June 5, 2011

Mac 'n' peas

Last night I was hanging out with my friend Lorelei, the one I ran the Shamrock Shuffle with and with whom I have registered for a couple races this summer (including one today, the United Run for the Zoo 10k). I had sent her a text message earlier reminding her to pick up her race packet at the zoo before 4pm. Long story short: she didn't pick up her packet. She forgot the race was tomorrow, thought it was the 11th. And she hasn't even ran in a few weeks.


So this morning, I am running alone. Our next race together is an 8k on Bastille Day; she also has a Masters in French literature, so I hope that one will be a bit easier for her to remember.

Last night wasn't a total wash, though - we walked to a park near her apartment to sit for a while and talk and love life in such a glorious city.

And, huge NSV, I wore a tank top in public.

So all in all, it was a good night. I left her place around 7 and came home for dinner and a few chores - including making a race playlist since I hadn't been planning on bringing my iPod. I could've ran silent this morning, and I might still - we'll see how I feel when I get to the starting line - but I'd rather have something prepared and not use it, you know?

Somewhat surprisingly, I'm not all that nervous about today's race. I've been training hard but I don't have any real expectations - I've never done a 10k, so as long as I finish, it'll be a personal best. I'd like to beat my per-mile pace of 11:32 from the Shamrock Shuffle, but I won't feel bad if I can't do it - this race is almost one and a quarter miles longer! I'm just excited to be out there racing - on the lakefront and through the zoo, too, so all in all, it should be a totally lovely day, no matter what the race outcome. Plus, it's another thing to cross off my 101-in-1001 list! Man, I am tearing through that thing...

For today's recipe, I would like to share one that I kind of made myself - I took a couple of different recipes and used the parts that I wanted to make my own version of vegan mac 'n' cheese: mac 'n' peas!

I saw the original recipe here but did not want to use flour and vegan fake butter. I found this recipe and used the tofu base instead, and it worked just fine.
6 oz. brown rice pasta, cooked al dente
4 oz. firm tofu (not silken)
1/4 c. non-dairy milk (soy, almond, hemp, etc.)
4 tbsp. nutritional yeast
1 cup frozen peas, thawed
1 tsp. yellow mustard
Salt and pepper, to taste
Combine all ingredients except pasta in a food processor or blender. Pulse until smooth. Add pasta to a baking dish; pour sauce mix over pasta. Bake at 350ยบ for 10 minutes or until heated through.

It made a little too much sauce, which is understandable because I was just sort of eyeing the ingredients. The next day I grilled two portobello mushroom caps on my George Foreman grill and put the leftover sauce in between for a vegan Double Down sandwich. Messy, yes, but cheesy and peasy and good.

I had half of this for dinner one night and the rest for lunch the next day; the second day, I tossed in some zucchini and bell peppers. It may have been even better the second time. I really liked this recipe because it didn't leave me feeling super gross like a big bowl of mac 'n' cheese usually does - I'll definitely be making this again!


Myndie said...

Hope you had fun at your run!! I love looking at a handful of recipes and coming up with my own. Looks tasty!

CarolineCalcote said...

Guess the run is history by now...hope it was a good one! I love the NSV victory of wearing a tank top in public. I hate my arms, despite TONS of weight lifting. I just have batwings and always will. I'm so glad you are getting healthy in your 20's instead of your 40's like me. I declared this summer to be "tank top" summer, however. I am OVER being self-conscious about anything. My arms are my arms and I live in Florida and I'm wearing tanks all summer. I've actually been wearing them often for the past couple of months and I am finally getting more comfortable with it (like not constantly thinking about it).

Thanks for the recipe! Gonna try it. I have some leftover nutr. yeast from a recipe and I really didn't know what to do with it. Still figuring out how to use it.

Shannon said...

I hope you enjoyed your race!

I think, it's awesome that you wore a tank top. You look great! Love the pic!

timothy said...

so proud of you for rolling with life and staying on track, you are wonderful! xoxoxoxoxo

Anonymous said...

Was it the tofu that gave the sauce the thickness? It is sticking nicely to your pasta.

Such tiny arms and a sheepish grin. Brought big smiles in Munchberryland.

Anonymous said...

You look GREAT in your tank top! Don't let yourself think otherwise.

Love the recipe and can't wait to try it! Thanks for sharing.