Friday was a simple green smoothie of coconut water, spinach, hemp seeds, banana, and frozen pineapple.
Lunch was some leftover tofu stir fry that I had made on Thursday for dinner. Super simple (and I have no picture, sorry!), but sauteed cubed tofu in a bit of coconut oil then added onion, garlic, red bell pepper, water chestnuts, bamboo shoots, and green beans. Added soy sauce at the end, and served over rice.
Dinner was a potato burrito and some Spanish rice.
I had class yesterday morning, so I heated up some leftover cream of broccoli soup (a Happy Herbivore recipe from her Holiday’s and Gatherings book).
Lunch was pretzels and hummus (bad, I know…was studying and didn’t feel like cooking).
I did cook for dinner though, and have a recipe to share! I made butternut squash risotto from a mix I picked up at Costco last week – by Manitou Trading Company. It was a huge hit, so find it if you can! Served with a mushroom and broccoli bake and Lightlife vegan Italian smart sausages.
Crissie’s Mushroom & Broccoli Bake
- 4 cups broccoli – steamed
- 3-4 cups quartered mushrooms (I used baby bellas, but any would work)
- 1/2 medium onion, diced
- 3 cloves minced garlic
- 1 can (14 oz) coconut milk
- 2 tbsp Earth Balance
- 2 tbsp flour
- bread crumbs (I used Italian seasoned panko)
- steam the broccoli for about 4 minutes
- put broccoli and mushrooms in a 9-in (or similar sized) baking dish
- in a skillet, melt the Earth Balance
- saute garlic and onion until onion is clear
- add flour and make a roux
- slowly add coconut milk and stir until a thick sauce forms
- salt and pepper to taste
- pour coconut milk mixture over the veggies and stir well
- sprinkle with bread crumbs
- bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees
I’m actually thinking of making this on Thanksgiving – it’s been quite awhile since I’ve felt any creativity in the kitchen, and this recipe didn’t disappoint at all.
After class yesterday I went for a run before getting busy working on laundry and studying. Not too far – only on Day 2 of the 10k training program!
Still, it was a nice day and at one point D drove past me (heading to the gas station to get gas for the mower) blaring Eye of the Tiger in case I needed some motivational tunes. He’s so cute.
I also went ahead and signed up for the Shamrock 8k in March here in Virginia Beach. It helps to have a race to train for, and I’ve been running the Shamrock for all but one of the last 12 years!
After work Friday was a retirement party for my CIO and then D and I went to AC and JC’s house to relax and hang out.
We have class on Saturday’s for half of this term – I think it’s to work around the holiday’s and to lesson our workload in our Brazil residency – which is just 2 weeks away! So, I was up around 8 on Saturday, studied for a bit, had class from 10-1130, and then got back to studying most of the day (mixed with a few breaks for a run, shower, and laundry).
I’ve really been getting into candles lately, and a packaged arrived yesterday with three I had ordered! Unfortunately, as I was taking the bubble wrap off of one of them, I lost a chunk of finger on broken glass 😦 Seriously, it bled for about 4 hours, and was seriously wondering if I needed stitches at one point. What sucks too, is that it’s my pointer finger on my right hand – so the one I need for typing, using a mouse, and writing. Ugh. At least I’ll be exempt from washing dishes for a bit – and you can bet I’m going to milk that for as long as I can!! 🙂
After dinner last night, I decided no more studies, and D, R, and I watched Die Hard! She’s starting to get introduced to some of my old action favorites – like James Bond, John McLane, and next is Armageddon!
I went to bed fairly early, and the two of them stayed up and watched another flick.
Today’s plans are – meal planning, finish laundry, and study!