Plentiful Plants

Daily eats of a Torontonian student

Under the Sea April 30, 2009

I’ve inexplicably had that song stuck in my head all afternoon.  And I don’t know why, I didn’t even like The Little Mermaid when I was a kid.

Anyway, my breakfast this morning was a tasty blenderful of banana, apple, chia seeds, and spinach.

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And lunch was a huge pile of various peppers and a couple of carrots.

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Plus a pear and brie.

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And I enjoyed the last of the Morning Glory bread.

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I also grabbed a handful a my chinese trail mix I keep at work since I was starving by late afternoon.  I’ll get a picture some other time but it contains a variety of dried soy beans, raisins, goji berries, and pumpkin seeds, plus spices.  And it’s delicious.  My mom brought it back from Taiwan last time she went, but I’ve seen the same mix in chinese grocery store here.

Then for dinner I did an excellent job of cleaning out the fridge by steaming a pile of broccoli and tossing it with lime juice, stirfrying onion, mushroom, peppers, and snowpeas with sesame oil, and whipping up some egg fo yung (2 whole eggs, soy sauce, and sucanat).

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Then to finish off (because I was really hungry, and that huge bowl wasn’t quite enough) I had half an enormous banana.

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And now I need to go do a pile of dishes, and pack to go home for a visit tomorrow (and my mom’s birthday)!  I think I’ll have time to do tomorrow’s post before leaving, but expect a weekend recap on Sunday night or Monday when I get back 🙂  Though I don’t know how much of a post there will even be tomorrow because there’s a staff lunch at work and I plan to partake since my fridge is nicely emptied for the weekend away, and the hope of a shopping trip with a car on the way back….

 

Can’t get enough April 29, 2009

…of them fruits and veggies 🙂

This morning started out with a deliciously thick and creamy fruit smoothie.  I blended up strawberries and a banana with water and chia seeds.  I love how thick the chia makes the smoothie, I actually ate it with a spoon like pudding!  And I love how the chia seeds keep me full for HOURS.  I didn’t think about lunch till 1!  The funky grey pink colour is due to the sun having JUST risen, it really was pinker than that…

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When I finally did break out my lunch I  munched my way through a container of green, red, and orange peppers, carrot, and cucumber.

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All those tasty veggies were dipped in the last of the asparagus edamummus.  And I had the rest of the left over orange dill striped bass too (I need to get some protein from somewhere after all!).  The hummus really is greener too…

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Late in the afternoon I enjoyed another slice of my morning glory bread.  I’m quite enjoying this stuff, I’m obviously going to have to experiment more with dehydrating things….

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Then for dinner I loaded up a plate of veggies, red leaf lettuce, red, orange, and yellow pepper (can you tell they were on sale?), carrot, snow peas, and dill pickles.  And I felt like having non-oil and vinegar dressing, and the only thing in the fridge was Kraft Calorie-Wise Ceasar, so I went with it.  I should pick up a better dressing next time I see something good.

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And desset was amazing.  I tossed pineapple with a little sucanat and vanilla, and sauteed it in a frying pan until all the juice had evaporated and the fruit started to caramellize.  Then I topped the bowl with Kashi GoLean Crunch.  Crunchy, sweet, delicious!  And the perfect solution to the to-much-pineapple-sore-tongue problem, does anybody else get that?

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Good Friday Indeed April 10, 2009

Well I ‘ve enjoyed my day off, and now there’s still a whole weekend to come!  I did some very useful and fun things today, namely shopping for a spring coat and some shirts that actually fit.  All of which I got excellent deals for :-), a coat and 3 nice shirts for <100$, thank you Winners.

The day started off with something I haven’t made in seemingly forever, pancakes!  I started off with a package of Multigrain Instant oatmeal, then mixed it in the food processor with 3 egg whites, 2 tbsp unsweetened vanilla almond breeze, a little (maybe 1/2 tsp) baking powder, and after mixing, a handful of raisins.

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I topped the pancakes with some peanut butter and more raisins.  Then after a few bits I felt something was missing, and I realized there was nothing sweet in the mix, so I sprinkled the plate with ~1/2 tbsp sucanat, and the problem was solved.  The pancakes were nice a fluffy though, which was a pleasant surprise since I kinda made the recipe up since I was too lazy to turn on my computer and search for an actual pancake recipe of this type, and I didn’t remember the recipe I used to use, and don’t have any cottage cheese anyways.

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I took lunch with me shopping.  It was simple and Kettle Corn Probar and a fuji apple.  Not a fan of the Kettle Corn flavour…I think it might have been the fennel seed that did it, never was a fan.  It was edible, and I ate the whole bar, but I think they could do with losing a few of the herbs on the ingredients list, namely the fennel and fenugreek.  Actually, now that I look it up, it might have been the epazote leaf that I’ve never heard of before and may have discovered I object to…..  At least the corn kernels were fun.

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On may way home I stopped by Starbucks to redeem a free drink from filling out an online survey.  An invitation to take the survey is printed on random receipts, and when people leave their receipts with the survey printed on them at the till, the roomie brings them home to me, and sometimes I actually fill them out 🙂  It was a non-fat iced latte that I sweetened with stevia when I got home.

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For dinner I was feeling a lack of colour so far in the day so I fixed up a plate of crunchy veggies.  I had asparagus, snow peas, a carrot, red pepper, and celery.

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I worked through that plate while waiting for the oven to produce these crispy sweet potato fries.  I made them with olive oil, dried thyme, parsley, sage and (herby, not red salty) poultry seasoning…because we’re out of italian herbs (the HORROR, we go through bags of the stuff).  And I enjoyed the fries with a drizzle of ketchup, and the rest of my cashew fruit juice.

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Where have all the pictures gone? March 29, 2009

I was a bad food blogger today.  I forgot to grab my camera while in a rush to leave home this morning, and spent the rest of the day eating out without coming back to the apartment to pick it up!

I did manage to snap a photo of my breakfast though (even though the sun was hiding behind rain clouds).  I simply nuked some oat bran with unsweetend vanilla almond breeze and topped the bowl a pinch out of every single bag of nuts and dried fruits (and chocolate chips!) on the shelf.  Let’s call it trail mix, the list is a bit long.  But multiple the amount in the picture by about two, I ate down a layer and added more trail mix, then repeated.  There’s also a sprinkle of raw sucanat around the edge of the bowl and spoonful of sunflower seed butter, which were only on the first layer.  It was one good bowl of oats.

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Before leaving I made a batch of black bean brownies using this recipe as a base and modifying it to look like this.

  • 1 3/4 cups kidney beans, rinsed and drained (since I didn’t have a full 2 cups)
  • 150 g egg whites (4 or 5 whites)
  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • 1 tablespoon ground flax
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup sucanat
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda (because apple sauce is acidic)
  • 1/2 cup walnut pieces

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The brownies are quite good, I could tell they had beans in them, but in a good way.  This is coming from a half-asian who likes red bean paste in chinese desserts.  I got the same response from my (non-asian) friends who tried them.  They are quite soft though, I think I might reduce the liquids a bit if/when I make them again.  I cut up the batch into 12 100ish calorie brownies.  And this picture is the reason I forgot my camera, it was in my bag and I took it out to snap the cut brownie before packing them up.

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Alas, that is the end of the piccies…I went out to lunch at Hank’s Cafe.  Hank’s is the new Jamie Kennedy cafe, basically a replica of Gilead with a cool espresso machine.  It’s right beside the Jamie Kennedy Wine Bar on Church street.  Both cafes have (usually) really good quality soups, salads, sandwiches, and desserts.  Unfortunately the soup of the day, White and Yellow Carrot soup was too salty for me, but one of my friends also got it and loved it.  I should have asked to sample it before ordering, grr…  I have had some incredible soups there before though.  I tried bites of other’s pot roast stew and beet salad, and both were amazing.  I made up for my soup disappointment in the healthiest way possible and got one of the best ever oatmeal raisin cookies for dessert.  But I was most upset I forgot my camera due to my latte.  Which besides tasting amazing (I’m not a huge coffee drinker, and this had absolutely no need for sugar), was covered in beautiful latte art.  Two of the best baristas in Canada work at Hank’s and while neither were working at lunch today, they have taught their peers well and my latte was wonderfully decorated with a lineup of whimsical hearts.  I definately recommend Hank’s (or Gilead) for any one who wants an almost garanteed delicious, fast lunch in downtown Toronto (just ask to sample the soup first!, but the sandwichs (espcially mushroom) and baked goods are sure bets).  Cheap too, you can easily eat for less than $10.

I spent the afternoon playing Settlers of Catan and Wii at a friend’s gathering and we all dug into a potluck dinner.  I brought the rest of my foccacia and the brownies.  I tried a piece of Cuban fried plantain/milk fritter thing (I forget what it’s called) and some veggies with roasted red pepper hummus for apps.  For the main course I had some roasted chicken and portobella mushroom, and greek salad with amazing feta (minus the olives for me, can’t make myself like those things despite trying several times, including in spain).  And dessert was a black bean brownie with a scoop of vanilla froyo.  So many sweets today!

And to make up for a lack of pictures today, I’ll add this, another one of my roomie’s orchids.

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And don’t forget to head over the Strawberry Shortcake for a Simply awesome 100th post celebration giveaway!

Now I should head to bed so I can get up to head to work in six hours.  And I have some exciting news for tomorrow that requires a decision I need to sleep on…