Plentiful Plants

Daily eats of a Torontonian student

May I have some more? April 8, 2009

Work that is…

Only one more day left this week! Which is great because I’ve been ridiculously bored at work, practically nothing to do. The thing is, the senior engineers know I have nothing to do, I’ve told them, but they are all gone in meetings all the time and don’t have anything to give me. It’s times like these I miss school… It wouldn’t be so bad, not having anything to do for 7.5 hours a day, but it’s the fact that I waste another 2.5-3 hours commuting to a different location to do nothing that really annoys me. At least there are plenty of blogs out there to entertain me, and I get paid 🙂 And there is a project that should start soon, as soon as some of us do a one-day training course, a site inspection that will involve field trips and hard hats and everything 🙂

I was starving when I woke up this morning so I fixed up a really big breakfast to fill me up. I spread strawberry, blackberry, and acai jam over TWO slices of rye bread with muesli, and topped the plateful with a slice Fuji apple. This sweet breakfast did an excellent job of making my stomach happy.

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For lunch I had a salad of romaine, red and orange peppers, snow peas, and jo tsai/garlic chives. There’s whole grain dijon under the veggies, and honey mustard on top. I think I’m going on a mustard kick, it’s making such a good dressing (my mustards aren’t very spicy at all).

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That was followed but a pile of carrots, celery, and delicious basa fish.

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Then in the afternoon I snacked on honeydew melon and blackberries. I think this honey dew is the best one I’ve ever bought! It’s super flavourful without being too sweet or too soft. So refreshing. I’m so happy I paid the extra dollar for a honeydew instead of a cantaloupe in the grocery store last weekend!

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For dinner I retrieved a serving of TVP chili from the freezer and served it over a bed of kale sauteed in olive oil and orange juice concentrate. That has to be one of my favourite was to cook kale, not bitterness left. I might have also quickly gnawed through a carrot while I was waiting for the chili to heat…

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And dessert was some strawberries and half the pistachio Larabar Mark sent me for winning the Eggs BSI a couple of weeks ago. The bar was so good! It was much more moist than other Larabars I’ve had, I wonder what kind of dates they use… And later I decided I was still hungry so I had the other half too 🙂

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Less than zero April 6, 2009

As crazy as it sounds, I wish it was colder (or warmer, that might actually be better) out today. Simply because if it was colder we would have real snow (or warmer – rain). As opposed to the slushy mess to be found on the ground outside. The slushy mess that I had to walk through to get to work and unavoidably get wet feet for the rest of the day. I was happy to get home and remove my shoes and socks. Actually, if it were plain raining my shoes might still have gotten wet, so colder would in fact be better. But enough complaining.

Breakfast started off the day with some super crunchy cereal. I had a mix of Health Valley Spelt Flakes with Cranberries, Cinnamon Puffins, and All Bran. Then I topped the bowl with unsweetened vanilla Almond Breeze, some banana slices, and a touch of homemade strawberry jam.

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I packed up a few containers to take to work with me today. The first one contained a very yellow Granny Smith apple and some strawberries. I’m a bit disappointed in the strawberries, they’re coming from California now, and aren’t nearly as sweet and flavourful as the crop that was coming out of Florida last month. Must I wait until June to get Ontario strawberries again?

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A second container held the rest of the grated broccoli stalks and carrot from last night, topped again with strained plain yogurt and Big Bull steak sauce.

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A third container was filled with zucchini and celery sticks, orange pepper strips, and snow peas.

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And then I figured I should find some more protein somewhere, so I mashed half a banana with a serving of PB2 and some water, spread the mixture on a La Tortilla Factory Multigrain wrap, and sprinkled the lot with dried blueberries.

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This made such a good wrap! The blueberries rehydrated overnight and by lunchtime they were nice a plump and filled the wrap with berrylicious flavour 🙂

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For dinner I tossed a pile of cauliflower, brussel sprouts, and carrot in olive oil and thyme and roasted them. The veggies were delish. And so were the Terra Sweet Potato chips I had on the side.

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I even had room for a sweet dessert today, Haagen Dasz Half Fat Vanilla Ice cream topped with Shasha Co. Spelt Ginger Snaps. Nom nom nom.  A nice end to a dreary Monday.

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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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Yummy Hummich March 11, 2009

I’ve been busy working on Skule(TM) related stuff so I need to try to get this post together quickly.

This morning started out with a delightful bowl of Nature’s Path Optimum Rebound cereal with a splash of unsweetened chocolate almond breeze.  And a cup of mint tea.

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For lunch I brought along a sandwich, a Fuji apple, a banana, and a Clif Oatmeal Raisin Walnut bar.

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The sandwich was particularly wonderful.  I took the advice of the beautiful Amy at Coffee Talk and added dried cranberries to my hummus sandwich (hummwich!), along with some chicken breast and romaine.  It was delicious.  I was also trying Ezekiel bread for the first time, and it was really good.  I also like how it’s easy to get a slice or two out of the freezer quickly without worrying about the rest going bad, though I guess I could do this with any bread….

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There were also some grape tomatoes involved.

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For dinner I heated up a can of Health Valley black bean soup.

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And now I’m munching on a bowl of yogurt with (homemade by my mom, and picked myself) strawberry jam and Kashi Honey Almond Flax cereal.

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Rough day yesterday… March 3, 2009

Sorry, no post yesterday.  First, I couldn’t seem to get any sleep Sunday night, then my stomach decided to rebel against me some time after breakfast Monday morning and I felt horrible all day long.  Luckily, I had plenty to do at work to take my mind off things, so the day didn’t pass as excruciatingly slowly as it could have.

The offending breakfast?  Pizza crust Flatbread spread with peanut hazelnut butter and raspberry jam.

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Sometime in the afternoon I had some fruit to try to settle my stomach, honeydew and strawberries.  But that plan didn’t work out too well.

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So by the time I got home, all I wanted to do was go to bed, which I did after a long hot shower and some tylenol and pepto bismol (no picture of those…)

Then this morning, at ~4:30am, the fire alarm in my apartment building went off.  By this time I felt much better, and had had a some what alright night’s sleep due to going to bed so early.   Since I was starving from eating practically nothing yesterday, I made a fruity bowl of oat bran.  The oat bran was nuked in the microwave with water, half an apple, nutmeg, cinnamon, dried cranberries, and a spoonful of mascarpone brown sugar ice cream.  I thoroughly enjoyed the bowl topped with some pecan pieces and paired with the other half of the gala apple and a spoonful of (amazing) Maranatha Organic Creamy Peanut Butter.  And some Amazing Race at a very early hour.

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Eventually I headed off to work with a pizza sandwich (the last two pieces of Sunday’s pizza, sandwiched with some goat cheese).

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As well as a container of celery sticks, red bell pepper strips, and hummus.

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When I came home I was starving and pulled the rest of the lemon baked basa fish out of the fridge.

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Then I also steamed some swiss chard and reheated some roasted purple yam.  The chard got a drizzle of the best peanut lime sauce ever.  Simply PB2, lime juice, massaman curry paste, and water.

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And I may have gone back for the rest of the yam pieces…

Now I look forward to relaxing the rest of the evening and getting a really good night’s sleep.

 

Chocolate and greens February 22, 2009

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Last night I stayed up far too late watching Project Runway Canada and had two tasty snacks while doing so.

First, there was some bread slathered in tahini topped with honey dates.  I was sad to discover when I opened the bag of bread that one whole loaf (about the size of a sub roll) was starting to go moldy (I made 3 loaves last weekend).  So I cut off all the crusts and ended up with some very square pieces.  They still tasted good though.  I need to remember next time to put some bread in the freezer since my roommate and I don’t eat it very quickly.

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I topped of the night with some chocolaty treats.  A piece of Earl Grey chocolate and a Caramel Nut Brownie Luna bar.  I had never had this flavour bar before and was pleasantly surprised by the layer of caramel on top, very good.

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This morning for breakfast I finished off the bread, spreading it part with hummus, and part with strawberry, blackberry, acai jam.

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I also mixed up a thick berry-licious smoothie using silken tofu and blueberries.

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For lunch I had a big steaming bowl of chili paste and pumpkin spicy spinach soup topped with extra firm tofu cubes that were sauteed in olive oil and cinnamon.

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Unfortunately the tofu cubes sank before I could take a picture.  But I really enjoyed their cinnamony crusts.

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The smooth soup was enjoyed with some crunchy Sahale Snacks Ksar Pistachios.  So good, especially because I love pumpkin seeds, perfectly sweet with a hint of spice and chewy fig chunks.

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After a few hours of Mario Party Wii fun with the roomie I had a hot cup of tea with half a Carrot Cake Clif bar.

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Now I need to think about coming up with something for dinner before the Oscars start.  Don’t want to miss the red carpet….