Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Vegetarian Meal #8 of 10

Okay ... after reading your comments to yesterday's post, I totally feel boring in the popcorn department! You guys put some crazy, yet interesting things on your popcorn! What I am wondering is, what made you want to try new flavourings for the first time?? Are you really that adventurous!? I am a chicken, and never venture beyond the butter or margarine world. Hence, my boring popcorn last night:

You know how a few weeks ago I woke up to snow ...
Well that is all gone now. It was nearly hot last weekend.
And this morning I woke up to pouring rain! This is Saskatchewan weather for ya!

So when it is pouring rain, and cool, and dark, breakfast can only be one thing ...

(1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond breeze, 1/2 cup water, 1/2 cup oats, homemade pumpkin butter, and pumpkin seeds)

I had a mid-morning glo-bar snack:

Then for lunch I had perogies:

And the terrible two:

(old Cheddar and pears go fabulously together).

I have had more of an appetite than usual today, and by 3:30 I was haaaaaangry!
I had my 2nd LARA Bar:

This one was even more delicious than the last. I am so happy I finally tried these bars.
They are a little on the sweet side, and since I don't have a sweet tooth, I can only eat about 1/2 at a time - but I do love 'em.

Dinner was Vegetarian Meal #8 of 10

Red Tofu and Bean Chili


- 2 t olive oil
- 3 cups chopped onion
- 1/4 cup chili powder
- 1 1/2 tsp dried oregano
- 1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 2 minced garlic cloves
- 3 cups veggie stock
- 1 can kidney beans, drained
- 1 can black beans, drained
- 1 can chopped tomatoes, drained
- 1 can mushrooms
- 1/2 block extra firm tofu
- Cheddar cheese to sprinkle on before serving

  • Heat oil, add onion, saute 5 min.
  • Add spices, and saute 30 seconds
  • Add stock, beans, tomatoes, bring to a boil
  • Add tofu and mushrooms
  • Simmer about 45 min. or 1 hr.
  • Sprinkle shredded cheese on top before serving

I just realized that I didn't eat very many fruits/ veggies today. Guess that means I should have a GM tomorrow morning.

I really try to get my veggies in everyday, but some days (like today) I realize that it just didn't happen. No sweat. I will just have more tomorrow :-)

How do you maintain balance in your diet? Do you strive for a certain # of servings of the different food groups, or just eat what you feel like eating?


Lele said...

Mmm so true about oats being the only acceptable rainy day food.
Diet balance is HARD! I get too obsessive about counting food groups that I eat in a DAY, instead of looking at the long-term balance.

Devan said...

oh man! i used to LOVE perogies! its been ages since ive had them!!

Yelena said...

Wow, people do all all kinds of things to their popcorn!

I try to get balance over time. If I skip veggies in one meal or one day (oops!) then I will balance it out with the next one...since it's all an average over time.

That Larabar looks good!

Simply Life said...

Ooh those perogies look great! Ha, just like you're learning to venture out with the popcorn that's what I've been learning to do with oatmeal from so many bloggers! :)

Anonymous said...

Red tofu and bean chili sounds delicious! Though I try to prepare balanced meals if I can (especially for my daughter), I basically eat what I feel like most of the time.

Anais said...

I am putting on my grocerly list to buy tofu next time!! I actually love it in restaurants but at home it never seems to come out the same way :(

I have to work very hard at maintaining a balanced diet. I buy all the right food but then I either don't feel like eating it or too lazy to make it! So I try to find a right balance between what I WANT to eat and what I NEED to eat :)

Anonymous said...

Good question! I don't strive for any certain number, but my goal is the more, the better.

Velva said...

Hmmm. I think I strive for balance. I like all foods. i eat to enjoy! Whatever food that might be presented in any given day, I will try to enjoy and savor the opportunity.

Your tofu chili recipe looks really good.

Anonymous said...

i tend to crave things if i don't have them.... if i eat no veggies all day i'll end up wanting a salad for breakfast! i think it's all about working at listening to your body, cause it knows what it needs

Anonymous said...

I just eat whatever I feel like eating, but have always tried to get my 5 a day of fruit and veggies.


Unknown said...

How do you make those yummy perogies!??! They look delish!!
Also I'm sure you saw on my blog the popcorn with hot sauce... or another favorite of my BF and I ... butter salt and PEPPER!! YUM!