What We Ate Wednesday: My Night

April 9th, 2013 - filed under: The Food » Food Styles

This is pretty much what I woke up to. He slept in the suit, and bounded out of bed the second his eyes opened, to add the boots and hat. In case you weren’t aware, fire fighters are THE BEST.

As I was snapping this pic and marveling at the overwhelming cuteness, I realized: “omg, forgot to buy more tea.” There was no caffeine in the house. Like, at all.

“Mama play with meeeeee!!”

Playing on the floor at 7 am, sans caffeine . . . oi.

After all the fires were thoroughly extinguished, I made Waits a quick breakfast of chia pudding (plain, as per his request) and vanilla almond milk (because it comes in the blue box, and blue is obviously superior to green, so sorry see ya later oat milk):

And then I threw together a coconut milk-blueberry-kale protein smoothie:

I filled a sippy cup with the smoothie and drank the leftovers myself. Preschool lunch all packed up:

Left to right: leftover burrito on gluten-free tortilla with refried beans, vegan cheese, and smokey sautéed peppers + onion + corn // carrot sticks and snap peas // smoothie // garlic roasted pistachios (high in lysine, they count as an “honorary legume”!) // the leftover refried beans.

I got us dressed, sun-screened, tooth-brushed, and shod, and then we were out the door and off to preschool.

Hay fort!

It was laundry day (feels like it’s always laundry day) so I high-tailed it over to my godparents house. Can you guess the very first thing I did?

Caffeine! Earl grey with stevia and oat milk. I’d brought my computer along so I just worked from there, and kept the laundry rotating through. The smoothie wasn’t holding me so I got a little peckish and stole some dates.

I don’t usually eat dried fruit by itself, because blood sugar spikes are bad news for my mood. I’d planned to put some fabulous fatty protein on these, but when I opened the door to the fridge there was nary a nut butter to be found. Then I remembered this video from Dr Greger, so I figured I’d give them a try.

It was a great little test, and I did not get a sugar rush from the dates. Which is awesome because I adore dates and they grow around here and we have the most amazing ones EVAR at our Farmer’s Market.

Anyway, it was a productive morning with lots of work and also an awesome phone date with Allison (of Allison’s Gourmet) who is a seriously fantastic woman, and who is going to be one of my house mates at Vida Vegan Con next month. (squee!!!!)

After that I was back to school to pick up the bug, who was waiting excitedly at the top of the hill for me:


Waits was exhausted from his morning of play, and was asleep pretty quickly when we got hom. Which meant it was my lunch time! And boy howdy, was I excited.

Romaine, shredded carrots (kid lunch leftovers), chopped snap peas (kid lunch leftovers), red onion, nutritional yeast, fresh crushed garlic, and red wine vinegar, all tossed together and topped with black beans, half an avocado, and sunflower sprouts EFF YES. I feel like sometimes photos can be deceiving on portion size, so please note the fork for reference.

About an hour later I was ready for caffeine, round two. Luckily I’d snagged a few bags from my godparents:

Grading papers with the power of the red pen, muahaha.

Waits woke up around 4, stumbled out of the bedroom and proclaimed “I want food!” (he hadn’t eaten much of his lunch, just the smoothie, some of the veggies, and the refried beans).

He likes to eat nut butter straight from the jar, which can be not-so-sanitary when it comes to sharing. So, I’ve started keeping an extra, mostly-empty jar in the fridge. Whenever he asks for “nut butter from the jar”, I just add in a single serving of whatever butter he wants. Win win! I think this time he had almond butter.

After snack we had a few errands to run before meeting up with Damian for the kid switch. Our last stop was Trader Joe’s where I had a sample coffee with agave and almond milk, Waits had a sample cup of almond milk, and he also ate a cashew Larabar.

Green and black tea: PURCHASED

We picked up Damian from work, they dropped me off at my house, and I was suddenly by my lonesome. I had a date with a girlfriend later, but I managed to squeeze in another hour of grading papers.

The last of the leftover carrots and some almond butter, to hold me over.

My friend lives a quick 15-minute walk away, a great opportunity to get some fresh air and catch up on podcasts. I always pass under this trumpet flower tree, which is just so beautiful, and I always have to stop and shove my nose into one of those incredible flowers, because MAN they smell divine.

It’s was a beautiful warm evening, just perfect for a walk.

Toby! (my most favorite kitty)

This is my friend Kate, who doesn’t like having her picture taken. Kate and I were college house mates way way back, when I was doing my undergrad in biology, and she was just beginning a graduate program in engineering. Kate grows blue lasers on gallium nitride, and if you don’t really know what that means it’s okay, ’cause I don’t really either. Just take my word that she is like whoa hella smart, and if you’re interested in science, and women’s issues/feminism, and the intersection of those two things, and also random funny shit and really great music, you might just enjoy her blog, My Laser Boyfriend.

Kate got her PhD last year and in a few weeks she’s moving away . . . to PORTLAND. How’s that for irony? At least we had a few months of overlap.

We ordered pizzas. And while we were waiting for them to arrive, we invented a new cocktail.

Mason Jar Shaker! I love that thing.

Our cocktail!

It’s a simple twist on a gin and tonic, and seriously? It’s one of the best drinks I’ve ever tasted. 1 part gin, 3 parts tonic water, a liberal splash of fresh lemon juice, and a few drops of Peychaud’s Bitters, which is a gentian flower-based bitters that tastes rather like cherry.

Best. Cocktail. Ever.


Vegan white sauce, Daiya mozzarella, caramelized onions, and fancy mushroom blend on a gluten-free crust. Side of vegan ranch, for dipping like a boss.

Pretty epically amazing. Especially when paired with RuPaul’s Drag Race, to completely round out The Perfect Evening. I mean right??!

I’m still too early in the season to pick a favorite, but I’m pretty partial to Jade. Anyone else watching? Who do you love/hate??!

  • Manda

    Argh you make me feel like such a junk food vegan with all your raw food goodness! I mean, I eat really well, but I don’t eat anywhere near the amount of raw stuffs as you do these days. Might need to make a better effort…

  • http://bonzaiaphrodite.com/ Sayward Rebhal

    Haha, girl I had pizza and gin for dinner! =D

  • The Cookie Fairy

    You can order vegan pizza??? Wow, I think London is still a far way from that.

  • juana

    you can order vegan pizza! and you re not even in portland anymore! there s somehting to be said for the good ol USofA…

    i wish i was your kid… those lunches you pack him!!! i wonder why the roasted pistachios? wouldnt you prefer them raw? maybe it s a waits must have…

  • http://twitter.com/veganmishmash The Vegan Mishmash

    That pizza looks soo good. And top it off with vegan ranch dipping sauce? That’s AMAZING!

  • http://windycityvegan.wordpress.com/ Monika {windycityvegan}

    I am all about G&Ts and will be trying your cocktail soon! And that pizza – I just may have to recreate it. But I’m off Daiya right now (one too many quesadillas and now I can’t escape the tapioca aftertaste). Have you tried TJ’s mozzarella-style shreds, and if so what do you think?

    Oh, and yes, fire fighters are the best! Nina went through a fire fighter phase a couple of years ago. Currently she’s all about being an animal rescuer, and her self-proclaimed duties run the gamut of rescuing farm animals, rehoming domestic pets “who don’t like their people” and saving wildlife from poachers. Oh, and of course, she’s determined to bring dinosaurs back from extinction (thanks, Smithsonian Channel).

  • http://www.workingouteatingin.com/ Anastasia

    The salad you had for lunch looks so good and that pizza looks pretty darn delicious. I’ve been trying to come up with new food combos for my 8 month old (your archives have been extremely helpful, btw) and I am going to try out the smoothie you made. She loves blueberries so I bet she’d love it.

  • Linda E

    Well, THAT fireman is definitely the best. I must try the gin drink; I love GT’s especially in the spring and summer. I WANT that pizza; don’t think it is available around here.

  • Deirdre

    Vegan pizza delivery? Cray-cray.

  • Nat Smith

    AWESOME post!!! Thank you! I really appreciate, so so much, your WIAW posts. They are so helpful, especially since I have a 2 1/2 year old and I also live in a town where healthy food and veganism are foreign. So, once again, thank you lady :) I get so excited when you have a new blog post. hehe :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/ursula.smeagle Jamie Platt

    Jinx Monsoon and Alaska all the way!!!! :D nice to see another lovely vegan lady who digs the queens!

  • Brie

    Random question: What are your favorite pod casts?

  • Linda E

    And as I look at your little fireman, I was reminded that it always amazed me that toddlers have a 50/50 chance of getting their shoes on the right feet; and they almost never do!

  • Rachel Wigginton

    I’m pretty partial to Jinx myself. I wish I had that drink when I was watching Drag Race!

  • Jacky

    What did you put in your coconut milk-blueberry-kale protein smoothie? I’m a runner working on a plant-based/vegan diet (not 100% yet but working on it). Smoothies are the easiest way for me to get nutrients during training. Love your blog BTW!

  • Jacky

    Ok reading my post I know there is coconut milk, blueberries and kale, but I referring to the protein part and extras lol

  • Taylor

    Omigosh! Waits is so adorable. On Wednesday I ate a lot of kale and it was awesome. But then today my botany teacher proclaimed she hates kale and I was taken aback. Who doesn’t love kale? Anyways. That was random. Looks like you had a lovely Wednesday!!

  • http://twitter.com/crystalgable Crystal Gable

    First time on your blog and wow! you’re my kind of girl. I used to loooooove gin & tonics and also french 75s (which have bitters) so I bet your cocktail is super good. Adorable child and gorgeous photos!

  • Heidi GV

    “Waits woke up around 4, stumbled out of the bedroom”
    This made me smile since I just watched this yesterday!

  • http://bonzaiaphrodite.com/ Sayward Rebhal

    I know, I was shocked! This is a small city!

  • http://bonzaiaphrodite.com/ Sayward Rebhal

    Roasted because my boss gets them for free by the caseload, and passes them along. Also because the’re sooooo garlicky good! ;-)

  • http://bonzaiaphrodite.com/ Sayward Rebhal

    I know right!?

  • http://bonzaiaphrodite.com/ Sayward Rebhal

    Ooh let me know when you try the cocktail!

    I’ve tried the TJ’s shreds, I like them for their price point and I think they’re great *in* stuff (like stirred into pasta), but I find they melt into liquid, so they’re not so great for like nachos/pizza/over broccoli/etc. What do you think of them?

  • http://bonzaiaphrodite.com/ Sayward Rebhal

    Oh I bet she will – and coconut fat is sooo good for growing wee ones. ;-)

  • http://windycityvegan.wordpress.com/ Monika {windycityvegan}

    I’ve only used the TJ shreds one way – and they work so well in this application that I refuse to try them any other way, lest their shortcomings become glaringly obvious (which is how I OD’ed on Daiya and may never ever eat it again. Dramatic much, Monika?).

    So: I take a couple pieces of best-quality gf or wf bread, rub liberally with the cut side of a garlic clove, brush with a tiny bit of olive oil, add a turn of fresh cracked black pepper, and sprinkle sparingly with TJ shreds. Broil on low until bubbly and browned, and eat right away. Sometimes I’ll put a piece of pan-seared tempeh and rocket in the middle of these two slices and make it a sandwich. I don’t know if I’ll ever venture beyond that, because it’s so good!

  • Shannon Mulligan-Mayernik

    I LOVE the bowls in the Preschool Lunch picture—where are they from?! Thanks!

  • http://bonzaiaphrodite.com/ Sayward Rebhal

    They’re vintage pyrex! I’m sort of a collector. ;-)

  • Shannon Mulligan-Mayernik

    Absolutely LOVE them! Might try finding some on Ebay!

  • http://twitter.com/veganricha Richa

    love that lunch box! and yay for vegan pizzas! so many chains picking up the options here too these days.. :)

  • http://bonzaiaphrodite.com/ Sayward Rebhal

    Check Etsy too! They’re definitely there, in the vintage section.

  • http://bonzaiaphrodite.com/ Sayward Rebhal

    Check Etsy too! They’re definitely there, in the vintage section.

  • http://bonzaiaphrodite.com/ Sayward Rebhal

    Yay, thank you Nat!

  • http://bonzaiaphrodite.com/ Sayward Rebhal

    Ooh yes! I’m definitely warming up to Alaska. =)

  • http://bonzaiaphrodite.com/ Sayward Rebhal

    Our Hen House, Vegetarian Food For Thought, Real Time with Bill Maher, Freakanomics, Main Street Vegan, The Moth, Red Radio, This American Life, and RadioLab. Whew!

  • http://bonzaiaphrodite.com/ Sayward Rebhal

    I was wondering if anyone would notice that!!

  • http://bonzaiaphrodite.com/ Sayward Rebhal

    I love her too!

  • http://bonzaiaphrodite.com/ Sayward Rebhal

    I share all my smoothie sups in my next WIAW – next week! ;-)

  • http://bonzaiaphrodite.com/ Sayward Rebhal

    Thanks Crystal – and welcome!