Friday, December 19, 2014

Friday Faves: 12/19/14

1. Things My Sisters Say

As I introduced a couple weeks ago, my sisters and I have a group text. Here's this week's highlight featuring Nicola being extra pretty:

2. Music

The Staves: Winter Trees

This is one of my favorite winter songs and this whole album is perfect cloudy day or work music.

3. Snack or Meal

Last weekend I was on crosscover nights and my dear friend Sruti brought me some dal and rice. It doesn't photograph very pretty, but it was great.

Also it snowed that night so we went to the playground usually reserved for children and here we are:

4. Style

When I can't actually walk into my favorite stores, my second favorite thing is to browse online. There are so many pretty sweaters on the Anthropologie website. All well out of my usual price range and mostly I just like looking.

This was a screenshot of course. 

5. Recipe: Vegan Latkes

In honor of the latke-off my friends are hosting tomorrow, here's a vegan latke recipe. I took screenshots but they weren't very easy to read. It's easier to read here at the Post Punk Kitchen. I haven't tried it, but it's from Veganomicon, my very favorite trusted cookbook. Maybe I'll put it in the contest tomorrow.

Happy weekend!

Thanks for reading, see you soon.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

WIAW: You Always Need More Greens

What I Ate Wednesday!
Thanks as always to Jenn for hosting.

Today was a much better day for vegetables.

In other news, I switched from my adolescent rotation to NICU yesterday. It's been a long time since I last rotated there and while I certainly like parts of it, it's always a steep learning curve remembering all the details there. My mind is tired.

There is one significant advantage to the NICU schedule - on our clinic days we just go to clinic instead of going in to the inpatient unit, so this morning I have a little extra time.

Breakfast: Kale Tofu Scramble. Orange. This is tofu, gold and russet potatoes, onions, kale and some seasonings. I filled this giant pan to totally overflowing with kale - and of course it practically disappears once cooked. You always need more greens than you think. Also an orange because this was leftover and there wasn't that much left.

Lunch: California Pizza Kitchen Roasted Vegetable Salad. The avocado is what really makes this awesome; it's my usual order if I go out to lunch while shopping or something. 

Dinner: Whole Wheat Spaghetti and Brussels. We've been buying the Costco bags of brussels sprouts lately and using them as a side for everything. John tried to say he didn't like them for a while, but he's finally given in. With Trader Joe's meatballs, nooch and marinara.

Look - vegetables in every meal!

I hope you all have a great day.

Thanks for reading, see you soon. 

Friday, December 12, 2014

Friday Faves: 12/12/14

1. Things My Sisters Say

I started this series just a couple weeks ago: basically I like to share with you all a snippet of the wisdom I get from my sisters on a daily basis.

This week's offering is some simple nutrition advice for your life courtesy of Emma and Shannon:

2. Music

Breath of Heaven is one of my favorite perhaps less classic Christmas songs. And this saxophone version is the best.

Hey only a couple weeks left and maybe I'll post songs that aren't for holidays. Maybe

3. Snack or Meal

This week we're going with a whole group. As I mentioned in my What I Ate Wednesday post, I'm sick this week, so I've been a big fan of soup.

Here we have from left to right: Amy's Vegetable Barley, Pacific Thai Sweet Potato and Whole Foods hot bar Moroccan lentil soup.

4. Style and Beauty

Remember in my December goals when I said I wanted to put a little more effort into my nails for the holidays?

Well my cuticles are still disastrous but look at my wintery polish!

3 coats N.Y.C. polish in 124A, followed by a coat of Pure Ice in Spit Fire.

It's holding up pretty well: I did this on Monday and took this picture this morning, Friday. No chips yet. 

5. Recipe

When my throat feels sore sometimes I just want ice cream, but also breakfast. Therefore:

Mango Banana "Ice Cream" Smoothie

Combine the following in a blender:
2-ish frozen bananas
1 ripe banana (It's okay to use a different ratio of frozen to unfrozen bananas, it will just affect whether you have a more ice cream or more smoothie-like consistency)
Several cubes of frozen mango
Approx 1/8-1/4 cup of your favorite non-dairy milk
To make this raw: add about a 1/4 cup coconut water or regular water instead of non-dairy milk to help blend. 

You could also blend without liquid: it will be very creamy but you may have to stir more often. If you have to eat it with a spoon, you're doing it right.

And that's the Friday Faves.

Thanks for reading, see you soon.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

WIAW: Sick Edition (#2!)

What I Ate Wednesday!
Thanks as always to Jenn for hosting.

I was titling this post and got the weirdest sense of deja vu, and then I looked back and found this post: WIAW: Sick Edition from March last year.

So it turns out I'm sick a fair amount in the winter. I had a good stretch for a couple years after I started eating vegan without getting sick, but after I started residency I think the sheer volume of virus exposure is just a little too much. I caught about 3 colds last winter, and this is #1 for this year.

One of those precious little ones I've made a career of seeing definitely coughed in my face. What can you do?

Anyway, I started feeling sick towards the end of my second night shift this weekend and at least now I don't feel feverish anymore.

So what do I eat when I'm sick?

Breakfast: Mango Banana Smoothie and Coffee.

It was so good, just the ice cream-like soothing my throat needed. Have to get in that vitamin C. More that's about the scurvy I talked about last week than the cold. If you're vitamin C deficient, it will help with your cold, but those mega-doses that people take, well, let's just say they work if you think they do.

I do think there's a certain advantage to a nice cold remedy tea when I'm sick, but I'm also painfully addicted to caffeine, so the coffee train doesn't stop just because I'm running a snot factory.

I'll include the recipe for this smoothie in this week's Friday Faves.

Lunch: Moroccan Lentil Soup from Whole Foods.

I was on my way home from morning clinic and Whole Foods was on the way. I really wanted something hot and a little spicy for my sinuses so this was perfect. It's from the hot bar. I think it needs a little salt, but after I added that it was the perfect sick day soup.

Dinner: Balsamic Farmer's Market Sub

We went to our bible study at a local pizza place. This is a recycled picture - I got salad on the side instead this time.

I also brought with me a full size box of kleenex, because I am a classy lady.

I finished the evening with some tea and the Victoria Secret Fashion show.

I'm hoping for a quick recovery - work doesn't slow down.

Thanks for reading, see you soon.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Friday Faves 12/5/14

1. Sisterly Interaction.

As I introduced a couple weeks ago, my sisters and I have a group text. Here's this week's highlight: it features my mother as well. She broke her ankle and foot this week and therefore should get to have cake every day - I think.

2. Music

Maybe one week before Christmas I'll share a song that isn't a Christmas song. Chances are not great though.

The video I picked got taken off youtube - apparently it was not a licensed video.

So you can look for yourself but really all of Mannheim Steamroller and also Trans-Siberian Orchestra make my Christmas, so I recommend them in general.

3. Snack or Meal

Veggie sandwich on Olive bread with Kale & Barley salad from The Grove.

John and I went out for Small Business Saturday to support some local places. We've been to The Grove [location of that Breaking Bad finale scene with the Stevia packet] for breakfast a few times, but never for lunch. This meal was amazing.

John got a BLT.

Happy face.

4. Style

A couple weeks ago there were great Veteran's day sales and I got a little crazy. Here though is an inexpensive necklace from Forever 21 I've worn a couple times. I wear a lot of navy and black, so the occasional colored accessory in my wardrobe is a good idea. The sweater is from Gap, but from a while ago.  

5. Recipe: Vegan Hot Chocolate

This isn't really a recipe, but more of a vegan beginner's tip and recommendation.

I love hot chocolate and I was surprised when I stopped eating dairy how hard it was to find a hot chocolate mix that didn't contain milk.

The Ghirardelli chocolate powder is dairy free and meant to be made with milk, so you can pick your own non-dairy base.

I definitely recommend using a little less than it says on the side of the can (like 1/4-1/2 the amount) because it's really sweet. I also usually use unsweetened milk if I have it because there's plenty of sugar in the mix. In the above picture is an old version, but the "Sweet Ground Chocolate & Cocoa" is available on the Ghirardelli website. There are also individual packets of the above powder.

The white chocolate version however, I wouldn't buy - it does contain powdered milk and a much longer ingredient list.

Hope you're enjoying the holiday season.

Thanks for reading, see you soon.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

WIAW: Beige Foods and Scurvy

What I Ate Wednesday!
Thanks as always to Jenn for hosting.

So I was gathering up meals for What I Ate Wednesday and I realized its a lot of beige and very few fruits and vegetables. 

I personally haven't seen scurvy in my patients, but one of my fellow residents has seen it in kids who just ate fast food for every meal - if you don't eat fruits and vegetables you get scurvy. That's the one where you're vitamin C deficient and you get weak, anemic and bleed easily. Its not great. Eat fruits and vegetables.

For a quasi-healthy living/medical/food blog I sure am setting a good example.

Breakfast: Yukon Gold Potatoes

Breakfast potatoes are supposed to be cut up and roasted or whatever, but I just rubbed some oil on these, poked some holes in them and put these in the microwave for 5 minutes. Sort of like breakfast potatoes but different.

Lunch: Leftover Pumpkin Baked Pasta

This looks like a small portion, but I had 3 bowls this size. I'm not kidding. Also leftover coffee because I still had a mug's-worth sitting in the pot from this morning. 

Dinner: Tempeh Pot Pie Stew

It's been a slow cooker-heavy past couple days here, thanks to John who has been trying to get some vegetables into me while I've been sort of overwhelmed by work. This recipe started as actual pot pie but then we mixed everything together so we made it as stew. I can't decide if its the least appetizing picture I've ever taken or just in the running. Maybe sometime I'll write an ugly food post - I have a lot of material.

I'm telling you - beige and scurvy.

So eat your fruits and vegetables everyone and here's hoping I'll see you next week for a more colorful WIAW.

Thanks for reading, see you soon.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

December Goals: Christmas Edition

The last time I wrote a goals post was April.

If we apply my goal-setting skills to my goal-achieving record they're pretty similar.

Of course I still want to drink more water, be more active, have more quiet time, read more etc. etc.


So this month I'm setting goals for the season.

Goal 1: Decorate the house.

Just kidding its already done. See above. Like 2 weeks ago. Yeah, before Thanksgiving.

But any list maker knows, it's important to the soul to write down the productive things you have already done, thus starting the mood off right with a satisfying check mark.

Goal 2: Have presents purchased and wrapped before Christmas Eve.

I'm not saying it has to be well in advance. In fact it can happen on the 23rd, but I just want to be done before Christmas Eve.

Goal 3: Drink an absolute ton of tea. 

This Christmas mug was a gift and when I opened our Christmas boxes a couple weeks ago I was so excited to put them in the cupboard.

Although technically tea is great even when it's not Christmas, its even better when it is. This is sort of like a healthy hydration goal, but really its just about the atmosphere.

Goal 4: Try some holiday nails.

I mentioned in my Things I'm Bad At post that I'm really bad at nail polish, but I want to at least try some themed nail art this year. I work in pediatrics after all, it doesn't have to be all beige.

I like them right now.

So these are sort of like goals and sort of like fun things I hope I do this month. Goals should have that tone sometimes. 

What are your hopes for December?

Thanks for reading, see you soon.