Tag Archives: Whole Foods

Baby Bok Choy and Bikes

3 Jan

I bought a bike this weekend!

(Looks like a falafel photoshoot in the background)

My parents wanted to get me one for Christmas, but we couldn’t figure out how to get from NY to DC. So they gave me some money and told me to buy one down here.

I was really nervous about getting the right one and I was all ready to head over to a pro bike shop. But first, I stopped in Target to get a helmet.

But I wound up finding a bike that was in my price range there. It was already assembled, so I just rolled it out of the store and took it home on the metro.

I took it on a test run and the bike is a good ride. However, I am bad at riding bikes. I’ve only ever ridden kids’ bikes, ones with one gear and brakes when you back pedal. So my new bike will take some getting used to, especially on hills.

 

And now for dinner, falafel served over baby bok choy.

Now this might seem like a weird combination, but trust me, it was delicious. It all started with a trip to Whole Foods. I’ve been wanting to try some of the more exotic vegetables for a while now. So I picked up a head of baby bok choy and figured that I would find some way to use it.

When I got home, I decided that all I wanted was some falafel. But I didn’t have any canned chickpeas (I’ve been trying to soak my own beans lately –saves money and tastes better). However, I did replenish my stash of chickpea flour and figured that I could use some of that.

After a little bit of internet searching, I found this recipe by Bob’s Red Mill. This is the company I buy my chickpea flour from. Everything they make is good.

What you need:

1 cup Garbanzo Bean Flour (also called Chickpea Flour)

1/2 tsp Sea Salt

1/4 tsp Baking Soda

1/2 tsp Cumin

1/4 Coriander

1/2 tsp Onion Powder

2 cloves Garlic

1/2 cup Boiling Water

2 tbsp Olive Oil (for frying)

How you do it:

Combine all dry ingredients in a bowl. Boil the water (I used a microwave) and add to the dry ingredients. Mix until well-combined.

In a frying pan, heat oil on medium-high heat. Form dough into patties and press down on the top with a fork. Place patties in oil and fry until golden brown.

As for the bok choy, I just sautéed it in a frying pan with some garlic.

Result: pure deliciousness.


French Toast

19 Dec

I caught a spot of cabin fever yesterday.

Working out and making breakfast were really the only two things I had planned on doing all day. So when they were over by noon, I was faced with an intimidating reality –was I really going to spend my entire sunny Saturday in my pajamas?

Around 1 o’clock, I made the decision to go out. I was going to head downtown and go to the National Gallery of Art.

Since coming to DC last year, I’ve discovered a few places I can go whenever I’m feeling frustrated or lonely. One of them is the National Gallery. It’s always swarming with tourists and art enthusiasts. I find new exhibits and new rooms every time I’m there. The atmosphere cheers me up immediately.

Since I always go to the East Building where they hang the modern art first, I decided to check out the West Building. I saw German sketches, Renaissance paintings, French works, and the only work by DaVinci that hangs in America. They also had a choir singing Christmas carols in the rotunda. It sounded beautiful.

But the trip wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the modern art wing. So I got on the moving sidewalk pictured above and made my trip under the lights. Only the NGA would find a way to make my transit a way to expose me to more art!


I got to watch a movie about Archimboldo that was narrated by Isabella Rossellini. If you don’t know who that is, go watch her short film entitled “Bed Bugs”. You’ve heard of her, I promise.

I was really craving Chipotle when I left the museum, so I walked a couple blocks up to Chinatown. On my way there, I spotted the Downtown Holiday Market and walked through. There were so many vendors selling interesting things.

I’m thinking that this hat/beard/mustache combo might be my next knitting project. Thoughts?

After eating half of my Chipotle burrito, I walked down to the Metro Center metro stop. By along the way, I passed by an Urban Outfitters and had to stop in. I looked around for a while, reading the books and looking at the shoes, before finding the sale section. Inside, I found a dress covered in little anchors. For those that don’t know, anchors are my sorority’s symbol. I took it to the dressing room and it fit perfectly. When I took it to the register, it was even more on sale than it said on the price tag. So I got a cute new anchor dress for 10 dollars. That’s what I call smart shopping!

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I knew I wanted something different for breakfast this morning, something I can’t usually make during the week.

French toast was the answer to all of my prayers.


What you need:

1/2 cup coconut milk

1/2 tbsp ground flax seeds + 1 1/2 water

cinnamon

nutmeg

3 pieces sprouted wheat toast

How you do it:

1. Make a flax egg – mix the ground flax seeds with water in a 1:3 ratio. Microwave for 30 seconds and let sit for 2 minutes.

2. Mix the flax egg with the coconut milk, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

3. Heat a pan on a very low flame, adding a little oil to help the bread cook.

4. Coat both sides of the bread in the milk mixture and place on the heated, oiled pan. Cook until both sides are golden brown.

5. Keep toast warm by heating the oven to 170F and placing cooked bread inside while you wait for the other slices to cook.

6. Cut into strips and top with almond butter, frozen banana slices, and honey.

Month of Good Decisions

2 Nov

November is all about making good decisions.

So this morning, against my body’s wishes, I pulled myself out of my bed, braved the cold, and went to the gym.

And it was awesome.

This past July, I challenged myself to go to the gym and workout every day. I bribed myself with a Sigma brush set. And I had a great month because I was so psyched about getting into shape.

Now, I’m not making any promises. You definitely won’t see me at the gym every day this month. First of all, it’s cold out. Second of all, I’m already doing this vegan thing and I don’t want to put too much on my plate. But I want to try to go more than once every three months (what I do now).

After the gym, I made myself some of my favorite breakfast food- oatmeal.

My mom was actually the first person to introduce me to real oatmeal. She always used to buy those little packages with dehydrated apples for me and my sister, but she would create these awesome concoctions for herself. When I realized how much sugar those packets had in them, I switched to mixing plain oats with honey and maple syrup and cinnamon. Then, when I came to college, I realized that buying plain oats in bulk was a lot cheaper than the prepackaged stuff.

Over the summer, I discovered KathEatsRealFood and her “Tribute to Oatmeal”. This one is inspired by her.

1/3 cup instant oats

1/4 cup shredded coconut

1 tablespoon chia seed/buckwheat/hemp seed mixture

1 tablespoon flaxseed

cinnamon

vanilla

maple syrup

Combine the first six ingredients in a bowl.

Boil water and add to oatmeal until it’s the right consistency. Stir. Add maple syrup to taste.

Basically one of the easiest and healthiest breakfast recipes you’ll find.

I ate dinner with one of my friends at the food court at Whole Foods today. Not wanting to be a creep, I didn’t take any pictures of anything. The food was good though. They’ve got a great hot food section with a really nice vegan selection. I just mixed a bunch of things together, like orange couscous, sweet potatoes, asparagus with orange zest, spinach and sunflower seeds, basically everything that looked good.

I did get to do some quick shopping for staple foods while I was there.

That hummus will be gone by tomorrow night. I already started making some headway on it for a late night snack.

Day One of Vegan-Vember was a success! I’m getting pumped for the rest of the month already.

♥, Sondra