Plentiful Plants

Daily eats of a Torontonian student

Sleepy Sunday July 12, 2009

So I didn’t nap before going to work last night, and instead drank a couple cups of coffee (mixed with freshly made almond milk and vanilla sugar). Oh my goodness, I am not used to caffeine. I was WIRED all night long. I think I’ve only had coffee one other time in the past year (and never have been a regular drinker), and it was just a single shot of espresso in a (latte art) latte, so I guess I kind of forgot how much coffee is too much. I also had the second piece of corn bread and a couple of carrots. I had everything set up for a picture, but apparently I didn’t actually take it, because it is nowhere to be found on my camera.

My stomach was slightly unhappy with my coffee consumption, so when I got home all I had before sleeping the morning away was a nectarine.

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When I got up I enjoyed a banana spread with hemp nut butter.

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Then while I was doing laundry, every time I walked by the sixth floor in the stairwell I could smell the most delicious salmon burger someone had cooked up. So for dinner I thawed a salmon fillet and marinated it in teriyaki sauce before panfrying. Along with that I finally tried out my first can of artichoke hearts, sauteed with olive oil and red onion, and tossed with whole wheat spaghetti. The final dish was good but I don’t think I’m a huge fan of the canned artichokes, I definitely couldn’t eat them plain…I’ll be sticking to the fresh ones in the future.

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And for dessert, lacking in the veggie department but feeling unambitious in the food prep department, I mixed up a packet of Amazing Grass Kidz Superfood with water. Very tasty indeed. I’m interested in finding out how different the kids version tastes from the regular chocolate superfood powder. One note, the powder sure doesn’t do a very good job of staying in suspension in water, constant stirring is a necessity.

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And now it’s time for more sleep, good night! (And some more green stuff tomorrow, I promise)

 

Beats a Frappuccino Any Day May 26, 2009

Strawberries and Cream green monster, yes please! I even have an ingredients shot for you because I was anticipating the colour of the actual drink to be kinda gross. My strawberries were looking pretty sad, so I used a lot to finish off the container.

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The rest of the mix was kale, Natura unsweetened soymilk, and chia seeds. And it was creamy, dreamy, and delicious. And surprisingly green.

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For lunch I happily chomped through the other half of last night’s burger, topped with stone ground mustard and ketchup. Just as delicious as before.

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And I had a salad of zucchini, carrot, and grape tomatoes tossed in Back to Basics Balsamic Vinegrette.

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Later in the afternoon I enjoyed a few blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries along with a Zucchini Spelt muffin. These muffins were good to start with, but after a day or two, they are truely amazing, so moist and flavourful! It might have something to do with the freshly grated nutmeg.

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Then for dinner I brought out my steaming contraption (big pot, colander, and lid from another pot that happen to fit together perfectly), and fixed up some artichokes and aspargaus. For the dip I deviated from my typical tahini and lemon juice, and tryed a mix of hemp nut butter, fresh squeezed lemon, pepper, and thyme instead. And it was equally wonderful.

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And for dessert I finished off the watermelon in the fridge and had another muffin, yummy.

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All choked up March 25, 2009

This morning I came up with a very filling and delicious bowl of oatmeal.  It started off with my mixing a portion of slowcooked steel cut oats with extra unsweetened vanilla almond breeze, then adding the creamy mixture to All Bran cereal and (hiding) chia seeds, and topping the whole thing with chopped almonds and dried cranberries.  Multiple steps, but it was worth it.

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And since there were no nut butters involved, everything got all mixed up.

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For lunch I munched my way through a crisp, flavourful salad.  On a bed of spinach is carrot, cucumber, yellow and orange peppers, avocado, grape tomatoes, and lemon juice.  Along with a turkey sausage I found in the freezer on  a quest for protein.

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Later in the afternoon I had finished off a sweet container of fruit, strawberries, mango and green grapes.

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I was hungry for dinner when I got home so I started some artichokes on the stove steaming away, and threw together some quick lettuce wraps.

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Wrapped in romaine lettuce is a mixture containing the last of the lentils and yves italian veggie ground round, with a bit of yogurt and Big Bull steak sauce. I also ate the last hunk of my organic Emmental Cheese.  The fridge is starting to look empty again, oh no!

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After I ate my wraps I starting in on the delicious artichokes.  It seems like all my meals had creamy elements today, the oatmeal, avocado, and artichokes…but I’m not complaining, they were all delicious.  I dipped the leaves in a mixtue of tahini and lemon juice with a bit of salt, my favourite artichoke accompaniment.

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I don’t think I’ll be hungry for dessert tonight, but some time in the future I definitely wouldn’t refuse the amazing chocolate cake or maple syrup Ricki’s giving away over at the new Diet, Dessert and Dogs.  Or for that matter, a chance to try a Dempster’s Fresh Square for free with a coupon from Krista at Krista’s Kravings!  It looks like today is a good day to be living in Toronto….

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Very veggie March 4, 2009

Today I was craving fruits and veggies in abundance, so what you are about to see is very true to the Plentiful Plants name.

Well, aside from breakfast….

I broke into a new container of yogurt for some calcium goodness this morning, mixing some plain nonfat with spoonfuls of (melted) mascarpone brown sugar ice cream and homemade/grown black current jelly. The very tasty yogurt found itself in a breakfast parfait layered with Kashi GoLean.

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Then the parade of fruits and veggies started.

Late morning/early lunch I happily dug into sweet strawberries and juicy, flavourful honeydew melon.

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A big container of veggies found themselves in my bag for a late lunch. In the mix is red pepper, carrot, cucumber, celery, and quite a lot of edamame (I wanted to finish the bag in the freezer). There was also some hummus involved for dipping.

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Before leaving work I ate one square of an Elevate Me! All Fruit Original Bar.  This is pretty close to my favourite flavour of these bars, and I was particularly pleased with a large chunk of apple I found in my piece.

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Dinner started off with a green monster!  It may not be standard dinner fair, but I’ve been seeing Angela’s creations on Oh She Glows, among others, and have been wanting one, but I can’t make them in the morning lest I wake my roomie with the blender. Luckily it made a lovely addition to my dinner, I’m quite proud of my first attempt at a green smoothie. The monster contains the rest of the swiss chard (~2 cups), thawed frozen asparagus (~1/2 cup), unsweetened vanilla almond breeze (~1 cup), frozen mango chunks (~1 cup), and some sad old grapes (~/34 cup) from the back of the shelf. Quite a delicious way to clean out bits and pieces from the fridge.  I ended up with 1.5 glasses of the stuff

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Next I dug into some thing new. New as in I’ve never cooked them myself before, but have enjoyed them a couple times in the past. I steamed three small artichokes and ate them dipped in a mixture of tahini and fresh squeezed lemon juice. They were so good! I must start buying these more often/ever. And they’re really simple to cook too, I just cut off the stems and steamed them for ~20 minutes (and no, I didn’t eat the choke).

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I made my roomie try the Monster, and he liked it too…though he said it tasted very green to him.  I just think it tasted mango-y with a nice earthy finish. Yum.