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!

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Carrot with Character

January 13, 2010

Over the summer, at my favorite place in the world–San Francisco’s Ferry Building Farmer’s Market– I ate sassy food.

Sassy, indeed.

While on the topic of this past summer, I’d like to showcase one of my most favorite breakfasts that I enjoyed  frequently while in SF. I was experiencing withdrawals last night, and dreamed about planned on recreating the breakfast that brings me back to the best summer of my life.

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Ezekiel Original Sprouted Grain Cereal, Trader Joe’s Raw Creamy Unsalted Almond Butter, Apricots, Banana, and a photo-shy carton of soymilk.

The perfect breakfast, in my eyes. I find it to be the most nutritious, satisfying, and delicious combination in my breakfast book. The nutty, crunchy gloriousness of the cereal is the absolute perfect addition to the creamy banana, sweet yet bitter apricots, and the divinity that is raw almond butter. I first purchased this cereal at the greatest little grocery store in Haight Ashbury when I stepped in to pick up some apricots. And this morning, when I took the first bite, I was transported back to the refrigerator room of my dorm, staring out the window at the swiftly moving sky.

I was always the first girl up. 7:00 am. I’d jump off the bunk bed (I got top), throw on my running clothes, grab a handful of trail mix, brush my teeth and sprint past the doorman out into the awakening city. I’d go for a jog down Sutter Street, up Octavia (and I really mean UP, twas a very steep hill!), and through Lafayette park. On sunny mornings, I’d stop and sit on a bench facing the bay & gaze at the Golden Gate bridge. On foggy ones, I’d sit at a bench on the other side, watching people walk their dogs. And I’d just sit.  For about 20 minutes, I felt like the city was embedded within my being. I’d smile, get up, and run back home. I will forever refer back to those Summer mornings as the most blissful moments of my life.

They may seem trivial, but my mornings in San Francisco will forever be with me. They will be my ‘happy place’.

What’s the once place in the world where you have achieved pure tranquility?

What meal/food automatically transports you to a place of your past?

And now, I digress

Today’s lunch:

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Spinach salad with carrots, cucumber, sprouts, amazing hummus, and garden veggie tempeh… topped with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar.

After School snack:

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The best grapefruit I’ve ever had.

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and some of this-

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Truly sensational. Because I am growing fonder and fonder of fantastic tasting food, I dub these Kaia Sweet Curry Sunflower Seeds as the most delicious snack ever. For today, I at least.

Today, in regards to food, has been perfect.  And it’s only going to get better!

It’s my mom’s birthday today, and I’m making a special pizza & salad supper 🙂

Stay tuned….

Oh! and make sure you check out Maggie’s giveaway !

Pretty Pistachio.

December 17, 2009

pretty pistachio

Possibly the prettiest nut. I felt bad eating it…

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Obviously not that bad.

Pistachios contain just 1.5 grams of saturated fat and 13 grams of fat – the majority of which comes from monounsaturated fat. A one-ounce serving of pistachios equals 49 nuts – more per serving than any other snack nut. One serving of pistachios has as much potassium as half a large banana. I’ve been snacking on them like crazy!

While snacking, my eyes feasted upon some glorious snail mail-

Dream School

Cornell. My goal. My future (hopefully!)

Say a little prayer for me everyday. Your support will get me in 😉

...typical lunch.

Today’s lunch consisted of the usual carrots and cucumber, apple and heart thrive. Apricot, to be more specific. I’ve been enjoying these all week as a component of my lunch (which never sees much variety)… this flavor was tasty, but with all my might, I couldn’t catch that apricot flavor I so desperately yearned for. I did, however, taste the almond extract within the first bite. Even though it was the last ingredient, its taste was definitely the most dominating. No complaining though, I thoroughly enjoyed it in US History when my tummy started to make noises.

Last night’s supper for the family:

Edamame Alfredo

Edamame Alfredo

Atop the daily bed of spinach lay whole wheat linguine and Alfredo sauce made with broccoli, celery, onion, and edamame. I used Simply Organic’s Alfredo sauce packet and subbed just milk and a dab of butter for vegetable broth and a dash of milk. I was worried the broth would leave the sauce a little runny, but my worries were put to rest upon first bite.

Twas tasty.

I hope everyone had themselves a Thrilling Thursday–deep down inside, we’re all wishing we could kick it with the ‘Crazy 88s’ like Uma Thurman does.

…watching over me. Seriously, they’ve brought me some mighty merit hence the 41/43 score that I received on my Scarlet Letter Final Exam and the 44/50 on my timed writing! I thought I failed, remember? I guess the beta carotene works as brain juice, too. Well, I guess we can all expect hands with stronger pigments of orange if I’m pulling of a 4.0 this semester!

Maybe if I eat enough yellow carrots, my hands and soles of my feet will start to regain a somewhat normal pigment. Wishful thinking. Hell, I ain’t ashamed of orange extremities!

Unlike my Scarlet Letter final, this bar did not receive a high grade in my book. Don’t shoot me, but I’ve been rather disappointed with the seasonal Clif bars lately. They all taste the same, more or less! Thus, I plan to stick to my 18 rabbits, Laras, and Heart Thrives for packaged treats for the time being.

What is worthy of kudos, however, is a classic that’s dear to many of our hearts-

Grilled cheese and tomato soup 🙂

I wish everyone the happiest of Hump Days!

And to get you thinking (and laughing, more likely)– who was your first boyfriend/girlfriend?

I’ve been thinking a lot about mine. Although I was only in 8th grade, it was love. Poke fun if you must, but it was a magical experience ❤

Sweet Rose

December 14, 2009

For breakfast this morning, I made myself a bowl of something near and dear to my stomach heart…Overnight Oats! I don’t know if any of you remember from my old posts (circa May-June), I used to eat this every morning with different fruit. I made the most beautiful breakfasts back in the day 😉 Exhibit A:

Without further ado, I present to you my breakfast that was long over due…

Strawberry Banana Overnight Oats

1/2c oats, cinnamon, & 1/2 vanilla soy milk refrigerated overnight. chopped strawberries and 1/2 a banana added in the morning, as well as a few pistachios and some Trader Joe’s Raw Creamy AB.

I forgot how amazing non-cooked breakfasts taste 🙂

I never feature what I bring to school for lunch, but I felt today’s was worthy… for it’s Date Heart Thrive review! Here we have an apple, both yellow & orange carrots, cucumber, leftover roasted kabocha and one heart thrive!

I dub this flavor 5/5 on the scale of tastiness. I remember this flavor being my favorite over the summer… I don’t know what it is about great dates, but they always leave me wanting more (pun intended)! Same texture as the others, except it has bits of chewy dates 🙂 Me gustan.

And this is why my post is named ‘Sweet Rose‘. I made Sweet Potato Broccoli Lasagna for supper tonight using her recipe. So damn tasty.

Here’s a late Sunday lunch of spinach, chickpeas, and freshly roasted kabocha with a little ketchup 😉

…and here’s the awesome snow cloud that swept across the valley! It was so gorgeous.

Now, I want you to do something. Tomorrow make it your mission to compliment 3 people you don’t know.

Have a terrific Tuesday!