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Oatmeal #122: Microwave Apple Crumble October 1, 2008

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Made with my weapon of choice: the microwave!

  • 0.25 cup oats mixed with some leftover cereal [Kellogg’s Just Right]
  • 1 apple
  • lots of cinnamon
  • dollop greek yogurt + jam [or honey/agave nectar/etc, or nothing!]


This literally took all of 5 minutes to put together. I microwaved for about…1.5 to 2 minutes then added yogurt + jam and it was done-zo and ready to be DEVOURED!

And I think I have finally hopped on the cooked apples train 😀

Between-classes snack:


And finally–dinner!

Clockwise from top left: lots of spinach, 0.5 slice turkey loaf, chickpeas, kidney beans, and butternut squash lentils [which is amazing with cottage cheese]

And the rest of my dinner:

Yes–I eat a lot. The bowl of white stuff is vanilla yogurt + cottage cheese + applesauce + PB = EPICALLY delish combo that needs to be in your life NOW [if it isn’t already…and if you’re not lactose intolerant… 😛 ]

Okay, now that I have finished procrastinating, I should get back to my lab report [which is due TOMORROW…!!]!


Oatmeal #81: Berry Crumble August 2, 2008

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The most exciting part about this breakfast is: no baking required!

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Great texture! The perfect blend of chewiness and crunchiness. After the first bite I was so tempted to salute the microwave for a job well done! Oh. My. God.


Here’s the recipe–because goodness like this needs to be shared!

Makes 1 serving

0.25 cup oats [I used quick oats]
1 tbsp of the omnipresent Kellogg’s All-Bran cereal
1 tbsp chopped walnuts
0.25 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp jam/honey/maple syrup

1 tsp whole wheat flour
0.25 cup blueberries
0.25 cup raspberries
0.25 cup blackberries
1 tbsp + 2 tsp goji berries, soaked in water for about 10 minutes

1. Mix the first 5 ingredients in a microwave-safe bowl and heat for 1 minute.
2. In the mean time, mix the remaining ingredients together in another microwave-safe bowl [or right on the plate you’re going to eat from, like I did 😛 ], and stick that in the microwave for 40-60 seconds.
3. Combine the ingredients on a plate and eat! Serve with a dollop of plain yogurt if you like.

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You will definitely see more of this dish in the future! I want to have it for dinner now…

Anywhoo, here’s yesterday’s pre-yoga snack:


Plum, yogurt, chocolate corn cookie/thing. Pretty straightforward.

Yesterday’s dinner:


Now that I look at it, that was the smallest dinner ever!

Anyway, up there I’ve got a broken up piece of lemon tilapia sitting on a bed of pasta, half a slice of cheddar cheese, green lentils, celery, and frozen mixed veggies.

Off for yoga-ing!

Oatmeal #78: Brownie Pancakes July 30, 2008

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For some reason I’ve been craving brownies these past few days, so I decided to bake some–pancake style!

I tried two different versions, playing around with measurements and ingredients, and ended up with two different, but equally tasty pancakes 😀

Yesterday’s version:

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It came out drier and less fudgy/sweet than I’d like, but still chewy and great! I think there wasn’t enough liquid or something…

Here’re the contents of the batter:

  • 0.5 cup + 1 tsp oats
  • 1 tbsp cocoa
  • 1 tbsp flax
  • 0.5 tsp baking powder
  • 0.25 medium banana, mashed
  • 0.25 cup raspberries, mashed
  • 0.25 cup water

Preheat oven to 375 F. Mix everything together. Bake for 15 minutes, flip pancake and bake 2 more minutes.

The nutritional profile is great though–10g fiber, 9g protein! I think I have successfully created the most fibrous brownie ever! :mrgreen:

Anywhoo, to continue the excitement, here’s today’s version of the pancake:


Lighting’s not so great in my room, so unfortunately the texture is lost in the pictures! 😦


Anyway, I thought I was going to go running today, so I threw together the batter last night and stored it in the fridge to cut down prep time. When I took it out of the fridge, the batter had a pudding-like consistency–awesome! I contemplated just nuking the batter in the microwave and see if I could get a pudding pancake that way, but decided to save that for another time and just play it save today!

Anywhoo, I stuck the thing in the oven–and this batter turned out a little too moist…although the shape still held so it wasn’t a big deal.

Tastewise–the texture is definitely a lot more brownie-like, but still not as sweet as a real brownie! [although definitely sweeter than yesterday]

Here’re the contents–not that much different, but baking time wasn’t the same:

  • 0.5 cup + 1 tsp oats
  • 1 tbsp cocoa
  • 1 tbsp flax
  • 0.5 tsp baking powder
  • 0.25 medium banana, mashed
  • 5 raspberries, mashed
  • 2 tsp Ed Smith’s triple berry jam
  • 0.25 cup water

Preheat oven to 350 F. Bake 15 minutes, then flip pancake over and bake 3 more minutes.

Interesting! I’ll definitely be playing around with this recipe a little more, and maybe also try the microwave method next time 😀

Anyway, yesterday I made black bean butter to go in my tortilla:


It really does taste like butter! I subbed rice vinegar for balsamic vinegar since that was the only thing I had–but yeah, it was deeeeelicious!

Dinner was a classic–spaghetti & bean balls!


Used up the last of my adzuki-lentil balls and cauliflower–it was awesome! I felt so kiddish digging into this dish 😛

Switching Things Up July 28, 2008

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For those of you who like banana oatmeal, this is a really nice alternative for when you want to change it up a bit!

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Pear oatmeal! The mushy kind–I used Bartlett pears ’cause it was on sale 😀 [what goes into my mouth every week pretty much reflects what’s on sale at the grocery store!] Soft enough to easily mash into your oatmeal, and like bananas, it’s sweet enough to sweeten up your oats without any sugar! Also tastes fantastic with peanut butter!

Add a little unsweetened coconut on top for happy fun chew time :mrgreen:


Had my oats with a nice big cup of mocha that takes me a billion hours to finish.

For today’s breakfast, I changed up my pancake batter and topping! How wild am I?!

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blueberries! I love blueberries…

Anyway, in my batter, instead of yogurt, I subbed in 2 tsp wildberry jam and 2 tbsp milk for a sweeter pancake. I also added 1 tbsp unsweetened coconut ’cause I like the extra texture! Plus it smells really good.

And I think it’s pretty obvious what my topping of the day is–1 tbsp plain yogurt, walnuts, and blueberries! I was going to use bananas, but I didn’t want my breakfast to be too sweet, and I added the blueberries for the nutrients and extra zing.


Looks so pretty and colorful! I think this will be my topping of choice for a while 😀

I didn’t really switch up much in yesterday’s post-run snack other than having pear yogurt for the first time ever:


But for lunch and dinner, I did a little switch-around–rice for lunch, tortilla for dinner! I also tried a new way of flavoring my rice, inspired by a recipe I found:


I only realized just now that the recipe for a soup, but when I was making lunch yesterday, half my brain cells decided to go on strike and I somehow turned the whole thing into a risotto…and not even a proper risotto at that!

Anyway, couldn’t really taste or smell the green tea in the rice! Maybe that’s why the recipe was a soup instead of rice…but anyhow it still tasted great and really filled me up 😀 [although I still went home to have a snack 1.5 hours later..]


Tortilla, bean balls, red peppers, cucumber, and half a slice of cheddar cheese! With a slice of microwaved kale + parmesan. I thought I was going to bake the kale and peppers, but apparently I was kidding myself. Nevertheless, everything tasted great 😀 It’s rather strange but awesome having lunch food for dinner!

Today’s post-run snack was again, not really that much different:


Leftover mocha from breakfast, chocolate corn scone/cookie, sliced nectarine, and water.

Lunch was tortilla with cuc-yogurt sauce, bean balls, and kale. I already photographed it once, so I didn’t bother taking another picture 😛

The excitement returned at dinner time–black bean soup!


Unfortunately, I don’t have a food processor or a blender [just a coffee grinder, but the instructions said not to puree food in it? Anyone know why?] so I minced the onions and peppers with the veg knife, and mashed beans with a fork. I also added a dollop of plain yogurt into the soup! I’ve never done that before–but it wasn’t bad at all! Made the soup creamier and tastier 😀

On the breakfast menu tomorrow–exciting new pancake recipe as formulated by my insatiable sweet tooth :mrgreen:

Oatmeal #62: PB&J – Part II July 7, 2008

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Today’s breakfast:

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I first tried PB&J oats a few months ago, and today I decided to upgrade that a little by adding more crap! 😀 My bowl contains:

  • 0.5 cup water
  • 0.33 cup milk
  • 0.5 cup organic oats
  • 2 tbsp blueberries
  • 0.5 medium banana
  • 2 tbsp Kellogg’s all-bran cereal
  • 1 tbsp Skippy’s all-natural peanut butter
  • 1 tsp Ed Smith’s blueberry-cherry jam
  • wheat germ, sunflower seeds

Now I know why people like peanut butter oatmeal so much! Can’t imagine any other way to eat it now 😀 I think the problem before was that I stirred the PB in–which completely turned my oatmeal into some savory porridge thing and the PB flavor got completely lost!


18.5g fat, 11g fiber, 17g protein

I’m thinking of buying a coffee grinder so that I can grind flax seeds for my oatmeal…do you guys think it’s worth it to buy one just for that purpose? Or would a hand blender be equally effective?

Post-run snack:


Plain yogurt, a plum, and a broken up blueberry-raisin granola bar. This was the last of my oat bars! Gotta bake more!

6g fat, 4g fiber, 9g protein L



A nectarine and a tuna-pumpkin sandwich, ’cause I wanted to save the kale and mixed veggies for dinner! And also ’cause I was curious as to what it would taste like 😀

5g fat, 10g fiber, 14g protein



“Tomato” soup with microwaved kale on the side! The soup contains 1 small mashed potato, 2 different types of frozen veggie mix, about 0.25 of a medium onion, 1 clove minced garlic, 0.25 cup canned mixed beans, and 2 tbsp chicken broth mixed with 3 tbsp Classico Tomato & Basil sauce and the leftover boiling water from the pot! I guess I’ve found another use for my huge jar of pasta sauce now 😀

6g fat, 15g fiber, 13g protein –right on!

Oatmeal #54: Tofu – Part I, II, III June 28, 2008

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I’m just going to combine all my experiments with tofu into one giant post–since I want to get caught up to the more recent experiments!

Wednesday: Kiwi & Tofu

Not enough flavor! That was my one complaint–could have done with the addition of something sweet. Kiwis just aren’t enough to make up for tofu’s lack of flavor! Nevertheless, it wasn’t a complete disaster–tasted like bland pudding, with a hint of soy 😀

Thursday: Blueberries + Tofu

Much better! 😀 I also didn’t add as much tofu this time–although with this I wasn’t full enough! Argh–seems like I just can’t win!

Oh, and I also added half a teaspoon of cocoa into the muesli ’cause I can :mrgreen: But I could barely taste it, so next time I’ll add one teaspoon!

Yesterday: Blueberries + Peas + Tofu

I also stirred in a very very tiny amount of blueberry-cherry jam just to sweeten up the oats even more, but I could barely taste it–grr!
Anywhoo, it was good–the peas provided a nice chewy texture–I love peas!

On a side note–tried a new flavor of milk yesterday: strawberrykiwibanana:

As exciting as that sounds, it was gross! Wayyyy bitter! I was not expecting that. I nearly died, but I made myself drink it all anyway ’cause I hate wasting stuff–I just looked at it as getting another few servings of fruits in and just went with it–but I was so disappointed 😦

But the other part of my lunch was delicious 😀

Tuna pizza toast! Can’t go wrong with that!

Dinner was rice salad–with extra virgin olive oil & parmesan cheese for flavors:

Didn’t cook the black eyed peas long enough–oops! Hope it’s not bad or anything oO I’ve heard that you shouldn’t eat raw beans…?

Oatmeal #47: Chocolate Covered Veggies June 20, 2008

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Wednesday’s breakfast:

Top right bowl: miso soup with frozen veggies
Top left: scrambled eggs, blueberries, strawberries, sunflower seeds
Bottom: vegan cornbread

Scrambled eggs doesn’t taste that great with strawberries 😐 I think it’s ’cause of the sour taste~

Didn’t have oatmeal for breakfast ’cause I wanted to have it for lunch, and ’cause I wanted to try muesli!

pumpkin, peas, corn, potatoes, unsweetened cocoa, sugar, soy milk, yogurt, jam, wheat germ, peanuts

It looks/sounds crappy but it was awesome! [my labmates were rather skeptical as well, when I told them about it 😛 Well I did warn them!] And it smelled so good and I was so excited to have it for lunch!

And I think I’m officially addicted to muesli! I’ve had oatmeal that was cooked and then cooked to a consistency of pudding, but it was nowhere as chewy as this was!

I think the problem with having oats for lunch is that I spend the whole morning craving them 😕 So much that it was all I wanted for dinner:

Left bowl: peas, potatoes, yogurt, oatmeal, a bit of blueberry-cherry jam
Right bowl: carrots, brussel sprouts, potato, broccoli, salted soy nuts, Classico Red Wine & Herb sauce

Muesli for dinner! Couldn’t actually taste the jam, but that’s okay 😀 The mixture actually tasted like sour cream & potatoes–which is my absolute favorite–so that was great!

Experiment #7 April 20, 2008

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I wish the caf had more colorful fruits…
Consists of:

  • 1/2 ring of canned pineapple
  • 1 tsp strawberry jam
  • 0.125 cup Cheerios
  • 0.125 cup Kashi GoLean cereal
  • cafeteria oatmeal

Had this yesterday!
Not much to say about this one–it’s a rather boring combo, in my opinon…but the cafeteria has boring food :p I do like jam&fruits in oatmeal though! Oatmeal tastes great when it’s only a little sweet, but not too sweet as to completely overwhelm the flavor. And the cereal provides a crunchy factor, which is nice 🙂

Oh, and guess what I had as a part of my breakfast yesterday:

Le brownie!

Definitely wasn’t sweet enough by itself, so I kinda chopped up a banana and ate it with the brownie. It’s not bad! Way better than adding some more sugar. I think next time I’m going to use banana when I make this, instead of the dried dates, which apparently, wasn’t even the right kind of dates to use! [thanks, VeggieGirl! :)] That’s too bad, ’cause I still have a whole bag of dried dates lying around T__T

Heh, and something really stupid happened to me yesterday. At around 2: 00 I burst into my exam hall and was all “LET THERE BE EXAM WRITINGZZZ!” and nearly freaked when I saw that there was no room assignment for the exam I’m supposed to be writing..x_X So I frantically ran around asking the proctors and eventually found out that I was at the right place for my exam….except the exam wasn’t until 7: 00 p.m.. -.-” You can imagine how smart I felt then

Going insane! But only 2 more exams to write on Monday and Wednesday, and then it’s baking & cooking everyday! I have a million ideas I’ve been dying to try. In fact, I’m going grocery shopping [tons and tons of oats!] after my last exam this Wednesday. I’ll hopefully be posting some oatmeal recipes soon!

Experiment #3: PB&J April 6, 2008

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Consists of:

  • Caf oatmeal
  • 0.5 tbsp peanut butter
  • 0.25 [?] tbsp strawberry jam

I was going to try peanut butter and honey like someone suggested, but the cafeteria ran out of honey…:( And that’s when my eyes landed on the box of jam right next to the peanut butter box and decided to go for it! Man, I am wild.

Anyway, it tasted great. I was right last week when I said the PB-oatmeal combo would taste better with the sweetness. Oh man–it tasted awesome and candy-like. And this time I didn’t take as much oatmeal so the peanut butter and jam flavor came out more. Oh my god it was the best thing I have ever tasted. I totally went back for another bowl, with more peanut butter this time around, just to see if more peanut butter would taste different compared to last week…but it didn’t taste any different…? I dunno, I might have dumped too much oatmeal in my bowl again? Gotta work on that…try again tomorrow!

Oh! And notice the better picture quality today! I finally gave in and turned on the flash on my camera–what a difference! Felt kinda weird taking pictures of cafeteria food in public, but it’s all for the sake of the internet–that’s a good enough reason, right?