Friday, July 18, 2008

Phil bought me a present!

It's a melodica.

I think it's 'our' present, but I've wanted one for a while! I'm so excited to start recording with it.

Pre-run breakfast with a tofu scramble, with tofu, onions, broccoli, spinach and corn, accompanied by half a whole wheat pita and a white nectarine. This was not an e-diets meal, but I think it fit all the parameters.

Lunch was a vegetarian sloppy joe, which was an e-diets recipe. It was really good! A little big for my favorite sandwich roll, but I was fine eating the extra with a fork. The original recipe called for green bell pepper and Splenda, but I'm out of bell pepper and I don't believe in Splenda, so I used some carrot, instead. I think everyone but me knew that carrot is an awesome sweetener in sauces, but I just used it today.

Since I liked this recipe so much, here's the basic idea:

  • 1/2 small onion, diced
  • 1/2 medium carrot, diced
  • 1 tsp. olive oil
  • 1/4 c. TVP
  • 1/4 c. tomato sauce
  • 1/4 tsp. chili powder
  • 1/4 - 1/2 c. water as needed

Saute the onion and carrot in olive oil until soft, about 5 minutes. Add the TVP, tomato sauce, and chili powder. Stir and cook for another 5 - 10 minutes, adding water if needed to keep it moist.

Serve on a whole wheat roll. Good without hot sauce, but better with!

Speaking of splenda, at Whole Foods customers complain all the time about us not having Splenda at the coffee station. Usually they accept the explanation that we don't carry anything artificial, including sweeteners. Once, though, this lady got really snappy and said, "Splenda's not artificial!" I didn't know much about it at the time, so I sort of shrugged and said, "I'm not so sure about that." And she walked away, pissed off (I'd love to know why it really matters, anyway, our coffee sucks and there's a Starbucks across the street.)

Anyway, I had to find out what Splenda was in case I ever saw this woman again, because my gut told me it spent considerable time in a lab. Which is true, as it's table sugar that has had things removed and replaced by chlorine atoms. That means it's artificial.

I hope she went home and looked it up, too, and felt as stupid as I felt triumphant.


SueWho said...

you are so awesome! I love your customer and Splenda story. and you have convinced me - no more Splenda. Today I needed to buy Teriyaki Sauce but the only kind they had at Safeway had high fructose corn syrup so I didn't buy it. I guess I'll just have to eke out the last few drops from the bottle I have at home which does NOT have high fructose corn syrup in it. And that's good to know about carrots. Thanks for the tip.

SueWho said...

here's a postscript regarding yur coment on my blog about my comment on your blog regarding teriyaki sauce. I usually use WholeFoods version of teriyaki sauce but I will try the Trader Joe's stuff. You can read more about this later on my blog.

SueWho said...

furthermore, I'm surprised that ediets suggested Splenda to use. In the Turkey sloppy joes recipe that I have used, they say to use worcestershire sauce. And you can get vegetarian worcestershire at Whole Foods. So wouldn't that be a better substitution for the Splenda? I guess the carrots work though.

Pink Theory said...

Yay for melodicas! My boyfriend has one which he has recorded with....I hope you enjoy it! And the food! Wow! I wish I had time to enjoy a nice breakfast like that. Looks like good fuel for a run.