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I started today a little bit off routine. I’m a creature of habit, so when I wake up late I feel rushed and unbalanced. It was almost 9am and I still needed to pack, shower, get ready, and more importantly HAVE BREAKFAST! I wasn’t very hungry this morning or in the mood for anything particular but I really do not like starting my day with out breakfast (if you read my blog you will see that it is my favorite meal of the day). I wanted a loaded green smoothie (1 cup almond milk, 1 frozen banana, handful of spinach, ice, chia seeds, and Amazing Grass Chocolate Superfood) topped with  Galaxy granola but being the good room-mate that I am, realized my room-mate was still sleeping and my noisy blender going off would be a rude awakening. I decided for the next best (and easiest) thing: 3/4 cup Chobani Plain Greek Yogurt, 1/4 Cup Vanilla Soy Milk, 1/2 TBS Chia Seeds, 1/4 Cup Galaxy Vanilla Almond Granola (my new OBSESSION!!! LOVE THIS STUFF!), a handful of blueberries and cinnamon.

When I stepped out the door the rain was gone, the clouds had parted and there was nothing but blue skies and sunshine! This changed my mood immediately, and after class I had to go for a leisurely riverside run. It was a little bit cold with mild wind in the 50’s, but there is one thing I do not do when we have a sunny day: waste them. I have to take full advantage of the weather, and it always lifts my mood. I ran for about 40 minutes (plus time for pictures, because it was TOO beautiful).

While I was running I started to think about getting a juicer. (My foodie mind is in perpetual motion)Since it is getting to be farmers market season (BEST TIME OF THE YEAR!!!! IT’S PRODUCE CHRISTMAS EVERY WEEKEND!!!) and the weather is getting nicer, I think that a juicer might be a great addition to my kitchen. I love fresh juice, but it is SO expensive at almost $6 a bottle and how refreshing would it be to wake up in the summer and have a glass of fresh juice with breakfast or in the afternoon? I have looked at a few online, and was wondering if anyone had suggestions? I was thinking about getting a product from Breville, I have read about them and when I inquired about juicer advice, the company quickly responded and made suggestions based on the level of use I was looking for.

Since breakfast was a little lame, I had to make up for it with a good lunch. Warm Lentil Salad with Beets and Hazelnut Coated Goat Cheese and of course an apple. When I make warm lentil salad, I usually serve it with a walnut coated goat cheese. I actually had this in mind last night but then was having a Dijon craving and didn’t want my plate/flavors to be TOO busy. I love the way the goat cheese medallion slightly melts when it is placed on the lentils. The combination of the spices and the texture of the lentils with the creamy goat cheese is phenomenal. It is simple, but so luxurious.

Dinner tonight will have to be something fast; I’m doing my usual shift at the bakery until 9pm. I love it there :)! I might be feeling creative with my “lunch box” dinner so I’ll be sure to post later!

Reinventing Leftovers,

Nora

What are your thoughts about purchasing a juicer?

I received some comments about what I do for work outs/ what snacks etc I eat through out the day. I don’t always post everything, so I was wondering what you would like me to blog about more. I would love to hear some feedback! 🙂

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My Boyfriend.

Dinner tonight was met with indecision. Did I want something hot? Cold? Cheesy? Fish? Vegetarian? Grains? Pasta? Too many options! I haven’t made my simple Honey-Dijon Baked Salmon since summer, and my current beet/hazelnut obsession is still holding strong (I NEED A JUICER!!!). I decided to make a dish to incorporate both. Hmmm…beets and salmon what to make, what to make. A million ideas were flying through my head. I could make a beet sauce for the salmon, make a roasted beet and lentil salad and top it with salmon etc. I decided that the flavors I wanted to use for the salmon and for the elements of the lentil salad didn’t really work together. I ended up baking the Salmon with a Honey-Dijon Glaze, and made a side of Steamed Spinach topped with Warm Lentil Salad, Shredded Carrots, Roasted Beets in an Orange/Cranberry Sauce and Chopped Hazelnuts.

I loved the beets! After roasting, I diced them and added them to a small sauce pan with Orange Juice, Cinnamon and ~2 TBS Crofters North America Superfruit Spread. It was sweet and earthy; a perfect contrast to my spicy warm lentil salad, which was composed of: 1/4 Spanish Onion, 1/3 of a Large Carrot Diced, 1/2 Celery Stalk Diced, 1/4 Red Pepper Diced, chopped White Button Mushrooms, Green Lentils, Cumin, Curry, Red Pepper Flakes and Cracked Black Pepper (cooked in chicken broth). I ended up flaking the salmon on top of the side dish because the dijon/honey elements went so well with the flavors. It was a big success, but I have a few ideas in my head for next time ;)! I love experimenting in the kitchen; I never know what I will come up with.

Dessert was met with more indecision. Did I want chocolate? Fruit? Ice cream? YES!  Recently I have been loving natural chunky apple sauce (why do I never buy this?), and decided on that with some vanilla frozen yogurt and Maranatha Dark Chocolate Almond Spread (aka my boyfriend). I’d be lying if I said I didn’t go back for seconds of the apple sauce and dark chocolate almond, it was fantastic!

Dreaming of Food,

Nora

Do you ever “rediscover” foods that you love when you haven’t had them in a while?

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It’s official, I need to buy a juicer.

All of the spring-like weather we had last week was a gigantic tease, and it remained in the upper 30’s with cold rain ALL day. After my exams, I needed a little spirit boost (and warmth, I was freezing!) so I decided to go to another Vinyasa class. My experience with raw juice was so positive yesterday that I thought I would try another daring mix, “Beatnik”: Beet, Apple Carrot. I happen to love beets, but know that they are an acquired taste; people either LOVE them or HATE them. I wasn’t sure how the earthy beet would fair in a beverage. The flavor was there, but it wasn’t potent and the carrot and apple gave a sweetness to the drink. It was really good, but I think I liked my “Lean ‘n Green” a little bit more, granted they are extremely different drinks.

I quickly sipped this beauty down and it reminded me of how much I love beets. My dinner was inspired: Roasted Beet and Blood Orange Salad with Grilled Balsamic Tempeh. As I drove home, I dreamed up a Mixed Green Salad with Clover Sprouts, Grilled Balsamic Tempeh, Blood Oranges, Avocado, English Cucumber, Celery, Roasted Beets, Cinnamon/Cumin Roasted Kabocha Squash, Goat Cheese and Toasted Hazelnuts. It is a good thing that the Yoga studio is about 5 minutes from my grocery store, because I have meal ideas galore after these classes! I was a girl with a plan, and  picked up lots of produce: Mixed Greens, Clover Sprouts, Avocado, Blood Orange, Celery and BEETS along with Hazelnuts and Goat Cheese to supplement the items I had at home. The flavors were amazing and there was a nice balance of sweet, savory, and spicy. Not to mention the textural elements of the creamy avocado and goat cheese paired with the crunchy celery and hazelnuts. I started with a base of mixed greens (should have used more because the tempeh caused it to “fall”) and topped it with a layer of clover sprouts. I added the grilled tempeh to the center and surrounded it with a layer of blood orange, avocado and English cucumber. I sprinkled the beets, celery, Kabocha, hazelnuts and goat cheese around the plate and VOILA!

Meal Dreams,

Nora

Do you ever dream of “what dish is next” ? If so, what types of dishes do you tend to get creative with?

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