Quite funny.... over the last few days while running or on my bike, some kind of bug has entered into my eye every single time. I thought it was just once, but no, it's happened at least a few times in just the last three days! I'd just be happily riding my bike when, "wham!", the bug darts into my eye.
A couple times I literally had to either stop my bike or start walking, when I was running, because I thought the reminisce of the bug glued to my eye. After a few blinks--actually, many-- the creature would usually be gone out of my eye. Still, the thought of the dirty, egg- carrying creature hitting me eye just grosses me out. And it hurt, too!
Have you ever had a bug or some kind of creature, living or non-living, hit your eyes while exercising or just outside? It's definitely NOT one fun experience....
Despite bugs touching my precious sense--sight-- I was still able to whip up some tasty meals....and bake for that matter, too!
Enjoy. There's quite a bit of photos since I haven't blogged the last few days...not all of my eats, as I consume quite a bit and forget to grab the camera, but enough to last you for this post ;)
I made cornbread--with the mention of wholemade, whole- grain cornbread from my blogger friend, Heather, i whipped up a batch using Bob's Red Mill cornmeal, Rice Milk, flax (for the eggs). Unfortunately, the batch, as you can see, turned out VERY crumbly and dry :( I believe it was due to the course cornmeal I used and not enough moisture. I didn't want to throw the batch away, since it still tasted really yummy, hence a large portion of it being gone (above). I forgot to snap a photo right when it came out of the oven, so I snapped one with two pieces taken out-- I couldn't get enough, it was so good :)!
Also hence me making a parfait out of it for breakfast. Why waste perfectly tasty (abeit, crumbly and dry) cornbread when you can make a parfait out of it? I added cottage cheese, strawberries and good ole' PB to the mix. It was quite yummy, despite it's texture.
Para lunch, I made "cheesy white bean dip" from ED&BV...i tell you, Dreena takes the cake. She's one amazing cookbook writer. Love the way she thinks..quite similar to me and a lot of us food bloggers :) With it, I have some steamed broccoli and brussel sprouts, as well as carrots tomatoes and spinach. I also had a whole wheat pita on the side for dunkage. It was pretty delish-- the dip--albeit salty and filling.
For dinner, I was supposed to have "Mellow- sniffy lentil soup" again, from ED&BV, however I started cooking it too late and I was hungry, so I whipped up something quick. This consisted of MORE cornbread topped with peanut butter, coconut butter and the rest of my tempeh bacon. On the side I had some steamed garlicy cabbage and zucchini fries. I tell you cornbread, bacon and PB make quite a tasty combo!
Before swim, I made The Non-Dairy Queen's papusas! I found corn flour-- tons-- in my pantry leftover from whole made corn tortillas in the past, so I made a couple. I topped them with mozzarella cheese, pesto sauce and spinach. They were SOOOO good, thanks for reminding me, Heather! I also had a strawberry-orange smoothie on the side.
*I know, this is one TERRIBLE picture--agreed. I was in a rush for making it to swim and this is the only picture I captured. Sorry.*
For lunch, I made a big salad with spinach, more homegrown tomatoes, white beans (they're hiding!), and homegrown green beans drizzled with Annie's Goddess Dressing. I also had a whole wheat pita, wholemade almond milk (yes, this is what I end up using my homework time doing! YIKES), and an apple with peanut butter.
I DID not use a cheesecloth to drain the almond pulp, as you can see. I love me some pulp. Hey, that's where all the vitamins are :)
Hummus dunkage for la pita
.... And I made another batch of cornbread using a different recipe and my newly found corn flour :) You know when you know something will come out good since it has for someone else? Well, that's my reasoning for making another batch. I knew it'd come out better if I tweaked it a bit. And I did. I used Polly's recipe, but used 1 tablespoon of agave, instead of honey, and used my the wholemade-pulpy almond milk and a bit of rice milk, to thin it out. To ensure enough moisture, I added some coconut oil and a little bit of vegetable oil into the mix. Since I still don't have eggs and wanted to vegan-ize the recipe, I used Energy Egg replacer. This batch turned out A LOT better-- more moist and naturally sweet from the nut milks.
After cutting it, this is what it looked like. Again, sorry for the bad quality, my camera ran out of batteries-- *again*. So i turned to my not- so nice camera phone to back me up.
My snack this afternoon consisted of *more* of my wholemade almond milk, TJs raspberry preserves, WF peanut butter and a big piece of my cornbread. I dusted the whole thing off with cinnamon, it was SOOO yummy :)
I packed the lentil soup I made last night, along with a side salad, for work
And when I got home from work, I discovered a package from the kind people from Artisana-- Premier Organics- that of which contained a jar of Cashini Butter. So I made a big bowl of oat bran cooked in the last of my almond milk (I drank the whole thing in a course of a day!), ginger and cinnamon. I topped it with Artisana's Cashini Butter and shredded coconut. It was some scrumptious
stuff. It made for a lovely, hearty snack before bed.
The bowl of oats topped with Artisana's Cashini Butter is just a preview what's to come.....
I'll definitely have pictures and be reviewing all the samples Premier Organics-- Artisana-- sent me in my next post. So be looking forward to a post devoted solely to Artisana, my favorite nut butter products.
Thank you Premier Organics for sending me those amazing samples to review and try. I can't wait to try them all, I'm quite excited :)!
Goodnight-- I'm off to bed to get some rest for a school- packed day tomorrow.