at the end of the tunnel.  I may be bending by being at home a little right now and struggling with some things…but I’m not breaking.  I’ve come too far for that mentally and physically.

I told some friends that I knew would be very judgmental about becoming a Beachbody coach.  It was interesting how that went over.  They think of Beachbody as just being a sales organization and really didn’t realize that there was anything else to it.  I think most people don’t – I didn’t.  I think they still don’t realize what I get from this situation.  I was told that “oh it’s going to be fun to tease you about this!”  It was hurtful to me that I would be teased for something that I’m doing to improve my health (that statement was made after I explained to them what I was doing)…but it reinforced to me that I needed to find a supportive community and I did the right thing.  These friends were my weight loss buddies before and I’ve always been different from them when it comes to certain things – clean eating and fitness.  And I think this made it clear how different.  It makes me even more driven to make a community for everyone that needs it to be open, friendly, and supportive. No judgement.  No bias – just success.  You should not be afraid to do what YOU need to do for YOU.  If you need to do WW or Jenny Craig, or Shakeology, or anything else – do it for YOU if it’s what you need.