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Posts tagged vegan

Work overload

I haven’t been able to post very much in the last few days. So sad.

My blog posts are usually done while I’m at work.  (I really hope my boss doesn’t stumble upon this)  Since I was on holidays for 9 days (I didn’t go anywhere btw), it was expected that when I returned I would have a lot of work and catching up to do.  *Sigh* I came back to 21 telephone messages, 10 new urgent patients to book, 4 dictations to transcribe and a whole lot of other random non-medical-stuff my boss likes to make me waste my time on.  I think I’m going to have to find some time in the evenings to post stuff. 

Since it was my first day back from my holidays on Monday, I was feeling extra lazy and didn’t pack a lunch.  I took a quick walk to Whole Foods on my lunch break.  Surprisingly, I wasn’t craving anything in particular so I was up for anything. 

I spotted their new Chop Salad station.  It looked pretty good.  The lady behind the counter was chopping away at some kale and lettuce.  Then she proceeded to slice up a nice looking piece of roasted chicken breast.  It looked so fresh and delicious, I had to get it.  They had 6 different options.   I opted to get The Rebel Salad.

The Rebel consisted of:

  • Romaine lettuce
  • Kale
  • Apples
  • Bacon
  • Cheddar Cheese
  • Chicken
  • Red Cabbage

The dressing was similar to a balsamic vinegar based dressing, but a wee bit thicker.  I think I read that that the dressing was oil free and vegan.  It was super heavy on the garlic though, I had to have 3 Breath Savers to try and mask it! Gross. Good thing I wasn’t seeing any patients that day.  You could easily recreate this salad at home, which I plan on doing.  The salad doesn’t look very big in the picture, but it actually was a good size.  By the time I finished it I was pleasantly stuffed.  This doesn’t usually happen when I just have a salad.

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Vegan Banana & Chocolate Chip Oat Squares

I know, I said “vegan”, but don’t be scared, these actually taste like a normal baked treat.

I had an abundance of overripe bananas on my counter (surprise, surprise) so I thought I’d try out this recipe that I found at A Bicycle Built for Two.  

Here we go:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mash up 1 banana in a small bowl. Add in 1/3 cup of canola oil and 2/3 cup brown sugar and mix well.

Add in 3/4 cup all purpose flour, 1/2 tsp baking soda, 1/4 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp cinnamon and 2 cups oats.  Mix. Throw in a handful of chocolate chips.  Mix. 

Press mixture into a 8x8 square baking pan lined with parchment.  Bake for 20 minutes.


These taste like an oatmeal chocolate chip cookie with a slight hint of banana. They are chewy and soft.  I might reduce the sugar the next time I make them, just to make them a wee bit less sweet.  Otherwise, this recipe is a winner!

Vegan Banana & Chocolate Chip Oat Square

adapte from here

  • 1 banana (mashed)
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup  All purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 cups rolled oats

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and line a 8x8 inch pan with parchment paper.

In a large bowl mash up your banana. Add in the canola oil and brown sugar and mix all of these ingredients well.  Add in the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and oats.  Mix until combined. Throw in a handful of chocolate chips.  Pour mixture into pan. 

Bake in oven for about 20 minutes.

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