Good evening, folks! Better get cracking on this post or it’ll be morning before I’m done! As the title suggests, I finally took my food processor out of the box. It’s so sleek and shiny… I kind of just want to snuggle with it in bed. But… that’s a story for a different blog 😉
Yesterday I got up very early to finish some work before going into my internship. I drank a pot of coffee, opened my eyes a little wider, and finally started feeling my appetite. I made a yogurt bowl with vanilla Oikos, a Gala apple and granola. Hit the spot!
There wasn’t a whole lot for me to do at work… I mailed some things, ordered some more things, and read some other things. As vague as that sounds, I actually really like working there and am learning a lot about the industry! No experience is bad experience in my book (with a few exceptions).
I got off a couple hours earlier than usual and had some time to kill, so I decided to go next door and get a workout in before meeting my mom for lunch. I fueled up with half of a (very stale) Chocolate Chip Clif Bar.
Has anyone ever used the Expresso bike at the gym? It looks like a regular stationary bike, but the handlebars move so you can navigate the path that is shown onscreen. It’s pretty neat, and kept me from getting too bored! I did about 5 miles, then worked on arms and my PT exercises. I left just in time to meet my mom for lunch.
We went to Café Angelique, a cute café in the West Village.
I got the Mango & Goat Cheese Salad… it was really good, but there was about a pound of cheese on top! My mom and I thought about saving the excess and bringing it home in a doggie bag… but I’m not that desperate (yet).
I spread some of the cheese on whole grain toast.
Lunch left me surprisingly full, and while I wasn’t sure whether or not I wanted any frozen yogurt, as soon as I saw the flavors The Lite Choice was serving, I knew they had “LVP” written all over them. Pumpkin and Peanut Butter Truffle… I was powerless!
We finished our treat; my mom went back to work and I walked across town to Trader Joe’s and did a massive grocery shop. I thought my little arms were going to fall off on my walk home!
Fruit & Veggies
Dairy, Grains & Miscellaneous
Except… my farm stand was out of kale. So I improvised with escarole… a lettuce variety with much thinner leaves than kale. Oh well.
I loaded up the food processor with the dressing’s ingredients. Look how nice and clean he is! I think I’ll call him Lenny 🙂
Blended until almost smooth…
I should have halved the recipe, because this made quite a bit of topping. But I really could have eaten it straight, so I saved half for salads and dipping…
… and put the rest on half a head of escarole before massaging it all in.
I don’t have a dehydrator, so I followed Mama Pea‘s lead and baked them in the oven at 300 for 40 minutes. Foil may not have been the best choice, as it was kind of a hassle peeling them off.
They were really yummy, though! I think next time I’ll use a bit more lemon juice… I squirted a little on the chips while I snacked.
Next on the list: Raw Vegan Dark Chocolate Snowballs! Again, it wasn’t quite true to Averie’s recipe because this cocoa wasn’t so dark, but no matter.
This was one of the easiest things I’ve ever made. My salads take longer to prepare!
I was a little worried that the “batter” was too dry, but stuck it in the freezer as it was.
A few hours later, they were ready to be “balled”…
I was so proud of myself! They really look like macaroons!
There may have been some nibbling along the way, and some of the mixture left over that will make a fabulous breakfast addition. Try saying “Chocolate Snowball Oats for me!” ten times.
Dinner was pretty low-maintenance (unlike Blair and Serena, who kept me company)… I had leftover Japanese Cucumber Salad and Tomatoey Spiced Chickpeas. I added dulse flakes to the cukes this time, which worked a lot better than the nori.
For dessert, I had a strawberry-flavored Oikos and a chocolate snowball.
I love Greek yogurt as you’ve probably noticed… the only problem is that when I stock up, I eat it all so fast that it’s all gone in only a few days!
What recipe have you loved recently? What should I make next with my food processor?