Beating the heat: A day of food

It’s hot in Southern Colorado and, sadly, parts of it are burning. Last year, in May, Dave and I decided to move to Colorado Springs. A month later part of the Springs was burning and we watched, feeling helpless, from New York. Wildfires overtook Waldo Canyon and little did we know that we would be moving to that very area four months later. Every single day we see the burn scar.

Yesterday flames flared up in Black Forest and in Royal Gorge.

Black Forest burning at 6pm

The view from our front door; Black Forest wildfire at 6pm Tuesday.

As I understand it, the Black Forest Animal Sanctuary was able to evacuate all of its furry residents. You can stay in touch with BFAS – and learn about ways to support animals impacted by the fire – by following their Facebook page. The Royal Gorge Bridge and Park reported on their Facebook page that all of the animals are safe.  Let’s all keep the people and animals impacted by the wildfires in our thoughts and prayers.

The temperatures began climbing over the weekend and by Monday it was sultry.

heat wave in COFortunately, there is a swimming pool – unheated – in our complex. It helped to beat the heat Monday, which I happened to take off from work.

Yesterday, however, it was back to the grind. I planned my meals for the day with the following thing in mind: keep cool. I had thawed tofu the night before so I pressed it early in the morning and then prepared a marinade of sesame oil, rice vinegar, hot curry powder, ground ginger and garlic. I set it in the refrigerator for the day with the intention to grill it that night – because I did not want to deal with a hot kitchen! Then it was time to put together my breakfast and lunch for the day. I went for fast and I went for cool.

Cool foods for a hot day

I made a big ‘ole smoothie of almond milk, a banana, frozen rhubarb and blueberries, and ground flaxseed. I popped my Cuppow sippy lid on a mason jar and was good to go. I stuffed a lunch bag with raw snap peas and carrots, a small container of home fermented sauerkraut with pumpkin seeds, a big bottle of water, and a bottle of green kombucha. I sipped and nibbled on the goodies in the office throughout the day.

When I returned home I prepped some lettuce and peppers for the grill and sliced my tofu. I also thawed some potatoes that I had cooked up in the pressure cooker last month and subsequently froze. [click to continue…]

JL Fields is co-author of the forthcoming Vegan for Her: The Women’s Guide to Being Healthy and Fit on a Plant-Based Diet and writes the blog JL goes Vegan.