I had this post all written out…
…and then THIS happened…
I’m still in shock.
How did this happen? Well, for starters, I follow Bob on Instagram. When I was looking at my Instagram feed yesterday morning, I noticed that he posted a photo from Baltimore. I freaked out a little bit that he was just 45 minutes away, and then later on in the afternoon, he posted a photo from DOWNTOWN FREDERICK. Where I live. I decided to take Jackson for a walk over by Baker Park (which is RIGHT by my house) and as luck would have it, spotted him right away! He actually was walking right towards me, and said “Hi! That’s a beautiful dog!” My heart started beating so fast, and I tried to form words- and finally said “Whoa! What are you doing here??” He said that they were filming an episode, so I’m thinking that a contestant on the upcoming season must be from Frederick! He asked me what my name is, and said how much he LOVED my town and how pretty it is. He was SO NICE. Hooray for Instagram!!
The funny thing is- for the last five years or so, I’ve said that if I could choose ONE celebrity to meet, it would be Bob Harper… so my life is complete, right?
Here’s my disclaimer before you view this post: the food is not pretty (for the most part). But, it all tasted really good! And there aren’t really any “spooky snacks,” but I think Jen’s graphic is pretty darn cute anyway.
I was teaching Spinning at 8:30 that morning, but got to the gym a little after 7:00 to do a Bodypump workout (and polish up my choreography- the launch is TODAY!). I grabbed a quick bite of banana with almond butter before heading out the door.
That’s about all I can stomach early in the morning.
After two hours at the gym (which included lots of stretching, I headed over to my favorite local coffee shop for my Monday morning ritual of coffee + list making).
I got a pumpkin spice coffee with a little soy milk. Oh, man it was good. I sat outside and enjoyed this very slowly- the weather was so beautiful!
I eventually made my way home with thoughts of pancakes dancing in my head. I attempted to make some using coconut and buckwheat flour, and it was a big, fat fail. I still haven’t figured out how to master the whole egg replacement thing, and ended up with a big pile of mush. I know that there are some great vegan pancake recipes out there, but sometimes I just don’t feel like measuring things… guess I’ll have to suck it up if I want pancakes!
After dumping pancake mush into the trash, I quickly whipped up my latest obsession instead: Laura’s TVP “oatmeal.”
Like I said… it ain’t pretty, but it sure does taste good!
I have been having a mini version of this almost every single day! For my version, I combine 1/4 c TVP, 1/4 c pumpkin puree, 1 T vegan sour cream, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 1 packet Stevia, a splash of almond milk and a huge shake of cinnamon. SO DARN GOOD. TVP is super high in protein, and has become my go-to source of it lately.
A few hours later, I had my usual lunch salad, which contained every vegetable in the fridge.
This bowl included mixed greens, red bell pepper, golden beets, cherry tomatoes, avocado, red onion, carrots, cucumber, sprouts, chopped pistachios and peanuts, hummus and chopped up Field Roast deli slices. I had a piece of toasted sesame Ezekiel bread and some homemade strawberry kombucha on the side.
I had a client later in the afternoon, and traded our usual indoor workout for a hike, since the weather was FABULOUS that day. Before heading out, I whipped up a quick protein muffin and topped it with some leftover flavors of fall dessert that I had made over the weekend and some coconut yogurt mixed with cinnamon.
Again, not pretty- but SO YUMMY.
I’ve been using Brittany’s recipe for microwave protein muffins- it’s the only vegan one that I’ve made that isn’t a pile of mush!
When I got back home, I quickly got started on dinner, which was totally experimental! I had a tube of polenta in the fridge that needed to be used, and just started throwing stuff together. It turned out to be a success!
Pumpkin sage polenta:
Roasted brussels sprouts with tempeh “bacon” on the side.
If I had used my SLR (and daylight) I probably could have created some really beautiful photos of the polenta bowl. But instead, you get a quick shot from the iPhone.
Pumpkin Sage Polenta
1 tsp olive oil
1 cloved garlic, finely minced
1/2 c sliced mushrooms
small handful of fresh sage, chopped
1/2 c vegetable broth
1 “tube” of polenta, chopped up into 1″ pieces
1/2 c pumpkin puree
salt + pepper to taste
1 tsp rosemary
1 tsp onion powder
1/2 c almond milk
2 T nutritional yeast
small pinch of nutmeg
In a small pan, heat up the olive oil and add the garlic, stirring often. Add the mushrooms and sage to the garlic and cook for about 3 more minutes. Pour the vegetable broth into a medium-sized pot and place over medium heat. Add the polenta to the pot and let cook for a few minutes. Once the polenta is soft, use a potato masher to mash it down. Add the all remaining ingredients (including the mushroom, sage and garlic) and stir well. Let cook for about 5 minutes, stirring often. Add more almond milk or vegetable broth if you want a thinner consistency. Remove from heat and serve immediately.
This dinner was SO good and filling! It might add a little more pumpkin next time, so that the flavor stands out a little more.
For dessert, I doctored up a Tempt ice cream bar. I was a little hesitant to buy hemp ice cream (I’m pretty picky about non-dairy ice cream!), but these are delicious! I mixed up a little bit of “pb fudge” and coated it over the ice cream bar, and placed it back in the freezer on top of a piece of wax paper.
This combination was UNREAL. Holy cow, I’m going to be eating this every single night. And for around 150 calories, I CAN.
See how delicious (and ugly) a day of vegan eating can be?
If you could have lunch with ANY celebrity who would it be? What’s your favorite “ugly” food?