Welcome to my food blog! How exciting. I have been talking and talking about creating a food blog for too long now, I’m so happy I finally did it. If you’d like to know what exactly this blog (and me) is about – read the “About” section to the right.
This is going to be fun.
Alright I’m just going to jump right into some of my recent food creations.
The other day I made a seriously decadent dish. I made these for pre (and post)-workout snacks because they have the perfect balance of carbs (banana) and protein (nuts and yogurt), while being pretty low in calories. Yep, I made healthy frozen chocolate-covered bananas! I feel like a proud mommy. First, I froze two bananas on chop sticks. I then mixed a bowl of vanilla non-fat (low sugar – very important) yogurt with organic cocoa powder, vanilla extract, a pinch of cinnamon. Meanwhile, I toasted up some walnuts, coconut and almonds (it enhances the flavor and increases the crunch). THEN I took the frozen bananas, dunked them into the chocolate yogurt, and finally rolled them into the nut mixture. Can you say “perfection?” Try it.
Two nights ago I made dinner. It was so good that I had to photograph it (although the photos aren’t extremely appealing…I’m trying!). I made a hard-boiled egg (ate it with Hot Siracha Sauce), sauteed broccoli and onion with way too much garlic. Eh, who I am kidding, there is no such thing as too much garlic. And the main star – a sweet potato. All I can say is Holy Yum! I cooked the sweet potato in the microwave for heaven’s sake! Yet it was the most delicious potato I have eaten in my life (I’m serious). All you do to cook in the microwave is poke it with a fork, cover it with a damp paper towel and let it go for about 6 minutes. I then sliced mine in half and sprinkled some sea salt and garlic powder on it. I also had a few bites with Siracha Sauce. That stuff is too good – nice and spicy! I hate not having an oven, but this microwaved sweet potato really suited my fancy.
Today I had a light breakfast because I didn’t want to fill-up too much before the gym. I made “granola bars” last night in preparation for a pre-gym snack this morning. But when I sliced a bar off – it pretty much crumbled into granola… which is fine, but not what I was looking for. I don’t have an oven, so I improvised.
I first toasted organic, rolled oats, almonds, and a flax seed fiber mixture on the stove. Then I mixed Tahini (sesame seed butter), honey, and vanilla in a separate bowl. After, I incorporated the dry and wet ingredients with goji berries, cinnamon & coconut and flattened it into a container. Then I put it in the fridge overnight. Maybe I should take it out of the fridge …that might help them become more stable? I think I just should’ve added more binding ingredients (tahini & honey). But anyways, like I said it crumbled so I put it over some fruity non-fat yogurt:
I enjoyed this with green tea, then hit the gym. I ended up doing the stair master for 15 minutes and 45 minutes running on the treadmill (okay, I walked for about 10 minutes).
I then went across the street to Coles and bought basil, VINE-RIPE tomatoes, broccoli, and cucumber. The broccoli head was only 70 cents and the huuuge cucumber was 88 cents. Bargain shopping at its best. I snagged a few grapes while I was in there too. Shh.
For lunch, I made sushi! It was my first time to even attempt it… it was a sort of success. Hey, as long as it tastes good right? Well it certainly tasted fab. Here’s how I made it:
- Grab all of your ingredients. The only thing that is imperative is seaweed to wrap it with (not pictured). I filled mine with cucumber, lettuce, onion, lemon, tzatziki, and oatmeal (as the rice).
- Spread your whole grain rice, oatmeal, or whatever “binder” you please on one side of the seaweed. Mmm.
- Add all ingredients. Again – do this on one side for easier rolling. I also added garlic and chili powder on top.
- Roll up tightly (which I clearly didn’t do) and slice with a wet, sharp knife. Then add a side salad 😉 Mine consisted of lettuce, cucumbers, onions, cooked ground chicken with spices, and a squeeze of lemon & chili powder for a dressing.
- And finally – ENJOY! Nom nom nom.
Clearly you can use any veggie/dressing/meat to fill up these yummy sushi rolls. My roommate (Stephanie) made hers with carrot, zucchini, onions, and dunked it in light soy sauce. You really cannot go wrong with these bad boys. By the way, the oatmeal in it was absolutely fabulous. Nice and sticky (use less water than you would if it were breakfast oatmeal), and it tasted great!
So – there you have it. My first foodie blog post. I had a lot of photos that I took throughout the past couple of days, therefore I used them on this post. This probably wont happen again. It’s just too much! But I am simply so excited and felt the need to share these. I hope you get some ideas and enjoy reading my blog!!!
Thanks for reading! – Casi