English test prep: food?

Today was myLanguage Arts final!!! agghh!!! haha not. I actually think it went pretty well 🙂  Since it was an english test, it was only fitting that my day should start out with a significant British-American dish:

Pumpkin Pie!!!!

 (Pumpkin is originally from France, but was established as a pie filling Tudor England, then made its way over to North America with the Pilgrims where it became a staple dish in Thanksgiving feasts)

I stumbled upon cheap, organic, low-calorie pumpkin yesterday when I was on a quest for flax seeds (which were not to be found… ?question of the day? -look at bottom of the post for question of the day)

The only pumpkin I’ve ever found here is the higher calorie type (about 90 calories per 100g) so I was literally bobbing up and down with excitement!!! -which might be kind of an over-reaction, maybe, but hey, its THE dream food yummyeats-luvin-friends!! 🙂    So of course I had to try it immediately!! Thus the search began for the perfect quick, healthy pumpkin pie recipe to go along with the vanilla tofu icecream (80cal with 6g of fiber!) that I bought for a treat. This is what I came up with:

Pumpkin Power Pie

  • 7g. (equivalent to 1/4c.) Egg white powder with 40ml. water
  • 1/2c. (100g?) Steamed and mashed pumpkin
  • Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • Caramel Powder
  • Vanilla essence
  • Natural sweetener (such as 100% maple syrup)

Blend egg white powder with water and powdered sweetener until meringue-like consistency, then blend in pumpkin. Mine turned out a little like pudding so I put it into the microwave and cooked it for 50sec. at 1000w. Voila!!! The perfect pumpkin pie consistency and flavor!!! yummmmm…  I had that for breakfast with my tofu icecream, Nutopia (my homemade nut butter), and some extra spices and syrup. It wasn’t a huge meal but all that fiber really filled me up!!! At the end I added a little bran cereal for some crunch (since there was no crust):

 

Dinner was extravagant again but this time from a different variety of cultures: Oriental Humnut Pizza!!

Inspired by the Humnut Pizza recipe (by Maegan from oohmay.com) I wanted to make PIZZA but decided to try a japanese twist on it since we don’t have all the right ingredients in Japan.

Oriental Humnut Pizza

  • Mushrooms
  • Onion
  • Bellpepper

These are the veggies I sauteed with sprinkle of nutritional yeast in the pan beforehand for the topping.

  • 120g. Shredded cabbage
  • 1/3c. Egg whites
  • 1/8c. Wheat bran

Mix this all up for the crust and cook/flatten in pan.

  • 2tbsp. Tomato paste
  • Oregano
  • Thyme
  • Basil
  • Water (until desired consistency)

Spread this on top of crust, then add veggies on top.

  • 2tbsp. Nutritional yeast
  • 1.5tbsp. Hummus
  • Water (until desired consistency)

Then add this mixture on top of everything else and have a grand finale with ground sesame!!

           

Finshed off with some cocoa&caramel powder microwaved with water with some sweetener for a yummy mug of hot cocoa 🙂

Question of the day: Do they actually sell flax seeds in Japan??

Teaser for tomorrow 😀

-Marina

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