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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! 😀

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 😀 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?] 😀

Oatmeal #84: Red, Orange, Yellow

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I made this with milk powder, ’cause I have a lot of it 😛 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 😛 ]

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:


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 😛

Breakfast Parade + some other stuff July 24, 2008

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Catch-up post!

Haven’t been feeling very adventurous lately…and my fridge was rather empty, so it’s just been nice, classic comboes for the past few days 😀

Chocolate-Raspberry Oatmeal


Made with cottage cheese, served with cinnamon gree tea [added the cinnamon in–but didn’t really change the flavor much!]

Cinnamon Coconut Oatmeal Pancake


I tried a new pancake topping instead of the usual banana! The last few scoops of blueberry-cherry jam and walnuts–super yum!

Blueberry, Corn, Longans Oatmeal


Again made with cottage cheese 😀 That stuff is just magical when cooked with oats! Had a cup of coffee on the side.

Beans for Breakfast

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Sweet bean soup again! Added some rice this time ’cause I was low on pearl barley and black-eyed peas! I added more water this time, and so ended up with a lot more of the soup 😀 Happiness!

I had a cup of coffee with this breakfast–it’s quickly becoming a habit! Not sure if this is good or bad…

Yesterday was snack day for me!

Post-run snack:


One black corn oat chunk, one sliced up Golden Delicious apple, and one heaping spoonful of peanut butter! PB + fruits = amazing.

Was going out for dinner with my housemate at 6: 15, which mean I was having dinner at least 1.5 hours later than usual, so I cut up some raw yellow peppers for a snack after lab:

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Dinner was yet another contribution to pizza week! We went to Wooden Heads–a gourmet pizza place–unfortunately I only sat down for about 15 minutes because I had to be back at the lab! The next half hour was possibly the hungriest half hour ever 😦 Luckily my lab-mate was nice and I got to leave 10 minutes early 😀


My pizza was called Arrogosta–curried lobster veloute [a French sauce], grilled red onions [I’m really developing a taste for onions these days–weird!], mushrooms, and smoked salmon! It was SO. SO. GOOD. Smoked salmon is amazing! The sauce was amazing! And it was about $14 plus tax and whatnot–not bad at all!

Oh, and thank you Jenn for nominating me! I always knew I was awesome, but it’s nice to hear it from someone else :mrgreen:


And I’d like to nominate: Lindsay [Happy Herbivore], Kristie [Lighter Portions], Jenna [Eat, Live, Run], Leng [A Fat Cat Who Created a Vegetarian], and Chandra [Chandra’s Shenanigans]

I’m supposed to nominate two more, but there are too many blogs! Can’t choose! Plus I’m also lazy, so I’m stopping at 5 😛

Be back tomorrow for my oatme al challenge entry!

Oatmeal #69: Chocolate Raspberry Pancakes July 17, 2008

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I had about one or two teaspoons of yogurt left, so I threw in some cottage cheese and soy milk into the batter with the yogurt–takes away that cheesecake smell and taste, but still loved it! Decided to make it one large pancake today ’cause it’s easier to fit on a plate 😀


I followed my pancake recipe and added a teaspoon of cocoa and 6 raspberries [and the cottage cheese and soy milk to fill the place of the yogurt, of course 😀 ]–I’ll definitely be making a ton of pancakes for the remainder of the summer!

Today’s lunch was a PB&J sandwich and an egg muffin! I used two pieces of my spiced flax bread and cut them in half for the filling 😀


I can definitely eat this everyday!
Oh, and the drink is my banana rice milk, with cinnamon added 😀

Finally, for dinner–pasta & cheese!


The sauce is a mixture of parmesan, half a slice of cheddar cheese, and about 2.5 tsp of cottage cheese. [I’m already done one container of cottage cheese, and it’s only been 2 days since I opened it! Do I really eat that much? 😯 ]

Unfortunately, I had nothing but frozen veggies, chickpeas, and tofu left 😦 So my dinner ended up being quite small! So I ended up having dessert, which I didn’t photograph ’cause it’s boring 😛 [half a packet of instant cereal and blueberries]

I’m taking the afternoon off from lab tomorrow! So excited 😀

Oatmeal #59: Pink & Green Oats July 4, 2008

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Not that you can see the pink at all here…’cause I’m such an awesome photog:

Today’s breakfast 😀
To tell the truth, I only threw this together ’cause I used up all my other fruits and don’t feel like using blueberries or repeating old comboes 😛 Therefore you get a random combo of raspberries, peas, and longans. It’s times like these when I’m thankful for my strange taste in food!

As disgusting as this combo is sounding…it was super good, I could smell and taste the raspberries with every bite, and the peas were sweet, so the tastes fit! And longans are always fun to eat 😀

I increased the amount of all-bran I put in my breakfast, so I was super full! Add the giant cup of coffee, and you’ve got a powerhouse breakfast! Talk about ingestible fuel!

And true enough, check out the awesomeness this contains: 13g fat, 12g fiber, 16g protein –the most fiber I’ve ever gotten out of my breakfast so far! Although I still overshot on the protein…-sigh-

I had a whole day off work today, so my friend and I made plans to walk to lunch–which I knew would take about an hour at the least, so I ate a small snack before leaving:

yogurt, raisins, blueberries

Contains: 0g fat, 1g fiber, 2g protein

An hour’s walk later–we were starving and ready to tackle the All-You-Can-Eat Japanese lunch! For $14, I think we got more than what we paid for! Have never ate so much sushi in my life! It was awesome 😀 [no pictures ’cause I care way too much what people think of me]

On a random note–check out yesterday’s dinner!

Right: Raw yellow pepper stuffed with sushi rice and mixed veggies–I think I added too much rice vinegar–oops! I ate this pizza-style, aka with my hands, ’cause I’m so cool.
Left: broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, “seasoned” with some instant soup thing 😛
Top: half a salmon fillet topped with spinach and half a slice of melted cheddar…-drool-

Most fancy dinner I’ve ever made! And I’m proud to say this was a boil-free dinner. Yay for using something other than water to cook dinner! [Well…I did add a little bit of water ’cause I felt lost without it :mrgreen: ]

5g fat, 7g fiber, 22g protein

Unfortunately, not a very filling dinner ’cause not enough veggies, I guess? Need to stock up my fridge with more veggies!

So dessert followed:

Half a packet of instant cereal, 2 tbsp pumpkin, and 2 tbsp of all-bran cereal, thus upping my fiber count! 1g fat, 4.5g fiber, 2.5g protein

Oatmeal #45: Berries again June 18, 2008

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raspberries, blueberries, banana, peanuts, wheat germ, soy milk

Monday’s breakfast.
Not that exciting, but I think I need a break from excitement so that I can try and cure my allergies. At this point I’m willing to try just about anything to get rid of it–it’s keeping me from getting a good night’s sleep! 😡 I’m dying over here!

I think I like raspberries more than blackberries–they aren’t as sour! Although I think both are kinda ugly looking 😛

Post run snack:

blackberries, wheat germ, all-bran, milk

Cereals make the perfect snack! Actually, cereals are great any time of the day, as proven by the breakfast challenge! :mrgreen: I’m really tempted to do it again ’cause it was so much fun!

The tower of lunch!

Packed lunch ’cause had to be at the lab! It seems like I’m at the lab all the time now…weird! I wonder how long it will take before I start going bonkers…I’ve been at the lab every single day for a couple of months now… 😛

Top container: plain yogurt w, jam, frozen blueberries [yummeh!]
Bottom left: strawberries, gala apple
Bottom right: potatoes, frozen veggies, parmesan cheese, sunflower seeds

I love how strawberries just fills me right up! Although I get hungry again really quickly afterwards…I either have really speedy metabolism or I’m not eating enough…I’m always hungry!

And I had curry again for dinner! [FYI: not real curry, because I’d explode–I get the instant kind :D]

Oatmeal #44: Berries June 17, 2008

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Heh, I’ve used up all of my kiwi, so there’s no more experimenting with those until they go on sale again! :mrgreen:

Oh, and I was so excited about posting my last kiwi experiment yesterday that I skipped ahead! So I’m rewinding back to Friday for a minute:

raspberries, blackberries, wheat germ, milk, peanuts

I only threw them together ’cause I thought it would look cool :mrgreen: Two different colored berries with almost identical shape! How magical is that?! [yes, that’s how most of my oatmeal combos are born–make it look pretty first, worry about taste later! 😀 It’s a good thing I have an adventurous taste in food!]

Saturday’s lunch:

In the small bowl: strawberries
On the plate: rye bread toast with a slice of cheddar cheese
In the bigger bowl: scrambled eggs with pumpkin, rye bread, carrots, and parmesan cheese

It was really exciting ’cause I’ve been wanting to try the pumpkin-egg combo in ages! And might I just add that I love cooking bread with eggs ’cause it gives the bread extra flavor and extra crunch! With the addition of the pumpkin, the bread had a slightly sweet taste–which made it seem like I was eating dessert rather than lunch 😀

And dinner was the same as what I had on Friday–curry!

This morning, I did some baking:

Vegan cornbread!!!!

I’ve been dying to try this in ages, only I’ve never had a bag of cornmeal at my disposal before so I never did! But thanks to the Breakfast Challenge, I lugged a bag of the stuff home and thus I have cornbread!

It’s kinda sweet, even though I only added 1.33 tbsp of sugar…good thing I didn’t add more! My version was kinda chewy and had similar texture to that of a scone–an added bonus ’cause I love scones!

Can’t wait to have this for lunch today–that is…if I can resist snagging another bite of it!