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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Not Just a Sandwich....

 
 
Today, I did something radically different for lunch! I found a bag of meat-free "chicken" strips, and since I'm contantly fascinated by how vegans and vegetarians manage to eat healthy food without skimping on flavor, I decided to do it myself! Voila - this is a Vietnamese Bahn Mi sandwich, made with meat-free chicken strips.




I simply sauteed the strips in low-sodium soy sauce with a little raw sugar (to simulate teriyaki sauce), and grated some carrot into a little rice vinegar, for a quick pickled carrot. Then, simply layered lettuce, cilantro, the fake chicken strips, green onion, cucumber, the drained carrot, and a little jalapeno and hot sauce.

The verdict? Amazing. The "chicken" strips had virtually the same taste and texture as real chicken, and the sandwich tasted fresh, healthy and, well....zingy! I really did not notice that I was eating a healthy sandwich....just a delicious one!

Eat well, my friends and stay tuned for gourmet sweets, and other wonderful treats!

Love and kindness to all,

Pixie

 


Thursday, April 3, 2014

Of Life, and Rubberband wars

 
 
I don't have any cool food photos to post. Heck, I only have one, reasonably nice picture to show you today. Here you are, my plum trees are blooming.

 
Yes, I am actually quite happy about that. Although, you would not know it to talk to me, right now. I recently found out that my job is ending. You know how losing a job is like a sort of death? You kind of mourn the loss of new friends, things like, oh, I don't know....a paycheck? Well, I think I'm in that phase.
 
You know what I miss even more? Cameraderie. Yup, good old-fashioned FUN AT WORK. You think it's not possible, dontcha? Well, let me bring you to a time in my life when I worked at a magical place. A TV station in Northern California  ~ click here to see where I worked. Not that they were giving away free candy or something....it was (as it always is) the people I worked with. A dedicated team of professionals, who worked hard, but had fun with each other all day, as well. As I sit back and remember it, I cannot help but smile, even on my darkest days.
 
It begins innocently enough...I'm at my desk, staring into my computer (undoubtedly focusing on some issue which will either bring about world peace, or at least departmental peace), and I see a rubber band plop down near my keyboard. Oh my......it's ON! Now, don't go getting all preachy on me, we did not shoot each other in the face, and the only satisfying THWUNK! one got to hear, was when one's rubber band hit the side of a cubicle, or if you were really lucky, it hit the persons hanging paper calendar with a loud SWACK! The key to successful workplace rubberband wars, is....detecting the enemy. It was considered bad form to shoot your rubber band into the cubicle of someone who was NOT the instigator of the latest skirmish...and also brought about a new battle. The real trick here, is....listening. This is because invariably, whomever shot the first volley into your cubicle would be unable to suppress, at first....a mild giggle. And since, you probably STILL don't know who that is, or cannot hear them...you wait.....because that giggle became an overwhelming, gut busting, serious laughing fest. Then, it (sadly) was all over for them...because now...you knew.
 
I personally waited an hour or so, to give the offending party a false sense of security....but then....THWAK!! I got 'em, and I got them good!
 
 
Eat well, my friends.....and may all your workplace endeavors be productive....AND fun.
 
Love and kindness to all,
 
 
Pixie


Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Salad Days...

 
 
Let us just say, that returning to the workforce has been...um, rather detrimental to my waistline. Yeah, that's the polite way to say either; A: I'm packing on the pounds faster than humanly possible, or B; I bring enough food to work to feed a small village. Ahem. With that in mind, I busted out my cute new take-to-work salad kit. Only $3.97 (at Wally World, if you get my drift)!
 
 
 
Is it not cute? it came with two salad bowls, two different-color lids, two dressing cups, and even it's own fork!
 

 
I'm dying from the cuteness! Anyhoo, since I'm all about being good today, I started with a base of nice, crunchy romaine...
 

 
 
Then, put sunflower seeds in one of the dressing cups for some crunch, and dried blueberries in the other dressing cup, for a little sweetness. Oh no ~ those cups are simply NOT large enough for the amount of dressing this Pixie requires...
 

 
 
I layered in some beautiful vegetables ~ from left to right...

 
Cherry tomatoes, scallions, cucumber, shredded carrot, bleu cheese, hearts of palm, and some green olives. The UBER close-up? Why certainly.....
 

 
Rest assured, I will not feel deprived when I munch on down with this tasty lunch today! Oh, and making sure Dear Husband eats his veggies, too...was a cinch...

 
I poured in his favorite raspberry vinaigrette, salt and pepper, and sealed it up for him to snack on. Now, the moral of this story is that, although it DID take me a good fifteen minutes of my morning to put this together, let's look at it this way.....I was already in the kitchen, placing supper in the slow cooker, and just exactly what do you think you'd pay at a nice restaurant for these salads? That's right, probably about ten to fifteen bucks. I think not! That's money I could use for.....hmmmm....more pleasurable pursuits...garden plants, garden seeds, garden soil...oh, well, you get the idea.
 
 
Eat well, my friends. Eat healthy, and save your dollars, too! Love and kindness to all,
 
Pixie


Monday, March 31, 2014

Short and Sweet ~ well, Crunchy...

 
Ah yes, Spring is in the air here in Pixie-Land! You can tell by the blossoms on the plum tree..
 
 
 
 
The fresh and tasty Tabouli for a Monday.
 

 
 
 
ANNNNDDD....(and this is most important) -  your computer dying just as you are ready to blog again. Keep the faith, Pixie-Patrol......I'm working on it. 
 
Love and kindness to all,
 
 
 
Pixie

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Computer Conundrum

 
 
Yep, just when yours truly decides to blog again, cook up some wonderful step-by-step feasts for your culinary delight....our computer bought the farm, as it were. So, today, I've got just a snippet of healthy workplace eating.....for instance, breakfast was...
 
 
 
 
Good old blueberries and a manarin orange. Tasty, but not what you'd call filling....then, mid-morning snack.
 
 
Wonderful hummus and pita ~ thank goodness for a forward-thinking workplace that actually has nutritious snacks.
Oh, and we must not miss out on my favorite, and delicious new healthy teas!




Well, eat well, my friends and stay tuned for more of my normal postings....come on computer repair shop!
 
Love and kindness to all,
 
Pixie

Friday, March 21, 2014

Fruity Friday!

 
 
You know the feeling....you are back in the land-o-cubicle....you WANT to eat something that is going to fuel your day. Step AWAY from that donut, I tells ya! Just take that extra five minutes in the morning, and throw a bunch of lovely, ripe, healthy fruit in your lunch box/bag/container o' choice, and BRING it. Now, that was not difficult, was it?
 
 
 
Now, that may look like it was a lot of fuss, but, honestly, it was not! Then peel a little, place in an attractive manner on your desk, and enjoy! You know something else? Just taking that extra five minutes now means that your five-a-day serving of fruit....is...totally....DONE! Before you know it, you will have crunched down that apple, sampled the strawberries, munched the mango, etc. You get my drift.
 

 
Eat well, my friends, eat healthy so that you can have a productive workday. And take care of you ~ you are a unique, and special person.
 
Love and kindness to all,
 
Pixie
 
 


Thursday, March 20, 2014

Healthy Lunch Bunch ~ Again

 
 
Well, today I begin showing you that it is easy to eat well, even with a full-time job, and taking care of your typical household. I began the day with a lovely, chocolate-dipped granola bar, and a seedless mandarin orange (not shown).
 
 
 
Hey!  Man cannot eat ONLY healthy stuff - chocolate is GOOD for the soul, ok? That's all I sayin'....I knew you'd understand. Then, on to my main meal, an Amy's Organic Indian vegetable curry. Oh, man is this good.
 

 
Lots of lentils in a spicy gravy, vegetables in a spicy tomato sauce very much like a tikka masala sauce, and rice with peas.  But, the finishing touch to today's lunch, is what I liked the best....
 

 
 
A beautiful medley of green leaf lettuce, sugar snap peas, dried cranberries, sunflower seeds, pepperocini peppers, and a smidge of bleu cheese. Doused in my homemade vinaigrette?
 

 
 
A vision of loveliness, indeed. With the textures of creamy from the bleu cheese, crunchy from the lettuce, snap peas and sunflower seeds, and chewy from the dried cranberries, this salad has it all! I'm going to make this one over and over! The pepperocinis added a nice little zing, as did the mustardy vinaigrette.
 
 
I did not go hungry, there was quite enough food to keep me going all day, the meal was as tasty as it was filling, and I did not spend a fortune at the cafeteria or a restaurant (not to mention eat potential junk food). What do you do to combat boring sandwhiches, or spending ten bucks on lunch? Eat well, my friends, and stay tuned for more great food, and.....dare I say it? THE KITCHEN ANGELS!
 
Love and kindness to all,
 
Pixie