Photo Food Journal & Vegan Delish Giveaway

Good morning and happy “What I Ate Wednesday“! Today I’ll be showing a picture of everything that I ate yesterday. It is always an interesting exercise to document everything I eat in a day, plus I hope you find it helpful in some way.

Breakfast was some leftover green smoothie with some buckwheat groats and almonds on top:

Leftover green smoothie with buckwheat groats and almonds.

I went for a hike in Palm Springs around 9 a.m. Despite cloudy skies, I thought the mountains were so pretty:

Cloudy skies in the desert.

Alan and I hiked further than we have ever gone before:

Carrie on a hike.

We then went to Costco to try and beat the holiday rush, but it was still craziness. I stocked up on all kinds of fresh fruit, frozen fruit, frozen edamame, etc. It was a huge load:

Attention Costco shoppers...

After all of that, lunch was much appreciated. I make a big romaine and vegetable salad with my Wild Blueberry Zinger Dressing, edamame and mandarin oranges for dessert:

Big lunch salad with edamame and oranges.

Here’s a closer view of the salad:

Lunch salad with peppers and broccoli.

Yesterday afternoon was spent catching up on work and doing a few errands. I decided to try using the pressure cooker again after my successful experience last Saturday night. This time, I just used brussels sprouts, collard greens, mushrooms, onions and water:

Ingredients for pressure cooker.

I checked with Jill Nussinow’s fantastic book, The New Fast Food, for the cooking times on the sprouts and the greens (don’t forget to enter to win a free copy of the ebook here!). I settled on a cooking time of two minutes for everything and I estimated about a cup of water. I added it all to the pot:

Sprouts, mushrooms, onions and water in the pressure cooker.

The chopped collards went on top:

Collard greens in the pressure cooker.

I locked on the lid, set the timer to two minutes on high pressure, and sat back and hoped it would turn out okay. I figured the worst that could happen would that the sprouts would be undercooked:

Fingers crossed that this works!

While I waited, I also made a really easy cream sauce for the veggies. After all, who wants to eat plain steamed greens? To make my typical cashew cream sauce less fattening, I substituted garbanzo beans for half the nuts in this recipe. I was so pleased with the results, the sauce was still very, very creamy and flavorful:

Cashew & Bean Sauce.

Here’s the recipe:

I used the quick-release setting on the PC when it was done and here’s what it looked like:

Cooked veggies in the pressure cooker.

I was so happy that everything was cooked to perfection! It’s not exactly a beautiful dish, but here’s what the final product looked like:

Veggies with sauce.

I’m telling you, this was a hit and I’ll be making the same exact thing tonight for dinner.

For dessert last night, I made a version of my Chocolate Cherry Bomb that I’ll be posting in ice cream form on Friday. It was so decadent and yummy:

Cherry Smoothie.

That’s it! I hope you enjoyed this photo food journal.

To wrap up today’s post, I’m doing another giveaway of my recipe app Vegan Delish! I received 50 promo codes from Apple when we did our last update and I want to share them with you. If you already own Vegan Delish, you can still enter and you can give the code to one of your friends or family members. So, I’m giving the code to 50 readers selected at random who leave a comment on this post and who do any of the following things:

1. Tweet this message to your followers on Twitter “Check out Vegan Delish, the healthy #vegan recipe app for iPhones and iPads:Β”

2. If you already own the app, leave a review on iTunes. Note: if you downloaded the app using a promo code, then Apple won’t let you leave a review.

3. Do something else to help me promote Vegan Delish, like tell your co-workers about it. Tell me what you did. I trust you.

You can do any or all of these things, just leave a separate comment telling me what you did. You have until Sunday, December 23rd, to enter.

Thank you for all of your support!!! I hope you have a great rest of your week and I’ll see you back here on Friday.


  1. Cordelia says


    I just found your blog the other day. I love your recipes! Dr Fuhrman’s book was the answer to my lifelong weight problem. I have lost 86 pounds so far! I have tweeted your request and I’m going to share your website with a friend, who inspired by the changes in me, wants to do the same thing. I would love to be one of the winners in your giveaway.


  2. cindy johnson says

    Carrie…You are really making me want a pressure cooker!!!! And I would love the Vegan Delish app!!! Thanks and blessings for a fantastic Christmas Season!!!!

    • says

      It worked really well, I am going to try using other beans in the future. I know someone who even blends beans into her almond butter to extend it a little bit with less fat. Brilliant, eh? πŸ™‚

  3. Richard says

    I am Cordelias friend that she mentions in her post. She is such an inspiration to me and is truly loving her lifestyle. I am working with my sister and brother in hopes to be an inspiration to them in modifying a lifetime of being overweight. I have lost 30 lbs and made many improvements in my arthritic knees since changing my eating habits and eliminating wheat from my diet. I am working toward being plant strong. I would love to win the app, but if I don’t win…..I really hope that Cordelia wins it!!


  4. Kelita Deems says

    I am the coordinator of a Plant Strong group at my church and I have passed on your info about Vegan Delish and your blog to them!

  5. says

    I am a newbie to the vegan world and have been trying it out since October. I love the way I feel and my palate has definitely changed. The cashew and bean sauce sounds so tasty. I just called my best friend to tell her about your blog, since she is the one who encouraged me to eliminate meat.

  6. Kimberley D. says

    I tweeted your message about the app. Can’t wait to try out vegandelish and I’m also hoping santa brings me a pressure cooker… you’re meals are inspiring.

  7. deana moore says

    My pressure cooker is 45 years old and the seal is bad….leaks! I need one for my veggies. Continue the healthy fight!!!

    Merry Christmas

  8. Mandy says

    I so badly need a pressure cooker. I came across your blog this morning and this evening I shared it with several people from church. I would love the app. I am newly attempting to follow the eat to live plan and need new ideas.

  9. Lisa says

    I love your recipes and make them regularly. Tonight I made the Wild Blueberry Zinger Dressing. It is beautiful and so tasty. I love that I a getting the omega 3 In the walnuts and getti g some berries in while making my salad taste great and bringing out more of the nutrients in the greens with the fat in the nuts. Wonderful. Thank you.

    • says

      So glad you like that one, Lisa! I love that recipe, too, and you’re the first person who has given me feedback on it. I make it at least once a week now and it works with other frozen berries, too. I even tried it with frozen cherries and it was great.

  10. Laura C. says

    Can’t wait to try your pressure cooker recipe. I’m loving my InstantPot and always looking for new things to make in it. I was telling a friend that my transition to eating a healthy diet has been easier with all the resources out there and I mentioned both your blog and app. Would love to pass on the promo code to her if I win!

  11. Alisa says

    I love the cashew, bean sauce recipe except for the vinegar, can’t use any vinegars. What would you suggest as a substitute? I have a question about your app, can it be used on an iMac desktop? Thanks for all you do, you have inspired so many:)

    • says

      Hi Alisa! Great question about the app. Unfortunately, for whatever reason, most apps won’t work on desktops, I have no idea why not. I will check with the software guys and see if there is anyway to create a version for that, though. Thanks for the suggestion. πŸ™‚

    • says

      Hi Alisa! I can’t remember if I answered your question about an alternative to vinegar. I would suggest using freshly squeezed lemon or lime juice instead. πŸ™‚

  12. Teva says

    What fun! I have lots of friends who would love your app, and I’m telling them about it! Is there an android version on the horizon, too?

  13. Teva says

    P.S. Of course I tweeted to help, too. I hope this is a great success, both for you, and for the people who use it to get inspired! πŸ™‚

  14. Dina Payne says

    Thanks for your blog. Just found you through Twitter. Tweeting my support.
    Thanks for all you do by sharing your recipes with us.

  15. says

    Hi Carrie,
    Love your blog! I’ve been promoting you on FB! Yesterday, I ordered the Instant Pot on Amazon. Then I went to lunch with my cousin in Seattle and he said, “I have a pressure cooker in the trunk for you!” It used to belong to his ex girlfriend, but he didn’t want it. It’s the same exact one as yours, so now I’ll own two like Chef AJ. πŸ™‚ I’ve already ordered Jill Nussinow’s book, so you do not need to include me! Keep up the fantastic work! I am making everything you’ve had on this page today!

    Happy Holidays to you and your family!


  16. Christy B says

    HI Carrie!

    I’m enjoying reading about your healthful journey. You inspire me so much. I told several friends and family about Vegan Delish. I have been eating a nutritarian diet for a few weeks now and I really love how I feel. I have been eating a plant-based diet for a couple of years and I want to eat as healthfully as possible. I still struggle with omitting salt and sugar from my diet. Hopefully, my taste buds will adjust. Happy Holidays!

  17. Harriett says

    Just found your BLOG. Your recipes look easy and delicious. Can’t wait to try them and looking forward to more. Thanks!

  18. Mary says

    Carrie–Love your blog and would love the vegan delish app. I’m retired but I’m telling my friends about the app.

  19. Melissa says

    Love your blog… You are helping me transition into a full-time vegan! I shared your blog with all of my Facebook friends! Thx for all that you are doing to promote healthy living!

  20. Alix Scott says

    I really find your recipes easy to follow & the food actually turns out like suppose to! Not to mention your up beat journals which always help!
    Thank you

  21. Cheri says

    Love your great attitude and your blog! Going to try a couple of your recipes. Chef AJ got me started with the InstantPot, and I am loving it! Will share your blog url on FB! Thanks for all the great ideas!


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