Archive | October, 2011

Italian style yum.

22 Oct

My sweet friend, Melanie, sent me this book a while back along with another Vegan must have: The Veganomicon.  I have loved having these books!

Here is the best pasta sauce!  (I may even like it as much as my homemade marinara!)

Italian Style Pasta (Adapted from The Gluten Free Vegan)

1 tsp olive oil

1 large onion

¼ cup chopped roasted red peppers

¼ cup sundried tomatoes

5-6 cloves garlic

½ cup drained and chopped artichoke hearts

1 diced fresh tomatoes

1 cup washed spinach and chopped spinach (sub kale if you are eating high cruciferous)

¼ cup white wine

3 T chopped fresh basil

½ cup pine nuts

20 kalamata olives, coarsely chopped

Brown rice pasta, cooked (if gluten free)

Heat olive oil over medium high heat.  Add the onion and saute’ until soft.  (when cooking with less oil, like this recipe, if the veggies start to stick, keep a cup of water nearby and splash a bit in every so often).  Add the red peppers, sundried tomatoes and garlic.  Cook for a few minutes.  Then add the spinach or kale and cook a bit longer.  Add the remaining ingredients and simmer until heated through.  Season to taste with kosher salt and fresh ground pepper.

The beauty of this recipe is that I keep most of these ingredients in my fridge/freezer/pantry.  I buy kalamatas, artichoke hearts, sundried tomatoes, and pine nuts in bulk from Costco.  And there is no real cooking involved.  Except for the onions, the rest is just heating.  So cook your pasta while you throw this together and you have a healthy, vegan meal!

I served this to a friend who kept some sauce to top her vegan pizza and said it was fabulous.  So heck, use it as a pizza sauce or whatever you want!

Meal Planning Monday!

16 Oct

Each week, Melanie Flinn from Nutritious Eats has a Meal Planning Monday.  She posts her meals for the week and invites you to do the same.  Here is her blog:

Nutritious Eats

What is has done for me:

1) I ALWAYS meal plan on the weekends and am much more organized throughout the week.

2) I have drastically cut down on my trips to HEB.  If I get all of my evenings planned, I am ready for them and am not doing last minute shopping.

3) I am MUCH less likely to make unhealthy choices for the family when I have planned ahead and stick with it.

As Melanie says, you don’t need to impress on the site. Just simply lay out what you will be eating. It keeps you accountable and at the same time helps you to get new and great ideas!  So come join us!  You won’t regret it!

Here is mine for the week:

Sunday: we made eggrolls found here: http://glutenfreeday.com/?p=82 SO good! Vegan and yummy. I didn’t use any oil.
Monday: Gretchen cooks…yippee!!
Tuesday: Have a meeting where dinner is provided
Wednesday: Crock pot black beans, brown rice, guacamole
Thursday: Good ‘ole tostadas from leftover beans (on Romaine, no cheese for me)
Friday: Lucky still traveling…so may go out?

Have a healthy week!

Learning and relief.

9 Oct

This weekend was a test for me. We had a garage sale. These are typically stressful, exhausting, and LONG. So last week, I took the challenge upon myself to not let it be those things. Knowing that I was starting to come out of a flare scared me that this would send me back in. If you don’t yet know autoimmune diseases, know this: Stress = disease flare (gets worse for a week or two). So last week, I paced myself and went through our whole house and purged. It felt great. I still napped every day and did fun stuff with the kids (no school last week). Friday, we priced a few things, borrowed some tables, and called it quits at 8 pm. We relaxed and knew that whatever was supposed to sell, would. Sat morning, we pulled our unorganized junk out, had a sweet friend bring her much cuter junk, and sold until noon. I came in and layed down during the sale for a bit (nobody even knew!) because my body needed it. And at noon, we packed up the car and took everything to Goodwill. We didn’t make a ton of money, but we made some, we decluttered, and I learned how to have a garage sale without making myself sick! Yay! The relief is that this flare has settled! My fevers have finally gone away after 2 weeks of them being non stop. I am grateful and still resting and trying to care for myself so that it doesn’t happen again. (April, it was a blast doing that together! You are generous and sweet! Friends who came, thank you!! You are a blessing to me and you are all sweet for buying Gatorade and Rice Krispy treats from our kids)