Friday, December 30, 2011

the eve of new year's eve

and i am just sitting in my house, alone, too tired to really do anything.
i am exhausted for no reason, i have just been sitting around reading, and sleeping. but that's what vacation is all about right?....right? ah well.
so when i am being lazy, i like to be lazy in every aspect of my life:
including chewing, so to help my ventures against chewing and further my lazy aspirations (is that an oxymoron is it?) i made brown rice porridge
mmmm. the best part of this dish was that it was so easy to make! 
Brown Rice porridge
  • 1 cup pre made brown rice
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp sweetener
  • 1 tsp chia seeds
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
optional add ins
  • 1tbsp chopped nuts, i used pecans
  • 1/2 chopped apple

in a pot, place rice almond milk, syrup, sweetener and cinnamon, alond with the chia seeds and simmer on a low setting until the rice absorbs most of the milk, and you're done!

it was a really nice twist to brown rice, i was sort of getting sick of oatmeal, so this really expanded my breakfast horizons.
so as the new year approaches, does anyone have any new years resolutions? i have a few but they are the basic ones like stay in shape, read more, get more work done, do better in school, eat well, and just generally be happy.

what are your new years resolution?

Monday, December 26, 2011

Christmas has come and gone,

And i hope it was wonderful to you!

christmas this year, was very low key, we haven't had a moment to ourselves for a couple of weeks, so we wanted to take things very easy and slow, starting out with a big lounge around breakfast! which we all made together as you can see:

my family ate french toast, in challah bread with bacon and sausage, which i could not partake in, i really didn't want to start out Christmas with a stomach ache so i made my version of oh she glows vegan blueberry vanilla pancake recipe, which i basically cut in half to make it into a single serving

Vanilla vegan blueberry pancakes with easy blueberry sauce
1/2cup and 2 tbsp of www flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/8tsp cinnamon,
1/8 tsp baking soda
a pinch of salt
1/4 cup almond milk (add more gradually as I'm not too sure about the measurements on this is)
1 and 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup warm water with 
1 tbsp maple syrup
1/2 cup blueberries

Mixed together the dry ingredients and mixed them all together in a large bowl, separately mixed together all the wet ingredients, and mixed together by pouring the wet ingredients in and folding it into the dry. you want to add the blueberries in last so the batter wont turn blue
heat a skillet and use 1/4 cup to spoon the batter on to the skillet, flip once the batter begins to form holes and bubbles on the surface of the pancake
 if you want to get a little more fancy and add blueberry sauce take 1/4 cup of blueberries, 1.5 tsp of chia seeds, vanilla extract and 2 table spoons of maple syrup, blend all together and microwave for a minute, then place in the refrigerator over night, to give it a jam like texture

for dinner we had torfurkey! a new dish for me, which was surprisingly delicious and liked by my whole family!
but now that Christmas has come and gone its time to get  back on track with healthy eating
i started out today with chocolate peanut butter oats which did not come out right unfortunately, and delicious cups of honey dew melon! i love the colors of honey dew, its such a happy and vibrant green
its so pretty!!
 and i had a very healthy smoothie for lunch, with a very small salad on the side

I'll get back to that tomorrow, it was delicious and healthy but I'm incredibly tired so i am unfortunately trying to speed through this post,
i was so tired i ended up just having tofurkey leftovers for dinner..oooh weell :)
well I'm going to go crash, i don't think i can be awake another minute, i haven't slept at all these past 3 nights and i went to the mall today (lesson learned NEVER GO TO THE MALL THE DAY AFTER CHRISTMAS) goodnight!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

somedays you just can't win

for instance,
not all of your pictures will come out good.
like this one:
Pumpkin nog oatmeal with blueberries and chia seeds
it tastes much better than it me. now, i was attempting to get more into the Christmas spirit though i am not really sure if it tastes like egg nog, seeing as how I've never had it before! all i really know about egg nog is that it flavored with allspice, cinnamon, and nutmeg. so it was in a way a shot in the dark. now if you are also in the mood for a breakfast full of holiday cheer then be sure to check out my gingerbread oatmeal. as you all know, i am more partial to gingerbread :)
in other news.....
i finally got to try chia seeds! i actually really like them, they have no flavor, add bulk to food, and absorb tons of liquid. Chia seeds have always intrigued me, just the fact that they're so versatile you can make them into crackers, put them in soups, in oatmeal, yogurt, etc. and they're full of important plant proteins, fiber, and omega 3's. so I'm interested to see how they play out in my food.

okay, so one thing i did not expect for Christmas, was a cold! i feel so gross, my throat hurts, i am tired, I've been skipping out on workouts left and right it's awful. i feel as though its covered the entire school, last night i fell asleep at 6:30 and woke up at 9. and then, since i took a nap i was up until 1 and i woke up every hour and at 4 o clock i actually got up thinking it was six and i made breakfast. then i actually looked at the clock and realized the time.
so because of that, it was a long day. so when i got home i needed a snack to pick me up

and with that, i am going to go sleep until Christmas

Monday, December 19, 2011

The winter routine

hey everybody!
so yesterday my ikea trip went very well :) i got all sorts of Christmas shopping done though i still have one more person to finish shopping for and then i'll be done. i can't wait for winter vacation. i started out with a delicious oatmeal bowl with flax seeds, blueberries pecans and coconut shreds. 
i would've posted a picture of my breakfast this morning was really ugly.

do you ever get into a winter routine? i fall into the same one every year. not that i mind though.I feel that in the winter books i pick up a very specific routine of coziness. it usually starts on winter break as
  • watch all six seasons of daria
  • read all of my Francesca Lia block books

  • going to the gym
  • wearing giant sweaters.
  • a d of course listening to lights on repeat

it's the same every year. i feel like i should be sick of it by now, but no i'm still doing the same thing. and i probably will be doing all these things until i am 60 years old. 
we have school until the 23rd. ugh. not even a half day. they really don't want to cut us any slack. god knows why.
well, happy holidays everybody, i have to go study for the 10 tests i have this week :(

what's your winter routine?

Saturday, December 17, 2011

its beginning to look alot like christmas

..or not.
yesterday, December 16, it was 50 degrees outside. Everything where i live is blooming, its so odd. Tree's, roses, bushes, Pussy-willows, i can't understand it! it's literally a week before Christmas and it hasn't snowed since Halloween! things have been pretty quiet considering it's the week before Christmas, tomorrow i am going all out though, a whole day for shopping for presents and gifts for my family and friends. Ikea, Target, and Christmas tree shop (because it even has Christmas in the name! you have to give it props for that.)

    I always consider December the hardest month for food, so many good treats all month around. I can't lie, what i love most about the December season is Gingerbread
DEAR GOD DO I LOVE GINGERBREAD. my aunt brought these over to us a week ago, one for each of us!
mmmm sugar and gingerbread flavored. I of course nabbed the gingerbread first but i really want to wait till Christmas to eat it. now,  i really  wanted to it eat it right and there, and so i had to fight temptation so i used my favorite tea to help ward of the gingerbread craving
Celestial seasonings gingerbread spice! it actually tastes very much like gingerbread, celestial seasonings is always really close to the flavors of certain holiday treats. i think they always do a wonderful job. That's the beauty of the Christmas season though, is that if you really want to wait until christmas to eat treats, there are so many different kinds of alternatives nowadays to help ward of cravings, like this tea! Or if you love hot cocoa, there's always nestle's fat free hot cocoa to try!

In other news i saw the brand new Sherlock Holmes movie last night, which i loved, i really wish i read the books though, i saw it with a friend who has read the books, and i feel like she understood it alot more than i did :/
but it was so late that i didn't get home until  12 in the morning, and then went on to fall asleep on the couch :)

anyway, until my next post, Happy holidays!
Question: what do you and your family do for the holidays!
I'd love to here about it!

Monday, December 12, 2011

killing two birds with one stone

so, as a special treat, i have not one BUT TWO RECIPES TODAY!

i basically didn't leave the house this weekend which left me with long periods of time just sitting on the couch watching tv and eating, it was incredibly unproductive. it took me all the way till Sunday afternoon to stop being a lazy bones and actually get up and make something.

Saturday night, I'm sitting in my bed, it's pretty close to 1 am and just as i am about to drift off to dream land WHAM
a sudden craving for muesli hits me, and you know that in order to make muesli you have to let the oats soak the night before, so i crawled out of my bed down to the kitchen ( to find my sleeping sister splayed on the couch)
to make this:

Midnight Muesli

  • 1 banana, chopped, 
  • `1 tbsp toasted almonds
  • 1 tbsp toasted coconut
  • 1 tbsp wheat germ
  • 1/3 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • dried or fresh berries to sprinkle on top
  • 1 tsp ground flax seed

directions: the night before, mix together the oats, almond milk, wheat germ, and flax seed along with a dollop of yogurt if you so please, and place in fridge to soak overnight, in the morning, mix together coconut, berries, and toasted almonds and a sprinkling of sweetener if you want.
and you're done!

it was actually really good, so i was surprised seeing as how it was my first attempt at muesli, and it was so simple! i will definitely be making this again

so with the weekend come and gone, i need to get back into the flow of the week, meaning school work, after school clubs, and realizing i wont be able to cook dinner for myself every night this week, so i made more than i usually do for dinner (a single serving is what i usually make) i made an Asian edamame pasta salad

Edamame pasta Salad
serves 5 or 6

  • a whole box of whole wheat pasta
  • 1/4 cup tbsp of rice vinegar
  • 1/4 cup carrots
  • 1/2 up of zucchini chopped
  • 1/4 cup of broccoli
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 tsp of sesame oil
  • 2 tsp oyster sauce
  • 1 and 1/4 cup edamame
  • 2 chopped gloves of garlic
Directions: at a high temperature boil a large pot of water, once boiled, add in box of pasta and edamame. This should cook until the pasta is a little less than chewy, to the side place all vegetables in a pan to slowly and lightly stir fry. drain the pasta and mix in chopped garlic, once the vegetables are done also mix in with the pasta. in a small separate bowl mix together the sesame oil, the soy sauce, oyster sauce, and rice vinegar and whisk together until it is all together. After that pour into pasta while slowly mixing it together, let sit for a little bit, maybe 20 minutes so that the flavors can  mix together

Thursday, December 8, 2011

baked :) Berry breakfast pudding

wow i haven't posted a new recipe in a while! which is why i am very pleased to present:

The baked berry oatmeal pudding
(serves 1)

baked oatmeal recipe

1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp of uncooked oatmeal,
1 tsp canola oil
3/4 cup almond milk
3 tbsp apple sauce
2 tbsp berries (blue berries)
1/2 a banana
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
2packets of equal
1 tbsp almonds

preheat the oven to 350 degrees on the bake setting. in a blender, first mix the bananas,almond milk, almonds, applesauce, and vanilla extract, blend thoroughly and add in oil, and add in the oatmeal and sweetener last. before placing in over drop the berries of choice into the mixtures and sort of stir it, and if you really want to you can place a few berries on top just so.
bake for about 30 to 45 minutes.

i was inspired to make this oatmeal after i saw this post, and i wanted to make it for one, so i weened the ingredients down to a single serving. i loved the golden crust on top of the mushy semi thick consistency underneath it, it added a very nice contrast :)
In other news, i have noticed that my food photography definitely needs work :( i want to work harder to learn how to make food look good, but i have alot of trouble scheduling in time, with school and all the after school activities i'm in. SO in order to make the recipes i want to, i have to wake up at 5 in the morning to create them and then i get ready for school at 6:30 so i never have any good light! its way too dark to get the natural lighting i needto take pictures! and then i get home at 4 from school, when the sun has already gone down. it's just a pain in the butt.
but i'm going to keep working at it.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Berries and cream, Berries and cream, i'm a little boy who loves Berries and cream!

good morning!
i find myself sitting on my couch this lovely Sunday morning watching Harry Potter. again. i swear, it is always on ABC family. I feel like every weekend is Harry Potter weekend for them.

Last night, i fell asleep on my couch and forgot to make my oatmeal for the morning. so when i woke up on the couch at 2 in the morning i went straight to scrambling together SOMETHING for the morning ( there was no way i was going to be denied my leisurely Sunday  breakfast)

which is how this came to be:

Berries and cream oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup dried oats
  • 1/3 cup frozen berries
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 tbsp of pecans
  • sweetener of choice
prepare oatmeal at you normally would

the strawberry cream
  • 1/2 cup of almond milk
  • 1 tbsp sweetener of choice
  • 1/4 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tbsp of maple syrup
  • 2 strawberries
blend all of the cream ingredients together until a creamy mixture comes about.
mmm oatmealy  :)

Friday, December 2, 2011


hello! i am back! 
how was everyone's thanksgiving? i felt like this was the longest week ever, and i as only in school for three days.  i have a mountain of homework and little to no energy.
i was hoping these protein pancakes would help me overcome my back to school energy slump
i followed a recipe from calorie count, and of course i messed around with it a bit.
i used VEGA chocolate protein powder, unfortunately i didn't taste much chocolate. i mostly tasted the wheat bran the recipe called for, which is an odd sweet munch like, sort of flavor.
I've been really lacking motivation lately.when i came back from Florida and i wanted to do a whole week of low carb and no sugar, but to be honest the low carb thing has just made me tired and edgy and the no sugar part ( fruit, processed food, etc) make me want to binge eat. I've been tired, haven't felt like exercising at all and i have this remaining need to sit down and eat a whole cake......
weird right? so starting Monday i am going to get back on track!

In other news.....
look at this sweet bowl i bought at Epcot!
i bought it in japan land!
it was an excellent bowl to hold my afternoon snack, light harvest vegetable soup
and to add a bit more protein i added some edamame beans!

i am unfortunately not a soup person. i mean, if i wanted a liquid, i would drink it, right?
i just don't understand the concept of soup.
oh well, off to the gym tommorow! 

How was your thanksgiving?
I'd love to hear if you're willing to share!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

day before the trip!

wow i've been so busy packing! we leave tommorow morning for the airport at 6, unfortunately our flight doesnt leave for orlando until 8 am. so i have aloooot of waiting time..
i'll probably catch up on my reading:

The Truth About Forever cover
i've been reading this book since late september whenever i've had time to sit down. though i've read it a few times before its my favorite book by her.
since today was a half day (which is super lame, i mean really? the day before thanksgiving? why not just give us the day?) my friends and i did i normal ritual of heading to our local panera bread, which is conveniently right next to our highschool!

there i got the thai chopped chicken salad with a whole grain baguette

 its a pretty good salad, and i like it because even though it has the option of coming with chicken, you can get it without it, and still get an awesome source of vegetarian protein. not many salads at panera bread are vegetarian/ vegan friendly. sure you can take the meat or the cheese out of them, but they are left proteinless, and bland.

see you next monday when i get back from my trip! prepare for pictures!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

what does it mean to be healthy?

hey everyone! I've been gone awhile, i know. the show was such a great success, and it was very popular, and I'm very happy its over. its so nice to have a life again. its like...waking up on a Saturday, and actually being apple to enjoy my breakfast without the worry of being late to rehearsal, is amazing. for tech week, we were at the school every night till 11 o clock at night. it was pure craziness.
but now its over and i am free!

and just in time for a great food holiday, THANKSGIVING! which i will in fact be in Florida for :) we are meeting up with my dad, who lives abroad, in Florida so we can all have thanksgiving together and go to harry potter world.

So today;'s post i wanted to mainly dedicate to what your perception of healthy is.
now a days you see that label every where in many different places, so often that i think the word has really lost meaning.
many people look at healthy food the wrong way, maybe for them its a way to not feel guilty about eating chocolate cake, or a way to lose weight. but no. i don't think that's really what it means.

When i look at healthy as a term to label food, i consider the facts.

  • how can i benefit from this?
  • will it give me energy?
  • does it contain essential fats, or/and minerals, and vitamins i need to have a functioning body?
  • does it have harmful preservatives?
  • is it organic?
when you go to the grocery store and see a low fat low calorie chocolate cake,would you describe it as healthy? probably not. while it IS low calorie, and not the usual calorie bomb a chocolate cake is, your body does not benefit from that food in any way shape or form.

its mostly used by the weight loss and diet industry as a ploy to use their products.
now, what IS healthy?
whole grains, homegrown vegetables lacking in preservatives, olive oil, nuts, berries,  meat from farmers markets (though i don't partake in that) certain kinds of dairy etc.

so next time you go to eat something thats "healthy" really look at it.

till next time!

Monday, October 24, 2011

wow i haven't posted on this in awhile :/

i'm sorry guys, i've just been so busy lately. not to mention tired! i've barely had time to excersize, or eat whole sit down meal in the past two weeks. you should see the car, it's littered with tupperware with food crumbs from running from point A to point B its been to crazy.
and with tech week next week......i have no idea how i'm going to do the blog and all the rehearsal. and then the four shows we have to do...after the 5th i will have as much time as i want to post on this blog.

so for now here's a few farewell pictures of my breakfast!
saturday night was home coming so heres a picture of me and my sister, in the gold dress. she looked so cool!

pumpkin dried blueberry coconut oatmeal!

see all of you in two weeks!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

sweet treat wrap!

anyone over read the book great expectations by Charles dickens?
we're reading it for English class, and i actually really like it, Estella is my favorite so far though i am only on chapter 11.

on Sunday, i found myself with a bunch of really great foods, and a fear that they would all go bad.
now, how could i eat all of these ingredients without gorging myself...
and then an answer came to me:
it was one of the best ideas I've had in years.

A Sweet treat wrap

  • 1 tortilla
  • 2 tbsp of pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 of a green apple sliced 
  • 2 tbsp carrot shreds
  • 1 tbsp walnuts
  • a dash of cinnamon
  • sweetener to taste
spread the pumpkin puree all over the wrap like a sort of sauce or hummus and sprinkle with sugar, or stevia etc. next place the apple slices on top of that in a neat arrangement, and sprinkle cinnamon on top that then finally add the carrots and walnuts.
wrap it all together and spray slightly with cooking spray and place in a cooking pan to toast till an even brown color 

it kind of reminded me of an easy apple pie, pumpkin pie, carrot cake hybrid, bizarre and delicious.

on a completely different note, this week is spirit week at my school and today's theme was country western day so of course I WAS AN INDIAN
my little sister was a captured pioneer who lived among the Indians after being captive for so long.
" i only do two kinds of dances, one that brings the rainy season, and one with wolves"

did you ever dress up for your high school's spirit week?
I usually don't but i had to take this opportunity, how often do you get to dress like an Indian?

till next time!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

aah vegan pumpkin pancakes!

AND they're low in fat!
i like to think of Saturday as pancake day, i always have the time to just sit down, make a cup of coffee, and have an elaborate breakfast of one of my favorite breakfast foods, pancakes.

since its October i wanted to make one of my favorite dishes pumpkin pancakes, but i also wanted to make them vegan. so  i took a recipe i often use for pancakes from vegweb as the core of the recipe and just sort of added from there.
So here they are:
Pumpkin spice pancakes
makes 8 small pancakes, and 4 large pancakes

  • 1 cup + 2 tablespoons whole wheat flour
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • pinch salt
  • 2 tablespoons flax seed
  • 1 cup + 2 tablespoons water or fat free nondairy milk (i use unsweetened almond)
  • 1/3cup +1 tbsp pumpkin puree
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin spice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup(i use Vermont sugar free)
  • sweetener(sugar, stevia, equal, what have you)
  • a shake of cinnamon

mix  the dry ingredients of flour, brown sugar, flax seed, pumpkin spice, baking powder and salt, into a bowl and set to the side.
in a smaller bowl, mix together the maple syrup,  nondairy milk,and vanilla extract
mix two bowls together. stir gradually, but dont over mix because then the batter gets all weird and the pancakes get odd too. after all that, then add the pumpkin in, and mix.

set your pan to a low setting and wait for it to heat up.  take 1/4 cup worth of batter (or 1/2 a cup for big pancakes like i like them :D) and spoon gently onto the pan. you should flip it when bubbles begin to appear on the surface,and cook until a golden orange color.

i like putting maple syrup on mine but feel free to do anything with them, like powdered sugar, and a hint of cinnamon, or cream cheese. heck, you can even put walnuts into the batter!
another thign i did yesterday was see 50/50, the new movie with Joseph Gordon Levitt , i means its the second time i've seen it so obviously it was good. my friends and i sobbed our eyes out.
and then we took akward bathroom pictures!
so blurry!
do you ever cry at the movies? 
tell me!
i cry, like every time i see one! heck i cry during the previews sometimes!

Friday, October 14, 2011

ginger bread oatmeal!

hello! wow this week felt really long, which is weird considering i missed all of my main classes on Wednesday due to the PSAT's and monday was a holiday but anyway

 (this is not a picture of the ginger bread oatmeal...they were all too ugly to post... but looks aren't everything!)

Gingerbread oatmeal

  • 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • 1 cup almond milk and 1/2 cup of water
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger
  • 1 teaspoon of molasses
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • sweetener( how much you put in is really up to you
  • 1 banana melted, (in the microwave)
  • 1 tbsp pecans
  • 1 sprinkling of all spice or nutmeg
make the oatmeal the night before for overnight oats,
microwave banana and pecans together for 1 minute set aside for later. mix all of the dry ingredients along with the vanilla extract and molasses. after that's all done, pour the banana and pecans into the oatmeal microwave if you want hot oatmeal and enjoy!

in other news i learned how to parallel park today at my driving hour!
yaaaay parking!
unfortunately i hadnt eaten anything since lunch so i came home and whipped up a snack of grilled broccoli and asparagus with hummus
aaah delicious!

see you later!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

there really arent enough hours in the day

this mornings wonderful breakfast, of overnight oats, almond milk, shredded coconut, sliced bananas, cinnamon, walnuts, and dried blueberries :)
sorry for the bad lighting, i a HATE getting up so early in the morning for stupid school

from there i mixed it with my handheld blender. i seriously love that thing.

do you ever feel like there aren't enough hours in the day?
BECAUSE I DO. this year is so hectic with all the work im getting from my classes. today i had PSATs and i was going in out of sleep during it. it was awful, but other than that it wasnt so bad.

but because of my awful schedule i feel like im not able to keep up with my blog which is really annoying because i try to post whenever i have free time, which is now almost never, and when i do post its always at a different time.
so.i propose a posting schedule.

From hence forth, i will be posting every other day, and i will try to post a new recipe once a week.

i really hope this works out because i love this blog, and its alot of fun posting my kitchen adventures for a healthy lifestyle!

Monday, October 10, 2011

A d'love for sweet

what a delicious stir fry i had for lunch! and it was very healthy. mostly vegetables with tofu and some walnuts.

now, i don't indulge in junk food very often. its just not something i do because it either makes me very sick, or just doesn't appeal to me.
when i need something sweet i am usually satisfied with something like this:

but there are definitely times when i need a little something LIKE THIS
chocolate covered katie voluminous ice cream and healthy chocolate chip cookies blended in

now, i try to live my life as healthily as possible, but I'm human, therefore i am not perfect. and when i need something sweet i need something sweet and that's okay. sweets are NOT your enemy. you can eat whatever you want as long as its in moderation, only then is it healthy. for example, if you just ate ice cream and pizza an cupcakes every day at every meal, then that is not healthy. but if you do it maybe once a week, then that's fine! and you shouldn't feel guilty about it. plus, if you eat sweets in moderation, it helps you be able to keep yourself when you are at a social gathering surrounded by goodies.

food brings us together, it helps a night of hanging out with friends more enjoyable and memorable, so why not make that memory a happy, instead of a night racked with guilt?

so go ahead and indulge every once in awhile!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

grannies great granola!

morning everybody!

to celebrate our 80 degree weather in new England, i made vegan pancakes! they're not the prettiest but they really were good. It seems like October cant make up its mind. not that I'm complaining. we lucked out so much, because its going to be warm till Monday AND its a three day weekend. thanks Christopher Columbus! though you didn't really do anything...

an then this morning i made....

Grannies cinnamon pecan granola

  • 3 cups of oats
  • 2/3 of dried cranberries (or any other fruit of your choosing)
  • 1 tbsp flax seed
  • 1/2 cup pecans
  • 1 tsp and 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup of honey plus 1 tbsp of molasses and 1 tbsp of sugar free maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/3 + 1 tbsp cup of wheatgerm                                                                                               
1 combine your oats, pecans, flax, wheat germ, and cinnamon in a bowl. in a second smaller bowl combine the honey, molasses, and maple syrup with the vanilla extract. mix ingredients together and place of a baking pan.
bake at 200 degrees for 30 minutes, but remember to watch it as it bakes and to checkup on it so you can flip it. it will start to burn really fast, because it doesn't have as much liquid sugar that granola usually has so you have to be careful
once done baking, let it sti for 5 minutes then place in a mixing bowl and stir in the cranberries.

the taste of this granola is really mildly sweet, i didn't want to have a crazy amount of sugar in it, so i cut in half the usual amount of honey in half. but because of this, you MUST cook it on a lower setting so it wont burn, but you still want to achieve that crispy flavor.

personally i love granola, you can use it for so many things, like gifts, snacks, breakfast, and stir it in yogurt!

how do you like to eat your granola?
I'd love to hear!

well, enjoy!
till next time!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

where does the time go?

because i have had absolutely none of it lately!
ITS SO COLD! its even hard to type!
i started off my morning with tofu covered in Dijon mustard and cooked in a pan on toast
it was pretty good, not my favorite though.

today i had almost missed a driving hour, because the driving school failed to tell me of this one  (we always write them down on the calender) so the  instructor just kept giving me hard time about almost missing it and how the lady who had been taking private lessons was so mad, and how she was going to complain to the driving school which put me on edge so i didn't drive well at all.

forget driving, I'm going to ride a magic carpet everywhere.

luckily my day got a bit better with this:
a tasty salad with cucumbers, spinach, mixed steamed vegetables, lite poppy seed dressing, apples and walnuts.

a very tasty meal indeed.

till later!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

so i decided to try my hand at lemon pepper tofu

and i failed, miserably.

but i still ate it anyway since i was starving,
the problem was the recipe called for 1 Ib of tofu and i only used 2 slices, and so i tried to adjust the recipe to a smaller and halfway through i forgot, and i put in a whole tablespoon of pepper...

today was a half day, so all my friends and i went to panera bread where i got a Thai chopped salad with no chicken (no picture) it was okay, im not one for spiciness. the wantons were delicious though.
till later!