Plentiful Plants

Daily eats of a Torontonian student

Sleepy Sunday July 12, 2009

So I didn’t nap before going to work last night, and instead drank a couple cups of coffee (mixed with freshly made almond milk and vanilla sugar). Oh my goodness, I am not used to caffeine. I was WIRED all night long. I think I’ve only had coffee one other time in the past year (and never have been a regular drinker), and it was just a single shot of espresso in a (latte art) latte, so I guess I kind of forgot how much coffee is too much. I also had the second piece of corn bread and a couple of carrots. I had everything set up for a picture, but apparently I didn’t actually take it, because it is nowhere to be found on my camera.

My stomach was slightly unhappy with my coffee consumption, so when I got home all I had before sleeping the morning away was a nectarine.

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When I got up I enjoyed a banana spread with hemp nut butter.

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Then while I was doing laundry, every time I walked by the sixth floor in the stairwell I could smell the most delicious salmon burger someone had cooked up. So for dinner I thawed a salmon fillet and marinated it in teriyaki sauce before panfrying. Along with that I finally tried out my first can of artichoke hearts, sauteed with olive oil and red onion, and tossed with whole wheat spaghetti. The final dish was good but I don’t think I’m a huge fan of the canned artichokes, I definitely couldn’t eat them plain…I’ll be sticking to the fresh ones in the future.

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And for dessert, lacking in the veggie department but feeling unambitious in the food prep department, I mixed up a packet of Amazing Grass Kidz Superfood with water. Very tasty indeed. I’m interested in finding out how different the kids version tastes from the regular chocolate superfood powder. One note, the powder sure doesn’t do a very good job of staying in suspension in water, constant stirring is a necessity.

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And now it’s time for more sleep, good night! (And some more green stuff tomorrow, I promise)

 

Frans-tastic Day June 23, 2009

Breakfast this morning was once again RFRW inspired for the fruit choices.  My monster included dino kale, chia seeds, banana, papaya, and pineapple, tasty indeed and THICK because all the fruit was frozen.

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Lunch time saw a giant, delicious salad of spring mix, asparagus, carrot, red pepper, cucumber, green onion and mole for dressing. Giuseppe Arcimboldo’s got nothing on me (I didn’t even notice the face until up loading the pics, I even took the picture on its side).

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And raspberries and blueberries for dessert.

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And afternoon snacking featured a wonderful Crunchy Peanut Butter Clif bar.

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Then for dinner my parents came to the city to see a show (Soiree Quebec, but couldn’t take me because it was sold out too quickly ;.;), so we went out for a quick dinner before hand at Fran’s, again.  For someone who rarely eats out I’ve practically become a regular there this week.  This time I got the Warm Chicken Salad with an enormous, but pathetic pile of lettuce topped with carrot, cabbage, sad tomato slices, cucumber, and a tasty mound of grilled chicken, onion and bell peppers with teriyaki sauce on the side.  The raw veggies were disappointing, I left most behind, but the cooked were great.

No picture of dinner, but check out the garden gifts they brought me!  A big bag of lettuce, asparagus, and a ton of various herbs.

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And for dessert I had some delicious dried fruit salad.

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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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Notice Recieved June 18, 2009

weather

So apparently Mother Nature has been successfully notified that Sunday is the first day of summer…

That didn’t help this morning though, I left my window open last night, and as you can see, my room was rather chilly with I woke up this morning.  The solution, oatmeal.  I played copy-cat and used an almost empty jam jar as my food delivery vessel.  Into my tummy went oatmeal with banana, extra water and chia seeds, my mom’s homemade strawberry jam, and some awesome Maranatha creamy peanut butter.

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Then for lunch I packed up a container of snap peas, red pepper, a little bit of carrot (hiding at the bottom) and lots of kabocha (to make up for not eating it yesterday, of course)

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Plus for snacking I had a nectarine, a lychee (the other one was for the cubicle-mate), cherries and blueberries.

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Then a surprise! Due to the aforementioned first day of summer coming up the building management for my office building had a free ice cream day! So despite having had a little ice cream action yesterday I went all out and enjoyed this treat. So good!

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So it was no surprise that I wasn’t very hungry with I got home, but I figured I should get some protein in me so I cooked up the tofu I had started marinating in the morning along with some broccoli, instead of the full on stiryfry I had planned. The tofu was marinated in teriyaki sauce, pineapple, lemon juice, garlic and powdered ginger.  OMG it was good!  I usually eat tofu plain, not even cooked, but I might just had to include this marinating step a bit more often.

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And I’m slightly annoyed that I completely forgot about So You Think You Can Dance last night, so there isn’t even a point to watching the results tonight. But it’ll show up online in a few days, I’m sure.

 

Superthick June 9, 2009

I ate my green monster with a spoon this morning, it was so thick. I went with a classic peach/mango combo today along with spinach, chia seeds, and ice instead of water. And it was soooooo gooood 🙂

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For lunch there was a salad mess of zucchini, carrot, and Devil Dawg with yogurt, mustard, and chive dressing.

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And a bowl of steamed kabocha with teriyaki sauce. I understand how this squash can be habit forming…

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And in the afternoon I snacked on blueberries and a non-fuzzy golden kiwi (with the skin!).

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When I got home I nabbed a dried peach before it could get in front of the camera while busy chopping up mushrooms for a giant stirfry. The rest of the bowl was filled with snow peas, soy sauce, and sesame oil. Shitake + snow peas + sesame has to be one of my all time favourite combos.

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And for dessert there was a large slice of juicy sweet honeydew. And I went back for a sliver more, of course.

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Chinese Bakery Day May 24, 2009

Breakfast this morning started out with an Activia Peach and Cereals Yogurt.

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And it finished with raspberries, blueberries, and a handful of trail mix.  Which included awesome macadamia nuts.

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I’ve been craving chinese bakery buns for a while now, and while it is rather unhealthy, it’s a rare occurance, so I figure it’s okay to indulge once in a while.  I paid a visit to chinatown and came out with a few goodies.  For lunch I had some steamed sticky rice with chicken in it, and a hot dog roll.  Plus grape tomatoes and half a small romaine heart drizzled in Back to Basics Balsamic Vinagrette for a little green.  Why is chinese bakery bread so good? (I know, lots of fat, no fiber).

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All afternoon I was drinking lots of this.  And it was delicious and refreshing.  Chocolate mint, lemon slices, ice and water.

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Late afternoon I made a batch of Zucchini Spelt Muffins from ED&BV.  I made half the recipe but still made 9 muffins because my silicone muffin liners are small.  They turned out really well, and they taste so good!  I’m looking forward to having them for breakfasts and snacks for the rest of the week.

For dinner I made zucchini fries tossed in teriyaki sauce and a tuna sausage.  I was really impressed by the sausage, from what I can tell it’s just chopped up chunks of tuna (ie. no filler) that have been seasoned and stuffed into the casing.  I don’t know what brand it was though, I just found them individually packaged on styrofoam trays like the other fresh fish fillets in the seafood case at Metro.  And double dinner dessert was a Zucchini Spelt muffin and a red bean mochi from the bakery.  I love me some glutinous rice.

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And now that laundry’s done I need to make my bed and go to sleep.  I accidentally stayed up until almost four last night (this morning?) reading, but was still up by eight, so I am TIRED tonight.

 

Purple monster and a meme. April 23, 2009

So we turned the heat off over a month ago in our apartment, and refuse to turn it back on.  As a result, it’s been a bit chilly the past few days, especially with no sunlight to warm things up through all the south and west facing windows.  So this morning I warmed up with a big bowl o’ oat bran.  I nuked it with almond milk and a banana before topping it with crumbly pumpkin seed butter and raisins.  An excellent bowl of oats to start off the day.  Though I am considering attempting to add a little oil to the pumpkin seed butter to make it more….buttery.

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That bowl kept me nicely satisfied right until lunch time when a pulled out a romaine salad topped with red pepper, cucumber, lentils, and asparagus edamummus.  This was the best salad I’ve had in a while, the red pepper, lentils and edamummus together were awesome.

And because Caroline asked, I did make the hummus myself and it contains approximately 2/3 cup each chickpeas and edamame, 1 trimmed 340 g bunch raw aspargus, 1 T tahini, 2 T lemon juice, half a head of roasted garlic, and a little salt.  And a trip in the Vita mix for an awesome smooth store bought texture my food processor has never given me.

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In the afternoon I started drinking a purple monster containing frozen broccoli, frozen blueberries, and soft tofu.  Unfortunately it didn’t taste very good because I threw in too much tofu and the berries have been in the freezer forever and had no flavour left, so I only drank about half of it.

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Luckily I had also brought along a Chocolate Almond Fudge Clif Bar.  My fridge was suddenly looking very barren after the huge veggie bowl last night.  This is the first time I tried this flavour, and I wasn’t particularly impressed, probably won’t buy it again.  It’s either too sweet or not enough chocolate, or both.

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For dinner I fixed up another awesome stirfry, same as yesterday except instead of snow peas I found a bag of asparagus in the freezer, the last bag of frozen veg from my parent’s garden last year.  In the mix was tofu, shiitake mushrooms, asparagus, sesame oil and teriyaki sauce.  Along side I enjoyed a perfectly ripe, local greenhouse tomato.

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Then for dessert, to make up for the dissapointing blueberry smoothie earlier in the day I enjoyed a Source Salba Blueberry bar.  And it was delicious.  It’s a bit high in sugar, but the agave nectar they use makes all their bars taste amazing.  Perfect for the occasional treat.

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And finally, because Amanda tagged me:

8 Things I’m Looking Forward To:
1. Going back to school in September
2. Going home next weekend for my mom’s birthday
3. Possibly going to San Francisco next year
4. Losing another 50-60ish pounds
5. Switching to summer hours and having Friday afternoons off again
6. A certain cake in a couple of weeks
7. St. Lawrence Farmer’s Market opening for real in the summer
8. Iron Ring! (and finding myself a good job/career afterwards)

8 Things I Did Yesterday: (yesterday was a pretty uneventful day…)
1. Spent the entire day at work happily occupied with real engineering work 🙂
2. Got off the subway and walked part way home, even though it was kinda cold.
3. Watched an episode of Bones.
4. Used my Steel Design Code for the first time in over a year (concrete dominates for sure).
5. Taught the roomie how to use the Vita-Mix.
6. Finished the entire crossword on the ride to work.
7. Walked under a series of roof slabs I had spent the day calculating that they failed under the current safety codes.
8. Ate a ton of veggies.

8 Things I Wish I Could Do:
1. Speak Mandarin (yes, I’m stealing it from Amanda, it’s technically my first language, but I mostly forgot it when I started kindergarten)
2. Magically lose 50-60ish pounds RIGHT NOW (right up there with winning the lottery without entering).
3. Run, but I’m working on it.
4. Have a small outdoor garden.
5. Figure out a thesis topis for next year.
6. Eat what ever I want without having calories matter (doesn’t everyone?)
7. Be better about keeping in touch with people.
8. Be more outgoing/sociable in general.

8 Shows I Watch: (in no particular order, and not all-inclusive)
1.  Boston Legal (but it’s done now…)
2. Monk
3. Psych
4. Eureka
5. Eli Stone
6. Project Runway
7. Chuck
8. Bones

8 People I’m Tagging:

I’m assuming if this meme has found it’s way to me, most other people have been tagged already, if you want to do it, go ahead 🙂

 

Happy Earth Day! April 22, 2009

For breakfast this morning I started out with a sweet and crunchy bowl of Dorset Fruits, Nuts and Seeds cereal tossed with a chopped russet apple, and almond milk.  A perfect bowl to start the day.

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For lunch I dug into an awesome stirfry containing snow peas, tofu, shitake mushrooms, sesame oil, and teriyaki sauce (the soy-like kind).  The mushrooms were so flavourful, and at $4/lb, I can’t complain.

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The stirfry was followed by soup made by blending pepper squash, lentils, thyme, sage, nutmeg, cinnamon, and cloves.  I made the cubicle-mate jealous with the scent of the soup when I heated it in the microwave at work (I’m usually lazy and eat my food at room temperature).

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Then in the afternoon I sipped my way through this monster.  I kept the spinach, apple, strawberries, banana, and chia seeds cold until afternoon by using less water, and filling the bottle with ice cubes before leaving in the morning, it worked perfectly.

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And when I finally made my way home tonight, I chopped up a pile of veg, tossed it with sage, thyme, dill, whole grain dijon, and olive oil.  Half an hour later I sat down to a giant steaming hot bowl of delicious roasted cauliflower, broccoli, carrot, and celeriac (the last of it) covered in a ketchupy drizzle.  Perfect warm me up food for the cold dreary weather outside.  And calorie-count.com tells me there are 20 g of protein (not complete, but a single meal doesn’t have to be) and 25 g of fiber in that bowl, and that’s not counting the seasonings!

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Moving Day April 20, 2009

This morning at work was moving day for some people (not me, but I helped with some of the furniture rearranging). My company’s been hiring a bunch of people recently, and one person left on Friday to move back to China, so there was cubicle/real office dominos happening as a section of the office’s cubicle walls were also rearranged to make room for new desks. And now every one in Structures is together again, no more exiles to the land of Highways. Infrastructure engineering = recession proof, lucky for me when I actually graduate next year 🙂

The day started out with a sweet and crunchy bowl of Health Valley Spelt Flakes with Cranberries topped with a russet apple, and my homemade almond milk (14 cents/litre instead of $2 = score!, partly due to my cheap $5 2lb bag of almonds I got at Christmas)

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Then throughout the morning I polished off this huge spinach, strawberry, banana, orange green monster. I made this last night to avoid waking the roomy at 6am, and I completely wasted a smoothie-worth of ingredients because I added the peel with the orange half. Grrr, Vita-mix told me I could do it, and my favourite cranberry relish recipe is just a bag of cranberries, a whole orange, and sugar chopped up, but in the smoothie the orange peel was disgustingly bitter. Never again. But completely delicious sans pith.

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For lunch I dug into a huge romaine salad. I chopped up grape tomatoes, carrot, cucumber, snow peas, and red pepper for the topping and mixed them all with homemade asparagus edamummus. And at the last minute I threw on some microwaved egg whites.

The asparagus edamummus is just 2 parts asparagus, 1 part each chickpeas and edamame, and roasted garlic/tahini/lemon/salt. And it’s very yummy if I do say so myself.

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Then later in the afternoon I snack on some honeydew melon and starfruit. And I was quite happy to discover I chose quite a good starfruit, sweet, flavourful, and juicy.

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I battled my way through the wind and rain on the way home and enjoyed the leftover roasted veggies from yesterday for dinner. The celeriac, cauliflower, and pepper squash (no more brussel sprouts, boo!) took a trip to the oven first though to reheat, along with a few slices of tofu covered in teriyaki sauce.  And I also finished off the mushroom chips.  The plate may look a bit boring and uncolourful, but it sure tasted good.  And the warm food (and a change of clothes) was a welcome relief from the cold, damp commute after getting soaked between work and the bus stop.  My umbrella was definitely not useful in today’s wind.

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After an Episode of Eli Stone, and a phone call home I decided I was still hungry, so for dessert I sliced up a banana and topped it with pumpkin seed butter and almond milk.  Delicious mashed up.

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Ice Cream Inspiration March 17, 2009

This morning my bowl of oats got a flavour treatment borrowed from Ben and Jerry’s.  Chunky Monkey oat bran.  The oat bran was microwaved with unsweetened vanilla almond breeze, then I added a mashed banana, walnuts, and chocolate chips.  Delicious.

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For lunch I had a massive stirfry with red cabbage, carrot, broccoli slaw, button mushrooms, enoki mushrooms, onion, lemon juice, teriyaki soy sauce, and sesame oil.

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I topped the stirfry with a bit of chicken breast.  When I took this out for lunch, EVERYTHING was purple, even the bottom of the chicken.  But it still tasted good.

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Throughout the afternoon I snacked on a juicy grapefruit, a d’anjou pear, and sweet strawberries.

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The weather was beautiful out this afternoon, so I only took the subway partway home and walked the rest.  When I got to my apartment I was good and hungry for my dinner, an enormous romaine salad topped with yellow pepper, purple carrot, cucumber, pickled beet, sweet potato, vintage reserve cheddar, chicken breast, and orange juice dressing.

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The carrot couldn’t decide if it wanted to be purple or orange…

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And for dessert I had the last slice of strawberry pie.  I’m a bit sad to see it go.

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