Thursday, June 10, 2010

Summer Salads

I had such a busy day yesterday filled with lots of exercise! I started my morning out with a 24 minute lower body workout with Jackie Warner. I seriously love this woman. I am upset that the full body workout is no longer on my "on demand". I guess this how they get you to buy the DVD. Which I just might crack and buy.....
On with my day I had a great day at work and came home & walked both dogs (seperately), I could not walk a 90lb rottweiller and a 70lb black lab at the sametime. They would be pulling me in all directions! Then I went for a bicycle ride, I would say it was about 3 miles. When I got back I was craving cold veggies and I had plenty stocked in the fridge. I also wanted to try my new salad dressing..

I later realized I could easily make this stuff myself and have in the past since the ingredients list consists of apple cider vinegar, extra virgin olive oil, water, honey, garlic, onion and pepper.
Um yea.... it was still good.

Spinach, Cukes, Celery, Tomato, broccoli, crushed black pepper

With Some Yummy Daiya action

After I consumed this huge salad, I wanted something sweet...

Banana Walnut Ice Cream

1 frozen banana
1 spoonful peanut butter
1 spoonful cashew butter
1/4 cup almond milk
handful walnuts
1 teaspoon chia seeds


Hit the spot. Yum. 

I broke down and ordered a Vita-Mix yesterday, granted it was only a refurbished one.. let's hope it doesn't break the bank! Ha! I am so excited to use it and try lots of new recipes :)

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Daiya Review

I finally was able to try Daiya Vegan Cheese! It was located at my local co-op Outpost Natural Foods in the Cheddar flavor. I thought this would be great to try on nachos, pizzas, tacos.... the list goes on.

I have been craving some healthy style pizza and this what I decided to make with Daiya.

1 whole wheat tortilla
pizza sauce
mushrooms, zucchini, spinach, onions
italian seasonings and Daiya
Broil for 10 minutes or less watch carefully....
mine got a little crisp around the edges!

There is a thing as too much Vegan cheese. I did enjoy the Daiya but I definately put way too much on my pizza here. I was picking majority of it off because it was a bit overwhelming.
Less is more with this stuff!!!!

I can't wait to try it with some other recipes, maybe where the cheese is more blended or masked by another element. I think this would  be good in lasagna. Otherwise I am excited to  melt some into a refried bean dip or on bean burritos. I think both would turn out lovely. I will post those when I try them as well!!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Busy Memorial Day Weekend

I hope everyone had a fabulous longggggggggg weekend! Mine was crazy busy and did it fly by. Friday night was filled with some yummy wine and fabulous art by my brother's beautiful girlfriend Lindsay Carron. She has her own studio in downtown Waukesha and let me tell you she is extremely talented. I took a photo of the river in Waukesha......

(this is some serious Blackberry action)

After the art festivies I made my way over to the first big festival in Milwaukee of the summer Dan Jansen fest. I consumed a couple beers and enjoyed some local music with some friends.

Saturday was a friend's wedding, also in Waukesha. Right at Frame Park on the river. So pretty. I loved all the flowers outside. Purple flowers and purple dress. I had to.

I started juicing again this weekend, my first batch of green lemonade of the year!!

I missed you Green Juice. I am defiantely right my body craves this stuff when it's warm outside. Winter not so much!!!!

I also made another batch of the Vegan Banana Walnut Pancakes this time for my brother and Lindsay to enjoy, and I think they did.

Sunday afternoon was filled with boating and attempts to wakeboard/surf after about 6 tries I gave up and I have been feeling it in my arms & back since then! :)

We had a bonfire Sunday night on Lake Michigan...

Remember those brave men and women serving our country for our freedom!