Friday, April 19, 2013

An upload and an update

I decided to go back to this blog, because I have a new job and will be packing my lunch. I'm both excited and nervous to be starting a new career. I will be working for a non-profit that helps developmentally disabled adults find work. A lot has changed since I last updated. I got married!! I still have Pepper and Wookiee, my dogs. My husband has a dog named Luna. Arya is still doing well, but her friend passed away. I adopted her a new friend. I also adopted two baby rats whose mother was saved from becoming snake food. I sometimes do temp work or volunteer for the amazing Gentle Barn. Here are my recent lunches: A PB&J on wheat, peach soy yogurt, green tea, fruit leather and a Luna bar.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

A new vegan lunchable?


I almost fainted when I saw a lunchable I can actually eat. It contains the makings for peanut butter and jelly sandwhich, a fruitcup and fruit snacks. Yes, it isn't the healthiest lunch and it is ridiculously easy to throw together your own pb&j. However, lunchables are just fun! They were a rare treat growing up, so I was excited to treat myself to them now. Not to mention I grabbed them at my local 99cent store, so for a buck how could I resist?

Friday, March 18, 2011

Quick dinner

It's almost 7pm and I've been up since 6am. I'm starting to get hungry for dinner, but need to go shopping and I don't feel like cooking anyway. What to do? What to do? Well, I had two BOGO coupons for Del Taco, so I made the trip. I gobbled up two bean burritos (hold the cheese), two classic tacos (hold the cheese, sub beans for meat) and an iced tea all for around 3 bucks. I'm incredibly stuffed now, but happy. :)

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Great Costco finds


There are some surprising deals for healthy eaters at Costco. One such gem is the veggie patties from Don Lee Farms. They are some of the best veggie burgers around, in my opinion. Especially when barbecued.
I've also spotted agave nectar at Costco for cheaper than other groceries.
They have good deals on soy or almond milk and of course produce. So stop on by, you never know what goodies you might find.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Warm Lasagna on a Wintry Day


I made a trip to the 99cent only stores today. Here's my loot:
3 boxes of Hankeez facial tissue
3 packages of Mori-Nu tofu
1 package of frozen spinach
2 packages of mushrooms (button and crimini)
1 package of napkins
1 package of small sweet peppers
3 packages of gum
2 packages of pita bread
Total: $16.24

Not bad at all. I was excited to see they had a brand of tissues that is dedicated to sustainability. Just because I'm broke doesn't mean I don't care about certain causes, such as the environment. It seems that particular issues are synonymous with the stereotypical white bread wealthy suburbanite. Where do stereotypes come from anyway? Enough of my rant.... I am in the process of making a delicious vegan spinach lasagna from Mori Nu's recipes. Perfect for a chilly day!

FRESH SPINACH LASAGNA
Servings: 8

Ingredients
3 bunches fresh spinach, washed
1/2 tsp. salt
3 Tbsp. olive oil
1 lb. lasagna pasta
1/2 cup chopped green onion
3 pkgs. Mori-Nu Silken Firm Tofu, drained and crumbled
2 Tbsp. chopped parsley
2 tsp. miso
1/8 tsp. nutmeg
1/8 tsp. black pepper
1/4 cup grated soy-Parmesan cheese (optional)
1/4 cup grated soy-Monterey Jack cheese (optional)
Sauce:
About 26 oz. (1-1/2 to 2 cups) marinara sauce (homemade or bottled) with:
2 cups sliced mushrooms, sauteed in
2 Tbsp. olive oil

Method
Boil 4 qts. of water in a large pot. Blanch spinach for 1 min.; drain in colander. Stir 1/2 tsp. salt and 1 Tbsp. olive oil into water. Add pasta to water; boil for 10-12 mins. Drain and rinse pasta in cold water, lay pasta flat on cutting board. Saute onions in 2 Tbsp. olive oil for 1 min. Chop spinach and add to onions. Combine with remaining ingredients (except cheese) and set aside. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly oil small rectangular baking dish and spread 1/3 of prepared sauce over bottom. Lay strips of pasta so they cover the bottom and hang over sides of baking dish. Later fold pasta over top to seal in fillings. Spread 1/2 spinach filling; add another layer of pasta. Continue to add pasta, sauce, Parmesan, and filling, ending with pasta and covering with sauce. Sprinkle Monterey Jack and/or chopped fresh basil lightly on top if desired. Cover with foil and bake 20 mins. Remove foil and bake another 15 mins. Let the lasagna rest 15 mins.; cut and serve.

Nutritional Notes
Contains just 2.5g of saturated fat; 2g of fiber per serving.

Nutritional Facts
Calories: 308 Fat: 15g Carbohydrates: 28g
Sodium: 610mg Cholesterol:: 1.5mg Protein: 16g

Friday, February 25, 2011

Money making ideas

I'm out of ideas for making money. I've put my name out there for a house/baby/pet sitter and have had little to no luck. I've listed almost 30 books and dvds, mostly on amazon and have only sold five. I take surveys online for checks and collect cans and bottles to recycle for cash. What do you guys do for some extra bucks? I need all the advice I can get.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Good choice, bad choice.

My first class of the day today was canceled and I had a test in my second. I decided to hang around the coffee shop (typical college student style) and study, sipping a medium soy hazelnut latte. This set me back a whopping $4 and something odd cents. For one drink. This was a bad decision. I really don't even like coffee all that much and I probably didn't really need it to stay awake. After I took the test, (Which I think I aced, if I can say so.) I realized I forgot my lunch. Doh! So, I rushed to the cafeteria and picked up a veggie burger, fries and an iced tea. Which cost me.... only slightly more than my latte. I should have saved myself the $$ and skipped the coffee. *Second face-palm of the day* Oh well, you live, you learn.