I came to the unfortunate conclusion yesterday while grocery shopping that, as long as I am living on a waitressing “salary”, I really can’t afford to keep on eating the way I do. I’ve economized before, and I can do it again. This means less eating out, not buying foodstuffs every day, and better planning. This doesn’t have to be a negative thing… it can be fun, right? Diana had a great post the other day about affordable raw vegan snacks. How do you budget your meals and still eat things you like?
On a lighter note, I woke up in my parents’ apartment yesterday at 11 AM! Does that sound like a staycation or what? I’m so used to getting up at 8 that I was ravenous. I went to the kitchen, and found this box of VitaMuffins!
The kind folks over at Vitalicious generously sent me a huuuge box full of samples! That solved the problem of funding breakfast…
I wasn’t in the mood for something too sweet, so I went for the “CranBran” flavor.
Originally, I’d wanted to make a sexy parfait, but alas, all of our dairy products were blue. Maybe next time. I ate it “straight” instead and I loved it! I was expecting to have to smear on some B&B, but it’s very moist, and doesn’t need any kind of topping. It is also just sweet enough that the tartness of the cranberries made my tastebuds sing. Well done! Thanks again for the love, Vitalicious.
I searched far and wide for fruit: the counter, the fridge, the freezer, the pantry… nothing. I seem to remember having this problem before, and it makes me worry about what my parents are eating! Mom and Dad, you need your fruits and veggies. ANYway, I ended up coming up with a handful of whole cranberries, which I threw in the blender with the Whole Meal packet and some water.
After pouring it into the glass, I realized that dried dates would probably taste good, so I added two.
Mmm, still not really my favorite. To be fair, I didn’t follow Vega’s instructions for the “Basic Vega Smoothie”, so the next time I make it I’ll be sure to use some real fruit.
Lunch was sushi from the grocery store. It’s obviously not anywhere as good as sushi that has been freshly made, but this was pretty good. I ended up leaving the rice off of the last three pieces of nigiri, and just ate the fish.
I also had an apple to round out the meal.
The rest of the day was spent searching for jobs, shopping for the perfect dress (which turned out to be something I already own… love when that happens!) and catching up on blogs. While I was out, I picked up ingredients to make Sarma‘s famous S+M salad, which Liz has raved about multiple times. I may not be able to afford to eat at Pure Food + Wine (or even buy the cookbook for that matter!) but that doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy her recipes. I did a little scavenging, and found the recipe online. (She posted it herself, so I don’t think I’m doing anything unethical by putting it up.)
Neither of the health foods I checked sell hemp seeds in bulk, and an entire package was pretty expensive, so I just nixed it.
Look how cute this baby avocado is!
I didn’t have any raw rosemary crackers on hand (but I WILL try O.L.D.’s some day soon 🙂 ), but we did have some regular rosemary flatbread (from Margaret’s Artisan Bakery) in the pantry. Not perfect, but they worked.
This salad was so good! So many tastes and textures (nutty, salty, smooth and crunchy…) that came beautifully together. It was very filling, too.
Dessert was a bowl of Haagen-Dazs low-fat vanilla raspberry frozen yogurt with chocolate sauce and pecans. Yes, please!
I enjoyed this while watching Smart People, which has been on my Nextflix queue for-eva! I liked the film a lot… there have been so many off-beat indie family dramedies recently, haven’t you noticed?
A few hours later, I snacked on an apple. I was just in the mood to chew!
Keep those giveaway entries coming! It seems like you’ve all been to some great shows (and hosted some yourselves!). Ah, what a cultured bunch we are 😀
Here’s some more Upwelling love to make you smile… these boys always have the craziest experiences on the road!