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Oatmeal #70: Cinnamony Coconut Pancakes July 20, 2008

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Had pancakes again yesterday!

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I bought a small-ish bag of unsweetened shredded coconut and decided to try it out…unfortunately, I couldn’t really taste it at all! Couldn’t even smell it! 😦 Maybe I added too little? I only put a tbsp in…the cinnamon was too overpowering. However, I definitely felt it when I was chewing, so yay? 😛 It’s been a really long time since I had the stuff…but I wasn’t expecting it to be so…flavorless?


I had it with a cup of mocha. I’ve finally decided to give chocolate coffee a try! All I did was add a teaspoon of unsweetened cocoa to my instant coffee mix and added half a cup of soy milk–tasted really great! It was like caffeinated chocolate milk 😀

Lunch was the same dealio as yesterday, so no pictures 😀

I made some awesome dessert/snack stuff on Friday morning:


Sweet bean soup! [it’s a pretty popular Chinese dessert 😀 ] Made it with red beans, black-eyed peas, and pearl barley–just like my mom did! I added raw sugar…but I think she used something else. It was really good 😀 I had about half a cup of this for snack yesterday.

Happiest dinner ever!


Raw orange pepper stuffed with green lentils, chickpeas, onions, and parmesan cheese. Microwaved frozen veggies on the side! I also had a bowl of soup, which contained the excess of what was supposed to go in the pepper 😀 I guess I overestimated how much half a pepper could hold! But I’m glad I had the soup! It smelled really good, could have used some salt [or more broth] though.

Chickpea Lentil Soup
Serves 1

  • 1/4 cup chickpeas
  • 1/4 of a medium white onion
  • 2 tbsp green lentils, pre-soaked [keep the liquid]
  • 2 tbsp broth
  • 1.25 cup water
  • salt, to taste [or more broth] – optional

Boil the onions and water over medium high heat, then add the lentils [and the liquid it was soaked in]. Cook til mixture bubbles again. Add chickpeas, broth, and salt. When the soup starts boiling, turn heat off.


Oatmeal #63: Chocolate Cinnamon-Raisin – Cooked & Baked July 8, 2008

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So so so excited for this! And now that I’ve tried it I must say that I’ve really been missing out all those years! Oh I’m so glad I started this blog 😀

I added 3 cups of water to my oats today just to see if it increases their volume or whatever…and it doesn’t really seem to? Hmmm…will do more experimenting on that tomorrow!


Along with a cup of earl grey tea–I’ve never noticed the citrus-y taste before I read about it on some web article! I think I’ve finally found a type of tea that I prefer over all others!

Anywhoo this breakfast has: 18g fat, 7.5g fiber, 19g protein


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more of my neon baking mat for the health of your eyes 😀

If I wasn’t about to leave for my run in like…10 minutes, I would have gobbled one down straight away!

Chocolate Cinnamon-Raisin Oatmeal Chunks

  • 1 cup quick oats [I used 0.5 cup ground, 0.5 cup flakes]
  • 0.25 Kellogg’s All-bran cereal [because I put this stuff in everything 😀 You can also just use more oats instead]
  • 0.5 cup raisins [I actually used 0.25 cup + 2 tbsp]
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 tsp cinnamon [for mixing in or for sprinkling]
  • 1.5 tsp baking powder
  • 75% of half a small banana, mashed
  • 0.25 cup milk or soy milk
  • 3 tbsp applesauce

Mix all ingredients together. Scoop parts of the dough with a spoon and drop them onto parchment paper or baking mat. Bake at 350 F for 10 to 12 minutes.

Makes 7 servings.
Nutrition info: 99 kcal, 1g fat, 22g carbohydrate, 3g fiber, 3g protein

It was the perfect post-run snack!


For some reason I couldn’t finish my breakfast this morning! What the hell? Total blasphemy. So I had that [hence the ugly bowl], one oat chunk, and then plain yogurt with a plum and the leftover banana from baking. Yes, I have ginormous snacks, I know.

Lunch and dinner were the same as the day before, except after dinner I had another nectarine and 0.5 cup of blueberries for dessert 😀 I like dessert 😀

Anyway, gotta finish reading my lab article for the lab meeting tomorrow so that I can go buy my coffee grinder in the morning!

Non-Experiment Stuff #1: Un-adventures May 23, 2008

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So this is what I had for breakfast on day one [Tuesday] of my “withdrawal period”–plain ol’ apple&cinnamon–this is actually the first time I tried that combo–if you can believe it! It was good–should have added more oatmeal though!


What I had on Wednesday:

Wanted to finish the rest of my ground beef! Also used this opportunity to use up the last of my whole wheat tortillas! And I added cherries&corn for fun factor! I never knew they tasted so AWESOME together! The cherries didn’t taste weird AT ALL with the beef–I’m definitely making this again!

My camera ran out of batteries yesterday morning so I couldn’t take pictures! 😦 But I had pumpkin, apples, and corn with my oats 😀
I did, however, take pictures of yesterday’s lunch:

Veggies! And pasta sauce.

And finally, this morning I had:

Cherries, blackberries, Colombian instant coffee powder, walnuts, sugar, 2% milk

And a glass of soy milk on the side! Cherries & coffee definitely go well together. I find that adding coffee to my oatmeal is one of the easiest ways to get in some caffeine without going overboard! Not really much of a coffee drinker 😛

Finally, today’s lunch!

I’m finally done with my bag of white bread! This sandwich represents the return of whole grain&wheat!

To the left, whole wheat bread, to the right, white bread!

How exciting 😀
I’m going to be having packed lunches throughout this weekend as I’ll be in the lab from about 8: 00 til 5: 30~but I get to enjoy a free BBQ tomorrow since I’m volunteering at this event my school’s hosting! In fact, I have to get going in about 15 minutes [volunteers have to be there at 8: 15–I’m ushering for a film screening!]–and won’t be home til 10: 30 tonight–haven’t gone to sleep this late in a while!

Experiment #17: Sweet Potatoes May 8, 2008

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I bought a sweet potato the week before and still haven’t used it [I wanted to save it for something…but I have no idea what that “something” was..] so I decided to have it with breakfast this morning:

Sweet potatoes, blueberries, soymilk, cinnamon, ground ginger, and a little brown sugar

I should definitely add more sugar next time…and maybe boil the potatoes longer so it’s softer~sweet potatoes just doesn’t taste right when it’s 0.75% raw. But anyway! The bowl smelled so good I spent about half an hour sniffing it before actually eating 😛

As good as it was, not enough to fill me up 😦 But I didn’t have a cup of coffee this morning, so maybe that was why I also ended up having 2[!] slices of this:

Commence drooling!

Whole wheat green tea cake. Mom baked it yesterday [I helped! :D]–we used my bag of whole wheat flour, mom was skeptical, but after she tasted it she thought it was alright! I think I’m well on my way to converting her to my whole wheat ways XD

The cake was more moist than expected, but I like moist and doughy baked stuff so I was happy 😛

Heheh having mom around sure made meals more exciting–’cause I usually just boil stuff, add vinegar or parmesan, and eat. 😛 I took pictures of the meals~but I think I’ll probably post everything in another entry or this one’ll be too long!

Experiment #15: Chocolate Zucchini Bread Rolls May 3, 2008

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This has got to be the prettiest thing I’ve ever baked. I love the color of zucchini!

I was originally planning on just making zucchini bread, but while mixing the dough, it came out less moist than expected [’cause so far all my baking doughs came out really moist!] so I decided to break off a chunk and play with it a little! So I ended up making two rolls and a block of bread. 😀


The bread came out crunchy on the outside, chewy and soft on the inside–awesome! And the chocolate-cinnamon mixture I had in the rolls added an extra zing to it. Oh my goodness I want to devour the whole entire box right now!

And I accidentally figured out how to work the close-up function on my ghetto digital camera yesterday while snapping pictures of my dinner:

I should make more veggie desserts! They’re so prettyful~

Recipe time!
Makes 9-10 slices of bread [or 15-20 rolls, depending on size]


  • 2 tbsp applesauce
  • 1 small mashed banana
  • 2 tbsp soymilk
  • 1 tbsp water added to 1 tbsp of cornstarch
  • 1.5 cup whole wheat flour
  • 0.5 cup oats
  • 0.5 cup Kellogg’s All-Bran Original [optional–I have a whole box of this stuff so I need to use it :-P]
  • 0.5 cup chopped zucchini [add more if you want!]
  • 0.75 tsp baking soda
  • 0.25 tsp baking powder
  • 0.5 tsp cinnamon
  • any amount of unsweetened cocoa or melted dark chocolate [depends on how chocolatey you like things to be!]

Instructures for the Bread
1. Preheat oven to 350F
2. Mix wet ingredients in one bowl, dry ingredients in another [you can add the cocoa now or leave it aside if you want to make the rolls or sprinkle it on top of the loaf!]
3. Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and mix together til you have dough.
4. Line a baking tray or bread pan with parchment paper/baking mat, place the dough in.
5. Bake for 20-25 minutes. [depends on how moist&dough-y you like your bread! :-)]

Instructions for the Rolls
1. Do steps 1-3 listed above. Leave out the cocoa
2. Roll your dough til it’s about 0.25-0.5 inches thick.
3. Sprinkle the cocoa evenly all over the dough.
4. Add small pinches of cinnamon or small amounts of sweetener of your choice
5. Roll the dough up and chop it carefully into blocks.
6. Do steps 4-5 listed above.