Brilliant Bloody Mary Black Beans


Breakfast both yesterday and today were smoothies.  Instead of greens (because I’m basically out of everything except some baby kale), I tossed in a scoop of Amazing Grass.  Voila, superfood green smoothies!


mixed frozen fruit, brown rice protein powder, raw chocolate, banana, and grass



Lunch yesterday was a quick veggie burger.  I was starving and in a hurry!

Dinner was out with AC and JC at a little tapas place in Portsmouth.  I had a small bowl of roasted veggie soup and some hummus with gluten-free bread.  The place was cute, but I think they still need to work on kitchen management (two of the dishes D and I ordered never came out, and most things we ordered took an incredibly long time).  Despite that, it was a really nice evening.  Afterwards, we stopped at one more place for a quick drink before heading home.

Lunch today was a bloody mary black bean wrap!  I soaked a bag of black turtle beans the other day, and was desperate to do something with them before they went bad.  As it happens, I was also feeling lazy, so what I ended up doing was taking an unopened jug of spicy bloody mary mix, and pouring it into a crock pot with the beans and cooking on low for 8 hours overnight.  Simply, yummy, and I put them in a gluten-free brown rice tortilla with some leftover brown rice and some Daiya shreds.  Yummo lunch served.

before I wrapped it up


Lunch! Simple, healthy, and filling. I will admit I wish I had a ton of leafies to throw on there too.


Right now, I have a ratatouille going in one of my slow cookers, and will mix in some homemade pesto when it’s ready for dinner.  I haven’t decided yet, but thinking of serving it up with some grilled tempeh.  We’ll see.


I picked up some new workout DVD sets this past week.  While I’m not a fan of them most of the time (I get bored easy with repetition), I also know they can be incredibly effective and one heck of a time saver.

Time saving is something I really need, as well as portable (lots of traveling coming up), so I figured I’d give these a whirl.

I did an hour’s worth of video’s this afternoon up in my room.  I worked up quite a sweat, and did a combination of cardio and strength training.  And didn’t have to go outside in the 100+ degree heat.  Win win!


Yesterday was my allergist appointment.  The doctor confirmed that I do indeed have Oral Allergy Syndrome.  We went through a couple of hours of skin testing – to determine I pretty much am allergic to everything.  All tree’s except one, all grasses, dust, dust mites, cats, feathers….most of the natural world.

#41 is Oak….clearly one of the worst offenders.


even a day later, my arms do resemble the elephant man’s little sister….

OAS can’t be prevented with allergy meds, and the only treatments are avoidance of the trigger foods, and allergy shots.  I begin allergy shots when I return from FL in a couple of weeks.  Not looking forward to that, as it can take a few years for it to help.

Real quickly, OAS sufferers react to foods in what’s called a type 1 allergy response.  I’m not allergic to peaches, cherries, apples, etc per se – I’m allergic to the proteins in them that are exactly like the tree and grass allergies I have.  The theory is – allergy shots make help build my immunity to the trees, and as a result, my allergic responses to the foods will go away.  It’s strange – and sucks a lot.  The two worst trees for me are birch and oak – and there are a TON of fruits and veggies with the same protein structure as those two trees.  For now, if I chemically alter the protein structure (ie – cooking the foods), I will likely be OK.  Okay, so that wasn’t really quick, but that’s OAS in a nutshell.

After my appointment, some Benadryl, and a shower, I went to pick up my CSA haul for this week.  I’m excited, and am already using half of the items in dishes today!

eggplants, poblanos, peaches (which I will NOT be eating myself), blueberries, zucchini, and green tomatoes

Tomorrow my eldest leaves for a 3 week pre-college program!  She’s really excited, and I am excited for her.  If not more than a little nervous too!

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I am a 45 yo busy career single mom and doctoral student attempting to find her inner athlete, be a gluten-free(ish) vegan, and find a way to balance it all without going crazy! I love to cook, read, run, box, do yoga, dance, travel, and learn as many new things as I can - which often gets me in trouble.... I am passionate about life in general, and if I didn't write about it, I'd probably implode.

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