MinsGame Month Approaching!

Minimizing means you should not buy your dog a diamond necklace!

It’s hard to believe it, but it’s almost March, one of the two months in the year that I usually play the Minimizing Game. If you don’t know, the MinsGame consists of ridding yourself of one item on the 1st of the month, two items on the 2nd, three on the 3rd, and so on. I always feel so confident the first few days, but typically around the 20th, I’m scrambling through closets. But I definitely have some stuff to go though, so I’m doing it again!

What I Eat in a Day

If there is one type of YouTube video I like, it is the What I Eat in a Day type. Now that I’m home all the time, my diet has changed a bit. Another thing that has changed my diet a bit is the fact that both my endocrinologist and my primary care doctor have ordered me to stop eating gluten. There’s more to it than just that, but I’ll save that for another time and just focus on the fun, food-related part this time.

For breakfast, I usually have a bit of non-dairy yogurt with gluten-free granola, nuts, chia seeds, and fruit. If I am hungry still in the morning, I have a smoothie (not pictured because everyone knows what this looks like). Morning smoothies usually have frozen fruit, a handful of kale, a banana if I haven’t had one at breakfast, and plant-based milk.

I’m usually pretty busy at lunchtime, so one thing I really like is just to have a plate of nibbles. Of course it varies depending on what I have. From the top going clockwise, I have some romaine lettuce, cucumbers, and celery; Gluten-free crackers of the brand Mary’s Gone Crackers; some hummus; and some probiotic slaw of beets, cabbage, and dulse, from Ozuke. If I am hungry after lunch, I usually take my dog for a walk first to make sure I’m hungry and not bored. When I get back, I have a green smoothie of kale, cucumbers, whatever amount of apple my kids haven’t eaten in their afternoon snack, and coconut water.

Dinner is the most varied meal, and while I know it’s not great, sometimes I cook differently for my children that for myself. The above photo represents something I would make for myself that my kids would not eat. From the top are rice and lentils; sauteed Brussels sprouts; and bean and corn salad. On the top is just some mashed avocado. I am trying not to eat after dinner, but if I make popcorn for the kids, I always grab a handful, and sometimes I have fruit or sorbet.

Anyway, that’s it!

Pumfu Spinach Hash Recipe

Don’t you hate it when you’re looking for a simple recipe and you have to read a whole story just to get to the recipe? Me too!

This dish is meat-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, and soy-free. What is even in it??? See below.

  • Half an onion, finely chopped
  • Two cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • Half a bag of spinach (or more, if you want)
  • A tomato (I finely chopped it, but YMMV)
  • Two handfuls of tiny potatoes
  • A block of Pumfu (pumpkin-based tofu alternative)
  • Nutritional yeast

Cook the onion and garlic for a few minutes in a frying pan on medium heat. Then add the potatoes. Salt and pepper to taste. When almost done, add the tomato and crumble up and add the Pumfu. Add as much nutritional yeast as you like (I like a lot!). When it all looks done, add the spinach and cook for about two minutes more.

This was so good! We had it as brunch, but I’d be happy to eat it for any meal.

Leftover Curry Recipe

It tastes way better than it looks!

We ordered curry one night, and ate everything except a few tablespoons of curry sauce and some rice and one naan. I saved those items and the next day made something that was a bit like curry. I made this in an Instapot, but you could just use a large pot on the stove.

Mix all these ingredients:

  • One cup red lentils
  • One sweet potato
  • One carrot
  • One onion
  • Handful of chopped kale
  • Two garlic cloves
  • Tsp salt
  • Tsp pepper
  • Tsp garlic powder
  • Tsp onion powder
  • Tsp turmeric
  • Tsp garam masala
  • Leftover curry sauce (probably 4 Tbs)

I served it with the leftover rice and naan. It was so good! I’ll definitely do this again next time, and of course you can use whatever veggies are in the fridge.

My New Book Is Out!

Apparently I have an issue with online classes, and that issue is that I want to take all of them. Two classes I’m taking start this week. One of those started yesterday and I was so involved in it that I was a little startled this morning when I got an email confirming that my new book is now available for purchase!

Wolf Moon exists in the universe of my previous series, Vampire in the City, but takes place four years after the events of the last book in that series. Some of the characters from VitC are actually in it, but the main focus is a new protagonist. One other thing I’ve really proud of is the cover, which I designed myself!

If you’re interested, you can buy it here.