April 26, 2010 | 4 Comments »
Last week I started working again. I figured with Ethan starting school soon it was time I found a part time job to keep myself busy and maybe earn a few extra bucks. The only real downside about me working is that I tend to take lots of short cuts when I get home. That means lots of bad eating. Since I’m really trying to eat better and eat less processed foods I figured it would be best if I made some things ahead of time so that I’d always have something fairly healthy on hand. Like these delicious fruity oaty bars from Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar.
I froze half of the bars and will thaw them out as I need them. The rest are sitting in my cookie jar. Yes, I now own a cookie jar thanks to Mil. It might be Christmas themed, but it’s a cookie jar and that’s what matters. Anyway, mine were made with a ‘tropical’ dry fruit mix. Papaya, banana, coconut and carob chips. They smelled SO good while in the oven. It was torture waiting an hour for it to completely cool down. But man oh man were they delicious.
Now when I come home from work I reach for one of these bad boys and enjoy it with my iced tea. No more guilt afterward because I reached for the bag of chips sitting on the counter or the cookies I baked the night before. I have a bad habit of coming home from work and grabbing whatever is closest to me. Uh, vegan of course, but leave it to me to eat the unhealthiest vegan items this place has to offer. Not no mores.
I’m also going to make a batch of black bean and quinoa burgers and freeze them. So that when I’m too tired to cook dinner I’ll have something on hand. And if worse comes to worse there is a Subway down the street. I’ll just grab one of those mini veggie delight sandwiches. The Subway here at least has spinach. And I love me some spinach.
*sigh* I really need to teach Juan to cook me some bad ass vegan food. I wish I could start with going to see Tal Ronnen at the Whole Foods Market in St. Louis tomorrow, but unfortunately I have to work. I really don’t want to start off requesting days off. It doesn’t look so good. Maybe some other time?