Amazing Grass and Banana Tempura Sushi

Amazing Grass

I’ve been big on greens recently.  Whereas I used to think about protein, carbohydrate, and fat numbers when I planned meals, nowadays it’s all about how many vegetables I can get.  I’m not ready to proclaim myself one of those alkaline dieters yet, but there is a noticeable increase in the level of energy I feel when I’m getting lots of greens.  I’ve even resorted to putting spinach in my smoothies, something I would have laughed at just a few months ago!  So I was very excited to get a package from Amazing Grass yesterday, with all this great (and green) stuff in it.

[Amazing Grass products]

A few greens “meals,” lots of greens and wheat grass powders for mixing with water or milk for a quick energizer, and even some whole-food energy bars (important: whole food, not health food).  Plus a fun shaker cup!  I’ll be trying all of this over the next few weeks, and I’ll let you know how it is.  I can’t wait to try the chocolate ones.  Thanks, Amazing Grass!

[Amazing Grass smoothie]Erin and I substituted Amazing Meal for the protein powder in our smoothie today.  Organic, raw, vegan, soy free, and loaded with greens and antioxidant fruit.  Perhaps best of all, it didn’t turn the smoothie green-grey.  And it was delicious!  Here’s the recipe we used today (for a single smoothie):

  • 1/2 cup Trop 50 orange juice
  • 1 packet Amazing Meal
  • 1/3 cup greek yogurt
  • 1 Tbsp flaxseed powder
  • 1/2 Tbsp flaxseed oil
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 small handful each of frozen blueberries, blackberries, and cherries

Vegetarian Sushi

[Vegetarian sushi photo]We got dinner to-go yesterday from a place that makes sushi in addition to standard Chinese takeout.  I used to love sushi when I still ate fish regularly.  But although I’m not opposed to eating fish every once in a while, fish hasn’t appealed to me recently, especially not raw.  So in addition to a tofu and mushroom dish, we chose some vegetarian sushi options: an asparagus, avocado, and cucumber roll, a sweet potato roll, and a banana tempura roll!  I’m such a sucker for anything new and strange on menus, “banana tempura” being a prime example .

These were pretty good, not as good as really fresh fish sushi but better than old, slimy fish sushi.  The sweet potato roll was by far the best, the vegetable roll the worst, and the banana tempura was strangely sweet-salty but tasty.  Sort of weird with soy sauce and wasabi though, for me.  And, because these are the pictures that pay the bills– I give you Erin and me shoving rolls into our mouths.

[Erin eating sushi]

[Matt eating sushi]

I still have my IPA risotto to post; it was  justifiably (I hope) superseded by the free greens and banana tempura.  I’ll do my best to get it up later today or tomorrow.  Also, my “Veggie Cooking Tips” page is coming soon!  I’ve decided that it will better serve as a separate page than as a post, so that you can refer back to it easily whenever you come across an ingredient you don’t know how to deal with.  So keep an eye out!

Alright, I’m off to get new running shoes today.  My marathon is only 17 weeks away, so official training starts in one week!



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  1. Awesome haul of wholefoods stuff. Love the photos of you and your wife, you are an adorable couple!

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  2. Ooohhh I totally need to find a place that makes that sushi – the sweet potato roll sound DELISH!

    You and the wifey are adorable – have a good weekend you two!

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  3. Sweet sushi pics! If you are interested… we know a great place downtown that offers “Ivy” rolls (apples, carrots, avacado, squash) — it’s vegetarian and amazing! 🙂

  4. Sweet potato rolls are my FAVE vegetarian sushi! I don’t know if I could ever give up regular sushi though. Just the thought of a fresh piece of raw salmon with a touch of soy sauce makes me hungry all over again!

    So cool that you could sub in the Amazing Grass products! I’ve tried the Superfoods powder in water, but had a rough time with it and their products are kinda pricey to experiment with. Can’t wait to read what you think of other samples!

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  5. I’m interested in knowing how the chocolate Amazing Grass products taste. Keep us posted!

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  6. I’m also all about the green these days… All my smoothies have something green in them these days – parsley, spinach, chard, lettuce, celery, basil, mint – you name it, I’ve tried it!

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  7. Sweet potato sushi is by far my favorite too! However, I have never had banana tempura sushi and am incredibly jealous! Sushi in the Midwest sucks…lucky you!

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  8. Sweet potato sushi?! ::Swoon::

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