Wreaking Havoc, and love.

February 15, 2010

Before I get to the havoc wreaking, I’d like to show my softer side:

As you  have noticed, I love to make breakfast for my little brother. No idea why, but I do. So, in the spirit of Valentine’s Day, I made him some blueberry pancakes with butter, syrup, & love. Because after all, I love him berry much.

I love to spread love through food, I really do.

I also love cereal, Kashi Go Lean Crunch, to be exact. It’s probably my favorite! Especially when covered in the best fruit combination ever. Strawberries & Bananas. Great way to celebrate President’s Day, eh?

Now, here’s where the executions of vengeance and passion come to play:

Trader Joe’s Raw, Creamy Almond butter. All good things come to an end, and this one was violent. Many carrot lives were taken in the process.

and the brutalities continue…

I can turn 30 oz of hummus into 5 oz like it’s my job. After my next meal, I’m certain the plastic container will be completely transparent. Those chickpeas don’t stand a chance. Like I said, wreaking havoc.

I’ve jumped on the bandwagon. Ask me anything!

Happy Monday!

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!

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:

(glamour shot)

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?