Say chreese!

It has been raining ALL DAY here. But even though the weather is nasty, I’m feeling rather inspired tonight. I’m telling you, I’m generally a happy person but I think this vegan diet has made even more cheerful.

For breakfast this morning, I made a nice pot of stovetop pumpkin oat bran!


Mid-morning, I snacked on a new product that Bianca sent me in a very awesome and thoughtful care package. I was so excited to try it!

I left my camera at home so I couldn’t take my own picture, but the strip pretty much resembled beef jerky, only a slightly different texture and tasted a lot better (to me).

I usually don’t bother with a lot of “fake” meat stuff but the taste and 10 grams of protein was totally worth it! I loved the barbecue flavor too.

Here’s the rest of my stash:


Don’t worry, I’m sending her some good stuff too 🙂 I’m so excited to try everything!

My stomach started growling for lunch at 10:45, which surprised me – that’s two days in a row now! But I listened to myself (and Carrie) and ate anyway. My body is more important than waiting for an “appropriate” lunch time.

For lunch, I had leftover black bean burger on a slice of Ezekiel toast with broccoli and lots of hummus on both. Sorry for the lack of picture, it was delicious.

After lunch, I got a massive chocolate craving and somehow managed to find Green & Black’s at the bookstore, who knew?


This was my first time ever trying this and I was impressed. I ate half and saved the rest for another rainy day 😉

My pre-post workout snack was another Clif bar…chocolate chip peanut crunch. It was just okay, I won’t get it again though. The regular chocolate chip is so much better!

Since it was raining, I ran/walked 1 mile on the treadmill and not any more because I just wasn’t feeling it. But it was a good warm up before I went and did some weight training.

  • Lateral pulldown machine (50-60 lbs) – 3 sets x 12
  • Chest press machine (30 lbs) – 3 sets x 12
  • Bicep curls (15 lb bar) – 3 sets x 20
  • Tricep presses (12 lb bar laying on balance ball) – 3 sets x 15
  • Calf raises (holding 15 lb bar) – 2 sets x 25
  • Lunges (with bar) – 2 sets x 15 each leg
  • Crunches on balance ball – 2 sets x 25

It felt like I really didn’t do much at the time but when I wrote it all out just now, I can see how much I did do 🙂

I was so excited to make dinner when I got home! It featured another new product (thanks again Bianca).


I showed this to Josh last night and he said he wanted to try it! I was floored so I knew I just had to make it ASAP.

I followed the recipe, using water and then I added a spoon of Smart Balance Light when it was done cooking.

The rest of my dinner included Mama Pea’s Pumpkin Spice Roasted Chickpeas (I’m stalking her this week!) and some cauliflower.


The Mac & Chreese (I laugh every time) was pretty good! Josh even said “it wasn’t the best thing I’ve ever had but it’s not the worst either.” I expected him to make a face and spit it out but he didn’t, he ate his entire serving!

It gives me hope that he might try some more vegan stuff in the future 🙂

I think I would like to try another flavor next time to see what it tastes like. The texture was a little different and it had a slight aftertaste but other than that, it was good. Much better for my tummy than real mac & cheese!

Dessert was the other half of my banana soft serve with the usual toppings.


With the colder weather, lots of yummy treats in my pantry and the urge to hibernate, I have decided I need to re-implement a “cut off” time for eating at night.

Unless it does appear that I am truly hungry, I won’t eat anything after 9:00 p.m.

It’s 9:35 right now and I’m totally fine. Going to have some tea before bed. Good night 🙂

About Sarah Frankel

I am 29 years old and a resident of Louisville, Kentucky. I've been married to my husband Josh for 6 years and we have a 5 year old beagle named Suzie. Four years ago, I changed my eating and exercise habits, dropping 70 pounds and gaining an entirely new life. I took up running in September 2007 and became vegan in October 2009. I am constantly striving to improve my life so that I can live it to the fullest! I hope you will join me on my life journey.

Posted on December 8, 2009, in Breakfast, Dessert, Dinner, Lunch, products, Snacks, workouts and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. I keep toying with buying those Roads Ends Organics boxed mac n cheese, but I think I’ll just be disappointed in the end. Thanks for your review! Maybe I’ll try it sometime…..for now, I enjoy the occasional mac n cheese and grilled cheese w/ the real stuff….I’m flexitarian but eat vegan 90% of the time – it has helped my tummy issues IMMENSELY. I’m vegan for health reasons 🙂

    also, my blog is currently private, but if you give me your wordpress username, I can add you to the “whitelist” and you’ll be able to view my blog! (all you have to do when u click on my link is log into your account and it will show you my page – once I add you to the list of course)

    love yoru blog now that you’re mostly vegan 🙂

  2. What a nice package! I love Primal Strips, they make a great snack. I’m glad to see you enjoyed the mac n’ cheese. Giving up cheese was the hardest for me in terms of going vegan, but I eventually stopped craving it as time passed. Keep up the good work on the vegan front!

  3. My kids like the Mac and Chreese, but I’ve not found it too yummy myself. I make it for their lunch sometimes when I need something quick and easy.

    There is a “cheese” sauce recipe on The Post Punk Kitchen website that makes way better mac n’ cheese than this recipe does.

    There’s also a really good mac and cheese recipe in Vegan Planet.

  4. Yums I could def go for some Mac and Cheese today….

    It has been raining all day on this end too but I am not as happy as you lol…send me some of your mojo =)

    Is it strange that I can picture you placing every chip on your oats to make it look pretty lol

  5. i love your stash!!
    and YUM! your oats look AWESOME

  6. I want to try primal strips. Those actually look really good! (even to a meat-eater like me!)

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