Plentiful Plants

Daily eats of a Torontonian student

Pesto Pasta Perfection July 29, 2009

I started the morning off a little differently today with a couple slices of ezekiel bread and a banana, opened the other way.

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Then later in the morning I snacked on some lovely cherries, and the last of my peas.

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Then for lunch I had one of the best zucchini pasta creations yet. Over julienned zucchini and leeks I poured a mixture of tomato paste, pesto, water, and the last of my Marti cheese. Absolutely perfect flavour combination.

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And then I snacked on some Live Food Bar Nachos. Love these too.

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When I got home I dove into a big old hunk of watermelon.

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And I just made this big salad to be enjoyed along with SYTYCD. My bowl is filled with red leaf lettuce, carrot, red pepper, cauliflower, broccoli, and a dressing made of mustard, Big Bull steak sauce, apple cider vinegar, and honey.

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Weirdest Sandwich Ever July 28, 2009

I’m starting to notice (at least when it’s not cloudy) the the sunn is rising later and later.  My breakfast and lunch pictures turned out quite dim.  But they still look better this way than with flash.  My morning monster is a mix of spinach, mango, peach, and chia seeds.

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For lunch I threw together a giant salad containing red leaf lettuce, red pepper, broccoli, dulse, avocado, lime juice, Marti cheese, pumpkin seeds, and peas.

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And in the afternoon I munched on a couple of plums, and juicy raspberries.

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Then for dinner I made the weirdest sandwich I’ve ever seen, that turned out to be wonderfully delicious.  Inbetween two slices of ezekiel bread is peanut butter, thinly sliced beet root, tomato paste, and a big ol’ stack of beet greens. Peanut butter, beet, and tomato, a wonderful combination, who knew? (well, I kinda had an inkling, which is why I made it…).  And on the side was red pepper strips and a pile of plump cherries.

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How about a sandwich innard close up?

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Cocoa Bean Bonanza July 26, 2009

Breakfast this morning was a simple bowl of snow peas, (particularly delicious) raspberries, and carrot filled with hemp nut butter and sprinkled with dulse.  Mmmm, dulse.

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Lunch was a pretty fantastic salad.  I tossed a couple slices of cubed ShaSha Co. Ezekiel bread with orange juice concentrate, lemon thyme and finely julienned beets (my fingers came out the other side fully intact :)).  Then I served the mixture on a bed of red leaf lettuce and topped it with Marti cheese shavings.

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Then in the afternoon I had a bit of fun.  You know that cacao-date paste I made yesterday?  And the almonds that didn’t turn into almond milk?  Well I ground the almonds into a butter, mixed it with the date-cacao paste, shaped the mixture into balls and threw them into the freezer.

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Then I went out and bought a bar of President’s Choice Organic 70% dark chocolate.  And melted it.

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After a bit of dipping, rolling, and some chilling in the freezer I ended up with these rather wonderful little truffles.  The white is just condensation since I had just taken them out for the picture.

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I also used up the little bit of extra chocolate to roll some frozen banana chunks for a snack.  You know, along with licking the spoon and quality control checks and so forth.

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Then, to add to the cocoa bean bonanaza I cooked up a HUGE pot of legumes.  I boiled 1/2 cup each pintos, chickpeas, adzuki, and black beans (which got their own pot to avoid dying everything else).  Then tossed the beans with a bag (~1 cup) each of thawed peas and asparagus from the freezer, a couple scoops of the pesto I made yesterday (maybe 3 T), the zest from a lemon and a lime, juice from half the lime, a pinch of salt, and a handful of parsley.  That big mess made one very large, very tasty bean salad.

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You maybe wondering what I’m going to do with a whole plate of truffles and a ton of beans.  Well my former roommate and her then boyfriend-now husband are about to move to England for grad school, so we’re doing one last dinner and Settlers game night before they disappear.  I’m told there will be soup, and other people are bringing unknown items.  So I’m off for the night, but I’m bringing my camera 🙂

By the way, sometimes you can find smiles in the most unusual of places.  When I went on a mission to go buy chocolate this morning, I also found three bunches of marked down (but still very nice looking) organic bananas, which I hastily added to my basket for freezing purposes.  As I was leaving the grocery store there was a giant, thunderous down pour, and even with an umbrella, I (and everyone on the street at the time) ended up with soaked pants/socks/shoes/shirts/bags.  When I got closer to home, I passed by a homeless man standing on the sidewalk, holding out his hat.  But instead of asking for spare change, I heard “Spare ticket to Maui?”  He made me smile, and while I generally don’t carry cash, I came home with only two bunches of bananas, and he seemed happy.

 

Raw Experiments June 20, 2009

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So if you haven’t noticed, I’ve been having fun with raw foods. I’d probably drive myself crazy if I ever focused on being high raw, but I love the creativity of the recipes, and food always tastes so good and is good for me. And it helps that I’ve been perusing raw cookbooks borrowed from the library, both by me and the roomie. The most recent of which (after two months on the waiting list!) is Raw Food, Real World, from which I found inspiration for my smoothie this morning. In the mix was cucumber, watermelon, lime juice and fresh chocolate mint.

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And I was attempting to make the smoothie a pretty pink shade, so I peeled the cucumber, but I still crunched on the peel plain.

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For lunch I tossed together a bowl of steamed kabocha sprinkled with cinnamon, snap peas, asparagus, green and red pepper, and broccoli.

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Then an oddball snack/meal of cherries, peas, and Chocolate Mint Vitasoy (the Christmas stuff, on sale for a dollar because it’s expiring)

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And today’s a weird day again due to my having to work in the middle of the night, but there’s some raw stuff in the works for tomorrow, and I expect there’ll be a little BSI action too…

 

I’ve got the Jicamas June 19, 2009

The fridge always gets so empty on Fridays.  Which is good in a way because it makes room for weekend shopping trips.  I guess that means I’m good at judging how much produce I’ll eat in a week?

Breakfast this morning was sweet and creamy and delicious, the last of  the kale, chia seeds, frozen banana, last of the blueberries and my last giant lychee. It turned out super dark green (thought the camera can’t really tell the difference). The only thing that would have made this monster better is a little Jay Robb action via Katie’s Giveaway!

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Short day at work so I just brought a little salad, the last few leaves of romaine topped with my last carrot, some peas and some tasty feta.

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When I got home I fixed up a snacky bowl filled with steamed kabocha, broccoli, cauliflower, red and green pepper, and cherries.

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Plus a some dried blueberries found themselves in my mouth.

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For dinner I was excited to try something new, almost raw sushi. No, I did not used cooked fish. I bought a jicama and processed it to rice-size, squeezed out a lot of water using a towel, then mixed it with some apple cider vinegar (if I had rice wine vinegar, I would have used it) and agave. My fillings were asparagus and shitake mushrooms which were sliced and soaked in teriyaki sauce (likely, not raw, not that I care that much) then had the excess liquid squeezed out of them. And my nori is toasted. But that definitely didn’t stop the rolls from being super delicious! I liked the jicama plain too, crisp and slightly sweet without being fruity, I should get some more for further experimentation. Plus I get to have more tomorrow because there’s extra rice 🙂

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And a late night snack of my own, properly flavoured Honey Sesame Kashi Crackers.

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I see seas of green June 17, 2009

…and red fruits too…

This whole coming up with a post title business can be hard work!

My breakfast this morning was not green.  More purple/brown, but very tasty.  The monster included kale, chia seeds, pineapple, and blueberries.

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For lunch I brought a sea of green salad, romaine, asparagus, green pepper, snap peas and lime juice/olive oil dressing.  And the waves were crested with light feta cheese.  (At least I’m trying to be entertaining!)

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And snacking, red fruits!  Lychee, cherries, and not-so-red but oh-so-delicious apricots.

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When I got home I was starving so I had a few peanuts and a handful of blueberries to tide me over through the cooking process.

For dinner I pulled a piece of lemon and herb flavoured sole out of the freezer and heated it up in the steamer along with cauliflower, and nuked some frozen peas.  I kept the fish in the vacuum wrapped package in the steamer and the fish was perfectly cooked even though I left it going for ~10 minutes longer than I intended!  I like this fool-proof cooking method.  My cauliflower was a bit soft, but it tasted fine when I tossed it and the peas with the extra marinating liquid from the fish (that sounds better than fish juice, right?).

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Then dessert, Skinny Cow ice cream sandwich, yum.

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Now how about some sun tomorrow, and no rain!

 

And the award goes to… February 23, 2009

Last night for dinner I pulled a pork tenderloin out of the freezer and threw it into the oven along with a giant sweet potato.  When they were done reheating/roasting I plated some meat and potato wedges with a red leaf lettuce salad topped with mini bell pepper rings, goats cheese and goddess dressing.  The salad was perfect with the cheese and the dressing, they went so well together, I was very pleased.

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The sweet potato was glazed with Big Bull Steak Sauce, my favourite barbeque type sauce.  It’s made with awesome wholesome ingredients and comes from my hometown :-).  I fact, I won it in a draw last summer when I was working for the Chamber of Commerce, and got to chose the flavour based on advice from the makers themselves.

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After dinner I had a lovely dessert of a thinly sliced giant juicy Fuji apple while watching some Amazing Race.

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My rommie and I then settled in for some Oscar viewing fun.  We both fell in love with Penelope Cruz’s dress, were impressed by Hugh Jackman’s singing skills, and decided we need to make an effort to see Slumdog Millionaire.  I rarely ever watch movies, but enjoy watching the awards any way.  The only movies I’ve seen that were up for awards were The Duchess and Kung Fu Panda, both from in-flight entertainment.

By the time the Oscar’s had wrapped up, I was hungry again!  Teaches me to stay up past me bedtime…  So I had a delighful Kashi Cherry Dark Chocolate bar (that only had one lonesome cherry on it)  before hitting the sack.

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Several hours later, I got up to head back to work for the week.  But first, I enjoyed a wonderful bowl of steel cut oats. I usually cook up enough for the week and seperate them into individual containers on the weekend.  This bowl contains oats cooked in water, mixed with a spoonful of homemade mascarpone brown sugar ice cream, and topped with strawberry slices, chopped almonds and the other half of yesterday’s Carrot Cake Clif bar.

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This was the first time I’ve added a bar to oatmeal and I quite enjoyed the sweet, chewy chunks in my bowl, no wonder I see so many others doing it.

For lunch I brought with me the rest of the sweet potato (unglazed this time), baked striped bass, and juicy sweet peas frozen from my parents’ garden last summer, delish.

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Afternoon snacking consisted of more strawberries (they’re so good!), a Gala apple, and a Minneola orange.

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For dinner now I’m having a big bowl of green beans (also from frozen from my parents’ garden) tossed with more goddess, and some pork tenderloin.

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Dessert is some decadent dates dipped in peanut hazelnut butter, and a square of Cocoa Camino Mint Dark Chocolate.

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Yummy.