Dessert/ Dinner

Go Green!

Hi! I’m in a super rush to  get to work and was just going to post later on but I wanted to tell you all how AMAZING Sunshine Burgers are! GO OUT AND BUY THEM TONIGHT!! Yes, they are green but you have to get past that. The flavor is amazing as is the texture. Yum!!! I had one sandwiched between a toasted whole wheat english muffin with a squirt of honey mustard and ketchup. On the side I had a small spinach/carrot salad with Annie’s dressing and some grapes. Hopefully this meal will last me awhile because I know I won’t be home til around 11:30 tonight! I am bringing some cookies with me ( of course!!)—Late July Organic Chocolate Sandwich Cookies….soooo good and vegan, too! I brought three with me to eat probably around 8:00.

This afternoon I snacked on some grapes while we watched  a movie. Mmmm fruit….!



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  • Kath
    February 9, 2008 at 10:42 pm

    Ooooo!! Can’t wait to try them!! I need to run by EarthFare soon…

  • Amy
    February 9, 2008 at 10:57 pm

    Allie W. , you said you use oil of olay and apply it in the beginning of the day………do you reapply it? Its always so akward to reapply at school or work.


  • VeggieGirl
    February 9, 2008 at 11:28 pm

    Jenna, you seriously just made my night – I KNEW you’d love the Sunshine burgers!! You have to admit – VeggieGirl knows her stuff :0D

  • ibex hk
    February 9, 2008 at 11:30 pm

    kath…is there something wrong with your site at the moment? I tried to view and received an error message…weird?

    wahoo, I’M so excited to give these a try, too!!

  • Andrea
    February 10, 2008 at 12:01 am

    i LOVE your blog jenna!
    and those burgers are so goooood! theyre my favorite 🙂

  • Krista
    February 10, 2008 at 12:17 am


    I really admire how controlled you are with your desserts!! Dessert is sooo my weakness like for example I made your biscotti recipe and I usually have four mini biscotti and I see that you only have 2!! Do you just have extreme self discipline or are you satisfied after two? I feel that I need to cut down on my desserts not because I need to loose weight but purely to be healthier but I dont know how I should do this…should I limit dessert to twice a week or cut it out for awhile completely to gain your habit of eating a very small amount?? I want to nip this in the butt because like you, I am going into baking and pastry for my career path and I want to be very controlled so that I stay my healthiest!! Thanks for any advice!!


  • Casey
    February 10, 2008 at 1:17 am


    I have the same problem. I eat very well, tons of fruits and veggies and portion control well. My BMI is 19 so I am not even close to over weight but I eat a TON of dessert (dark chocolate, frozen yogurt, etc) I have also been contemplating if this is a bad move on my part!!! So input from everyone would be greatly appreciated.


  • Ruby Red Vegan
    February 10, 2008 at 1:24 am

    When my bank account is full again, I definitely need to go out and buy those burgers! The green color doesn’t phase me at all – if people say they taste good, that’s all that matters! And it’s a great idea to put them on English muffins. That sounds much yummier than a burger bun.

  • Megan
    February 10, 2008 at 1:37 am

    Krista and Casey,
    My weakness is desserts as well, I have such a hard time not eating chocolate and other baked goods (I am a self taught baker!!) but I think that as long as I eat pretty healthy with everything else (which I do) then its ok to have a weakness as long as it is under control (I too have a BMI of 19, so I don’t have to worry about it yet thank goodness!!). What I have done lately is stopped buying processed desserts and instead make something homemade so I have more control of what goes in it and then make single portions that I can freeze and eat one at a time or take a slice or two and bring the rest into work for my co-workers.

  • Lisa
    February 10, 2008 at 2:00 am

    Megan, Krista and Casey…
    I LOVE desserts too! lol I’m great at home with my husband because I can controll what I buy at the grocery store. I rarely buy sweets at the store because I KNOW I will have them finished off by the end of the week if I buy them. I just got back from my parents house and they are HUGE dessert eaters…There is ALWAYS something sweet to eat and I definately indulged while I was there. If I have something sweet at home I normally do the baking, like Megan, so that I can control what I put in it and don’t feel as guilty having a brownie or whatever. It’s when I’m at my parents…I have no self discipline it seems! It’s not like I eat everything in sight but I know I’d be satisfied after one cookie but I just love the taste of the cookie so I have to another! I really need to start understanding intuitive eating better. I am also at a great weight so having better self-control for me isn’t b/c I want to loose weight…I just want to be healthier all around!

    So I have found out I can control what I buy and if I know I’m more than likely going to eat 4 cookies when I’m not hungry and then feel guilty about it…why buy them in the first place!? I can go home…save a bit more money…make cookies that are a healthier and freeze 1/2 the batch so I CAN’T eat 1 too many!

  • Casey
    February 10, 2008 at 2:22 am

    hmmm…. well, I guess my problem is I don’t unnecessarily find it an issue (I never overindulge nor do I want to stop) only want to know the health aspect.

  • Danielle
    February 10, 2008 at 2:26 am

    Whew! Hi again Jenna!
    I just finished rush (for AXO, yay, haha), was catching up on some missed posts, and just wanted to say congrats on your decision to go veg again. At school, I find I eat almost completely vegetarian but it’s based on the fact that I just don’t like handling raw meat 🙂 Anyway, I’m looking forward to your “plant-food” meals! Hope all is well!
    P.S. The farmers market looked wonderful! I get another delivery from Grindstone Farms this week so, even though it’s snowing out, I too will be able to enjoy really fresh produce!

  • Ryane
    February 10, 2008 at 2:43 am

    I know your latest announcement was in the morning post, but I just read everything now so will comment on this meal!
    I just wanted to say that it’s great and I look forward to reading this venture. I just recently started eating red meat and mostly because my live in boyfriend commented on how would I survive if we didn’t eat chickens. I’m also really diving into the wine community and have been cooking a lot with red wine which goes great with sirloins and all that, but it’s still very rare that I eat beef (well… medium well… not rare…infrequent…).
    My POINT… I love tofu! and beans! and boca burgers! but I still eat the regular stuff too. I just wonder if in the future I can read into my body enough to live by only vegetarian foods.
    My one downfall is turkey though. I will choose a turkey sandwich 80% of the time. I can be faced with the most delicious sounding pasta dish, or really flavorful salad or even some stupidly tempting appetizer (how can the smallest meal have the best choices?) and I will choose the turkey sandwich. Could be worse though right? It really does have the perfect ratio of everything (I load up on spinach/sprouts/tomatoes/cukes), so I guess I am listening to my body in that sense.
    I just rambled a whole lot, so I apologize.
    Oh man, I feel a long tangent coming on. I was about to say, I’m glad you had a great time with your BF albeit a short one. And then was going to comment on long distance relationships. Someone asked you a little while ago how to deal with the whole long distance thang. My boyfriend just got back from Iraq in October. We met in college and began dating our senior year (we graduated in ’06). He left that summer for training in Wisconsin for 3 months. I saw him once. He came home in September for one week before he was officially sent overseas. Then he was gone a year. Soooo… I know long distance. NOTHING compares to the phone. Emails are great, and I would definitely send him more messages than I received, but I would just send him a quick message “hey, I miss you” or “good night, I miss you”. But it was a great feeling just to receive one randomly when he would go on to check his email. As far as talking on the phone goes… don’t think you need to fill the convo with exciting and detailed news. Don’t feel as though… I did nothing today so therefore I have nothing to say. What did you… have for lunch? I did… this at the gym. Stupid mundane things! It just helps you feel a little more involved in each other’s lives, even though you can’t actually be there.
    Ugh, I could go on and on. But won’t! I’ve taken up so much room already. If someone has any questions about long distance, just ask and I will answer okay!
    By the way, he’s home and pretty much done with the army and we’re living together and it’s all just so so so great…. we must’ve done something right!!

    Have a nice night, miss jenna!

  • Lynn
    February 10, 2008 at 4:01 am

    Jenna, I know you are big freezer person, but my question is (like you) I like variety- I get so sick of all pitas or all bread, etc. How do you guys solve this problem. I know freezing works, but I don’t exactly want a few months worth of rolls and other bread products sitting in my house at one time! Any ideas?

  • faith
    February 10, 2008 at 12:42 pm

    lisa, i know it was on the last post but…
    -grill or broil the portabello mushrooms and eat them like a burger! its great on whole wheat buns paired with some melted mozarella and roasted red bell peppers for a more “sophisticated” and diffferent type of burger, but so yummy!!!

  • Lisa
    February 10, 2008 at 5:18 pm

    awesome! Thanks Faith! One portabella musrhroom / person??

    I’m excited to try it!

  • Beth
    February 10, 2008 at 6:39 pm

    Hi Jenna,

    I think the Sunshine Bergers look great, but after looking at the nutrition label on them, they seem pretty high in fat – 10-13 grams! Is this all good fat or are they putting unhealthy fats in there to make it all stick together? Will most likely pick them up at Whole Foods this week but just want to make sure they’re a quality product and aren’t going to overload me with fat.

    Thanks for your blog- it’s very motivating!


  • faith
    February 10, 2008 at 9:21 pm

    lisa,you could use one or two per person…i guess it really just depends on the size of your portabellos and how big they are when they are finished cooking-its really up to how big you’d like your sandwhich to be.

    your welcome! let me know if you try it!!…just leave a comment saying you did. i check this blog pretty regularly haha

  • jenna
    February 10, 2008 at 11:06 pm


    All that fat is HEALTHY fat from the sunflower seeds…the same kind of good-for-you fat that is found in nuts and olive oil. You are doing your heart a favor when you eat these and they really keep you satisfied quite a while and have a wonderful hearty texture and taste!

  • Alli W.
    February 11, 2008 at 2:34 am


    I usually work out in the afternoons, so I wash my face after and re-apply then! Seems to work….