Keepin’ it Fresh

I have a problem.

I cannot stop eating these vegetable chips.

Clearly…because I demolished them in less than a day.

Polished them off by sprinkling the rest over my salad.

  • Spring Mix
  • Balsamic Dressing Spritzer
  • Tomatoes
  • Mom’s Homemade Chicken Salad (uh-maze-ing)
  • Veggie Chips

Clemintines on the side.

This bad boy was so juicy. I’m about to eat another.

Is it just me or does my hand look like its a chubby baby hand?

I’ll embrace it.

ANYWAYS – I’d say this salad was a success.

Chicken salad + Crunchiness + Perfect flavors = Happy Casi

I love being home because I have so much to choose from. Usually when I am shopping and cooking for myself, my lack of income tends to hurt me creatively when cooking. It doesn’t help that an oven isn’t always available.

Only 2 more weeks until I’m a struggling college student again!

I’m excited!!! For real though, I am. NYC is calling my name so loudly right now.

So is Whole Foods…my one true love.

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I hope you aren’t as cold as I am right now.

Have a wonderful evening! 🙂

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Nutty Berry Oatmeal

Oats – Flax – Vanilla – Cinnamon – Walnuts – Almonds – Wild Blueberries – Goji Berries

With Green Tea & Vitamins.

Magically delicious!

I bought raw almonds and goji berries yesterday at my favorite store: Peter’s Cornucopia.

Also purchased: veggie chips. I am so obsessed, I can eat them all day.

I need a nap.

Alrighty – TTYS have a nice day!

Dedicated December

Hey guys! This is just a quick post to let you know Janetha is doing an awesome giveaway!

If you workout (any type of exercise counts) or want to get motivated, click on this page. The more you workout, the more chances you have to win prizes! How exciting! This is perfect to do around holiday time too, heh?

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