Last Night!

Hi everyone~ my soup was great today for lunch! My throat is a little sore (I think because I’m so tired and answer like 500 phone calls a day at the Restaurant) and the soup was perfect for it. That, combined with the crackers and grapes (and a small piece of dark chocolate!) kept me full for a couple hours until I snacked on a few nuts–brazil nuts and cashews–and a plum midday.

I got home from work a little later than expected and didn’t have enough time to make brown rice, which I had planned on having with with my leftover dal, so I made some more couscous instead! I know brown rice is better for you nutritionally, but you can’t beat couscous when you are in a time crunch. I also quickly stir fried some kale in a little bit of coconut oil and hot pepper flakes to round out this very spicy, rejuvenating meal! This dal has def. gotten better as the days go by…its a great thing to make on a Sunday and eat all week long in a variety of ways (aka in a pita, on couscous, on rice, with other Indian sidedishes….).


I’m off to my last night of laminated doughs class AND my last night of school before break! Wish me luck on my practical! I’m hoping for an early night because I am very tired!

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  • BethT
    March 27, 2008 at 9:27 pm

    If you’re still on an Indian food kick, try the stuffed samosa potatoes from Veganomicon…I have made them twice this week. So yummy!

  • ibex hk
    March 27, 2008 at 9:32 pm

    wohoo for your last night! good luck on the practical, you’ll be great! I’m totally loving the looks of your dal..YUM!

  • Nicole
    March 27, 2008 at 9:33 pm

    What kind of chocolate do you eat? I’m a huge dark chocolate fan but I’m kind of in a rut right now in terms of my brands. I’m looking for something new (even though most chocolate is fairly similar). Anyway…any suggestions?

  • jenna
    March 27, 2008 at 9:37 pm


    I eat anything organic and with at least 65% cocoa in it. I usually go for the 70% stuff. SO good. I swear, I’m the biggest chocoholic….I have a few chips after lunch AND dinner….and sometimes whenever! I love the brand Green and Black (I think?) it’s called. Its all organic, vegan and 70% dark. Yum!

  • Ellie
    March 27, 2008 at 9:47 pm

    You’re making me crave Indian food! Your dinner looks wonderful!

    Good luck with your practical 🙂

  • arimcg
    March 27, 2008 at 10:26 pm

    Yeah, Green & Black is really good. They make ice cream too.

  • Betsy
    March 27, 2008 at 10:40 pm

    ooo-that is my kind of dinner. looks so delicious and so healthy.

    good luck tonight!

  • Romina
    March 27, 2008 at 10:42 pm

    Looks yummy! Couscous is a great go-to when you don’t have time because it’s done in minutes! I always have a few boxes on hand.

  • Lucy
    March 27, 2008 at 11:17 pm

    Your dinner looks sooooo good. I usually get whole grain cous cous, so it’s fast and nutritious. Comparing the nutritional info, I think whole grain cous cous has more fiber and protein than brown rice. I get mine from Trader Joe’s, but I know whole foods sell it in their bulk bins (which a lot of times is cheaper than packaged grains). I get my oatmeal from those bulk bins too. Can’t beat $0.99/lb organic oats!

  • ChocolateCoveredVegan
    March 27, 2008 at 11:57 pm

    Your meals always look so colorful and beautiful.

    Hope your throat feels better soon!

  • jenn
    March 27, 2008 at 11:59 pm

    yum, dinner looks great! I’ve been inspired by you and Kath to try my hand at ethnic cuisine– I bought some curry powder at Fresh Market yesterday. 🙂 Couscous is my go-to grain also because it’s so quick and it’s pretty impossible to mess up!

    Jenna, I think you had trouble finding ww couscous around you, but WF usually has it in bulk bins, and also on the shelf (fantastic foods brand) and most grocery stores also carry fantastic…

    Nicole, I like Lindt excellence 85% cocoa dark chocolate. I’ve also had the 99% but it’s sometimes hard to find, and it’s rather bitter– I get it purely for the polyphenols. If you are interested in the antioxidant properties, Dove Dark chocolate promises is the brand that was used in several major research studies, so you can’t go wrong there. Dove is also cute because there are little sayings on the wrappers and it’s usually way cheaper than Green&Black’s or Lindt. They also have a smoother mouth feel than the Lindt, and it’s nice that they’re portion-controlled. If you’re looking for Organic, I believe Newman’s Own also makes a dark chocolate bar, but I haven’t tried it.

  • ana
    March 28, 2008 at 1:56 am

    I’ve been a meat eater for all of my life (and thought that veganism/vegetarianism was a little extreme), until recently. Reading this blog opened my eyes to the vegetarian lifestyle and reasons to switch over (I used to think people did it just to drop pounds-very biased, I know). I became increasingly interested in researching veganism and issues surrounding it. What I found was TERRIFYING! I had no idea all the animal parts used in food (ground beetle shells?? EEEWW!!), the pollution caused by raising livestock, and the terrible way the animals are treated! I just never thought about it…it was all there in plain view, but I chose to ignore it! And am VERY sorry about it! I love meat too much to switch completely to veganism, but I am definitely going to be more careful with my purchases and the food I eat!

  • jenna
    March 28, 2008 at 2:22 am


    Amen! Music to my ears. I’m so happy reading this blog has caused you to research certain issues that many people turn their backs to. Keep going, girl!