Back to the basic + EcoEd Thursdays

June 17, 2010 § 9 Comments

I’m in a swell mood today, folks, mainly because I got to leave the lab at 5:15pm! It’s supposedly a 9-5 job, but somehow it turned out to be more like 9-6, sometimes 9-7, and one incident of 9-8:45.

Anyhooz, after yesterday’s divine eats for breakfast, my cravings did a 180 this morning and I went for the basics. Sometimes a simple breakfast can be as glorious, if not more, than an elaborate one.

A grapefruit. Hah, like that’s gonna keep me full for the next 4 (5? or maybe 6?) hours.

A toasted Ezekiel cinnamon-raisin English muffin, topped with PB2 and raspberry preserves. I cut up half of the grapefruit (hello! long time no EAT!) to go with some cottage cheese (topped with more raspberry preserves).

Oh, forgot about my daily Teeccino.

Taa-daa! Oohh and you can see the steam from my “coffee”! πŸ™‚

And of course, no mornings are complete without this face!

This was yummilicious, and surprisingly held me for the next 4.5 hours. I usually need a snack 2.5-3 hrs after my brekkie, especially this past week when I was always hungry. Was it high amounts of fiber, or the satiating all natural plant protein in the English muffin? Either way, I need to get some more Ezekiel stuff.

After reading Julie’s post last night, I was craving some fried eggs myself. I thought, why not incorporate it into lunch tomorrow? And a bagelwich was born, created by cinnamon spice alternative bagels, arugula, basil, Laughing Cow Light French Onion Cheese,Β  a fried egg, and a squirt of ketchup. Who would have thought fresh basil tastes oh-so-good in a sandwich? Especially with cheese & egg? I did not provide a picture here because 1)I forgot to snap some shots of it when I finished making them last night, and 2) they were already in the most unpresentable, unphotogenic (is that a word?) state when I opened my sandwich package. But I believe you’re all creative people, so use your imaginations πŸ™‚

I was excited about getting off from work early today, but was more excited about the dinner I’ve been daydreaming about while in lab (I am certainly not a model scientist!). I bathed some gigantic portabello mushrooms last night in balsamic and olive oil, but wasn’t sure where to go from there. A burger? A salad? Burger? Salad?

Salad.

Mainly because I enjoyed the Portabello Cobb Salad so much that I wanted to recreate it. So after work I stepped on the gas and accelerated home (within speed limit of course! :-)), chopped up veggies, did some sizzlin’, roastin’, seasonin’, and dinner was on the table.

The salad menu: arugula, tomatoes, chopped celery, roasted eggplants, roasted zucchini, roasted red peppers, sauteed onions, chopped hard-boiled eggs, avocado, and of course the star, portabello mushrooms. I dressed the salad in some salt + pepper, and doused it with more balsamic + olive oil combo.

I realized the salad wasn’t picture-perfect, i.e., the ingredients were not placed in a “pretty” manner. I just kind of threw all the veggies onto the plate one after the other. At least it’s presentable right? πŸ™‚

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So I’ve been dreaming about this idea for a couple of weeks now: EcoEd Thursdays. I grew up in a fairly environmentally-conscious country and family, and ever since my becoming a yoga enthusiast 4 years ago and a vegetarian almost 2 years ago, my awareness for the environment has jumped up several notches.

Despite the fact that all who are hanging out in the food blog community are die-hard foodies and will probably never get bored of reading, writing, dreaming about food, I feel like blogs still need some variety. Hopefully, I’ll have enough topics racked up in my brain to keep y’all entertained for a good while.

So, without further adieu, the first post of EcoEd Thursdays……(drum roll)……

PLASTIC BAGS VS TOTE BAGS!

If there are any patriots out there, please do not be offended by what I have to say next. But for a “developed country,” the United States does the most horrible job at raising awareness for recycling. Look at your local grocery stores, they put 3 items in a flimsy plastic bag and call that “packed.” It’s no surprise that a regular weekly grocery run would end you up with 10 more plastic bags.


And what do your average Americans do to these bags? Directly. into. the. trash. No second thoughts about how they might possibly be able to reuse them for their next store run, or at least recycle.

Taiwan, on the other hand, sets great examples in my opinion. What’s Taiwan compared to the great United States of America? A measly island that nobody cares about (I get the “Is it part of Thailand?” wayyyy too much). And if they do care, it’s always about China vs. Taiwan. Or the same old argument saying that Taiwan is part of China. Sorry, getting off topic.

Back to the business about plastic bags, in Taiwan you have to buy plastic bags if you go to the store. This encourages people to bring their own reusable bags or tote bags. However, unlike the flimsy plastic bags that can’t even hold the smallest weight in the gym without tearing up, the plastic bags in Taiwan are made out of some durable stuff! Heck, you can put 5 bottles of 1-liter sodas and you’ll still be fine.

According to this website:

  • The U.S. goes through 100 billion plastic shopping bags annually, which requires approximately 12 million barrels of oil to make that many plastic bags
  • Plastic bags cause over 100,000 sea turtle and other marine animal deaths every year when animals mistake them for food
  • The average family accumulates 60 plastic bags in only four trips to the grocery store
  • Each high quality reusable bag you use has the potential to eliminate an average of 1,000 plastic bags over its lifetime. The bag will pay for itself if your grocery store offers a $.05 or $.10 credit per bag for bringing your own bags

So next time you hit up the store, remember to bring your own reusable or tote bags! Even when I go clothes shopping, I carry my own tote bags and just ask them to put the clothes in there. Think of how many lives you’ll be saving, especially now that the numbers of marine animals are plummeting due to the oil spill. What a tragedy 😦

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That concludes my first EcoEd post. I don’t really have a detailed route as to what direction these posts will go, but I am open to any suggestions you guys have!

I am outz! TGIF tomorrow! πŸ˜€

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+ What’s your favorite “basic” breakfast?

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§ 9 Responses to Back to the basic + EcoEd Thursdays

  • Marina says:

    Basic breakfast for me is mostly oatmeal, ’cause I eat it almost every day. But, more basic than that, old fashioned breakfast, would be a sandwich or muesli with milk. I ate those regularly when I was a bit younger πŸ™‚

    I hate plastic bags! They are everywhere, and such a horror to the environment. I try to take my own bags when I go to the store, and pack as many things I can in one bag.

  • that cup is adorable! i love seeing everyone’s different mugs they use ❀

    omg i want to cry at that last pic. that bag over his face.. seriously thats so sad and depressing!! 😦

    at least i can look at ur breakfast to feel happy again πŸ™‚

    damn platic bags!!!

  • edenseats says:

    My “basic” is yogurt, berries, cereal. Dont know if thats “basic” but its my usual go-to.
    I just got a waffle maker tho so I’ve been having fun with that!

    That picture is scary! I’ve always have a spare re-usable one in my car. Whole Foods makes strong, sturdy ones that last forever and are only 1 dollar! What I have more than plastic bags are re-usable ones that break and then you have to throw away!

  • thanx for ur comment! when i get to Cali i would so let u know and we could meet up ❀ xoxo have a wonderful weekend!

  • That salad looks so restaurant-worthy!

    I love the idea for EcoEd Thursdays. Here in Canada most stores have started charing for plastic bags, but even before then I always used canvas bags at grocery stores. Every little bit helps. πŸ™‚

  • Monet says:

    I’m so happy you stopped at my blog…because now I am visiting yours, and I must say, that you and I share very similar eating preferences and habits! Is there anything better than a cup of coffee and an english muffin with peanut butter?

  • Hi, love your site:) Great looking breakfast, and I would love that salad right now. I love the fact that you pointed out the plastic bags problem…There are so many simple solutions and I think people are doing better. If you don’t mind I would like to add a note: If you do depose of any plastic bags or even the plastic that is used to hold six packs of soda etc. Tie it into tight knots so that marine life are less likely to get caught in the plastics. They do end up in our oceans:(

  • […] short since I still have some boring exhilarating readings to do. So sort of branching off from my last EcoEd post on plastic bags, today I am going to talk about Ziploc […]

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