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3 meals!!!

I had 3 meals today!

Granted, I only took pictures of 2 of them.

And then I actually had a second dinner and second dessert…

4 meals?

We eat so badly.

Breakfast:

Strawberry Cream Cheese Crepes

Crepes:

Taken from: http://www.closetcooking.com/2007/09/crepes.html

Ingredients

1/2 cup flour
1 egg
3/4 cup milk
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon butter, melted

Directions

1. Mix everything in a large bowl.
2. Pour 1/4 cup of the mixture into a lightly buttered pan heated at medium.
3. Tilt the pan and turn so that the mixture evenly coats the entire bottom of the pan.
4. Cook the crepe until golden brown on the bottom, about 2 minutes.
5. Flip and cook the other side until golden brown.

Filling:

Taken from: http://www.closetcooking.com/2008/06/strawberry-cheesecake-crepe.html

Ingredients:
1 (4 ounce) package cream cheese (softened)
1/4 cup icing sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 batch crepes
4 tablespoons strawberry jam
2 cups strawberries (sliced)

Directions:
1. Mix the cream cheese, icing sugar, lemon juice, lemon zest and vanilla in a bowl.
2. Whip the heavy cream and fold it into the cream cheese mixture.
3. Spread 1 table spoon strawberry jam onto a crepe.
4. Add 1/4 cup of the cream cheese mixture and some strawberries in the crepe, roll and serve.

I was out of milk and had no cream so I used greek yogurt instead. GREAT substitute! These were probably the best crepes I’ve ever made (save for those insane mango ones I made once…but these are better for you.)

Lunch:

I had a PB&J sammich for lunch and an orange.

Dinner:

Sausage and Veggies on Rice

1/4 lb ground Sausage
1/3 c Peas
1 small ear of Corn, cut off cob
Some Onion, diced
1/2 cup Mushrooms, sliced
Shredded Cheddar
Oh crap what did I put in this? Uhhh…OH YEAH
1 T Hoisin sauce
1 T Honey Mustard
A big shake of Cajun Seasoning
S&P to taste

*Yeah I just sorta cooked all that together and put it on some white rice. Once again, very very good! I don’t know how it was, but it was! I mean really good! Go me!!! I also had ice cream for dessert.

I had to walk to work/the post office at some point today. I of course choose to do it during the  convenient time when G will be getting off of work in an hour. I get to work and go to request a day off (date of course), and then go visit him in his department. The crazy bastard hands me his keys so if I want I can wait in his car for him to get off work. I walk a package to the post office, come back to work, throw my bookbag into his car and lay on the pavement listening to music bouncing along to the beat. (It’s such a nice night, I am not waiting in a car…hehe). He calls me “fascinating” as he approaches. I don’t know how…I’m just listening to music outside on a beautiful night…it’s nothing any normal person wouldn’t do, right?

We decide to get coffee at a 24-hour joint.

Coffee turns into us splitting a burger and fries.

2nd dinner turns into us splitting a brownie sundae.

We eat like absolute crap when we’re around each other. And then don’t eat at all when we’re not. Perfect eating disordered couple…

We go back to my place and chat in the car for hours as usual. Eventually we are all over each other and things are fucking amazing.

The end.

Oh he leaves at like, 4:30 AM. Luckily he doesn’t work in the morning. I wouldn’t have visited if I knew he had to get up early though. I’m considerate like that.

Exercise: 2.5 mile walk, 1/2 hour of yoga

One more chance…

PFH#1 has one more chance to win me over. I’m thinking his chances are not very good right now next to how amazing PFH#3 is.

He claimed he wanted to see me today and that he would make time for me. He ended up working all day. “Couldn’t” make time.

How is it that a man who lives 45 minutes away has more time for me than one who lives 10 minutes away?

I’m feeling far more appreciated by #3 right now. And I need to feel appreciated.

I have a date that was planned literally a month in advance with #1 this Saturday. If this falls through on his end for ANY REASON, I will be focusing all of my attention on #3.

Nicole, I know, will be happy to hear this. She has been routing for #3 since day one.

Breakfast:

Parsnip Banana Muffins Pt. 2

AB’s recipe: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/parsnip-muffins-recipe/index.html

Ingredients

  • 1-ounce sliced almonds
  • Nonstick spray
  • 8 1/2 ounces all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 whole eggs
  • 3/4 cup plain whole milk yogurt (I used 1 mashed banana instead)
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 8 ounces sugar
  • 10 ounces grated parsnips

Directions

Place the almonds in a single layer in a pie pan and place in oven. Heat the oven to 375 degrees F. Bake the nuts until lightly toasted, approximately 20 minutes while the oven heats. Meanwhile, spray a standard 12-cup muffin tin with the nonstick spray and set aside.

Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, nutmeg, and salt in the bowl of a food processor, and process for 5 seconds.

Whisk the eggs, yogurt, vegetable oil, and sugar in a large mixing bowl until combined. Add the flour mixture and parsnips, and fold with a spatula until all of the flour is moistened, there will be some lumps. Divide the mixture evenly among the muffin cups using a level 2 1/2-ounce disher or 1/3 cup measure. Sprinkle the top of each muffin with the toasted almonds. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until the muffins reach an internal temperature of 210 degrees F and are golden brown, rotating halfway through baking. If needed, use a small knife or offset spatula to loosen the muffins and immediately remove them from the tin to a cooling rack, and cool for 15 minutes. Serve warm. Store completely cooled muffins in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

*I did this all AS DIRECTED BY WEIGHT kids and I’ll tell you the fuck what, it was SO MUCH BETTER. I will be using weight from now on with my baking. I can’t even describe how much better these were than the last time I did them simply by WEIGHING the ingredients! WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Lunch:

I did not have lunch. Instead I went on a massive 7 mile walk around and bought some supplies. I was bored waiting for something, ANYTHING to happen today. So I went out and made my own adventure.

Dinner:

Beef Fried Rice

I made this marinade and let my “mystery meat” sit in it for 2 hours:

Taken from: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/meat-marinade/

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 tablespoons prepared mustard
  • 2/3 cup lemon juice
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • garlic powder to taste
  • 1 dash onion powder

Directions

  1. Use a flat container large enough to hold meat in a single layer. Combine oil, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, mustard and lemon juice. Season with garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper. Place meat in the marinade and turn to coat both sides.
  2. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, shaking or turning meat occasionally.

I used this marinade as a sauce by adding a little cornstarch to the bag and mixing it up. I cut all of the meat into strips and threw it into a stir fry along with carrots, peas, corn and onion. Then I added some cooked brown rice and the marinade and let that heat through. The meat was SO tender!!! YES!!!! It was awesome! I’m learning a lot about meats!

 

It’s going to be a long week until Wednesday when I get to work with G again. I hope I don’t get depressed. I’m trying so hard. I will offer that he stay after he takes me home. I already know neither of us works the next day. He will refuse, but he will know the offer is there. Always. Someday he will take me up on it. I am not bluffing. I never do. If he DOES take me up on it, I may have an interesting story to tell all of you on Thursday.

Exercise: 7 mile walk

Night Walking

I know I get yelled at by a lot of people for doing this, but I love night walks so much.

Only one person can talk me out of them…he must be pretty fucking special considering.

Everything is different. The air smells different, the street looks different, the calmness and serenity are severely interrupted by the pounding music in my ears. I dance more, sing more, and love harder at night than I do during the day.

Much to the protest of a gorgeous girl at work that I have a crush on, I was allowed to walk home tonight.

If I believed in a God, this would be as close to a spiritual experience as I get.

Maybe someday Potential Future Husband #3 will go on one with me and realize how wonderful they are. And won’t be so quick to assume that they are dangerous and I will get hurt. I won’t. I know how to take care of myself. I am amazing.

I know he knows this. He just loves me. And being a gentleman, he can’t help it.

But it’s nights like this that make me love being alive.

Breakfast:


Carrot Raisin Breakfast Rice

Taken from: http://alchemybaking.blogspot.com/2011/03/carrot-cake-breakfast-rice.html

serves 4

Ingredients for rice

1 cup (214 g.) white rice- If you want to use brown rice, just know that it will probably take longer to cook
2 1/2 cups (600 ml) boiling water
1 1/2 cups (115 g.) shredded raw carrots
1/2 cup (77 g.) raisins

For after it’s cooked

1/3 cup (35 g.) chopped pecans
1/2-1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup (82 g.) brown sugar, or to taste
milk for topping, if desired

Directions
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, 180 degrees Celsius, Gas Mark 4.

Rinse the rice with water using fine mesh strainer. Place the rice, boiling water, raisins and carrots in an oven safe container covered with a lid, and stir. (If you don’t have a lid, then cover tightly with foil.)

Cook for 30 minutes in the preheated oven.

When done, stir in the cinnamon, brown sugar and half of the pecans. Top each serving with the remaining nuts and some milk (if desired.)

*Oddly enough, as this is one of my favorite tried and true recipes, I am SHOCKED to see that in the 200+ posts I’ve done on here I’ve not once made this dish. I guess it was one of my favorites because the way I made it was so low-calorie, and I was trying so hard to steer clear of that, that I’d forgotten about it.

That will not happen again.

This was the first time I made this dish using REAL rice instead of instant rice. WOAH! It fluffed up SO much there was like, twice as much food as usual! I couldn’t eat it all! I topped it with pistachios and a little milk. Carrots are an amazing root. So sweet and so delicious. And so very very good for you. You cannot go wrong with this dish!

Lunch:

Turkey and Ham on Pumpernickel with an Apple

Dinner:

I ate at work…I had the soup and half turkey wrap sandwich.

 

Though I did get to work with super cute girl and flirted with her all night, I still did miss working with G today. I realize I miss him when he’s gone. That’s a new discovery. In a weird way it’s nice to know that someone wants to take care of me and keep be away from bad things and cares enough to yell at me for walking at night. I missed him reprimanding me.

Does this make me some form of masochist?

Exercise: 1/2 hour of yoga (YES back into my yoga!), 4 mile walk, 8 hours running around retail job

Couch day? (Sunday! NOOOO!)

Whoops.

How did I not realize the Salvation Army was not open on Sundays?

Stupid me.

I sorta skipped breakfast to make the other half of my curtain knowing I was going to eat half a pizza in a few hours anyway. I went to pick up a long-time friend of mine from his house at about noon with promises of pizza and beer if he helped me out. He’s an awesome guy and is always more than willing to help in my time of need. We head over to the store and…wha….oh yeah, it’s Sunday. This IS a Christian organization, of COURSE they’re closed on Sundays.

Well hon, want to go get pizza and beer anyway?

So he bought a six pack of Magic Hat (which I LOVE) and we had one beer here in my empty apartment. Then off to the pizza parlor up the street! We had a small pepperoni and mushroom pizza and a pitcher of beer. Then came back here and he played my bass for me while we drank and hung out. I took him home around 5. He was technically my very first guest! We had a wonderful time!

I am getting him at noon tomorrow to pick them up for real this time.

I cannot afford pizza twice though…hehe.

I spent the rest of the evening sort of drunk and heavily flirting with Potential Future Husband #1, where he proceeded to tell me he likes me more than bacon.

You guys don’t know this, but that is QUITE the compliment.

Dinner:

Mushroom and Zucchini Stroganoff on Brown Rice

Adapted slightly from: http://www.iq-student-accommodation.com/blog/student-recipe-mushroom-stroganoff

Ingredients

1/3 small onion, finely chopped
50ml of single cream
8x closed cup mushrooms (25g each), thick sliced
75g of value long grain rice
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
2 tsp tomato puree
1 tbsp vegetable oil
100ml vegetable stock
1 tsp mild chilli powder
1/2 tsp medium curry powder
1 tsp plain white flour

Method

Serves: One
Difficulty: Easy
Cost: £0.71 per serving
Prep. Time: 5 mins
Cooking Time: 25 mins

1. Heat the oil in a saucepan and cook the onion and garlic for 2-3 minutes or until the onion is soft. Add the mushrooms and cook for 2-3 minutes.

2. Add the tomato puree, chilli powder, curry powder and flour and mix thoroughly. Slowly add in the stock until it is absorbed and simmer so that the sauce thickens.

3. Meanwhile, cook the rice according to the packet instructions.

4. Remove the stroganoff from the heat, mix in the single cream and return to the heat until piping hot. Taste the sauce at this stage and season to taste with salt and pepper. To serve, simply spoon the mushroom stroganoff over the cooked rice and ENJOY!

*GREAT way to use up those clearance mushrooms! AND I didn’t have to thaw out any chicken! Also a plus! I didn’t have any stock, so I just used milk instead to make it nice and creamy. I also had a little zucchini left over that I threw in as well. I am lucky that most of my food is still good after not eating for 5 days. As we all know, I hate throwing out food.

Here’s hoping tomorrow’s couch move goes a bit more smoothly!

 

How I felt abosolutely terrible about myself today

I started getting ready for work. No time for a shower…God I feel like crap. What’s wrong with me? I feel like I’m high…floaty. I know yesterday I went on that long walk without any water and got an awful headache from it. But I drank a ton of water when I get home and took a nap. This made me feel a lot better. So why do I still feel so awful today? I go to zip up my boots.

They won’t zip.

And I mean they REALLY won’t zip.

I’m not talking about all of a sudden its a little tight around my calves. I mean there’s a good inch of space where my boots won’t fit around my gigantic legs. What the fuck? 3 days ago I had no problems with these boots. Today it would take a miracle to squeeze my fat cankles into these things.

My disorder kicks in and I freak out for a split second.

Then I remembered my walking fiasco yesterday. I got majorly dehydrated. Of course. I’m retaining water.

I still can’t zip up my boots though…going to have to wear my trainers to work and hope nobody cares…

Oh how I felt like a fat cow. Yet I realize I’m not. I realize everything is fine and this is just an isolated incident. My boots will fit me tomorrow. My waist is still a 26.5, it’s been that for months now. It’s nothing more than water. But my reaction scared me at first. I started thinking about not eating dinner at work that night. And that maybe I ought to start watching what I eat again (which for me means restricting). Then I remembered that I’ve been fine. My eating has not been terrible. I have not binged. I have only had a few snacks (those Tagalongs for example) and don’t eat those on a daily basis. I’ve been walking to work and the store. I haven’t been to the gym, but I’ve certainly been burning plenty of calories.

I’m fine.

Those were some scary moments though and I did not like them one bit.

Breakfast:

Here I wanted to show not only my breakfast (just a bowl of cereal, I’ve got too much work to do before going into my retail job later to fuck around with breakfast) but also the adorable closet that I am typing to you in. That’s right, the tiny little office you see above is actually a closet in my living room. Complete with a window (which I get an open connection from), shelves already built into the walls and the only chair I own (I have to drag it back and forth between my work table and my “office”), I have a beautiful little setup to do my Interneting on! (Note the cupcakes on my Firefox persona…yep, I think about food alllll the time!) I hope you enjoy the pictures!

Lunch:

Creamy Tomato Rice Soup

As I am out of bread and chicken/beef stock, a tomato-based soup was all I could make. I LOVE tomato rice soup. I had to doctor this up a bit because it’s just what I do!

1 cup Crushed Tomatoes (canned)
1 cup Milk
1/2 cup Water
1/3 cup uncooked White Rice
Fresh chopped Rosemary, about 1 t
That chicken seasoning again…I really need to buy some basil and oregano…
Shredded Monterrey Jack cheese, I don’t remember how much
1/2 T Butter
Fresh ground Pepper
Salt

Heat tomatoes, milk and water to a simmer. Add seasonings, cheese and butter. Add rice, cover and cook for 15 minutes or until the rice is tender. Yum yum yum yum!!!!!!!!!! Definitely the best tomato rice I’ve made yet! Maybe you ought to go buy this chicken seasoning, I think it’s Kroger brand.

Dinner:

I went to work broken-hearted about the boots. I walked there. It’s  not far, about a 25 minute walk, 2 miles. At work I decided I cannot let that get me down. It’s not me, its the water retiention. I’m not fat. I’m not ugly. I’m exactly the same. I should not punish myself by not eating. I have a bowl of broccoli cheese soup. I could have had the low fat chicken noodle, but I didn’t want it. I wanted the broccoli. So I had it. And felt good.

I even had my usual ice cream when I came home.

The next morning I fit into my boots.

Everything is fine.

 

Exercise: 4 mile walk

Tired

I finished a major project today. On time and everything. I worked so hard. I wanted to go on a walk afterwards but was just so very very tired. So tired. Instead I opted for a nice, long, hot, relaxing shower. Relaxing…when WAS the the last time I did that? Hell, when was the last time I took a shower? I’ve been working so hard that it’s been days…I can’t be sacrificing personal hygiene just to work more. I know I need to get out of here, but that’s simply ridiculous.

My brother calls me from Boston where he is attending PAX (geek/nerd convention, consider me jealous…) just to check up on me. He’s just an amazing person. I have no idea what I would do without him. I confess to him that I need to get out of here. He, of course, promptly (once again) opens his spare bedroom and an upstairs work room up to me and says that though they won’t be home until Monday, I am free to move in whenever I need. They are excited to have me stay. I promise that the longest I would need would be until the end of the month. I wouldn’t possibly want to burden them any longer than that and on top of that, it’s the longest the landlord will hold the apartment for me. He assures me they can’t wait to have me move in and that I can stay as long as I need!

I keep feeling that I am a burden, but then I think…”Well, if my brother was in the same situation, or ANY crappy situation where he had to move out, would I find him to be a burden on me if he needed to stay at my house?” OF COURSE not. I would be OVERLY excited to have him stay with me! And of COURSE he could stay as long as need be! Don’t be silly, head. Stop thinking its some awful thing to ask for help sometimes. You are not a burden. You just need help. It’s not weak to ask for help. Sometimes…it’s weak NOT to ask.

Breakfast:

Kale, Tomato and Cottage Cheese Frittata

Sauteed some onion and garlic in a bit of olive oil. Added the kale and allowed it to wilt and cook down for a while. Whisked together 2 eggs with about 1/4 cup cottage cheese, salt, pepper, basil, oregano and parsley. I poured that over my veggies. While I allowed that to cook for a few minutes, I sliced some tomato and added them neatly on top along with 1 heaping T of grated Romano. Threw that in the oven at 400 for 8 minutes. Perfect! SO much food, great start to my productive day!

Lunch:

Carrot, Mango and Cilantro soup

Boiled 1 sliced carrot, grated ginger, and S&P  in 1 cup chicken stock and 1 cup water for about 9-10 minutes, until the carrots were soft. I added a bunch of chopped cilantro, about 1 T of lemon juice (maybe a little less), some leftover chopped mango (about 1/4 cup) and some cayenne pepper for a little kick. Let that simmer another couple minutes. Whirled it all in my blender. Boom. The kick of the cayenne was AWESOME and unexpected to my tastebuds! LOVED it!

Dinner:

Cranberry Apple Chicken

1 Apple, sliced (I left the skin on)
1 Chicken Breast, sliced
2 slices of a Vadallia Onion, cut into smaller slices (these onions are HUGE)
Dried Cranberries
Walnuts
1/2 cup Red Wine
1/4 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
1/8 cup Berry Liqueur
2 T Brown Sugar (probably too much for most of ya, just do 1 T for normal palettes ^_^)
Pinch of dried Sage
Pinch of Cinnamon

OK sounds about right. I did not put this together the same way I normally would, I screwed it up just a little bit…but NORMALLY I would sear the chicken on both sides in a little oil, remove them from the pan, sautee the onions in some oil and butter in the same pan, let them caramelize a bit, add the apples, let THEM caramelize and soften a bit, then remove THEM from the pan. THEN add all the sauce ingredients to the same pan along with the cranberries and walnuts, let it reduce a bit, add back in the apples and onions along with the seasoning and sugar and cook until the apples are soft and the sauce is thickened. I served this on top of brown rice (I made a dry 1/3 cup, which ended up making a LOT of rice hehe! YUM!) which I carefully placed my chicken strips on top of and topped with the apple cranberry sauce!  DELISH! I LOVE cooking apples and chicken together! I devoured this in a heartbeat! And it was a LOT of food!

 

I’m incredibly excited about tomorrow. I’m going to bed super early tonight, I’m just so tired. And I want to start my day nice and early tomorrow! I can’t express enough what a wonderful change this is going to be for me. I will be in an area of town that I can walk to everything. I will be right down the street from a farmer’s market. I’m going to be able to save a TON of money. I’ll be even closer to my gym at my brother’s than I will be at my apartment! ^_^ I’m gonna do a shitton of working out! YES! OH OH and I’m going to treat myself to some clearance candy tomorrow because I didn’t get any today. CANDYYYYY!!!!!

Exercise: None. No yoga or anything. I was just worn the fuck out. I will make up for it tomorrow!

How I felt good about myself today

One of the girls I referenced in an earlier post posted about me the other day on her Facebook.

Now mind you, this is a girl who I took one look at and my immediate reaction was “I wish I was as thin and pretty as her”. But as the day progressed, I looked at a reflection of us walking next to each other I realized how GORGEOUS and lean and skinny (whilst still maintaining perfect curvature!) I am! I mean, she’s thin, but that’s all shes got. She has tiny chicken legs, no butt, no muscle, and feels run down and tired all the time due to her bad eating habits.

She’d written how she’s joined a gym, started eating better and wants to learn some simple yoga…all inspired by me.

SHE wants to look like ME.

A year ago, I would have wanted nothing more than to look like her and would have basically stopped eating entirely to do so.

I’ve learned a lot these past 4 months since starting this blog. That first of all being healthy is FAR more attractive than being unhealthy, regardless of your weight. I also hope she realizes that she IS beautiful the way she is, she doesn’t need to look like me to be beautiful. Sure she’s got skinny legs and no butt, but that doesn’t mean she’s unattractive! It means she’s unique and, honestly, MOST women will still covet her shape! She should embrace her body type and even if she doesn’t eventually have my butt or my legs that she still finds pleasure in making herself healthier and leaner! I hope to keep encouraging her to do so!

Breakfast:

Oatmeal and Cottage Cheese Fruit Bowl

My husband had his friend over again, so I was stuck making myself something easy for breakfast. I just made half a cup of oatmeal (with water) in the microwave, added about 1/3 cup cottage cheese, a big squeeze of honey, then topped it with some cubed apple, pear and dried mango. Then drizzled just a little more honey on top. Quick, filling, sweet, packed full of nutrients. I couldn’t ask for anything better!

Lunch:

Tomato Rice Soup

Lets see…I sauteed some onions in oil and a little margarine…then I added 2 cups of canned tomato halves and let that simmer, break up and reduce for about 10 minutes uncovered. I pureed this until smooth. I put it back into the pan and added half a cup or so of milk, 1/4 cup of Romano cheese, 1 T tomato paste, 1 t dried oregano, 1 t dried basil, lemon pepper, a little lemon juice and salt to taste. Then I threw in 1/3 cup rice, covered it and let it simmer for another 10-15 minutes (I can’t remember, whatever the instructions on the rice said ha!). I think I may have thinned it out with a little more milk when it was done. I LOVE TOMATO RICE SOUP! It’s been forever since I’ve had it being that I try to reduce my pasta/rice/flour intake to just once a day. This was FANTASTIC.

Dinner:

Lentil, Mushroom and Zucchini Italian-style Shepard’s Pie with Parsnip “Potatoes”

Ok this was ridiculously good so I’m going to try really hard to remember this one.

1/3 cup uncooked Lentils
2 medium Parsnips
1.5 cups Mushrooms, roughly sliced
2 large slices of sweet onion, roughly sliced
1/2 large Zucchini, sliced and cut in half
2 cloves Garlic plus more garlic powder to taste (I wanted these really garlicy)
1/2 T Margarine
1 T Cream Cheese
1/4 cup Ricotta Cheese
1/4 cup Milk
Dash Lemon Juice
Large dash White wine, probably about 1-2 T
Oregano, Parsley, Basil (to taste)
Margarine, milk, Parmesan or Romano grated cheese (for parsnip potatoes)

Boil the lentils for 8 minutes, add sliced parsnips to the water and boil another 8 minutes. While this is cooking, sautee the veggies in some olive oil for a few minutes, add garlic. Add cream cheese and allow to melt with a little margarine, add milk and let simmer for a while, 5 minutes or so. Add riccota and lentils. Thicken with a little cornstarch if desired. Add this mixture to a small loaf pan. Puree cooked parsnips with a little milk, margarine, 1/8 cup grated romano or parmesan and S&P if desired. Add puree to the top of mushroom mixture. Bake at 400 degrees for about 20-30 minutes or until the “potatoes” become golden.

SO SO SO good! Ridiculously flavourful! Just tons of good stuff for you! Vegetarian and gluten-free. LOVED this!!! Just a really neat spin on Shepard’s Pie!

 

Tomorrow I am going to a girl’s night in party! There will be vegan cuisine, games, mani-pedis and fun! I’m excited about it. I need a night off for once! It’s been so hectic. Work work work all the time it feels like…I just need a tiny bit of time to kick back and have fun! I deserve it!