Last night I made a pretty typical “Lynn Chen” meal – which would be quick, nutritious, vegetarian, and involving minimal pots/pans:
Lentils and Quinoa (put them in a saucepan w/ double the water, bring to boil, simmer for 30 minutes)
And a quick stir fry of broccoli slaw, garlic, salt and pepper, and TJ’s Island Soyaki:
I cooked the veggies on high heat using a tablespoon of coconut oil we got from Navitas Naturals:
This was my first time using coconut oil – I’ve been hearing so much about the health benefits of it – and I was really pleased with the taste and how nicely it cooked up. It actually gave the veggies a subtle coconut flavor, which surprised me – after all, I don’t think olive oil tastes like olives….
I also added a squirt of Sriracha to my stir fry….
For dessert I had a Chocolate Fig Vitatop -
You know me and figs. I had frozen a bunch before we left for South Dakota and added a few of those too -
The verdict – at first bite, Vitalicious‘ chocolate items aren’t as good as their muffin-y ones (like bran and banana nut flavors). They just TASTE like they’re low fat/low calorie – chocolate-ish, but not quite “there.” However, eating them with the frozen figs (which were tremendous, by the way – will definitely keep doing this next fig season) was a nice pairing, and I wound up enjoying this little sweet treat.
Julius was uber cute sleeping last night -
And then he got even cuter -
This morning was a little crazy – I slept decent (yay!) did 1/2 an hour of upper body weights while watching TV, slapped on some makeup and curled my hair, and wolfed down this -
Then I was off to an audition in beautiful downtown Burbank, which went very well. I’ve been catching up on computer stuff all morning – check out my guest post at this awesome shopping site, delight.com (you get free shipping if you order any of my picks today only if you enter code “DelightfulFriday11″ at the checkout!) and reading all the “White on Rice” updates – we open today!!! If you’re in Los Angeles come to the 7:45pm or 10pm showing tonight to say hi to me at the Q&A afterwards!
Of course, in all this excitement I haven’t forgotten what day it is…on 9/11 Abe and I were both living in NYC, and he saw the World Trade Center even before it was reported on the news – he wound up leaving his temp job while everyone else was still working and rushing home to be with me in Queens. I worked at the Empire State Building at the time, and I’ll never forget those next few months…where were you?