Friday, December 22, 2017

Pack-a-Snack #88

Dark chocolate-covered pistachios, shortbread cookies, and applesauce with cinnamon sugar.

Pistachios supposedly have high levels of Omega-3 fat (alpha linolenic acid, to be precise), which I do try to pay attention to at least some of the time. But they also taste good, which I always pay attention to.

Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good weekend!

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Temari Rabbit 2-Tier Bento #101

Steamed broccoli, Gardein teriyaki chick'n strips, rice, strawberries, and blackberries.

I thought I could save money buy buying Goya medium grain rice rather than my usual Calrose rice or sushi rice for Asian meals, and discovered quite by accident that I am a rice snob. I mean, I sort of knew this based on how I feel about rice in restaurants, but now I know, for sure. The rice one chooses matters, and this is not particularly good rice.

You live and learn.

The teriyaki chick'n strips, on the other hand, are quite nice.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Happy Jackson Snack Boxes #44

This is what came of oversleeping: A bit of a hasty lunch. A salad of romaine lettuce and red onion with Daiya blue cheeze dressing, mini croutons (mandeln), Bac'n bits, almond butter bliss balls, a mandarin orange, and strawberries.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Happy Jackson Snack Boxes #43

A basic salad (romaine lettuce and cherry tomatoes), Just Thousand dressing, blackberries, New Boston Baked Beans (from Healthy Cooking for Two (or Just You)), and pasta salad made from leftover vegan macaroni-and-cheese (technically, macaroni in a creamy sauce, I think, is what Annie's calls it).

Monday, December 18, 2017

Laptop Lunches #283

Okra and tomatoes, stuffing/dressing, tofu chops, and mashed potatoes.

I was beyond excited to find okra at that tiny market I call the "Polish-Korean Store," which is one of the only places I feel comfortable shopping for food in December (it's not wildly crowded or overwhelming). It has been entirely too long since I had okra. So I cooked up a pleasantly Southern-style meal.

I'm having some trouble adjusting to not being able to eat Stove Top stuffing anymore, but all of their varieties have some kind of meat in them, so I got some Pepperidge Farm seasoned bread cube stuffing mix and added onions and celery, and it was fine, but not all I hoped it would be.

The tofu chops didn't work out as I'd hoped, either. The breading wouldn't stay on most of the chops. They did taste pretty good, though.

As I have rarely met a mashed potato I didn't like, I have no complaints there.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Laptop Lunches #282

Onion crackers, olive tapenade, improvisationalcucumber salad, carrot-apple salad, and a handful of chocolate covered fruit jelly candies.

This is the last meal I had to pull together for myself this week, so it's a little odd, taken, as it is, from the odds and ends about my kitchen. But I do love carrot salads of nearly every kind, and cucumber salads of nearly every kind, and olive tapenade of every kind, so that's all great. These are also things that I suspect anyone would eat, vegetarian or vegan or not, although if you weren't you'd probably not make it your main focus.

I love the fruit jelly candies from the local produce market (which I otherwise refer to as the "Polish-Korean store"--have I previously mentioned this?). For some reason a lot of these Polish candies don't use gelatin, but pectin, and they're totally vegan. If I weren't vegan myself I'd probably never have tasted Polish chocolate-covered fruit jelly candies. Food is amazing.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Laptop Lunches #281

Mashed potatoes, corn sauteed with onions and green pepper, mushroom bourguignon, and kiwi.

This was a meal pulled together from necessity--I'm avoiding the grocery stores due to holiday crowds and more or less just eating down my stocks, and I had some mushrooms going south--but it was pretty good.  I think if I ever make this mushroom dish again, it needs more carrot, though.