ok, so yesterday i was a little m.i.a. i didn’t read any blogs, i didn’t reply to any comments, and i forgot to take photos of my lunch even though that’s one of the things i wanted to write about today. oops.
but have no fear. i’m back & all is normal in my world! 🙂
[edited to add: thank you all so much for the topic suggestions! like i said, i didn’t read comments before writing this post today, so i’ll begin addressing your suggestions tomorrow!]
the reason for my m.i.a.-ness yesterday was the conference that i mentioned i was attending. i left my apartment at 6am yesterday and returned at 6pm. i know being gone for 12 hours in one day isn’t that bad, but it was the early hour that threw me. i was DRAGGING after 2pm. but i survived and i won’t complain anymore!
now, the conference. it was just meh. there were some interesting speakers, but they were definitely geared toward physicians and the clinical aspects of metabolic syndrome. there were only a small handful of speakers and attendees who work primarily in the community. honestly, i think my day would have been better spent at my desk working on my papers. oh well.
i ended up being very happy that i brought my bag of snacks! they did have a huge breakfast buffet set out when we arrived, but i had already eaten, so i grabbed a small plate with pineapple, strawberries, and grapes. yum!
on to lunchtime. the provided a salad bar for lunch. WOOHOO for vegan-friendly food! 🙂 but as i was making my way through the salad bar, i was shocked at my cravings. i passed up the turkey and cheese, but it was like they were calling my name. i so wanted to just take some of each – hey, no one would know. but then i stopped and gave myself a mental lecture. “this challenge is ONLY for a week. i can absolutely survive without cheese and turkey for a week. what is my problem?!” so after that little pep talk, i happily loaded up on as many veggies as i could fit, headed to a table, and pulled out my emergency hummus. it was a perfect salad with my little hummus + sun-dried tomato sandwich on the side. HUGE temptation avoided. whew.
after my loooong day, the last thing i wanted to do was make dinner. but i had something pretty great on the menu for tonight, so i sucked it up and made my dinner!
the black bean burgers threw me for a bit of a loop though – they called for worchestershire sauce, which traditionally comes with anchovies in it. i wasn’t able to find a vegan version in my grocery shopping trip last weekend, so i sent out a plea on the challenge’s facebook page for help finding one. well, someone awesomely directed me to this recipe for a vegan worchestershire sauce that i could make at home! yes, please! so i whipped up the sauce and the burgers in less than a half hour!
just about the amount of time it took my potato fries to cook! :).
i just roasted the potatoes in a bit of olive oil and seasoned them with 21 seasoning salute + garlic gold nuggets, as always!
and served them on the side of a black bean burger wrap. 🙂
so good! AND since the recipe made 4 burger patties, i have lots of leftovers, which i love.