Blood

February 14, 2010

…Blood never tasted so good…

As I ate this blood orange, I looked at the mirror only to find the reflection of myself eating what looked like an organ of some sort. I was freaked out by the redness of this fruit! Mother Nature is pretty morbid… but very delicious. Delicious, indeed.

And now, I’d like to present to you another addition of Toast Toppers:

Laughing Cow Wedge, Strawberries & Cinnamon and Avocado and Edamame Toast

One is like strawberry cream cheese, and the other is like a green blizzard of buttery smoothness. I may even like these toppings better than the last… perhaps.

DEFINITELY try these.

Happy Valentines Day. Have any special plans?

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Rest in peace.

February 11, 2010

Alexander McQueen.

March 16, 1969 – February 11, 2010

No one single man has ever amazed me more. His work will forever inspire. I’ve never been more affected by the death of someone I didn’t know. He was an artist, an amazing artist. May he rest in peace.

Seriously, this hit me hard.

The Art of Blooking

February 10, 2010

I’m blogging, as I run back and forth from the kitchen to the table while simultaneously cooking dinner. Welcome, Blooking.  It’s a new art, one which I hope to master. Have you mastered the art of blooking?

This morning, I decided to take another whack at oatmeal… in hopes that my oatmeal cravings had not completely vanquished.

I made myself a beautiful bowl of Banana Oatmeal (half banana cooked in, the other half on top) topped with defrosted blueberries & a scoop of almond butter. Now that, my friends, is a scoop. Adorned with cinnamon, naturally.

It tasted as good as it looks; however, I think I’ll stick to variety for breakfast, not oats everyday. No offense to all my oat-lovin’ readers!

Last night, I tried something new with dinner:

Quinoa Polenta. I warmed it up in a pan, added a little milk to smooth it out, and proceeded to add spinach & garbanzos to the mix. Delish.

Topped with balsamic & mustard roasted brussels sprouts & red onion. How HEAB -ish does this look?

…speaking of supper, Dinner is served!
Egyptian Edamame Stew

Egyptian Edamame Stew. Let me know if you’re interested in the recipe!

How to make your older brother, who hates vegetables (with the exception of canned green beens), eat a dinner full of Super Foods. Or, if you’d rather, a How to turn a veggie hater into a veggie fiend through one meal.

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White Sweet Potato Kale and Red Bean Pasta Bake


…Let the process begin…

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First, take a large sweet potato & chop it into cubes. Place the cubes into a microwave safe dish, add a little water to steam, and cover.
Microwave for 5 minutes, or until the sweet potato is cooked through.

While the potatoes are a’cookin’, cook up some pasta (I used Whole Wheat Rotini, but Penne or Farfalle would work marvelously, too)

And while the pasta is a’cookin’, wash a bundle of Kale, give it a kiss and say your last words…

Chop, chop, chop. Butcher that kale. And next, kill it’s cousin, the onion–just one!

Prepare the flaming inferno, also known as the stove. Take one large pan and drizzle in some EVOO. Let it heat up, and then add some chopped garlic. I like a lot of garlic. I don’t like Edward Cullen.

While you’re waiting for the garlic to become fragrant, gather your other ingredients. Organic Kidney Beans (Don’t get rid of the bean water!), Part Skim Mozzerella, Shredded Parmesan. The garlic should smell up your kitchen now, so add the onion to ze pan. Cook the onion until translucent.

Add the cooked sweet potato to the pan, season with some salt & pepper lovin. Let the Sweet Potato & Onion get to know each other for a few minutes.

Introduce the SP & Onion to their new friend, Kale.

An again, let them a few moments to get acquainted.

Not it’s time to get a little wet & wild. (Pour the bean water into pan to help everyone get a little closer, and add some chili flakes for a little spice)

Don’t forget the pasta! It wants in, too. I used about 3/4 of the cooked pasta. Add it directly to the veggies.

Now, add 1/4c shredded Parmesan to the mix. Plus a few extra pinches 😉 Gotta get it cheesy. Stir, stir, stir.

It’s time for the magical fruit! Add the kidney beans.

Take the pasta & vegetable mixture and pour it into a baking dish. Proceed to cover it with 8oz of sliced mozzarella… and a few more sprinkles of Parmesan.

Pop it in an oven at 350 for approx. 15-20 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and the top is golden.

Open the oven to this masterpiece.

Serves about 4-6 people.

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Dark leafy greens–such as kale, spinach, collard greens, swiss chard– bring out the flavor in mozzarella. Sweet Potato and kale is a stellar combo, jam packed with not only flavor, but also immense health benefits… but you’ll never know that when it tastes THIS good.

My favorite toast toppers

February 8, 2010

My very favorite toast toppers are NOT butter nor jam, peanut butter nor jelly. They are an odd combination of gooey goodness that I find absolutely remarkable.
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Oroweat Sandwich thins, one with TJ’s Raw AB & banana, the other with shmeared avocado & banana. Served with cotttage cheese, blueberries, the rest of my banana, and a drizzle of agave for good measure.

Now, now, don’t be alarmed. I am not insane. Avocado (which in the past, was dubbed ‘Poor Man’s butter’) and Banana is a combination that, to me, parallels bananas and peanut butter.
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Savory. Sweet. Melt in your mouth goodness. I may be too excited about it, but that’s fine by me. Try it, please. Just take 1 avocado, slice desired amount. Spread, top, and conquer.
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I love Costco. Only there, am I made my berry happiest. (pun intended) $7.99 for 5lb of frozen blueberries is reason enough for me to endure the most crowded day the store probably has, the day before the Super bowl. Plus, $3.79 for 40 oz of spinach ain’t bad either.

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I brought this bar to school today:
Amazing Grass Berry Whole Food Energy Bar.
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This bar has the same overall review as my last review of the AG bars, texture and size wise. However, the more saturated, or intensified, ‘berry’ flavor in this bar was more of a con than a pro. It was a slightly fruitier version of the Original Whole Food Energy bar… not too impressive. The nutritional stats and ingredient lists of the AG bars is enough to stop any complaints, though!

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What’s cooking in Sam’s kitchen tonight?
Sweet Potato Phone

My family will feast upon  __________________ this evening. Any guesses? The ingredient list includes–but is not limited to–one large, phone shaped sweet potato, kale, and mozerella.

Any guesses?

Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

February 7, 2010

I was so excited this morning to have my first bowl of oatmeal since I was sick. I had blueberries & pear in mind, without a doubt. I dreamed of the blissful bowl of breakfast I’d dive into this morning. It looked a little like this-

(layered: frozen blueberries, oatmeal/cream of wheat mix, more frozen blueberries, a diced pear, slivered almonds)

Sounds pretty good, right? Well, I suppose it’s time for change in my life. This breakfast was a chore to eat. Yes, a CHORE. The oatmeal texture sickened me, and I would have much rather eaten the pear & blueberries on their own. All this week, I have been eating more savory than sweet breakfasts, eaten with fork or by hand rather than spoon. I’m so sad to say it, but I don’t think I’ll be having oatmeal for a while.

My days will start off with much more of this:

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Great Harvest

Why the sun shines, as I’m sure Kath can attest to. Nine Grain & Sunflower Whole Wheat. Oh, Em, Gee.

“How do they make such exquisite bread?”-Nick

Slices also go marvelously with last night’s dinner.

Crock Pot Lentil Soup

  • 28oz can petite diced tomatoes
  • 160z white beans (I used White Kidney, aka Cannellini)
  • 12oz bag frozen chopped spinach
  • 1c dry brown lentils
  • 3c water
  • 1c chopped carrots
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1.5tsp red chili flakes
  • 1tsp salt
  • 1Tbsp Tastefully Simple’s Diced Tomato & Garlic Pesto Mix **
  • Pepper to taste

In a slow cooker or crock pot, combine all ingredients and cook on high for 5 hours, and then cook for 1-2 hours more on low. Voila! Awesome soup, ready at your leisure.

** If you do not have this marvelous mix, simply add dried basil & parsley in lieu of it. Any Italian herbs should suffice.

I apologize for my less than stellar presentation, but this soup was sensational… especially atop a bed of fresh spinach with a blob of hummus:)

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Review Time: Amazing Grass Whole Food Energy Bar

Taste: Slight berry sweetness and subtle nuttiness, ‘green’ flavor (in a good way)

Texture: A little drier than a Larabar, but still chewy and dense

Size: It’s the size of the wrapper, so there’s no surprises when you open it and go “Where’s my bar?” So, thumbs up!

Overall, this bar was very good & I would definitely purchase it again. I cannot wait to try the others!!

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How was your weekend?

Amazing

February 6, 2010

Amazing, indeed. The awesome people over at Amazing Grass sent me a package’o’goodies to sample.


My nearest Whole Foods always has samples of the Kid’s Wild Berry Super food…. and I always sneak several tastes. I love em.

Reviews to come. Happy Saturday 🙂

Recipe for Lasagna Rolls to come soon…