Day 103- April 13

National Make Lunch Count Day was founded by some American chain restaurant I’ve never been to, as a gimmicky marketing ploy to up their lunch sales.

Somehow, this campaign weaselled it’s way into my blog concept and had the powers of manipulation over me to make me renegotiate my whole day’s itinerary.

I was at the elementary school practicum placement and discovered that one of my client/children wouldn’t be attending today’s session and thus I would have an extended lunch break

Yippee skippee – was I ever gonna make lunch count today

I got in the Jeep and hauled ass home to spend time with my beloved Duncan

…who was actually getting along just fine without me.

Nevertheless, he joined me while I feasted on the ultimate salad:

..like, just look at it

A riveting salad, indeed, boasting:

quinoa
sesame tofu
brocolli
peppers
red onion
red cabbage
kale
carrots
beets
asparagus
avocado
walnuts
balsamic reduction

Good food, great company. Then, unfortunately, back to school. Bummer.
BUT, I had tickets to see Jane Goodall in the evening

What an incredible person. Charming and clever, brilliant and humble, gentle, kind and thoughtful. I can’t even begin to put into words what an inspiration she is – but if it helps to make a clearer picture, I’ve been doing a much better job cleaning out my recyclables before putting them in the bin and have decided to commit more effort to my vegan-y ways.

I absolutely adored her- may she live forever

 

 

Day 102- April 12

What can I say about Liquorice? Especially on National Liquorice day?

First off, I had no idea there was a ‘q’ in there until autocorrect started going off about it.

Secondly, I could live without it.

Especially the black kind. Who the f eats that???

I managed to score a handful of the red kind at the candy kiosk at the Granville Island Farmer’s Market today during my lunch break.

It wasn’t your standard issue Twizzlers, let me assure you. I don’t know where it came from or what flavour it was supposed to be but it served it’s purpose today as I snapped these glossy red photos before heading to my volunteering gig.

I may have bought too little, photographically speaking, as I felt limited in what I could do with it…

…however I felt I may have bought too much, ingestingly speaking – heavy on the plastic flavour and texture… especially coming off the tail of a two week raw vegan stint… better luck next time, random red liquorice !

Day 94 – April 4

Quelle Surprise – National Vitamin C Day, Walking Day & Jeep 4×4 Day was a rainy one.

Luckily for me, Christina owns a Jeep 4×4 ! As well,  we are on a mega health kick right now so we have loads of fruit around for Vitamin C Day. And Duncan is always up for a walk!

This day fell right into my lap.

These fruit were literally just lying around!

 

We have a fancy new juicer with which I made a fancy new juice

To replicate this refreshing concoction, I recommend juicing the following:

  • 1 beet
  • 1 grapefruit
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 hunk of ginger
  • 1 hunk of tumeric
  • 3 celery stalks
  • pinch of cinnamon

It was tasty and nourishing and I presume full of Vitamin C.
Easy as pie… juice.

Next, I had to take Duncan for a walk because he was feeling neglected in light of the new juicer (he is literally like that). Being National Walking Day, that worked out great. I thought of taking him somewhere out of the ordinary using the ol’ Jeep 4×4, in honour of Jeep 4×4 Day. Two birds, one stone.

 

Here I am in front of the jeep

 

Here is the Jeep in its entirety

And here’s Duncan at the Jericho Beach, which we drove in the Jeep to get to.

Just pumping these celebrations out!

 

Day 92 – April 2

Probably anyone that knows me, knows of my affinity for Peanut Butter.

Peanut butter & chocolate, peanut butter & banana,  peanut butter in a smoothie, peanut butter cookies, peanut butter straight out of the jar…

April 2nd was National Peanut Butter & Jelly Day.

Of all the dynamic duos that Peanut Butter is contributed to, PB  & J may be my least favourite, never mind trite af.

Nevertheless, I decided to partake unflinchingly  in it’s celebration this day.

I did a little research to find out wtf jelly actually is. This website explained that jelly is made from the juice of fruit while jam is made of crushed fruit. However, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, jam and preserves are to be considered the same thing.

If the U.S Food and Drug Admin thinks they are the same, then so will I, undoubtedly, forever. Also I imagine jelly having gelatine in it and meat is murder, people.

Without further ado,
My Groundbreaking and altogether Revolutionary PB & J Recipe:

  • 2 slices of bread ( I used whole grain) toasted
  • 2 tablespoons of jam ( I used strawberry)
  • 3 tablespoons of peanut butter (I used all natural & smooth)
  • optional : hemp seeds & honey (I used both)

Toast the bread. Slather the jam on one slice, peanut butter on the other. Sprinkle hemp hearts and drizzle honey on either slice. Place together. Voila

It was a thing of beauty and a reminder of an era bygone.

 

 

Day 85- March 26

March 26 is National Spinach Day

Allow me to share a pictograph I found through a basic Google search that I will take as gospel… or fact, rather.

There you go. Eat spinach.

I drank mine to celebrate the day, in the form of Popeye Mylk by K & I Juice Co

It was a concoction involving spinach, apple, parsley, hemp & cinnamon. I saw it at Whole Foods, thought it was different …and a bit of a gamble.

But it paid off – I found this beverage to be absolutely delightful and I would have it again tomorrow… if it wasn’t $9, that is.

Day 82- March 23

National Chia Day!

Chia seeds are fantastic 

They have potassium, Omega-3’s, fibre, calcium & all kinds of free-radical fighting antioxidants. You can even grow your own pet out of them.

I have a whole ginormous Costco sized bag of them in my cupboard and throw them in muffins, homemade granola bars, oatmeal, salads & smoothies.

So in honour of this revolutionary seed, I made a
Blueberry Oatmeal Cashew Milk smoothie
(hope the title didn’t give too much away)

  • 1 cup DIY cashew milk
  • 3/4 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1/3 cup oatmeal
  • 1 tablespoon of chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon of honey

Combine in blender & Voila! A purple-blueish smoothie packed with nutritional benefits.

Day 77 – March 18th

The day after St. Patrick’s Day is National Sloppy Joe Day

My understanding of a Sloppy Joe is a bunch of hamburger (?) meat (?) in tomato sauce, stuffed into a bun.

That is something I will never ever ever eat because ground beef is the most disgusting thing I can think of  ( I barfed up spaghetti bolognese when I was about 8 and then slipped in it – my dad had to put me in the shower with my clothes on… never again, beef, never again)

Traumatic memories from It Takes Two starring Mary Kate & Ashley Olsen also was a key player in my distain

Anywho I decided to do my usual internet search of vegetarian/ vegan versions, survey a few to get the gist, and made my own version which involves quinoa and sweet potato

Here it goes, to the best of my memory:

  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1 red onion
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 yellow pepper
  • 2 celery stalks
  • 1 sweet potato
  • olive oil (enough to sauté the aforementioned vegetables)
  • 2 tablespoons of cumin
  • 4 tablespoons chilli powder
  • salt & pepper
  • 1 jar tomato sauce
  • long, flowing, unrestrained squirt of ketchup
  • long, flowing, unrestrained squirt of Sriracha sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Kim Kardashian Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1  cup of TruRoots Sprouted Lentil Trio (sprouted green, brown & black lentils)
  • 1/2 cup of quinoa
  • 3 1/2 cups of water
  • Kaiser buns
  • avocado
  • fresh jalapeños

Finely dice the first 6 ingredients and add them to a large heated pot with olive oil.
When softened,  add the spices. When fully coated, add the next 8  ingredients.


Stir occasionally and potentially add more water as the lentils and quinoa take form.
When lentils are no longer crunchy and all water is evaporated / absorbed, scoop generous amounts onto kaiser buns. Garnish with avocado & fresh jalapeños.

They were great. I now see why Ashley Olsen’s character was so taken with them.