On My Night Stand: July 5

There are times when I go to the library to pick up what ever it is I’ve ordered and I figure I must have picked up someonelse’s books from the shelf.  Last week was one such week.  Here’s what I picked up:

  • Quantum Wellness: A Practical Guide to Health and Happiness: When I flipped through this, I couldn’t imagine what had possessed me to order it. Then I saw that the forward was from Oprah’s Dr Oz, and it became clear. I must have seen this on the show at some point, ordered it, and then like with all Oprah books it took forever to arrive.  This book is not for me:  It’s prescription for being well is:
    1. Listen and learn
    2. Set an intention
    3. Come up with a plan
    4. Make the move

      To help with this process the author recommends journalling, avoiding lactose, analyzing your relationships to determine which ones are require rejuvenation and of course de-cluttering your environment.  Life’s to short to wade through the minutia of recommendations in this book.  The book ends will a collection of recipes and recommended eating.  Highlights of the list include: tofu sausages with scrambled tofu, sandwiches with fake meat and vegan meatballs from the frozen food section.  I’m ok with this stuff if you want to eat it, but don’t delude yourself into thinking that your eating well just because it’s vegan:  if it’s in a box it’s fresh from the factory.

  • What Men Don’t Tell Women About Business:  Good title, but what a weird book.  I was expecting it to be about tips and tricks, or attitudes or something relevant to me as a woman in the workplace.  So far, it’s about this guy from Vancouver and his transition from working for other people to starting his own consultancy business.  His tale is not self aggrandizing, he makes himself out to be quite a mean guy and by his own account an unpleasant acquaintance with whom to do business.

Perhaps I’ll have better luck with next week’s reading.  I think I’ll go back to fiction for a while.

Menu – June 29

For my first week back at work, I have some fast and easy recipes, that make good left over lunch material. The chef salad is from Fine Cooking, but I couldn’t find a link to the recipe.

Sunday: Malasian Sambal – from the World Food Cafe, my favorite cookbook
Monday: Mexican Chopped Saladyummy lime, orange juice, cumin, garlic salad dressing!
Tuesday: Modern Chef Salad ( I’m making mine with with edamame, chickpeas and shrimp in place of your standard deli meat and cheese, here’s a collection of chef salad recipes)
Wednesday:  Burgers & Sausages (veggie… of course), roast potato salad, ceasar salad (hopefully from the garden)
Thursday: Make your own Pizza on a Pita
Friday: Shrimp & Coconut Milk Vermicelli Soup

Thumbs down on the vegan ‘mac & cheese’

Wow. That was bad. Even if you forgot for a moment that it tasted nothing like a cheese sauce and thought of it more as a cream sauce, it was horrid.  One of the first meals in years that my husband has had to push away.  Both he and my 3 year old had peanut butter toast for supper.

Vegan Tip: If things don’t turn out, don’t add back in the regular ingredients.  I made the mistake of trying to improve things by adding parmesan cheese to the top.  A little ridiculous to add cheese to your ‘vegan’ meal, but I was looking for some help.  It only made things worse.  That’s hard to do, as there are very few things which are not improved by a little parmesan cheese.