Dessert/ Dinner

Change of Plans

So, all afternoon I’ve been envisioning this veggie burger I was going to make for myself tonight…but I’m so exhausted (which, by the way, is NOT because of my diet but because of the insane hours that I run on) and decided I wanted something more warming and filling, so I whipped together some dal when I got home from work. I make this a lot! It only takes 20 minutes though and it’s soo spicy and delicious. I served it with nothing else but a hot pita! A match made in heaven :). I also had the other half of my sliced mango from this morning and the last of my vegetable drawer: 2 carrots and 2 stalks of celery with some ginger dressing on top. Yes, I need to go to the grocery store. Badly.


I’m bringing a pistachio larabar with me for a snack later. Since we decorated our cakes last night, tonight we are baking more, which I’m sure we will decorate tomorrow. I really love this class. I think I found a niche for myself that I truly enjoy. Now I just need to become better at it!!!Ā  Practice, practice, practice…….

cimg2223.JPGHow did Dex get up there????!!!! (that’s the top of my kitchen cabinets, near the ceiling) That sign is from Ballard Design, where my mom works, if anyone was wondering.

Have a lovely evening!

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  • Steph
    April 30, 2008 at 9:31 pm

    haha, dexter looks so devious up there. looks delicious!

  • Alli W.
    April 30, 2008 at 9:32 pm

    Jenna (or anyone I guess)– What is your favorite non-dairy milk? I recently started drinking almond milk, but I feel there are better options (with better nutritional profiles, I mean). Does anyone have a favorite? Thanks!

  • Kathleen
    April 30, 2008 at 9:35 pm

    I can definately sympathize on the long hours that you are maintaining. I’m currently finishing up school, but also working at an almost all night deli (feeding drunk kids!). On Tuesdays and Thursdays I wake up around 8am and am on my feet until 5am!!! Being awake for 21 hours really messes with the metabolism and food intake. On these days I am so unsure of how to eat because of the long hours. Can anyone offer any suggestions?

  • Romina
    April 30, 2008 at 9:54 pm

    Dexter is a sneaky one!

  • Elizabeth
    April 30, 2008 at 9:56 pm

    Your dal sounds great! Is it a recipe you could share?

  • VeggieGirl
    April 30, 2008 at 9:57 pm

    Sounds like the dal ended up being a great meal after all – you can have the veggie burger another night :0)

    Dexter!! Too cute, as always.

    Have fun at class tonight!!

  • VeggieGirl
    April 30, 2008 at 9:58 pm

    **Alli W.:

    HEMPMILK!!!!!!!!!!!! (it MUST be the Living Harvest brand though).

  • Colleen
    April 30, 2008 at 10:41 pm

    Alli W–
    I second veggie girl, living harvest original flavor hemp milk! (pink box)

  • Kathleen
    April 30, 2008 at 10:42 pm

    Iā€™m currently finishing up school, but also working at an almost all night deli (feeding drunk kids!). On Tuesdays and Thursdays I wake up around 8am and am on my feet until 5am!!! Being awake for 21 hours really messes with the metabolism and food intake. On these days I am so unsure of how to eat because of the long hours. Can anyone offer any suggestions?

  • Greta
    April 30, 2008 at 11:21 pm

    I can’t believe your mom works at Ballard Designs, I seriously have an addiction to buying stuff from their catalog!

    Little Dexter is so adorable!

  • Kristin Point
    April 30, 2008 at 11:50 pm

    allie w.- I love vanilla soymilk as my fav non-dairy milk. mostly bc of the taste, cost and protein. next favorite bc of flavor is vanilla hempmilk, but thats a splurge bc it’s expensive and i actually prefer soy milk which is less $.

    Jenna- too funny you made dal tonight. you inspired me to try it today when i saw it at whole foods (prepared section) and it’s my new fav food! can you share your recipe with us? or direct me to a good one. Thanks!

  • Steph
    April 30, 2008 at 11:52 pm

    Attn: Tofu Eaters!
    I posted this on Kath’s as well. I bought tofu for the first time and left it in my warm car for around 2 hours. Is it still okay to eat? I’ve never cooked tofu before, so I don’t know the rules. It’s packed in water and the package says to keep refrigerated. Will it make me sick even if I stir-fry it?

  • Rebecca
    May 1, 2008 at 12:03 am

    Nicole R,

    Thanks so much. Madonna’ muscles are insane! It really is hard to believe that’s all natural.

  • Tina
    May 1, 2008 at 12:06 am

    I love that sign!!!

  • Kelly L.
    May 1, 2008 at 12:20 am

    So funny! My cat does the same thing!

  • nicole r
    May 1, 2008 at 12:45 am

    jenna i feel you on the long hours. gotta love the med classes/homework/studying that runs me from 6am-2am everyday blehhh—hope you can rest up soon! anyway, summer is coming šŸ™‚

    whoever asked about non-dairy milk: i love hemp milk too, but its REALLY REALLY REALLY expensive and so i cant really afford it haha. more in my range is westsoy non-fat plain soymilk, or vanilla if you can’t do plain. i think vanilla is too sweet though. and at trader joe’s it’s only $1.69 šŸ™‚ yaaay!

    you’re welcome, rebecca. yeah madonna is pretty much terrifying. to me anyway. eep huge.

  • Becky
    May 1, 2008 at 1:03 am

    Jenna, Nicole, other yoga girls –

    I just did bikram yoga for the first time (i used to do vinyasa a lot until my gym situation changed a few months ago but had never tried bikram). there was a studio by my place that’s gotten rave reviews so I went to check it out. It was amazing. I feel cleansed, refreshed, calm (and it’s been a stressful few months so that in itself is amazing). Randomly also hungry despite the 100 degree heat. but anyone who likes yoga and hasn’t done this has to try it – it’s hard work but feels incredible.

    ok, done gushing. i don’t know anyone else who is into this stuff so i have to gush here.

  • babycakes
    May 1, 2008 at 1:18 am

    Alli, I definitely recommend the hemp milk as well. I actually drink the Manitoba Harvest unsweetened because I do not like to consume added sugars, even if they are “natural”. But most people seem to greatly prefer the sweetened Living Harvest brand. Definitely give hemp milk a try, no matter which brand you buy. It’s great!

    And Jenna, I totally understand the lack of sleep issue. School is taking over my life and my precious sleep! Hang in there. It will be worth it in the end! šŸ™‚

  • Allyson
    May 1, 2008 at 1:24 am

    Vanilla Soy Milk for sure! Once you’re used to it, it tastes great, especially heated up in cereal, warms you right up!

  • Alli W.
    May 1, 2008 at 1:43 am

    Thanks guys! I will be on the lookout for hempmilk next time I’m at WF (which, really, will probably be by the end of the week :))

  • nicole r
    May 1, 2008 at 2:12 am

    isnt hot yoga the best?? it seems so counterintuitive, because you leave class as a gross sweaty mess, but its so refreshing! if you can find it, try out a forrest class. its a bit more like the vinyasa you used to do, as there’s flow rather than discrete segregated poses, but uses heat and longer holds like bikram. the creator, ana forrest, comes to my yoga studio all the time to do workshops (she’s good friends with our owner) so that’s how i learned about it. it’s a wonderfully satisfying class if you can take one.
    none of my friends appreciate yoga either, so i know how you feel! my roommate just pulled her lat running and REFUSES to let me show her how to fix it because she’s literally terrified of yoga…stubborn!!

  • jenna
    May 1, 2008 at 1:02 pm


    DON’t EAT IT. Tofu has protein in it and protein cannot be in the “temperature danger zone” (aka warm car) for that long or it might have the possibility to make you sick. I always think its better to be safe than sorry but you really cannot keep foods with protein out in the heat for that long. Sorry!!

  • jenna
    May 1, 2008 at 1:03 pm

    The recipe for the dal is from Lindsay’s blog, Just search “dal” and you will find it. Its a staple in my house!