Archive for July, 2010

July 28th, 2010

Thursday, July 27, 2010

So yesterday I embarrassed myself. For two weeks now I’ve been saying that my project was due on Thursday, July 27th.

I repeat: Thursday, July 27th.

Do you get what happened already?

My project was due on Tuesday, July 27th, not Thursday! It was due last night!!! D’oh! I didn’t think anything of it until I saw fellow students pulling out their finished projects and putting them on their desks! I think my eyes turned as big as saucers! And this was just two weeks after our professor extended the deadline and lectured us about not having our projects done in time! NOOOO!!!! Thankfully she let me email it to her when I got home! *phew*

But that leaves me with an unexpected night off! Holy smokes! Whatever will I do?!

I only have two plans: 1. clean entertainment room (we’re having a party on Saturday), 2. Eat dinner.

That’s pretty much it. So here you go!

Before not-so clean entertainment room:

After the clean!

Can I confess that before the colour was thrown on the wall I was scared? My boyfriend and his brother picked it out (before I had moved in) and I tried to subtly persuade him to use a different colour but he went with it and you know what? I really like it! It adds a boldness and funtime feel that an entertainment area should feel like! We still plan to get some proper furniture in here but the odds ‘n’ ends will do for now!

While I was cleaning I had some squash in the oven! I was in the mood to cook up some spaghetti squash! Never had spaghetti squash before? It’s easy, fun and soooo healthy!

All you need to do is halve a spaghetti squash  and either spray a cooking sheet with oil or, like I do, line the sheet with aluminum foil (to preserve the cooking sheet), spray the open squash with some spray butter. This just helps it to not stick to the surface. Fire up the oven to 400*F and place the two sides of the squash, open-side down onto the cooking sheet and cook for about an hour.

Let them cool for about 10 minutes and then grab a fork and start shredding the inside of the squash. If cooked right, it’ll just fall out into massive amounts of squashy string! Do that with both and add the innards to a bowl and discard the shell of the squash! There! Spaghetti squash!

You can add to this whatever you wish. Many people just use what they use when making real spaghetti, I used up the rest of my Tofurky sundried Tomato faux sausages with marinara. I also sauteed that up with a handful of spinach, green onion, portobello mushroom and the elusive purple pepper (which Kristina was right and tastes just like a green pepper – my least favourite of the peppers…).

I ate it with a slice of pumpernickel bread and a glass of red wine!

This is a GREAT way to get in your veggies if you have a hard time doing it. I always forget that the squash is a veggie so then I start to go overboard on the sauce but the entire dish is veggies! You just need to add your protein and carbs and you’re done! *wipes hands of it*

Now I think I will go, put my feet, up and stare at magical flat box in the entertainment room until I fall asleep just because I can


Night!

July 26th, 2010

Changing It Up

Have I ever told you that I get migraines? No? Well, I do. I do and they suck. Big time. I had my first one when I was 13 and have had them a handful of times a year since. There was a two year hiatus that coincided when I first stopped eating meat but my theory that it was meat related went out the window when I got two in one week.

Anyway, I only bring this up because yesterday I got one as soon as I sat down to order dinner at a pub. Alan and I had planned a nice dinner and movie and as soon as I started looking at the menu I started seeing my tell-tale sign: a halo. It’s sort of like when you look at the sun and then look away and you see spots but then it becomes circular so I can see inside and around the circle but where the circle is I can’t see a darned thing. It’s highly distressing. But last night I became stubborn, I really wanted a nice dinner and go see a movie. So Alan become my hero! That fabulous man ran all the way to the drugstore, bought me some meds, ran all the way back to the pub to give them to me, then ran all the way to the theatre to get our tickets (lest they be sold out) and then ran all the way back to the pub where his dinner was waiting. My hero.

I popped the pills (the only time I don’t think twice about popping pills is when a migraine is involved) and by the time we were quarter way into the movie it was gone. *phew*

If you’re wondering (and even if you’re not), we saw Inception and if you haven’t seen it, go! NOW! I LOVE Christopher Nolan, I think he is one of the few filmmakers/screenwriters who creates original, thought-provoking and real dialogue. He’s also one of the few filmmakers not to rely solely upon CGI which is why the zero-gravity scenes in Inception are amazing!

Anyway! This weekend I also made “Linda’s Ginger Chicken” from How It All Vegan!

For my first major recipe from this book, I’m impressed! Basically, the “chicken” is just gluten flour and water that’s kneaded and chopped up. Then I marinated the heck out of it and cooked it. It was really tasty! However, next time I’d probably lay off the amount of ginger it calls for, it was a LOT and I know it’s called “ginger” chicken for a reason, it was a bit too gingery. But I made a double batch of the “chicken” so I think I’ll play around with it and see what I can create!

Breakfast today was a large batch of overnight oats to satisfy my hunger from yesterdays 14k run!

  • 1/2c rolled oats
  • 1/2 greek yogurt
  • 1/2 vanilla soy milk
  • 1tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1tbsp macadamia cashew butter
  • 1.5tbsp chia seeds
  • Toppings were: half a large banana, four sliced strawberries, a blob of coconut butter

D-freakin’-licious!

I still have more of my project to work on so dinner needed to be quick and easy. And funny, for a while I had no idea what I wanted and was drawing a blank for veggies, I came out with a star-studded veggie dinner!

Portobello Burger with Avocado & Sweet Potato

All I did was brush a portobello mushroom with a bit of EVOO on both sides and grill it for about 10mins (flipping half way through). I added it to a sandwich thin along with some feta (it’s under the tomato, on top of the mushroom), tomato, onion, avocado with 60 pepper hummus and sundried tomato pesto. I heated up a sweet potato and slathered some coconut butter on it (one of my favourite combinations!)! It was super tasty, super filling and I wish I made two!

As a bit of snack later on I pulled out the first recipe I’ve made with my dehydrator!

Kale Chips!

I got the recipe from Raw Food Talk and thought I’d give it a try. It took 24 hours to dehydrate and stank up the basement all day but in the end they’re not too bad! I probably wouldn’t make them all the time but it’s a fabulously healthy snack and will be bringing some in with me for lunch tomorrow!

I’m not turning into a Raw Foodie but I do love experimenting with different types of food and do agree with a lot of aspects of raw food philosophies. A LOT of nutrients are lost in the cooking process so when you eat raw you’re eating the nutrients you were meant to eat. I also know first hand just how great I feel after I eat a predominately raw food day. It’s great for the skin and easier on the digestive system! You’ll probably see a lot more raw food recipes in the future!

Varying your food intake is really important. Eating the same food every day can cause nutrient deficiencies which can potentially cause problems down the road. To make sure you’re getting all the nutrients your body needs, change it up a bit! And the easiest way to do this is to explore and try new food! Besides, you might find something you absolutely love that you would never have known about had you not decided to give it a shot!

When it comes to food, are you a creature of habit or do you like to change it up?