dinner, food, lunch, thanksgiving, turkey

The Turkey Sandwich Post

I hope you all had an AMAZING Thanksgiving! Yesterday was filled with none-other: Eating!

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Homemade cranberry sauce, steamed green beans, turkey, homemade stuffing and roasted sweet potatoes with a drizzle of pure maple syrup. We also had regular mashed potatoes which I skipped – I prefer sweet potatoes over mashed! It was a pretty low key day for us! Football watching, eating, sleeping… perfect!

But let’s be honest here… I was looking forward to left over turkey sandwiches BEFORE the turkey was done yesterday! It is my favorite part of Thanksgiving!

Today I made a celebratory sandwich – toasted sprouted bread, mayo, turkey breast with melted cheddar, arugula and homemade cranberry sauce. It was a glorious, wonderful mess!

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I always went back through my old blog posts to look at previous turkey sandwiches – it’s funny to see how my pictures have evolved!

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A toasted bagel loaded with cream cheese, cranberry sauce, turkey, spinach leaves and melted cheddar. Ooey, gooey GOODNESS! And a carrot with some hummus =) – from this post in 2009

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It had avocado, light mayo, sprouts, cranberry sauce and turkey between two slices of toasted, sprouted bread. The best! – from this post in 2009

I can remember these specifically and how AMAZING these tasted!

How do you eat/prepare your turkey sandwiches?

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A fun filled Fourth!

Hey friends!

How was your Fourth of July?!

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I started mine with a 6 mile run – it was such a wonderful way to start my day!  I actually haven’t been running much lately. My workouts have been at the gym – stairs, sprinting and weights. But I wanted to breathe the fresh air and run a bit. I was really proud of my run, too! Not really fast (I think I averaged a little over 10 minute mile) but I felt strong. I used my RunGo App on my iPhone, too.

run goI had some black coffee and a peanut butter oat ball before my run, too.

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After my run I came home and made a huge smoothie bowl – if you follow me on instagram you know I love my smoothie bowls!

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I blended a half frozen banana, frozen peaches/mango/strawberries – about 1 cup, spinach, protein powder and coconut water. I topped it with some granola. Yum!

I showered, cleaned up the house and ran some errands. We had a late lunch at a local restaurant  called Scotts Bar and Grill. They have pretty decent food!

I started off with a beer and a few bites of bread – really refreshing!

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I was deciding between the fish tacos (I have been on a fish taco kick lately!) or some ratatouille. I saw they had ratatouille as a side on a dinner dish and it just sounded really good!

But… I was extremely disappointed.

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I got a little ramekin of sautéed onion and squash. Where’s the eggplant? And the tomatoes? Totally what I was NOT expecting. Dang it! So I shared some of my husband’s rib dinner. His dinner was really good!

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After we finished our meal we were deciding whether or not we were going to go watch some fire works or buy some. It was starting to rain which was a bummer! But we decided to go and pick up a few for Jordan – he loves fire works!

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Over all it was a really relaxing and fun day!

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XxOo Tasha

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Food Journal – Weekend Eats!

Hi friends!

How was your weekend? Ours was relaxing and productive! I was able to finish some projects around the house, clean, grocery shop and snuggle by the tree… I do love the sight of Christmas tree lights! The soft glow is so cozy!

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Here are some of my eats that I had this weekend!

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MMmmm I love veggie plates for lunch and dinner! I was looking through some of my old posts and I kept seeing these veggie plates pop up! I remember LOVING these so re-created one for my lunch on Saturday! I had peanut butter and white bean hummus for dip – I love dipping celery and carrots in peanut butter!

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We also went out to Taco Del Mar and I ordered a bowl – I forget the actual name. I skipped the tortilla and rice and instead I had black beans, chicken, guac, lettuce, tomato, salsa, jalapenos and cilantro. I was really good and the perfect size!

I also went to Trader Joes for my weekly stock up!

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Produce – organic apples, avocado, red bell pepper, bananas, red potatoes, sugar peas, green beans, brussel sprouts, lemon, onion, frozen edamame and organic kale.

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Protein – sliced turkey, vegan hot dogs, chicken breast, ground turkey, tuna, beans and eggs.

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Everything else – frozen mango, rice crackers, bars, cheese, yogurt, taco seasoning, banana chips, basil, bread, cereal, coffee, olive oil, tea and raisins.

PS – This tea is amazing! I have been drinking it all afternoon/evening!

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PPS – This yogurt is also amazing!

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How was your weekend? What were you eating?

Remember to check back tomorrow for Treat Monday!

XxOo Tasha

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10 on Tuesday: Foodie Edition

Thanks Jess for the fun post idea!

1. What is a food that you never thought you would try, but then tried and liked?   Gefilte Fish, and most Jewish foods. I was quickly introduced to Jewish food as my husband and family are Jewish. And oysters and lamb.

2. Do you subscribe to any foodie publications? If so, which ones?  Too many… Bon Appetite, Vegetarian Times, Cooking Light, Eating Well.

3. What ingredient do you find yourself reaching for the most when you cook?  Salt and pepper. And EVOO.

4. Are there any foods that you hated as a child, but then learned to like as an adult? Pretty much everything. Not that I was a picky eater but I was not introduced to a wide variety of foods.  

5. What do you like to eat that others may consider weird? I always get asked questions about vegan food. It’s amazing how many question I get asked about it. People don’t think that I eat anything except for carrots lol

6. What is the weirdest ingredient you’ve ever cooked with? 7. Do you have any major food allergies? None. But now that I haven’t eaten dairy when I do I seem to have a reaction to it. 

8. Is there an ingredient that you would like to cook with, but are intimidated to try? Well, not so much an ingredient but a technique. I am fascinated by raw food and all of the different techniques you can do. Like sprouting and dehydrating. But it is quite intimidating to me still.  

9. Do you bake? Yes! I love to bake! My dream would be to go to pastry school and open up my own bakery =)

10. If you could go on any “foodie” show to compete, which one would it be, and why? Who will be the next Foodnetwork star!!!!!

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Playing Favorites

We all have our favorite foods. The ones we must always have in our pantry or fridge. Believe me, I have a lot! But there are a few that I always have, no matter what.

Brown Rice
2956234We all know how important eating whole grains are. I have been cooking large batches of brown rice in a water / low sodium vegetable broth mixture, keeping it in the fridge and warming it up on a daily basis. Brown rice is a complex carbohydrate that provides 15 essential nutrients, including B-vitamins, niacin and potassium. It has a low glycemic index (GI), like raw vegetables and fruits, which reduces sugar spikes in our bodies. Why is this important? High glycemic foods break down quickly and act like sugar, giving a spike of insulin in our bodies. These spikes cause weight gain, sugar cravings and could eventually cause diabetes.  
I love eating brown rice with roasted or steamed vegetables – a simple, yet satisfying meal.

Avocados
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Avocado’s have been given a bad name by some for their fat content. But this is why avocados are so healthy for us! They contain large amounts of monounsaturated fat which is “the good fat” for humans, especially for women. They also reduce LDL cholesterol, which is the harmful kind, and increase HDL, good cholesterol. Their creamy texture and delicious taste pairs well with so many items! Eat them sliced, diced or smashed! I toss them in my salads, top my eggs with them, smash them on veggie sandwiches and enjoy them plain.

Beans and Lentils
No wonder beans are named the Magical Fruit. They have a high amount of soluble fiber making this an ideal staple food for those that do not eat meat. They also deliver B vitamins such as folic acid, and minerals such as magnesium, potassium, calcium and iron – very important for pregnant and nursing women. They are used for meat substitutes, dips, milks, as a binder in recipes and even desserts! Looking for a great vegan veggie burger? Try my Bean Burgers!

Nuts
Nuts are a great source of fiber, Omega fats and over all a perfect food. High in vitamins and nutrients, nuts pack a full punch of sustainable energy and nutrition. Walnuts are known to have the highest amount of good fat, omega 3’s. I buy raw nuts in bulk – almonds, cashews, pine nuts, pecans and walnuts. But because nuts are tightly packed with nutrients and fat, they are still calorie loaded you only need a small amount to benefit from their nutrients. Go with a handful or about a 1/4 cup. But be careful of pre-packaged nuts as they can have a high amount of sodium. Try them in salads, oatmeal, pancakes, baked goods, cereal, granola, with steamed or roasted vegetables… the ideas are endless! Or simply have a handful with a piece of fruit for a snack that will curb the mid-day munchies. See how simple it is to make your own Almond Milk, or try my delicious Cashew Cheese Spread.

Greens
Spinach, kale, mustard greens, chard, broccoli … any green plant is a must have in my diet! Dark green leafy vegetables are, calorie for calorie, perhaps the most concentrated source of nutrition of any food. They are a rich source of minerals (including iron, calcium, potassium, and magnesium) and vitamins, including vitamins K, C, E, and many of the B vitamins. They also provide a variety of phytonutrients including beta-carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin, which protect our cells from damage and our eyes from age-related problems, among many other effects. Plus they taste great and versatile. Steamed, cooked in soups and stews, blended and roasted. Americans do not incorporate enough greens in their diet, besides iceberg lettuce (which has near to zero nutrients). Greens need to be part of our daily diets as they contain so many of the essential nutrients our body depends on.

Our health is based on nutrition – we are what we eat. Be conscious about what you are feeding your body. Eat a variety of plant based foods, limiting your intake of processed foods and un-natural ingredients.
Mother Earth created plants for a reason. Enjoy them!

What are some of your favorite foods?

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Eats + A Dedication

Here are some of my eats the past few days:

Nothing is better than a fresh plate of organic veggies!

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Along with the “mystery dip” – I need to get the recipe ASAP!

Steamed Kale: oh how I love thee!

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Tofu scramble with toast and avocado for breakfast

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Toast with avocado blows butter or faux butter right out of the water!

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I would also like to take a minute and wish all of the Mom’s who read my blog a very happy and relaxing Mother’s Day! Even though a day is not nearly enough recognition for the dedication and sacrifice we as moms put forth, I hope you are spoiled and showered with love!

Happy Mother’s Day!

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Food, Inc.

Why do you eat the way you do? Is it for convenience? For your health? For your wallet? For your weight? Because of some one famous? Are you really eating for YOU?

I FINALLY watched Food, Inc. It has taken me forever but it was well worth the wait. Let me just say it is not for the faint of heart; or is it?

If you want to know where your food comes from then watch this documentary. If you don’t care; YOU SHOULD.

There is no reason why anyone would not be able to answer the simple question: “Do you know where your food comes from?”

The supermarket? Farmers? The fridge?

If only it could be that simple. For some it is but for the majority it isn’t. The food industry has sugar coated the truth about where Americans get their food from. Literally.

This is not another documentary claiming which foods are bad for us and which are not. It is not about becoming vegetarian or vegan. It is about understanding and gaining the knowledge that so many of us have been ignorant to see. If you open your pantry and see familiar items such as crackers, soups, pasta, cereal one would think that “they own it”. You work hard to provide food for your household, going to the grocery store and “purchasing” items. The truth is – you don’t own that food, it owns you.

How? How can this be? Simple: the food industry has taken over our nation. Basically telling you what you should or shouldn’t buy and eat on a daily basis.

It’s a sad fact that a McDonalds 1$ cheeseburger costs LESS than a bag of apples AND is more convenient than to make meals. It’s a fact that people simply cannot afford to buy fresh produce yet they can afford to buy soda and chips. Its a fact that these same people cannot afford to buy produce because they are spending hundred of dollars a month on prescriptions to help them “live”. They need these prescriptions because the food they have digested for years has made them sick. The food industry has you right where they want you: in the palm of their hands.

Only YOU can make a difference – 3 times a day. Food, Inc has shared some simple, yet effective ways that you can make a difference. (But I cannot express enough how you, as a consumer, should watch this movie)

    Stop drinking sodas and other sweetened beverages.

    Eat at home instead of eating out.

     

    Support the passage of laws requiring chain restaurants to post calorie information on menus and menu boards.

     

    Tell schools to stop selling sodas, junk food, and sports drinks.

     

    Meatless Mondays—Go without meat one day a week.

     

    Buy organic or sustainable food with little or no pesticides.

     

    Protect family farms; visit your local farmer’s market.

     

    Make a point to know where your food comes from—READ LABELS.

     

    Tell Congress that food safety is important to you.

     

    Demand job protections for farm workers and food processors, ensuring fair wages and other protections.

 

What have you done to make a difference in your life and the way you eat to help no only yourself but our nation?

  • I try to buy ALL organic items.
  • I have stopped eating meat on a regular basis and is something that I want to quit all together, even animal bi-products.
  • I look for locally owned business – I love supporting small farms.
  • I shop at farmers markets in the summer time.
  • I am NOT naive and “play dumb” when it comes to my health. I know that health problems can occur in anyone at anytime, even me. But prevention can and does help.
  • I proudly state what I eat to anyone that is willing to listen. My blog is my main outlet for family and friends.

Again, please invest some time and watch this documentary. Knowledge is power.

Healthy Eating,

ztashaz