Plentiful Plants

Daily eats of a Torontonian student

Sprout Quinoa-Sabe, Sprout June 21, 2009

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So last night before work I dug into a fabulous discovery that I had prepared over the course of Saturday.  I didnt really take much time at all, it’s just that the time it did take was spread out.  Quinoa Tabouli from Raw Food, Real World.  Not only was the tabouli itself really good, I discovered that I rather love sprouted quinoa, so chewy yet crunchy, wonderful texture. And it’s so easy to make, all you have to do is soak the quinoa in water overnight, then transfer them to a colander to drain, and let them sit at room temp for at least 6 hours, covered with a towel, rinsing them a couple of times.

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I also had some Clif Carrot Cake action going on.

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Plus I brought these cranberries with me for snacking.

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After work, my cubicle mate and I were starving so we decided to got out to brunch.  Of course at 7:30 on a Sunday morning, few places are open, so we found ourselves at Fran’s. I ordered the Cheese and Herb Omlette, which was delicious with toast, jam, and a pile of fruit plus a couple bites of the cubicle-mate’s home fries. As well as a glass of fabulous freshly squeezed orange juice. That breakfast kept me full all morning and afternoon (which included a lengthy nap). SO for dinner I set to work on a BSI creation! Although, I now see that the recipe was due at noon (bad reader I am!), but it’s still a good recipe, and I did indeed eat it, so I’m still posting it 🙂

The nicest greens I found while shopping this weekend was a beautiful, and giant bunch of organic dino kale. So I mixed the rest of my sprouted quinoa (~3/4 cup, started from 1/4 cup, feel free to used cooked quinoa), with ~ 3/4 cup finely chopped kale, ~1/2 cup finely chopped pineapple, and 1.5-2 T barbeque sauce (I used Big Bull Steak Sauce, which has a base of dates and orange puree, ie. fruity).

My Tropical Kale Salad was crunchy with bursts of tangy sweetness, and not a hint of bitterness from the kale.

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Then one of these sounded like an excellent idea.

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So Complicated June 4, 2009

I discovered today that my weekend is about to get complicated, but for a slightly fun reason. I get to do a track level inspection at a subway station. At 2am Sunday morning when the subway stops running -.-, because being electrocuted by the third rail while dragging a metal chain around and hammering at concrete is NOT fun. So I need to play with my sleep schedule a bit in the coming days…good thing I’ve had experience, being an engineering student and all.

My breakfast this morning have a sunny tropical theme, pina colada green monster! In the mix is kale, chia seeds, Nutribiotics plain rice protein, a little banana, pineapple, and a sprinkle of coconut. Hit the spot.

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For lunch I made more progress on the bunch of celery sitting in the fridge by chopping it with some cucumber to make a salad bed. The toppings were black beans, avocado, salsa, lime juice, and yogurt. I’m out of peppers and carrots *tear*.

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There was also a pita and half a Maple Nut Clif bar.

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And cherries!

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For dinner I look in the seemingly mono-coloured fridge and fixed a boston lettuce salad topped with cucumber, avocado, and black beans. Plus a slash of orange in the form of juice concentrate from the freezer and a little raspberry red wine vinegar.

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And for dessert I’m taking this bowl of dried fruit salad with me for SYTYCD viewing, pineapple, peach, medjool, blueberries, and cherry flavoured craisins. And probably The Listener as well since I got sucked into it last night after unexpectedly seeing it was filmed in Toronto (Colm Feore in Trinity College = awesome!).

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There’s a Toe in My Furkey May 27, 2009

The sun was being incredibly uncooperative this morning. As in it was too busy hiding behind rain clouds to shed natural light on my breakfast and lunch. It brought me back to the dark days of winter, alas.

In order to brighten things up a bit I went tropical with my green monster. Kale, chia seeds, banana, and mango. Plus lots of ice since I took it with me to work to sip through the morning.

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At home I did have a Zucchini Spelt Muffin.

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For lunch I packed a wrap stuffed with Tofurkey, red pepper, spring mix, dino cheese, and lots of mustard. I had also packed a salad but ended up having it for dinner instead.

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In the afternoon I snacked on a giant Honeycrisp apple and some cucmber slices.

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For dinner I had the salad I made for lunch, zucchini, red pepper, carrot, and aspargus with BBBV (Back to Basics Balsamic Vinegrette) except I proteinfied it with scallops sauteed in an extra splash of balsamic vinegar.

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And finally dessert was a handful of raisins and craisins. Plus a camera shy spoonful of crunchy PB.

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Sweet Satisfaction April 15, 2009

This morning got off to wonderful start with a bowl of Health Valley Spelt Flakes with cranberries and unsweetened vanilla almond breeze, and a pile of sweet honeydew melon.

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Late in the morning I dug into a Fuji apple and atualfo mango. The mango is a bit over-ripe, which makes it delicious, but I’m starting to get concerned it might go bad. But I should be fine if I finish it tomorrow, which is no hardship on my part 🙂

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For lunch I started out with some carrot, grape tomatoes, and steamed broccoli.

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The veggie goodness was followed by a hunk of roasted pork tenderloin, and couple of tiny sweet potatos that took a trip to the microwave before consumption.

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When I got home I was greated by a surprise treat.  My roomie and a friend were making a fancy dinner and they invited my to join in.  I had a delicious bowl of leek and potato soup.

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Followed by a piece of bread with a slice of Camembert and some Balderson Vinter’s Red Wine Cheddar  (aka some of the best cheddar I’ve ever had, and this wasn’t the first time).

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And a really good glass of wine, just a little sweet the way I like it.  I even went back afterwards to take a picture of the bottle for future reference.

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And for dessert I had some sweet and satisfying maple glazed almonds.  A wonderful humpday treat.

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My Lucky Day April 2, 2009

I got an awesome surprise today when I found out I won the cake giveaway over at Diet, Desserts and Dogs. So expect to see some chocolatey goodness here in the near future. Thank you Ricki!

My breakfast was a happy accident discovery. I’ve been wanting to try out blended oats, but me roomie is always asleep when I get up and have breakfast in the morning. So I figured I would try blending the oats at night, then microwaving the mix in the morning. I also had the rest of the tofu left over from last night’s scramble. So into the bowl went 1/4 cup rolled oats, 200 g soft tofu, ~1/4 cup of almond breeze, and a stick blender. Then I was smart enough to taste it before sticking it in the fridge. I discovered a lovely vanilla pudding texture/flavour with a bit of tofu aftertaste I wasn’t entirely happy with. So I blended in a small banana and created a deliciously creamy, no-cook, vegan banana pudding! I think it’s even more instant than pudding mixes because you don’t have to wait for it to set.

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This morning I added some walnuts and dried cranberries and feasted. I was a bit amused at the colouring though. Since it spent the night (covered) in the fridge, the banana caused the top couple of millimeters of pudding to oxidize brown, but it still tasted the same, and the texture was the same as when I first blended it, so refrigeration is definitely not necessary.

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My lunch at work was a container full of veggies and a seitan sausage. There was celery, carrot, red and yellow pepper, and cucumber.

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And in the afternoon I snacked on fruit, lots of it, I needed two containers to hold it all. There was a pear, a mandora tangerine (horribly sour, I didn’t finish it), kiwi, blackberries, and tuscan melon.

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And on the way home I munched on the rest of the Cocoa Coconut Cluster Elevate Me! bar, without taking a picture of it.

For dinner I fixed up an enormous salad filled with an entire romaine heart, zucchini, and red bell pepper.  I also seared the last seitan burger (there’s still 1 sausage) in a pan with olive oil, then added the juice from the other sour tangerine, and let it reduce to use as salad dressing.  Delicious.

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And dessert was a handful of walnuts, pecans, cashews, and maple almonds.  Now I’m going to relax with the new Clean Eating that showed up in the mail box.  A lucky day indeed.

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Why is there snow falling? March 30, 2009

Seriously, there was undeniably snow falling out of the sky this morning.  At least it didn’t stick around, that would have been really crazy.  So anyways, after yesterday’s pictureless post, and this morning’s BSI interlude, it’s time to get back to more normal proceedings. Let’s start with breakfast.

I stocked up my almost empty cereal shelf this weekend and dug into a bowl of super crunchy fun first thing today. In my bowl is Health Valley spelt flakes with cranberries, Nature’s Path Leapin’ Lemurs (hehehe…), Barbara’s Bakery Cinnamon Puffins, unsweetened vanilla almond breeze, and extra dried cranberries. A much more noisy breakfast than usual.

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Later in the morning I dug into a container packed with strawberries, mango, and blackberries, all sweet and delicious.

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For lunch I had leftover pureed cauliflower with paprika and nutritional yeast, a homemade seitan burger, carrot slices, and green pepper strips. I’m quite proud of my seitan, I like it a lot.

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I was hungry when I got home so I snacked an english crumpet with strawberry, blackberry and acai jam while waiting for my dinner to come out of the oven.  I love how the jam melts down into all the crevices.

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The main event was a plateful of (olive oil and thyme) butternut squash fries and raw zucchini slices along with some roasted chicken breast. Well worth the wait. The plate got a dose of ketchup after the picture. And I might have made extra b-nut fries for lunch tomorrow.

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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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