I’m sure you know the feeling: you’ve spent hours (or even a few hard-earned minutes) preparing something that you’ve been thinking about for weeks, only to discover that it’s not quite right. Had you splurged for the right spices or the good cheese, it would have been perfect. The perfect ingredients can make or break a dish; a simple slice of avocado – or sprouts, as it was yesterday- can make an ordinary sandwich something really special. This thought came to my mind time and again yesterday with each meal I savored that special something, or pinned down what upgrade would make it better.
Yesterday we woke up and headed to the diner, where Ari treated me to breakfast.
I ordered the parfait again…
Something was off, though. I asked for “more yogurt, less granola,” but the yogurt wasn’t Greek anymore! Very sad. There also wasn’t any mango syrup. I still ate it, but I don’t think I’ll be getting that again 😦
Ari, however, ordered their new peanut butter pancakes, and substituted chocolate chips for bananas. I had a few delicious bites of those… they were even better than they look.
I puttered around the house for a little, killing time before my yoga class. On the way to Vinyasa Flow, I grabbed some carrot juice. For those of you who asked about this stuff: I’m obsessed! I used to drink it a lot when I was younger, and have just now re-addicted myself. It’s delicious: sweet, vegetable-y, and the perfect anytime snack.
Yoga was GREAT. It kicked my booty– I got into Firefly for about .5 seconds before toppling over– but I felt strong and relaxed after it was over.
I’d packed a mondo sandwich: Faux-zekiel with hummus, mustard, arugula beets, sprouts and a Dr. Praeger’s sweet potato pancake.
Sprouts always make a sandwich better. I think it’s the stringy, crunchy texture… so perfect.
I bagged it with an apple and a huge bottle of water…
… and ate it in Union Square Park…
… watching the pigeons.
Then I went back home to get some work done. My stomach was growling all day… I noticed Leslie Tweeted a while ago that she’s hungrier when she practices yoga than when she does a more “traditional” workout. Has anyone else noticed this? What exercise makes you feel the hungriest?
I [temporarily] squashed my hunger with a TJ’s Trek Mix Bar.
Since I had a lot of reading and writing to do, I wanted to make something fast and easy that would still taste delicious. A week or so ago, after admiring Caroline‘s fabulous dinner, she kindly sent me the recipe for the Ginger Peanut Tofu Salad she made. I scanned the ingredients and prep: yep- fast, easy, tasty 🙂
Can you believe that in all the years of my vegetarianism (that would be 8) until last night, I had yet to make scrambled or mashed tofu? Bad LVP!
I halved the recipe, then added a bit more soy sauce.
In keeping with my mondo sandwich at lunch, I made a mondo salad for dinner.
I filled the plate with a romaine heart, a huge handful of arugula, baby carrots, an apple…
… and a pickle, for good measure.
I had some Annie’s Lite Gingerly Vinaigrette for dipping…
It really was the perfect dinner. I was a little full afterward, but an hour or so later, my tum was demanding a sweet end. Biscotti to the rescue!
I finished my work at midnight, caught up on Project Runway (which I already ruined for one of you… sorry again!), and got 8 hours of sleep. Not bad!
Ari’s mother brought (upon my request) some old school photos for the room.
I think we would have been friends, don’t you?
Have a great day!