oh so snobby

I don’t think I was thinking clearly this morning.  Why else would this breakfast not include peanut butter?  I was in the middle of washing dishes this morning when the thought occurred to me, “Sarah, you forgot to add peanut butter to your morning meal.”  After that, there was no going back.  And, alas, I found myself craving peanut butter.  All. Day. Long.

Isn’t it amazing how addicting penaut butter can be? 😉

Breakfast was still delicious though.

  • 6-oz. plain yogurt mixed with 2 T. crushed flax
  • 1-1/2 c. Kashi Heart to Heart
  • 1/2 banana, sliced
  • 1/2 c. blueberries

This is the last of the blueberries until picking season starts!

Morning Snack: first peach of the season!!!

I can’t decide what’s harder: (a) going out for a run with zero motivation but still feeling physically strong or (b) having 100% motivation along with a pair of lead legs.  I think I’d vote for (b). 

This morning, my heart and brain were completely in the game.  I was ready to run.  I envisioned myself leaping and sprinting down the road with a huge smile spread clear across my face.  Three miles, four.  Maybe even five.  Who knows how far I might end up?  But after a mile or so into my run, my legs decided to speak up too.  “You know what?  We don’t feel like doing 3, 4 or five miles today.  Let’s just stop right here.  Like…now.”

Somehow I managed to get the heart, the brain and the legs to meet on middle ground, as I pounded (kind of literally) out 4 miles.  My knees felt fine, but the rest of my legs—shins, calves, etc.—were not quite feeling it today.  Even so, I felt deliciously happy upon my return.  I couldn’t ask of anything more than to be outside and running. 


Sardines are just one of those foods that I like to include into my regular diet.  At least once or twice a week.  Are you tired of me telling you all about how cheap, tasty and full of omega-3’s they are?  Not to mention the protein.  I’m sure you are, by this point.  And I would promise that this would be the last time for me to ever mention it, but I simply can’t, because I’ll probably forget and mention it again by next week. 😉

Today I made a simple salad and topped it with black olives, feta cheese, 1 tsp olive oil, a can of water packed sardines, and onions.  I used the kashis for dunking. 😀

Afternoon Snack: 6-oz. plain yogurt, 1/2 banana, and a scoop of that delicious dark chocolate peanut butter that I was craving since this morning :mrgreen:


One of the things I love most about being the family cook for my very open-minded parents and I is that I can open up a Cook’s Illustrated cookbook one night, a meat-lover’s recipe guide the other, and my Veganomicon cookbook the next.  I never cease to count my blessings.  My parents aren’t afraid to experiment, as they eat their way through countless flops, experiments and successes.  I absolutely love that they’re so open to trying anything and everything. 😀

My family has many vegetarian favorites (along with some meat favorites too, of course) and these Veganomicon Snobby Joes are just one of the many on the list.  The bread is crusty, the filling is sloppy, and it all makes for one deliciously satisfying meal.  This is such a great recipe, and I always–always, always–double the batch.  It freezes well, and goes great over salads or in wraps as a change of pace.  Oh, and I always serve it with some sort of vegetable on the side.  Roasted cauliflower and onions (baked at 425 with 2 tsp olive oil for 25 minutes) was the choice of the day, but this goes great with a cool, crisp side salad too (especially now, in the summer.)

Veganomicon Snobby Joes—I changed the directions a bit to make it quicker and more convenient 😉

  • 1 c. uncooked lentils
  • 4 c. water
  • 1 T. olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 T. chile powder
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 (8-oz.) can tomato sauce
  • 1/4 c. tomato paste
  • 2 T. maple syrup
  • 1 T. yellow mustard
  • sandwich or kaiser rolls or buns (preferrably whole wheat)
  1. Pour lentils and water into small saucepan; bring to a boil, then lower heat and simmer for about 20 minutes or until tender.  Drain and set aside.
  2. Preheat a medium sized saucepan over medium heat and saute the onion, garlic and pepper for about 7 minutes in 1 T. oil, until softened. 
  3. Stir in cooked lentils, chile powder, oregano, salt, tomato sauce, tomato past, maple syrup and mustard.  Heat thorough.

I like to toast the rolls under the broiler and eat it open faced.  It’s less messy that way, but if you prefer to go all out, then eat it as a sandwich and enjoy the messiness!  Snobby joes are meant to be enjoyed. 😀

Question: Sloppy Joes/Slobby Joes…do you enjoy either variety?  I love them both, but honestly, I’m more of a Slobby Joe fan (and not just because I love the name :mrgreen: ).