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In the interest of getting through lots of delicious veg, today was an unintentionally mostly raw day. I was cold when I woke up, so I started with some vanilla rooibos in my favorite mug.

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This mug is from the Christmas Tree Shop, which is emblematic of everything that is wrong with our country, but I still like drinking out of it. Especially now that it makes me feel like Lady Gaga. 😉

For lunch I made myself a hummus plate. I started with this:

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and ended up with this:

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Loved it! The Asian cucumber was a little hard to get used to at first – it’s fairly fuzzy. But it tastes like a cross between a cucumber and summer squash, so once you get past the hairiness it’s pretty delicious.

I will be the first to admit that my dinner was not pretty. In fact, it was downright ugly. But it had intense inner beauty.

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In the mix: a head of romaine, more Asian cucumber, raw sweet corn, a smooshed avocado, balsamic vinegar.

I’d say I’m off to a good start getting through my CSA abundance before it goes bad.

I’ll leave you with some encouraging news via Civil Eats:

“Attorney General Eric Holder and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack are joining together to hold public discussions on “competition issues affecting the agriculture industry in the 21st century and the appropriate role for antitrust and regulatory enforcement in that industry.” This is the first time any such talks will have been held on an industry that is massively consolidated and under-regulated. For example, did you know that in 2006, 83.5% of beef-packing was controlled by 4 companies, same goes for 66% of pork packing, 58.5% of the chicken processing and 55% of turkey processing. Similar numbers exist for the seed companies, the grain processors bringing animal feed to feedlots and HFCS to most of the packaged foods in the supermarket, and the supermarket retailers themselves. Numbers this high indicate a lack of competition.”

Check out the original post to see how you can join the public discussions and help support smaller farms!

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Morning pick-me-ups

Happy Friday! I started to reach for the oats this morning, but then I realized that it’s finally warmish here. So instead I opted for a fruit plate, inspired by Kailey (aka Snackface):

Bwanana with peanut butter and organic strawberries (on sale for $3!)

Bwanana with peanut butter and organic strawberries (on sale for $3!)

Even though it was warm, I really wanted to try my new Chocomint Rooibos tea. I used the Teavana brewer T’s parents gave me:

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Oh man is this stuff good! It smells exactly like an Andes mint and almost tastes like one. Excellent dessert tea! Or, you know, breakfast tea…

And for our final morning pick-me-up, Sarah at Sarah’s Sweet Lips is giving away some Amazing Grass bars. Check it (and her awesome blog) out!

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Today started with tea and Elvis oats (1/2 cup quick-cooking oats made on the stove with 1 tbsp pb, 1tbsp cocoa powder, shake cinnamon, drizzle agave, and a sliced banana on top). I don’t know if Elvis would like much about this breakfast other than the pb and banana, but I love it. And if restaurants can call anything with PB and B in it “Elvis” whatever, then so can I. 😉

This is probably more the King's style

This is probably more the King's style

Tea is a somewhat unusual occurrence for me. I used to be a dedicated coffee drinker (1-2 cups per day), but then I started having attacks of supraventricular tachycardia (basically my heart beat really fast for no apparent reason) and of course caffeine didn’t help those attacks. I was pretty upset, since I love everything about coffee – the ritual of preparing it, the smell, the taste, the euphoric caffeine feeling – but I’ve managed to transition into only drinking the occasional tea. Trent’s parents gave me a beautiful tea gift package for Christmas, which included this stuff from Teavana:

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T says it smells like hazelnuts; I say it smells just like heaven. (And for the record, my doctors never did figure out what was causing the attacks and they’ve more or less gone away. I refuse to believe it was just the coffee because I’d been drinking it regularly for years without incident. And now you know more than you ever wanted to about my heart health.)

Shortly after breakfast and I went out on a run/gym excursion. And while I was out, this guy showed up:

Oh hey there. I haven't seen you in, oh, I don't know, SIX+ DAYS?!

Oh hey there. I haven't seen you in, oh, I don't know, SIX+ DAYS?!

Post-workout I made a stellar (ha!) salad and took a great photo, but then my camera ate it. Boo! It was a mix of CSA lettuce, spinach, peas, Non-CSA figs, curried hummus, a drizzle of balsamic, and 2 kumquats. I wasn’t sure if the kumquats would work, but actually the citrus tang went really well with the other flavors. Hooray for odd combos!

I treated myself to one of Amy’s pot pies for supper. They were out of the veggie (my fav!) so I had to settle for broccoli/cheese (hello Lactaid!).

I like to eat the inside first and then pick up the crust and eat it by itself.

I like to eat the inside first and then pick up the crust and eat it by itself.

I also picked up some caffeine-free rooibos varieties from my favorite local tea shop, Tea Zone. I can’t very well get locally-grown tea in Massachusetts, but I can get tea from a small, local shop. Compromise is the name of the game.

I had the vanilla tonight and it was great. Can't wait to try the chocomint!

I had the vanilla tonight and it was great. Can't wait to try the chocomint!

I’ve been craving donuts all week. When I saw Lindsay’s (the Happy Herbivore) recipe for Baked Chocolate Glazed Vegan Donuts, I knew that I had to try them, stat!

BUT…I don’t have a donut pan and I don’t like to buy single-use kitchen items since our kitchen is the size of a postage stamp. So mine came out looking like…bialys? rolls? scones? I don’t even know. The important thing is that they are DELICIOUS! I highly recommend them.

Pre-glaze

Pre-glaze

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Post-glaze

So damn unpretty…so damn delicious!

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