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zoe & the beatles

just a twenty-something vegan navigating healthy, positive living with a little help from her friends john, paul, ringo & george!

i am not feeling very creative today.

i set my alarm yesterday for 8 so i could attend a 9 am bikram yoga class but when i woke up around 7, i decided i was way too tired to force myself to go to yoga so i turned off my alarm and passed out until 10. i rarely sleep past 9 so the extra few hours were quite glorious. it was nice not to force myself to do something, either. gotta respect that body, hm?

so i might have an addiction. to oatmeal. it’s literally the only things i crave when i wake up. when i find a food i really really like, i tend to eat it every day. in the same way. oooh i’m bad. it’s usually mainly with breakfast foods, though. liiiike oatmeal. today i ate my chocolate/banana/pb/coconut flake/puffin mix sans oat bran (not sure why. changin’ it up a bit! hah!) and was fully satisfied.

i worked from 12:30 to 5:30 today so packed a lunch while preparing breakfast. i was cravin’ some greenery since i seemed to be lacking it yesterday. so this little monster of a salad was created:

romaine lettuce, broccoli, one small zucchini, left over lentils, and a fourth of an avocado. i also packed two big carrots to munch on. yuum. dressed it with one T of olive oil and one T apple cider vinegar.

clooooose uuuuuppp:

work was work. i’m having an emotional day today, i think. one minute i felt totally fine and the next i felt like crying. i think i’m riding such an emotional wave right now because of summer and what looms ahead. although i do enjoy alone time i’m feeling borderline deserted. it’s something i will have to get used to and just learn how to suck it up.

luckily after work i came home and made a good dinner.

a massive pile of collard greens (had to cook up the rest of them!) which i sauteed in one T of olive oil and a sliver of earth balance with some zucchini, minced shallot (i think i love mincing things. it’s going to become and issue ;)!), and some salt and pepper. simple and delicious. unpictured: another carrot and some leftover potato salad from my friend’s bbq. yuum!

after dinner i biked to my friends house to hang out for a little. but they were watching tv and just sitting there and man, i was not in the mood for just…sitting. the majority of the people i hang out with really relish their time in front of the television. i think there’s a time and a place for everything but dang, it seems no one really knows how to carry on a conversation anymore. all actions and conversation seem to revolve around the television. it’s a bummer.

so i left because i wanted to bake! more vegan cookies, of course 🙂

i wanted chocolate and peppermint so i created these:
what you’ll need
1/2 cup brown rice flour
1/2 cup coconut flour
1 T ground flax (add 3 T of water to this and let sit for 10-15 minutes…egg substitution!)
2 T unsweetened coco powder (i use hershey’s just cause i have it.)
1/2 t baking powder
1/8 t salt
1.5 ripe bananas (mine were pretty large.)
1/4 cup almond milk (unsweetened vanilla)
1/3 cup canola oil
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/2 t vanilla extract
1/2 t peppermint extract

what you’ll need to do
preheat oven to 375 degrees.
combine all dry ingredients into a bowl.
combine all wet ingredients into a bowl.
make a “well” in dry ingredients.
dump half of wet ingredients into the “well” in the dry ingredients.
mix! though don’t over mix.
dump other half in. mixxxx.

it should look something like this:

line a baking sheet with parchment or wax paper. form little balls and flatten into discs. bake for about 12 minutes, depending on your oven (mine is very tempermental.)

they should look something like this:

i may or may not have snuck a bite before taking this picture. here’s another one for good measure.

omnomnom!

i topped them with coconut. cause i love coconut. totally optional. overall i think they turned out okay. texture wise they were spot on. they (again) were not too sweet but definitely not bland. they peppermint added a nice touch though i feel like something was missing. i am missing crunchy cookies. i somehow cannot make crunchy vegan cookies. it’s a concept that goes completely over my head, apparently. guess that means i’ll just be experimenting in the kitchen more! oh no…;)

regardless i liked them and ate two before callin’ it quits. these might be a good base for a whoopie-pie-like creation. if i had enough almond butter (only enough for tomorrow’s breakfast :() i would of smacked some in the middle of two cookie-cakes. yum!

anywho, it’s nearing 10:30 here on the california coast and i’m still tired — even after a good, solid 10 hour sleep. i’m going to go read a bit before passing out. night kidlettes!

beatles fun fact: After Paul’s song, “Penny Lane” became a Beatles hit, the street signs for the actual Penny Lane in Liverpool disappeared with such regularity (as they did on the real Abbey Road), that the town reverted to simply painting ‘Penny Lane’ on the buildings, rather than have street signs.

question of the day: do you find friends planted in front of the tv just about every time you stroll through their front doors? do you have a difficult time getting them to participate in activities outside, such as hiking? no one seems to want to do that up here 😦

also…ever baked anything some scratch without a recipe and ended up with something BRILLIANT?! i bet you have…you little foodies out there amaze me 🙂

namaste

zoe

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