Plentiful Plants

Daily eats of a Torontonian student

BSI Eggs: Not-Your-Normal Egg Roll March 24, 2009

Time for another BSI entry so soon?  We’ll get to that later.

This morning I came with with a delicious creation with my serving of slowcooked steel cut oats.  I made my version of apple pie oatmeal.  In the mix is the oatmeal, a small chopped red delicious apple, a spoonful of homemade mascarpone brown sugar ice cream for extra sweetness, and copious amounts of pumpkin pie spice.  I stirred that all up with a heaping spoon of ground flax, then topped the bowl with nice plump raisins, crunchy pumpkin seeds, and a spoonful of amazing roasted almond butter.  Yum!  I would usually have mixed in all the toppings, but for once I decided to pick up spoonfuls of oatmeal and dip each bite in the almond butter.  Amazing!  You can taste the nuttyness so much more this way, I dont think I’m ever going to mix in my nut butters again!

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I managed to fill my fridge with an abundance of tasty fresh produce this weekend, and my lunch reflects some of the offerings.  I brought to work with me a veggie container packed with a carrot, yellow and orange peppers, grape tomatoes, cucumber, and steamed broccoli.

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And I brought along a whole wheat english muffin filled with flavourful emmental cheese and ketchup (which I nuked a bit before eating to get nice and melty).

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There was a also fruit container filled with a sweet, juicy minneola orange, mango, grapes, and strawberries. Although I only ate the orange at work, and apparently I never managed to take a picture of this container, oops. I’m sure you can imagine what an orange looks like, now add a knobby thing on top of it and you’ve got a minneola.

For dinner I decided to make something with the carton of egg whites hanging out in the fridge, something worthy of being my BSI entry thanks to Mark over at Training Feul’s brilliant choice of eggs (the whites count, right?)!

I was also looking for a fun excuse to make more of the wonderful lentil mixture I discovered yesterday, besides cut avocados don’t last long anyway. The answer was a wrap!

The recipe is simple enough, 3 egg whites (I measured 100g), and a little bit of oil on the pan to allow a crust to form (you need this even for a non-stick pan in my experience). All you do is lube up the pan (I used less than half a teaspoon of oil), get it hot, and pour in the egg whites. Then don’t touch them until they’re fully set and the bottom is nicely browned. With minimal pan shaking or prodding with a spatula you should end up with tasty wrapper ready for filling. The only trick is to use a big enough pan that the whites can spread out thin enough to be flexible for wrapping afterwards, and let it cool a bit before wrapping so it doesn’t tear easily/burn your fingers.

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I filled my egg wrapper with spinach and lentil/yves italian veggie ground round/avocado/Big Bull steak sauce mixture and rolled the whole thing up.

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This made for a lovely dinner paired with the rest of the fruit I didn’t eat at work. The mango (ataulfo) was amazing, I’m so glad mango season is starting in Mexico (since I know there’s no way I’m going to get local mangoes in Toronto, global warming’s not that fast)!

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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…

 

Birthdays all around… March 5, 2009

It was a slow day at work today, all the junior type people were waiting for further instructions on various projects from the senior type people, who were busy in meetings and on the phones trying to come up with things for us to do. So I amused myself by reading up on the various news articles about the city that have been published recently to celebrate that fact that tomorrow is Toronto’s 175th birthday! These pictures were particularly interesting.

Any way, I really like yesterday’s breakfast parfait, so I continued the trend this morning with a mixture of Kashi Honey Almond Flax cereal and Seven Whole Grain Puffs, topped with plain yogurt mixed with a bit of melted mascarpone brown sugar ice cream. A nice crunchy breakfast.

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Lunch time featured sandwich made of pizza crust flatbread, Big Bull Steak Sauce, red pepper, and two fried eggs.

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The tasty sandwich was accompanied by a sweet organic carrot. I also brought along some fruit, honeydew melon, red delicious apple, and ugli fruit (aka Jamaican tangelo).

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I’ve never had an ugli fruit before…it was good, but not spectacularly wonderful, given the price (1.29 for one) I probably won’t bother buying it again. It tasted like a less sweet, not particularly flavourful orange (but definitely not sour). It did get points for being very juicy.

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Home time finally came around, and after the commute I set to work preparing dinner. I stir fried some freezer veggies with a bit of teriyaki sauce  and tossed in a can of tuna for a tasty bowl of goodness. In the mix went Europe’s Best Romanesco Concerto mix, corn,  homegrown wax beans, fresh sqeezed lemon juice, Kikkoman low sodium teriyaki sauce, and albacore tuna.   The freezer is starting to look pleasantly roomy too, which is good news because there’s something I’ve been wanting to buy that requires some ice cold real estate.

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I topped off the day’s eats with a decadent dessert of dates stuffed with raw almond butter.

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Now I must go call my family to wish my dad happy birthday!

 

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.

 

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.

 

Two times the bran March 1, 2009

This morning started out with some new breakfast excitement.  I made a bowl of oatbran!  And it is wonderful, it might just replace my love of steel cut oats (though I still have a whole bag of those so I’ll be alternating for a while).  I made the bowl in the microwave with unsweetened vanilla almond breeze and water.  I wanted to test the microwave to see if I could quickly make them on week day mornings, which apparently I can.  I topped the bowl with simple but delicious almond butter, homemade mascarpone brown sugar ice cream, and a few raisins.

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For lunch I had half a giant Fuji apple, collard greens with hummus, and some basa fish baked with herbs and lemon (really good!)

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I met up with a friend this afternoon, and among other things, we saw Slumdog Millionaire, excellent movie.  At the movie I dug into a Black Cherry Almond Clif Bar and one of the best ever green tea candies.  Here’s the proof.

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I eventully came home to make dinner, which I had been working on in stages throughout the day.  Unfortunately, I kinda failed…  It tastes great, but it didn’t turn out the way it was supposed to.  I attempted to make Kath and Matt’s awesome whole wheat pizza crust. The only thing I changed about the recipe was I added half a cup of wheat bran to the biga, and I don’t think that would have changed anything. Where I think I went wrong was spreading the dough out too thinly for the final crust…and I just ended up with very tasty flat bread, one a pizza, and the other half as plain flatbread. So I’m going to have to try the recipe out again, leave out the bran, and make only one thick pizza instead of two thin flatbreads.

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Any way, I topped the pizza with Big Bull Steak Sauce, sauteed onion, mushrooms, and asparagus, and the other half of lunch’s Fuji apple.

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Then I paired half the pizza with some salad made of grated carrots, Goddess Dressing, and raisins.

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It was a good dinner, it just wasn’t what it was supposed to be…

Now I’m going to make some lunch for tomorrow, and relax with the copy of Clean Eating magazine I finally caved in and bought. I signed up for a subscription in early January, and was hoping to get the current issue in the mail, but it hasn’t come yet so I figure the subscription will start with the next issue…