Friday, March 16, 2012

Spring Fever = Understatement

Okay so its 4 more days until spring,
but the weather is decidedly summer-like.

Im definitely not hating the warm weather,
but I'm worried we will have a blizzard in April as payback.

Am I the only one worried about that?

I really want to pop on my awesome healed sandles
purchased in the dead of winter!!!

Recent Eats

The Health Starts Here Mediterranean Crunch Salad from
Whole Foods was out of this world yummy. 
Very simple ingredients, but the flavor profile was complex.
But more on that in a minute....

Nooched out Quinoa
topped with
sauteed mushrooms celery and spinach.
This was surprisingly delicious dish born of desperation.

Two basic elements combined deliciously:

Part 1(bottom):
2 T Nutritional Yeast + 1 T Udo's Oil + 1 cup cooked quinoa
and a sprinkle of Spanish sea salt
stir all ingredients together

Part 2 (top):
3 chopped stalks of celery + 1/4 c frozen spinach + 1/2 cup sliced baby bella
sauteed with 1 T oil and 1/2 T tuscan seasoning

So I wanted some breaded tofu, but I'm not into
bread right now. So, I improvised and used Almond Meal.
The results? Delicious!
Slice the tofu and coat with olive oil

Roll each piece in Almond Meal

Bake for 25-30 minutes at 400....

Mediterranean Crunch Salad

You know I love anything from the Med.
The People
The Water
The salt
The Salad that is not a lame wilty leaf creation

Composed of:
 Garbanzo beans, fennel bulb, cucumbers, parsley,
red oinion, kale, plum tomatoes, zucchini, red pepper, lemon juice,
 vinegar, shoyu, garlic, kelp granules, dill, mint, black pepper, crushed red pepper

Must recreate this!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Random Acts of Snacking..

Kale Chips
Fresh out the Oven

It's so nice to be able to make my own Kale Chips.
Especially since im kinda addicted to them and its about
$4 cheaper to make my own in the oven.

Here's a fake recipe that gives real results...

Kale Chips

remove the leaves of 1 head of kale
rub the leaves with olive oil
spread out on a baking sheet
bake for 30 minutes at 350 flipping halfway thru

eat hot out of the oven or sprinkle with nooch and sea salt
my current fave is cayenne and sea salt

Terra Sweets and Beets Chips

Above are the Terra Sweets and Beets, a blend of Sweet Potato Chips and Beet Chips.
Both veggies are yummy coworkers. 
I might have eaten the bag in two days.
Crunch, crunch, yum!

Speaking of Terra..
There was a Terra snack in my BlissmoBox

How did I get another Blissmobox? you ask...
Because the Health Deals deal I purchased was for Blissmo
for two months. However, the information wasn't
clear about the fact that I would have to cancel the subscription myself after the two months were caput.

So, a third box was sent to me.
I didn't have the funds to pay full price for the box so the lovely people at Blissmo told me to simply mail the box back and they would cancel my subscription.

Well, I tried to mail the box back in January and the last week in February the box was back at my house, sitting in the corner of my porch and looking excessively suspicious.

I looked at it and said "Goah A-Way!"
But it didn't get my inside joke from my Italian Missionary trip,
so I picked it up took it inside, took a picture and emailed the Blissmo folks.

And guess what...
They were nice enough to let me keep the box!

Don't you just get happy butterflies when a company does something really nice?

original Terra Chips
Other snacks in the Blissmo Box.....

apricot fruit leather, chocolate covered bananas,
Lentil Chips, Cherry pie Larabar
The Stars of the "other snacks" category were the S
imply Seven Snacks Lentil Chips in Sea Salt flavor and the
 Kopali Organic Chocolate Covered Banana's. Seriously yum!

You will probably be seeing those again...

Saturday, March 3, 2012

It's March..Breakfast Anyone?

It's March! Yay!
Lots of exciting and wonderful things going on this month!

Are you auxilery pioneering?
Leave a comment below if you want to meet for service.
 Or email me.

Did you do your taxes yet? Only 6 weeks left.
Better get on it.

On a related note, Am I the only one who gets excited when
they e-file and get the "Your return has been accepted email"?

Who have you thanked today?

Have you thanked your childs bus driver?
Think about the valuable service they perform and show some gratitude.

Notice what one article said:
"Many people feel that their efforts go unnoticed by others..
Sincere words of commendation are not the norm in today's world.

This is hardly surprising, for the Bible foretold:
'In the last days critical times hard to deal with will be here.
For men will be lovers of themselves..unthankful,disloyal'
- 2 Timothy 3:1,2...

The world would be a different place
 if everyone showed personal interest in others,
searched out their good qualities, and acknowledged their fine deeds.
Truly, commendation is powerful!"

Awesome things Ive been having for breakfast...

Whole Foods Breakfast Hot Bar is a great spot
for a low cost, nutrient dense, good for you breakfast.
They have pre-priced oatmeal cups that you fill yourself
and toppings like fresh fruit, dried fruit and toasted nuts.

The size I get (pictured below) is only $1.99 and fills me up.
Im pretty particular about how I like my oatmeal cooked
and I also like to make sure every meal is nutrient dense.

So, I tend to get the non oatmeal item they have on the bar.
Their quinoa porridge is my favorite.
I really need to learn how to make it myself and save some
dough, but weighing in at under $2 its not exactly a splurge.

Some examples....

Red Quinoa Porridge
with fresh strawberries and toasted almonds

Almond Rice pudding
with dates and fresh blueberries
The following is not from Whole Foods...
It's from my imagination.
(Does that word make anyone else think of Willy Wonka? 
Gene Wilder (not Depp) thank you very much!) 

Almond Meal Porridge
with Kefir and Vanilla Almond Granola
Almond Meal Porridge
   with Unsweetened Coconut Milk Kefir and Trader Joes Vanilla Almond Granola Cereal

Easy to make and totally effective when you run out of oatmeal
but want something warm and hearty and filling.

To 3/4 c almond meal slowly add water until it is swamped but not thin. Stirring as you add water.

Sprinkle with 1/4 t cinamon.

Microwave 90 seconds.

Pour on 1/4 c Kefir and sprinkle 2 T granola on top of that.