Thanks for all the good thoughts and well wishes on my last post! A quick update on the fire–it’s now 15% contained, which is a lot better than the 5% it’s been since last weekend and some people have been allowed to return home and to work (including my dad–his office was in the evacuation area and he had off of work since Wednesday) but unfortunately, over 300 homes have been destroyed. Keep thinking of us out here and pray for rain!
On another note, sorry there wasn’t a Friday Faves post this week! I was pretty busy this week–I was at my internship on Tuesday between 2 and 10 pm answering phone calls about the fires and running little errands for the anchors, reporters and producers; I went grocery shopping (more on that later!), to the post office, played tennis with my dad (one perk to him having a few days off) and some other stuff and it kinda just slipped my mind. But I didn’t want to forget about posting this weekend altogether so here’s a survey I filled out awhile ago. I found it on a vegan blog, so a lot of the questions are vegan-related but I hope you still enjoy it anyway!
What is one food you thought you’d miss when you went vegan but you don’t?
Greek yogurt. My mom was still buying it for me a month or so ago and I just can’t do it anymore, it’s not as appealing to me.
What is a food or dish you wouldn’t touch as a child, but enjoy now?
Pretty much most veggies. I liked carrots and lettuce and bell peppers, but that was about it. Now I love a lot of them, like kale, eggplant, portobellos, sweet potatoes and spicy peppers.
What vegan food or dish do you feel like you should like, but don’t?
Almost all tofu. I like it from the Whole Foods hot/cold bars, but that’s about it. It’s also okay if it’s sliced really thin, but otherwise it’s just gross to me. Luckily I like tempeh a lot, so it’s no loss.
Spice/herb you would die without?
Nooch…I put that s**t on everything! When I first bought it (because everyone else was doing it), I thought it was bizarre but now I just can’t get enough.
Seitan, tofu or tempeh?
Tempeh allllllll the way! I can even eat it raw, is that weird? I just love its nutty flavor! Tofu is my second favorite. Generally, it’s a meh for me though. And I’ve only tried seitan once but it was just not my thing at all.
What’s one food or dish you tend to eat too much of when you have it in your home?
Dried fruit, or just fruit in general. It’s so addicting grabbing a handful of fresh pineapple, or making a Medjool date stuffed with nut butter. I always choose dried fruit without anything added so I know it’s not unhealthy, but sometimes I fill up on fruit before the meal even starts!
What ingredient or food do you prefer to make yourself despite it being widely available prepackaged?
Desserts. I love healthier prepackaged desserts, but it’s so much more satisfying eating something you made yourself.
What ingredient or food is worth spending the extra money to get “the good stuff”?
Nut butter, maple syrup, flavored dark chocolate, stevia-sweetened soda…yeah, I have expensive tastes 😉
What are your favorite vegan pizza toppings?
Kalamata olives are a must, as are artichoke hearts. I love kale, jalapenos and tempeh bacon too. Nooch is almost always dumped on top.
What’s on your grocery list this week?
I just went to the store on Thursday, but this was some of what was on my list: kale (weekly purchase), Medjool dates, oat flour, chia seeds (first time buying them!), maple almonds, protein powder samples, brown rice Pad Thai noodles, vegan curry sauce, Larabars (still can’t find the chocolate chip cookie dough or Jocalat flavors, grrrr…), coconut milk ice cream (another first time purchase) and multigrain pizza dough.
What is the best salad dressing?
The Ginger People hot jalapeno ginger. It’s technically a sauce, but it’s so good.
What is your favorite thing to put on toasted bread?
Peanut flour with cacao nibs, or mango jam with a crackle of sea salt. Don’t knock it til you try it.
Name 3 items in your freezer without looking.
Alvarado Street sprouted sourdough (new fave bread), Field Roast Mexican chipotle sausages, NadaMoo! maple pecan coconut milk ice cream.
What is your favorite cupcake flavor? Frosting flavor?
I still have yet to have a vegan cupcake, but I so want to. I would love a carrot cake kind with vegan cream cheese frosting, or maybe a s’mores kind.
What is your most-loved “weeknight meal”?
Kale and tempeh tacos.
What is one dish or food you enjoy, but can’t get anyone else in your household to eat?
Most of my dessert things, surprisingly. My family’s used to super sweet, super rich desserts I guess (and crappy packaged stuff) so more natural, lower sugar stuff isn’t appealing to them. Oh well, more for me!
Favorite vegan chocolate/candy?
I love Chocolove’s dark chocolate in different flavors, especially raspberry, orange and peppermint. The peppermint kind tastes like a peppermint patty!
Most extravagant food item purchased lately?
Coconut milk ice cream from NadaMoo!. It’s like 5 bucks a pint, but totally worth it.
What’s the most extravagant purchase you’ve made in the last week? Name three items in your freezer!