Roasting Away Anxiety

Posted on February 2, 2010. Filed under: Daily Update | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Disclaimer: I don’t know how this post is going to read because today has been “just one of those days”. Nothing’s been wrong; but I’ve still felt… uncomfortable? anxious? stressed? all the way through. It’s a bit ironic I’ve felt like that today, since I have something to celebrate: This blog hit 100,000 page views. That, to me, feels like 100,000 hugs from you readers. Considering only 89 of those came from the first month I was blogging, the growth has been trememndous and I couldn’t really be happier with my readership. I think I’ve never gotten a single bad comment and all I ever get are wonderful words and that alone lifts my spirits so much.

Enough sappiness aside–after blogging I was so ready for a warm lunch in my tummy, with another built in dessert!

Steamed Broccoli, Lightlife Sausage Style Meat With Red Onions And American Cheddar Cheese

Goat Milk Yogurt In A Raspberry Jam Jar

After 4 or 5 months, I should feel pretty cozy taking food photos in front of people, especially the roomie, right? This just felt awkward for some reason. But how could I miss a beauty like this. Maybe this blog should be Confession of an Onion Addict because I could not get enough in the Lightlife Sausage. For the cheese, I used a Trader Joe’s american cheese square; it’s all natural and tastes just as overprocessed as the supermarket kind that’s why I love it πŸ™‚

To round out the meal, I had YIAJJ(Yogurt In A Jam Jar)! I think I go through that jam more than any other; it’s the best! I totally need to make a review page for it because it gets a 10/10 in my book. I ate the yogurt in my Greek History class, and ironically felt no unease or discomfort come to thing about it. I guess I don’t consider eating straight out of jars unusual?

Lucky for me, Latin class was cancelled today. The 2nd class of the semester was cancelled; that’s a good sign. Even better, I rushed back to my dorm, hopped on Twitter, and was able to be around in time for Chobani’s Spoons! If you don’t know what that is, the gist of it is that I won a case of 2% Chobani, and having lowered my meal plan this couldn’t possibly have happened at a better time. To celebrate, of course I needed to eat some Greek yogurt.

Cherry Greek Yogurt With Cherry Green & Black Dark Chocolate

Ah, yes. This greek yogurt shipment will be well recieved. I stirred some cherry butter into plain and then added the remainder of the Green & Black bar my mom gave me for Halloween. It was… well a little disgusting, to be honest. The chocolate was good, but the dried cherries in the bar went bad. I didn’t even know that was a legitimate concern. Of course, I ate it anyway.

Maybe this is when things starting feeling a little blah; I had a meeting with my peer advisor at the bookstore. Because of miss-scheduling on her part, she was a little late, but I really didn’t mind. What did bug me was how a “quick check in” was really 40 minutes of fun-but-slightly-awkward-and-aimless conversation. At one point, we drifted from classes to something that called for the line “as a kid, you don’t see your parents naked but you see your Barbie doll naked”. Frankly, that was not the case with my childhood, but I wasn’t about to say that. When I finally did break free and make it back to my dorm, I really needed something with pizazz.

Pumpkin With Nutritional Yeast, Sea Salt, And Sweet Cacao Nibs

Pizazz… was not here. This was one of those things that felt like it would come together great in my mind, and ended up tasting like its individual components–quite disappointing. I also managed to realize all at once that a) the hour away from my dorm took a real toll on my work productivity and b) I had nothing in mind for dinner. Anxious! First up…

Pajama Bottoms

I needed to get comfy so I slipped on pajama bottoms. At 6pm? You betcha. With that aside, I knew that what I really needed to calm my nerves was something homey, like a roasted meal. I found some ingredients and stuck them in the oven for 40 minutes with some maple syrup.

Baked Maple Tofu With Roasted Sweet Potato And Broccoli

Raspberry Steaz

This has definitely made me feel 90% better; there’s just something about roasted vegetables, wouldn’t you agree? I wanted to switch up the greens at dinner but broccoli is all I had that roasted well. A little maple syrup at the end really livened it all up and brought out the earthiness. I love how the sweet potato and broccoli just soak it up, too.

What’s your comforting hug after a long day? Clearly, mine is roasted vegetables. A tin pan and aluminum foil(100% recycled) was the best investment of this semester so far. Maybe you’re a mac n’ cheese person? Macaroni has never really been “my thing” and even cheese is “meh” with me, but I can understand how it would be comforting. Give me some good ideas! There will be plenty more dinners this semester πŸ˜‰ Now I just hope I can focus and not get too caught up in The Biggest Loser and American Idol.

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wow 10,00 views – thats awesome!! sorry that your in a weird mood – I hate those days myself!
ahh love me some baked tofu!

as of right now… my comfort are those chocolate cheerios. too good.

wow 10,000 views – thats awesome!! sorry that your in a weird mood – I hate those days myself!
ahh love me some baked tofu!

as of right now… my comfort are those chocolate cheerios. too good.

Congrats on 100k views…that’s freakin awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am always soo happy for people when they find success in the ‘sphere and this is awesome so excited for you!

The Pumpkin With Nutritional Yeast, Sea Salt, And Sweet Cacao Nibs. I woulda thought that woulda been really good too. Hmmm.

And the choc bars. You are an addict. And I kinda like it πŸ™‚
And of course you’re probably saving tons of $ by making them yourself not to mention you can control the size and ingredients to exactly what your heart desires.

Cute pj’s. And 6pm? Hell I am in mine all day unless I am going somewhere. And then it’s my yoga pants. Same diff pretty much LOL

Re. the bad mood/funk, lux ex tenebris. (Okay, not sure that even is applicable, I’m just a closet Latin nerd). And congratulations on the blog views from humble page view beginnings (ie. where my blog presently is!).

I put my pjs on as SOON as I walk in the door! I am definitely a roasted veggies gal on those “off” days. So easy to make, so delish, and it is what my mom always makes when I’m home, so it’s my very own “Roasted Veggies for the Soul”

congrats on reaching 100,000!

Woo hoo!! Great job kid!! Love it. Love the pics…and LOVE JAM…like I don’t think you can possibly understand…I feel guilty actually cause I just scoop it out of the jar with a spoonful of PB …and repeat. Yeah, not cool so says the tum.

woohoo! Congrats on the page views. Good stuff. mmMMM that maple baked tofu sounds awesome. I will have to make some of that. So good! Im definitely a fan of a big pile of roasted veggies. Its my ultimate comfort food. Its my favorite go to food. I hope you have an awesome night!

blahh sry u had such a blah day! hate those-but atleast u know the next one will be better! your yogurt creations are so baller. and those roasted veggies! i put the smartlife beef crumbles on a “mexican pizza” good!

haha YIAJJ! nice! sorry you’re having one of those days…me too son, me too. CONGRATS on your page views, that is so cool! i prob have like 36 total or something ;). i ALWAYS feel awkward snapping pics of food in front of peeps, sometimes i take them on my phone (with it on silent) while i pretend to be texting. fools em everytime!

My comforting hug is goats cheese and caremalized onion stuffed pasta with roasted kabocha squash and roasted parsnips, all covered in cinnamon and balsamic vineger…that makes ALL the world’s problems disappear! I totally agree though – roasted veggies have a certain something about them – they just taste a whole lot better!
BIG congrats on your page hits!! That’s amazing! How long have you been blogging for? My blog is one month old now, I’ve had 4,581 views at last count! It seems pathetic compared to your readership lol….I want more readers!!
Still loving your posts btw, you have such a fantastic diet, especilly for a student! I’m a student too, it’s hard to afford decent food sometimes 😦
Have a great day!

Mmm…roasted broccoli with maple syrup sounds divine! πŸ˜€

I have to agree that roasted veggies are definitely one of my top picks. That and chili with cornbread. πŸ˜€

Sorry it was “one of those days.” The page views are super exciting, and I’m with you that roasted veggies make everything better. I would say my favorite comfort food is either roasted sweet potatoes or a big bowl of pasta πŸ™‚

Congrats on 100,000!!! That’s quite an accomplishment!!!

I definitely have days like that. The next day is usually back to normal πŸ™‚

My advisor last year always wanted to have pointless conversations, too. Glad I got a new one! Veggies in maple syrup = genius. I have to say my “hug” food is soup…when I’m in a bad mood, the last thing I want to do is cook, so Amy’s Chunky Tomato it ususally is!

Congrats on the 100000 views!

i love raspberry steaz! i used to drink the non-zero cal one when i was little all the time

I love me some pancakes after a long day πŸ˜‰

What is a peer adviser? Sounds like something I wouldn’t have wanted to have πŸ˜‰

Mac ‘n cheese used to be more comfort thing but until I find a good vegan recipe for one, roasted veggies are mine as well. So easy, so delicious… just good old comfort.

100,000?! congrats! I’ve been blogging just over 2 yrs and i haven’t hit that yet! haha…i’m jealous. ;P

sorry about the funk! i hope you’re feel’n much better today!

Hope today is much less awkward and is going much better for you. I’ve been loving stir-fried veggies in coconut oil lately to make me feel better, though oatmeal with coconut oil stirred in does the trick too πŸ™‚


I definitely feel ya on needing something “comforting” at the end of a crummy day. Last week I watched the Hannah Montana movie and ate s’mores for dinner. It was exactly what I needed πŸ™‚

Wow! Major congrats on the pageviews and on winning a case of Chobani!!
Roasted veggies are very comforting. My perfect end to a long day is a bubble bath.

Wowzers, congrats on the big numbers, Evan!!!!

Sorry to hear of the funk, there seems to be an odd vibe in the universe, many have commented on the “blaaahs” this week.

My comfort food seems to change, depending on the seasons if that makes any sense. In the summer it is a smoothie, in the winter it is something warm. One food which always makes me feel better is that of the magical tacos (has to have blue corn soft tortillas).

I do love a good homemade Mac n’ Cheese

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