Monday, March 1, 2010

A Lovely Sunday

Monday already! The weekends just fly by, don't they? We had a nice Sunday around here. I woke up somewhat early and headed out on a 6 mile run:

After my run, I showered up and then did a little bit of reading about the wonderful city I live next to:

And then Josh and I headed out to Brunch (my favorite meal) at Charleston's Cafe (which is amazing). Josh got the three grain pancakes again and I got the Granny Apple Breakfast Parfait with coffee and skim milk:

Deliciousness! The rest of the day was pretty relaxed, we mostly just caught up on things around the house. Dinner was a hodge podge of whatever we had on hand. Josh tried out the Gardein Home Style Beefless Tips that the company sent us previously to try out.

Since I wasn't a beef fan (when I ate meat), I left these allll to Josh! Although he enjoyed them, he noted that they were a little too salty. He preferred the Seven Grain Crispy Tenders that we tried previously:



Do you eat any fake meat products?
I may be MIA this week- if so, I apologize! Explanation to come ;)

66 comments:

Jessica said...

I'm really intrigued by those beefless tips! I want to try them - I don't like meat that much but love steak tips, etc.

inmytummy said...

I sometimes eat veggie burgers but I prefer the kind that taste more like vegetables than the ones that imitate beef. I never was much for beef in the first place, like you.

Sometimes I eat the fake chicken products even though I eat real chicken. I just like the way they taste.

Staci Dombroski said...

Interesting :-) I hope you have a great week!!1

biz319 said...

I actually liked a boca product that looked and tasted like McDonald's McRib sandwich, but I haven't seen it on the market in ages.

Have a great week - we'll be here when you get back! :D

Jessie (Vegan-minded) said...

I tried those beefless tips and thought they were pretty good, but then again I was never a fan of beef before I went vegetarian. Glad you had a good weekend! Mine flew by way too fast as well. :)

Jenna said...

Brunch is my favorite meal too. :)

I have those beef tips that I got from Garedin as well. I need to give them a whirl.

Tracey said...

I can't wait for the day that I can head out for a 6 mile run. At this moment I can not even consider myself doing that type of run. But I'm working on it!

I don't eat any fake meat products. It's not that I wouldn't but I just haven't tried them.

Stephanie @cookinfanatic said...

I have seen these Gardein products all over blogworld and really would like to try them... I am trying to cut back on the amount of meat in my diet since after the surgery I really am not craving it as much! Have a wonderful week girl XOXO :)

Britt said...

Great run! Oh and I haven't been to Charleston in ages.... it is such a beautiful city! Actually one of my college friends moved their recently.... she seems to be enjoying it.

Most I do is veggie burgers... but those more often than not aren't attempting to really be meat. ;-)

The Blonde Duck said...

(Blinking) I'm confused. Why wouldn't you just eat real beef?

From Here to There. In Purple. said...

Meatless ground crumbles make for EXCELLENT Mexican themed nights :)

Hope you are able to have a mindful Monday! (Yes, I'm loving alliterations)
bec xo

Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) said...

That breakfast parfait looks awesome. I wish my favorite breakfast place made something like that. It looks refreshing!

Can't wait to hear what you're up to!

Amanda - RunToTheFinish said...

oh i love finding new things to do around home!

i do eat meatless products a few times a month when i am really wanting some protein

Krista said...

I'm not a huge fan of fake meat. I find it never really tastes that great.

Hope you have a good week.....whatever you're up to! ;)

Holly said...

I am dying to try the Gardein products! I'd love to try the fake chicken ones.

thedallasceliac said...

I eat tofu, but that's about it. When I was a vegetarian (for 6 years!), I ate fake meat products - a lot of morningstar farms chik'n nuggets and corn dogs because they were fabulous (at least back then, no idea if they still are).

Oooh the suspense - looking forward to seeing what exciting things you're doing this week!

forthehealthofit01 said...

I LOVE Primal "beef" jerky. I like all the flavors, but mesquite lime is my fave. I also LOVE Morningstar Farms Spicy blackbean burgers, sausage patties, buffalo chik'n tenders and grilled chik'n strips. Yummmm!

Samantha~ said...

I eat the "burger" type fake meat. Since I do eat meat, its cheaper to eat the real thing than the imitation. Would like to try some Quorn products thought. I see them a lot on blogs and they look great!!

Mom on the Run said...

I do eat meat substitutes especially around lent and I am trying to mix up the dishes. It gives tacos a whole new look for the kids :)

Best of luck on your busy week.

homecookedem said...

I love fake meat products. I eat a veggie burger almost everyday for lunch.

Your parfait looks so good and I love southern living!! :)

tam said...

That parfait looks fab! Yummy x x

Diana @ Frontyardfoodie said...

I'm with you, I wasn't really into beef (or any meat really) for that matter when I was a meat eater.

So I never eat any fake meats. The only meat that I did like was cured stuff like pepperoni and summer sausage.

Don\'t Fight the Apple, Eve said...

I've been a vegetarian almost a year now, and when I first started out I ate imitation products quite often. Now I've grown to not really enjoy the taste, and the fake ingredients in majority of them. There are two I do love though. Sunshine Burgers, and the vegan Sesame "chicken" from the hot bar at Whole Foods.

Ana said...

The weekend did fly by! I guess, time definitely flies by when you are having fun :) That parfait looks so good!

I have tried a couple of the Gardeins, they have all been really good specially the "Tuscan Breasts". I am not a beef fan either that's why I haven't given the Beefless Tips a shot.

dawn said...

6 mile run, you go girl. I can only walk 3 miles before passing out. Running, is not made for this body. I save my heavy workout for the weights.
I love all the veggie sausages from whole foods, not fond of the morningstar brands.

*Naomi* said...

hey girl! hows it goinnng!! these gardein prodcuts are everywhere and I got some to have this week too (maybe tonight!?) that parfait looks awesome I want a big ole bite :)

i sometimes eat fake meat prducts, it depends on the taste...one time my mom and I had these fake chicken skewers and we legit couldnt swallow it it was so chewy!! btu I am excited to try the gardein products!

Juliana said...

Beefless tip! Interesting...I usually do not look for "fakes" one, rather have the real ones when I crave :-) On the other hand this beefless tip sure look real.

BroccoliHut said...

Yum! That parfait looks delicious!
I eat far fewer fake meat products now than I did when I first became a vegetarian. I still like the occasional Tofurky sandwich:)

Tiffany said...

wow, you're a speedy one! :D
i've tried the gardein tuscan breasts, and they were realllly good. haven't tried the beeftips because i'm not a fan of the real thing to begin with. but i will have the chicken again! i'm not a vegetarian, but i do eat a lot less meat than i used to. i love morningstar burgers the best!

teresa said...

i wanna try those tips! yummy! hope all is well for you!

Julie said...

i'm such a creep i wanna know what you're up to this week! hahaha anyways i guesss i'll have to wait :)

i want you to know that at this moment as i type this i'm eating sloppy janes ;) wooo hoooo!!

brunch is like the BEST meal of the day. well not as good as breakfast BUT when you wake up late on the weekends its perfect because its an excuse for you to eat breakfast:)

Shannon said...

aw man, i missed my run this weekend :( at least i got a spin and swim in saturday... hopefully after a good night sleep tonight i can get back in it!

not so much into faux meat these days :) hope you have a good week hun!!

K from ksgoodeats said...

Love the Gardein review! I wasn't a beef fan when I ate meat either - too chewy. Your brunch sounds fabulous! I haven't gone out to brunch in so long!!

No apologies needed!! I can't wait to hear what you've got up your sleeve :)

Have a great evening and an even better Tuesday!

Lauren said...

I was never a fan of beef either. Or pork. And, come to think of it, I never really cared for chicken all that much. Guess it's a good thing I don't miss meat. ;)

Lovely Sunday indeed! :)

Susan said...

That parfait looks dy-no-mite. People who dig brunch know what's up! (aka you girl) : )
I'm not a big faux-meat fan, but perhaps that's because I'm not a big meat fan. I like sunshine and amy's california burgs since they aren't trying to be something they're not, if ya catch my drift)

I Run for Fun said...

What a super run. You are so speedy, girl!

I don't really like red meat, so don't bother with fake meat products.

Yum Yucky said...

speaking of beef-less. I bought steak yesterday, but the thrill is gone. So it'll probably sit in the package until it rots. And then I'll throw it out. Huh?

fittingbackin said...

I LOVE charleston! Those beefless tips are interesting!!

I like boca crumbles, boca burgers, morningstar farm chicken patties and morningnstar farm sausage patties - YUM!!

Looking forward to seeing w hat's up!

jess said...

I don't think that I would eat a fake meat product, weather I eat meat or not. They are just kind of strange to me, the idea of posing as meat : )

I am all about a veggie burger though - that is not as deceptive ; )

sophia said...

Funny...I just received some sample packs from Quorn! It'll be the first time I try meatless products besides Boca (which I hated).

Maria said...

I dont eat meat and I dont like to eat anything that is supposed to taste like it:)
I hope everything is ok! We will miss you this week!

Andrea @ CanYouStayForDinner.com said...

Mmmm great breakfast parfait! And good job on your run!
I generally don't eat any fake meat products. But I do love the taste of a lot of the Morningstar Farm burgers!
Have a great week!

Esi said...

I'm not a huge fan of the fake meat products. Would rather do less meat than fake meat, but once in a while it's not bad. Hope you have a great week!

insideiamdancing said...

Yay for breakfast parfaits!!!!! I like some fake meat products, but I prefer veggie options that aren't trying to be meat- Amy's burgers and Original Gardenburgers are my favourite :)

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said...

cant wait for this big explanation...seriously been wondering what tricks are up yoru sleeve??!!

Pam said...

MIA....your not allowed to do that! Will miss you girl!

We eat fake meat sometimes, but not alot of it!

Enjoy and have fun!

xoxo

CaSaundraLeigh said...

Yogurt parfaits are always SO refreshing--definitely a fav spring/summer treat of mine! Have a good week being MIA ;-)

Jessica said...

I bought Yves veggie breakfast sausages a few months ago, and they were terrible. I'm not opposed to all of their products, I quite enjoy the veggie dogs and burgers...these sausages just didn't quite do it for me.

Holly said...

yay for exciting MIA news - i wish i had something cool to be MIA about :)

LOVE LOVE LOVE my gardein! after you mentioned that really, for the price and quality you are getting, it really isn't that much, i have changed my stance on the $$$ issue :)

i think i may have to make a trip to charleston soon - i hear nothing but wonderful things about it!

love ya!

eaternotarunner said...

Awesome run! I don't eat replacement meat products in general, I like veggie burgers that taste like veggies!

feetinmotion said...

That parfait is so big!! It looks yummy!

Christina said...

ahhh you went back to charleston's cafe!!! i was seriously debating it again!! ok next time you go, just call me bc my apartments are 30 seconds away. haha.

Lauren @ BIOCHEMISTA said...

Hey!!

I just saw an old comment of yours on my blog that I seemed to miss...Sorry!

I did grow up in NE...in NH to be exact! Are you from the area???

I loooove Charleston! Such a beautiful city!!

Have a great day!

-Lauren

Sarah said...

Yummy, I love brunch too! The granny smith parfait looks delicious, but I don't think I have the willpower because I love pancakes; I never eat them at home (I'll make them for Ray and I'll eat oats), so I usually order them when we have brunch out.

Not a fan of 'pretend meats.' I like veggie burgers and things that don't try to taste like meat. Those always end up tasting weird IMHO.

lesley lifting life said...

How fun ... I love brunch too! :)

Hope you have a great week and the reason you'll be gone is for something great! ; )

whatkateate said...

those look exactly like real beef tips! gardein seems to have some great products out, im bummed ive never seen them around!

Diana said...

I used to LOOOVE fake meat, but that's before I learned what it was made of, haha. Now I prefer to stick to tofu, but there are still some fun meat substitutes out there (hello vegan corndogs! haha).

Anonymous said...

Great job on the run! I just love lazy Sundays. That's so cute how you guys go out for brunch so often:) Such a cool tradition. And the parfait looks delish!
I eat meatless products every so often...maybe once a week?

Paige@ RunningaroundNormal said...

Nice job on the run! I just love lazy Sundays :)
That's too cute how you guys go out to brunch so often. Such a nice tradition :D And that parfait looks delicious!
I only eat meatless products every so often. Maybe once a week.

Anne Marie said...

I eat boca products a lot. They are really good!

Anna said...

I have been eating Boca burgers as of late...not the best thing because of they are not organic, but on occasion I like them!

Don't worry about being MIA; it happens to everyone :) take care of your self!!

Kristen @ Change of Pace said...

Those beef(less) tips look pretty yummy! I think they'd be a good alternative to red meat. I really like the Amy's veggie burgers and prefer them to real burgers. And lately I've been into the Quorn chicken patties... I'm not a vegetarian but try to steer clear of most meat.

lizzy said...

hi chica!! great run!! delicious parfait...I can never re-create them to look as good as the restaurants do! I don't ever eat fake meat products because they are way too processed...I do make my own veggie or bean burgers though! YUM! I hope your having a great time doing whatever's keeping you busy ;)
xoxo!

Kerstin said...

That apple breakfast parfait looks so yummy! I've never tried meatless substitutes, but I'm not a huge meat person to begin with and don't eat it too often anyway!

Aggie said...

I loved that Southern Living edition...makes me want to head up to Charleston! So lucky you live nearby! That parfait looks perfect!

I'm not a big fan of faux meat. I do however enjoy the Morningstar Veggie Sausage patties when I eat eggs for breakfast.

glidingcalm said...

those sound yummy!! But I agree, fake meat is only good when it isn't really salty or spicy or funky. Now that I wrote that out that sounds really obvious and stupid......but oh well! I would like to get back on the meatless meatball train!