I love Butta

by HEAB on May 18, 2009

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Hope everyone had a good weekend.  Mine was pretty uneventful.  A little work, a little walking, some Ashtanga yoga (why do men insist on wearing Speedos in yoga DVD’s? No thanks!) a lot of rain, and probably a little too much nut butter. :)

The excitement of my weekend (besides celebrating my brother’s birthday) was 2 new finds at the grocery store:

Soy Free Earth Balance

Soy Free Earth Balance

Maybe this has been around for a while?  I don’t know, but I was so excited to find this in the dairy case at Whole Foods as I love butter so much.  However, all the non-dairy butters I’ve tried either contain soy or other funky ingredients, but not this one.  You can read the nutritional facts and ingredient list here.

I ate some for breakfast with brown Basmati rice.  So buttery and good:

Butter, I've missed you!

Butter, I've missed you!

Then I used it to make Katie’s agar agar alfredo sauce:

It's dipping time!

It's dipping time!

I used plain rice milk to make Katie’s sauce, and it tasted a tad sweet.  However, once I added a little more Earth Balance, salt, and pepper, it was perfect.  I poured it all over a bowl of veggie yum:

Alfredo Veggies...Don't fear the agar agar my friends.

Alfredo Veggies...Don't fear the agar agar my friends.

My second new food purchase was kabocha squash.  After wanting to try Kabocha ever since reading about it on Maggie’s blog, I’ve looked all over Nashville for this squash and finally found it in an Asian market not far from my house.

Kabocha, finally, we meet!

Kabocha, I've waited so long!

Inspired by Maggie’s Neon Green Oats and The Dainty Pig’s Best Breakfast Ever, I made kabocha spinach oats:

Back to my green roots. :)

Back to my green roots. :)

I cooked 1/2 oat bran with 1 cup water, and then stirred in 2 TBSP chia seeds, 1 cup hot water, and 1 scoop of Sun Warrior vanilla rice protein.  I allowed my oats to thicken for 15 minutes and then blended them in my Vita-Mix with 1/4 roasted kabocha leftover from last night’s dinner, 1 steamed carrot, and a handful of spinach.  Topped it all it off with the biggest glob of crunchy almond butter ever and ate every last bite.  Might even have licked the bowl once…OK, twice.  So delicious and completely satisfying!

New Foods Challenge…check!  Kabocha, I’m so excited you are now in my life – it’s even sweeter than my beloved butternut. Yum!

Day 4 with no caffeine.  Feeling good.  Sleeping like a rock and no more headaches. :)