Plentiful Plants

Daily eats of a Torontonian student

Out On The Town June 24, 2009

So I discovered half a carton of egg whites in the back of the fridge and figured I should probably eat them before they went bad. Which meant breakfast this morning was an imitation of my Sunday Fran’s breakfast. Egg white omlette with light feta cheese, dill, chives, oregano, and thyme. I liked mine better ūüôā And on the side I had a sweet and juicy tomato.

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I went to a training thing for work today, and as a result, I unexpectedly went out to lunch with my coworkers (for free for me! fun perks :)). We went to New Generation Sushi, aka my (and most people that I know’s) favourite sushi place on Bloor St. I got the sushi lunch special which was the usual salad and miso soup with 7 pieces of sushi. Salmon, tuna, squid, tamago, crab, clam, and red snapper.

Then for dinner I had what I made for lunch, a salad mess of asparagus, carrot, red pepper, avocado, and mole sauce. But I added a bed of spring mix, a handful of Kashi crackers, and a spoonful of almond butter for the crackers.

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And I plan on enjoying a Ruth’s Lemon Hazelnut MacaPower bar during SYTYCD (I didn’t forget this week!)

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Nutty Snacks June 1, 2009

It was a dark and cloudy start to the week. At least until after I took pictures of my lunch. The sun was starting to come out by the time I had thrown together some breakfast. In the bowl is Allbran, Dorset Fruits, Nuts and Seeds Cereal, and soy milk. And on the side are some wonderfully sweet cherries (love!).

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For lunch I chopped up a giant salad. There was spring mix topped with carrot, cucumber, zucchini, red pepper, black beans, asparagus, and BBBV.

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Plus there were snacks, yogurt with blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, and walnuts.

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And later a Ruth’s Lemon Hazelnut bar. I think this is one of my all time favourite bars, love the crunchy nuts.¬† Although, I’m perfectly willing to give new bars a try, especially Fullbars, if I win them in Krista’s Contest!

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For dinner I went a simple and protein filled route. I found some ground turkey in the freezer and turned it into a burger wrapped in a tortilla with spring mix, lots of pickles, ketchup, and mustard. And there were a couple of medjool dates stuffed with sunflower seed butter for dessert which escaped the camera.

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I did see something that made me a little happy today though. Today a city-wide mandatory 5 cent fee for plastic bags came into effect. I walk by a grocery store just outside the exit from the subway on my way home from work, and today there were quite a few people stuffing items into their purses or carrying boxes and bottles in their hands. I mean, do you really need a second bag to carry a sleeve of bagels?¬† It made me happy that the fee was actually working to make them save the plastic instead of taking the convenient route and taking the bag. It doesn’t effect me because I already grocery shop with my reusable bag anyways (or stick things in my shoulder bag). Now I just hope everybody doesn’t start amassing huge collections of the heavier bags that don’t really end up saving much plastic. I only need two, and already rarely use the second one, because that’s the number of hands I have anyways.

 

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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Layers of ‘Liciousness March 19, 2009

This morning started out with a wonderfully crunchy bowl of Kashi GoLean cereal with a banana, cinnamon, raisins, and unsweetened vanilla almond breeze.  The rest of the banana is hiding under the cereal.

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Later in the morning I munched on a tasty Ruth’s Lemon Hazelnut Maca Power bar.¬† This bar is really good, it’s more pineapple hazelnut than lemon with big pieces of dried pineapple and plentiful nuts, and I love the chewyness of the hempseeds.¬† It’s a really good flavour combination that I haven’t seen anywhere else.

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For lunch I dug into a container of sweet potato (the skin is hiding underneath), Yves Italian Veggie Ground Round, lentils, cucumber, and Big Bull steak sauce.  I mixed everything up before eating it, and it was delicious, sweet and savoury at the same time.

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Then for a snack I had strawberries and yogurt, a wonderfully simple combination.

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And finally for dinner I had a heaping plate of layers.  Starting from the bottom is onions and mushrooms caramelized  in olive oil and thyme, quinoa, steamed broccoli slaw, sole, and a topping of whole grain dijon mustard and a bit of parmesan cheese.  A lot of flavours again, but the end product was scrumptious (to borrow a word from the delightful Sharon)!

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Now I’m finishing the night with the rest of the fruit salad.

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Bringing back the chili March 12, 2009

Apparently some bus drivers don’t deal well with disrupted routines.¬† There was an accident this morning near the entrance into a big, multi platform, off road, bus stop this morning, which caused all the busses which needed to get to the terminal to have to drive through a parking lot detour to get to the platforms.¬† My bus driver simply ending up providing a bumpy ride by driving over some curbstones (I don’t think the parking lot was designed for long buses).¬† However, my cubicle-mate’s bus driver went in the wrong direction when he was leaving the terminal!¬† And to make matters worse (for the people on the bus trying to get to work) the next stop in the opposite direction is a 12 minute¬†bus ride¬†away (according to google maps, 5 km with lots of left turns in morning traffic on major roads), and the bus driver didn’t want to attempt to turn around anywhere else!¬† Let’s just say, she arrived quite late.

Anyway, this morning started out with a nice bowl of peanut butter goop, a.k.a Alpen cereal, with unsweetened vanilla almond breeze and some PB2.

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I had a repeat of yesterday’s sandwich for lunch, ezekiel bread, romaine, chicken, hummus and dried cranberries.¬† It is very good.¬† There was also a baked sweet potato involved, as a side, it didn’t make its way into the sandwich.

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For snacks I brought a red delicious apple, a carrot, and half a red pepper.

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And at the last minute I grabbed the last half of my Ruth’s Chocolate Raspberry Hemp Power bar.¬† I’m glad I did too¬†because my cereal bowl wasn’t very big and I got hungry again well before lunch time.

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For dinner I decided to reintroduce the chili that’s been patiently waiting in the fridge for me to eat.¬† I also had some of the smaller collard green leaves for dipping since I’ve noticed a lack of green over the last couple days.

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And now I’m enjoying a hot cup of Tazo Berry Blossom White Tea.

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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…