3 days in 1 post

Hellllo out there. I have so many great things to tell you guys! Let’s start off with food… I have Thurs, Fri & Sat to catch you up on… I’ve had A LOT of awesome Vegan eats. My meals have are so much easier now, which is great because I would’ve quit by now if it was anything like day 1!

Thursday

Breakfast: Banana Berry Protein Smoothie (1 banana, 1 cup almond milk, frozen berries & Amazing Grass chocolate flavor)


Lunch: Whole Wheat Pasta w/ Crushed Tomatoes and grilled Vegetables

Dinner: Homemade Vegan Chili


Dessert: Vegan Peanut ย Butter cups – Chocolate + Better n Peanut Butter ย + Cinnamon Graham Crackers = LOVE

I have to share this recipe. What kind of friend would I be if I didn’t give you a recipe that included chocolate and peanut butter? Let alone combined…

Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups adapted from Alicia Silverstone’s Kind Diet

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp Earth Balanceย butter
  • 1/2 cup Better n Peanut Butter
  • 2/3 cup cinnamon graham crackers crushed + more if desired for topping
  • 2 tbsp Maple Syrup
  • 1/2 cup Vegan Chocolate Chips
  • 3 tbsp Unsweetened Almond Milk

Directions

  • Melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat.
  • Stir in the peanut butter, graham cracker crumbs, and maple sugar and mix well.
  • Remove the mixture from the heat. Evenly divide the mixture, approximately 2 tablespoons per cup, among the mold cups.
  • Combine the chocolate and milk in another pan. Stir over medium heat until the chocolate has melted.
  • Spoon the chocolate evenly over the peanut butter mixture.
  • Top with more crushed graham crackers
  • Place in the refrigerator to set for at least 2 hours before serving.

I’m gonna pull a Rachel Ray and say Yumm-O (even though I make fun of her for saying that). Not only are these healthy, low in calories and easy to make but they are SO SO good. I even tricked one of my cousins into thinking it was a high calorie, unhealthy dessert ๐Ÿ™‚

Friday

Breakfast: Van’s Whole Wheat Waffles w/ Protein “Cake Batter”

Protein “Cake Batter”

Ingredients

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 packet of Vega Vanilla Protein Powder

Directions

  • Blend together

Dessert for breakfast is becoming way too common… But I don’t mind. It’s healthy ๐Ÿ™‚

Lunch: Leftover Vegan Chili

Dinner: Vegan Mushroom Pizza & A vegan chocolate chip cookie

The cookie monster must’ve gotten a hold of this before I could grab the camera ๐Ÿ™‚ Btw, soy cheese – um, really? Why does every pizza place not offer this as an option? Try it just once, for me! Pleassseee.

Saturday

Breakfast: Whole Wheat Cinnamon Apple Swirl Pancakes w/ Apple Topping (longest name?)

I wanted to make something that my boyfriend and I could eat together so I had to think of something that looked like a man’s meal! He had seconds so I’m pretty positive I succeeded.

Whole Wheat Cinnamon Apple Swirl Pancakes w/ Apple Topping

Ingredients:

Pancake Batter

  • 3/4 cup Whole Wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup Whole Wheat pastry flour
  • 2 tablespoons stevia
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tablespoon Ener-G mixed with 2 tablespoons water

  • Cinnamon-Apple Swirl Batter:
    • 2 tablespoons prepared batter (above)
    • 2 tablespoons natural apple sauce
    • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

    Apple “Syrup” Topping

     

    • 1 chopped granny smith apple
    • 1 tbsp butter
    • 2 tbsp brown sugar
    • 1 tsp cinnamon

    Directions

    • In a large bowl, mix flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon.

    • Add almond (or soy) milk and egg replacer mixture and stir just until flour is moistened. (For thicker pancakes, use only 1 cup milk.) Let the batter rest for 5 minutes while the skillet heats.

    • While the batter is resting, combine all of the โ€œswirlโ€ ingredients, using 2 tablespoons of the prepared batter.
    • Heat a non-stick griddle or skillet (sprayed lightly with non-stick spray) over medium heat until a drop of water sizzles. Pour batter by scant 1/4 cupfuls onto hot griddle. Immediately drizzle the cinnamon-apple batter over the top of each pancake in a swirl pattern. Cook until tops are bubbly and bubbles burst; edges will look dry. With a pancake turner, turn and cook until undersides are golden. Place on a warm platter; keep warm.


    • Repeat until all batter is used, brushing griddle lightly with olive oil, if necessary, to prevent sticking.

    • Cook apple topping.

    • Melt butter in saucepan.
    • Add brown sugar, apples and cinnamon and cook until apples are tender and syrup has formed.
    • Pour over pancakes.

    These were delightfulย and kept us full for hours… Well me, longer than him. But I wasn’t hungry until dinner! (I did have a snack at the show – 2 clementines and 100 calorie pack of almonds)

    We went out to dinner to celebrate Valentines Day since we wont actually see each other on Monday. My boyfriend IS the best because he was craving lamb chops and we had reservations at Capital Grille but they didn’t have ONE Vegan option so he switched it to an Organic restaurant nearby just for me. Such a good guy ๐Ÿ™‚ The restaurant was called Dogwood. If you live in Maryland this is definitely a place to check out. Everything was so fresh, the service was great and the atmosphere was comfy-cozy yet funky. I will 100% be a repeat offender.


    FYI – I only had my iPhone for pictures so they didn’t come out that great…

    Appetizer: Beet & Carrot Soup w/ a slice of Fresh Bread

    Dinner:ย Forbidden Rice & Roasted Butternut Squash Curryย with zucchini and yellow squash, organic black rice, mild curried coconut sauce with Vannโ€™s spices, golden currants and toasted almonds

    I am literally speechless over a veggie dish! These flavors were spicy, nutty and flavorful. I would love to make this one night…and eat it for days and days.

    Unfortunately they didn’t offer any Vegan desserts ๐Ÿ˜ฆ But my trusty iPhone found a place right around the corner that did!

    Thank you, Sweet Sin for fulfilling my craving. I ordered a chocolate ganache raspberry cupcake.

    I die.

    On our way out there was something else staring me in the eye.

    I couldn’t eat a cupcake and not a cookie. That’s prejudiced and I wont stand for that. So i ordered one for the car ride home. Hey, it was 40 minutes you never know when a craving will strike! I ate it 5 minutes into the drive. This cookie was so fluffy. I had only planned to eat half…Half turned into 3/4’s which turned into the whole thing. Oh well, life goes on. The cupcake was also lovely. Extremely decadent is how I would describe it.

    Are you hungry after reading all of that? Because I am!

    Friday night my boyfriend arrived and I FINALLY got to give him his birthday present… 5 days in Key West in less than a month!!! I better get serious about my workouts!

    Can.Not.Wait. Sun.Beach.Drinks w/ Umbrellas. Need I say more?

    On Saturday he got me tickets to the Disney Princess on Ice show in Baltimore. I LOVE princesses and claim to be am one so I was overly excited. There was a couple in the elevator with us who were probably in their 80’s going to see the show too and that made me think “That will absolutely be us one day”. Once a princess, always a princess.

    I was like a little kid in a candy shop…or a little girl at a Disney Princess show. After the show was over we waited in line with the 6 year olds other girls and he bought me a light up tiara.

    Really, does it get any better than this? Pancakes for breakfast, Disney on Ice, a Princess tiara, amazing vegan dinner, even better 2 vegan desserts? I think not. If you think of something please, feel free to let me know.

    I highly doubt Adam had as much fun as I did but he was a great sport.

    Thanks babe ๐Ÿ™‚ Love you lots!

    We also watched The Social Network & Easy A. Neither were academy award winners but they were both entertaining and I liked learning the background story about how Facebook begun.

    On Friday night we also discovered Tasti D-lite was FINALLY open. I have been waiting for this for about a year…No joke. Please tell me you have one of these near you? If not maybe I should do a giveaway with some because I know they ship them ( I may or may not have had some shipped to me from Florida once). I discovered this ice cream with one of my best friends last May. 50 calories, 2 grams of fat, 2 grams of sugar, over 100 flavors and 50 toppings. ย You can guarantee I will be there at least 3x next week.

    They switch flavors out daily so I have already programmed their number to my speed dial. Even though I couldn’t order anything because of Vegan week I went in and told the owner he’d be seeing a lot more of me and expressed my excitement. I’m not sure if he was flattered or wanted to request a restraining order.

    Ah, okay. I’m done obsessing.

    Also some other great news is I won the shoes from Shanna’s giveaway!! Charles David wedges are on their way to my house and I am so thankful and happy ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks so much again. I’ll post a picture of me in them when I get them but here is a sneak peek in the meantime.

    Sorry I didn’t have time to post on Favorite Friday… I’ll make up for it next week! I hope everyone is having a great weekend. This post was really long so hopefully you didn’t get too bored!

    QUESTIONS: Have you ever had a vegan dessert? What are you doing for Valentines Day?

    Day 16: Dream house

    I dream big… I want a lot of children, a huge kitchen where I have so much room I could ice skate if I wanted to, and someone to clean up after me because I am sort of messy when I cook. I’d also like an amazing view of the water and pottery barn-esque designed rooms. It will be colorful yet classy. Is that too much to ask?


    Day 17: Something youโ€™re looking forward to

    Key West vacation… I’m so done with the snow, ice and numbing winds. Goodbye winter coat. Hello bikini.

    ANOTHER great giveaway by Angie! Go enter ๐Ÿ™‚ All of these giveaways are making me want to have another….

     

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    27 Responses to “3 days in 1 post”

    1. All of your vegan eats look sooo good! So glad you’re loving it! ๐Ÿ™‚

      5 days in key west?! You should win best gf on the year award!!

    2. OMG, a Key West vacation? That sounds AWESOME!

      I also am IN LOVE with Disney Princesses. I totally understand your enthusiasm! ๐Ÿ™‚

    3. hmmm I say yummo, does that make me a freak? lol I had no idea rachel ray even said that haha

    4. The dessert you made looks so delicious!!! And I love the idea of apple slices on pancakes. I need to try that one. I really want to see Disney on Ice! Have a great V-day, girl!

    5. All the food you made makes me want to go vegan!

    6. Your food looks so good especially the cake batter on the english muffin! YUM! I am totally obsessed with DISNEY to and princesses! I have been to disney a bunch of time and i love it! I think a give-away is necessary for tasty delight! ๐Ÿ™‚ looks awesome!

    7. Congrats again ๐Ÿ™‚

      Key West would be excellent! I’ve never been, so be sure to post tons of pics.

      We’re off to Kauai in 10 days..woohoo!

    8. Oh my gosh, all your food looks so delicious! And I’m dying to try out those chocolate peanut butter cups. Your vacation sounds like it’s going to be really fun, I don’t think I’d be able to wait either. ๐Ÿ™‚

    9. I love homemade PB cups! So good.
      And girl, I’m so jealous of your Key West getaway. That should be sooo much fun!

    10. That pancakes look SOOOO good!!

    11. Omg this post is crazy good! Your meals all look amazing. Those chocolate pb cups look delicious! And I’m staying in with my bf tomorrow. Cooking up some fun recipes ๐Ÿ˜€

    12. thanks so much for all the recipes!!!

      Tasti-d-lite reminds me of Sex and the City where Charlotte went and got some yogurt ๐Ÿ˜€

    13. you did have some yummy vegan eats-so glad it got better for you!!!!! I love Key West-so excited for you guys!!!!

    14. YUM! Everything looks so delicious ๐Ÿ˜€

    15. I really enjoy your food selections throughout the day. The berry smoothie looks amazing, the whole wheat pasta which I eat everyday and the vegan desserts were to die for. Really loved this post. Happy Valentine’s Day.

    16. OMG! You had such a great weekend of foods!! That beet carrot soup looks so interesting, I’d love to know how that went down! Ohhh you are killing me with that chocolate fro-yo…it looks soooo insanely good and I’m thinking getting some ice cream within the next 3 hours is definitely in my agenda for the day! ๐Ÿ™‚ Ohhh and that cupcake! Ah! Super yums!!! I’ve never had vegan soy cheese either but I’ve been dieing to try it for like, ever! Maybe I can make my own homemade pizza with soycheeze on top! YUM! happy vday:)

    17. KEY WEST! That will be SO nice ๐Ÿ™‚ & so warm!
      I really want to make those chocolate/ pb/ graham cracker cupcakes- they look so good!
      Nice shoes!!!!
      & NO we don’t have a Tasti near us ๐Ÿ˜ฆ UGH! They are in Miami though..worth a 3 & 1/2 hour drive?! ๐Ÿ˜‰
      Happy V-day!

    18. THOSE PEANUT BUTTER CUPS. LOOK. AMAZING.

      I have to try those asap. and who doesn’t love a princess tiara? ๐Ÿ˜‰

      my race went really well! thank you for asking. I just did a recap.. more pictures to come!

    19. Keep dreaming big girl!!! You deserve every ounce of what you desire!!

      I am still drooling over these peanut butter cups….Can you please send some my way? hehehe! I will get in my kitchen and make these bad boys ๐Ÿ™‚

      xxoo

    20. Key West is going to be so amazing! I’m so excited for you!

      And I have never had Tasti before although I did come across one in NYC (I think?). We don’t have them here in L.A. I’d take your vegan dessert over Tasti anyday though.

      How cute are you with your crown? ๐Ÿ™‚

      Happy Valentine’s Day!! Hope today is a great one for you.

    21. Oh my goodness how awesome! All of that wonderful food. sunny skies and beautiful water. Wow! Those peanut butter cups look amazing and I am so glad that you shared the recipe. I want to thank you for the sweet comment you left on my blog. Please if you get a chance check out my first giveaway.They are all natural organic products. I hope you enter.

    22. Aww such a fun post! So much happiness! I especially love the light up tiara! And your NEW SHOES! SO exciting! ๐Ÿ™‚

    23. Thanks for the GREAT surprise gift lyss! and the pancakes were delish!

    24. I think you have my shoes. There may have been a mix up with those results ๐Ÿ˜‰

      I made a version of those PB cups from Alicia’s book for my blog. they are divine.

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