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Breakfast for Lunch, Lunch for Breakfast December 6, 2009

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Breakfast food for lunch!

I recently got back into adding corn to my oats! It gives the whole thing texture and chewiness–which is always awesome. I started craving corn during one of my overnight sessions at the lab–further proof that sleep deprivation does strange things to you. But I’m all done running people for this semester so it’s full sleep ahead [haha–look at me! I’m funny! :mrgreen: ] from now on!

0.5 cup oats, dried milk, chocolate powder, ~0.5 tsp ground ginger
2 tbsp wheat bran, 1 tbsp flax
0.5 frozen banana [not pictured]
1 tsp unsweetened shredded coconut
0.25 cup corn, 0.25 cup pumpkin
~0.5 cup plain yogurt
pumpkin seeds

Frozen banana and yogurt together is the BEST! I used to cook my oats with the banana in it but ever since I started freezing the bananas and having it on top instead, I can never go back! Cooked banana tastes too bland to me now!

And guess what I had for breakfast yesterday?

Mac & cheese! [with an entire raw red pepper] It was glorious.

I haven’t had this stuff in ages and when I saw boxes of this stuff on sale for $0.50 I had to buy some [3 boxes, to be exact]! My exam time meals are going to be so freaking magnificient.

2 weeks and ! day til I get to go home! Physiology exam next week–haven’t started studying yet–oops.


Oatmeal #95: Strawberry-Banana Cheesecake August 21, 2008

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Tuesday’s breakfast:

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WE FINALLY HAD BANANAS IN THE HOUSE! [they’re all gone now–hence past tense and sad face: 😦 ] You can imagine how exciting that is πŸ˜€

Mom also baked some cheesecake the night before, so combine that thought + breakfast and you get another oatmeal experiment!

I think I had about half a slice in there–but that’s plenty once you break it up and mash it into the oatmeal while they’re cooking. And since I already had the cake to flavor the oats, I chopped the banana instead of mashing it like I usually do.


This picture makes it look gross, but it isn’t! I blame the bad weather, which also meant poor lighting!

The cheesecake flavor wasn’t that strong–I had to actively search for its taste–I guess maybe I’ll use the cake as a topping next time?

Other things I added: vanilla extract, almonds, soy milk, cinnamon, mixed grains



When I’m home, it’s very rare that I ever have sandwiches for lunch [I know–I’m spoiled rotten!] But that day I guess no one felt like cooking so my brother went to buy McDonalds [for my parents] and Subway [for himself]. I didn’t feel like waiting ’cause I was hungry–so I made a sandwich!

I sliced one piece of thick white bread in half since I had another piece earlier and didn’t feel up to eating three thick slices of bread x_X

Contents: honey ham, roasted turkey, lettuce, apple slices.

Awesome sweet + savory combo! Am definitely recreating this when I go back to school in September!




Only one picture ’cause all the other ones were ugly!

Contents: oats, grains, small egg, corn, banana, soy milk

Plus a cup of raspberry mocha! [the cocoa blend I added was raspberry flavored–but I think a mocha smoothie is definitely in my future!]

Post-run snack:


Milk, cheerios, bran flakes, raw brownie.

The brownies turned the milk into chocolate milk! Awesome πŸ˜€




Ignore my brother’s ugly hand.

My plate:

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I went back for another piece of sashimi, california roll, california roll + sashimi, and a tuna sushi. The rolls are huge!

ZOMFG It’s my birthday soon–WHAT DO I DO?! -cue mid-life crisis-

Oatmeal #94: Smoothies – Part II August 20, 2008

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Monday’s breakfast: More smoothie adventures!

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This time:

  • 0.25 cup oats
  • 0.25 cup mixed grains
  • 0.25 cup soy milk
  • 0.25 cup 2% milk
  • 0.25 cup water
  • last of my goji berries [1.5 tbsp?]
  • 0.5 small carrot [yeah…I was looking for things to bulk up my smoothie with]
  • 0.25 cup corn
  • 2 medium strawberries

I’m not sure but I think I might have gotten a bigger cup this time? If not, well…I felt much more full after drinking, so…?


But yeah I was really impressed with the strawberries ’cause I could smell and taste them even though I only threw two random ones in! Awesome πŸ˜€ And I couldn’t taste the carrot & corn at all–even though I definitely chewed on some carrot pieces.

Tasted good though! Not too sweet, doughy, crunchy, chewy πŸ˜€ Kinda like last time!

Got hungry a while later, so had some soup:


Winter melon…? And shitake mushrooms.

Another snack…may have been after running…? I think that was the day I went running with my dad…? [oh no–early onset Alzheimer’s?!]

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My raw brownies!!! Turned out actually brownie-like this time! ZOMFG. I used almonds and raisins [I threw in 2 pieces of apricot in ’cause I didn’t want to use up all the raisins], and I think I overdid the raisins ’cause it was too sweet–but that problem was solved by throwing in the peanut butter!

The stuff in the bowl is just soup with a scoop of congree [rice + water] mixed in.



I had like…3 bowls ’cause I was starving! I don’t understand why I’m always hungry…?

But anyway–the red stuff is something called Honeymoon fried rice? Or something? It comes with tomato sauce & chicken & onions on one side, alfredo & shrimp on the other side. And the rice + egg is underneath the sauce. It’s very yum πŸ˜€

The noodles’ just rice noodles + shrimp + egg. ❀

Nooo I can’t believe it’s almost the end of August–this has got to be the fastest summer ever!

Oatmeal #92: Smoothie August 17, 2008

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Friday’s breakfast:


Smoothie with toast [margarine with cinnamon sprinkled on top]!
I know lots of people have done oatmeal smoothies before–but I haven’t! Therefore it’s obligatory that I give it a try–as we have a blender and everything! Damn, how did I live without this miraculous apparatus before?!

  • 0.5 cup oats
  • 0.5 cup soy milk
  • 0.25 cup milk
  • 0.25 cup water [i think??]
  • 0.25 cup blueberries
  • 0.25 cup corn [yeah…]
  • 0.25 cup walnuts
  • 1 tbsp raisins

Um yeah it’s a very random list of ingredients–but that’s ’cause we didn’t exactly have a ton of fruits and stuff around the house at the moment, I suppose I could have added more blueberries–but I didn’t want to use up the whole thing by myself πŸ˜› And I was originally planning to make a green walnut smoothie…but I was too lazy to wash the veggies, so I used corn and blueberries!

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It was pretty good though! I ate the smoothie with a spoon since it seemed easier than sipping. Unfortunately, this breakfast wasn’t very filling 😦 I miss the flax!

For some reason I was feeling tired that day [jet lag?], so I ended up going back to bed…to wake up at 3: 30…so I had to make my own lunch:


I hate washing vegetables πŸ˜› So there were only two types of veggies and three pieces of dumplings [❀] with shrimp egg noodles [basically just shrimp and wheat–not sure why they called it egg noodles…]

Dessert–MY VERY FAVORITE THING IN THE WORLD [aside from oatmeal, of course]–yamssssss!


My favorite is the purple ones–so chewy and soft! Yams are amazing πŸ˜€

The soup the yams are cooked in is basically just water, rock sugar, and ginger. SO. GOOD. I can chug this stuff down like oatmeal!

We’re having steak for dinner tonight–so excited! Haven’t had this stuff in so long! πŸ˜€ [Oh man, I never want this vacation to end!]

Oatmeal # 89: Papaya August 13, 2008

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Sucky lighting alert!

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Papaya! Haven’t had this in ages, and my brother made papaya milk on Sunday night so there was leftovers that needed to be used up! And you know what happens whenever there are leftovers in my kitchen!

Verdict–very interesting taste! Papayas are soft like bananas and pears, so they’re great in terms of contributing to sweetness and flavors, but I thought there was a very very very small undertone of bitterness? It didn’t bug me–but worth noting!



Um yeah, the chunky coffee was kind of an experiment in itself…I still had half a cup of papaya milk leftover so um…I think you can guess what happened next! It was actually pretty nasty! The flavors did not match, the coffee was wayy too strong and bitter! I ended up addingΒ the whole thing [after forcing myself to drink half the cup…]Β into my oats–and it tasted great! I don’t know how that works.

Ooooh yesterday mom made the most awesome dessert ever–walnut soup!



Anyway–this morning I was so hungry that I had two formal snacks [I usually get bites of other food after my “formal snack”, but I never photograph those ’cause that’s boring πŸ˜› ]

Post-yoga snack #1:


Bran flakes, cheerios, blueberries, milk.

Snack #2:

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Mom’s vegetable soup! πŸ˜€ I haven’t had turnips in ages!

Off to look up plane tickets to California! Anyone got any good restaurant recommendations?

One Oh Oh! August 11, 2008

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Celebrating the 100th post with an entry from home! I planned this out quite well, didn’t I? πŸ˜€


Oatmeal #88: Chocolate Chips

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I feel like I’m living in a hotel!

Anyway, this morning I celebrated with a huge bowl of oatmeal and chocolate chips. Because no party is complete without chocolate! πŸ˜€

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Oh Man. Cocoa has nothing on melty chocolate chips! Now I can never go back–ah!

Other stuff include: huge green grapes, goji berries, walnuts, soy milk, and bran flakes. No flax! But not enough room in my suitcase! I don’t miss it that much though πŸ˜€

Anyway, went on a 50 minute run an hour after breakfast! I can’t believe I ran that long! Remember when I thought 20 minutes was a lot?! I feel quite awesome that I stuck with running for 3 months πŸ˜€

After running, the celebration continues–with more chocolate!


Nutella & PB on white [!] toast and grapes on the side. How the HELL have I not tried this combo sooner?! As good as it was though, nutella = too sweet, I think next time I’ll cut back by a half! Could hardly taste the peanut butter at all 😦 [but then again, this wasn’t the all-natural kind, so it’s tasteless in the first place anyway!]

Now that I’m all caught up on today, time to get caught up on the past two days!

Friday’s breakfast [Aug 8]

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Most random combo ever ’cause I was trying to use up stuff πŸ˜›

Corn, adzuki beans, plum coconut, walnuts, and flax.Well, I guess it’s not that random. On the side–coffee laced with vanilla extract–could hardly taste/smell it though!

Saturday’s post-run snack:

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Pears and mocha-cino muffin top!

Yesterday’s snack of fridge items that need to be used up:

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Exploded microwave egg [60 seconds = still too much!] and the last of the raspberries!

Lunch: polenta [and last of my ground flax]!!! Cooked risotto style…corn-sotto? πŸ˜›


Creamy and awesome! Only complaint was that I didn’t make more! But I had to finish cleaning so no time!

I packed a dinner to eat at the airport–didn’t end up eating til 7: 00 ’cause there was no room to put backpacks under the seats! 😦


Carrots & jam over a bed of frozen veggies & peas. Plus a fruit salad of one plum, peach, and pear!

SO EXCITED for lunch and dinner and for all the awesome food I’ll be eating in the next two weeks! Will take pictures when I can!

Attack of the Tortillas August 9, 2008

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Thanks to grocery store sales, I bought 2 bags of whole grain tortillas about…2 weeks ago? And since then I’ve been having these things for lunch pretty much…every single day? πŸ˜› So I thought it’d be fun to devote an entry [or like…twenty] to them!

Wednesday [July 30!]
Oatmeal Challenge: Oats for lunch!

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“Toasted” [aka microwaved”] rolled oats with a bit of sweetener [the plain version was too bland!], with cucumbers, and tahini-free hummus [didn’t have enough beans to warrant buying a whole tub of tahini!]

It was good! The oats were like very chewy granola, the cucumbers provided crunch factor, and the hummus just gave the whole thing some extra zing with its tartness! Awesome πŸ˜€

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Thursday [July 31]
A lot of lentils


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I had/have a lot of lentils lying around…

Friday [August 1]
Veggie Cereal


Cereal + veggie in a tortilla = surprisingly good! But I knew that already πŸ˜€ I mean, it’s not that weird if you think of cereal like you’d think of rice…

Had this along with a small red plum! I think I didn’t get around to eating this til an hour after lunch?

Saturday [August 2]


Well since I had a can of black beans I thought it’d be cool to do the classic black beans & corn combo! Only instead of salsa I used ketchup…because I have a whole jug of it [thanks mom!] that I wanted to finish ASAP…like before school starts and I have to eat at the cafeteria…but I still haven’t finished it! I have never eaten so much ketchup in my life…

Sunday [August 3]
Doing the Splits


Check out how clever I am with the title! ‘Cause I split the tortilla in half! How funny am I?!

Anyway, I wanted to use the hummus I made again with carrots, but I also wanted to use ketchup, and I thought it’d be a waste of good hummus if the ketchup was mixed in ’cause the latter would overpower the former…so I chopped the tortilla in half and had two different “flavors”!

Monday [August 4]
Oatmeal Challenge: Corn & Carrot Soup

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Finishing this entry off with some oats! I didn’t add a lot, just one tablespoon of ground oats to thicken the soup–because I read somewhere that you can use it for that! I don’t think it really did much though πŸ˜›

Oh, and I also used my coffee grinder to “puree” the cooked carrots & corn, I figured, hey, the thing looks and operates enough like a blender….! [I should note that the instructions specifically tells me not to puree soft foods and grind seeds…well…I’ve used it for both and my grinder’s still fine! Got a one year warranty anyway, so might as well test its limits! :mrgreen: ]

Anyway, for the tortilla, I merely popped 0.25 of one [I think?] in the toaster–it comes out like crackers! I used the soup as a dip–delicioussss~

Stay tuned for part two! [still got 2 tortillas left to use πŸ˜€ ]

A Slew of Food Stuffs August 8, 2008

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Wednesday’s breakfast
Hot & Cold

Nice and cold muesli [goji beries, yogurt, milk, oats, flax, cinnamon] topped with microwaved cocoa granola [used the berry crumble recipe + 0.5 tsp unsweetened cocoa–microwaved for 1 minute] Photographs really badly, but tastes good, as usually! πŸ˜€

Dessert for Dinner


Veggies + parmesan
White & brown rice with adzuki beans and berries! Is my life exciting or what?!

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Too bad it wasn’t as sweet as I was hoping it would be! Was still awesome to have such desserty foods for dinner though πŸ˜€ I think a bit of honey would have made it perfect!

Risotto – Part II


First things first–check out tilapia! It was almost intact that time!

White&brown rice, lentils, and tons of veggies–huge bowl! I quite like risottos [risottoes?] πŸ˜€

Oatmeal #84: Red, Orange, Yellow

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I made this with milk powder, ’cause I have a lot of it πŸ˜› Definitely didn’t produce any creaminess! I added a splash of milk at the end ’cause the oats were drying up–which is what happens any time I don’t use a milk + water mixture!

Anyway, other stuff in the oats were: raspberries, corn, carrots, all-bran, walnuts, flax! Veggie oatmeal–if you haven’t tried it, try it! :mrgreen:

More Microwave Adventures


Check out the microwaved egg at the bottom! All you need–boiling water, dash vinegar, egg, then cover and microwave for 50 seconds! The first time I did it–[yesterday, I believe], and I had an explosion…I think ’cause I only microwaved one egg, and didn’t really need 80 seconds! [I followed instructions from wikiHow πŸ˜› ]

Anyway, I was really looking forward to this breakfast ’cause whenever I had all-bran with my oats, I always felt full! But I guess it doesn’t work like that on its own! 😦 So I guess I either need more cereal, or oats!

Haven’t made dinner yet since I ate a ton of cottage cheese 2 ish hours ago~but it’s definitely another risotto! :mrgreen:

Another Catch-Up Post August 5, 2008

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Wow, I’m really bad at updating this–I don’t know how the three-times-a-day bloggers do it!


Oatmeal #82: Bean Brownie Oatmeal

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I made black bean brownies before and thought they were pretty good–if the right amount of sugar was added–and so this was born!

I was a little scared that it would taste bitter again, since the only “sugar” I added was half a banana–but it turned out to be enough! [I used black beans and adzuki beans, by the way]

And this mess was dinner:


Grrr I meant to make a frittatatatata–not ground-pork-like  substance! Too much veggies, not enough egg! 😦

The rice was good though πŸ˜€ I flavored it with rice vinegar and some Japanese rice seasoning.




Well I thought that I was going running yesterday so I made this…I should have known better! Didn’t wake up til 6: 05 a.m. so there was no time for my morning run…not unless I wanted to rush afterwards…so I didn’t go…-sigh-

Anyway, I threw together some goji berries, blackberries, and corn muesli on Sunday night, stuck it in the fridge, and it was good πŸ˜€ The blackberries got all mushy though–probably ’cause they were frozen.

Well–off to run in about 1 hour 15 minutes!

Oatmeal #75: Cornbread pancake July 27, 2008

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Yesterday’s breakfast:

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Quick and easy to make πŸ˜€ [1 tbsp cornmeal, 2 tbsp frozen corn added to my yogurt pancake recipe!] Since I went and bought yogurt on Friday [$2 a tub! How can I stay away??]–I can enjoy tangy pancakes again! The batter smelled so much like dessert!

The chewing experience was quite fun–the coarse cornmeal gave my pancakes a very subtle and grainy texture, while the corn provided little bursts of mushiness and prevented the whole thing from being too dry. This pancake totally reaffirmed my love for corn oatmeal!


I topped the huge pancake off with half a mashed banana with walnuts, and had a huge cup of milk coffee [since I switched coffee mugs, I’ve been adding 0.5 cup soy milk to my coffee–so I feel like I’m drinking coffee milk rather than coffee with milk–which is fine with me πŸ˜› ]

Yesterday’s dinner was fairly normal–I figured after my oatmeal-sotto and pizzas, I needed something nice and simple!



With Classico Tomato & Basil sauce, tofu, cauliflower, broccoli, carrots, peppers, onions, and kale

I also had dessert:


Peach yogurt with cinnamon sprinkled on top!