Plentiful Plants

Daily eats of a Torontonian student

Very Vert May 5, 2009

This morning started off with a bowl of President’s Choice Cinnamon Spice Multigrain Oatmeal (uncooked) mixed with a little maple syrup and topped with almond butter and a golden delicious apple. I loved dipping the apple in the oats before each bite for a crunchy coating.

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For lunch I brought along a container of carrot, snow peas, cucumber, and red pepper.

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As well as a fruit selection including tomato, blood orange, cantaloupe, and mango. Really good mango…

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Later in the afternoon I tried an Elevate Me! Blueberry Cranberry Goji Berry Boost Bar. This bar was really good, I could definitely taste the berries, and they tasted REAL (which they were, obviously, but some bars still manage to taste fake). I think this would take second place behind the Chocolate Coconut Chew bar in an Elevate Me flavour competition.

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When I came home I had a few dates before leaving again to run some errands.

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And when I got home for the second time, I wanted dinner, but didn’t feel like cooking, and was craving a green monster. So I went SUPER-GREEN with green grapes, a lime, spinach, a banana, chia seeds, Natura unsweetened soy milk, and a little stevia.

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This monster hit the spot perfectly, I loved the lime addition.

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And finally my fellow Canadians may be interested in this sample up for grabs.

 

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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Happy April Fool’s Day! April 1, 2009

Anything funny happen to anyone?  My work was boring, nobody even mentioned playing any tricks.  Oh well.  My cubicle-mate said that all the light bulbs in her boyfriend’s office had been switched to red.

However, it seems as though WordPress played a joke on me a bit early yesterday.  I could have sworn I hit publish on yesterday’s post.  In fact, I must have because I submitted the post to Foodbuzz.  But when I just went to edit this post (I started writing it at work), yesterday’s showed up as a draft too.  And I went to my blog and yesterday’s post was gone!  Weird.  But fixed now, I hope.  On to other business.

Breakfast was a mashed banana topped with some Allbran cereal, unsweetened vanilla almond breeze, raisins, pumpkin seeds, and maple glazed almonds.  Those are some good almonds.

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I packed up a pile of fruits and veggies for snacks/lunch.  There’s a grapefruit, red delicious apple, tuscan melon (looks and tastes like cantaloupe on the inside, has stripes on the outside), kiwi, carrot, celery, steamed broccoli, and roasted chicken breast.  Basically, an abundance of delicious nibbles.

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In the afternoon I also tried a Ruth’s Tropical Fruit Flax Power bar.  It was interesting, very seedy.  It was good but it didn’t have much of a tropical flavour, more just a light sweetness.  It wasn’t too sweet or too hard, and I quite liked the texture.  Although you really need to check your teeth when you’re done with it.  I’m glad I tried it, and it was perfectly edible, but I probably wouldn’t buy it again if I had the choice to try a different flavour instead.

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When I got home I snacked on a few algerian dates and a square of a Cocoa Coconut Cluster Elevate Me! bar.  This flavour is my favourite Elevate Me! flavour.  It has an awesome chocolatey flavour that matches perfectly with the fruit in it.  Who ever wins this week’s BSI: Avocado (for which I am eagarly awaiting entries) should expect to get one of these in their prize pack.

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For dinner I fixed a tofu scramble with a punch of flavour.  In the mix is mushrooms, jo tsai (no, I don’t know if that’s the actual ping ying), and soft tofu sauteed in sesame oil and a little soy sauce with red pepper for colour.  I love jo tsai, which I see tends to be called garlic chives in english.  My parents have always had a ton of it in the garden, and every summer my mom uses it in fillings for various chinese dumplings , pockets, and dishes (none of which I know the english names for).  It has an awesome garlic/onion flavour but better.  I bought mine in Chinatown (it’s way too early for it to be up in the garden around here), and big bunch was 75 cents.  My roomie was jealous of how awesome my dinner smelled as I was cooking it.

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Roasty Toasty March 26, 2009

I got a surprise last night when I checked the mailbox and found a sample of Kaizen whey protein powder I forgot I ordered a while ago.

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I decided to test it our in my oats this morning.  I mixed 1/3 the packet of chocolate powder with a bit of water, then added that to my steel cut oats and topped the bowl with a Banana Bread Elevate Me! bar.  I was going for protein this morning, can you tell?  I tried the protein/water mixture before adding it the the oats, and it tasted really good, like hot chocolate (it’s sweetened with stevia), but unfortunately I couldn’t taste any chocolate at all in the oatmeal.  But I guess adding no flavour is better than adding a bad flavour.  I’ll probably mix the rest of the powder up in some sort of beverage.  I don’t have enough experience with protein powders to make a very good comparison of this powder to others.

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For lunch I happily dug into another huge salad.  This one included romaine, cucumber, yellow and orange pepper, a carrot, and another turkey sausage.  For dressing I brought along some yogurt and Big Bull steak sauce (I think I might be a little obsessed).

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Later in the afternoon I enjoyed a not-so-blood orange.  Seriously, where did all the colour go?  I also had a whole wheat english muffin spread with peanut butter, pumpkin pie spice, and dried cherries.  Dried fruit in PB sandwiches tastes so much better than jam, strong flavour without being too sweet.

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Tonight I tried out some Health Valley Spelt Flakes with Cranberries while waiting for the rest of my dinner to roast in the oven.  I just ate it dry, but it was really good, nice and crunchy.

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Then I enjoyed a big plate full of roasted cauliflower with Indian Malasa spice, and butternut squash fries with ketchup for dipping.

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And dessert was a scoop of Haagen Dasz Half Fat Vanilla Ice cream.  Yum.

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Crunch time March 20, 2009

So I tend to not get anywhere close to my 6-7 servings of grains per day, but today was an exception.

I started out with a giant cereal bowl for breakfast.  In the mix is Nature’s Path Kamut Puffs, All Bran, Alpen cereal, a banana, and a few pumpkin seeds and cashew pieces, all sitting in unsweetened vanilla almond breeze.

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Later in the morning I dug into a golden delicious apple, a blood orange, and a nice ripe kiwi.

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For lunch there was a huge container of steamed broccoli, grape tomatoes, and an enormous carrot, along with ample amounts of hummus for dipping.

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On my way home from work I snacked on an Espresso Cocoa Crunch Elevate Me! bar.  It was okay.  I’m not a huge fan of coffee anyway, but I don’t think the coffee beans worked very well with all the sweet fruit, it was rather odd.  But the bar kept me full while I went on a grand grocery expedition which was extended by a few blocks of detour when a street closed for construction over the weekend between the time I entered a grocery store, and when I exited the store in  the generally pedestrian unfriendly area under a freeway.

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I got home not too long ago, and plan on going to bed soon.  I’m not very hungry, but know I should eat something, so I’m digging into a bowl containing the last bits of two boxes of Kashi cereal, GoLean and Honey Almond Flax.  Crunch, crunch….

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At least I managed to clear 3 boxes/bags off the shelf!  I finished the kamut puffs too…I’m starting to need new cereal…

 

Mighty Green Mango March 10, 2009

This morning started off with a wonderful bowlful of oat bran.  I mixed in a spoonful of mascarpone ice cream, and sprinkled the oats with a handful of President’s Choice Berry Blend Sweetened Dried Fruit, and half a Ruth’s Hemp Power Chocolate Raspberry bar.

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The dried berries (cranberries, cherries, and blueberries) were given to me, I probably wouldn’t have bought them myself given that they’re sweetened with sugar and corn syrup, but I’m glad I tried them because they are really good, nice and plump with lots of blueberries.  Though, I’m still not likely to buy them next time I run out of dried fruit….

The bar was really good too.  It has a nice raspberry flavour, and the chocolate wasn’t too overpowering (it’s not dark chocolate).  And there are nice big pieces of nuts.  The texture is like a typical granola bar.

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Through the morning I sipped on Breakfast part 2, the other half of last night’s spinach/collard/mango/banana green monster.  I am pleased to report it held up quite well in the fridge overnight.  I detected no difference (though I’m not really sure why I thought there would be).

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For lunch and snacks, I brought along an apple with black berries, a container of celery, carrot, and grape tomatos, some hummus, and chili.

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I wasn’t really feeling the chili once I got around to lunch at work, so I ate the other stuff, and before leaving I dug out the last 2/3rds of an All Fruit Original Elevate Me! bar which I munched on while walking to the bus stop.  Here’s the evidence.

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Come dinner time I didn’t really know what I wanted so I figured I might as well finish my lunch.  I also had two broken up whole wheat matzo crackers for chili dipping.

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Now to come up with something for tomorrow’s lunch…I’m thinking not chili…

 

Happy warm and sunny Friday! March 6, 2009

The weather’s gone topsy turvy this week.  Monday it was -15 (-26 windchill), today it’s +18!   Too bad it’s not going to be so warm all weekend…and it’s going to rain…

This morning I grabbed a quick to-go breakfast of an Elevate Me! Matcha Green Tea and Cranberries Bar. This is probably my least favourite of these bars simply because I’m not a huge fan of matcha powder. But of course I still had to buy and try it, because it would have been just silly not to buy one of each flavour when they were so cheap, right?

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The lunch I packed the night before included left over stirfry (romanesco concerto veggies, corn, wax beans, tuna, teriyaki sauce) as well as the last piece of pizza crust flatbread.

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And for snacks I had an juicy Fuji apple, crunchy carrot, cucumber slices, and sweet red pepper strips.

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When I got home I grabbed a snack of  Kashi Seven Whole Grains and Almonds bar, ditched my long sleeve shirt for a tee,  and went out to enjoy the warm weather on a walk to the grocery store with the roomie (I kept the winter coat, unzipped, I’m not that crazy).

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I love that there is a large grocery store (Loblaw’s) that manages to have an abundance of reasonably priced organic produce.  The bananas, sweet potatoes, and onions were all the same price (or cheaper, for the potatoes) as the not-on-sale conventional items.

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I spent 4 cents shy of $20 on that lot.  The only non-organic item was the canned tomatoes, I chose to save a dollar, and some salt (mainly the salt).

When we got home I reheated the last of the tuna stirfry (it’s gone, I swear!), and later had a some of the Carribean Rice and Pigeon Peas that the roomie was cooking up.  It was really good, there was coconut milk involved.

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And now I’m going to relax.  I tried to do my taxes, and I mostly did them, but my school’s student services website is closed until the morning, so I can’t get my tuition amounts.  What website has opening hours anyway?  Oh well, I wasn’t going to file tonight anyway because I want to change my address first so my parents don’t need to continue to deliver my government mail to me, but I can’t do that until CRA mails me (aka the parents) a password to let me sign on online  to make the change  some time next week, I hope.  Why do governments have to make things so complicated?