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Skwigg Blog
Saturday, 13 March 2010
Random Foodables

I've been eating new stuff and taking pictures of it (like a normal person). Here are some recent tasties.


Celery, peanut butter and raisins. It's called "bugs on a log." I wish I'd invented it but I saw it on an episode of The Office.



This is brown rice, black beans, lettuce, tomato, onion, avocado and salsa. It's a little something I like to call Chipotle-at-home.



My favorite sandwich to take to work - hummus, cucumber, tomato, onion and mixed greens on a whole wheat sandwich round. This is deliciously messy. It has vegetable projectiles. My other favorite work sandwich is peanut butter, grated carrots and raisins on a sandwich round. I don't have a picture of that one but if you go out in public with a carrot sandwich, prepare to be called a "freakin' freakazoid." That totally happened to me. LOL Still, I love the plant sandwiches and need more ideas, so if you make something tasty with no meat or cheese, do share.



I discovered Kashi Honey Sunshine cereal in a neighbor's recycle bin. I saw the empty box and thought, mmmmm.... must... try... It's good. It's like Cap'n Crunch with fiber and pronounceable ingredients.



Sweet potatoes! I'm on a sweet potato kick. I'm sure the novelty will wear off at some point but I've been having them with lunch almost every day. I bake them at 375 for an hour and sprinkle them with cinnamon.



The other part of lunch is usually a big honkin' salad such as this one.



Today I'm making soup. I can't remember what the recipe was called. I've been referring to it as Hippie Soup. It's six cups of water or vegetable stock, an onion, 3 celery stalks, 3 carrots, 1 1/2 cups lentils, 1/2 cup couscous. Simmer it on low for 2 hours. It's almost done now. I'm about to go have a bowl with piece of seed bread.



Lest anybody think I've become a radical home-cooking health nut, I'm drinking a Diet Mountain Dew at this very moment and I have approximately 452 Cadbury Creme Eggs in a drawer in the kitchen.

Posted by skwigg at 1:03 PM CST
Updated: Saturday, 13 March 2010 1:08 PM CST

Saturday, 13 March 2010 - 1:08 PM CST

Name: "anonymous"


Saturday, 13 March 2010 - 1:21 PM CST

Name: "Rachel"

You can make a decent imitation egg salad sandwich with mashed chickpeas.  That's all I got though.  I <3 cheese sandwiches.

The carrot sandwich sounds delish though.  I can even get my 4 year old to eat that on toast.  Raisins seem to make everything edible if you're a preschooler.

Saturday, 13 March 2010 - 1:29 PM CST

Name: "Jen"
Home Page: http://flurogoddess.blogspot.com

Think I might try your frakin freakazoid sandwich - sounds lovely.

 We've just had a big bowl of veggies and pasta, ww pasta, soya beans, asparagus and courgette (zucchini). YUM YUM! I'm feeling a little vegetable deprived after a week in bed with the flu, living on crisps and pizza....  

Saturday, 13 March 2010 - 1:48 PM CST

Name: "Dave Currie"
Home Page: http://www.kettlebelling.co.uk

Pretty food, Skwigg :)

Saturday, 13 March 2010 - 2:03 PM CST

Name: "Karen"

Thanks for the menu ideas! My favorite sandwich-y thing lately is : hummus, sliced grape tomatoes, spinach, sprouts, avocado on a sprouted tortilla with a red pepper spread I make : 1 red pepper, 1 TB ginger, 1 TB coconut oil and sea salt mushed in a food processor.


Question about salad dressings : do you have a favorite brand or recipe? I usually use store bought (without preservatives, sugar etc) but I'm in a salad dressing funk....nothing tastes right....

Saturday, 13 March 2010 - 2:22 PM CST

Name: skwigg
Home Page: http://skwigg.tripod.com

I've been on a honey mustard dressing kick. I like Ott's because it has the high-fructose corn syrup goodness. :-D I have some poppy seed that I need to try, and I also want to get some Annie's Goddess dressing. I'm not too particular about flavors and brands. It all tastes good to me. I try to steer clear of things like cheese and buttermilk but sometimes I have a ranch relapse.

Saturday, 13 March 2010 - 2:27 PM CST

Name: "grrlpup"
Home Page: http://grrlpup.livejournal.com

Yum! My Brownie troop was making "ants on a log" in the mid-1970s, so it's a long and proud tradition.    :)

Saturday, 13 March 2010 - 2:39 PM CST

Name: "Emoore81"

Hippie soup:  Now with 33% more hippies!    Sorry, I couldn't resist.  

Saturday, 13 March 2010 - 3:42 PM CST

Name: "Joey Morman"
Home Page: http://www.thefitnessconnectiononline.com

My favorite sandwich!  Hummus on pita, baby spinach, avocado slices, spicy bread and butter pickle slices, - fold in half.  To die for! 

Saturday, 13 March 2010 - 6:25 PM CST

Name: "Leslie @ Chomp"
Home Page: http://lesliechomp.blogspot.com/

used to have the "ants on a log" snack all the time as a kid. i think i should start that up again! yum!

Saturday, 13 March 2010 - 8:34 PM CST

Name: "Frankie"
Home Page: http://www.fifidangerfield.blogspot.com

haha love the celery!  Very 70's.  My mum used to do something like that for dinner parties back then.  Celery filled with cream cheese and crushed nuts..mmmm.

Saturday, 13 March 2010 - 8:43 PM CST

Name: "marie"

NICE! :)

If you have some brown rice already cooked you can do an easy fried rice- just throw some frz or fresh veggies in the frying pan for a couple minutes (w/ or w/o some oil), then add rice & soy sauce (and/or pb and/or a pre-made sauce[ie sweet & sour]) and if you're feeling a little crazy maybe even an egg...

I'm glad that the Cadbury stash still exists too.

Saturday, 13 March 2010 - 8:46 PM CST

Name: "marie"

AND did you know you can bake potatoes (sweet or otherwise) in the microwave?  Just pierce with a fork a couple times first, micro for like 3 minutes.  *timesaver!*

Saturday, 13 March 2010 - 10:11 PM CST

Name: "Alexandra"

Food looks goodl. Especially the Chipotle-at-home dish and the "hippie soup". Must try both.  As I was reading, I was indeed thinking you were becoming a home cooking health nut until I saw the Mountain Dew comment. Oh well, that's our Skwigg and that's why we love you.

My favorite veggie sandwich - sunflower seed bread topped with hummus, grilled eggplant, sprouts and cucumber slices. Occasionally, if I'm craving animal protein, I'll also add a bit of smoked salmon. Keeps me full for hours.

 Oh, would love to see a picture of the Cadbury chocolate drawer. Please. :)

Saturday, 13 March 2010 - 11:37 PM CST

Name: "Elissa"

Yum! Delicious! I'm curious, though, since I've never heard of them before... what is a bread round? It looks like an overgrown english muffin there....

My recent discovery has been lentils. I made a lentils soup in my slow cooker that lasted me all week. 1 cup dried lentils, 1/2 cup dried black beans, chopped carrots, celery, bell peppers, crushed garlic cloves and red pepper powder, with about 6 cups of water, makes one delicious soup!

What do your workouts look like lately? Any new discoveries you're enjoying? 

Sunday, 14 March 2010 - 1:34 AM CST

Name: "Libby"
Home Page: http://libby.withnall.com

Everything looks so yummy! I've been a long time reader of your blog so these days I can't see a Cadbury Cream Egg without thinking of you :-).


Sunday, 14 March 2010 - 6:33 AM CST

Name: "Amanda"

Long-time reader, first-time commenter. Thanks for the pictures. I am a fellow taker of pictures of food. That sandwich looks delicious. And that soup - I think I'll be cooking that tonight. I saw a beautiful, colorful book of vegan sandwich recipes at the bookstore yesterday, but can't remember the title or author. If I see it again, I'll let you know.

Sunday, 14 March 2010 - 10:48 AM CST

Name: skwigg
Home Page: http://skwigg.tripod.com

Marie, I am a master of mutating potatoes in the microwave. :-P I seem to have fewer rock/puck mishaps and better potatoes when I use the real oven.

Elissa, a sandwich round is like an ultra-thin whole grain bun. They usually have about 100 calories for the whole thing. Orowheat and Pepperidge Farms both have versions. I think Pep Farm calls them deli flats. They're the thickness of pita bread but not as crumbly. They're the bomb for all kinds of sandwiches.

Monday, 15 March 2010 - 2:20 PM CDT

Name: "Carrie"

I love the pictures!  Everything looks so good, healthy and easy.  Do you find you are spending less on groceries?  Now that I am not trying to eat chicken and turkey 2 times a day my grocery bill has gone way down.

Monday, 15 March 2010 - 2:41 PM CDT

Name: skwigg
Home Page: http://skwigg.tripod.com

Yes, the regular grocery bill has definitely dropped. Bags of rice and beans are a lot cheaper than meat and convenience foods. Although, I seem to offset the savings with health food store purchases - rice protein, hemp milk, coconut ice cream, weird stuff like that.

Monday, 15 March 2010 - 4:13 PM CDT

Name: "Elissa"
Home Page: http://elissa.wordpress.com

Thanks for the tip about the sandwich rounds! I bought a pack of them by Orowheat yesterday at the grocery store... they are pretty awesome. I ate one with an Amy's Kitchen veggie burger today. :)

Monday, 15 March 2010 - 8:08 PM CDT

Name: "melissa"
Home Page: http://www.thehungryartist.wordpress.com

Love your recent dishes!  I love sweet potatoes too.  Recently have been also roasting squash (butternut, acorn, spaghetti) -- just slice, spray with olive oil and roast at a high temperature.  SO good.  They're all good savory or sweet.


This is not necessarily a sandwich idea, though it could easily become one.  It's nice for breakfast: 

Almond butter on good bread with banana slices, sprinkled with cinnamon sugar. 

Almond butter can be expensive, but it's easy to make your own using almonds bought in bulk (much cheaper) and just thrown into your food processor -- also it's better for the environment.  :)

Tuesday, 16 March 2010 - 7:44 PM CDT

Name: "Kelley Moore"
Home Page: http://www.getfitwithkelley.blogspot.com

LOVE the Orowheat Sandwich Rounds. I discovered those a few months ago. Great when you want a sandwich without feeling like you're eating mostly bread. I kind of like the multi-grain better than the whole wheat. Nice pics!

Wednesday, 17 March 2010 - 10:12 AM CDT

Name: "Sheila"
Home Page: http://musingsofamommy.blogspot.com

Hi!  I love your "Chipotle at Home" - love Chipotle too :)

My favorite new veggie food is grilled veggies on whole wheat tortillas.  I grill sliced bell peppers and zucchini on our pannini grill, then put them in a tortilla with tomatoes and cheese (soy cheese, if you're vegan) and grill again.  Very yummy.

Thursday, 18 March 2010 - 3:49 AM CDT

Name: "Sara"
Home Page: http://sanafit.blogspot.com

I make sweet potato baked fries nearly every day for lunch. The only time I don't is when I run out!  In NZ we call them kumara and there are two types - a whitish fleshed one (Beaurgard) and a golden one.  I love them.  Also, when I had to analyse my own nutrition for a university paper I discovered that I eat something like 500% of the RDA for beta carotene (vit A), just because of the kumara. It's very nutritious.


Thursday, 25 March 2010 - 5:19 AM CDT

Name: "Elfin"

OMG those bugs on a log are amazing!  Thanks for the tip - I've been having them with Dairylea (those triangles of processed cheese that has very little to do with cheese) - who'da thought raisins and celery went so well together?

Grated carrot goes well with houmous in a sandwich - although I've just remembered you don't like houmous :(

I've been chopping up a couple of parsnips, carrots, sweet potatos, courgettes (zuchini?), mushrooms, etc into little cubes, mixing it up in a big roasting tray, mix in a couple tablespoons of olive oil and baking it til its done.  Then I keep the whole lot in a container in the fridge and nuke a potion for nearly every meal - roast veg goes with everything :-) or can be added to sandwiches/wraps.

Saturday, 24 July 2010 - 11:16 AM CDT

Name: "Cyd"

Try Laurel's Kitchen or Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone for some great bean spreads that can be smeared on bread for sandwiches. Those spreads help anchor the vegetable projectiles into artful arrangements. :-)

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