Plentiful Plants

Daily eats of a Torontonian student

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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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.