Posted in Apple, Banana, Breakfast, Cheese, Chobani, Cinnamon, Desserts, Dinner, Hummus, Kopali, Lunch, Nuts, Peanut Butter, Sandwich, Sandwiches, Side Dishes, Snacks, Spinach, Vegetables, Walnuts, tagged Apple, Apple Sauce, Big Sandwich, blackberries, Breakfast, Bush's Baked Beans, Carrot Fries, Cedar's Original Hummus, Chobani, Cinnamon, Dark Chocolate, Dinner, Ezekiel Bread, Frozen Yogurt, Hummus, Kopali, Luna Protein Bar, Lunch, Reeses, Roasted Broccoli, Sweet Potato, swiss cheese, Turkey Sandwich, Walnuts, watermelon on May 3, 2010|
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Hey everyone! I hope you all survived this Manic Monday! What makes Monday such a crazy day anyways? I swear I always feel like I’m being pulled in 7 directions, running around like a chicken with my head cut off (what a bizarre phrase.). I have lots of studying to get done this evening but wanted to post some of the foods that really hit the spot today. I love when I eat something and it is EXACTLY what I wanted.
“Breakfast” (I have to put this in quotes because this is not something I would typically consider breakfast.):
For once in my life I didn’t feel like making breakfast and I was in a rush to study. Good thing I have an ample bar supply! I know I said before that I wasn’t fond of these Chocolate Cherry Almond Luna Protein Bars but I think they are growing on me. When I went to my stash I was thinking Chocolate Peanut Butter Luna but this little guy just jumped out at me. It COMPLETELY hit the spot and this mini meal held me over for a few hours!
Lunch:I’m still working on cleaning out my fridge and I was craving some hummus and cheese on toast so lunch today was a monster sandwich. This monster contained: 2 slices of Ezekiel Bread, Cedar’s Original Hummus, Swiss Cheese, spicy brown mustard, spinach, cucumber, sprouts, Roma tomato and turkey breast. On the side I had watermelon and a Honeynana Chobani Champions with blackberries and 1 TBS walnuts.
Lunch was also supposed to have this beet, carrot, celery and ginger juice, but I think the beet was a little overripe (bad part of cleaning the fridge…things you forgot you had gone to waste 😦 ) and it tasted a little off.
After lunch I went to Barnes and Noble to study and of course I got a Grande Non-Fat Cinnamon Dolce Latte.I think I have it set in my head that I need a warm, sweet, foamy latte in my hands in order to focus on tedious material. I also had a bite of a Vanilla Bean Cheesecake Factory Cupcake that they had for sampling! SCORE! Only 4 more days!
All day long at the Barnes and Noble cafe I kept smelling coffee, peanut butter (they have amazing peanut butter cup cookies that they heat up!) and maple. I was also FREEZING thanks to their work conducive temperatures so I wanted something cozy for dinner. I saw this sweet potato and baked beans concoction on Caitlin’s blog, and knew I had to try it. I picked up some Bush’s Original Baked Beans (has bacon, not the vegetarian!) a while ago anticipating the day when I would make this. I roasted the potato in the oven at 450 for about 40 minutes. I almost cooked the sweet potato in the microwave but I LOVE eating the skin, and it gets crispy and caramelized when you roast it in the oven 🙂 . I cut the sweet potato open, sprinkled it with cinnamon and topped it with baked beans. HOLY COW! Caitlin, you are a genius! This is the most surprisingly fantastic thing I’ve ever consumed. I swear I would be a very happy girl if I had this every night for the rest of my life. On the side I had some roasted broccoli, carrot fries and dill pickles. Everything was dipped in ketchup, even the sweet potato.
I was feeling a bit “All-American-Cookout” after dinner and decided to continue this theme for dessert.I give you: Vanilla Bean Frozen Yogurt topped with cinnamon, chunky natural apple sauce, a chopped Medjool Date and Kopali Dark Chocolate Covered Cacao Nibs. This tasted like a wholesome apple crumble. The date pieces give a nice maple flavor, and harden for an extra chewy texture. It was only missing one thing: Peanut Butter. I dove back into my freezer candy stash after the photo for a miniature Reese Peanut Butter Cup. Perfection.
Now I am full and satisfied and ready to get back to work. I find it makes SUCH a difference when I study with a full and happy belly. I am a million times more focused and productive. Although, I do start day dreaming about all of the things I want to make post-graduation after a few hours of reading Freud.
What is your favorite simple and satisfying meal?
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Posted in Dinner, Fish, tagged barbecue, Bogle Vineyards, Cinnamon, Cooking For One, Dinner, Petite Sirah, Salad, Sweet Potato, Tilapia on April 27, 2010|
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Enter: A Day in My Life:
This is my dinner on my coffee table. It is one of the three places in my apartment where I tend to settle down for meals. Breakfast is almost always in bed (and dinner on occasion) and when I am home for lunch/dinner, these meals are often enjoyed sitting at my desk or in the living room in front of my computer and TV. Such is my typical, single, college life. Unless I am stuck on campus or have dinner plans, I often cook for one and eat alone. I find solace in making myself a meal that satisfies at the end of a long day. As much as I enjoy cooking for others, it is also special to be able to prepare nice things for one.
Tonight I was randomly craving BBQ sauce and baked sweet potato wedges with cinnamon. I pulled out a piece of Tilapia from my freezer earlier and thought, “Why not bake it with barbecue sauce?” Exactly…why not? For dinner tonight I made Barbecue Tilapia with a Spinach, Mixed Vegetable and Peach side salad and Cinnamon Baked Sweet Potato Wedges. I swear I could put cinnamon or barbecue sauce on anything and it would taste like a million bucks. Along side I had a glass of Bogle Petite Sirah. I normally would not pair this wine with a light fish but the heavy sauce needed a complex wine. It was such a simple yet nice meal to satisfy my cravings and give me some warmth on this cold April night.
Serving Dinner For One,
What are your favorite dishes to make when you are cooking for just yourself?
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Posted in Almond Butter, Almond Milk, Antioxidant, Bakery, Banana, Breakfast, Cheese, Chicken, Chobani, Cinnamon, Dinner, Oatmeal, Produce, Side Dishes, Spinach, Vegetables, tagged Almond Butter, bbq chicken, blackberries, Breakfast, Chobani, Dinner, greek salad, Greek Yogurt, Grilled Chicken, Oatmeal, side salad, sweet cherries, Sweet Potato on April 10, 2010|
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I wake up every morning EXCITED for breakfast. If I have been “dreaming” up a new combination or dish it is even more motivation to get out of bed. I haven’t had the time to make stove-top oatmeal in days, and knew this Saturday morning was the perfect opportunity to get back at it! I don’t know if it was because I had more time today, or if my “oatmeal form” is just improving from practice, but I have to say this bowl was simply divine. You can even see tender pieces of banana in the base! I knew I wanted blackberries and almond butter because I haven’t had them in a few days, and lets jut face it, a day without almond butter is a sad day for me. I had some frozen cherries on hand and dreamt up a big bowl of Cherry-Berry Oats.
Oats: 1/4 cup oat bran, 2 TBS rolled oats, 1/3 cup unsweetened almond milk, 1/3 cup water, 1/2 large sliced banana, vanilla extract, cinnamon, 1/2 TBS chia seeds.
Toppings: sautéed Sweet Cherries (I heated frozen cherries in a small sauce pan with orange juice…AMAZING), Chobani Greek Yogurt, Blackberries and 1TBS crunchy almond butter.
The 40 degree weather has channeled me to make foods of summer. This breakfast reminded me of cherry pie and last night I made Barbeque Chicken and Sweet Potato Fries with a Greek Side Salad. I can’t even tell you the last time I had BBQ, but for some reason I was really craving it for dinner. I marinated a chicken breast in some Memphis Style BBQ sauce and grilled the chicken on a cast iron grill pan about 7 minutes per side. I didn’t have time to make sweet potato fries in the oven (it was nearly 8:15 when I started making dinner!) so I broke out the panini maker, dusted the rounds with curry and cinnamon and grilled away. On the side my salad contained spinach, red bell pepper, cucumber, celery, sprouts, feta cheese, mushrooms and balsamic vinaigrette dressing.
I’m glad I had such a filling and satisfying breakfast because today I’m going to be running around the bakery for 6 hours :). I love my job, and even though I have a lot of school work to do it is a nice break and change of pace to be at work.
Have A Great Saturday,
What are your favorite summer time dishes? What is your favorite seasonal produce item?
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Posted in Dinner, New Food Ventures, Spinach, Vegetables, tagged Baked Tofu, Brussel Sprouts, Dinner, New Food Venture, Sweet Potato, Tofu on February 28, 2010|
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I am by no means a vegetarian, but from time to time I do appreciate a good tofu or tempeh protein source in my meal. I have to emphasize the word “good” because I have had some bad tofu experiences in the past where it was over cooked or poorly flavored. Tofu essentially takes on whatever flavor you give it. I have always been a bit intimidated by those huge blocks of tofu at the grocery store. It seemed like such an effort to prepare: pressing all of the water out of the block, slicing, marinading, preparing etc. I went to some websites that called to press the block with a cheese cloth for hours and then let it marinade overnight. NO WAY do I have that kind of time. I decided to keep it simple. I took a block of firm tofu and pressed out as much water as I could, using paper towels. After this I divided the block into four sections (serving size is about 1/4 of a 16oz block) and cut each section into about 4 thin sections. I pressed the liquid out a bit more from each slice, and placed them into a glass baking dish. I coated each piece with a mixture of low-sodium soy sauce and rice wine vinegar and lightly dusted each piece with cumin. I baked it at about 400 for 20-25 minutes, turning once until firm. I completed the dish, making Baked Tofu with Roasted Sweet Potato and Brussel Sprout Wedges.It came out surprisingly well and was extremely filling. The soy/vinegar marinade was flavorful but not too intense and went nicely with the fresh spinach and carrot salad with sautéed mushrooms, onions and red peppers that I topped it with. The tofu had a meaty texture, which I prefer. I find sometimes that tofu can become rubbery or be too soft and have a cheese like consistency.
Maybe, I’ll be come a vegetarian? That is extremely unlikely, but it was a nice twist to repetitive chicken and fish!
Have you ever prepared tofu? What is your favorite way?
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