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Vegetarian Thanksgiving Menu

I’ve decided to stay in PA instead of going to NY for Thanksgiving because the office is open on Friday (grrr), and I don’t have vacation yet. I’ve decided that since I really like the Turkeyday side dishes, and never really cared for the turkey itself, that maybe I should just make some sides and enjoy the day off. Don’t get me wrong, there are places I could go to eat with people, but I’m not a huge family gathering kind of girl, and I really need a stress-free day to lounge around comfortably in my pjs.  =)

If my energy allows, tonight I will head out to get some groceries, and I’ll probably make the food Wednesday night/Thursday afternoon. (I had even already bought Fox a little kitty turkey dinner can of food so we could celebrate together…I miss that little guy.) I’m still trying to come up with something with more protein, and I’m still torn between the potato dish, but here is my (potential) vegetarian* Thanksgiving day menu**:

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Stuffed Mushrooms

-(most likely) Sweet potato casserole with marshmallow topping (MAYBE twice baked potatoes)




-Some type of bread/rolls


My mother makes *THE BEST* stuffed mushrooms on the east coast (probably the entire universe, but I haven’t eaten stuffed mushrooms from all over the universe, so it would be unfair of me to judge.) I should learn how, and make them her way, but I’d only cooking for one here, and I may go with the simplest recipe I can find.

I will gladly take any recipes/ideas/suggestions. I’m not a huge dessert fan, and feel that a lot of the time it’s more hassle than it’s worth, especially for just me. I’ll probably get tired of whatever the dessert is and toss it anyway. So any small dessert ideas would be really appreciated too. I have 2-3 single serving pie trays I *might* try to make something with, we’ll see.

*Note, I’m not going to add milk or eggs to anything, but everything probably won’t be vegan if it’s coming from a box.

**Trying to go super cheap and easy to prepare.

Ramen Update: Week #1

I’ve gotten through a week of eating Ramen as my primary food group. I thought this experiment would be fun, and it is a little, but I’m definitely feeling the sodium. I drink a lot of water as it is, and I’m feeling extremely dehydrated and my lips are really chapped (more so than normal this time of the year).


I’ve been taking vitamins and other supplements, but I feel like I am still missing out on some nutritional needs. Overall, I feel kinda crappy, though I don’t know if it’s due to the seasons changing or what. I’ve also lost weight, a good couple of pounds. But, I started going to the gym again, and that could be the reason for the weight loss.

Generally, I’ve only been eating ramen once a day, but as my main meal. Sometimes it leaves me with an uneasy feeling in my stomach and it’s my only meal of the day. I did not record every meal like I was supposed to (shame on me), but the gist is:

-granola bar for breakfast

-cup noodles for lunch

-handful of chips for dinner

or lunch and dinner vice versa. Continue reading

Nothin' but Ramen November

Well, it was voted on, and this month will be a trial of eating nothing but ramen noodles. Since it was up in the air until today on what November would be, and the fact that I hate grocery shopping on Sundays, I will go shopping for my supplies tomorrow. I will also finish the perishable food I already have, as to not waste anything. But, I will not buy anything other than noodles, unless they are something to mix in/eat with the noodles.

I’m guessing I’ll be eating a lot of the cup of noodles because they’re simple to make (yes, I know ALL ramen is simple to make). I want to mix in frozen veggies, and maybe tofu. I found some kick ass recipes on the Nissin website, including ramen spinach salad, and ramen pizza.

Health Concerns (from wikipedia) : “A serving of ramen is high in carbohydrates and low in vitamins and minerals. Ramen soup tends to be high in sodium

However, the Maruchan website clearly states:  “Maruchan soups make delicious wholesome meals.”

Upon more research I found a woman who was going to try to eat ramen once a day for a week.  I also found this interesting Ramen blog.

Looks Yummy
Looks Yummy

I’m a little upset the bacon flavor is only available in Brazil, and I’m also confused about the “natural chicken” flavor that’s “coming soon.” I believe I will not be limiting myself to only vegetarian varieties because, honestly how many animal products are really in a serving? And the oriental flavor would get boring after a while.

I’m not even going to fathom a guess about how many calories I’ll be eating, or how much money it’ll cost. I’d rather just wait and see. I will eat whatever I’m given at the conference I’m going to in a few weeks, but maybe I’ll stop at a noodle bar while I’m in the city.

Will post info after my trip to the grocery store tomorrow. I’m excited to get this started!