Unlimited quinoa anyone?

14 06 2008

Sorry for the once again delayed post.. Got in pretty late last night and just wanted to hit the hay asap!

The same breakfast that you’ll see until the cereal box is empty.. Kashi Go Lean Crunch, Fiber One, sliced banana, strawberries, and raisins. I am not even close to being sick of this stuff yet! 😛

Pre-gym snack was a mini cinnamon-raisin homemade bagel with some PB! Got some upper body + cardio done within an hour.

Went to the mall (yeah, I know..) again to return the sandals I bought from Old Navy the other day that turned out to be a tad too big. But JUST as I’m walking out the door, I see Costa Blanca with 50% off sale signs everywhere. So you know what that means 😀 Came out with a summer-y dress & yellow flats. I finally got around to using up the store credit I had soo.. the best part was that I spent $0 WOOHOO! 

I STILL had some leftover cooked quinoa that I prepared the other day.. seems like I have a bottomless pit of this stuff!! Surprise, surprise what was for lunch! Whipped up Orange Tofu Quinoa.. words can’t describe how perfect this dish was! I loved how the orange flavor totally popped out.

Posted this up in the Recipes section.. you won’t be disappointed, I promise!

Then I saw the last piece of Upside Down Apple Pie in the fridge.. I wasn’t dying for a piece, but I just ate it anyways just because it was there 😛 Haha, not really a good reason but I couldn’t let it go to waste 😉

Lunch kept me full for a while, so dinner was a small bowl of mainly the veggies from the Orange Tofu Quinoa and shared half a mango with the bf.

Then I get a call to go to this Italian restaraunt, Anducci’s, for my friend’s last minute birthday dinner. Even though I had JUST finished eating, I got a small appy of Wok Chili Squid. No camera, so unfortunately.. no picture! But the description was.. “Tender pieces of squid sauteed in a sizzling wok with fresh garlic, crushed chilis, lime and bruschetta salsa.” So try to picture THAT! It wasn’t greasy at all, so A+ in my book! I also had a Strawberry Daquiri that I drank a leeetle too quickly, so I left feeling a tad light-headed. Can we say.. lightweight?!

When I got home, the bf made a concoction involving some Breyers FF Chocolate Fudge Brownie Ice Cream + Organic Chocolate Graham Bears..

= this! Topped off with a couple white chocolate chunks.. HEAVEN I tell ya!  I totally didn’t need this either, but I blame my lack of control on the alcohol 😛

As for today, I had a pretty productive morning already. Picked up my paycheque, went to the bank, went for a nice hour long jog, and did laundry! WHEW. Now I’m off to study some math for the THEA and do some at-home lower body workouts.

Happy weekend :D! 

 

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I need to be put in retail rehab..

13 06 2008

Woke up excited for my Straw-nana cereal bowl again 😀 Am I the only one that wakes up with food as the first thing in mind?! We’re out of multigrain flakes so filled this up with half Fiber One and half Kashi GoLean Crunch.

So I went to the mall with the intention of just paying my cell phone bill, not stopping any where else, no shopping, end of story. Well obviously.. that didn’t happen 😛 I decided I needed to get a new bag (as if I don’t already have 10 million other ones stuffed away in my closet) to use as a light carry-on for the plane.

I’ve been lusting over this Vera Bradley tote for a while but they don’t ship to Canada 😦 BOOO! So I was on a mission to find a similar cotton bag.. First picked up this one from Off the Wall on sale for $10! Down side is that it doesn’t have any shoulder straps or zippers. But with my will power.. I can never pass up a sale!

Ended up kicking myself later as I found the perfect bag at Winners. Too bad the one I just bought was a final sale. Don’t you hate it when that happens??

Then I stopped by Old Navy to check out their new stuff.. dangerous, I tell ya. I left with 2 gladiator sandals in black & brown (couldn’t make up my mind!) and a bikini top on sale.

Okay.. I’m officially promising myself.. NO MORE SHOPPING until I go to Houston. I can last two more weeks, I think..

Mid-morning snack was a homemade cinnamon-raisin bagel with PB&B, green tea, all along with an Advil because I was feeling those “womanly cramps” errr!

I fell asleep by accident while watching tv but luckily I woke up just in time to eat a quick lunch before heading off to work!

Had the last of the leftover Chicken & Tomato Quinoa, a small piece of porkchop, and some sliced cucumber with soy-ginger dressing to dip.

Enjoyed about half a cup of some Chapman’s Maple Walnut Frozen Yogurt because it just felt like one of those days that I had to treat myself! 🙂 This has GOT to be the best flavor ever created..

I also had a mango later on in the day but forgot to snap a picture. Oh well, you guys will be seeing tons of them anyways we have a whole caseload at the house (which I’m predicting is not going to last very long..)

The bf’s mom made spaghetti for dinner but I wasn’t in a very pasta-y mood so I just had the spaghetti sauce over quinoa. Quinoa is so good with everything! I still have quite a bit leftover so I might try it out as something sweet for breakfast. Had a corn on the cob on the side as well as some random apple slices that I didn’t end up finishing.

 

I’m off to go study some math for the THEA test that I have to take when I get to Houston. Way to wreck the anticipation for a vacation huh?

See you all tomorrow :)!  





Gray day

12 06 2008

I lied. The weather was crappy again today.. I’m starting to forget what it looks like with LIGHT outside! At least it’s supposed to be sunny with 0% chance of precipitation this weekend!! I’m addicted to weather.ca if you haven’t noticed 😛

I haven’t had a Straw-nana smoothie in a while.. so brought it in my cereal bowl 🙂 Kashi Go Lean Crunch, Fiber One, Nature’s Path FlaxPlus Multigrain with a sliced strawberry, half a banana and a couple raisins thrown in. I loved this combo! Well then, guess what’s for breakfast tomorrow..

Tried out some of the Stash Goji Berry Green Tea we picked up the other day. Really fruity with a twist to it, I’m going to try it iced tomorrow with some honey to sweeten it up a bit more!

Gym workout again today. That reminds me that I’m going to have to find a new gym when I move to Houston.. Ahh it’s going to be hard for me to part with my rec center that I’ve grown to love 😦

There wasn’t much in the fridge to make lunch, so we went to our favorite Japanese restaraunt for my all-time favorite meal 🙂

Started off with some green tea, miso soup, and a salad with miso-ginger dressing. There’s something about house salads at Japanese places.. it’s so simple but ridiculously tasty!

I was going to try out a different roll, but the lunch special was 2 cali rolls with a soup & salad for only $5! Whatta deal. The California rolls are so well made here. The crab (even though it’s artificial) is always so fresh tasting, not too much mayo, they don’t overload the rice, and the rice is never “mushy”.. perfection!! The bf and I have been to countless Japanese places, so I can spot a nasty Cali roll from a block away 😉   

A peppermint to end my meal! Although I’m notorious for stealing a couple more mints from the bowl when the waitress turns away (yenno, just to keep in case of “emergencies”) The bf always shakes his head in embarrassment afterwards.. 😛

When we got home I finally got around to making those Cinnamon Raisin Bagels! It took a little longer this time around since I made 18 mini-bagels instead.

Here are my little babies all finished with cinnamon & ground flaxseed sprinkled on top.

They’re about the size of the palm of my hand, so it’s pretty much perfect with a smear of almond butter for a snack or pre-workout bite.

Bagels fresh out of the oven are seriously the most comforting ever! Had mine with a little almond butter as planned 🙂

And another iced coffee! Damnit I’m addicted! But caffeine doesn’t have any effect on me whatsoever. I remember in high school I’d drink mug after mug so I could stay up all night and cram.. but I’d be dead asleep five minutes later! Haha 😛

I didn’t have a huge appetite for dinner since that bagel held me over for a quite awhile. So I just shared a plate of Shrimp & Zucchini Stir-Fry with the bf, but didn’t have any of the rice.

The bf’s mom came home with a huuuuuge box of mangoes!!! 😀 I was extremely ecstatic about this.. (my tropical fruit addiction!!)

 

2 weeks til my vacay and 2 days til the weekend! We can make it!! 😀





Movin on down..

11 06 2008

To TEXAS! Yep, everything is pretty much finalized for my move in August. Here’s a little summary of what’s happening..

I was originally going to attend school for Medical Radiology, but my mom always tried to persuade me to go into Nursing (she’s an RN herself). I was on the iffy-side about it, not knowing if it was the right field for me and whatnot. But I thought about it for a while, talked it over with friends who are already in the program and realized that it is something that I’m really interested in doing.. so I’m going for it :D!

My mom & cousins live in Houston, so I’ll be moving there mid-August to being my pre-requisite classes and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I’ll get accepted for at least the programs’ Fall 2009 intake.

As for the bf, I can’t imagine living THAT far away from him for so long :(! He’s hoping to get into school there as well, but since he’s a Canadian citizen the process is a bit longer. We’re praying that he’ll be able to get in for either Winter or next Fall semester. Ahh.. we’ll see what’s going to happen! For now, I’m trying to make myself believe that distance will make the heart grow fonder. Cheesy I know, but I need something to help me keep positive!!

Anyways, enough of my life story.. FOOD TIME!

Do I even need to type this out anymore?! Nature’s Path FlaxPlus Multigrain, Fiber One, Kashi GoLean Crunch all topped off with, you guessed it.. raisins! 😛

Pre-gym snack were two Banana-Apple & Raisin Oatmeal Cookies. We chose the most perfect time ever to work out.. you could basically count the people that were in the gym. I love my open space! Warmed up with 10 min on the bike, ab/back/arm weighted exercises, then finished off with 20 min doing tough intervals on the elliptical. Intervals are one of my favorite ways to end a workout with a sweaty.. glow 🙂

Since I pre-made a huge batch of quinoa, I quickly whipped up this Chicken & Tomato Quinoa for the bf. This was really good, I was even amazed with myself as I basically just chucked in whatever still looked edible in the fridge.. and look what turned out! I modified it and put it in the Recipes section. So tasty, healthy and made in less than 15 minutes.. what else can ya ask for!

So while the bf had my new creation for lunch, I was stuck eating the leftover Chickea Quinoa Pilaf from yesterday because someone’s gotta finish it! Also finished up a couple grilled sweet potatoes from the barbeque the other day and made some of my Perfect Stir-fry but just with some bok choy this time because I was too lazy to chop anything else up 😛

An iced coffee and a small piece of Upside Down Apple Pie for dessert was sooo perfect for the afternoon.

Then I come home to the house smelling like fresh pizza! The bf’s mom made a whole bunch, but on.. white processed cheesy pizza bread. I am not a big fan of processed cheese at all. It just tastes so.. PROCESSED (to say the least)! To compensate, I had some of the leftover pizza toppings which was made with ground chicken, zucchini, yellow peppers and fresh mozzarella cheese. Ate that along with the last of the Chickpea Quinoa Pilaf and some of the bf’s leftover Chicken & Tomato Quinoa from lunch.. with chopsticks of course

Nighttime munchies took over.. so I handled them gracefully with a glass of water, pear slices and a Banana-Apple & Raisin Cookie which later on was multiplied by 2 😉

Good news.. the weather is finally starting to clear up, perfect timing as it’s my day off tomorrow! WOOHOO! Happy Humpday everybody :D!





Where the heck is summer?!

10 06 2008

The weather is seriously RIDICULOUS right now in Vancouver.. It was pouring rain all day long with strong winds and we even got some thunder this afternoon! But then again, it’s always unpredictable here.. just a couple of weeks ago we were up to 24*C! Oh well, in just two short weeks I’m off to burning hot Houston, TX 😀

Nothing creative here for breakfast. Just the usual Fiber First, Kashi Go Lean Crunch, but I poured in some Nature’s Path Multigrain Flax Plus since we ran out of the raisin bran. There’s some change for ya!

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This crunch is the reason why I get out of bed!

Today I became quinoa de-virginatized!! We had a whole container full of it stored away in the cupboard that I totally forgot about, so here it is as Chickpea Quinoa Pilaf from Veganomicon. It was a little mushy and I was just thinking.. “Maybe quinoa is supposed to be mushy!” but then I realized I was supposed to add uncooked quinoa to the recipe. WHOOPS! But you know me, I’ll still eat anything! 😛

Then I wanted to make something dessert-y, so voila! This may not look too exciting..

But when flipped over, all the yuminess is revealed. Upside-Down Apple Pie! I didn’t use any margarine/shortening, so the crust wasn’t flakey like a real pie crust.. but still really good.

Posted this up in the Recipes section, so try it out! Make it when you need to look like you slaved all day making a pie from scratch.. but really, you cheated 😉

Had my dessert before my lunch 🙂

Had a small bowl of Chickpea Quinoa Pilaf. Then I wanted another slice of the apple pie, but had two Banana-Apple & Raisin Oatmeal Cookies instead 🙂

Dinner featured some leftovers but was still Oh. So. Good.

Small piece of roasted chicken breast, grilled mushrooms, peppers, zucchini, sweet potatoes, Chickpea Quinoa Pilaf and some steamed bok choy. I love having a variety of veggies on my plate.. YUM!

We went for a quick grocery stop to pick up some more ww flour (bagels tomorrow!!) and I won’t lie.. I “sampled” two yogurt covered almonds from the bulk bin section. SHH! I might be charged with theft under $1000 😉 (Yeah right, that’s what they told us when I use to work as a cashier at a grocery store –probably to keep us away from constantly munching out of the bins!)

My sweet tooth carried on until we got home, so I made an Iced Coffee (I’m not really a big coffee drinker but I was having a huge craving for a Tim Horton’s Iced Capp!) and one more Banana-Apple & Raisin Oatmeal Cookie.

Hope the weather is awesome where you guys are!





All drugged up!

9 06 2008

No, not in that way! 😉

Luckily my stuffiness went away as the day went by.. thank God! I was hoping it wouldn’t get worse that I’d have to take days off work because with all of these vacations coming up.. I’ll be needing the $$$!

Cereal mix once again.. Nature’s Path Raisin Bran, Fiber First, and Kashi GoLean Crunch topped off with more raisins. Filled the bowl with mostly Kashi today because I was in a really sweet/crunchy/carb-y mood this morning!

Found the last Tazo Green tea bag hiding away in the cupboard. I LOVE this flavor. I forgot what it’s called but it has a minty twist to it, so refreshing!

For lunch I still had the urge for something sweet/crunchy/carb-y so I made half of a Grilled PB&B Sandwich. Mashed up half a banana, spread some natural crunchy pb on a slice of multigrain bread, and grilled it on a nonstick pan, pressing the sandwich with the back of a spatula. The pb slightly melted and the mashed, warm banana just made it nice and gooey. Totally hit the spot!

Had a side of steamed Bok Choy & Broccoli but turned out I wasn’t feeling up for the veggies, so just took a couple of bites of it and enjoyed my two Banana-Apple & Raisin Cookies instead 😀

Australian peckham pear to go along with my lunch..

Four Banana-Apple & Raisin Oatmeal Cookies fueled my sweaty workout. Did a lot of lower body exercises, which burned like hell.. but that burn just feels oh so good 🙂 Workout ideas came from Women’s Health (I always find a ton of awesome ones from here) as well as Kelly’s blog.

The weather cleared up for the rest of the day (it’s been grey all week long!) so we took advantage and grilled up our dinner. Tossed some red peppers, mushrooms, zucchini, asparagus, and sweet potatoes (microwaved them to speed up the grilling process) in a little olive oil, black pepper, and seasoning salt. Poked them through skewers (makes it easier to flip) and voila!

I always like to keep my plates proportioned into 1/2 veggies, 1/4 carbs & 1/4 meat, nice and balanced! The star of the meal was obviously the grilled veggies (but the bf begs to differ) along with a small piece of the beef tenderloin and wild brown rice (this rice has random dense crunches to it–love those parts!)

I am feeling extra drowsy right now.. I let the bf know and he tells me, “Oh yeah I think I gave you the Tylenol nighttime pill..”  AWESOME, no wonder why I feel so knocked out! Guess I’m off to a good night’s sleep!





Case of the sniffles

8 06 2008

Ugh woke up this morning with that stuffy nose, mushy-head feeling.. BLAH! I’m thinking it’s because we slept with the window wide open last night, but over time I’m starting to believe that’s just another old wive’s tale that my mom used to tell me. So who knows!

Yesterday I was at home all day long since I had to take care of the bf who was suffering from a bad hangover from the night before! Whatta party animal. So I rented the complete second season of Sex and the City on dvd and made the bf watch it with me 🙂 Surprisingly he got really into it and I had to kind of tear him away from the tv for a bit.. Now it shouldn’t be a problem taking him to go see the movie again 😉

For breakfast I had (surprise, surprise) my cereal smorgasbord of Fiber First, Nature’s Path Raisin Bran, Kashi Go Lean Crunch with bananas and raisins. I swear, once I find a breakfast that I love.. I’m hooked! But don’t worry, you won’t be seeing my repeat cereal bowl every morning pretty soon since our boxes are close to empty 😦

We had the perfect veggies in the drawer for Shrimp Stir Fry. I think I’ve finally perfected a method for stir-frying..

  1. Saute 1 tsp of minced ginger and a minced garlic clove in a med-high wok until ginger is fragrant.
  2. Add a chopped onion and a handful of chopped green onions and saute until onion is translucent.
  3. Place shrimp into the wok, sprinkle with black pepper and remove when shrimp barely cook (they should just turn pink–about 1 min per side)
  4. Add chopped mushrooms and roughly sliced baby bok choy to wok. Drizzle 1 tsp of sesame oil, 1 tbsp of water, 3 tbsp light soy sauce and 2 tbsp rice vinegar.
  5. Stir-fry until all bok choy is wilted.
  6. Sprinkle with chopped almonds, peanuts, or cashews and CHOW DOWN! 🙂

Munched on a small plate of sliced pears, pineapples and a handful of homemade granola while working our way through the SATC dvds!

Did some at-home workouts since I couldn’t head to gym.. but still workout up a nice sweat! Did the Ab Ripper from P90X, various arm exercises, and got some ideas from here for some lower body.

I was planning to make some Cinnamon-Raisin bagels but we were running low on ww flour so put together this recipe of Apple-Banana & Raisin Oatmeal Cookies!

Pretty random but all of the flavors really worked out together.

This made about 30 mini-cookies, about half the size of the palm of your hand. Yeah I’m aware that only 28 are shown here.. but I had to taste two of them fresh right out of the oven 😉

Posted this up on the Recipes page (along with the stir-fry) so try out these healthy little suckers!

For dinner we finally left the house and met up two other friends for some late-night Japanese tapas. Everything is served in small, appetizer-sized portions which works out perfectly because you get a taste of everything without feeling stuffed to the rim. Sadly, no pictures of all of the yumminess that occured last night because I forgot the cam, but you’ll just have to go out and try it for yourselves!

See you all later!