“A santey-sana squash-banana” – On Green Breakfasts

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I love breakfast carbs.

The people who “skip” breakfasts blow my mind – who does that? Breakfast is the best meal of the day! Pancakes, muffins, faux-egg-omletts, bagels, tofutti….

MAMOSAS!

I don’t have the 30 minutes each morning to craft a steaming bowl of steel-cut oats garnished with chia seeds. I have about 20 minutes from the time my alarm goes off at 5:15 to the time I have to be out the door for bikram at 5:40. (I say 20 minutes because I have a close relationship with my ‘snooze’ button).

Therefore everything, and I mean EVERYTHING, must be done the night before. Laying out my clothes, changing the rabbit’s litterbox, making lunch – none of that is “morning-of” material. ‘Morning -of” is putting on yoga shorts and doing a spit shine with some Listerine.

Which brings us to the breakfast dilemma.

Carbs + Speed =Rice cake with peanut butter & a banana.

This wouldn’t be so bad – if I didn’t spend my day dreaming about peanut butter. I love it. I think it should have it’s own food group. I eat way to much of it, and it’s probably one of the main reasons I can’t seem to lose weight while eating a vegan diet. So – what’s a carb-loving peanut butter addict to do?

Discover the mecca of speedy vegan breakfasts – that’s what!!

Carby, pre-made, CHEAP, and good for you? Oh yeah.

Green Breakfast Muffins- Makes 12 good-sized muffins

Ingredients

2 cups Bob’s Red Mill Flour (I used the wheat/flax/fancy-healthy combo)

2 tablespoons Sugar in the Raw (Depending on the amount of sweet you want in your muffin – 1 tablespoon = 1 sugar packet)

1 tablespoon flax seed

2 tablespoons chia seeds (yes – they are on the expensive side, but a large bag will last you for a long time)

1 cup water

1 cup juiced spinach (it’s 1 entire small box of the stuff in the naturals section. Spinach is usually pretty cheap, you can also get the “short-buy” stuff (things that are about to go bad – b/c you’re just going to juice them).

1/4 cup oil

1 santay sana sqaushed banana! (Anyone remember that line from the Lion King?! Anyone!? – Make sure your banana is ripe, under ripe bananas are like getting coal in your Xmas stocking).

Directions

(In a bowl) Mix all ingredients well. There may be some lumpy bits, but that’s OK

You may need to add a bit more water – the flax & chia seeds tend to soak up a lot of water, so if you need to add more here – feel free 🙂 It should be runny – yes, sort of like bright green snot.

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Green Tea & Green Muffins – the Breakfast of Champions!

Pour muffin mix into greased muffin pan. Bake at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes (or until a fork inserted comes out clean)

NOM NOM with a small amount of v. butter and/or humms 🙂

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The weirdest part about this was that the tops of the muffins (the “muffin-tops” lol) stayed dark green, and just browned on the edges. The bottom half – where it was inside the pan – were totally brown, looking just like a bran muffin would.

The photo on the right is of the inside – and yes, it was only after I made them, and ate half of one, did I think, “hmm – I should probably take a photo….”

I’m guessing these will keep in an air-tight container for a while. You get 12 muffins out of that batch – with enough flour and chia seeds left over to make at least one, if not 2, additional batches.

Happy Nomming Veg Heads!

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2013 Green Grammys : A Recap

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This post initially appeared on One Green Planet on Feb 11th

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While staying up until 12:30 to catch all the “behind, during, post, pre-show” commentary makes for a very bleary-eyed Monday morning employee, the 2013 Grammys didn’t disappoint, and was worth losing sleep over!

Before we even get into the Grammys – let’s take a step back, to last weekend’s Beyonce concert   SuperBowl halftime show. In interest of full disclosure, I will shamelessly admit that when Beyonce started performing, I started singing along. And, when Destiny’s Child reunited for that brief 3 minute slice of heaven, I got up off my couch and danced… in my pj’s….alone in my living room. I really don’t think you’re ready for my jelly.

Overall a flawless performance (and if you disagree than I will unfriend you from Facebook) – but Beyonce – why, why did choose to wear something so unfabulous?! As reported by The Guardian, Beyonce’s outfit consisted of (totally unnecessary) snake, cow and iguana. Wearing 3 (ok, maybe 2 – cows are not fierce) fierce animals doesn’t make you Sasha Fierce! This isn’t the only time Beyonce has made some unfriendly fashion choices – at the 2013 Presidential Inauguration, Beyonce arrived wearing a Christian Dior mink coat, FYI Bey – you’re supposed to wear faux fur and sing live – not the other way around!

As for last night’s Grammy extravaganza, vegan songbird and Grammy collector Carrie Underwood took home the award for Best Country Solo Performance – and wore a projection screen around her waist during her musical number. But her red carpet look was all old-Hollywood glam – including a diamond necklace of 380 carats. 380. Carats. She could have bought old-Hollywood for that much.

Normally I watch award shows while noshing on kale chips and hanging out with my rabbit – but it’s an annual tradition amongst my musically-inclined friends that we celebrate “music’s biggest night” and make snarky comments together! My non-vegan friends had buffalo wings, and I ate guacamole. Lots, and lots of guac. So this week’s Best & Worst Dressed comes from a collective vote (so you know it’s not just my own biased opinion).

Best Dressed : CARRIE UNDERWOOD!! There was no room for error with this gown, and she pulls it off flawlessly. Not to mention how fantastic her booty looks! (Hey – I have to give credit where credit is due!) Honorable mentions go to Taylor Swift in J. Mendel – (although she really needs to rethink that ‘do – that’s how I wear my hair to work when I haven’t washed recently) and Kelly Rowland in Georges Chakra Couture for literally laughing in the face of CBS’ Dress Code memo

Worst Dressed: A collective groan went up whenAdele arrived in my dead grandmother’s apron, Katy Perry looked like a stick of Minty Fresh gum with a breast-plate, and Florence Welch came as a metallic stegosaurus. For a full list of the red-carpet horror show, please enjoy this photo montage.

Oh, and Jennifer Lopez’s right leg came naked. Who’s leg is better – J. Lo or Angelina!?

2013 Screen Actors (Green) Guild Award : A Recap

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This post first appeared on January 29th on One Green Planet : http://www.onegreenplanet.org/news/2013-screen-actors-green-guild-awards-recap/

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The SAG awards – where actors celebrate actors and they all drink a little too much free champagne! It’s basically like the celebrity equivalent of the holiday office party – there are drinks, dancing, and at least one embarrassing moment to talk about at the water cooler Monday morning Let’s get to it, shall we?

The Fashion 

I have a confession – I am on the Anne Hathaway (Winner, Best Supporting Actress, Les Mis) bandwagon. I admit – I think she’s wonderful, she’s the Queen Vegan Mother of Celebrities and can do no wrong. But what. was. she. thinking with this dress. Anne – please – between the Justin Bieber inspired hair and white-out finger nails paired with too much tulle – I just don’t have words. I’m sorry – I love her and everything she stands for, but I’m just going to shake my head at this one. She even landed on Huffington Post’s “Worst Dressed” list.  Girl always rocks a sick vegan shoe though – this time by designer Jimmy Choo.

Leave it to Vegan Queen in Training Jessica Chastain (Nominee, Best Actress, Zero Dark Thirty) to pick up Anne’s slack. In this slick Alexander McQueen number, I’m going to give her solid A-. Big props for pulling off a dress a similar color to her hair (especially being a red head). I love the silhouette and along with the sleek & soft curl – VERY old Hollywood glam. E! Online (fashion mecca) gave her a nod for “Best Dressed”. And can we discuss the diamonds?! Bling Bling!

I don’t want to sound like a Negative Nancy – but overall, I wasn’t really blown away by the ladies of the red carpet. Maybe celebs knew they were going to party-hardy and didn’t want to ruin their favorite duds – I don’t know. Therefore – my “Best Dressed” is going to a very dapper Jim Parsons (Big Bang Theory). In a non-traditional tux, Parsons rocked it – channeling that “can-you-help-me-with-my-science-homework-and-take-me-to-the-prom” vibe. He even landed on the “Hollywood hunks” list with E! News!

Like we need another reason to celebrate – but the 2013 SAG awards offered another victory for animal lovers – a fur-free red carpet! That makes 2  awards shows people!! I heard rumors that someone rocked a faux-fur jacket – whoever you are, thank you for showing that faux is beautiful!!

The Food 

I’m happy to announce the team behind the SAG awards took a cue from the non-veg-friendly Golden Globes team. I’m thrilled to repot there will be not one, not two, but THREE vegan plates offered! Take a look and try to keep yourself from drooling on your keyboard;

  • Roasted beets and blood oranges with mint and black olives
  • Cauliflower couscous with pomegranate salsa
  • Farro with kale, young broccoli, currants and pine nuts

While this isn’t the most advanced of menus (even I can make a pretty mean couscous) – I have to give Chef Suzanne Goin major credit for creating something that will be just as appealing to our omnivore friends as it is to us.

The Fun

What would an awards show be without a little drama?! Popular US show Homeland was snubbed on the awards front by my personal favorite Downton Abbey – even Hollywood actors and actresses want to be Lords and Ladies!

Not a snubbing this time – but a well deserved win for Bryan Cranston in Breaking Bad. Oh – you haven’t seen Breaking Bad? I suggested you immediately contract the flu and stay in bed for the rest of the week catching up on Nexflix. Yes – Breaking Bad and Bryan Cranston are flu-worthy. It’s been on for a while, and it just keeps getting better!

Tune in next time for another round of awkward “thank you” speeches by Anne Hathaway, and the 2013 Grammy Awards!