Posts tagged ‘beans’

May 21st, 2010

An Overnight Success

Oh yes, my friends, it is officially the start of “May 2-4” here in Canada! Three days of NO WORK! Who doesn’t love the beginning of a holiday?! I have no exciting plans, mind you, and am perfectly content with it. I’ve been pretty busy on weekends over the last little while but May seems to be a quiet month for me and, considering the mid-term I have on Wednesday, I could use a quiet weekend!

I kicked the day off with my second attempt at overnight oats! The first time I tried them I was not impressed, I found it too tart and not heavenly like everyone was saying. But I’m nothing if not stubborn so I thought I would try it with Liberte’s vanilla-flavoured greek yogurt and WOW!!!!! I understand now! It was so good! I can’t explain it anymore than if you threw rolled oats in with your favourite yogurt! 😛

These luscious overnight oats contained the following:

  • 1/3c rolled oats
  • 1/3c vanilla soy milk
  • 1/3c Liberte vanilla greek yogurt
  • 1/2tbsp ground flaxseed
  • 1/2tbsp chia seeds
  • 1tbsp raspberry pie filling
  • 1tbsp almond butter
  • 2 sliced strawberries
  • face rocking

Seeing as it’s the Friday of a long weekend, work was D-E-A-D. So I spent most of the day dreaming up what I wanted to make for dinner tonight. It had to be special because Alan started at his new company yesterday after some extended time off!

It was a total experiment with one hit and one, not miss, but something I wish could have turned out better!

Vegan Pecan Encrusted Seitan with a Black Bean and Corn Salad

The salad was super duper easy and really quite yummy. It was inspired by the quickly over-ripening avocado we had on the counter!

  • 1 can black beans (rinsed)
  • 1c corn
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 1 bell pepper (I used orange for colour)
  • 1/2 cucmber, diced
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1tsp chili powder
  • 1tsp paprika
  • 1/4c lemon juice (next time I think I’ll use lime though)
  • 1tbsp olive oil

All you need to do is throw the ingredients together in a bowl and toss! DONE! NEXT!

These, I wish, had turned out like they did in my mind! But, alas, they did not. I think mainly it was because the seitan was WAY too salty and drowned out the flavour of the pecan. Next time I may try it on tofu or something. Also, I think I’ll bake it next time as well, I found that it didn’t cook all the way through on the grill. Try it if you like and let me know if you come up with something that works better!

  • 2tbsp ground flaxseed
  • 6tbsp warm water
  • 1tbsp flour
  • 1pkg seitan
  • 1/2c of ground pecans

Stir the flaxseed and water together really well. This is your egg replacer! Next, stir in your flour until the mixture forms a paste. Next, cover your seitan pieces in the mixture! On a plate, add your pecans and roll the seitan through it until covered. Grill on medium heat for about 1-2mins per side. Serves 2-3

I served these dishes with a side of homemade hummus and some garden vegetable Breton crackers.

And, of course, we washed it down with some nice Shiraz courtesy of Jackson Triggs. I’m on a mission to taste all the shiraz made in Ontario in 2007! 2007 yielded an AMAZING crop for wine-making so it seems everyone (at least in the Niagara region) decided to try and make as many different wines as they could! The Niagara region isn’t exactly known for their shiraz but a boat-load of them have sprung up from that year and I must say, they are QUITE comparable to my favourite Australian shiraz!

What’s your favourite way to spend a long weekend?

P.S. Oh yes, if you haven’t yet, run over to Google and check out the homepage! <3

May 4th, 2010

Sushi & Salad

Hey there everybody (or, all two of you for now at least)! Thanks for taking a peek at my blog! Please bare with me as I get things sorted out, fixed up, decorated and tweaked! I’m still learning the ins and outs of WordPress. I know this will be an ongoing experiment so I’d love some tips and tricks on using it!

There’ll be plenty of time to really get to know me (and feel free to check out my “About Me!” page for more info on why this blog exists) but for now I’ll give a quick rundown and then on to some food!

My name is Therese and I’m a 30 year old woman living and working in Toronto, Canada. I work in administration for a manufacturing company and have gone back to school this year to finish my Psychology degree that I started to get almost a decade ago but never did (I graduated, but I did not declare a major). I live in a great area of the city (The Danforth) with my boyfriend where there happens to be more Greek restaurants than in all of Greece, I’m sure!

Over the last three years I have completely changed my life. From where I once was 250 lbs, unhappy, unmotivated, afraid of life in general, I am now 90 lbs lighter, happier than I’ve ever been, comfortable in my own skin yet always striving to be the best I can be and crave new experiences. This blog, in part, is to share not only my newfound love of the benefits of living a healthy life but to show that eating right and exercising can be fun. Also, with a little bit of determination and a reason, you an achieve anything you want!

Tonight, I desperately wanted dinner. The problem? The Boyfriend and I are in desperate need of a trip to the grocery store! Our solution? We both raided the fridge and got a little creative!

My contribution? Sushi!

A few months back Alan (my boyfriend) and I decided that we wanted to try our hands at sushi. It’s hard for me to believe I’ve never made sushi before seeing as I LOVE sushi (although, since becoming vegetarian I don’t eat it as much) AND I used to live in Japan! But for Christmas Alan received a bunch of Asian cookware (and a sushi kit from myself) so we decided to give it a go. Our first attempt made some funny looking pieces of sushi!

But we kept trying and I must say, I did a pretty decent roll job this evening!

I added slivers of carrot, cucumber and yellow pepper.

The problem? No protein!!!

Alan had the solution!

I’ve dubbed this “Kitchen Sink Bean Salad” as Alan added everything but the kitchen sink to it. He took a can of mixed beans, drained it and then added it to a bowl with some leftover bruschetta, salsa, red onion and yellow pepper. It wasn’t too bad at all!

We ate our random combination of dinner while watching an episode of Lost (we’ve been watching the DVDs and are now on the current season but NOT up to date so don’t say anything!).

Now it’s time to get some studying in before bedtime!