So, for those who don’t know I run a graphic & website design business from my home….while I was still working in technology management for a law firm. Well, 3 weeks ago I resigned from my “day” job so that design could take its place. Very cool. Very scary. Very exciting. What does this mean for me? Well, more time for my design which I am excited about and super dooper time to go back to cooking and exploring all kinds of vegetarian yummy meals. I am so thrilled about that, and I dusted off all of my Vegetarian Times magazines (some dating back to 2004 or earlier). I am sifting through trying to make a book of my fav recipes so I can start cooking again. Yay. Maybe I will take pics for ya’ll to see. Stay tuned….
Yup. It’s Sunday, been working on some websites since 6am, and now it is time to eat. So, I’m off to Red Robin. They pack the best damn Gardenburger in the world. Why?
Well, first it is a Gardenburger. The brand, I mean. I’m not a favorite of soy burgers at all, cause if I wanted to eat something that looked and had the texture of meat…I would just eat meat. But, Gardenburger is so good cause it is packed with yummy grains and protein and all sorts of tasty things without wanting to be meat when it grows up. So, I am including a picture of my yummy concoction cause it is one that has to be seen to be believed. For those who don’t know, or don’t have a Red Robin…I will tell you exactly what is in there from top to bottom.
- Bun – Traditional sesame bun that is!
- BBQ sauce – Why? Cause I can, that’s why.
- Onion Straws – Actually, I ask for these to be on the bottom or else they would slide right off due to the next ingredient.
- Sauteed Mushrooms – Yummmm. I love fungi.
- Lettuce – Just getting something green in there for good measure
- Pickles – A little twang is a good thing
- Other Bun – Why? Cause I would make a mess otherwise.
Okay. I’m off. I just had to share this with everyone. Yummmm, Yummm!
When I became a veggie years ago, I figured that was the end of my quick & easy meals. I did, for the first 2 years, cook all of the time. It was fun, playing with tofu to come up with Lasagna that was just as tasty as the dairy version. Then work took over, I started my own graphic/website design business, and I found myself not eating so I could sit in front of my Mac and work.
I don’t think so! I love to eat, anything…and this was not going to work. So, I searched through markets and found Amy. WOW! Her meals are the best, have all kinds of good stuff….and I can find vegan varieties that are damn tasty too. Check out my latest favorite, her black beans and brown rice. Yummmmmm. I mean that. This coming from someone who is very picky with eating, even though it appears to all my friends that I never stop eating. Don’t fear, I eat tons but don’t weigh the same. I think it will catch up with me when I hit 40, but damn I have years before then and I will continue to live, love food…and rely on my metabolism. Go go go…..
My new favorite, and terribly healthy breakfast, is Jamba Juice’s Steel Cut Oats. Okay, I had to laugh when Starbucks first unveiled their oatmeal (notice I am using lowercase). I thought it deserved a chuckle that I would pay them over $2 for a package of oatmeal, when I could get a whole box of the same stuff at the market for a little more (unless there was a sale going on). So, I had a coupon to try it for free….and that was the last time I have ever eaten it.
Enter Jamba Juice. Whoa! This stuff is good. If you ever try to cook Steel Cut Oats, providing you are not hungry and have 30+ minutes to devote to it, you know that they are the best tasting but take way too long to cook. So, I run by my local JJ before heading to work and they do all of the work for me. Plus the fruit they put on top is SOOOOO good. Thumbs up! Toes up!! Can you tell I love it?
Anyway, head out to your local Jamba Juice and try it. Oh, and it is made with Soymilk which gets a heads up from me. No dairy. Even better! Moo!
Okay, so this is more of a plea than a post about what I am eating today. I am in search of non-animal rennet smoked gouda. For the love all of all things it just has to be out there!!! I found some wonderful companies on the internet, that make gouda at their lovely farm on the east coast, but I don’t want to have to buy a few pounds of cheese and then have it shipped to me in California just to satisfy my whim. Well, I have thought about it but there has to be another way. HELP!!