My Healthy Weekend Vegan Eats & Smoothie Fixins’

January 28, 2013

Hi, good morning! Hope you had a good weekend. I think my increased dosage of thyroid replacement medication has finally kicked in because I’m feeling good again, probably the best since the weeks after my surgery when I still had natural thyroid hormone in my system. I have a blood test and appointment scheduled with my endocrinologist in about three weeks and we’ll know for sure after that.

It’s nice to have my energy back so I feel more motivated to do more in the kitchen. It couldn’t have come fast enough because Alan staged a mini-revolt on Friday and requested no. more. soup for at least a few days. I’m the kind of person who can eat the same foods day in and day out, but he likes a little more variety and I can appreciate that. He asked for a stir-fry so that’s what we had. I used my basic recipe with Almond-Tahini Sauce.

Prepping the vegetables is the hardest part:

Vegetables prepped for stir-fry.

I served it with chopped peanuts which gave it a great crunch factor:

Vegetable Stir-Fry with chopped peanuts.

I made my version of a Buddha bowl for lunch on Saturday, this one had romaine, black rice, broccoli, avo and chopped red onion with my favorite salad dressing and some edamame on the side:

Carrie's Buddha bowl.

Saturday night my vegan man and I went to Native Foods for dinner. We each had the Soul Bowl which someone on Instagram said makes us Soul Bowl-mates. Ha!

Yesterday I was still feeling spunky so I made some Avocado Chocolate Pudding. Yes:

Avocado Chocolate Pudding

I’ve made this with silken tofu and avocados in the past to help dilute the fat, but yesterday I made it with just avocados and no tofu and the consistency was like chocolate mousse and the flavor was incredible.

Dinner last night was leftover stir-fry and a fruit bowl of chopped kiwis and fresh organic blueberries I found at Costco:

Fruit bowl with kiwi and blueberries.

What were your favorite healthy, vegan eats from the weekend? Tell me!

A few weeks ago my friend Jasmin requested a peek into my smoothie cabinet and a few of you seconded her request, so I decided to do it a little at a time.

I start pretty much every green smoothie with a base of hemp and sesame seed milk that I make in my high-speed blender. I buy both products through Vitacost (use this link if you’re a new customer and we’ll both save $10).

The hemp seeds come in a three-pound bag that I store in the freezer once it’s opened:

3 lbs. of hemp seeds.

I use hemp seeds because they are a good source of omega-3 fatty acids and protein and are mild in flavor. I keep a little glass dish of them for easy access and they live on the inside of my refrigerator door:

Hemp seeds.

When I am making the base for my smoothies, I also add about two tablespoons of unhulled sesame seeds for a great source of calcium:

Unhulled sesame seeds from Bob's.

I also buy these from Vitacost, although I have found them in the bulk section at natural food stores as well. Just make sure they are labeled “natural” or “brown” so you know they are unhulled which I found out at Dr. Fuhrman’s Immersion in San Francisco ensures that you get the most nutrition.

I keep these in a labeled, glass jar in my pantry:

Sesame seeds.

I use 1/4 cup of hemp seeds and about 2 tablespoon of sesame seeds with 3 cups of chilled water when I make my smoothies which are generally about 4 servings. I just blend it all in the Vitamix before I start adding all of the other ingredients.

In my next post, I’ll talk about the best types of fruits and greens to use in a smoothie.

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Nikki @ Eat To The Beet January 28, 2013 at 7:37 am

First of all your stir-fry looks wonderful! I can eat the same thing over and over again if it’s something I like, but my sweetie is like Alan and wants some variety :)

Great idea to make your own sesame milk for smoothies. I’ve been using raw tahini, which is quite expensive. I can probably find those Bob’s sesame seeds at one of my grocery stores and save a little cash. Love the peek into your smoothie cabinet.

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Carrie January 29, 2013 at 2:36 pm

Thanks, Nikki! I haven’t made homemade tahini but that’s a great idea. I agree, raw tahini is pricey. Let me know if you try it, I’m very curious.

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Jennifer January 28, 2013 at 9:11 am

Hiya! All of your food looks AWESOME as usual! I’m a fan of Hemp Seeds, too! I should probably post more about them, soon! So far today I posted about my Produce Finds over the weekend, some Raw Vegan Meals/Snacks, and added a bunch of pics with my new iPhone 4S – I was posted with my iPhone 3 – what a difference!!!!! I have LOTS to post about – swing by when you can! That Tahini Almond Sauce sounds pretty awesome, too! I know I mentioned to you last week I was going to be traveling – well, after 6 hours one way, we only stayed a bit and had to drive back home early the next day as DH was sick. BUT…we found a neat little ‘hidden’ veg restaurant nearby that I never knew existed and we went and DH the “omni” even liked it! Woot!

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Carrie January 29, 2013 at 2:34 pm

Thanks, Jennifer! I’m glad you got home safely from your trip and found a gem on the way home. How is DH?

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SueC January 28, 2013 at 11:30 am

Hi Carrie,
Any thoughts on using shelled vs. whole hemp seeds? I just cooked with them for the first time today (I made Dr. Fuhrman’s Tomato Bisque). I don’t know anything about them but am assuming what I bought were whole seeds cause they don’t look like what you photographed. I put them in the Vitamix and blended them with the other bisque ingredients. Just curious if I should get shelled ones next time. By the way, I topped the bisque with the sour cream recipe you posted earlier and it came out great.
Sue

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Carrie January 29, 2013 at 2:33 pm

Great question, Sue! I am going to research this and write about it in tomorrow’s post…

So happy to hear you liked the sour cream recipe, btw. :)

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Jill in Chicago January 28, 2013 at 12:03 pm

Ooh, thanks for the info on unhulled sesame seeds — I’ll have to start adding them to my smoothies!

Also I absolutely adore Native Foods and am so thankful we have them here in Chicago. My omni boyfriend and I both love Soul Bowls!

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Carrie January 29, 2013 at 2:31 pm

You’re welcome, Jill! :)

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Lauren (@PoweredbyPB) January 28, 2013 at 3:44 pm

Your stir fry sounds delicious! I’m a huge fan of hemp seeds in smoothies. I need to make some of that cho avocado pudding soon!

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Laura (Aussie) January 28, 2013 at 8:32 pm

Hey Carrie cant wait to hear more about green smoothies!! This is definitely an area I still dont have confidence in..although it is something I would like to be having on a daily basis….and one that is approved in terms of Dr F 6 week challenge. Also want to know if you can make the night before and have in the morning. Love your stir fry!!

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Carrie January 29, 2013 at 2:30 pm

Thanks Laura!!! :) Unfortunately, the Dr. F approved smoothies aren’t going to taste anything like mine. He advises only using 1 fruit per serving and I probably use 3 to make it sweet enough. I’m going to post more about this tomorrow. In regards to your question about making the night before, I think the best plan would be to put everything in the blender, pop it in the fridge and then blend it right before you drink it.

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christy January 29, 2013 at 1:26 pm

When you make 4 servings at once. Do you drink them all then. Can you keep juice. I always thought it lost its goodie if it just sat. Can you store it?

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Carrie January 29, 2013 at 2:25 pm

Hi Christy! I don’t drink all 4 servings of the smoothies at once, my husband has about 1 1/2 and then I save the extra for the next day. :)

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kimmythevegan January 29, 2013 at 2:03 pm

So glad you are feeling more energy – that’s great! It sounds like things are regulating nicely Carrie =)
What a great weekend of healthy food! I’m not a big fan of silken tofu, I really like making just plain avocado and carob or cacao pudding, sometimes I add a bit of coconut milk and a date or 2. So good.
Oh and we went to Native Foods for dinner Saturday too. Man oh man I wish we had those near the Bay Area.

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Carrie January 29, 2013 at 2:28 pm

Thanks, Kimmy! I may be hyperthyroid now, I’m waking up suuuuuper early. It’s better than being hypo, though. :) My doctor said I’ll probably need to reduce my Synthroid when I see him in a few weeks. Which Native Foods did you go to and what did you get? I would love to try everything but I usually keep ordering the same 3 items.

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