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Baja Fish Tacos

We had a few dreary days in a row, so it was so nice to stick my face out into the bright sunshine yesterday! 

Until the inside of my house reached 81 degrees, that is! I’m SO glad we got our run in before 8am. Otherwise, I think it would have been too hot to have little bugger out in the stroller.

Once the husbo got home, I didn’t even have to ask twice before he broke out the AC for the year. If not for the little one, we may have held off a while, but that cold air was SWEET!

The heatwave was the perfect time to try out the Baja Fish Taco recipe I’d been anxious to whip up. I first saw fish tacos on a trip to Los Angeles in the early 90s, and everyone back in PA thought they were so weird. I thought they were light and fresh with lots of flavor possibilities…I was hooked!

I’m usually not a recipe follower (I like to play with pinches and dashes too much), but this one just looked too tempting to pass up. Perfect for a hot day…and I managed to get through it without making too many substitutions!

I found it here:

You can find it HERE.

Don’t you think every recipe should start out with this kind of COLOR!?

A drizzle of honey, a spritz of lime, and some S&P…

I was wishing I had a substitute, but I didn’t, so I went FULL-ON MAYO for the slaw…

I was crushed to find that my just-purchased avocado was all funky inside. But then I remembered I had this newbie in my fridge. I grabbed it out of curiosity–little did I know how handy (and tasty!) it would be!

Sizzlin’ tilapia (I substituted just for the halibut :P )

The finished product: Slaw, salsa, avo-hummus, and tilapia tucked into a whole wheat tortilla (my only real change to this recipe: the whole wheat.) This was fresh, flavorful and just plain yummy! AND easy enough to make with a baby on your hip. (Snap.)

Leave it to the Food Network. 

The husbo gave dinner the seal of approval, and provided dessert! It seems that someone he works with has an abundance of sweet, local berries….see how they’re not all big and white! LOVE local, natural berries.

I rummaged around looking for a suitable accompaniment, then realized that these berries were nice enough to shine on their own. Sometimes, the simplest approach is definitely the best. 

 Just rinsed and sliced…oh, where did that dark chocolate come from? ;)

Ahhh, It’s starting to feel like summer!

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What’s your favorite warm weather meal? 

What do you do with a strawberry surplus?

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BC o’D

My alarm went off at 2:45am this morning.

I do believe that is what is referred to as the “butt crack of dawn.”

I have it all worked out: If I set the alarm for 2:45, I actually get up at 3. I throw on clothes, then change and feed my boy if I can stir him enough to nurse (a lot of this depends on him…if he wakes at 1 or 2 and eats then, the whole plan is shot.) Then, I try to pump a bottle before heading off to work with both of my boys snuggled in their beds. This way, I can get almost a full day in at work and they hardly know I’m gone. They get to spend the morning together, and I’m home by 1 or 2pm, ready for a fun Saturday. (What I really mean is nearly comatose, halllucinating and dying for a nap, but whatever.)

Do I have a choice? Yes, but I think it’s best this way. There will come a day when my child has no interest in spending the day with his Mom. I’m gonna take it while the gettin’ is good. 

Breakfast? Doughnuts! ….just kidding. What I meant to say was: Mammoth Oats!

No, there is no actual mammoth in my oats. I’m not a big breakfast-meat eater. Just a mammoth portion of oats, almond milk, PB, raw almonds, cranberries, cinnamon and a fat nanner. (Has anyone posted the Doughnut Oats recipe yet? Come on, people. I know it’s out there.)

It isn’t actually all that big a portion…it’s just in a flat, thin container. :) A little over 1/2 cup of oats with a bunch of junk on top should keep my tank full for a while.

And it’d better, because these are just a few of the choices at the Cafe de la Office Caf:

-Double Pork Chop Sandwich

-BBQ Rib Flavored Potato Chips

-”Big Az” fried fish sandwich

-Every king size candy bar known to man

-Fruit parfaits! Made with pie filling, cake and pudding.

…and there’s a machine that will actually cook and bun up a cheddarwurst or hot dog for you. :| It’s magical.

To their credit, there is a wellness program that points out healthy choices with a lovely, very healthy-looking, little green leaf. Where might one find this leaf, you ask? Why, next to the Lean Cuisine, Twizzlers (!), SnackWells cookies (?) and a lone container of 8 baby carrots for $1.75, of course. Ack!

Pass, please.

So, after a morning in editor mode, I’m ready to switch back to the more comfy and oh-so-much-more-cuddly-and-yummy mommy mode.

On the radar for today: shopping for diapers (we’re making the switch to cloth!), some garden fun, and whatever other adventures that happen to divert our attention (which, at some point, will mean food!! Gotta love Saturday food.)

I’ll fill you in on all the haps, right after I wake up.

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What is the lunch atmosphere like at your office/workplace? Are healthy options offered? Does anyone want them?

What’s the best food day of the week (for you)?

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Hello, Broccoli

It’s the first official broccoli harvest of the season!

Insert catchy line about  broccoli here…hmmm…I really want to tell you that it’s that time of the season to rock out with your brocc out, but that’s just too horrible…

Anyhoo, I took this picture only a few days ago, and these lovelies had doubled in size by yesterday! I figured we’d better harvest before they either: A. took off (one had already bolted) or B. the little buggers got them (one of the hazards of being pesticide and chemical free!)

Enter: foil packet, olive oil, salt, pepper and garlic.

On the grill with some cute little chicken tenderloins.

Mayo, Dijon mustard and seven  PEPPADEWS! YUM!

Wrapped it up in whole wheat with a little spizznach and grated carrot.

And VOILA! Healthy spring dinner, in no time. 

Pretty easy on the budget, too! 

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What’s your favorite way to enjoy broccoli?  I have a feeling there’s a lot coming my way, so I could use some quick and easy prep ideas!

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What I am is what I am…

If you are what you eat (and you definitely are), today I am a big pile of refined white crap.

And that’s exactly what I feel like.

Before last night’s LLL meeting, the fam and I stopped off at the Cherry Alley in Lewisburg for sandwiches, only to find that they closed at  6. My fault, I suppose, for not checking, but I really don’t understand why so many local places close so early. Bummer.

So we had about a half hour to find a place to grab some eats. Situations like this usually do not end well.

Enter: the worst pizza I’ve ever had. I did not take a picture, but close your eyes and imagine some dry, crusty (not in a good way) bland pizza with a few dried up mushrooms on top. That’s about it.

Bleh.

This morning wasn’t much better. I neglected to plan ahead for oats (thinking perhaps that the Breakfast Fairy was going to show up and prepare something healthy while I slept? As if.) So when I got to my training session I was faced with a choice: cookies, bagel, or no breakfast. I chose half of the bagel that most closely resembled whole wheat, though I’m sure it wasn’t, and a big cup of decaf, which turned out not to be.

So now, I am a jittery lump of dried out pizza and doughy bagel. 

Some people really eat like this all the time?

Double bleh.

Man, I SO know better than to do this to myself.

On a nicer note, here’s a taste of what’s going on at the homestead right about now:

The Garden.

The husbo won’t pull the milkweed because it brings butterflies. Can’t argue with that.

Here he is, planting scarlet runner beans and yardlong beans (they will climb and form the arbor)…

Carrots, peas and rainbow chard…

Spizznach…

Staggered beet crop…

Broccs…

Little baby paw paw trees…(My Valentine’s Day gift to him, 2 years ago…)

Some pretty stuff around the spring house…

and the start of our long-anticipated blueberries! Can’t wait to be some blueberry oats!

And those are a few of the things I aspire to be.

For now, I’m back at the Cherry Alley, and I plan to spend the rest of the day being a Thai Tempeh wrap with apples, sprouts and spicy mango sauce. Oh, and a big vegan espresso cookie, too.

Yummy me!

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What are you?

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Almond Date Cream: Take 2

As mentioned in a previous post, I love almonds and I love dates, so I had to try the Almond Date Cream recipe in my new Vegan Planet Cookbook. (I think the book calls it Almond Butter Cream, but that didn’t seem an accurate description to me.)

The first time around, I couldn’t resist modifying the recipe to include the almond butter I already had. I loved the results, but decided to play by the rules this time and do things by the book…

I wasn’t sure if there would be a big difference in the results.

There was!

I combined 1 cup of almonds, 5 dates, and 1/2 cup of hot water in my little puree machine and let it all soak for about 2 hours.

It took a lot of effort on the machine’s part, but it handled the job. The almonds jammed up a little, so I did have to add a bit of almond milk to help it all blend and achieve a nice texture.

This wasn’t nearly as sweet as my first attempt, and the texture was thick, creamy and a bit grainy. I wasn’t sure about the mouthfeel at first, but I reserved judgement until I added it to my morning oats. 

I dropped a tablespoon of my new creation in with my slightly heated oats, almond milk, and some dried cranberries. I gave it a little swirl and…POOF!…it disappeared! 
8O

I like to keep my ingredients a bit separated in the bowl so I can choose what I’d like to have in each bite. Luckily, I didn’t really blend  the cream in all the way. Just  a little swirl. I was disappointed that I couldn’t really see it, but it made each bite taste a little different. Fun!

One warning: Try to pay attention to where this is in your bowl! The cream and the oats are so similar in color that you could end up with a mouthful of straight almond cream and then the rest of your oats could end up sad and plain. :(

The flavor was creamy, mellow and barely sweet, and the texture was surprisingly nice. Very subtle, but a lovely addition.

Of the two versions, I think I’d have to pick this one as my favorite because the ingredients were completely whole. The almonds are less expensive than the almond butter, too. 

A winner!

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