Behind The Butter

Time for Work!

Well, I found out that I have to be at work even earlier than I anticipated (because we are SO busy!)—5:00 instead of 5:30…so I am scrambling to get everything done and get a hearty meal in my system before about five hours of running in heels! Lucky me, I had leftovers of my amazinggggg (and I stress amazing) chickpea cutlets! Oh my gosh, they are soooooo good and they heated up so well in a 350 degree oven for about 10 minutes or so! Last night I could only eat one because they are so filling, but tonight I’m making myself eat 2 because I know that if I dont, I will be starving in about an hour!!!

I paired the cutlets with the same Agave-Dijon sauce that I made last night and also a HUGE salad! I basically used up everything in my fridge…carrots, celery, bell peppers, cucumber, spinach…an entire garden! Mmm…nothing beats raw veggies sometimes! Love ’em!

Tonight for a “snack” later I am bringing the other half of my clif bar from yesterday. Hopefully this night will go smoothly and quickly!!!!


I made it to the gym today and did a quick 25 minutes on the treadmill. When I got home I had what was left of the hempmilk (about a half cup) and a handful of grapes!

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  • Rachel
    February 14, 2008 at 9:09 pm

    Love those cutlets. I was a recipe tester for Veganomicon and they blew us away.

  • Tina
    February 14, 2008 at 9:24 pm

    My mission for tonight is to buy hemp milk! I need to know what it is all about! 🙂

  • VeggieGirl
    February 14, 2008 at 9:50 pm

    As I’ve mentioned before, those chickpea cutlets have appeared all over the blogging world (especially in the vegan section), and have been absolutely RAVED about – so glad you’re enjoying them too; and with such a delicious-looking vegetable side-dish as well!! yum!!

    Have fun tonight!!


    You DEFINITELY need to experience the wonderful world of hempmilk – it’s an obsession of mine, and it truly is a delicacy, haha. Enjoy it! :0) Be sure to purchase the Living Harvest brand!!

  • blueberrybabe
    February 14, 2008 at 10:00 pm

    hey so in case you haven’t heard i am making olive oil cake tonight. i am sucking it up and not using whole wheat flour (i will use white) but my other question is i dont plan on using white sugar… do you guys think this will make it not taste right? i was going to use the whole foods brand of sugar that i have that is “evaporated cane crystals” i think its the same as turbinado or whatever…. thoughts? thanks!

  • blueberrybabe
    February 14, 2008 at 10:04 pm

    and a question about hemp milk while i’m on a roll…. why does it have so much sugar? 18 grams for 1 cup seems like a lot? (vanilla variety)

  • Heather(II)
    February 14, 2008 at 10:05 pm

    Hey! Does anyone know whether the cutlets can be made without the gluten? Sorry if this was asked and answered already. Happy Heart Day!

    blueberrybabe – sorry, i don’t know much about other kinds of sugars. I think for baking it would all taste the same, but I am not sure about the properties of “evaporated cane crystals” and how that would affect the texure, rise, etc. of the cake. I did make the recipe as is and was delish!

  • Mel H
    February 14, 2008 at 10:23 pm

    Hey Jenna! I hope work goes by fast for you and you have a great Valentines night! Daniel and I aren’t celebrating until tomorrow night either bc! haha!
    I have a question for Jenna or anyone- we are making homemade pizza tomorrow night- dough and everything!Scary! Has anyone tried making 100% whole wheat crust? I have a recipie but im nervous bc kath’s husband said it works better with half wheat and half white..but I want all wheat! haha! anyhelp would be appreciated! love you all

  • VeggieGirl
    February 14, 2008 at 10:23 pm


    The 18 grams of sugar comes from the vanilla and from the brown rice syrup (which is an all-natural, wholesome sweetener/thickener). I drink at LEAST 1 cup of hempmilk everyday, and I’m still here! The 18 grams of sugar hasn’t hurt me; especially since the pros FAR outweigh any potential cons of the hempmilk (no cons, in my opinion). :0)

  • blueberrybabe
    February 14, 2008 at 10:30 pm

    Mel H-
    I am a whole wheat FREAK. i used to feel really embarrassed that i was so anal about everything needing to be whole wheat but then i realized i TRULY like the taste of whole wheat over white stuff. ANYWAYS of course i have made pizza with 100% ww dough and i loved it. It totally just depends on what type of taste YOU like!

    I dunno lately i have been paying more attention to sugar content. I think when I have a lot of sugar (and by a lot i mean less than normal people have haha) I am more susceptible to feeling anxious. I have mentioned my high anxiety on this blog before and anyways i guess late;y i have been trying to pay attention if there is any truth in my hypothesis. of course i will still try the hemp milk bc someone on this blog might hunt me down if i don’t try it 🙂 and do you know the answer to my sugar question in the olive oil cake?!

    mwa ladies

  • VeggieGirl
    February 14, 2008 at 10:44 pm


    no need to fear NATURAL sugars – especially the ones in fruits!! nothing is added to fruit – they are naturally sweet; and the ones added to the hempmilk are FAR from being refined, so you have nothing to worry about except for missing out on its benefits and delicious, smooth, creamy taste/texture!! :0)

  • Mel H
    February 14, 2008 at 10:45 pm

    thanks blueberrybabe! I love your name by the way!! I love everything ww..just wanted to make sure it wouldn’t mess up the consistency!! thanks so much
    Hey everyone! I just got the chance to read some of today’s comments regarding meat eaters and ethics. I myself am a meat eater (I hate red meat though! always have!) I love chicken, turkey, fish, and dairy and I will continue to eat them bc 1. I like them! 2. they are good for my body and my taste and 3. bc I do not feel ethically guilty. I do understand the ethical argument about the treatment of animals..but I think sometimes people only pick certain things out of arguments to follow. Like I think part of being “ethically and morally right” everyone should treat everyone with respect and also respect the environment (cars and pollution, littering, not recycling, etc.) so there are different standards of what is ethically wrong. I do think any small step is a step in the right direction- for me I chose to recycle, not litter and respect those around me, but I do drive a car and eat meat so one could say i am ethically immoral…even though i wouldn’t agree. Anyways..long rant- I agree that we should each respect one another and I love “to each her own”- thats what makes our world so diverse and beautiful!! happy v day!

  • VeggieGirl
    February 14, 2008 at 10:45 pm


    p.s. – I believe that the evaporated cane crystals ARE the same thing as turbinado sugar; or you could even use Sucanat (which is the unrefined sugar that I use in all my baking projects).

  • blueberrybabe
    February 14, 2008 at 10:49 pm

    thanks girls have a good night!

  • Cara
    February 14, 2008 at 11:04 pm

    Those patties look amazing!!! mmm. Have a great time at work! Happy Valentine’s Day!

  • Alli W.
    February 14, 2008 at 11:54 pm

    I am constantly impressed by how nice everybody is on this blog! No ‘yelling’ or name calling or silliness. It always brightens my day! I hope you all have a great Valentine’s Day!

  • Becky
    February 15, 2008 at 12:41 am

    I just wanted to say that I am a new blog reader and think it’s fantastic. I’m really tried hard to get out of the calorie count mentality and shift to more intuitive eating. I actually checked out this blog a couple of weeks ago but left it because I saw you added calorie counts to all your meals, and am so happy you stopped. I love your focus on eating to make both your body and taste buds happy, and on getting the most whole, non-artificial foods possible. This blog is also so relatable because you are willing to share your own internal conflicts that we all have. And even though I am not a vegetarian because I don’t want to limit myself, I do gravitate towards plant-based meals and recipes because I just love the ingredients and how energized and well nourished they make me feel. So as a non-veg, I welcome all the veggie recipes you find!

    So this was long and gushy, but your positive approach (not to sound too hippie-ish) toward life and food and willingness to share your thoughts behind it all is inspiring. Keep it up!

    Also, some questions:

    All the news about plastic water bottles is starting to gross me out. What kind of water bottle do you (or any other readers) use?

    I also drink a lot of herbal tea (especially now in the death grips of winter up in the North). I don’t add anything to it at all and none of it has caffeine (generally tends to be mint, chamomile, fruit teas, etc.) Is there such a thing as too much?

  • Ruby Red Vegan
    February 15, 2008 at 1:05 am

    I’m glad you discovered the amazingness that is chickpea cutlets! I love those things! Your agave-dijon sauce sounds equally amazing.
    I made mine on Christmas eve with mushroom gravy, mmm. Annnd I haven’t had hempmilk in so long so I bought some today and am super excited to have some in the morning. 🙂

  • Nicole
    February 15, 2008 at 1:09 am

    I don’t comment on this blog too often, but I did just want to contribute to this discussion. First, I love that everyone is so nice!!! Unusual as this is a large group of girls, and as I’m sure we know: girls have catty tendencies….
    I’m also a “flexitarian,” as seems to be the fashionable way to call it apparently. Currently, I’m eating fish because I have a mild to moderate obsession with sashimi and because I am recovering (or trying as hard as I know how) from an eating disorder which, needless to say, left me deficient in several areas and brought me to a potassium deficiency low enough to bring me near the point of cardiac arrest (if anyone reading this is dealing with an eating disorder: PLEASE have your blood drawn and check your potassium…). Scary particularly for me since I major in neuroscience and know the minutia of what that means… Anyway, maybe fish isn’t the only source of protein and fat, but it’s efficient in both areas, so it can stay for now.
    I turned my version of vegetarian in the 7th or 8th grade when I decided that I found it wholly bizarre that I was consuming body parts with names I could identify on my own body. As a medical student now, I find this even more disgusting. I never really liked meat to begin with, but I’m not too intense about it: coming from an Italian family, I am TRULY the odd-man out, and I wouldn’t turn something down that had been made with chicken broth or adjacent to meat. Recently, I’m considering going vegan—mostly because of all the good ideas here!!! Though, true to my Italian background–cheese would be a struggle haha… I agree that veg-vegan-etc should be more of a continuum: each person needs to determine for herself what’s appropriate—if you like honey, you like honey. Much like politics, it’s hard to get boxed in perfectly. People vary, as do eating habits and desires, so it seems absurd to confine your life to boundaries created by someone else.
    Jenna: I also want to thank you. As I said, I’m battling the end (cross fingers) of an eating disorder, and I think seeing a healthy person living healthfully is helping me to see that no, I won’t ruin my life, or be flawed if I eat. You’d think as a med student it would click in more rapidly that rather my life will be irreparably ruined if I continue on my old path–but I was stuck in the Type-A perfectionist trap. Thanks for your positivity, and wonderful ideas. ESPECIALLY HEMP MILK–which I now cannot get enough of. Good thing I’m in Boston, otherwise we’d need to battle it out at Whole Foods haha!! Enjoy your Valentine’s Day, everyone!

  • Krista
    February 15, 2008 at 1:29 am

    Mel H~ I only make my home-made pizza dough with 100% whole wheat and it tastes so good every time…I actually used Kaths husband’s recipe and just put in whole wheat flour instead of the white he used…delish!!

  • Kerry
    February 15, 2008 at 1:36 am

    Okay, Jenna!
    I made your mother’s scampi recipe this evening, and I have to say that it is incredible. I had to take deep breaths when adding all the butter, going against every instinct to cut back on it, but I didn’t want to tamper with the recipe. I’m so glad I didn’t!
    I have to say, that this is the most wonderful thing I’ve ever made, and I’m not some newbie in the kitchen. My nine-year-old daughter has declared that she wants it for her birthday dinner. But, my birthday comes first, so I’m making it for mine!
    Thanks for getting the recipe up so quickly, despite your nasty migraine. And, be sure to tell your mom thanks from all the way out here in New Mexico!

  • Brittany
    February 15, 2008 at 1:50 am

    Does anyone have the turkey walnut meat loaf recipe?

  • Lori- the pleasantly plump vegan
    February 15, 2008 at 2:10 am

    that salad looks great. sometimes only a salad will do!

  • Mel H
    February 15, 2008 at 2:32 am

    thanks Krista! I can’t wait to make it tomorrow (the bf and I are experimenting with making it from scratch for V day..should be interesting! haha)

    I have a really random question for everyone .. I’m only (almost!! )22 but I was thinking today about the pressures in our society. How do you women (with young girls or who plan on having kids someday!) raise your daughters to be healthy and treat their bodies with love and respect despite what society tells them to do? there is so much talk of “dieting” and being stick thin that its scary. I know earing disorders are rampant (I myself struggled in HS and part of college) and I can only imagine they will continue to rise bc society seems more than ever to be obsessed with weight and image. What are your all’s thoughts? I know it is a kind of weird question, but I think about the future a lot! haha xoxo

  • Alyssa
    February 15, 2008 at 2:38 am

    Mel H,
    Though I’m only nineteen, I think about that too since I want to have kids someday. We need to be a role model for our kids and for ourselves and recognize that yeah, there are constant messages of dieting and stick thin models/etc, but to tell them that that is not a healthy lifestyle. Just because those messages are repeated and repeated and repeated in the media does not make them right. Since I have an ed, I keep worrying that I am going to pass it to my daughter/daughters someday because I got the same type of thinking from some of my relatives. We just have to be conscious about what kind of messages we are sending to our future kids and the kind of environment we raise them in. We need to tell them and teach them what is healthy and to help them travel through the unhealthy mess that is society and the media. We also need to expose them to healthy role models and show them what being healthy is all about. I know that I will need to have enormous confidence and trust in myself in order to help my kids live a healthy lifestyle.

  • martha ann
    February 15, 2008 at 4:47 am

    ok…jenna, veggiegirl, kath, to whom it may concern:
    TOTALLY with you on the hemp milk. i’m all about it now. won’t ever go back. i even have my mom drinking it (a feat in and of itself). yay for the hemp milk.

  • Heather(II)
    February 15, 2008 at 11:28 am


    Turkey-Walnut Loaf
    Makes 6 slices
    1 lb ground turkey
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    1/2 onion, chopped
    1 rib celery, chopped fine
    1 carrot, shredded
    1/3 cup parsley, chopped
    1/2 cup walnuts
    1 egg
    1tsp dried thyme
    1 tsp sea salt
    1/2 tsp black pepper
    1 cup diced tomatoes in juice
    2 bay leaves
    1. Preheat the oven to 350. Toast the walnuts for
    about 5 minutes or so until they start to smell all
    toasty and good. Let cool.
    2. When the walnuts are cool, grind them in a food
    processor (or blender) until finely ground. Set aside.
    3. Combine the turkey, onion, carrot, celery and
    parsley in a mixing bowl. Add the ground nuts, egg,
    thyme, salt and pepper and mix well.
    4. Pack mixture tightly into a greased loaf pan and
    top with 2 bay leaves. Pour the tomatoes over the top.
    5. Bake for 50 minutes or until the meatloaf starts to
    pull away from the pan. Let cool for about 20 minutes
    before eating and don’t forget to remove the bay
    224 calories/slice

  • VeggieGirl
    February 15, 2008 at 12:15 pm

    **Martha Ann:

    That’s wonderful that you’re loving hempmilk – haha, my parents and my great-uncle love it too!! It’s a family favorite :0D

  • JJ
    February 15, 2008 at 3:04 pm

    I try to teach my little girl and little boy (both 5) that eating healthfully will help them have enough energy to have a great time, play games and not get tired and crabby. Have I pulled out my hair because they don’t each more veggies – yes. But life is short, and I try to make great healthy choices in front of them, which INCLUDE eating (usually homemade or organic packaged )cookies and treats after a healthy meal and including them in celebrations. But everything in moderation I think – and there is a place for gross store bought birthday cake! It seems like what many women battle is an all or nothing approach – success or failure. I don’t want my daughter to feel that way – life is much more…and food is only a part (a lovely part) of it. I commend those of you who are examining this now…sometimes I get reallyscared to be raising a daughter in a society that places so much value on body image. I’m just doing my best.

  • Mel H
    February 15, 2008 at 6:03 pm

    thanks guys for chiming in about raising healthy little girls! I think I am so worried bc my mom and dad always raised me to be healthy, but not obsessive. Healthy cooking and dessert most everynight if I wanted it and my mom never never talked about dieting or dieted…she doesn’t need to! I still struggled with an ED in high school without any of these issues..that is what scares me! But Ill justdo the best I can when the time comes!! xoxo