Travel food

YAY I’m finally in America!!! I’m all settled in so now I can spend some time on the computer to catch up on what my eats have been for the past couple of days (I wasn’t able to take photos of everything but I’ll post what I have^^)

My traveling day started out busy with last-minute checking etc. so in the few moments I got to relax, I loaded up on my favorite high fiber tofu ice-cream for breakfast (hey, it’s healthy!! 😉 ) so that I would stay satisfied in case I didn’t eat for a while. Then I headed over with my mom and brother to the bus that would take us to the airport.

As a snack at the airport, I bought these two jelly-like traditional Japanese desserts called “mizu-youkan.” Their initial flavor was very yummy at first, not too sweet with a smooth and slightly grainy texture, but it kind of got tiring after a while (it was nice for a change but probably won’t buy again)

(on the left is green tea flavor, and on the right is the sweet red bean paste flavor)

My mom had pre-ordered the vegan meals for me on the plane (thanks mom!) so I was able to have a relatively nice dinner and breakfast, a little bland maybe, but better than brownie, chicken curry, sausage, and custard-filled croissant!

This was my vegan dinner aboard United Airlines:

Boiled (?) veggies (bak choi, carrots, radishes, olives, and potato wedges -no flavorings), a green salad (w/ lemon wedge),  a roll (didn’t eat the roll), and fruit salad

This was my brother’s dinner;

Chicken curry, white rice, a bit of veggies, a green salad (came w/ packaged salad dressing), a different type of roll, and a brownie

My vegan breakfast:

Apple chunks and raisins in a sweet cinnamon sauce and polenta (I’ve never had polenta but I think that’s what it was -no flavor at all except for a miniscule amount of cinnamon on top)

My brother’s breakfast:

Sausage, hash brown, cheese and spinach eggs, and a cream filled croissant

All in all, not so bad but a little lacking in flavor… the movies were good though! 😉

Skipping over to the first night in the USA, we (my cousins and relatives) had a BIG barbeque where I got to try my FIRST EVER VEGGIE BURGER!!!!

I had one of these with lettuce, tomato, pickles, onions, fruit salad and some blackberry pie (without the crust) and the whole meal was VERY YUMMY!!! :DDD

The next day I slept in a little and then worked out for 2 HOURS with my aerobics-teaching aunt and cousin doing aerobics (obviously), pilates, and yoga! It was physically tiring but a TON of fun exercising with my wonderful family and good music. Afterwords, we fueled our bodies with some healthy foods:

We each had half of a whole-wheat english muffin broiled with a slice of tofurella (tofu-cheese) and topped with spinach and tomato, PLUS blueberries and pineapple (I also added a sprinkle of flax seeds and almonds. Yes, you heard me, FLAX SEEDS!!!! AT LAST!!!! I absolutely loved their nutty flavor and the way they vaguely reminded me of sesame seeds). A perfect lunch…

This is the tofurella (lol tofu mozzerella!) that we used. My aunt was very pleasantly surprised to discover it in her fridge 😛

More updates coming later!! ❤

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