Back to the basics

I’ve been having a rough time this week and my appetite is non-existent 😦  But today I decided I needed to shape up because otherwise my body and mind would continue to fight and ignore each other. So even though I wasn’t that hungry this morning, I knew it was going to be a long day with exams so I made the descision to make something small, satisfying, and blog worthy (which would result in blogging, and blogging makes me happy – a very important component for healing)!

 

Slight variation from the Cereal Mess I made a couple of days ago: I used blueberry soy yogurt instead of plain (and only 1/2 the amount) and added a couple pieces of leftover fruit salad. It wasn’t too big and it definitely hit the spot!! No guilty feelings 🙂

After exams, I got home really late in the afternoon but I decided to have “lunch” anyway because I knew if I didn’t, my body would crave food and my mind would go crazy = likely to do something I would regret like compulsively over-stuffing myself. So I treated myself to a Mango Golden Pine Tea  (zero calories and no awful chemicals!!) that brings back fond memories of my all-time favorite drink “Taxi” from Holland,

 and I fed my body what it had been craving for a couple of days (but had been denied… I’m so sorry body!!) ~ A creamy bowl of oats!!!!!

I realize this doesn’t look very appetizing lol but I thought it would be interesting to see how these sticks became the yummy smooth concoction in the photo below 😛

Well actually, more like a creamy bowl of “bran” because I felt today was a day to get a good dose of fiber. Plus, I got to open a new bag of my trusty organic bran sticks so they were nice and crunchy 😉 And check this out: 1/2c. serving has 70cal, 1.5g. fat, 6g. protein, 13g. fiber!!! So I substituted bran sticks for my usual rolled oats and made Banana Bread Oats!!

Banana Bread Oats

  • 1/2c. Organic bran sticks
  • 1c. Water
  • 1/2tsp. Chia seeds
  • 1/4c. Egg whites
  • 1/2 (50g.) Melted banana
  • Splash of soy milk
  • 3/4tsp. Vanilla essence
  • 4 drops Almond essence
  • Natural sweetener
  • Cinnamon
  • Caramel powder
  • Toppings (Nutopia, maple syrup, apple pie spice, more cinnamon 🙂  )

Prepare as you would Dessert Oats and devour!!!

The bran was smoother than oats, and with the added creaminess from the soy milk and chia seeds it was DELISH!!!! I will definitely make Dessert Oats with bran again! (another plus point is that it takes less time to make the bran smooth than it does to cook oats.)

Dinner came not long after because I was in the mood for CREAMY PUMPKIN!!!

 Creamy Pumpkin Stew

I used the recipe for Vegan Pot Pie but omitted the cornstarch and butterbuds and added pumpkin (the veggie combo was shredded carrots, diced zucchini, diced eggplant, and onion).

It turned out exactly how I wanted it to, becoming creamy with the pumpkin that I added in the very beginning and having a ton of creamy veggie flavor. It tasted so much better and made me feel so much better than the typical cream soups that are laden with butter, oil, or dairy would have. And the color!!! WOW. I think orange just moved up into the top 3 of my favorite colors list!!! ;D

So today ended up a lot nicer than it started, and I plan to continue like this. So off I go to exercise with my stationary bike then its BED. No more studying for me tonight!!! Health trumps exams any day in my world. How about you?

Tribute to yummy food!!

I never used to read blogs but after doing a lot of recipe searching on the internet, food-bloggies have turned out to be an essential factor to my mental and physical well-being (yes, very dramatic 😉 ). Anyway, I have no idea how to blog so I’ll just do my own thing and hope it turns out ok 🙂

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even though I’ve never blogged, I recently got into the habit of taking photos of my daily eats so here are some concoctions from the past week:

Pumpkin Pie Oats

  • 1/4c. Oats
  • 1c. Water
  • Mango Tea (try other flavors as well)
  • 1/4c. Egg whites
  • 1/2c. (100g?) Steamed and mashed pumpkin
  • Vanilla essence
  • Almond essence
  • Pumpkin pie spice
  • Natural Sweetener

Cook oats with tea bag and water in pot until soft and creamy. Then quickly and vigorously mix in eggwhites, making sure there are no clumps, and lastly add pumpkin and flavorings. Mix/ cook until desired fluffiness. (Best toppings: Nutopia, meringue with natural sweetener, vanilla tofu-ice cream, vanilla soy yogurt)

Carrot Cake Oats

  • 1/4c. Oats
  • 1c. Water
  • 50g. Shredded carrot
  • 1/4c. Egg whites
  • 1/4 (20g?) Melted banana
  • Vanilla essence
  • Almond essence
  • Pumpkin pie spice
  • Natural Sweetener

Prepare in the same way as Pumpkin Pie Oats but add carrots at the same time as oats. (Best toppings: Nutopia, coconut, maple syrup, vanilla soy yogurt)

Vegan Pot Pie

Sauce:

  • 2tsp. Nutritional yeast
  • 1/2tsp. Butter Buds (optional)
  • 1tsp. Cornstarch + 1 tbsp water
  • 1/2c. Water
  • 2tsp. Consomme
  • 1/2tsp. Soy sauce

Fillings:

  • Diced Vegetables (In this case: 50g. Mushrooms, 50g. Onion, 50g. Carrot, 50g. Zucchini)
  • Beans or faux meat
Mix all sauce ingredients in pot, making sure to dissolve the cornstarch in water to dissolve it, then adding the vegetables etc. until nice and soft. Top with bran for a healthy bite of crunch.
Chowmein
  • 1 pack Shirataki (konjac) noodles
  • 1/2tsp. Soy sauce
  • 1/2 clove Fresh garlic
  • Chopped Vegetables (In this case: 50g. each of bell pepper, Mushrooms, Bean sprouts, broccoli, and onion)
  • 1-2tbsp. Soy sauce
  • 1/2tbsp. Corn starch+ 1/4c. Water
  • 1/2tsp. Consomme powder
  • Sweetener

Santee shirataki noodles in a skillet lined with oven paper with soy sauce until a little less jelly-like then dry and set aside. Next sautee vegetables until desired texture. While vegetables are cooking, mix the last five ingredients together and warm in the microwave for about 20sec. or until dissolved. Finally, add shirataki noodles and sauce to vegetables and cook for about a minute until the sauce has thickened.

Sweet Oriental Veggie Stew

Lassie Smoothie

  • 1/2 (50g without skin) Frozen banana
  • 1 small (75g without pit or skin) frozen peach or 50g. frozen mango
  • 70g. Frozen strawberries
  • 1/2tsp. Vanilla
  • 2tbsp. Yogurt
  • Dash of Raspberry Ice Crystal Light Drink Mix
  • Handful crushed ice

I’ve got a lot of recipes that I’ve accumulated over the months so I’ll try to make as many of them as I can so you can enjoy them as much as I have 🙂