Feeling like Gold

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It’s been a great day

{saw this guy with one of my greatest friends and it was amazing}

I had this song stuck in my head at the gym this morning, and as I left and listened to it, I realized I was wearing a GOLD SWEATER! The connection blew my mind.

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{sorry for the selfie…posing for my housemate didn’t exactly give me any good photos cause we were both laughing too hard}

Gold sweater+ gold song+ good workout=awesome day. In all seriousness I’ve been a lot more on top of my shit lately and have been pretty happy!

Know what else makes me happy? Dinner. Yesterday’s dinner in fact.

Although its not exactly a recipe, I realized I often read food blogs to come up with good ideas for meals. I’ve created a Meal Ideas category on my Recipes page, so if you’re in need of a lil inspiration for dinner, look no further!

Roasted Rosemary New Potatoes, Maple Garlic Green Beans and Vegan Sausage

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{Discovery: Vegan sausage does not look appealing in photos}

Maple Garlic Green Beans

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 pound green beans, trimmed (I always find measurements like this useless. who really knows how much a 1/2 pound of green beans looks like? Not me. So the useful measurement is a bunch of green beans thats about as wide as your fist)
  • 1 tbsp maple sugar (syrup can be substituted, but used 1 tsp)
  • 1 grated garlic clove
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 1 tsp olive oil

Makes 2 servings

1. Turn pan up to medium heat, and heat up oil.

2. Add green beans and roll em around in there until theyre coated in oil. Let them cook, stirring the beans every once in a while

3. Add garlic, and continue cooking beans until theyre starting to brown. Usually, to see if they’re getting close to being done I’ll just take one and eat it. I like my beans with a bit of crunch, but its totally up to you!

4. Shake maple sugar/pour maple syrup over beans right before you take them off the heat. This step is actually kinda important cause the sugar will start to smoke if you dont start cooling the pan down right after you add it. Nothing wrong with a little smoking sugar but too much and they wont be as tasty.

Done! Bear in mind that most of this recipe you can probably just use common sense/wing it.

Roasted Rosemary New Potatoes

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup sliced, washed new potatoes
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp rosemary (less if it’s fresh, probably 1 tsp)
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp pepper

Makes one generous serving or 2 regular ones

1. Preheat oven to 450, and slice potatoes.

2. In a glass dish/pan of some sort that can go in the oven, mix all ingredients together.

3. Roast in oven for 45 min, taking them out half way through to flip them around.

New potatoes are my new favourite thing. Theyre so versatile, and dont require any peeling! Good staple food, I’ve used them for breakfast potatoes, nicoise salads, side dishes (obviously), potato salad, etc.  Love these lil guys.

As for the vegan sausage component of this meal, here ya go:

sausage

These are actually really really good. And trust me, I know shitty meat substitutes. See, back in the days of awkward pubescence, I was a vegetarian. For about 5 years I think. And like most vegetarians, I first turned to tofu substitutions for meat. This is probably why I did not stick to vegetarianism. Those things are gross. These sausages are made of grains, veggies, and spices, and have about 20 g of protein in each one. AND THEY’RE DELICIOUS. Plus they’re pretty cheap for such delicious and organic protein, about $5 for 4.

You can buy em from Tara’s health food store in Kingston, or most larger health food stores.

Here’s the company.

Alright, I’m going to go get ready for my impending doom, sorry, I mean midterms.

PS. Did anyone else check out the latest Oh She Glows post about Maple Butter?! I audibly gasped  in class (people around me were not as enthralled as I was) because maple syrup is possibly the greatest thing ever. BUT THEN, I saw it takes about 45 minutes of straight high power mixing! Ain’t nobody got time for that! So I will just look at her beautiful photographs and continue shaking maple sugar on everything.

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