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Oatmeal #83: Microwave Zucchini Bread Pancake August 7, 2008

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Breakfast from Tuesday:

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I’m not sure why I decided to microwave the batter..maybe ’cause I was too lazy to clean the baking mat?

Anywhoo, pancake batter contents: zucchini [obviously], unsweetened coconut, cinnamon [I think?], flax, milk, oats. With banana-yogurt topping and walnuts! Coconuts in pancakes = #1! The zucchini was also a fun addition–green pancakes! What could be more fun than that?

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Oh, and I should note that the microwave isn’t really the best pancake making tool…at least…for my type of batter it isn’t. Pieces were falling off when I attempted to lift the pancake…but thanks to the magic of overnight oatmeal + flax action, everything turned out alright 😀 Great option for when you’re in a hurry though!

Post-run snack:

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I was almost out of yogurt! And I wanted to stretch this container til the end of the week, so instead of banana yogurt, I had some form of banana yogurt soup: 0.5 banana, 0.5 – 1 tbsp plain yogurt, splash of rice milk & coffee–delicious, but was gone in a second!

With the soup, I had a mocha-cino muffin top–baked on Sunday! First time I’ve ever made anything muffiny 😀

Dinner–sushi salad!

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Tons of raw veggies and rice that was cooked in the morning, so all I had to do when I came home was mix everything together! [Well…I had to microwave the frozen vegetables, but that takes 1 minute…] I need to have salads more often 😀

Off to run in about 10 minutes!

Experiment #36: Mangoes – Part II June 8, 2008

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mango, zucchini, egg, soy nuts, walnuts, milk

Yesterday’s breakfast!
And there goes the last of my mango! But well worth it 😀 Didn’t even need to add sugar ’cause the fruits were sweet enough! The addition of zuchini was purely for decorative purposes–my breakfast was a little too orange for my taste.


colors make the world go round!

Went to eat brunch at Morisson’s restaurant yesterday with my housemates so no pictures! But I had a huge pancake [I spread egg yolk on it instead of syrup ’cause I’m interesting :mrgreen: ], french toast, 2 eggs [so many eggs in one day!], 2 sausages [there were 3 but I couldn’t finish!], and a huge strawberry milkshake–all for $10! I was stuffed and I got my money’s worth–although I think I’m going to take a break from eggs for the next couple of days!

Didn’t feel like cooking when I got home last night, so for dinner I microwaved some frozen veggies, zucchini, and had that along with leftover polenta and potatoes, topped with some Classico Red Wine & Herb sauce.

I’m glad I didn’t make myself cereal, or else I would have exploded! I didn’t expect the bowl of veggies to turn out this big when I pictured it in my head~ Oh, and I finished my bag of soy nuts! 😦 I want to go buy some more…but I’ve been to the grocery store so many times now that the cashier lady could probably recognize me…

Breakfast Challenge: Day 3 June 3, 2008

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Breakfast
Japanese breakfast

Since I like japanese food so much, I decided to have breakfast in japanese style–rice, fish, green tea, and miso soup! Of couse, I don’t have all the resources available to make it a traditional breakfast…like natto and pickled veggies…and I didn’t grill my fish ’cause I don’t have a grill! 😛 I also used instant miso soup packets.

But yar anyway, it was really strange eating things like soup and fish for breakfast! I guess it’s a refreshing change from the sweet stuff I normally eat 😀 And the rice tasted so good–I seasoned it with rice vinegar and some japanese rice seasoning~can’t wait to make it again!

Lunch
Scottish breakfast

Potato scones! Although I did alter the recipe slightly and opted for baking instead of pan frying ’cause my baking sheet is so much easier to wash than an oily pan!

Before baking:

After baking:

Guess the next time I use a recipe that calls for pan frying when I’m baking, I should add more flour! The scones were quite mushy even after I flipped them over and sprinkled more flour on them to bake~they were delicious though 😀 But they tasted more like cake than scones!

I had two slices with peanut butter and jam, and on the side I had half a cup all-bran cereal with milk and chopped pears mixed in!

Dinner
Experiment #33: Veggie Oatmeal – Part II


Pumpkin, blueberry, zucchini, egg, walnuts, 1% milk, cinnamon, ground ginger, sugar

The bowl smelled predominantly of cinnamon–I find that once you add cinnamon to a dish, the smell covers everything else. Not that it’s a bad thing–but I never noticed it til now! And I didn’t even add that much cinnamon! Weird~

I’ve been looking forward to this all day, ’cause I don’t usually cook oatmeal on stove top, and if I do, I don’t throw in the fruits to cook! So that was kinda cool 😀 Tried tons of new things today!

Breakfast Challenge: Day 1 June 1, 2008

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Breakfast
Experiment #31: Veggie Oatmeal

Didn’t take a picture, but I added some walnuts later on–I’d forgotten to put them in before!


carrots, corn, zucchini, cinnamon, 1% milk, 0.5 tsp sugar, 1 tsp whipping cream

I figured–we have carrot cake, corn muffins, and zucchini bread, so these veggies probably wouldn’t taste weird with oatmeal that’s been sweetened with sugar! And I was right :mrgreen: The carrots gave an otherwise mushy bowl some extra sweetness and crunch at the same time! As an added bonus, the mixture was bright, colorful, and nice to look at! I’d have it again 😀

UGH. Had trouble sleeping again, so I was awake at 1: 12 a.m.–I managed to make myself stay in bed til 2: 30…yeah…so I did quite a bit of snacking between my bowl of oatmeal and lunch :p Didn’t take pictures, but I had coffee, then a banana about two hours later, then soy nuts another hour or two later! Hahah I snack so much 😛

Before I left to meet my friend to walk to the grocery store, I made a cup of pumpkin pie yogurt:

With a bit of sugar, vanilla extract, ground ginger, and cinnamon for flavor, and all-bran cereal “crust” 😀

Lunch
Cereal & Toast

Lunch was rushed ’cause we left for the grocery store 15 minutes later than I expected D: [It takes 1 hour 20 minutes to walk to and back from the grocery store that we were going to!] That’s too bad ’cause I was excited to be eating cereal at lunch! It’s a good thing I planned a relatively simple meal:

Half a cup of 1% milk and all-bran cereal with a gala apple. Then I toasted a piece of whole wheat toast and spread some blueberrycherry jam on top. It was a surprisingly filling lunch–given how hungry I was!

Dinner
Beans & toast, breakfast sushi

Was starving and exhausted by dinner time–I blame it on the 4 hours of sleep that I got…

On the plate: A piece of toast topped with baked beans, kidney beans, and romano beans. Apparently it’s a common thing to eat at breakfast in Australia! Can’t believe I’d never thought to do that before~

On the bowl to the right: scrambled egg with eggplant cubes, sunflower seeds, and sushi rice [brown&white rice with rice vinegar]. Since I didn’t microwave the leftover rice I made two days before–it really did taste like sushi!

The drink is Bolthouse Farms Vanilla Chai mixed with water

Dessert
Peanut butter fondue

Bought a new jar of all-natural PB today ’cause it was on sale!

I eat PB out of the jar because I can 😀

My goal’s to try and keep this PB jar around for at least 3 weeks–not sure how successful I’m going to be though!

Haha I’m glad Jenn‘s also doing this challenge with me so that when I tell people about it, I wouldn’t sound so much like a weirdo :mrgreen: And if anyone out there is crazy enough to join us–please do so!

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. 😀

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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]

Ingredients

  • 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.