I always find myself telling people, “This week has been crazy.” It’s true to a degree, but also a slight exaggeration. Is it really crazy? No. Just busy. But holy heck, this week has been crazy. For real!
Chris was on a business trip this week and the second day he was gone, I suspected that Miso had another urinary blockage. When I called the vet about it, I got the whole “it might be time to consider putting him to sleep” talk. Needless to say, I was completely beside myself and Chris rushed home early because he didn’t want me to have to go through that alone. Well, in the meantime, the other vet that’s been working with Miso decided to try one more thing–she wanted to treat him as if he had an autoimmune disorder and, after clearing the blockage, give him steroids.
And it worked.
He made a complete turnaround overnight. We went from thinking we’d either have to put him to sleep or put him through another surgery to bringing him home, happy and healthy for the first time in months. I’m now insanely behind on work, but it’s completely worth it to have our little Miso back. And now we know why the food, the surgery, and everything else didn’t help him before–all this time, he had some autoimmune thing going on.
So back to business! Based on feedback from last week, I’m going to do my best to expand my What I Ate This Week posts from now on. Here’s my first expanded! bigger! better! What I Ate This Week:
Quinoa Spinach Mac & Cheese from Tasty Kitchen // As usual, I replaced the spinach with kale. So predictable, right? I also used less breadcrumbs and butter for the topping because of that whole pesky trying to lose weight thing. (Oh, and I totally burned this too–that’s what I get for turning on the broiler and going back to the computer.) This was all kinds of amazing though. Cheesy quinoa! Who knew?!
Black Bean Dirty Rice // Back in the day, I used to get Zatarain’s Dirty Rice all the time and add beans or tofu to it. I thought I could make my own unprocessed version with brown rice, but it fell a little flat. Do you have a good vegetarian dirty rice recipe? Share it in the comments!
CORE Warrior Raw Meal Bars // CORE sent me some samples of their bars and I’m totally loving them–especially the Raw Almond Raisin bar. These are a little bit pricey for me to buy on a regular basis, but since each bar is a meal, they’d be great for bringing on trips, hikes, etc. And unlike a lot of nutrition bars, they’re made with real ingredients and no sugar.
Swiss Chard, Garlic & Gruyere Pizza from Whole Living // I subbed fontina for the gruyere since I had some leftover from my Portabella & Kale Pizza, but this was SO SO good. I wasn’t expecting it to be as good as it was.
Chocolate Raspberry Tofu Pie from Eating Well // I made this for my birthday. It’s not really healthy with all the sugar in it (hello, birthday!), but I actually prefer pies made with tofu–I like the texture more.
Soba Noodles with Coconut-Curry Vinaigrette from Cooking Light // The original recipe calls for beef, so I used tofu instead. I added snow peas and red pepper too since I took out the spinach. This was pretty good, but probably not a keeper–obviously, changing the recipe might have had something to do with it.
Green Mexican Chocolate Smoothie // This is my new obsession. You know how I have that Mexican Chocolate Breakfast Shake? So this is like the afternoon pick-me-up version of that. I blend a frozen banana with a cup of Blue Diamond almond/coconut milk blend, a tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa powder, a little cinnamon and cayenne, and Amazing Grass Alfalfa, Barley & Wheat Grass Powder. It tastes SO GOOD. And trust me, the Amazing Grass powder does not taste good on its own in water, but in this smoothie, you won’t even notice it’s in there. I don’t have a juicer and I don’t grow my own wheatgrass, so this powder is the closest I can get. And I really do feel better when I have it.
Peach Lambic // I know I’m going to get angry emails about this picture. I know it! In my defense, I was taking a picture of the lambic bottle with my phone and Mochi decided to photobomb it by gnawing on the top. It was not open! I do not give my cats lambic!
They prefer stout. Anyway, lambic is my favorite beer because I’m a girl drink drunk, so I bought a bottle for my birthday.