P90X Week 4 + Happy Herbivore cookbook
Hello, friends! Yeah, I’m a few days late with this post about my eats from last week, but I’ve been running myself ragged promoting my video in the Living Light 2011 Hot Raw Chef contest! Firstly, I want to say THANK YOU to those of you that have already voted for me. It means SO much to me—you have no idea. Secondly, if you have not yet voted, please do head to this page and cast your vote for video #5, Chef Amber Shea’s (my) caramel-fudge brownies! Voting ends February 9th.
Last week, Matt and I finished our first month of P90X workouts. I’ve been posting about my food in a day-by-day, meal-by-meal format, but I’m getting kind of bored with that, so I’m going to change it up a little here. Instead of a chronological account of my week’s meals (which I feel has been a little repetitive), I’m just going to highlight some of the breakfasts, lunches/dinners, snacks, and desserts I ate. Cool?
Breakfasts: Smoothies (RAW), oatmeal, scrambled tofu, almond butter-banana sandwich, Fiber One with coconut milk and blueberries (above).
Lunches & dinners: Rice-fried veggies with tofu (above), homemade seitan strips (below) with homemade hummus (also below)…
…homemade “hamburger” pizza (below; for Vegan Pizza Day!)…
…and shirataki noodles with homemade “meat” sauce and roasted asparagus (below). Remember, this was our last week of protein-heavy eating—thus all the “meat.”
Snacks: Apples with almond butter (RAW) or PB2 (above), homemade nacho cheese kale chips (RAW; below).
Desserts: After getting three young coconuts at the Asian market for $1.94 (!), I happily spent Saturday afternoon coconut-hacking.
From the three coconuts, I got over a quart of fresh coconut water, and a heaping cup and a half of meat. With it, I made…
… “Just Like Grandma’s” Banana Pudding (RAW; below)—a recipe that’ll go in my cookbook!
Speaking of cookbooks, look what I received in the mail this week:
The Happy Herbivore Cookbook: Over 175 Delicious Fat-Free and Low-Fat Vegan Recipes is the first cookbook from blogger Lindsay Nixon of Happy Herbivore. She focuses on lower-fat dishes, with a nice blend of cuisines and food styles, and everything is vegan.
One recipe I zeroed in on right away was her Nutty Spread, a genius mix of white beans and peanut butter (above). It may not sound awesome, but it’s really a fabulous lower-fat alternative to peanut butter.
I also made mini versions of the plain Chocolate Cupcakes (which to me seemed more like muffins than cupcakes). They were pretty tasty on their own, but adding a melty smear of nut butter is what really made them special.
I’m looking forward to trying more recipes out of The Happy Herbivore Cookbook soon!
One last note…
Please remember, if you haven’t already, to vote for me in the 2011 Hot Raw Chef contest!
CLICK HERE TO VOTE for video #5,
Chef Amber Shea Ford’s raw caramel-fudge brownies!
I appreciate it SO much!