The other day I freaked out a little at Ben because he forgot about our dinner plans. And I was hungry. I don’t know about you, but anger on an empty stomach makes me real crazy (Whitney Houston on Barbara Walters style). Getting cranky when hungry is a Pitta trait, so I must be super-pitta, not just a drama queen (I hope).
Well, by the time we patched everything up – tears were shed, accusations of “not thinking about meeee!” were quieted, and hugs were completed – I was starved. Ben had already eaten (see why I was mad?) and now it was time to find me something to eat late on a Sunday evening when everything was closed. Browsing the local Rabba as I swatted all my options of popcorn or chocolate bars, it began to be clear that I lacked food options due to my restricted diet. I wanted something fresh, healthy, warm, and sharpish! For many people, like Ben, they make a grilled cheese sandwich or baked beans on toast – but I, who avoid gluten and dairy (and get even pickier as I get moodier and hungrier) don’t have these luxuries. This scenario also plays out while on road trips and snacks at the gas station are impossible.
Also, especially because it is Vata season which is windy, cool and dry, my ultra-fast option of throwing a salad together is very unappealing because raw food is cooling for the body. So Ben made me promise that this next week would be devoted to creating some warm but quick food options – even hearty snacks would suffice during my hunger bouts. This is what I came up with – notice that they are not only fast but also require few dishes (bonus). So, if you are anything like me, try some of these:
1. Warm Banana Bonanza – Bananas are heavy and sweet which are great for pacifying Vata. Baked bananas are even better. So, I cut up a banana, topped it off with peanut butter, crushed almonds and a drizzle of maple syrup and put the over on broil (you can also just use a high baking temperature). A friend of mine suggested agave, but I like using maple syrup in the cold weather – makes me think of warming up in Canadian winters. 4 mins later I get to eat up right out of the dish. You can also use almond butter instead, I just bought almond hazelnut butter…mmm.
2. Edamame – Its hard to find protein options, so quickly boiling up some frozen edamame is excellent. These soy beans are a life saver…even if they are frozen. Hey, its an emergency snack, not my choice on death row supper. Follow the directions on the packaging – usually its says to place the edamame in boiling water for 5 minutes or so. I get the ones with the shells still on as I’ve convinced myself they are more fresh.
3. Fried Egg and Veggies – Yes I eat eggs. It seems a lot of people think I am a vegan, but it isn’t the case. When I eased out of veganism, I introduced eggs first because actually, I love ’em. Vegan impersonator! you may cry, but I mean no harm, and now I’m out. Eggs are high in protein, and the fat in the yolk is nourishing and warming for this season. I just put a little olive oil in a pan and fry up some eggs with whatever veggies we have. This includes lettuce and other usually raw veggies. I’m gonna do a post on cooked lettuce because its unconventional but delicious. When I make my fried eggs and veggies, I don’t take my time properly doing them over easy. It is a frenzy of cooking on high heat and mashing it all around. Kinda scrambled, kinda omelet-y, but I’m hungry so I don’t care. I finish it with a dollop of mustard or vegan mayo. No starch, no dairy, I’m nice n’ full. Perfect.