snap peas

Shirataki noodle bowl with tofu, broccolini, shredded carrots, dried mushrooms, and snap peas (later topped with spicy peanut sauce, recipe below) 🍴

Spicy Peanut Sauce

3 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp rice vinegar
2 tbsp peanut butter (I like using super chunky for texture)
2 tbsp water
1 tbsp Sriracha 

Tomorrow is a complete vegan meal day. 
Breakfast: my favorite oatmeal with maple syrup and blueberries. 
Lunch: vegetable and cashew stir-fry.
Snacks: carrots and homemade roasted garlic hummus, my Graze Box sweet Memphis barbecue nut mix, and a banana before cycling class. 

A woman I used to take care of would stay in her pajamas and watch Rachel Ray in the morning. English breakfast tea with just enough milk to make it light. She’d make jokes about staying dangerous when buying a spontaneous extra can of cream of mushroom soup. Some of us never lose our jokes.
 
My best friend closes her eyes when the summer wind runs its fingers through her hair. She inhales deep, like she’s about to dive down into the sun. It is something special to watch someone fall in love with the world.
 
My husband keeps an art gallery of growing greens. There are wildflowers on the windowsill and succulents by the back door. He tells me the snap peas are almost ready to harvest; that he can’t wait to show our kids how the earth works, how good things require care.
 
In small glimpses, I am stealing snapshots of people in their purest moments. I am pasting moments over. I am scrap-booking the good in humanity, the little visions of light, and saving it when everything else goes dark.
—  Schuyler Peck, The People I Know
Lunch Time

I saw a cute idea for kids lunches online, and I thought it could be a fun way to subtly feel little, plus it helps eat healthy for those who pack meals for school, work, or other activities. (Added bonus for adorable lunch boxes. I have a sock monkey one.)

Gather a few plastic bins or tubs to put in your fridge (and maybe a few for the counter/pantry) and label them with what is going in each one. I think I’m going to have 8: main dish, main side, fruit, veggie, dairy, snack, drink and dessert. Then once a week or every two weeks, or however often you need to prepare the things to go in the bins. Then when you pack a meal, grab one out of each bin, or as many of the bins as you need.

Here are a few ideas of what to put in each bin:

Main Dish:
- PB&J
- Cup Noodles
- Easy Mac
- Turkey or Ham Sandwich
- Quesadilla
- Grilled Chicken
- Hot Dog
- Thermos of Soup

Your main dish should be something that can be eaten as is, or easily microwaved.

Main Side:
- Hard Boiled Eggs
- Rice
- Pasta Salad

The main side should either help the main dish taste better, or fill in what it may be lacking in protein.

Fruit:
- Apple or Orange Slices
- Grapes
- Mixed Berries
- Peach
- Fruit Cup

Look for in season fruits for the cheapest and tastiest.

Veggie:
- Carrots
- Celery
- Steamed Broccoli
- Snap Peas
- Corn
- Small Salad

Adding a dressing can spice veggies up.

Dairy:
- Cheese Stick or Cubes
- Yogurt Cup
- Gogurt (I like to freeze them)

Calcium is crazy important. I know I struggle to get enough because I don’t like milk.

Snack:
- Chips
- Trail Mix
- Peanuts
- Protein Bar
- Fruit Snacks
- Crackers

Snacks are good for quick consumption. If you have a short break and need a little boost, these are perfect.

Drink:
- Juice Box
- Bottle of Water
- Capri Sun
- Can or Bottle of Tea
- Gatorade

I always suggest that if you bring anything besides water, to bring some water too. Hydration is key.

Dessert:
- A Few cookies
- Pudding Cup
- Small Candy Bar

This might be a good one to limit to 2 or 3 times a week.


Let me know if any of you try this, and if so what you like or would want to change!

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ベーコンとトマトのイタリアンチーズINハンバーグ、スナップエンドウとベーコンのオーブン焼き、若鶏の唐揚げ

ガスト 吉祥寺店@吉祥寺本町1丁目

歩き疲れたので、ファミレスのドリンクバーで水分補給を。のはずが、近くのお客さんの美味しそうなジョッキを見て我慢出来ず。意志弱すぎてつらい。

i genuinely think my favorite fandom trend ever is comparing harry to vegetables. harry the baby spinach leaf. harry the broccoli floret. harry the cabbage. harry the little sugar snap pea. harry the sweet eggplant. harry the beautiful rutabaga. harry the artichoke heart. harry, the pepperiest piece of arugula. none of these things sound strange its just who he is

Here are some snack foods to satisfy your cravings with minimum calories. If you must eat, try to eat something off of this list! Together we will be skinny

satisfy your sweet tooth:

1. ½ medium apple, baked, topped with 1 tbsp low fat yogurt sprinkled with cinnamon (45 calories).

2. ½ small banana, frozen (45 calories)

3. 4 oz. unsweetened applesauce sprinkled with cinnamon (49 calories)

4. 1 miniature box of raisins (45 calories)

5. 2 sugar-free ice pops (30 calories)

6. 1 sugar-free fudge ice pop (35 calories)

7. 12 cherries (48 calories)

8. 1 individual serving sugar-free gelatin with 3 tbsp. light whipped topping (40 calories)

9. ½ cup strawberries with 2 ½ tbsp nonfat yogurt (47 calories)

10. 14 seedless red grapes, frozen (48 calories)

indulge a salt craving:

11. 1 ½ cups salted air-popped popcorn (46 calories)

12. ¼ cup shelled edamame (soybeans) with sea salt (37 calories)

13. 8 oz. miso soup (36 calories)

14. 1 pretzel rod (37 calories)

15. ¼ small bag of Glenny’s lightly salted soy crisps (35 calories)

16. 1 medium sliced cucumber mixed with ¼ cup sliced onion, ½ cup chopped celery, and 4 tbsp vinegar and salt to taste (45 calories)

17. 6 oz V8 juice (39 calories)

18. 1 kosher dill pickle (10 calories)

crunch and munch:

19. ½ cup jicama with 4 oz salsa (49.5 calories)

20. 1 ½ cups sugar snap peas (40 calories)

21. small celery stalk smeared with ½ tbsp natural peanut butter (49 calories)

22. ½ small apple with 1 tsp soy butter (46 calories)

23. 1 brown rice cake with 1 tbsp sugar-free jam (44 calories)

smooth and creamy:

24. 1 Laughing Cow Light Garlic & Herb wedge spread on cucumber slices (35 calories)

25. 1 tsp almond butter (34 calories)

26. ½ cup fat-free Greek yogurt with 1 tsp sugar-free strawberry jam (43 calories)

27. 1 oz avocado (about 1/8 of an avocado) squirted with lime (45 calories)

28. 8 grape tomatoes dipped in 1 tbsp light cream cheese (46 calories)

cheesy whizzes:

29. 6 pieces of endive filled with ½ oz reduced-fat feta cheese (49 calories)

30. 1 slice fat-free American cheese (30 calories)

31. 1 large tomato, sliced, topped with 1 tbsp Parmesan, broiled (44 calories)

32. 1 oz fat-free cottage cheese on1 slice caraway Finn Crisp Crispbread (38 calories)

33. 1 oz fat-free mozzarella dipped in 1 tsp marinara sauce (46 calories)

power up on protein:

34. turkey rolls: 2 slices white meat turkey rolled in 2 lettuce leaves (46 calories)

35. 1 oz smoked salmon (about 1 slice) on 2 Wheat Thins crackers (48 calories)

36. 1 tofu dog with 1 tbsp sauerkraut (48 calories)

37. ½ cup plain fat-free yogurt sprinkled with 1 tsp sunflower seeds (49.6 calories)

38. 1.3 oz water-packed tuna with 1 tsp Dijon mustard (48 calories)

39. 2 large hard-cooked egg whites with 1 cup sliced cucumber (48 calories)

40. 1 slice Wasa Fibre Crispbread with 2 tsp hummus (45 calories)

41. 1 medium water-packed sardine with slice of red onion (35 calories)

solid standbys:

42. ½ cup melon with 2 tbsp 1% cottage cheese (47 calories)

43. ½ small grapefruit (32 calories)

44. 1/3 cup blueberries with 1 tbsp light sour cream (47 calories)

45. ½ cup carrots with 1 tbsp light ranch dressing (45 calories)

thirst quenchers:

46. ½ cup nonfat milk with 1 tbsp Walden Farms calorie-free chocolate syrup (40 calories)

47. 1 packet of sugar-free hot chocolate made with ¼ cup skim milk and ¾ cup hot water (47 calories)

48. ¾ cup almond milk (45 calories)

49. ¾ cup seltzer with ¼ cup cranberry juice and a lime wedge (33 calories)

50. homemade iced green tea (with artificial sweetener if desired) (0 calories)

Hope this is helpful! 

 xoxo 

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We returned from camping to a garden full of ripe vegetables and herbs. There are big, robust heads of bib lettuce, a sea of cilantro and parsley, dark green leaves of spinach, and two hedges of sugar snap peas. The peas now over my head and there are hundreds of pea pods that need to be eaten.

My all time favorite recipe for snap peas is fixed repeatedly throughout the snap pea season. They’re seasoned with a little soy sauce, Sriracha and dark sesame oil. Last night I decided to add some thin shreds of carrots and angel hair pasta. It was so good, I’m not sure if I’ll do it any other way again.

I posted the sautéed pea recipe last year. To make what you see in these pictures, I cut four carrots into thin strips, using my julienne peeler, which I sautéed with the peas. Meanwhile, I cooked three ounces of angel hair pasta. The vegetables were seasoned and tossed together with the pasta.

The whole meal came together in about ten minutes and we were practically licking our plates.

We got soaked in the rain yesterday while installing this succulent and rock garden, but honestly, as I dip in and out of the rain today to get a better look at it, it was worth every single second.  In the middle of the circle is an old apple tree stump that has always been a royal pain to work around, not to mention a giant tripping hazard.  We originally had a bench placed over the stump, but I think I like this much more.  Any of the succulent babies that fell off during transplanting were popped into the holes in the stump.  The kalanchoe in the front of the bed will not survive the winter, nor will the corkscrew rush and fiber optic grass, but I needed a filler until the hens and chicks established themselves here.  Still not sold on the gnomes.  Oh, and the stumps and rocks behind the bed are not staying.  I needed something to prop a screen on top of to protect the Sugar Ann snap peas (in the barrel) from being annihilated by squirrels.  Progress!

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