you hungry, fella??

today was “oh shit everything in the refrigerator is about to go bad” day in my household.

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i have a serious food shopping problem. and yes, i know the whole idea of not going grocery shopping when you’re hungry, but any time i go grocery shopping, i GET hungry. so this whole situation doesn’t really apply to me. i’ve tried everything: lists, going after work and buying for that night’s dinner, picking out recipes for the whole week…you name it. but i still overbuy. without fail. as a matter of fact, my household has diminished by one and yet i still bought the same (dollar) amount of food that we did for a full household.

and it’s not like i don’t eat what i buy. i eat constantly. even my coworker loves to tell me that each time he walks to my office, i’m putting something in my mouth. and since i have the maturity level of a puberty ridden thirteen year old, i immediately smirk at him. he will either turn red and run the opposite direction, or roll his eyes at me and walk away.

anyway, back to tonight. so i get home and i’m not only starving, but i am also at a loss with what i could make with the mass amounts of veggies and potatoes i have left over. so, i started chopping everything that was about to go off. and what did i make?

the skinny ginger’s “everything is about to go bad, so cook it all and sautee it with some type of sauce” on top of rice! 

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go ahead, ooh and ah all over it because it’s amazing. maybe it can also be called stir fry. i added a few spoonfuls of this “soyaki” stuff from Trader Joes, and it is legit. like, too legit to quit.

maybe you could add a little teriyaki chicken to it if you’re a carnivore and enjoy eating the flesh of animals — sorry……………………….no i’m not.

okay, yes. it is stir fry but i was SO FREAKING IMPRESSED with the taste of everything together that i literally licked my plate. i wish i was joking, but i’m not. and i’m not even embarrassed to share that.

also, the mushrooms probably should have been thrown away yesterday, but i worked passed the slime and they still worked.

so go ahead, toss all those veggies into a pan and stir up something “fresh” and you might just be surprised at the turn out. oh, and don’t forget the sriracha.

happy days ya’ll x,

skinny ginger

not yo cheese

hey, what kinda cheese is that?

nacho cheese.

couldn’t help it, sorry.

also couldn’t helping sharing this delish dish.

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um, yum. i know.

so, i came home last night after grocery shopping while starving. i had bought so much food that i didn’t know what to cook. surprisingly, i didn’t go all nutso and buy eight hundred dollars of lemon cake and peanut butter. so it was a success. but, i was stuck. i didn’t want to spend like four hours making this soup recipe i was dying to try (making it now and im soo excited) and i really didn’t want any of my go to dishes. i.e. brussel sprouts, potato anything or quinoa anything.

regardless of purchasing all this new shit, i used a ton of old shit that was already in my fridge and could have saved me the hour at trader joes that i spent wandering around looking for dried peas…….

i only cook for myself, because no one else in my apartment is veganatarian — vegan + vegetarian depending on my mood. so all it took was one small, peeled sweet potato cut in rounds drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with cayenne pepper, salt, and black pepper. then, controlling my drooling i patiently stared at the clock waiting for my “chips” to be done. finally, it was time. i piled them high with ground “beef” from trader joes (yes, yum), jalepenos (spice queen, hello), diced tomatoes, diced avocado, and shredded cheese. no, not vegan cheese. i haven’t been able to bring myself to use it since my first experience that made me sad. drizzled some of my holy grail/add to everything, tapatio, and bam. i was in “nacho” heaven.

okay, i was so stoked on it that i text a photo to my cousin and was all like “i made sweet potato nachos” and she was like “i’m in line for a corndog” and i was all three snaps, hair flick, #winning.

that is, until i bit into the first potato and it wasn’t even remotely done. seriously!?

i ate it anyway. happily. i’m still new to the cooking game, okay??

hey, like 75% of it was in fact done, and yes…i had to bite into each “chip” to find out if it was done or not. dont judge.

and then today, my cousin asked for the recipe. she doesn’t know the potatoes were raw.

happy eating and love x,

the skinny ginger

indecisive

im trying to type something up while looking in the oven every five seconds. i dropped five sprouts to the very bottom of the oven while it was piping hot and i am now terrified that they’ve burst in huge brussel flames. like, im going to open it in a few hours and 100 foot flames are going to leap from the depths of the stupid oven.

overreacting? never!

brussel sprout candle lit dinner, party of one.

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for brussel sprouts — heat oven to 400 degrees, cut off the stems of sprouts and cut in half if they’re huge. drizzle some olive oil all over so each are lightly coated, sprinkle some sea salt and pepper and cayenne pepper if you like spicy, or lemon if you’d like refreshing… if desired. spread sprouts over baking pan and cook for approx 30 min, or until crispy. enjoy!!

anyway. holidays mean work has been a whirlwind of sugary treats and stress since early november. and like any girl/human, free food is the best food. get out of my way. i’ve always been okay with a little indulgence here any there. maybe the word BALANCE would be more appropriate. but i swear, if i eat another piece of pizza, see another piece of sees candy,  have another contractor bring me a cake, i’m going to burst into diabetes. i feel like im getting winded by just riding the elevator up to our suite, when all i’m doing is standing still.

i have moved passed the feeling of extreme body hatred, to sitting pretty with just being healthy. i can’t say i’ve been totally vegan, but have consistently found myself falling back into the groove of zero animal products when cooking for myself. actually, i haven’t been completely healthy either, but as i said before…a little indulgence works. i am human after all.

i haven’t quite brought myself back to the mindset of eating meat. i just…can’t. i’ve totally conditioned myself to not wanting it, at all. i don’t miss it, and don’t crave it. so i would imagine i’m in the clear. i can’t say i’ll never eat it again; that’s the beautiful thing of a “diet”, you can change it to fit you. you eat food, eat what you like, healthy. and that’s what’s important.

so while i attempt to finish this plate of brussel sprouts, and wash it down with a beautiful merlot i was so graciously gifted, i am going to remind myself that i do my best. i am no where near perfect. but i feel good, and that’s what’s important.

so while i float in between a vegan, vegetarian, i don’t even know, cloud………i’m totally going to eat some ice cream from 7-11. #budgetbabe

love x,

skinny ginger

when life gives you lemons.

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i violated rule number one, fell into temptation, couldn’t resist, the cardinal sin, the fail of all fails. yep. i cheated.

i ate a piece of cake, that wasn’t even remotely close to being vegan. like in order to make it vegan, it would have been stripped of all it’s creamy, fluffy, sugary, milky, cakey goodness that it was and it would have been left as a pile of weird…flour. not even flour…dust.

whoops?

hello, my name is hypocrite. nice to meet you.

i’ve talked about my vegan-ness here and again there and all of the recipes right here are also vegan. and if you read through those posts, you’ll notice that my daydream was usually about pizza. so even i surprised myself with my inhumane, inhaling of this cake. and a quick apology to my coworkers who probably thought i turned into some beast as i snorted and shoveled food into my mouth. ugh.

i’m shaking my head in disappointment right now.

lemon cake is my jam. but. did it satisy me? nope. did it taste good? no! sub-par at best….do i want to eat it again? nah…this whole guilt thing is not the business. not to mention i’ve been on a work out binge and this is a slight set back in the “wanting to see results department”. my little moment of weakness puts me in between there and the “pants don’t fit ya” department.

stupid bastard lemon cake.

point of this is, you’re going to have ups and downs. and you’re going to eff up every now and again. but it’s what you do after that slip up, that really defines who you are and where you stand with your lifestyle. no one is perfect. we all have moments.

what did i do after my moment of weakness? well. to be honest. i had three more moments of weakness. don’t judge me.

maybe, when life gives you lemon cake, don’t eat it.

love x,

skinny ginger

breaky with the skinny ginger

soo, i’m not feeling too hot today. literally and figuratively — it’s raining in southern california for the first time in ages and apparently it’s taken a toll on my mood too. awesome.

but there’s still nothing that makes me feel quite like myself like a serious breakfast. it’s a known fact that women who eat breakfast weigh less than those who don’t. eating breakfast jump starts your metabolism and can assist in curbing cravings for sugary breakfast food and snacks throughout the day. it also feeds your brain and helps you stay focused first thing in the morning.

the below are three of my go-to breakfast ideas. not only are these vegan, but they’re EASY-sleazy, budget friendly, and perf for those babes on a serious time crunch in the mornings. (sorry bey, we don’t all wake up like dis)

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número uno…oatmeal and fruit. this is a no brainer and no explanation needed with this. it takes literally 1.5 minutes to warm these suckers up. oatmeal is a fantastic way to satisfy early morning hunger and will keep you full for awhile. pay attention to the serving sizes, though. aint nobody got time to overload on carbs first thing in the AM. just grab whatever kind of fruit that tickles your taste buds and toss em on top. grab a hot coffee and away you go!

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número dos…potato breakfast “scramble”. this came to life one morning when everyone else was eating eggs and i was sort of S.O.L on the lone vegan train. however, the only issue with this scrumptious bowl is that i could probably only make this if i prepped the night before, or on weekends. and let’s face it, the night before im not only busy with dinner but im busy drinking wine. you can use basically any veggie in your fridge that compliments each other and chuck it on top of quartered potatoes and you’re set. here, i minced jalepeno, onion, green pepper, mushrooms and added a ground beef meat substitute, heated up some baby potatoes and chopped them into quarters and topped with cholula and ground cayenne pepper. I like heat, remember? i haven’t really fussed about with many substitutes since my cheese fiasco, EW. but this ground beef sub from trader joes (aka holy grocery grail) is bomb.com.

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last but not least is seriously the most simple idea ever in life and comes up ALL over vegan blogs. mashed avocado on toast and a strawberry banana smoothie. UM YUM. actually, this was my post workout, attempt at a pick-me-up meal this morning. i use ezekiel bread like most health enthused people do, toasted, and mash half an avo. the warmth from the toasted bread will help it spread into amazingness. you could top it with hummus or tomato, or peppers or zucchini,even lettuce or sprouts if you’re looking for a lunch fix. and for the smoothie? organic strawberries, organic bananas some organic OJ and almond milk for creaminess, and bam. donezo.

what are you’re favorite comfort foods when you’re feeling not-so-fab? how do you get your breaky game on? details please.

love x,
skinny ginger

 

PS. you should know, i am soo appreciative of you reading my blabbering. thank you, thank you, thank you xxx

a little food with thought

i’ve gone on and off of eating clean, a vegan diet, vegetarian diet, and a pizza diet.

but it wasn’t until recently, i watched a doco on netflix called “Vegucation” that completely changed my tune on food. so much so that i wanted to give a vegan diet a go. and so, the very next day, i did.

it’s been about a month now that i’ve had absolutely no animal products. i live in san diego, which means ample quality mexican food practically on every corner. special shout out to Alberts and Taco Fiesta, both which have fueled many late nights/early mornings, and cured countless hangovers. and on top of that, i live around the corner from a pizza joint where you can get an amazeballz pizza for freaking $7. awesome, i know…

my point? it’s been rough.

last night, after a particularly exhausting week, i was hungry. and i wanted pizza. immediately. i was in the middle of a full on war between my conscious and my stomach over picking up my phone, and calling an order in. but in the end, my conscious won. what would be the point of following this diet for this long, just to give in to a little weakness?

i got home and cooked. and so came this little piece of vegan heaven:

i don’t measure anything. which sometimes fails, but i’m no culinary master. in fact, i burnt the quinoa in my haste.

my rendition of a southwest stuffed pepper:

ingredients:
1 green pepper

1 can organic black beans

1 ear of organic corn

1 onion, diced

jalepenos (i dig spice. the hotter the better. but we’ll say this is optional)

extra virgin olive oil

cayenne pepper (see jalepenos)

meatless ground beef (Trader Joes brand, which rules because it’s precooked and tastes just swell)

1/2 of avocado

instructions:
heat oven to 450 degrees

cut peppers in half horizontally (so many options with this, but just how i like it) and drizzle with EVOO, lightlyyy. turn peppers upside down and bake while you’re preparing the “stuffing”

prepare quinoa as stated on package – i prefer the white quinoa, but to each their own

add black beans – note* if you are using canned black beans, be sure to rinse before adding to your meal. cans hold SO much unnecessary salt and aint no body got time for that.

prepare corn – see note above about canned corn kernels

dice jalepenos

sautee onion in a bit of olive oil to your liking, or remove all together.

throw everything together in a bowl and mix. i sprinkle on cayenne pepper over it all and stir as i mix. once the quinoa is cooked through, add it to the bean/corn/spicy goodness.

remove the peppers from the oven (for softer peppers add more time. i prefer a little crunch) and just spoon that mixture into the pepper. garnish plate with avo slivers, sprinkle with a little more cayenne pepper if you’re feeling extra spicy, and enjoy.

it’s literally so simple. if you don’t burn the quinoa like i did and have to re-do, you’ll be feasting in like 20 minutes FLAT. sip on a corona lite, and you’re good to go. and to top it all off? your body will thank you for not pumping useless carbs and calories into your stream. buh-bye muffin top!

no animal products, no guilty conscious, no problem. happy eating!

love x

skinny ginger

PS – have your own rendition on this tasty little morsel? do tell!!