Veggiful Lunch

by HEAB on November 18, 2009

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Look, I had egg and fries for lunch.

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I love Gena’s carrot fries. I follow her exact recipe but cook mine in a 425° oven for 40 minutes on a wire rack (picture below). They come out more crispy that way.

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Once they were done, I sprinkled my fries with a little maca powder. I also sauteed some broccoli slaw and summer squash in a dab of coconut oil and seasoned it with salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes. When my veggies were just about done, I added some egg whites to the pan and scrambled the whole mess together. I topped it off with a little sprinkle of Sun Warrior vanilla rice protein. Sounds weird, but reader Dawn gave me this yummy idea. Thanks Dawn – I love it!

The maca powder is a new thing for me. Deb sent me some of Life-Flo’s Maca Gold, and I was excited to try it, hence all the maca lovin thus far today. Thanks again Deb!

I’ve gotten a lot done today around the house, fit in a 45 minute YogaDownload class, and I got some meatballs in the crock-pot for CD’s dinner. Now have 30 minutes to take the dogs on a short walk and shower before heading into work. Bye. :)

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{ 39 comments }

Gena November 18, 2009 at 2:41 pm

Yum. I haven’t had these in a while, and yours is a good reminder to get baking!

Estela @ Weekly Bite November 18, 2009 at 2:45 pm

Okay, I have to try those carrot fries out!

The Foodie Diaries November 18, 2009 at 2:46 pm

Gena’s carrot fries have changed my life haha

Sarah (from See Sarah Eat) November 18, 2009 at 2:46 pm

Yum, I am going to have to make some carrot fries!

Kristen November 18, 2009 at 2:51 pm

I have put maca on my “to research” list. Your posts are reminding me to get on that! I read that it helped with hormones…why I am interested…

A yoga question: I have been trying out some classes from yoga download. So far I like what I have tried. I am looking for a really good, hard, fast class – 60-90 minutes. I like to keep it moving. As a well versed yoga download lady – do you have any recommendations? Much appreciated!

Heather Eats Almond Butter November 18, 2009 at 6:38 pm

Kristen, Have you tried the Dave Farmar podcasts? He definitely keeps things moving…but he talks A LOT: http://www.yogadownload.com/OurClasses/tabid/95/catid/7/Default.aspx.

This is one of my favorite online sequences, but it’s only 30 minutes. However, makes for a great workout: http://www.thesaladgirl.com/2009/01/07/refreshing-power-yoga-sequence/

Whitney @ Lettuce Love November 18, 2009 at 3:02 pm

I love having lots of veggies for lunch :)

brandi November 18, 2009 at 3:05 pm

have a great rest of your day!

the veggies + fries look great

Diana November 18, 2009 at 3:15 pm

I never tried carrot fries… I’m curious, must try them soon!

VeggieGirl November 18, 2009 at 3:29 pm

LOVE LOVE LOVE Gena’s recipes!

Lauren Christine. November 18, 2009 at 3:32 pm

i’ve read before that maca is not recommended for those taking estrogen (i.e. birth control) because it increases your fertility and the effects of that on women who take birth control are unknown. any thoughts? i’d really like to try maca powder, but this kind of scared me a little.

Heather Eats Almond Butter November 18, 2009 at 6:51 pm

Lauren, I’m not currently taking estrogen, and I’m taking the maca to help with my hormone imbalances. According to the brand I’m taking ( http://www.vitacost.com/Life-Flo-Maca-Gold-trade#IngredientFacts), maca powder provides energy and increases fertility in women. I would talk to a good naturopath before you decide anything.

Light Delight with Tou Tou November 18, 2009 at 3:34 pm

Oh that carrot fries are even better idea than the sweet potato ones !! Thanks for the recipe!!

prettyladycmu November 18, 2009 at 3:38 pm

Yay for carrot fries!

Scott in Ohio November 18, 2009 at 3:44 pm

Using the wire rack is genius!

After you finish up posting on all your eats, can you post how you get all of that stuff done!?! :~)

Maggie November 18, 2009 at 3:57 pm

Ooo let me know if you notice anything from the Maca powder. I stopped mine again.

Diana (Soap & Chocolate) November 18, 2009 at 3:58 pm

Carrot fries = my BFF lately.

Pro powder on stir-fry does sound a little weird, but if you’re saying it’s tasty, I’m inclined to trust you. I can always count on you to try out the funny combos! I’m all for it…as long as you’re my filter, hehe…

Dawn November 18, 2009 at 3:58 pm

Heather!!
Today i put pumpkin, cranberries, a sprinkling of protein powder, and a bit of chestnut paste in my egg whites. Melt a little EVCO on it and nirvana!

love your lunch–xod

shelby November 18, 2009 at 4:20 pm

Carrot fries are one of my favorite snacks!

Mama Pea November 18, 2009 at 4:27 pm

I was a doubter, but carrots make the best fries EVER!!!

Susan November 18, 2009 at 4:27 pm

Carrot fries!!! I am obsessed with carrot sticks. Eat them with one meal every single day. I have to try slicing them up thinner and popping them in the oven. I’m picturing sweet potato fries, but with an even better carrot-y goodness :)

And any eggy scrambled mess gets a thumbs up from me!

Jenny November 18, 2009 at 4:30 pm

suddenly the carrots I’m eating right now seem incredibly inadequate :(

Kimmy November 18, 2009 at 4:36 pm

Hi Heather,
I am trying to change my diet, mostly to loose weight because I am pretty healthy eater. I am also curious about how you cook some of your food. I will look on some of your recipes for that. More specifically I have always wondered how you cook your roasted vegetables and which ones you usually cook. I usually saute mine in olive oil but was curious about another way since you mention them quite often.
Great food tips. I actually got onto the computer this afternoon and thought to myself, “I wonder what a day of Heather’s food is?” and then your post was exactly that! I am meant to read your blog in this food journey of mine.
Thanks!
Colorado Kimmy

Heather Eats Almond Butter November 18, 2009 at 6:44 pm

Hey Kimmy, Our fridge is always stocked with veggies (we buy in bulk at Costco), and I usually stir-fry or roast bell peppers, onions, mushrooms, broccoli, and Brussels Sprouts. My oil of choice is coconut oil – usually about 1 TBSP. To stir-fry, I cook the onions a bit first in my melted coconut oil and then add the mushrooms. Allow them to cook a bit to release some of the moisture. Add remaining veggies, salt/pepper, and the water from the mushrooms will cook/steam everything. Keep stirring until done (10 minutes or so). For roasting, I grease a a baking dish with coconut oil, dump in my veggies, add a few tsp of coconut oil and salt/pepper. Roast in a 425 degree oven 40 to 50 minutes, stirring once or twice. Perfect. :)

Kim November 18, 2009 at 5:17 pm

I just made my own almond butter for the very first time! I was so excited I had to come post and tell you! :) It’s DELICIOUS!! My first time ever having almond butter at all!

Heather Eats Almond Butter November 18, 2009 at 6:39 pm

Kim, Your comment made me so happy. Glad you enjoyed your almond butter and homemade at that! :)

candice November 18, 2009 at 5:59 pm

Hehe, your lunch is a mishmash of deliciousness. :) I HAVE to try carrot fries sometime–roasted root veggies are SO good, and carrots should be no exception.

veggienymph November 18, 2009 at 6:10 pm

Those carrot fries look and sound delicious. I think I know what I am having with dinner tonight. : )

rebecca lustig November 18, 2009 at 6:12 pm

Carrot fries?! WHOA, YOU GO GIRL.

I hope you enjoyed every last delectable bite, I’m gonna need to step up my carrot game.

Have a superb evening, gorgeous!
tons of love,
becca xo

Deb (Smoothie Girl Eats Too) November 18, 2009 at 7:00 pm

Oh my! More maca! So glad you’re getting use out of it. Hope it helps with the imbalances!! Do you like the taste? I used to put it in smoothies and Protein girl allie, at pimp my protein shake says that it tastes good unless it’s allowed to sit and ferment (which is what I let it do, so gag on the flavah for me). FYI. :-)

Heather Eats Almond Butter November 18, 2009 at 7:47 pm

Deb, I am diggin the flavor of maca. Dare I say it’s almost kind of “malty”? Thanks again!

livingfreeforever November 18, 2009 at 7:11 pm

I’ve never tried carrot fries! I thought of you this evening:) I had eggs over my salad with a big dollop of hummus! YUMMY:)

I may ask my ND about Maca to see if it would help with my hormone issues. And, I could definitely use more energy! Hope it helps you. Have you ever tried natural progesterone? I have been using it for several years and CAN’T go without it. You have probably gotten TONS of suggestions from people–just thought I would mention it:)
XOXO

Heather Eats Almond Butter November 18, 2009 at 7:48 pm

Livingfree, Yep, 3 rounds of natural progesterone. No results. :(

Dawn November 18, 2009 at 7:56 pm

one more eggy comment: don’t mix them up!! simply pour then into the pan, add other stuff, and WAIT about 4-5 min til they solidify=an omelet to dream of.

Heather Eats Almond Butter November 18, 2009 at 7:57 pm

Roger that Dawn. Thx. :) Love you. -H.

Jess November 18, 2009 at 8:59 pm

Love your veggie filled meal! I really need to try carrot fries!
<3 jess
xoxo

CaSaundra November 19, 2009 at 7:51 am

I love the idea of carrot fries…currently I am addicted to butternut squash fries with chili powder :-)

Lori November 19, 2009 at 12:57 pm

Wow. Those carrot fries look TASTY! I may be making these babies tonight! Thanks for the idea!

Kristen November 20, 2009 at 1:31 pm

Thank you Heather for the yoga tips! I think I will give Dave a shot.

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