It’s the most wonderful time of the year…

…according to my plate at least.

Egg & Greens Scramble w/added mushroom and an added cherry pepper (gotta have more spice).

I would’ve added some red pepper flakes but I made this for my mother as well…she’s not as trained in the spicy area so I decided to take one for the team.

I’m so nice.

Clementines are becoming a ‘I must have one (or two) per day or I will not survive’ type of food lately.

I don’t mind my new obsession.

I have to eat them cold though, I feel that way about apples & most other fruits too.

SO joosayyy!

Then I had dessert.

Oatmeal raisin cookie…thank you, Walmart.

What? You don’t eat dessert after breakfast? Pshh.

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Happy First Friday of 2012 😀

PICP

Seriously today I ate all meals out. Mostly.

I woke up at about 10am and was hungry of course. My sister, Hannah, texted me at 11am before I even got up out of bed telling me that we were going to Bennu (a nearby wonderful restaurant) for lunch.

I had some yogurt to hold me over…with PUMPKIN!

Mommy bought this for me after I told her I wanted to make some pumpkin oatmeal! How nice she is! Thank you, Sandy. I added it to yogurt and not oatmeal because oatmeal fills me up and I didn’t want to be filled up for lunch, ya digg?

  • Oikos 0% Yogurt
  • Pumpkin
  • Blueberries
  • Salted Almonds & Pecans
  • Honey
  • Packet of Splenda (needed more sweetness)
  • Tons of Cinnamon

I like to call this PPY (Pumpkin Pie Yogurt).

Here. Try some.

Then I took pictures of Izzy. Here’s one.

A couple hours pass and it was time for lunch.

Hello, gorgeous.

We ordered Sweet Potato Fries with the amazing zingy dip for the table.

I could live off of this stuff.

I ordered this:

Anything spicy catches my eye. What happened when the waiter brought my food you ask?

“Alright here I have the Hot Tamale.”

I said, “That’s mine, thank you.”

He replies, “You are what you eat!” and then ran off.

Thanks waiter dude.

There she is.

My sister was embarrassed that I kept taking picture of our food. She’s just jealous, obviously.

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Fast forward to Dinner with my best fraaand, Sarah …Sushi it is!

I ordered a salad to start (not pictured because I forgot, silly me), some random sushi plate (above) along with a Salmon Skin Role (below).

I am so thirsty after this meal, musta been real saltaay!

We had no problem demolishing.

Alas, we always leave room for dessert.

Our favorite: MOCHI ICE CREAM!

Have you ever tried it?

They are like pillowy ice cream pods (PICP???).

PICP…nice one.

You haven’t lived until you have tried this. Next time you got out for sushi, get this. TRUST.

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I may have had some more snackies later on. I feel as though I consumed too much sugar and salt today. That’s whatchya get for eating out, especially the sodium.

Tomorrow is a new day and I plan on going to the gym & eating well. I want to run so badly but the weather suuuuucks.

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We bought New Years dresses at the mall today. Who knows where we’ll be, but Sarah and I are determined to find something extravagant to attend…haha. Suggestions?

Alrighty time to start reading The Hunger Games on my Nook.

#Excited

#Goodnight

My Inspirations

There are a lot of people that have a big influence on me in the blogoverse.

The biggest inspirations for me have been Kath, Courtney, Allie, and Tina. Seriously, check them out. They have so many awesome tips (food/health/exercise/nutrition) and seriously amazing recipes. I hope to join them at food blogger conventions or even be a part of their blogger meet-ups someday!

I first discovered Kath because she was the head of WordPress’s ‘Weekly Photo Challenge: Breakfast.’ Thank you, WordPress! This is my other blog where I take part in the weekly photo challenge: http://zingaling23.wordpress.com/. After I saw Kath’s post, I was hooked. You’ll be, too.

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Last night for dinner I finally made a microwaved sweet potato again! This time, with zucchini, onions, tomato & basil.

Zucchini has become one of my favorite veggies. I layered a sliced vine-ripe tomato with fresh basil, drizzled with EVOO (Extra Virgin Olive Oil), Balsamic Vinegar, S&P (Sea Salt and Cracked Pepper). I also sprinkled the potato and zukes with chili and garlic powder. I’m almost out of garlic powder, I’m an addict. Then of course I brought out the Hot Siracha Sauce for the sweet potato.

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For dessert I had a delicious “chocolate pudding.” YEP.

Topped vanilla yogurt with organic cocoa powder, almonds, goji berries, raw coconut, a sprinkle of cinnamon, and flax fiber:

It really tastes like dessert. The sweetness of the yogurt combined with the bitterness of the cocoa creates a dark chocolate pudding taste. Plus a little crunch of the almonds – perfect way to end the day. Then Steph and I went for a walk. In the rain. To the grocery store. We’re starting to look for foods to bring with us on the plane. We left with nothing, but I’m checking out another grocery store today or tomorrow.

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And then as for the breakfast that I just demolished: Banana Nut Oatmeal. Kath is the one that inspired me to try new things in my oatmeal. It’s almost what she’s known for (like I said, check out her blog – link above!).

I started with 2-3 heaping tablespoons of rolled oats (if you think that’s not much, they expand SO much. Plus with added ingredients this oatmeal is very filling). Cook them up on the stove in some water/skim milk and a VERY overripe banana (it was black on the outside) and about a tablespoon of Gentle Fibre (pictured above).

I also added some vanilla extract and a pinch of sea salt (flavor enhancing). I topped it with my failed granola bars from yesterday and some more cinnamon.

Almonds [and pistachio’s] are my favorite nuts! I LOVE nuts…haha.

Yes, I enjoyed this immensely. I am looking forward to trying new varieties of oatmeal. Let me tell you, it’s the perfect way to start the day. Fills ya right up. Plus a cup of coffee or tea – you’re set for hours!

I hope everyone is having a fabulous day! HAPPY DECEMBER!

My very first post!!!

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.

Took this photo IN the freezer lol

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.

My favorite meal of the week so far!

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).

Ingredients

  • Spread your whole grain rice, oatmeal, or whatever “binder” you please on one side of the seaweed. Mmm.

Step 1

  • Add all ingredients. Again – do this on one side for easier rolling. I also added garlic and chili powder on top.

Step 2

  • 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.

Step 3

  • And finally – ENJOY! Nom nom nom.

Step 4

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