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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!


Breakfast Challenge: Day 2 June 2, 2008

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Rice cereal

milk, strawberries, sugar, blackberries, walnuts, brown&white rice

I’ve been wanting to try this for a really long time–subbing rice for oatmeal! The rice is chewier than oatmeal and less creamy, but still tasted great! If I had microwaved the rice, it would have been even better~

After lab and running, I ate a ton of peanut butter:

Any fruit + PB = ADDICTION. The amount of PB I had was enough to last me for 2.5 hours, so I didn’t end up having lunch til 11: 30, and even then I wasn’t really even that hungry! But I wanted to go for a walk before I had to go to the lab again so I ate anyway.

Yogurt toast, instant cereal

I actually ended up having 2 pieces of toast–both topped with plain yogurt & 0.5 tsp blueberry-cherry jam! It was like bread pudding 😀

The instant cereal is blue ’cause I added some frozen blueberries

Experiment #32: Soy nuts

soy nuts, potatoes, milk, peach, banana

The oats smell like flour–I have no clue why! Usually they smell more like glutinous rice~oh well–it smelled really good anyway 😛

And I’m absolutely addicted to this bag of unsalted toasted soy nuts that I bought a few days ago [it was on sale! :D]–so crunchy and delicious! A lot more crunchier than the walnuts I usually have with my oats. Yummeh!

Having oatmeal for dinner is so exciting!

Experiment #30: TBA May 30, 2008

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Guess the secret ingredient!

Hint: it’s not really that much of a secret 😛

Could actually hardly taste the ingredient, actually–’cause it’s so similiar to oatmeal! The bowl smelled really good–kinda like rice, but with a little extra something 😀

The peach and blueberries gave the bowl a good amount of sweetness, but I think it would have been even better with either more sugar or some bananas!

For yesterday’s dinner, I had pasta again! I heart le spaghetti:

zucchini, onions, black beans, carrots, broccoli, Red Wine & Herb sauce

This morning I went on another 20 minute run by the lake and the neighborhood! Did it all without stopping, and by the end I still had a good amount of energy left–so I ran the rest of the way home 😀 I had a banana and finished off my tub of yogurt:

Complete with cherries [at the second layer] and strawberries!

And tonight, I cooked eggplants for the very first time!

I bought them ’cause they were on sale and I’ve been wanting to eat it for a long time. So while I was at the lab I decided to google up some stuff about eggplants and found out that apparently it’s got nicotine in it and I was like…crap. 😛 So I got nervous and looked up a bunch of stuff about how to prepare and cook it…and most of the sites said you had to salt, rinse, and then pat them dry–so that’s what I did, except I got overly excited with the salt :mrgreen:

Oh! Bergine!

Baked them for about 15 minutes ’cause I wanted to make sure they were cooked! They tasted nice and chewy. Could have done with less salt though! But I liked it 😀 Had 2 small slices of it with my dinner:

white&brown rice with rice vinegar, broccoli, carrots, onions, black beans, eggplants, zucchini

With 0.25 cup of some vanilla chai drink [my housemate bought it] mixed with water ’cause it was really sweet

Breakfast Challenge: Update
Start date has been postponed to Sunday because of reasons 😀 But this works out great for me since I’m not really sure how I could have incorporated all that eggplant I made into breakfast anyway! [I could put them in oatmeal…but the amount of salt I had going on in the eggplant would have tasted really weird with fruits and other things! Maybe someone with a more adventurous palate than I can try it and tell me how that works out :mrgreen: ]

Experiment #29: Potatoes – Savory May 28, 2008

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😆 I was laughing the entire time I made this ’cause the idea sounds kinda gross–but the final product did not look or taste gross!

Like normal cream soup!

Except cream only makes up…0.5% of the whole thing 😛 The mashed potatoes and oats did all the work! I only added the cream ’cause I had a ton left over from mom’s visit and I don’t want to waste stuff!

Anyway–it’s strange but awesome! Wasn’t too salty and needed very little seasoning, I suspect it’s ’cause of the onions, ’cause I didn’t add salt or pepper or anything except for a few oregano leaves, and that’s more for garnish than anything else! And the oatmeal tasted like congee~yum~It smelled really good.

I’d totally have this again!

Recipe–for the adventurous ones XD
Makes one huge bowl–very filling!

  • 1 small white potato, cooked & mashed
  • 1 tbsp cream/milk/soymilk/butter [optional]
  • 0.25 cup oats, cooked
  • 0.25 cup chopped onions
  • any amount of veggies you like–I used carrots, zucchini, & beans–I forgot to add corn! How sad 😦
  • 1 tbsp ginger [optional]
  • 0.25 tsp chicken bouillon or salt
  • small pinch oregano leaves for garnish
  • 0.5 tsp sunflower seeds for garnish

1. Mix the cream with the mash potatoes in the bowl you’re having the soup in, set aside.
2. Microwave [for 1 minute] or cook the oats. I used 0.5 cup water for 0.25 cup oats.
3. Boil the onions & ginger for about 2 minutes.
4. Add in the veggies. Cook time depends on how cooked you want your veggies to be.
5. Add 0.25 cup of the water that you boiled the veggies in to the mashed potatoes. Stir, then add in the oats, chicken bouillon, and everything else.
6. Sprinkle in the sunflower seeds and oregano leaves, or any other seasoning you like.

And that was my dinner yesterday!

For lunch, I decided to start tackling the can of white tuna I had sitting around:

Made with frozen chopped spinach, broccoli and sprinkled parmesan cheese on top. Plus a buttered whole wheat toast on the side. Of course, that’s a reall small lunch, so I grabbed another piece of toast with jam…amazingly, I was still hungry, so I made dessert:

one large strawberry, cherries, and cinnamon on top of approximately 0.5 cup of plain 0% yogurt

That hit the spot! I was full and happy–like this: 😀

Finally, this morning I didn’t feel like baking anything so I had a nice, normal bowl of oatmeal:

peach, four blackberries, walnuts, sugar, and cream [1 tsp whipping cream, 2 tsp half and half]

I’m almost out of walnuts! Maybe I’ll buy some more this Friday…or check out other types of nuts 😛 And roar, I still have a whole thing of unused whipping cream! The half and half is not that much of a big deal since mom used a lot of it in her coffee, but I don’t normally put cream in anything! I have no clue how I’m going to finish that whipping cream…that stuff does taste good with oatmeal though…