This month I have embraced a few fast and simple recipes. As I mentioned in the previous post, I started my grad program at Lesley University (M.Ed. with an emphasis in Mathematics), and my life has turned into a crazy never ending merry-go-round of crossfitting, eating, teaching, planning, babysitting, eating, studying, eating, sleeping, repeat. I hardly have time to spend with friends let alone prepare meals that including chopping, dicing, soaking or baking. I recently discovered the frozen rice medley isle at Trader Joe's and that has saved me! My absolute fav? Japanese Fried Rice: white rice (although I would prefer brown), seaweed, edamame, tofu and spices. I buy a can of organic black beans, throw both in a skillet add kale and wa-la! Fast, cheap and easy and makes enough for two lunches.
I do have some underlying guilt about buying products that come in packages, which eventually contribute to our overflowing landfills. In the past I have spent the time buying everything in bulk, soaking beans and making everything from scratch. Once my grad program is done and I can support myself without the added income of babysitting, I can revert back to my more eco-friendly habits.
Clover is one my favorite vegetarian restaurants in the Boston area. They have an amazing BBQ seitan sandwich that I used to eat religiously at least once a week, until I found out that it was made with real mayo! GROSS. I swear, when I first ordered it over a year ago, I asked the young hipster cashier if it was vegan and he said yes. A month ago I discovered that no, it's made with eggs, and cheese! What? I was pissed. I turned around and drove directly to Whole Foods to get all the ingredients I would need to make my own vegan version of my favorite dish. Here's what I came up with...
Ezekiel Sprouted Grain Tortillas (I mentioned these in the So Many Avos post)
WestSoy Seitan Strips
Ketchup Barbecue Sauce (I'm blanking on the brand, I'll check when I get home)
I brown the seitan strips, then add BBQ sauce in the skillet. I cut up half an avocado and half a tomato, warm up the tortilla in the microwave. Throw everything into the tortilla and add some vegenaise. It is SO delicious. Matt can hear me moaning from the next room every time I eat one!
Tacos in general are a staple dinner item for me. Another favorite of mine; Dr. Praeger's California Veg burger, chopped up with tomato and avocado in an Ezekiel tortilla.