Firm Rotation

My 6 week FIRM rotation

M: Supercharged Sculpting (382 calories burned)
T: Cardio Party (501 calories burned)
W: Rock It Off (440 calories burned)
T: Supercharged Sculpting & Express Abs (420 calories burned)
F: Power Half Hour (259 calories burned)
S: REST
S: REST

M: Rock Solid Abs & Express Abs
T: Cardio Party
W: Get Chisel’d
T: Calorie Killer
F: Jiggle Free Buns
S: REST
S: REST

M: Power Sculpt
T: Calorie Killer
W: Burn & Shape
T: Supercharged Sculpting
F: Cardio Party
S: REST
S: REST

M: 500 Calorie Workout
T: Supercharged Sculpting
W: Cardio Party
T: Bootcamp Maximum Calorie Burn
F: Calorie Killer
S: REST
S: REST

M: Supercharged Sculpting
T: Cardio Party
W: Total Muscle Shaping
T: Get Chisel’d
F: Cardio Party
S: REST
S: REST

M: Aerobic Body Shaping
T: Cardio Party
W: Hi Def Sculpt
T: Calorie Killer
F: Burn & Shape
S: REST
S: REST

Vegan Planet: Ultimate Shepherd’s Pie

I’m often asked “how can you stand to give up meat since it adds so much flavor to food rather than just life on rabbit food?” and the truth is.. I never eat bland, boring food. Vegetarian living is much more than just salads and tofu. You can make every recipe vegetarian if not vegan, you just need to know a few basics and tweak the recipe to taste and viola! you have a fantastic animal friendly recipe.

The newest addition to my home has been Vegan Planet. Words cannot even begin to express how much I love this book. I have now made 4 or 5 recipes and all were absolutely fantastic. I was blown away by how easy, healthy, and amazing these recipes were. I am super calorie/fat conscious and these recipes fall within my dinner guidelines and all were satisfying. I never left the table hungry nor was I starving just an hour or two later. Portions are decently sized, the food is sooooo delicious, and I never made a single thing so far that I wouldn’t serve to a meat eater in fear that they would choke and snub the dish. I’d proudly serve each and every single dish.. in fact, I plan to.

The most recent for me was the Ultimate Shepherd’s Pie. I used my own recipe for the mashed potatoes and added only a single green pepper and then just prepared the recipe as is. AMAZING. My recipe ended up bing 418 calories, 11g of fat, 17g of fiber, and 16g of protein per serving. I was thrilled when I ran to Robin’s website and found that she listed the recipe!! so I can share it with you!

Ultimate Shepherd’s Pie

Since leftover mashed potatoes are often the inspiration for making a Shepherd’s Pie, I thought that the ultimate version should feature filling ingredients that are readily available and easy to use — hence the use of veggie burgers. Simply thaw them long enough so that you can chop them and they work like a charm, adding great taste and texture, enhanced by the ground walnuts. If you prefer, chopped seitan or tempeh may be used instead of the veggie burgers, just be sure to sauté them first in a little olive oil. Use the extra-rich “Mashed Potatoes and Company” on page 204, or your favorite mashed potato recipe.

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 large carrot, chopped
  • 4 ounces white mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons tamari soy sauce
  • 3/4 cup Basic Vegetable Stock (page 000)
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh thyme or 1/2 teaspoon dried
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh marjoram or 1/2 teaspoon dried
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch dissolved in 1 tablespoon cold water
  • 3 vegetarian burgers, thawed and chopped
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas, thawed
  • 1/4 cup ground walnuts
  • 3 cups mashed potatoes
  • 1/4 teaspoon sweet paprika

1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and carrot. Cover and cook until tender, about 5 minutes. Add the mushrooms and cook 3 minutes longer, stirring occasionally.

2. Stir in the tomato paste, tamari, vegetable stock, thyme, marjoram, and salt and pepper to taste. Stir in the cornstarch mixture and simmer to thicken slightly, about 1 minute.

3. Spoon the filling mixture into a lightly oiled 2-quart baking dish. Stir in the chopped burgers, the peas, and the walnuts. Taste to adjust seasonings.

4. Spread the mashed potatoes over top. Sprinkle with paprika and drizzle with the remaining oil. Bake until hot and bubbly and the top is golden brown, about 30 minutes.

Serves 4

If you only own one Vegetarian/Vegan cookbook.. this one should be the one.

Grilled Uncheese Lunch

This was a wonderful lunch! I’ve had the Uncheese book for awhile but I have never made anything from it.. but this sounded too good to be true! It was fantastic! I can’t wait to try more.

Grilled Cheese Sandwich from the Uncheese book & blueberry tea.

WW: 2pts!

Cute Strawberry Bento

Top: Belgian setian stew with dark beer from Vegan Planet
Bottom: Pasta
Side: Fresh strawberries
Cup: Spices

WW: 13pts.

Recipe here!

vegan jello that you can mold!

For a long time I have been looking for a fool proof, great tasting jello recipe that is Vegan. No folks, regular jello is derived from the collagen inside animals bones.. which means it’s neither Vegetarian or Vegan. Well, there are plenty of Vegan jello recipes floating around on the internet but none of them have given me the texture that I was looking for… until now.

Vegan Jello Recipe:

  • 2c juice
  • 2tsp Agar

Bring 1/2 juice to a boil on stove over medium heat. Add agar as it begins to boil and stir until melted/blended. Remove from heat and add remaining juice and blend well. Transfer to dish or jello mold and chill until firm.

Note: I found the 2/2 equivalent to be a bit too firm for my taste making a very gelaitanized result (think a little thicker than canned cranberry sauce) so next time I intend to use much less agar.

Hoopin’


There is this hooping craze walking around Ravelry these days and I drank the water. Not only did Gleek have one, but frecklegirl, and iSeL Knits too! Then I found a few more friends also had them and.. well.. whats a girl to do, but join the club? I figured it would be a fun way to add some core toning into my schedule and it looked like a whole lot of fun! I am not talking about the hula hooping days of childhood.. oh no, I am talking about the super sexy hoop dance.

I kinda suck at it though… and I mean suck hard. I can do all about 3 rotations before it drops. Today’s best has been about 7-10 rotations before it dropped like a ton of bricks. Sergey tried and he’s a natural.. naturally, there really isn’t anything he can’t do… I am sure that my feet and ankles are going to be a beautiful shade of purple tomorrow… but I am no quitter! I will learn to hoop dance… even if it kills me! With that, I’ll leave you with some images of my pretty hoop :) I purchased the wildflower limited edition glow in the dark 43″ hoop from hoopnotica.

Vegan Borscht


Being married to a Russian does have its advantages.. like when he makes you Vegan borscht purely because he loves you.. :) It was delicious and I am sad that it’s all gone. :(

Basic borscht recipe according to my husband:
1.) Cook onions on a skillet
2.) Add crushed garlic
3.) Drop diced carrots and cubed tomatoes, cook for a few minutes
4.) Add beets, cook for a minute
5.) Add half a cup of stock, cover and stew until beets semi-soft
6.) Boil stock, and cubed potatoes
7.) After potatoes are boiling, add diced cabbage
8.) After returning to boiling, add beets mixture, tablespoon of tomato paste, season with salt and pepper, add bay leaves, cover and simmer slowly

something like that…

Cherry Blossom Bento

Top: Orange tempeh with snow peas. Recipe here.
Bottom: Rice.
Drink: Water.

WW: 10 pts.

Updates!

Most of you must have thought I have fallen off the WW band wagon! Truth is, I haven’t. I have been pretty faithful to WW since spring 2005. Like many of you I stumble and fall off plan from time to time but I never allow that time to stretch beyond a week and that is usually on vacations. You will hear a lot of talk about motivation on the WW boards and from your friends.. but if you rely on motivation to keep your diet going — you will fail. It comes down to accepting the fact that you stumble and fall off plan at times but that doesn’t allow you to give up! If you over eat at lunch, then eat less at dinner, count your points and vow to do better tomorrow … but the fact is, you HAVE to do better tomorrow. The plan works if you follow it - plain and simple.

I have been awful and updating and I know this :( Please don’t think because I don’t write or visit the boards that I have fallen off plan! I made a lifetime commitment to be healthy and that includes getting off the last 50lbs or so! Truth is, I maintain 3 blogs (including this one) and I work and I have a ton of hobbies and a family that keeps me busy!

If you’d like to see where I am spending my time lately.. click these links! All are me! :)

http://www.ninastoma.com
http://www.twitter.com/CherrySprinkle
http://www.septemberpixie.com

I am going to try and keep you all better informed about how things are going and keep a more faithful logs of my weight loss. I changed scales recently so I am readjusting my weight according to the new scale so the slight gain is due to this :)

Hello Kitty Bento

 

Top: Vegan chick’n patty on a bed of cous cous & mayo cup with spices
Bottom: orange slices, raspberries, and orange & peanut butter gyoza sandwich
Drink: water

WW: 8pts

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