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June 27, 2011

there must be light at the end of the tunnel

Today was not a good day.  It didn’t start out that bad – pretty good actually.  I wasn’t feeling the best but felt a bit better after a short walk.  And then I got a good email from the company I had an interview with last week.  Well last week was actually my third interview with them.  I finally got word of a fourth and final interview through the email which was scheduled for Thursday.

Early afternoon I was feeling better, but still off.  The sun was shining however and I went outside for a dose of Vitamin D which was nice.  Kinley got home at 5:30 and shortly thereafter I got a phone call… from the aforementioned company.

I was told that they were no longer going through with hiring for the position at this time.  They said they really liked me, and it was only down to me and one other person, but due to a backup in something they decided to hold off hiring someone for 30+ days.  It was nice for them to be honest with me, but it still completely sucks.  Plus, to know I was so close to the finish line.

I thought I was finally winding down in the job search and now I’m right back at the beginning, with not even a handful of options available.  I have continued searching job boards but it just seems as if no one is hiring, which makes my job prospects dismal.  It’s so frustrating.

And to top it all off, I’m still not feeling well and my list of foods to avoid is increasing – now along with no dairy or wheat, corn is being put on the back burner momentarily as well.

Sorry for the depressing post, it’s just the mood I’ve been the later part of today and wanted to get it off my chest.  Hopefully I can find light eventually after this long, dark and miserable tunnel I’m in.

June 27, 2011

easy peasy meatless monday

Kinley is convinced she started the Meatless Monday craze.  She has been following it (almost constantly) for close to a decade – who knows where she comes up with these things?  Just recently I noticed two communities who are taking on a day without meat – whether or not it’s on a Monday it still has a positive effect on our environment (and waistline – their words, not mine)!  Aspen, Colorado is the first city in the US to adopt Meatless Monday.  Restaurants, hospitals, schools and organizations are coming together to make this happen!

Ghent, Belgium has adopted Meatless Thursdays for over the past two years – with the town council proclaiming (although not mandating) living a day without meat.

Ghent has obviously been successful in their attempt, and hopefully Aspen will follow suit.  Aspen’s initiative just started this month and I feel that the more restaurants they get on board, the more popular it will become.  I will never preach to anyone that they have to become a vegetarian, it’s not how I roll.  I certainly do not like to be told what to do so would never do that to anyone else.  I will however share amazing and meatless meals on my blog because they are delicious and it’s how I eat.  So if you’re up for trying out just one meatless meal (or day) per week, this should be on your menu ;).

Veggie Fried Rice recipe adapted from Daily Garnish

  • 1/2c – 1c dry brown rice (I only had 1/2 cup so that’s all I used, so depending on how many people you’re serving increase the amount 1/4c per person)
  • 1-2T oil, divided
  • 2 medium carrots, diced
  • 2 cups frozen peas and carrots
  • 1/2 cup frozen lima beans (or edamame)
  • 2T liquid aminos (or soy sauce)
  • 1 egg
  • salt (to taste)
  • sesame seeds, optional

1. Cook the dry rice in either a rice cooker or on the stove top.  You can even do this the night before and keep in the fridge until you’re ready.

2.  Place half of the oil in the bottom of a large non-stick pan headed over medium-high heat (I used one shaped like a wok, but use anything you have!)

3. Into the pan, add the rice and cook for a few minutes to give it a ‘fried’ texture.

4. Add the carrots and frozen veggies and cook through.  It took awhile to get my carrots cooked, so if time is an issue and you don’t want crunchy carrots, pre-cook them for a few minutes.

5. Mix in the liquid aminos (or soy sauce) as well as the sesame seeds.  Create a hole in the center of the rice mixture.

6. Add the egg to the center and scramble it into the rice mixture.

7. Serve with chopsticks!

Worried about protein while eating vegetarian?  Don’t be.  The rice along with the peas creates a complete protein, and the addition of the egg increases it even more!  If you were to use edamame, that is considered a complete protein in and of itself as well.  I actually think I eat more protein now than when I used to include meat in my diet, mainly because I am more conscious of it and love experimenting with combinations of different grains and beans!