Friday, September 3, 2010
My school has an incredible amount of options when it comes to eating healthy. There are fresh salad bars in each dining hall, complete with spinach, romaine, sunflower seeds, blue cheese, feta, tons of vegetables, and even hummus. Grass-fed beef is served on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and there is a selection of certified organic produce daily. There's also a great vegetarian bar. As far as good food goes, we're covered. However, I don't want to rely on my food plan...I want to assert some independence and also take advantage of the kitchen on the third floor of my dorm. Thus, I will be cooking for dinner once or twice a week. Lunch and breakfast I throw together daily. None of this Freshman 15 business for me.
(I have to walk 2 miles too and from class daily...so I don't see why that would be an issue in the first place. =P
Soon I'll also be writing for the university's paper. As a reporter I'm only allowed to stick to a certain topic, but I AM allowed to pitch stories with the editor's approval. I'm hoping to pitch a story about healthy dorm eating...and incorporate a few yummy recipes.
I'll keep you posted on the new recipes I try!
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
I couldn't figure out what I wanted to bake, but I knew I wanted to bake something low-fat, innovative, and of course...delicious.
I've been thinking about black bean brownies for a while, so I looked up several recipes and picked my favorite. Voila!
Courtesy of allrecipes.com :
BLACK BEAN BROWNIES
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
3 eggs (I used cage free, my brownies are humane! Haha)
3 tablespoons vegetable oil (I used 3 tbs applesauce instead)
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 pinch salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup white sugar
1 tsp instant coffee (optional, but I put it in)
1/2 cup milk chocolate chips (again, optional, but who DOESN'T need chocolate in brownies?!)
Basically, you combine all of the ingredients (minus the chocolate chips) in a blender and blend. It took about a minute for my blender to work all the ingredients down into a smooth liquid. I poured the mixture into a square baking dish (pre-greased, of course) and slid them into a 350-degree pre-heated oven. They take about 30 minutes to bake.
This is a TERRIBLE quality picture. My Blackberry wasn't doing it's typical awesome job of picture-taking. But here they are, in all their glory:
They were sooo amazing. Besides from having a SLIGHTLY chalky nature (I suppose from the cocoa powder and beans) I couldn't tell the difference between these and real brownies. The lack of flour makes them gluten-free, so these are an outstanding option for anyone who is gluten-intolerant or doesn't want it in their diet.
My other motive for baking was this:
The twins' Namaste Giveaway! They're giving away a Namaste tote as well as assorted goodies. The muffin/toffee frosting mix they sampled looked great, so I figured I'd give entering their giveaway a shot. It's the first I've ever entered, and I probably read about 97973973 blogs that offer monthly giveaways. Wish me luck!
That's it for this post...I'm gonna go stuff myself silly on some more brownies. ;]
Sunday, July 11, 2010
Monday, June 21, 2010
And thus not hungry...grrr.
I more than made up for that today, though:
"Can you hold this while I go tinkle?"
(She'll be back in a moment folks....)
...^ Isn't my boyfriend great? Heehee...heeheee... (Aren't I?)
...Ignore him. =D
My sister and I went out today, as I had a mild case of cabin fever. We decided to venture to the sushi place down the road from our house, which I had been dying to try.
Each roll had spicy salmon on top (marinated in sriracha, it seemed), along with a small drop of the aforementioned INCREDIBLE chile sauce. The roll contained crab, cucumber, and some yellow vegetable that was bitter...I wasn't very fond...maybe it was yellow ginger? Not sure. Dipped lightly in soy sauce, this totally satiated my sushi craving.
For dinner, my sister and I decided to try something a little different:
I found the recipe here, on my cousin's blog.
This was a really simple recipe, and will definitely be something protein-packed to eat for lunch or breakfast when I leave for college.
As the video above will detail, the salmon bagels consist of a whole wheat bagel, cream cheese, canned (or oven-baked) salmon, hard-boiled egg, red onion, and avocado.
I started picking the red onion off mine. As much as I love it, it was a bit to harsh for the mellow tastes of this bagel.
Aside some hashbrowns with hot sauce, this dinner was delish.
Until next time, blogging world!
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
No pictures of that unfortunately, but I packed us crackers with my favorite Sabra hummus, a nutella and organic peanut butter sandwich for him, a organic peanut butter and Crofter's fruit spread sandwich for me, peaches, and plenty of water.
We ate that and were hungry later on, so we ventured to one of our favorite restaurants: Mellow Mushroom. Yay!
He ordered a 10-inch white pizza for himself, while I opted for the half tempeh hoagie:
One word for this hoagie: perfection. Tempeh has been on my list of things to try for a while now, and what better place to try it than at Mellow Mushroom? It was tender and very meat-like; the taste of soy was very, very subtle. Whatever they marinated the tempeh in (I'm going to guess teriyaki) seriously did it justice. Combined with the grilled vegetables, saltiness of the feta cheese, and light pesto mayo, it was truly satisfying. The only thing disappointing was that they left off the sprouts. I was looking forward to those. Ohhh well.
This has nothing to do with my trip to the beach yesterday, but today I tried out Chobani's Pomegranate greek yogurt. I'll take Oiko's over Chobani almost any day, but this yogurt made me re-evaluate that decision.
I've only been able to find pomegranate at one particular grocery store in my city, and it's one that I absolutely detest, but with a 5/$5 deal, I simply couldn't turn down a visit. =]
Basically, not even going to lie, this tastes EXACTLY like the Trix yogurt of my youth. This is going to be a staple flavor from now on. It's right up there with my favorites: Oiko's honey and Oiko's caramel. Yummm. The only thing that was sort of odd was the pomegranate arils at the bottom, but I guess you can't have something pomegranate flavored without those. ;]
Saturday, June 12, 2010
This morning I decided to make a lassi-okay, I could call it a smoothie but I was watching Bobby Flay and he made one so I was inspired-and it was awesomely delicious:
In case you're unfamiliar with a lassi, it's a yogurt-based Indian drink. They can either be savory or sweet, and of course in this instance I made a sweet mango one.
1/2 a mango
5 or 6 raspberries
1 container honey Oiko's greek yogurt
a splash of soy milk
I only used a splash of soy milk and it made the lassi really thick, but if you're looking for something creamier then use upwards of 1/4 cup.
I just blended everything together aaand there it was! A refreshing mango lassi on a warm summer morning. =]
Saturday, May 1, 2010
Friday, April 16, 2010
The asparagus was definitely my favorite part. This was actually only the second time I've eaten asparagus, and I love it:
So easy to prepare, too. Just snap the ends off, brush with olive oil, sprinkle with sea salt, and bake.
This mornings breakfast was simple but very filling:
As you can see I'm a huge bar fan...teeheehee....Amazing Grass Green Superfood bars are at the tippy top of my list, however. I bought one on impulse about two months ago, and I didn't have high expectations...figured it would be gritty and perhaps dirt-flavored. The EXACT opposite is true. It's got such a smooth texture and all you can taste is chocolate, nuttiness, and frutiness, and it's amazingly healthy to boot. Mmmm. Along with the bar I had squeezable apple sauce, which is such an interesting concept. Mess-free and delicious, though. I also had a falafel salad. I definitely want to learn how to make my own falafel, but for now I buy it frozen and simply microwave them. The falafel went on top of a bed of spinach and was drizzled with pomegranate raspberry dressing. Such a great explosion of flavor.
Thursday, April 15, 2010
This morning I had one wheat and flax croissant with crofter's superfruit spread and nutella.
It was DELICIOUS. The croissant obviously wasn't as buttery as the ones I enjoyed in Europe, but it still had a nice texture. Nutella has been a fav for a while but this was my first time trying Crofter's. Best jam I've ever had, by far. It's got chunks of cherries in it and is flavored with organic red grapes, organic passionfruit, and organic maqui, as well as organic natural cane sugar. Perfection. I highly recommend it.
Halfway through my first class I ate an apple C Bar.
I've experimented with all kinds of Clif bars, from the regular ones with the mountain-climber dude on the front, to Luna bars, to the Clif Kids ones. The regular ones are too dense for my taste, but I adore Lunas and the Clif Kids are my favorite. Well...until now. The C bar was soooo good, and so soft. It had the same texture as a Larabar, and tasted much the same as the apple pie kind. I will definitely be buying this one again.
Lunch will remain unpictured since it was a perfunctory school lunch. I honestly detest school lunch but sometimes I'm too lazy to pack, so I buy. It was chicken nugget day, though, which helped me detest the school's food a little less. =]
Asparagus is a side dish for dinner tonight...can't wait!
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Just a brief introduction:
For as long as I can remember, I’ve had a passion for food. I think it began when I was about 8 years old and would park myself in front of the TV and watch hours of Food Network…it mesmerized me. I’d also concoct odd little creations, like freezing orange juice with cherries, or I would beg my mom to try cooking this or that.
Unfortunately around that time I had not only a passion for familiarizing myself with food but also eating it. By the time I was 12 I was about 40 pounds overweight. At 13 I decided to do something about it, so I became a member of a gym and controlled my eating habits. Once I jump started my metabolism, there was no going back, and I lost what I needed to lose. Since then I have chosen moderation over gorging myself. My eating habits have improved even more since I started exploring the all-natural/organic lifestyle, and about 75% of my diet is such. I aspire to be a nutritionist and spread both my passion for health and REAL food.