Sound Eats

>> Thursday, October 1, 2009

Today is the day! My new and improved site, Sound Eats, is up and running! Head on over to www.soundeats.com to see where all my free time has gone recently. :) I'm really excited and hope you all join me over at the new site! Thanks for coming along with me on this journey!

xo,

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Embracing Fall

>> Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Good evening friends! I must make this snappy because I'm nervously double-checking everything for tomorrow's new site debut! So excited!!!

Lunch today was good in theory but meh in taste. It was supposed to be a vegan burrito with a shmear of nonfat refried beans, avocado, salsa, lettuce and some tofu that I pressed and scrambled/ seasoned with Emeril's Essence. It was alright, but wasn't really what I wanted (I wanted more simple foods, but was trying to use up other foods before they went bad).


Now dinner on the other hand...dinner MORE than made up for it! Butternut Squash Creamy Brown Rice. Vegan of course. The flavors completely embraced fall.


This was so delicious. I'm already thinking of making it in Alabama for Thanksgiving. But you know what? I'm going to be a complete brat and not give you the recipe right now. Trust me, it's worth it, but you'll have to check it out on the recipe page of the new site tomorrow. :D

Besides an awesome fall-esque dinner and a super awesome new site debuting tomorrow, want to know what else is awesome? The fact that I *think* I may have my chocolate chip cookie recipe (based of the Whole Foods vegan chocolate chip cookies) down. I think I figured out what the problem was...final taste test will determine!

Have a beautiful, cool, calm fall night! See you tomorrow from S.E.! (new blog name initials...you'll see tomorrow!)

xo,

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Six Great Fruits

Hey friends! I'll be back later tonight but I encourage you all to check out this article by Wendy, a author with a positive health focus. Leave your thoughts in the comments and I'll see you all tonight!

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Six Great Fruits to Eat Regularly

We all know that getting in plenty of fruits and vegetables is the smartest thing we can do for our health on a regular basis. Sadly though, many of us do not take this information to heart. Instead we pack our diet with ‘fruit and vegetable replacements’ such as fruit juice, V8 juice, fruit flavoured bars, fruit cups, and so on.

While these will provide some nutrition, you’re really missing out on everything whole fruit has to offer, so you’ll be so much better off if you just go with the decision to have real fruit instead.

Let’s take a quick peek at a list of some of the healthiest fruits you can incorporate regularly into your diet.

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Blueberries

Blueberries are an antioxidant powerhouse that will help to fend off disease and keep you healthy. Each day your body is going to come into contact with a variety of substances called free radicals, all which could potentially cause harm.

By eating foods rich in these antioxidants, you help to protect the body so no harm is done. Blueberries only contain about 50 calories per half a cup, so they are a great addition to any diet.


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Blackberries

If you’re trying to increase the fiber content of your diet, blackberries should be your fruit of choice. A one cup serving provides a whopping 7.6 grams of fiber. This will help to keep you feeling full and prevent snacking later on throughout the day.


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Apples

The great thing about apples is first, they contain a high amount of dietary fiber, and second, the pectin that’s found in apples will go a long way towards keeping your insulin levels under control.

This is very helpful for those who tend to have sensitive blood sugar levels and experience energy crashes throughout the day. At about 80 calories per apple, you really can’t go wrong with this choice.


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Papaya

If you commonly stick with the more traditional fruits such as apples, oranges, and bananas, it might just be time to branch out and try something else. Papaya’s are a great source of B vitamins, as well as provide you with vitamin E, folate, and fiber.


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Avocado

One fruit that many people forget about entirely because often they don’t really even consider it a fruit is avocado. This is a big mistake because this is a form of fruit you should be including in your diet and it will be a great source of healthy monounsaturated fat.

In addition to this, another fact that most people don’t realize is that avocado actually contains more potassium than a banana, which is the fruit commonly eaten for potassium purposes.


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Pineapple

Finally, don’t forget to add some pineapple to your week as well. This fruit contains an enzyme known as bromelain, which has been shown to help prevent cancer development. Pineapple is also going to help support the immune system, keeping you free from illness.

So don’t just rely on the classic standbys. Increase the variety of fruits you’re consuming in your typically daily diet to see better results and add more flavour to your day at the same time.


About the Author: Wendy is currently writing a book about moderate health strategies to achieve maximum weight loss. She also currently writes frequently for the Colon Cleanse Zone.


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Out of these fruits which is your favorite? I am a fan of all, but I sure love me some avocado! :) See you later, and thanks for sharing your knowledge with us Wendy!


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Double Mugs

This morning has been beautiful, especially earlier with the cool, dark morning air and everything so still and peaceful. Everything seems to just come alive with the crisp cool of Fall! I know the temps aren't going to stay as cool as the sun keeps rising, so I made the most of my early morning. Cue hot breakfast:

Mug of hot chai green tea? Check.


Mug of oatmeal? Check.


That last mug is having identity issues. I need to find a mug labeled "oatmeal. cereal. ice cream." Those are my most popular mug uses.

My oatmeal contained 1/2 cup oatmeal, water, 1/2 a mashed pear stirred into the oatmeal, and topped with almond butter, goji berries and pepitas.

Time to get crackin'! Can you believe the new site is up and running tomorrow!? So excited. :) I need your consultation for one last thing - do you have any particularly memorable or favorite posts from my almost one year of blogging? I'm putting together a "top posts" page and don't want to miss any. Thanks!

Have a great Wednesday and a great last day of September!


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Fall Feeling

>> Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Guess what?!? It feels like FALL!!!! I am liking living in northern Florida! It's currently in the fifties. YAY! It won't last long, and we're definitely only this cool at night, but who cares? I've seriously been dancing around tonight, windows open, la la la...ok, I'm done. Still super excited, but done. :)

I think I first noticed the difference in temperature and humidity when I emerged from the gym. Let's just say that after 30 minutes of walk/ run intervals and 15 minutes on the stair master, I had a pretty glisten about me. The air felt SO much cooler than it usually does on my sweaty skin. I freaking loved it.

Now, I was all prepared to have an awesome slew of photos to share with tonight's dinner recipe. Unfortunately, it just wasn't worth it. We used some of Emeril's Essence and I think it was just way too salty for this dish.


The dish included quinoa cooked in water and wine, yellow squash, navy beans, spinach, tomatoes, and mushrooms. It would have been a really tasty, savory dish, minus the annoying saltiness.

So what's a girl to do after a disappointing dinner? Duh, make cookies. :)


These cookies were like an oatmeal raisin spice cookie. Vegan (of course), but they actually weren't quite right. Don't get me wrong, they're quite tasty and not too sweet, but they're a little too chewy and dense. I was hoping to send these to a friend, but I may have to make a new batch to send away. I guess Ross' coworkers get these. :)

Alright well I'm going to go sit on the porch simply because it feels like fall and I'm in love with it. :)

Have a gorgeous night!

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It's Almost Time!

Howdy hey! Busy bee over here. Last night was another one of those sleepless nights for me. I ended up getting a lot of work done on the new recipe page for the new site. It was frustrating getting the kinks worked out/ the right format set, but we're dandy now!

Which leads me to my second-to-last big announcement here about the "new blog"...my new and improved blog makeover/ overhaul will be up and in effect on THURSDAY!!!! (The last announcement will be Thursday morning when I release the new site's name here). Are you excited? I am. I'm sure that's not obvious or anything...

Anyway! Breakfast was an old treat...Quaker Oatmeal Squares (aka CRACK!). I sent Ross to the store last night because we were completely out of oats and Quaker oats were bogo free. Wellll the Oatmeal Squares were bogo free also. Does my man know me well or what?



Lunch was so simple, wholesome and tasty. I sauteed half a tomato, half a cup of navy beans and 1/4 a bag of spinach. I added some seasonings (garlic powder, sprinkle of kosher salt, dried basil and ground pepper) for some extra flavor. With meals like these, how could anyone not Luv Veggies?


I ate it with a whole wheat English Muffin, toasted with Earth Balance. Seriously, I could never go on a low-carb diet. I love me some doughy goodness!

What is one ridiculous diet that you know that you couldn't last a day on? For me it's the Atkins (I think so at least - is that the one where you eat like no carbs but gorge on meat, meat, meat? Yeah, not veg-head friendly LOL). Oh, better yet, what's the most absurd crash diet you've heard of? Seriously, some of the crash diets out there crack. me. up.

Happy afternoon!

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Eggplant Rollatini & Product Review

>> Monday, September 28, 2009

First things first! You all sure know how to make a girl blush! I was seriously expecting several anon. comments all "your blog sucks!!!" but instead I got serious comments that showed me that I am in fact getting across what I want to share with this blog, but more than that, you all are enjoying itright along with me. So thanks for that. Also - so glad you enjoyed my fairy tale story this afternoon. I had so much fun writing it, and I'm glad it made some of you smile. (P.S. The prince found and disposed of the dead roach, so all is well in our kingdom and we all are living happily ever after...minus the roach, he's not happy being dead).

Moving on! In addition to some un-pictured snacking, I also tried this little gem this afternoon: a medjool date with almond butter and 3 little chocolate chips in it. It was tasty, but would have been better had the AB stuffed date been dipped in chocolate!


Now for dinner - Vegan Eggplant Rollatini! First, coat an 8x8 pan with a thin layer of tomato sauce.


Take your thin slices of eggplant and spread a spoonful of tomato sauce on it.


Next comes a layer of tofu ricotta. For the tofu ricotta I used 2/3 a block of tofu, juice from half a lemon, salt, dried basil, 2 Tablespoons nutritional yeast and about a Tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil.


Carefully roll the eggplant slices and lay in your pan. Top with more tomato sauce, any leftover tofu ricotta, and some breadcrumbs (I was trying to make a "crisp" topping with the breadcrumbs, but I think next time I would need to toast them and add them part-way through the baking/ kick it up to broil a few minutes).


Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Voila.



As you can see, I served it on some simple steamed spinach. This was so delicious. There are only two things I would change for next time. I would lightly grill the eggplant slices before layering and rolling and reduce the baking time to 20 minutes, and I would add some vegan mozzarella to the layers and on top for some extra pizazz.

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Now, one last thing. Foodbuzz sent me some Nature's Pride bread to try as part of their Tastemaker's program. I was sent a loaf of 12 Grain bread and a loaf of 100% Whole Wheat bread.


12 Grain ingredients:


Whole Wheat ingredients:


Do you see what I see? Milk. Both loaves contain milk ingredients. Now, in my defense - I tried to research on the Nature's Pride website, as well as the general internet for a list of ingredients. The only information they provided was nutritional statistics for each variety. This is great, but ingredients are important, too. However, I know that bread is one of the easiest things to include in a vegan diet. There is honestly no need for milk products in bread. I was very disappointed to see that both of these loaves were de-veganized by the inclusion of milk products.

Now that my vegan rant is over, I will say that my other half is enjoying Nature's Pride bread. He got home from a run tonight and immediately tried a slice of both breads. He commented that while they were both good, he really loved the texture of the 12-Grain (he felt it was "seedy" and he enjoyed that), but he also loved the flavor and the extra sweetness he tasted in the 100% Whole Wheat loaf.

I hope no one thinks I was overly harsh or critical of Nature's Pride bread. If I had been able to find the ingredient information online, I wouldn't have jumped on the offer (bread is usually vegan, anyways). That said, I'm still grateful for the bread, because my husband eats a lot more sandwiches than I do anyway, and now he has plenty of bread for it. :) So thank you Foodbuzz for the opportunity!

Almost time for Castle - good night friends. :)

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