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Friday Menu 1/27

Breakfast
Banana-date smoothie (soymilk, a frozen banana, 3 dried dates, some ground flax, and a little vanilla extract), 2 Banana Oat Bundles, and a clementine.

The smoothie is wonderful - I've never used dates this way before. I'm really loving those little guys. The Banana Oat Bundles are kind of dry now, but that's not surprising since they're now 5 days old.

Snack
Fuji apple.

Lunch
2 samosas from the local Indian food store. Yes, they were fried. But they don't sell them often and they're so good. At least they're not the huge restaurant kind - these are flat, and a bit smaller.

Snack
Chocolate Pecan Pie Luna Bar and 1/2 oz. macadamia nuts. The Luna bar was disappointing compared to the last one I had (Caramel Nut Brownie), but at least it had some vitamins in it and stuff. I bought a little jar of macadamia nuts (holy mother of expensive!) to make my boyfriend chocolate chip macadamia nut cookies for his birthday ('cause they're his favorite). Next Thursday. I cannot eat them, because I don't want to buy another jar... but dear god those things are good.

Dinner
Butternut Squash Risotto from The Vegetarian Meat and Potatoes Cookbook. The recipe calls for some white wine, but since I don't do wine I just used a little more vegetable stock. I also used half red and half yellow peppers to make up the 1/2 cup. It came out wonderfully - delicious and creamy. It's a lovely color as well. The recipe said it would make 4-6 servings; we got 4 out of it since it was our entire dinner (and each of our lunches at work tomorrow).


Snack
1/2 oz. almonds. I need to watch it here - nuts are a weakness of mine.
2 fudge-covered graham crackers.

Good News: I found VEGAN fudge-covered graham crackers. Fudge! Graham crackers! Man these are good. They're not marketed as vegan, of course, but they are. And for that I am thankful.

Bad News: The cinnamon graham sticks that I've been eating are not, in fact, vegan. I checked the ingredients again tonight, just to be sure... and lo and behold, they have honey in them. I don't know how I missed that the first few times I looked.

My eating today was not as good as it could have been. The samosas were fine, but then there was the Luna bar. And the macadamia nuts, and the almonds, and the fudge-covered graham crackers. These things are all fine, really - just maybe not all in one day. I think it's more a matter of me starting to feel less in control than anything. So I'm going to work on that some more. Still, this is the best "bad food day" I've had in a long time. What I used to call a bad food day involved half a dozen cookies and french fries for two meals.

Let's hear it for the occasional samosa. I lunch at an vegetarian indian food cart now and then (lunch special 5 bucks and lasts me 2 days) and hate holding back on their samosas time after time - sadly they're the very large very fried kind.

Your risotto is so appetizing. I've yet to make a risotto myself, and have been meaning to.

p.s. I really dig the Meat and Potatoes cookbook, I was pleased at how many recipes were easily veganized.

If I let myself I could eat samosas for every meal, seriously. They don't sell these too often at the Indian grocery - I've seen them maybe three times in twice as many months - so it would have been criminal to pass them by.

The risotto was pretty delicious, and so easy - you should try it. I always thought it would be a whole big procedure, but it wasn't at all. This was the first recipe I've made from that cookbook, but now I definitely want to make more.

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