Saturday, September 09, 2006

My top 5 fav foods

I was tagged by Carrie awhile back. I have been so busy with getting back to school and teaching and being tired and prepping for art history- sigh... It is finally the weekend and the guy I am seeing went to the shore with his friends... sigh again... So here I am- I had a great birthday, it was an awesome massage at the spa. I just got back from a pedi and a manicure this afternoon. My club at schol 'For the Animals' will be doing their annual food and supply drive for our local shelter in October, so we have to get ready for that. We put drop boxes in the classrooms of all participating teachers and pack everything up for the h.s.- we usually get tons of stuff! Before I get back to paperwork, here we go: Blogger is only letting me post one pic at a time, and stopped after 2, then I lost one of them~ So Annoying!!

My top five fav in no particular order...

1. Homemade chocolate dipped strawberries. Last time I made these, I used a bar of Tropical Source dark chocolate with hazelnuts- YUM! My father loves dark chocolate and he loved them! Everyone said the chocolate was so rich...

2. Tofutti Cuties. Yes- I know they have high fructose corn syrup in them. But I love them... I get the vanilla ones. I have yet to try the peanut butter or fancy flavors because they don't carry them around here.

3. Homemade seitan from VwaV. Love it sooo much pan fried in cast iron and crispy.

4. Stirfry. Whenever I don't know what to cook, I chop up some onions, peppers, mushrooms, zucchini, broccoli and carrots and add tofu or seitan or morn star farms steak strips with some rice or noodles and there is dinner... I chop up veggies like zucchini and peppers and store them in zip lock bags in my freezer. When I need to make this fast, I just take handfulls of prepped veggies and dinner is ready fast.

5. Rice noodles. My new fav obsession. I buy them from trader joes and use them with the above mentioned stirfry or seitan or with broth for a slurpy meal.

Not the healthiest stuff, but my fav foods at the current moment.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love your top 5..

Have fun with your new school year!

Teachers are very unappreciated..


9/09/2006 8:57 PM  
Blogger Not So Vivacious Vegan said...

It's a great list! Tofutti Cuties are really so darn good.

What a great thing you're doing - spearheading a "For the Animals" food drive. It really helps set a great example for children. Kudos!

9/09/2006 9:32 PM  
Blogger kleo2 said...

Hi Karen! I am happy to see you post. YAY! That guy's gonna be missin' you while he's gone, you know! :o)

I can't imagine how busy you must be with the school year still kickin' into gear. I watch my sister here (first grade) and with her two kids (ages 14 and 20) at home and WOW. There is just not enough time in the day... I wish you an easy year!

I love that you had a great birthday. YOU DESERVE IT!!! The massage at the spa must have been wwwwwwwonderful! And a pedicure AND a manicure today? Life is GOOD!!!

Happy to hear about the "For the Animals" club getting back and rolling along. Very nice.

Your top five faves are fab, what can i say?

Strawbs in chocolate?! YES!

Tofutti Cuties? Oy, the peanut butter ones! All of 'em (except the chocolate ones, they taste weird to me)... YES!

Homemade seitan? YES! (Gotta get that cookbook SOON!)

Stir fry? Always a winner!!! YES!

Rice noodles? My fave kind of noodles. EVER. YES!

Like you need any validation... still i have to tell you how i agree w/your picks. And they're all healthy - healthy enough! - i don't know *what* yer talkin' about! :o)

9/10/2006 12:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

your fav foods looks great. I found myself knoding my head as i read. who cares if they aren't the long as you get some of that stuff too!

megan the vegan

9/10/2006 11:10 PM  
Blogger Vanessa (of vanesscipes) said...

Great choices! I loves me a good strawberry, and it's even better with chocolate! I think you've just convinced me to try homemade seitan! How long does it take?

9/11/2006 10:01 AM  
Anonymous primaryconsumer said...

Mmm, chocolate dipped strawberries. Luscious!!

Hmm, I haven't had Cuties in a long time and I'm sure they've changed the formula, but my mom used to buy them (about 4 or 5 years ago), and let's just say I don't have good memories of them.

Good list!

9/11/2006 11:02 PM  
Blogger Harmonia said...

I really need to look into Rice Noodles! Great list!

9/12/2006 9:51 AM  
Blogger Carrieā„¢ said...

I had mentioned strawberries dipped in chocolate on my blog, so I'm right there with ya! Seiten from VwaV...yum! I have some in my freezer. I try to keep stocked up with that. Rice noodles are kick-ass! I'm especially hooked on Pad Thai with tofu & those noodles in a stir-fry are fantastic. Thanks for taking the time to participate Karen. I love the "For The Animals" club idea. How great are you?

9/14/2006 10:32 PM  
Blogger vegchic2(Jody) said...

You are awesome running a club to benefit the shelters in your area and giving the kids an easy way to help!

It must be quite a shock to get back into the swing of things with the school year start.

Your top 5...yum! I'm still thinking on mine, but I am hoping to post my final answers this weekend.

BTW - I setup a group for New Englander veg bloggers on MSN, link on vegchic. My plan is to make it easier to communicate with each other maybe have some get togethers. I'm hoping to maybe setup an apple picking/veg picnic day towards the end of the month. Not sure if the drive up to MA would be too long for you.

9/14/2006 10:36 PM  
Blogger Tanya Kristine said...

Mmm...pan fried seitan...i'll have to try that. makes sense...cooks out all the water.

9/18/2006 6:21 PM  
Blogger Vicki said...

your list makes me hungry -- the strawberries look soo good & w/hazelnuts sounds way over the top. i need to season our cast iron for the next batch of seitan -- that's a great recipe.

i've taken the last 3 years off teaching -- even though it's really hectic, i miss the beginning of the school year and all the excitement and hope it brings. your club sounds very rewarding. :o)

9/26/2006 11:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Karen!!! Where are you?! How are you!?

10/01/2006 1:44 AM  

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