Day 25 of Pending-Vegetarian Diary

I am so sorry! Eek! I have been so behind on my P-V Diary and recipes. I have a lot of pictures already prepared with “Basically A Baker” written on them so that makes posting easier. I hope you can forgive me.

I am trying to cut high fructose corn syrup from my diet but it is so frustratingly hard. The stuff is in practically everything in America! No wonder we are struggling with obesity.
I told my Mom two times two weeks apart that I was a vegetarian (not correct, I am trying to be one) and she didn’t believe me at all. When she makes stir-fry (from a bag) it usually has a meat product in it. I had to say “no thank you” yesterday and she looked at me funny. She had said the stereotype words I dreaded. “Jessica, honey, vegetarians don’t get enough protein.” I cringe as I type this. I know she is just not educated enough about vegetarians and vegans, so when I am officially a vegetarian I will educate her. Yup. I am postponing it.
Since I love to talk about health related things in this Diary, I am going to tell you about my favorite Wii games. My family has a collection of about 40 games. We got addicted. I never bought one personally, but I am really grateful for 3 of those 40. They are:
Gold’s Gym: Cardio Workout
The Biggest Loser
Wii Fit Plus
Clearing something up: I am thin but I am not toned so these help so much. I recommend them to anyone trying to tone up, has a Wii system, and has some extra cash.
Thanks for reading! It means a lot to me.

Mother’s Day 2012 – Lemon Sugar Sticky Rolls

As I was letting the dough rise (the recipe uses yeast) my mother came over and said, “Oh, I hate lemons you know.” She failed to mention that when I was buying 6 lemons Friday. I was really nervous because if anything, the rolls would taste lemony. It turned out fine because she ate four, proclaiming that these are “soooo delicious” while grabbing for another. They do taste really good. They are tart with all the lemon, but not overpoweringly sweet. The lemon cream cheese glaze was something I could live without because for me it seemed to take away from the dough. Here is my slightly adapted recipe:

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Banana Overnight Oats

I suggest 2 bananas since, as you see above, the ratio of overnight oats to blended banana is not even. It still tasted good though!

Adapted Slightly from: Oh She Glows

You will need:

  • 1/3 cup regular oats
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1-2 peeled frozen bananas
In a small bowl, put all of the ingredients except the banana(s). 

Whisk and cover with plastic wrap. Put in the fridge OVERNIGHT. 

Take out of the fridge and give a quick stir to combine.

Blend the banana(s) in a food processor. Take out a small cup. Layer the overnight oats and the banana. Eat!

Chocolate-Banana Baked Oatmeal

It is so thick and chewy. It tastes like banana bread! The replacement of flour with oats make it a wonderful breakfast meal.

Slightly Adapted From: Chocolate-Covered Katie

Servings: One

  • 1/2 cup oats
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 tablespoons mashed, very-ripe banana
  • 3 tablespoons non-dairy milk or water
  • 1 tablespoon unrefined coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon (or more) chocolate chips
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 380 degrees. Combine dry, than mix in wet. Pour into a small loaf pan or as I did, a bake-able circular container. Cook for 15-20 minutes (until firm) and than high broil for 5 minutes extra.
 Pour into a small loaf pan or as I did, a bake-able circular container.

Cook for 15-20 minutes (until firm) and than high broil for 5 minutes extra.

One Blueberry Muffin

It is a moist, slightly coconut tasting blueberry muffin. It is vegan too! But don’t let that discourage you, it is easy to make and tastes delicious.

Adapted Slightly From: Chocolate-Covered Katie

Active Time: Less than 8 minutes

Servings: One

You’ll Need:

  • 3 tablespoons All Purpose Flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • dash of salt
  • 2 tablespoons blueberries
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 and a 1/2 teaspoon unrefined coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon and 1 teaspoon soy milk
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
Preheat oven 340 degrees F. Mix dry ingredients. Mix wet ingredients. Combine but DO NOT OVER MIX. Bake for 17 to 20 minutes.

Day 4 of Pending-Vegetarian Diary

Well I ran out of Silk Almond Vanilla Milk so this sucks. And I was craving it too! I poured myself a regular glass of milk and it tasted really…. weird. I am used to be one of those people that can down a glass of milk at every meal. I try to avoid it now and drink Almond Milk instead. I am going grocery shopping later.

I am cutting coffee temporarily from my diet. And when I say diet, I mean what I eat. I had been drinking bottled light Starbucks coffee for the past two weeks because testing at school has been crazy. It gave me a boost. But yesterday I drank more than I usually do, and my body was acting up. I had to pee constantly and I wanted to go to sleep but my brain wouldn’t shut off. This made me act like a zombie all day. People were asking me “Jessica. What is wrong with you? You aren’t acting normal…. Maybe you should see the nurse.” And I told them I was fine. Obviously I was freaking out and knew it was the caffeine. So temporarily, I am cutting coffee from my diet.

Things to remember (doesn’t apply to you necessarily):

Candy/Chocolate(as in Reeses) will make me lose energy (it may be just me)

Cow Milk makes me want to throw up

Coffee messes up how my body works

(recipe tomorrow)

Day 3 of Pending-Vegetarian Diary

I am a bit overwhelmed by ingredients. I look at something, lets say umm a bag of chips, and if I turn it over and look at the ingredients, I have no idea was most of the stuff is. That scares me now. How do I know what ingredient is a animal product? I guess I will have to learn…. slowly. And half of me doesn’t want to know because what if it is something so disgusting I want to throw up?

The good thing is I love learning about nutrition. I soak up the information like a sponge. It intrigues me. Except when I find out something that is pure revolting to me.

Sooooo….. about meat….. and seafood… I don’t crave meat yet. Which is good, of course. I am thinking about cutting seafood. I want to have a lil seafood binge before though. Yes I know that will make it harder to give it up, but I haven’t had any fish in two or three weeks so just letting go of any chance of eating it again without saying goodbye saddens me. I need to say my goodbyes people! My day could be:
Breakfast: salmon & cream cheese on a whole wheat bagel
Lunch: assorted fish sushi
Dinner: fancy tilapila & scallops & shrimp (woohoo)

I am going to fast. I understand that. God, I am not even a official vegetarian yet! So this lil seafood binge is going to be in May, July, or even farther away. I am going too fast because my research makes me want to jump right into being a freaking vegan. But I can’t. Right now, I have to learn about ingredients.